Destruction Warlock DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Motoko 44 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Destruction Warlock in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.



This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.


The Basics of a Destruction Warlock

Destruction is a flexible specialization that can provide a variety of damage types and pressure without much rotational complexity. In this section, we will be focusing on a setup that minimizes the number of buttons and reactivity necessary without unduly compromising overall damage output.

For newcomers, it is advisable to browse the Spell Summary page first, in order to learn more about the abilities available and to familiarise yourself with.

If you are looking to maximise your output as Destruction Warlock instead of simplicity and ease of use you can find a more in-depth analysis and rationale on our talent page as follows:


Talent Choice for Destruction Warlock

These choices are optimized for ease of use. Although some talents might offer marginally higher gains when played perfectly, these same talents often result in damage losses when utilized by many players. These talents aim to present the best setup that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.


Stat Priority for Destruction Warlock

Currently, you will want to prioritize secondary stats as follows:

  1. Mastery ≥ Haste;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Versatility.

In general, at the beginning of the expansion Intellect is more important than secondaries, about 2 if not 3 times better, depending on the secondary stat.

While stats priority is a general guideline, there might be situations where the lists differ. If you are interested in a detailed explanation on Stats with the effects and implications each one of those provides, head to the page below.


Single Target Rotation for Destruction Warlock

  1. Maintain Immolate Icon Immolate at all times.
  2. Cast Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt if you have 5 Soul Shards.
  3. Cast Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate if you have 2 charges.
  4. Cast Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt to keep the Eradication Icon Eradication debuff applied (if talented).
  5. Cast Cataclysm Icon Cataclysm (if talented) when available.
  6. Cast Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate to generate Soul Shards.
  7. Cast Incinerate Icon Incinerate to generate Soul Shards.

Multiple Target Rotation for Destruction Warlock

Maintain Immolate Icon Immolate on up to 3 targets. Make liberal use of your Havoc Icon Havoc whenever available, aiming to leverage as much Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt damage as possible in this window.

Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire should become your main Soul Shard consuming spell with at least 3 targets stacked together, unless you are inside a Havoc Icon Havoc timeframe, in which case the number of target is 5+. Keep in mind there will be situation where using Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt will be more beneficial, such as targets constantly moving away from Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire area, or particular Mythic+ affixes like Bolstering Icon Bolstering, and Raging Icon Raging among others.

For a more comprehensive explanation on the priority list, including openers, check out the rotation page.


Covenant Choice for Destruction Warlock

While there is good enough balance among Covenants that you can choose the one that thematically resonates with you the most, Night Fae should be mentioned as it is the most versatile across every sort of content available.

If you want a detailed breakdown of each Covenant option, follow the link below:


Legendary Choice for Destruction Warlock

The addition of Memory of Unity in 9.2 enables the use of specific Covenant legendary effect alongside your Primary Legendary Choice. Specifically for Night Fae the effect granted is Decaying Soul Satchel Icon Decaying Soul Satchel which can be paired with Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning.

More information about Legedary choices can be found here:



  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 22 Feb. 2022: Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 24 Nov. 2020: Updated secondary stat priority in relationship with Intellect.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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