Destruction Warlock DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Motoko 40 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Destruction Warlock in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.2.5.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Destruction Warlock gear and best in slot.

1.

Gearing a Destruction Warlock

Welcome to our Gearing Page for Destruction Warlock, this section will cover everything you need to know about equipping your character correctly.

If you have a new piece of gear that you need gems and enchants advice for, you can find everything you need on our dedicated page below.

2.

How To Effectively Compare Upgrades as an Destruction Warlock

Due to the simplicity of determining upgrades with a simulation in the current era of the game, we recommend using the popular Raidbots tool to determine which pieces of gear offer the most potential for your character. The main reason why this is a huge advantage is due to the huge number of variables that differ from character to character, such as Stat Quotients, and Scale Factors.

The Top Gear function can be especially useful, as it allows you to compare multiple items and item types to find the best combination of upgrades.

Learning to use the tools available will allow you to reach the most accurate conclusions with the least effort. It is highly recommended you avail yourself of these tools, and they will serve you well when evaluating items.

3.

Droptimizer

The Droptimizer feature from Raidbots lets you identify which dungeons and Raid Bosses you should spend your Bonus Rolls on. It simulates all of the potential upgrades in a raid or a dungeon, and lists the bosses/dungeons by rank order of how much DPS you can expect to gain from bonus rolling on it. We have a guide for it that you can access using the link below.

4.

Tier Set for Destruction Warlock

Patch 9.2 reintroduces Tier Sets in the game providing unique bonuses tailored for each specialisation. For Destruction these bonuses are the following:

After obtaining Avatar of Destruction Icon Destruction Warlock 4-Piece Destruction massively gains in damage output both in single target and even more in AoE scenarios. Because how the tier set accelerates the shard generation/expenditure, talents and legendaries choices are affected, producing a shift from a rather flat and monotonous gameplay to an explosive damage profile curve with frequent burst windows.

There are different methods of acquisition for Tier Pieces: the usual Sepulcher of the First Ones bosses alongside the Great Vault weekly reward. A new option is the Creation Catalyst which allows to change a non tier piece into the correspective tier item in the appropriate slot.

4.1.

What slots to equip the Tier Set in For Destruction Warlock

Of the 5 different slots the Tier set pieces will be available in, only 4 are needed to activate the last set bonus, meaning there is some flexibility in how to optimise the gear and what piece to replace with possibly better statted or higher item level options.

Destruction Warlocks in raid will use the Head slot with either Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir and Unity Icon Unity on belt, or with Embers of the Diabolic Raiment Icon Embers of the Diabolic Raiment on back and Unity Icon Unity on Head.

5.

Legendaries for Destruction Warlock

Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir(Head) and Embers of the Diabolic Raiment Icon Embers of the Diabolic Raiment (Back) to a lesser extent are paramount to craft once acquired 4 pieces of the tier set. Because of the shift in stats priority it is advisable to craft them with Missive of Critical Strike Icon Missive of Critical Strike and Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste.

For multitarget situations Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning (Finger) is the best choice and can be crafted anew with Missive of Critical Strike Icon Missive of Critical Strike and Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste. However if you do possess one already with Missive of Mastery Icon Missive of Mastery and Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste there is no need to craft a new one, since Mastery has much higher value in multi target situations.

If you are looking for in-depth explanation on what Legendary to pick for what situation and how to obtain them, read our Legendary page below.

6.

Conduits for Destruction Warlock

6.1.

Best Single-Target Potency Conduits for Destruction Warlock

  1. Ashen Remains Icon Ashen Remains
  2. Fatal Decimation Icon Fatal Decimation as Necrolord
  3. Infernal Brand Icon Infernal Brand
  4. Combusting Engine Icon Combusting Engine
6.2.

Best Cleave / AoE Potency Conduits for Destruction Warlock

  1. Duplicitous Havoc Icon Duplicitous Havoc

For more info regarding which Conduits to pick for which situations, check our full Covenants, Soulbinds & Conduits page.

7.

Best in Slot Items for Destruction Warlock

7.1.

Sanctum of Domination Best in Slot

Here we have provided a list of the best available items from Sanctum of Domination, which may be advantageous for players who have little interest in Mythic+ dungeons or PvP.

Slot Item Source
Helm Grim-Veiled Hood Icon Grim-Veiled Hood Crafted Legendary with Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir, Missive of Critical Strike Icon Missive of Critical Strike and Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste
Neck Worldkiller Iris Icon Worldkiller Iris The Jailer in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Shoulder Mantle of the Demon Star Icon Mantle of the Demon Star Lords of Dread in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Cloak Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Icon Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Lords of Dread in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Chest Robes of the Demon Star Icon Robes of the Demon Star Rygelon in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Wrists Cuffs of the Covert Commander Icon Cuffs of the Covert Commander Lords of Dread in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Gloves Grasps of the Demon Star Icon Grasps of the Demon Star Lihuvim, Principal Architect in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Belt Grim-Veiled Belt Icon Grim-Veiled Belt Crafted Legendary with Unity Icon Unity, Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste and Missive of Critical Strike Icon Missive of Critical Strike
Legs Leggings of the Demon Star Icon Leggings of the Demon Star Halondrus the Reclaimer in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Boots Slippers of Leavened Station Icon Slippers of Leavened Station The Great Vault or upgrading via Valor. (original source: Lord Chamberlain in Halls of Atonement)
Ring #1 Rygelon's Heraldric Ring Icon Rygelon's Heraldric Ring Rygelon in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Ring #2 Bloodoath Signet Icon Bloodoath Signet The Great Vault or upgrading via Valor. (original source: Dessia the Decapitator in Theater of Pain)
Main-hand + Off-hand Antumbra, Shadow of the Cosmos Icon Antumbra, Shadow of the Cosmos + Forbidden Truth Icon Forbidden Truth Rygelon + The Jailer in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Trinket 1 The First Sigil Icon The First Sigil Prototype Pantheon in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Trinket 2 Unbound Changeling Icon Unbound Changeling The Great Vault or upgrading via Valor. (original source: Ingra Maloch in Mists of Tirna Scithe)
7.2.

Dungeons Best in Slot

Slot Item Source
Helm Depraved Physician's Mask Icon Depraved Physician's Mask Plaguefall
Neck Sin Stained Pendant Icon Sin Stained Pendant Halls of Atonement
Shoulder Mantle of the Demon Star Icon Mantle of the Demon Star Creation Catalyst conversion of another item in this slot
Cloak Drape of Twisted Loyalties Icon Drape of Twisted Loyalties Spires of Ascension
Chest Robes of the Demon Star Icon Robes of the Demon Star Creation Catalyst conversion of another item in this slot
Wrists Contaminated Gauze Wristwraps Icon Contaminated Gauze Wristwraps Theater of Pain
Gloves Grasps of the Demon Star Icon Grasps of the Demon Star Creation Catalyst conversion of another item in this slot
Belt Kin-Tara's Baleful Cord Icon Kin-Tara's Baleful Cord Spires of Ascension
Legs Leggings of the Demon Star Icon Leggings of the Demon Star Creation Catalyst conversion of another item in this slot
Boots Dark Stride Footwraps Icon Dark Stride Footwraps Spires of Ascension
Ring #1 Death God's Signet Icon Death God's Signet De Other Side
Ring #2 Arachnid Cipher Ring Icon Arachnid Cipher Ring Plaguefall
Main-hand + Off-hand Nathrian Ferula Icon Nathrian Ferula Halls of Atonement
Trinket 1 Soulletting Ruby Icon Soulletting Ruby Theater of Pain
Trinket 2 Unbound Changeling Icon Unbound Changeling Mists of Tirna Scithe
8.

Trinkets for Destruction Warlock

Due to the prevalence of high item level trinkets via Mythic+, raiding, and PvP, there are a variety of suitable options when it comes to trinkets. It is always best to use Raidbots Top Gear to determine what your optimal trinkets are.

In Sepulcher of the First Ones there is only one stand-out option: The First Sigil Icon The First Sigil offers a tremendous burst potential and can be considered in situations where a stronger burst phase is needed.

From dungeons, Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device is by far the most potent trinket for non-Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning builds, but becomes somewhat inconsistent in the latter part of a fight due to its stat increase effect being on a lower priority than other triggers. So'leah's Secret Technique Icon So'leah's Secret Technique and Unbound Changeling Icon Unbound Changeling are the 2 best passive trinkets. Soulletting Ruby Icon Soulletting Ruby works well when paired with Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning and Rain of Chaos Icon Rain of Chaos.

8.1.

Trinket Simulations for Destruction Warlock

8.1.1.

Single Target

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8.1.2.

Cleave

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9.

Changelog

  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 28 Apr. 2022: Updated trinket recommendations.
  • 10 Mar. 2022: Updated trinket section.
  • 22 Feb. 2022: Added tier section and created BiS list for Patch 9.2.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 08 Sep. 2021: Updated trinket section following Forbidden Necromantic Tome change.
  • 26 Aug. 2021: Removed Castle Nathria BiS list, as it is not relevant anymore.
  • 30 Jun. 2021: Added Sanctum of Domination bis list, updated trinket section and shard recommendations.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 21 Mar. 2021: Updated trinket recommendations.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Added Valor Upgrade section for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 28 Dec. 2020: Added Sun King Salvation as another source of drop for the Abominable Anima Spherule weapon token.
  • 04 Dec. 2020: Updated Castle Nathria BiS list, added dungeons BiS list, and updated trinket recommendations.
  • 24 Nov. 2020: Added disclaimer about Bloodmallet sims.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands release, added Legendary and Conduits sections, and Castle Nathria BiS list
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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