Destruction Warlock DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5

Last updated on Jul 10, 2019 at 12:57 by Motoko 67 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 Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5.


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 tool Raidbots 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 Azerite Traits, 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.


Best in Slot Items for Destruction Warlock


Benthic Gear

Patch 8.2 introduces a new type of gear themed around Nazjatar and The Eternal Palace. While doing activities in the new zone, you will have the opportunity to obtain Bind on Account tokens that can be used to get baseline 385 gear. These tokens can proc with tertiary stats and, most importantly, a socket. You can then upgrade those items up to 425 item level with Prismatic Manapearl Icon Prismatic Manapearls.

Of all the Benthic gear available, 4 items in particular are extremely valuable for raiding: Waveblade Farseer's Bindings Icon Waveblade Farseer's Bindings, Poen's Deepsea Gloves Icon Poen's Deepsea Gloves, Akana's Reefstrider Soles Icon Akana's Reefstrider Soles, Vim's Scalecrusher Belt Icon Vim's Scalecrusher Belt, and the situational Shirakess Cinch Icon Shirakess Cinch, which works on 2 bosses in The Eternal Palace.

If you manage to get these items with a socket, it is unlikely you will replace them, even with Mythic 445 gear.


The Eternal Palace Best in Slot

Here we have provided a list of the best available items from The Eternal Palace, which may be advantageous for players who have little interest in Mythic+ Dungeons or Player vs. Player.

When considering the usage of Seals of Wartorn Fate, it is often best to roll bosses that can provide Azerite Armor.

Slot Item Source
Cloak Drape of the Hatcher Icon Drape of the Hatcher Orgozoa
  • Benthic Gear
  • Orgozoa
  • Benthic Gear
Legs Seawrath Legwraps Icon Seawrath Legwraps Abyssal Commander Sivara
Ring #1 Ring of the Highborne Courtier Icon Ring of the Highborne Courtier The Queen's Court
Ring #2 Cursed Lover's Ring Icon Cursed Lover's Ring Queen Azshara
Weapon Anu-Azshara, Staff of the Eternal Icon Anu-Azshara, Staff of the Eternal Queen Azshara

Dungeon Best in Slot

This list illustrates some of the best available dungeon items for the Destruction Warlock specialization.

Bear in mind that this list is a template rather than an end point. We recommend simming using the Top Gear function to find the best setup for your character, which can depend on factors such as Talents, Azerite Traits, and Stat Distribution.

Many of these items can actually out-perform their "Raid Best in Slot" counterparts, particularly at extremely high item levels or if you are lucky enough to receive a Titanforged version of one of them.

Please refer to the Trinket Simulation section below for details on Trinkets.

Slot Item Source
Helm Grasping Crown of the Deep Icon Grasping Crown of the Deep Viq'Goth (Siege of Boralus)
Shoulders Pauldrons of Vile Corruption Icon Pauldrons of Vile Corruption Unbound Abomination (The Underrot)
Cloak Turncoat's Cape Icon Turncoat's Cape Jes Howlis (Tol Dagor)
Chest Inmate's Straight Robe Icon Inmate's Straight Robe Overseer Korgus (Tol Dagor)
Wrists Iron-Kelp Wristwraps Icon Iron-Kelp Wristwraps Viq'Goth (Siege of Boralus)
Gloves Mine Rat's Handwarmers Icon Mine Rat's Handwarmers Azerokk (The MOTHERLODE!!)
Belt Ouroborial Sash Icon Ouroborial Sash Merektha (Temple of Sethraliss)
Legs Bloodstained Sous Chef Pants Icon Bloodstained Sous Chef Pants Raal the Gluttonous (Waycrest Manor)
Boots Deranged Alchemist's Slippers Icon Deranged Alchemist's Slippers Rixxa Fluxflame (The MOTHERLODE!!)
Ring #1 Footbomb Championship Ring Icon Footbomb Championship Ring Coin-Operated Crowd Pummeler (The MOTHERLODE!!)
Ring #2 Seal of the City Watch Icon Seal of the City Watch Sergeant Bainbridge (Siege of Boralus)
Weapon Staff of the Lightning Serpent Icon Staff of the Lightning Serpent Aspix & Adderix (Temple of Sethraliss)

Azerite Gear for Destruction Warlocks

For information about what Azerite traits to choose and what the best items are, see our Azerite page.


Trinkets for Destruction Warlock

With the opening of The Eternal Palace, we have access to new powerful trinkets. Azshara's Font of Power Icon Azshara's Font of Power is the best on-use trinket to line up with all cooldowns. Leviathan's Lure Icon Leviathan's Lure is the best passive trinket for single-target, and Shiver Venom Relic Icon Shiver Venom Relic is a close third option.

The new modular trinket from Mechagon is a powerful option when slotted with a reasonably high item level yellow punchcard and the Cyclotronic Blast in the red punchcard slot.

Highborne Compendium of Storms Icon Highborne Compendium of Storms is the Inscription trinket introduced in Patch 8.2 and it is currently an extremely solid option, despite being 400 item level.

Ignition Mage's Fuse Icon Ignition Mage's Fuse is currently the best dungeon and on-use trinket and is obtainable from Tol'Dagor. The on-use effect lines up naturally every Dark Soul: Instability Icon Dark Soul: Instability. Another good option are the PvP trinkets Dread Gladiator's Badge Icon Dread Gladiator's Badge and Dread Gladiator's Medallion Icon Dread Gladiator's Medallion. Alternatively, Balefire Branch Icon Balefire Branch from Waycrest Manor is another option, which lines up with Summon Infernal Icon Summon Infernal.

The best trinkets from World Quests and Emissary Rewards are Pearl Diver's Compass Icon Pearl Diver's Compass, First Mate's Spyglass Icon First Mate's Spyglass, and Incessantly Ticking Clock Icon Incessantly Ticking Clock.

The only trinket from World Bosses worth of note is Azurethos' Singed Plumage Icon Azurethos' Singed Plumage.


Trinket Simulations for Destruction Warlock


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  • 10 Jul. 2019: Added The Eternal Palace Best in Slot list and updated trinket recommendations.
  • 03 Jul. 2019: Added Benthic Gear section and updated trinket recommendations.
  • 25 Jun. 2019: Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 22 Jan. 2019: Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor release.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 09 Nov. 2018: Updated trinket selection.
  • 26 Aug. 2018: Made small tweaks to the page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 26 Jul. 2018: Added full legendary tier list.
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