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Destruction Warlock DPS Gear and Best in Slot in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 26, 2018 at 10:04 by Furty 51 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Destruction Warlocks. It lists your best items, with an emphasis on trinkets, and gives you gearing advice.

The other pages of our Destruction Warlock guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Tabula Rasa. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

1. 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.

2. Best in Slot Items for Destruction Warlock

This list illustrates some of the best available pre-raid items for the Destruction Warlock specialization. We will update the list to include raid items closer to the release of Uldir.

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.

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 Cloak of Questionable Intent Icon Cloak of Questionable Intent Rixxa Fluxflame (The MOTHERLODE!!)
Chest Inmate's Straight Robe Icon Inmate's Straight Robe Overseer Korgus (Tol Dagor)
Wrists Wraps of Everliving Fealty Icon Wraps of Everliving Fealty Vol'kaal (Atal'Dazar)
Gloves Handwraps of Oscillating Polarity Icon Handwraps of Oscillating Polarity Galvazzt (Temple of Sethraliss)
Belt Sailcloth Waistband Icon Sailcloth Waistband Captain Jolly (Freehold)
Legs Rowdy Reveler's Legwraps Icon Rowdy Reveler's Legwraps Coin-Operated Crowd Pummeler (The MOTHERLODE!!)
Boots Sandswept Sandals Icon Sandswept Sandals Adderis and Aspix (Temple of Sethraliss)
Ring #1 Band of the Ancient Dredger Icon Band of the Ancient Dredger Hadal Darkfathom (Siege of Boralus)
Ring #2 Seal of Questionable Loyalties Icon Seal of Questionable Loyalties Captain Jolly (Freehold)
Weapon Seabreeze Icon Seabreeze Galecaller Faye (Shrine of the Storm)

3. Azerite Gear for Destruction Warlock

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

4. Trinkets for Destruction Warlock

Drust-Runed Icicle Icon Drust-Runed Icicle is far and away our best trinket available, and pulls far ahead of its competitors for both single target and multitarget.

The best trinkets available barring World Boss drops are currently from World Quests and Emissary Rewards. Incessantly Ticking Clock Icon Incessantly Ticking Clock is the best of the bunch, but keep an eye out for Pearl Diver's Compass Icon Pearl Diver's Compass, Plunderbeard's Flask Icon Plunderbeard's Flask, First Mate's Spyglass Icon First Mate's Spyglass, and Emblem of Zandalar Icon Emblem of Zandalar as well.

Dungeon Trinkets are variable in effectiveness right now, and several of them are erroneously ranked in SimCraft. The best option available from dungeons is Ignition Mage's Fuse Icon Ignition Mage's Fuse.

4.1. Trinket Simulations for Destruction Warlock

4.1.1. Single Target

For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com

4.1.2. Cleave

For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com

5. Changelog

  • 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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