Destruction Warlock DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1
On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Destruction Warlock in World of Warcraft Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1.
If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS Warlock gear and best in slot.
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.
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 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.
Adding Sockets to your Gear
Patch 8.3 added the Gouged Eye of N'Zoth as a reward from Corrupted Mementos. In order to maximize the upgrade value, the best approach is to socket a corrupted item of the highest item level available, with possibly the best corrupted roll, to ensure the greatest longevity. For more information, you can read our guide on Horrific Visions.
What Gear Do I Farm/Bonus Roll/Chase After?
When identifying what gear you should be aiming after, we recommend using RaidBots' Droptimizer feature. It requires the SimulationCraft Addon. Once you have the addon installed, write "/simc" into the chat in-game, and copy-pasting the contents into the RaidBots Droptimizer.
Simply select the raid and difficulty you are interested in, and RaidBots will take a while to figure out where you should spend your bonus rolls, and more.
Best in Slot Items for Destruction Warlock
Ny'alotha Best in Slot
Here we have provided a list of the best available items from Ny'alotha, which may be advantageous for players who have little interest in Mythic+ dungeons or PvP.
When considering the usage of Seals of Wartorn Fate, it is often best to roll bosses that can provide Azerite Armor.
|Helm||Visage of Nightmarish Machinations||N'Zoth the Corruptor in Ny'alotha|
|Shoulder||Spaulders of Miasmic Mycelia||Carapace of N'Zoth in Ny'alotha|
|Cloak||Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve||Legendary Cloak quest line|
|Chest||Robe of the Fallen Keeper||Ra-den the Despoiled in Ny'alotha|
|Wrists||Void-Drenched Wristwraps||The Hivemind in Ny'alotha|
|Gloves||Emberscale Gloves||Wrathion, the Black Emperor in Ny'alotha|
|Belt||Binding of Dark Heresies||Dark Inquisitor Xanesh in Ny'alotha|
|Legs||Corporeal Supplicant's Trousers||Carapace of N'Zoth in Ny'alotha|
|Boots||Psychic's Subtle Slippers||The Prophet Skitra in Ny'alotha|
|Ring #1||Logic Loop of Division||Mechagon Mythic+ chest, Mechagon Junkyard.|
|Ring #2||Overclocking Bit Band||Mechagon Mythic+ chest, Mechagon Workshop.|
|Main-hand||Shgla'yos, Astral Malignity||Carapace of N'Zoth in Ny'alotha|
|Off-hand||Uhnish Vwah||Dark Inquisitor Xanesh in Ny'alotha|
|Trinket 2||Psyche Shredder||The Prophet Skitra in Ny'alotha|
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.
|Helm||Grasping Crown of the Deep||Viq'Goth (Siege of Boralus)|
|Shoulders||Pauldrons of Vile Corruption||Unbound Abomination (The Underrot)|
|Cloak||Turncoat's Cape||Jes Howlis (Tol Dagor)|
|Chest||Inmate's Straight Robe||Overseer Korgus (Tol Dagor)|
|Wrists||Iron-Kelp Wristwraps||Viq'Goth (Siege of Boralus)|
|Gloves||Mine Rat's Handwarmers||Azerokk (The MOTHERLODE!!)|
|Belt||Ouroborial Sash||Merektha (Temple of Sethraliss)|
|Legs||Bloodstained Sous Chef Pants||Raal the Gluttonous (Waycrest Manor)|
|Boots||Deranged Alchemist's Slippers||Rixxa Fluxflame (The MOTHERLODE!!)|
|Ring #1||Footbomb Championship Ring||Coin-Operated Crowd Pummeler (The MOTHERLODE!!)|
|Ring #2||Seal of the City Watch||Sergeant Bainbridge (Siege of Boralus)|
|Weapon||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
Assuming normal item level drops and no Corruption effect on trinkets, the best combination in Patch 8.3 is going to be Psyche Shredder and Azshara's Font of Power which remains an exceptional trinket that lines up perfectly with infernal uptime. A replacement worth mentioning is Manifesto of Madness, which has positional requirements similar to Incandescent Sliver, so it may not be as effective in practice as it is on paper, depending on the situation.
Due to the removal of Titanforging and the addition of corrupted effects on trinkets, lower item level trinkets are generally obsolete and Corruption rolls on gear is best simmed individually, assuming the Corruption amount is affordable with a given loadout.
Trinket Simulations for Destruction Warlock
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