Destruction Warlock DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5

Last updated on Jan 22, 2019 at 15:58 by Motoko 59 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) 8.1.5.

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

2.1. Battle of Daz'Alor Best in Slot

Here we have provided a list of the best available items from Battle of Daz'Alor, 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
Helm Blazewing Hood Icon Blazewing Hood Jadefire Masters
Shoulders Giga-Charged Shoulderpads Icon Giga-Charged Shoulderpads High Tinker Mekkatorque
Cloak Loa Exultant's Shroud Icon Loa Exultant's Shroud Conclave of the Chosen
Chest Divine Fury Raiment Icon Divine Fury Raiment Champion of the Light
Wrists Lever Stabilizing Wristwraps Icon Lever Stabilizing Wristwraps High Tinker Mekkatorque
Gloves Manceroy's Flamefists Icon Manceroy's Flamefists Jadefire Masters
Belt Waistcord of Flowing Silk Icon Waistcord of Flowing Silk Opulence
Legs Wavecaller Leggings Icon Wavecaller Leggings Stormwall Blockade
Boots Lightfeather Footpads Icon Lightfeather Footpads Conclave of the Chosen
Ring #1 Lord Admiral's Signet Icon Lord Admiral's Signet Lady Jaina Proudmoore
Ring #2 Seal of the Zandalari Empire Icon Seal of the Zandalari Empire King Rastakhan
Weapon Siren's Song Icon Siren's Song Stormwall Blockade
Off-Hand Fogbreaker, Light of the Sea Icon Fogbreaker, Light of the Sea Lady Jaina Proudmoore

2.2. Uldir Best in Slot

Here we have provided a list of the best available items from Uldir, 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
Helm Horrific Amalgam's Hood Icon Horrific Amalgam's Hood Fetid Devourer
Shoulders Mantle of Contained Corruption Icon Mantle of Contained Corruption Zek'Voz
Cloak Fetid Horror's Tanglecloak Icon Fetid Horror's Tanglecloak Fetid Devourer
Chest Robes of the Unraveler Icon Robes of the Unraveler Mythrax the Unraveler
Wrists Void-Lashed Wristband Icon Void-Lashed Wristband Zek'voz
Gloves Mutagenic Protofluid Handwraps Icon Mutagenic Protofluid Handwraps Vectis
Belt Cord of Septic Envelopment Icon Cord of Septic Envelopment G'huun
Legs Leggings of Lingering Infestation Icon Leggings of Lingering Infestation MOTHER
Boots Volatile Walkers Icon Volatile Walkers Taloc
Ring #1 Ring of the Infinite Void Icon Ring of the Infinite Void Zek'voz
Ring #2 Band of Certain Annihilation Icon Band of Certain Annihilation Mythrax the Unraveler
Weapon Heptavium, Staff of Torturous Knowledge Icon Heptavium, Staff of Torturous Knowledge G'huun

2.3. 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)

3. Azerite Gear for Destruction Warlocks

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

4. Trinkets for Destruction Warlock

Incandescent Sliver Icon Incandescent Sliver is the new best trinket and is obtainable from Opulence Guide in Battle of Daz'Alor. Due its positional requirement it may not perform to its fullest in some raid scenarios, so keep that in mind.

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.

The last trinket worth mentioning is the World Drop BoE Leyshock's Grand Compilation Icon Leyshock's Grand Compilation.

4.1. Trinket Simulations for Destruction Warlock

4.1.1. Single Target

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4.1.2. Cleave

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5. Changelog

  • 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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