Destruction Warlock DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1

Last updated on Oct 12, 2020 at 20:56 by Motoko 2 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 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 Icon Gouged Eye of N'Zoth as a reward from Corrupted Mementos Icon 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.

Slot Item Source
Helm Visage of Nightmarish Machinations Icon Visage of Nightmarish Machinations N'Zoth the Corruptor in Ny'alotha
Shoulder Spaulders of Miasmic Mycelia Icon Spaulders of Miasmic Mycelia Carapace of N'Zoth in Ny'alotha
Cloak Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve Icon Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve Legendary Cloak quest line
Chest Robe of the Fallen Keeper Icon Robe of the Fallen Keeper Ra-den the Despoiled in Ny'alotha
Wrists Void-Drenched Wristwraps Icon Void-Drenched Wristwraps The Hivemind in Ny'alotha
Gloves Emberscale Gloves Icon Emberscale Gloves Wrathion, the Black Emperor in Ny'alotha
Belt Binding of Dark Heresies Icon Binding of Dark Heresies Dark Inquisitor Xanesh in Ny'alotha
Legs Corporeal Supplicant's Trousers Icon Corporeal Supplicant's Trousers Carapace of N'Zoth in Ny'alotha
Boots Psychic's Subtle Slippers Icon Psychic's Subtle Slippers The Prophet Skitra in Ny'alotha
Ring #1 Logic Loop of Division Icon Logic Loop of Division Mechagon Mythic+ chest, Mechagon Junkyard.
Ring #2 Overclocking Bit Band Icon Overclocking Bit Band Mechagon Mythic+ chest, Mechagon Workshop.
Main-hand Shgla'yos, Astral Malignity Icon Shgla'yos, Astral Malignity Carapace of N'Zoth in Ny'alotha
Off-hand Uhnish Vwah Icon Uhnish Vwah Dark Inquisitor Xanesh in Ny'alotha
Trinket 1
Trinket 2 Psyche Shredder Icon 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.

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

Assuming normal item level drops and no Corruption effect on trinkets, the best combination in Patch 8.3 is going to be Psyche Shredder Icon Psyche Shredder and Azshara's Font of Power Icon 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 Icon Manifesto of Madness, which has positional requirements similar to Incandescent Sliver Icon 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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  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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