Destruction Warlock DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1
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.
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.
|Helm||Grasping Crown of the Deep||Viq'Goth (Siege of Boralus)|
|Shoulders||Pauldrons of Vile Corruption||Unbound Abomination (The Underrot)|
|Cloak||Cloak of Questionable Intent||Rixxa Fluxflame (The MOTHERLODE!!)|
|Chest||Inmate's Straight Robe||Overseer Korgus (Tol Dagor)|
|Wrists||Wraps of Everliving Fealty||Vol'kaal (Atal'Dazar)|
|Gloves||Handwraps of Oscillating Polarity||Galvazzt (Temple of Sethraliss)|
|Belt||Sailcloth Waistband||Captain Jolly (Freehold)|
|Legs||Rowdy Reveler's Legwraps||Coin-Operated Crowd Pummeler (The MOTHERLODE!!)|
|Boots||Sandswept Sandals||Adderis and Aspix (Temple of Sethraliss)|
|Ring #1||Band of the Ancient Dredger||Hadal Darkfathom (Siege of Boralus)|
|Ring #2||Seal of Questionable Loyalties||Captain Jolly (Freehold)|
|Weapon||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
Ignition Mage's Fuse is currently the best available trinket and is obtainable from Tol'Dagor. The on-use effect lines up naturally every Dark Soul: Instability. Another good option are the PvP trinkets Dread Gladiator's Badge and Dread Gladiator's Medallion. Alternatively, Balefire Branch from Waycrest Manor is another option, which lines up with Summon Infernal.
The only trinket from World Bosses worth of note is Azurethos' Singed Plumage.
The last trinket worth mentioning is the World Drop BoE Leyshock's Grand Compilation.
4.1. Trinket Simulations for Destruction Warlock
4.1.1. Single Target
- 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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