Destruction Warlock DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Dec 28, 2020 at 14:07 by Motoko 26 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 9.0.2.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS Warlock gear and best in slot.

1.

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.

2.

Gearing Early on in Shadowlands as Destruction Warlock

When Season 1 of Shadowlands begins, most of your gear will come from either Raiding, Mythic+, PvP, or the weekly chest. However, none of these options are available in the first couple of weeks of Shadowlands. Below, we go over some of the best ways to get geared early on in Shadowlands.

  • Covenant Callings: These are daily quests that can give you up to 200 item level gear and Conduits.
  • The Maw: Rares and Events in The Maw can drop up to 184 item level gear.
  • Battlegrounds: You can exchange Honor Points for u to item level 184 gear.
  • Mythic dungeons: Although Mythic+ is not open yet, standard Mythic dungeons are open. These drop 184 item level loot and can be looted once per week.
  • Reputation: Getting honored allows you to buy 181 item level gear and getting exalted gives 200 item level gear.
3.

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 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.

4.

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.

5.

Legendaries for Destruction Warlock

Both Cinders of the Azj'Aqir Icon Cinders of the Azj'Aqir (Legs) and Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning (Finger) are extremely important in both raiding and Mythic+ situations. It is advisable to craft them with Missive of Mastery Icon Missive of Mastery and Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste.

Prioritise Cinders of the Azj'Aqir Icon Cinders of the Azj'Aqir if the main goal is raiding and Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning if the main goal is Mythic+ dungeons.

After crafting and upgrading the above 2 choices, it is advisable to consider crafting other more niche choices such as:

If you are looking for in-depth explanation on what Legendary to pick for what situation and how to obtain them, read our Legendary page below.

6.

Conduits for Destruction Warlock

6.1.

Best Single-Target Potency Conduits for Destruction Warlock

  1. Combusting Engine Icon Combusting Engine
  2. Ashen Remains Icon Ashen Remains
6.2.

Best Cleave / AoE Potency Conduits for Destruction Warlock

  1. Duplicitous Havoc Icon Duplicitous Havoc
  2. Infernal Brand Icon Infernal Brand

For more info regarding which Conduits to pick for which situations, check our full Covenants, Soulbinds & Conduits page.

7.

Best in Slot Items for Destruction Warlock

7.1.

Castle Nathria Best in Slot

Here we have provided a list of the best available items from Castle Nathria, which may be advantageous for players who have little interest in Mythic+ dungeons or PvP.

Slot Item Source
Helm Confidant's Favored Cap Icon Confidant's Favored Cap Lady Inerva Darkvein in Castle Nathria
Neck Charm of Eternal Winter Icon Charm of Eternal Winter Huntsman Altimor in Castle Nathria
Shoulder Shawl of the Penitent Icon Shawl of the Penitent Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Cloak Crest of the Legionnaire General Icon Crest of the Legionnaire General General Kaal in Castle Nathria
Chest Robes of the Cursed Commando Icon Robes of the Cursed Commando General Kaal in Castle Nathria
Wrists Acolyte's Velvet Bindings Icon Acolyte's Velvet Bindings Trash in Castle Nathria (Bind on Equip, can be bought from Auction House / other players)
Gloves Impossibly Oversized Mitts Icon Impossibly Oversized Mitts Sludgefist in Castle Nathria
Belt Cinch of Infinite Tightness Icon Cinch of Infinite Tightness Trash in Castle Nathria (Bind on Equip, can be bought from Auction House / other players)
Legs Grim-Veiled Pants Icon Grim-Veiled Pants Crafted Legendary with Cinders of the Azj'Aqir Icon Cinders of the Azj'Aqir, Missive of Mastery Icon Missive of Mastery and Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste
Boots Slippers of the Forgotten Heretic Icon Slippers of the Forgotten Heretic Shriekwing in Castle Nathria
Ring #1 Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Icon Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Ring #2 Ardent Sunstar Signet Sun King's Salvation in Castle Nathria
Main-hand + Off-hand Spire of the Long Dark Icon Spire of the Long Dark Trade in Abominable Anima Spherule Icon Abominable Anima Spherule at your Covenant Weaponsmith, dropped from Sire Denathrius or Sun King's Salvation in Castle Nathria
Trinket 1 Dreadfire Vessel Icon Dreadfire Vessel Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Trinket 2 Cabalist's Hymnal Icon Cabalist's Hymnal Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
7.2.

Dungeons Best in Slot

Slot Item Source
Helm Depraved Physician's Mask Icon Depraved Physician's Mask Plaguefall
Neck Sin Stained Pendant Icon Sin Stained Pendant Halls of Atonement
Shoulder Reanimator's Mantle Icon Reanimator's Mantle The Necrotic Wake
Cloak Drape of Twisted Loyalties Icon Drape of Twisted Loyalties Spires of Ascension
Chest Sinlight Shroud Icon Sinlight Shroud Halls of Atonement
Wrists Contaminated Gauze Wristwraps Icon Contaminated Gauze Wristwraps Theater of Pain
Gloves Stonefiend Shaper's Mitts Icon Stonefiend Shaper's Mitts Halls of Atonement
Belt Kin-Tara's Baleful Cord Icon Kin-Tara's Baleful Cord Spires of Ascension
Legs Leggings of the Erudite Scholar Icon Leggings of the Erudite Scholar Plaguefall
Boots Dark Stride Footwraps Icon Dark Stride Footwraps Spires of Ascension
Ring #1 Death God's Signet Icon Death God's Signet De Other Side
Ring #2 Arachnid Cipher Ring Icon Arachnid Cipher Ring Plaguefall
Main-hand + Off-hand Nathrian Ferula Icon Nathrian Ferula Halls of Atonement
Trinket 1 Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device De Other Side
Trinket 2 Infinitely Divisible Ooze Icon Infinitely Divisible Ooze Plaguefall
8.

Trinkets for Destruction Warlock

Due to the prevalence of high item level trinkets via Mythic+, raiding, and PvP, there are a variety of suitable options when it comes to trinkets. It is always best to use Raidbots Top Gear to determine what your optimal trinkets are.

From dungeons, Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device is by far the most potent trinket, rivalling raid trinkets of similar item level. Satchel of Misbegotten Minions Icon Satchel of Misbegotten Minions and Infinitely Divisible Ooze Icon Infinitely Divisible Ooze are the 2 best passive trinkets. Empyreal Ordnance Icon Empyreal Ordnance is worth mentioning as the delay in buff application allows you to run it as a second on-use trinket.

8.1.

Trinket Simulations for Destruction Warlock

8.1.1.

Single Target

Loading...
For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com
8.1.2.

Cleave

Loading...
For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com
9.

Changelog

  • 28 Dec. 2020: Added Sun King Salvation as another source of drop for the Abominable Anima Spherule weapon token.
  • 04 Dec. 2020: Updated Castle Nathria BiS list, added dungeons BiS list, and updated trinket recommendations.
  • 24 Nov. 2020: Added disclaimer about Bloodmallet sims.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands release, added Legendary and Conduits sections, and Castle Nathria BiS list
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
Show more
Show less