Destruction Warlock DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5

Last updated on Apr 14, 2019 at 18:45 by Motoko 59 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Destruction Warlock guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5. Here, you will learn how to play as a Destruction Warlock in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

1. Destruction Warlock Overview

Destruction Warlock is a very flexible specialization that can find ways to excel in a variety of environments. Destruction can deal a lot of burst to a single target, and also efficiently cleave and AoE several targets at once.

Destruction is almost always a viable candidate for progression fights, as it has the least ramp up time of any Warlock specialization. It can pressure priority targets easily, and also has strong cleave through Havoc Icon Havoc. Like all Warlock specializations, Destruction brings Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway, a powerful raid cooldown that can transport your entire group 40 yards instantly.

2. Patch 8.1 Changes for Destruction Warlock

3. Destruction Warlock Strengths

  • Low ramp up time
  • Fantastic cooldowns
  • Good burst on-demand
  • Efficient cleave
  • Flexible gameplay

4. Destruction Warlock Weaknesses

  • Average overall damage output outside of cooldowns
  • Unexciting talents
  • Low mobility

5. Destruction Warlock's Viability in the Current Patch

Destruction is a perfectly viable candidate for all content types. While it does not top the damage meters in most situations, it is a stable and adaptable specialization that certainly holds its own this patch.

6. Changelog

  • 14 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): Updated the opener.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated after recent raid nerfs.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 11 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated with better talent choices, and more tips.
  • 11 Feb. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated to reflect the changes in gearing from Haste to Mastery.
  • 08 Feb. 2019 (enchants page): Updated to reflect the change of stat priority.
  • 08 Feb. 2019 (stats page): Updated to reflect change in stat priority of Haste and Mastery.
  • 05 Feb. 2019 (talents page): Updated talents and builds after Battle of Dazar'alor mythic release.
  • 05 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor Heroic week fixes.
  • 04 Feb. 2019 (rotation page): Updated rotation for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 25 Jan. 2019 (stats page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor release.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor release.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle of Daz'Alor release.
  • 21 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Added trinkets/racials to the rotation section.
  • 19 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated page with additional questions.
  • 19 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): Updated page with new sims.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Pet advice update.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Patch 8.1. Reviewed talent advice for all bosses.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.1. Reviewed talent advice.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Patch 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.1. Reviewed Level 15 and Level 30 talent advice.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1. Added Chaos Shards.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated talent choices.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (rotation page): Updated rotation.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated common mistakes.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket selection.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (talents page): Updated talents section.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated Succubus info.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated Easy setup recommendation.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated boss guide.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (this page): Updated Strengths/weaknesses.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated trait recommendation.
  • 30 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Fully updated page, including several new sections and simulations.
  • 07 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Uldir.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth.
  • 30 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite rankings. New sims added, with Raidbots links.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Added Azerite Outer Ring simulations (single target and cleave) for quick reference.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Made small tweaks to the page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page added.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 26 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Added full legendary tier list.
  • 21 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Added PvP (War Mode) Talents and explanations.
  • 18 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated a typo regarding Havoc changes.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 03 Jan. 2018 (FAQ page): Added Singe Magic usage mention.
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