Destruction Warlock DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents — Dragonflight 10.0.2

Last updated on Nov 28, 2022 at 12:20 by Motoko 46 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out the best talents for each tier for your Destruction Warlock in World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.2. We also have default talent lists for various types of content, such as raiding or Mythic+. If you play with Warmode on, we have your PvP talents covered as well.

If you were looking for WotLK Classic content, please refer to our WotLK Classic Destruction Warlock talents.

1.

Talent Cheat Sheets for Destruction Warlock

With the introduction of the new talents system and the ability to freely change points and share/import builds free of consumables costs while out of combat it is highly advised to adapt the build based on the type of situation at hand.

To import any of the builds on this page directly in-game click on the export button in the top-right of the calculator

1.1.

Single Target and Light Cleave

1.2.

Light Cleave

1.3.

Mythic+

For specific Mythic+ advice, which typically involves having a set-up that can perform both in single-target and AoE situations, and this set-up can also be influenced by affixes and other things like party composition and pull layout. Check out our dedicated M+ page below.

1.4.

How To Use Destruction Warlock Talents

Since several talent choices have an effect on your gameplay, we recommend reading our rotation page linked below to find out how to adapt your playstyle and priority based on your selected talents.

2.

Picking Warlock Class Talents

Other than a handful of DPS increase nodes the path progression is generally flexible and allows to opt in or out of specific utilities that may not be relevant in a specific situation. The following sections will highlight the key talents while also making suggestions for what to pick to progress down the tree.

For detailed information about each individual talent follow the link to the Spell Summary page:

2.1.

Tier 1 (Rows 1-4) Class Talents For Destruction Warlock

2.1.1.

Talents for all situations

Talent Reason for taking
Demon Skin Icon Demon Skin Passive damage mitigation
Fel Armor Icon Fel Armor Passive damage mitigation
Burning Rush Icon Burning Rush Greatly increases Warlock mobility
Fel Domination Icon Fel Domination Offers instant pet swapping or resummon in case of a untimely death.
Mortal Coil Icon Mortal Coil A percentage-based heal on a very short cooldown which makes potions trivial in comparison.
Curses of Enfeeblement Icon Curses of Enfeeblement Gives access to strong utility Curses while opening the path for Demonic Embrace Icon Demonic Embrace.
Demonic Inspiration Icon Demonic Inspiration DPS increase
Wrathful Minion Icon Wrathful Minion DPS increase
2.1.2.

Optional / flexible talents

Talent Reason for taking
Fiendish Stride Icon Fiendish Stride Substantially reduces Burning Rush Icon Burning Rush health cost while also increasing the max speed.
Amplify Curse Icon Amplify Curse Enable to empower Curses.
Banish Icon Banish Useful to control Demons or Aberrations if the situation arise.
Demonic Fortitude Icon Demonic Fortitude Max HP increase which works well with percentage-based mitigations such as Soul Leech Icon Soul Leech and Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact.
2.2.

Tier 2 (Rows 5-7) Class Talents For Destruction Warlock

2.2.1.

Talents for all situations

Talent Reason for taking
Sweet Souls Icon Sweet Souls Further increase the healing from Healthstones.
Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway This unique party/raid wide movement tool exclusive to Warlocks can be used to quickly relocate, move between locations at different heights, and skip otherwise mandatory pathways.
Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact Very strong defensive cooldown that increases your effective health pool.
Strength of Will Icon Strength of Will Increases the value of Unending Resolve Icon Unending Resolve to a more relevant 35%.
Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood Offers some additional sustain after using a Healthstone.
2.2.2.

Optional / flexible talents

Talent Reason for taking
Frequent Donor Icon Frequent Donor Further reduces the cooldown of Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact to match Mortal Coil Icon Mortal Coil.
Shadowfury Icon Shadowfury AoE stun for when the situation requires it
Dark Fury Icon Dark Fury Increases the frequency of use of Shadowfury Icon Shadowfury.
Dark Accord Icon Dark Accord instead of Strength of Will Icon Strength of Will Use in cases where the silence/interrupt immunity is valuable.
2.3.

Tier 3 (Rows 8-10) Class Talents For Destruction Warlock

In this section there are DPS increase talents worth prioritizing

2.3.1.

Talents for all situations

Talent Reason for taking
Soul Conduit Icon Soul Conduit DPS increase
Grimoire of Synergy Icon Grimoire of Synergy DPS increase
Summon Soulkeeper Icon Summon Soulkeeper or Inquisitor's Gaze Icon Inquisitor's Gaze Both are DPS increases; the former is better suited for AoE situations and can add a bit more burst, while the latter is the safe single-target choice.
Soul Link Icon Soul Link Extremely strong passive damage mitigation tool.
Soulburn Icon Soulburn A very strong utility that can massively boost either your survivability or your mobility, depending on what spell is used.
2.3.2.

Optional / flexible talents

Talent Reason for taking
Profane Bargain Icon Profane Bargain Increases the potency of Soul Link Icon Soul Link at critical health.
Fel Synergy Icon Fel Synergy Helps mitigate the health loss from Soul Link Icon Soul Link especially on pet.
3.

Destruction Warlock Talents

The following section will go through Destruction Warlock Talents with a focus on PvE scenarios.

3.1.

Tier 1 (Rows 1-4) Destruction Warlock Talents

The first section is where you choose the general direction of the build, if AoE is needed or not, and to what extent.

3.1.1.

Talents for all situations

Talent Reason for taking
Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt Main single-target and cleave Soul Shard spender, also mandatory to progress down the path.
Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate One of the few movement tools in Destruction kit, while also being instrumental to the following talent.
Backdraft Icon Backdraft Passive that can offset the otherwise extremely long and disruptive casts of Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt and Soul Fire Icon Soul Fire.
Channel Demonfire Icon Channel Demonfire Active ability which contributes to a sizeable portion of the damage, be it single or multi target.
3.1.2.

Optional / flexible talents

Talent Reason for taking
Havoc Icon Havoc Signature spell for Destruction that works in any multitarget situation, from duplicating spenders to accelerating shard generation.
Roaring Blaze Icon Roaring Blaze Provides a damage increase in single and cleave (through Havoc Icon Havoc).
Explosive Potential Icon Explosive Potential Cooldown reduction on Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate equals to more chances for hasted casts through Backdraft Icon Backdraft.
Improved Immolate Icon Improved Immolate A single point is enough to almost never have to cast Immolate Icon Immolate if paired with talents that refresh its duration.
Cry Havoc Icon Cry Havoc or Pandemonium Icon Pandemonium Both increase the effectiveness of Havoc Icon Havoc windows, the former by adding damage around, and the latter by extending the duration.
Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire This is your dedicated ground-targeted AoE spender.
Cataclysm Icon Cataclysm Good AoE burst and Immolate Icon Immolate application on any target affected, which synergizes well with Channel Demonfire Icon Channel Demonfire.
Reverse Entropy Icon Reverse Entropy Passive damage increase.
3.2.

Tier 2 (Rows 5-7) Destruction Warlock Talents

3.2.1.

Talents for all situations

Talent Reason for taking
Raging Demonfire Icon Raging Demonfire Increases the damage of Channel Demonfire Icon Channel Demonfire while also enabling Immolate Icon Immolate extension.
Flashpoint Icon Flashpoint Free Haste that can trigger in any scenario as long as there is at least a target above 80% health makes this talent a safe pick.
3.2.2.

Optional / flexible talents

Talent Reason for taking
Soul Fire Icon Soul Fire Hardest hitting single-target spell that applies Immolate Icon Immolate on the target and generates a full Shard.
Rolling Havoc Icon Rolling Havoc A damage amplification tied to Havoc Icon Havoc windows.
Backlash Icon Backlash A mediocre damage increase, more useful in PvP where Warlock actually gets hit by melee.
Decimation Icon Decimation Gives Destruction a form of soft execute, allowing to cast many more Soulfire Icon Soulfires and stop casting Immolate Icon Immolate.
Ruin Icon Ruin Further increases the damage of Channel Demonfire Icon Channel Demonfire and Soulfire Icon Soulfire.
Eradication Icon Eradication Important debuff on target applied by Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt which increases any damage received from you.
Ashen Remains Icon Ashen Remains Passive damage increase.
3.3.

Tier 3 (Rows 8-10) Destruction Warlock Talents

3.3.1.

Talents for all situations

Talent Reason for taking
Summon Infernal Icon Summon Infernal Destruction's strongest cooldown, providing damage and shard generation passively, and required to sustain the spender high Shard cost during bursts.
Crashing Chaos Icon Crashing Chaos Further increases Destruction's burst potential during burst, by halving the cost on Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolts.
Ritual of Ruin Icon Ritual of Ruin Free spenders helps Destruction's Soul Shard costs.
Master Ritualist Icon Master Ritualist Increases the frequency of Ritual of Ruin Icon Ritual of Ruin procs.
Avatar of Destruction Icon Avatar of Destruction Another source of passive Soul Shard income.
3.3.2.

Optional / flexible talents

Talent Reason for taking
Grand Warlock's Design Icon Grand Warlock's Design or Rain of Chaos Icon Rain of Chaos Both augment Infernal, with the former increasing the activations while the latter adds single-target damage.
Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir Provides further damage increase and a welcome cast time reduction during Destruction bursts which helps avoid capping resources.
Power Overwhelming Icon Power Overwhelming Passive damage increase.
4.

PvP Talents (War Mode)

Under our Talents section, there is the option to enter "War Mode". Enabling War Mode provides the following benefits:

  • PvP talents enabled in the outdoor world;
  • 10% increase in World Quest rewards at maximum level;
  • 10% more experience gained while leveling;
  • Earn Conquest Points which can reward gear every week.

With the benefits of enabling War Mode for leveling and PvE content, it is recommended you enable the feature. In most situations, this will allow for the maximum returns despite the risks. You will make yourself available for open world PvP, and the possibility to be "ganked" while leveling or doing World Quests exists.

4.1.

Destruction Warlock War Mode Talents

In this section we will rank the PvP talents best for leveling and doing solo / small group PvE content. Below is a ranking of both General PvP Talents and Destruction Warlock-specific PvE talents.

4.1.1.

Warlock generic PvP Talents

  1. Essence Drain Icon Essence Drain stacks a damage reduction effect on enemies that are damaged by your Drain Life Icon Drain Life. You can reduce their damage by up to 25%, which is a large increase to your ability to survive and sustain.
  2. Bonds of Fel Icon Bonds of Fel allows to burst targets by dragging them away from the marked location.
  3. Bane of Fragility Icon Bane of Fragility reduces the target's maximum health by up to 10% by 15 seconds, which is very desirable when setting up bursts.
  4. Casting Circle Icon Casting Circle is a 1 minute cooldown ability that creates an area where you are immune to silence and interrupts for 8 seconds. Removes silence/interrupt immunity from Unending Resolve Icon Unending Resolve.
  5. Gateway Mastery Icon Gateway Mastery increase your gateway's range by 20 yards, and reduces the duration of the debuff placed on players using it by 15 seconds, making it a good choice when increased mobility is needed.
  6. Nether Ward Icon Nether Ward summons a shield lasting 3 seconds and reflecting back all harmful spells targeted at you.
  7. Call Observer Icon Call Observer is only relevant when dealing with lot of casting mobs.
  8. Precognition Icon Precognition and Shadow Rift Icon Shadow Rift are mostly irrelevant in the context of leveling.
4.1.2.

Destruction Warlock PvP Talents

  1. Cremation Icon Cremation causes Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate to deal up to an additional 3% of the target's maximum health in Fire damage if the target is afflicted by Immolate Icon Immolate. This is a really nice boost to your damage, and can be taken advantage of using Havoc Icon Havoc.
  2. Fel Fissure Icon Fel Fissure causes Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt to create a 5 yard Felfire pool under the target, reducing movement speed by 50% and reducing healing received on all enemies by 25%. This talent seems great in all situations, but particularly when you are dealing with multiple enemies at once.
  3. Bane of Havoc Icon Bane of Havoc causes Havoc Icon Havoc to become a ground targeted spell. Everything inside will be treated as it was debuffed by Havoc Icon Havoc.
5.

Changelog

  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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