Destruction Warlock PvP Stat Priority, Gear, and Trinkets (Shadowlands / Patch 9.1)

Last updated on Aug 10, 2021 at 22:06 by Mysticall 7 comments

Choosing your gear carefully is important for your Destruction Warlock in PvP. We give you a stat priority to help you choose items with the right stats, followed by advice on how to choose the rest of your gear and your trinkets.

This page is part of our Destruction Warlock PvP Guide.


The stat priority for Destruction Warlock in PvP

The stat priority for Destruction Warlock in PvP is as follows:

  1. Intellect;
  2. Haste;
  3. Versatility;
  4. Mastery;
  5. Critical Strike.

Intellect is the best stat in all situations. Haste is your best secondary stat to have as it reduces the Global Cooldown on abilities, reduces your cast time, and causes Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate to recharge faster. This will help you cast your Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt and Fear Icon Fear at a faster rate. Versatility is your second-best stat to have as it increases your damage done as well as healing, which affects Mortal Coil Icon Mortal Coil whilst also making you more durable.


Gear Recommendations


General Guidelines

In general, Destruction Warlocks want to stack as much Intellect, Haste, and Versatility as possible. Here is the best gear we recommend you using as a Destruction Warlock.


Note: It is important to be wearing 2 PvP trinkets. This will give you a Versatility boost that will increase your damage and healing.

Unchained Gladiator's Medallion Icon Unchained Gladiator's Medallion is a mandatory trinket to have equipped at all times. This allows you to remove any crowd control on yourself. You will normally use this when you are stuck in crowd control and a teammate or yourself is at low health.

Sinful Gladiator's Insignia of Alacrity Icon Sinful Gladiator's Insignia of Alacrity increases your Haste and has a chance to proc Intellect. This is an overall strong trinket, as Haste is essential for Destruction. Additionally, the proc for Intellect increases your DPS significantly when it is active.


Gems and Enchants

Here are the best enchants and gems for a Destruction Warlock:

Gem all of your gear with Quick Jewel Cluster Icon Quick Jewel Cluster.

For Domination Shards, there are only 2 Shards which are worth using as an Affliction Warlock. These are the Shard of Kyr Icon Shard of Kyr which grants a stacking absorb shield, and the Shard of Dyz Icon Shard of Dyz which increases your damage dealt by a small margin. These two Domination Shard choices are significantly stronger than the other choices, making them worth wearing in PvP.

If you would like to know more about the remaining Domination Shards' effects, how to obtain them, or how to upgrade their powers into even more potent forms, please see our official guide detailing everything about this new system of Patch 9.1:



  • 10 Aug. 2021: Updated for Shadowlands Patch 9.1.
  • 08 Mar. 2021: No updates needed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 06 Dec. 2020: Added BiS gear list for Shadowlands.
  • 29 Nov. 2020: Removed outdated Traits and Essences.
    • Removed outdated gear.
    • Added gems section.
  • 20 Oct. 2020: Removed Corruption sections.
  • 03 Jul. 2020: Updated Corruptions.
    • Added Recommended Corruptions section.
  • 19 May 2020: Updated Corruptions section.
  • 08 Apr. 2020: Updated Recommended Items.
  • 14 Feb. 2020: Added Corruption Gear section. Updated Recommended Gear section.
  • 20 Jan. 2020: Updated PvP gear to be Season 4 Corrupted gear.
  • 09 Dec. 2019: Page added.
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