Destruction Warlock PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / Patch 9.2.5)

Last updated on Jul 30, 2022 at 19:34 by Chanimal 7 comments

Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as a Destruction Warlock and gives you the best combinations you can take.

This page is part of our Destruction Warlock PvP Guide.


Talent Choices for Destruction Warlocks

Level Choices
15 Flashover Flashover Eradication Eradication Soul Fire Soul Fire
25 Reverse Entropy Reverse Entropy Internal Combustion Internal Combustion Shadowburn Shadowburn
30 Demon Skin Demon Skin Burning Rush Burning Rush Dark Pact Dark Pact
35 Inferno Inferno Fire and Brimstone Fire and Brimstone Cataclysm Cataclysm
40 Darkfury Darkfury Mortal Coil Mortal Coil Howl of Terror Howl of Terror
45 Roaring Blaze Roaring Blaze Rain of Chaos Rain of Chaos Grimoire of Sacrifice Grimoire of Sacrifice
50 Soul Conduit Soul Conduit Channel Demonfire Channel Demonfire Dark Soul: Instability Dark Soul: Instability

While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.


Regular Talents for Destruction Warlocks


Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Flashover Icon Flashover is the best choice in this tier. This makes your Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate do much more damage and also gives you an extra charge of Backdraft Icon Backdraft.


Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Reverse Entropy Icon Reverse Entropy is one of the choices in this tier. This is just a passive talent that gives your abilities a chance to give you Haste. This is great for faster Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolts and faster Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate recharges.


Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact is the best choice in this tier. This defensive talent allows you to sacrifice a portion of your health for a massive absorb. This is essential to help you survive setups and burst, especially as it is on a short, 1-minute cooldown.


Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Cataclysm Icon Cataclysm is the best choice in this tier. This is a strong ability that will help you spread Immolate Icon Immolate without have to cast it multiple times. Cataclysm Icon Cataclysm can be used on teams that are trying to line of sight your damage. More importantly, you can use it to prevent Rogues and Druids from using Stealth Icon Stealth.


Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Mortal Coil Icon Mortal Coil is the best choice in this tier. This gives you extra control over the enemy team with instant crowd control. Mortal Coil will be used in combination with Havoc Icon Havoc to crowd control two enemies at once. This will also heal you, increasing your survivability.


Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Roaring Blaze Icon Roaring Blaze is the best choice in this tier. This ability makes Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate increase the damage your Fire spells do by 25% for the next 8 seconds. This talent makes Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate a very powerful on-demand instant burst damage spell by chaining them.


Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Dark Soul: Instability Icon Dark Soul: Instability is the best choice in this tier. This talent gives you an additional burst cooldown that will crush teams that stay in your line of sight. Use this ability when you are using your burst rotation.


PvP Talents for Destruction Warlocks

You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful, but can be replaced with other PvP talents, depending on your team's goal.


Mandatory PvP Talents

Nether Ward Icon Nether Ward surrounds the caster with a shield that last 3 sec, reflecting all harmful spells cast on you. This is a crucial talent to take against all casters. You also want to use this talent versus teams with a Shaman or Death Knight. This is because their kicks are magical and this will prevent you from being interrupted while it is active.

Fel Fissure Icon Fel Fissure creates a 5-yard wide eruption of Felfire under the target, reducing movement speed by 50% and reducing all healing received by 25% on all enemies within the fissure. Lasts 6 seconds. This PvP talent is powerful when playing with a teammate that has a stun for your kill target. This will also help you punish players that are out of position or do not notice the Fel Fissure Icon Fel Fissure animation.

Amplify Curse Icon Amplify Curse amplifies the effect of your next curse ability. Specifically, using this in conjunction with Curse of Weakness Icon Curse of Weakness against melee makes it so that they cannot crit. This helps you or your teammates to survive enemy cooldown windows. Additionally, you can amplify Curse of Exhaustion Icon Curse of Exhaustion to slow enemies further and Curse of Tongues Icon Curse of Tongues to slow down enemy casters.


Situational PvP Talents

Shadow Rift Icon Shadow Rift allows you to cast an area-of-effect around the enemy, as long as you are in your Demonic Circle: Teleport Icon Demonic Circle: Teleport range. After 2 seconds, any enemies inside this circle will be teleported to your Demonic Circle: Teleport Icon Demonic Circle: Teleport. This ability has many creative uses, and can be used to prevent enemy teams from hiding behind a pillar or to teleport melee away from you.

Bonds of Fel Icon Bonds of Fel allows you to cast in an area around an enemy. If the enemy walks out of this circle, they take damage divided by how many people are within that area of effect. This ability helps to lock enemies in your line-of-sight, allowing you to cast Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt or causing them to line-of-sight and take damage from Bonds of Fel.



  • 30 Jul. 2022: Updated for Shadowlands Season 4.
  • 31 May 2022: Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 02 Mar. 2022: Updated for Shadowlands 9.2.
  • 17 Nov. 2021: Updated for Shadowlands Patch 9.1.5.
  • 10 Aug. 2021: Updated for Shadowlands Patch 9.1.
  • 08 Mar. 2021: No updates needed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 05 Dec. 2020: Updated Talent Table.
    • Updated Tier 6 Regular Talent.
  • 29 Nov. 2020: Removed outdated Traits and Essences.
  • 20 Oct. 2020: Updated Talent Table.
    • Updated Tiers 6 and 7 Regular talents.
    • Updated PvP talents.
  • 20 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for Patch 8.3 and no update was deemed necessary.
  • 09 Dec. 2019: Page added.
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