Devastation Evoker DPS Guide — Dragonflight 10.0.2

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Devastation Evoker Overview

Evokers are a brand new Class for Dragonflight, though currently only the new Dracthyr race can choose to play as one. Devastation Evoker is a mid-range caster DPS and has a range of 25 yards for their abilities. There is a good amount of depth in the talent tree to allow you to specialize for Single Target, Cleave, and AoE combat scenarios, and for these you will utilize the Red and Blue dragonflights' schools of Magic.

Evokers utilize a new Resource called Essence which regenerates over time. You spend Essence on Disintegrate Icon Disintegrate and Pyre Icon Pyre to deal single-target or AoE damage respectively.

Essence Resource Icon

Evokers also have a new type of spell called Empowered Spells. As you cast the spells they power up, having different interactions based on how long you Empower them for. Devastation has access to two Empowered Spells in the form of Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath and Eternity Surge Icon Eternity Surge.

Whilst your spell prioritization may seem simple at a glance, the talents you pick change how you will use these spells, adding more depth to the class and your combat choices.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Can specialize for specific damage profiles and perform well for their chosen type.
  • +Can deal very high amounts of damage to new targets.
  • +Very mobile.
  • +Can save team members with Rescue Icon Rescue.
  • +Can remove a wide array of effects on players with Expunge Icon Expunge to remove Poisons and Cauterizing Flame Icon Cauterizing Flame to remove Bleeds, Poisons, Curses, and Diseases.
X Weaknesses
  • -Specializing for one damage profile makes you significantly weaker in others.
  • -25 yard range takes some getting used to.
  • -Can die easily due to low HP.
  • -Only one personal defensive cooldown.
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Basics of Devastation Evoker Gameplay

The Devastation Evoker playstyle is very fluid where you will always be casting something which interacts with your next cast. Some examples are listed below:

  1. Casting Blue Spells with Charged Blast Icon Charged Blast talented will increase the damage of your next Pyre Icon Pyre.
  2. Casting Empowered Spells during Dragonrage Icon Dragonrage with Animosity Icon Animosity talented will extend its duration.
  3. Casting Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath with Leaping Flames Icon Leaping Flames talented will make your next Living Flame Icon Living Flame hit additional targets (based on the Empower level).
  4. Healing other players with Scarlet Adaptation Icon Scarlet Adaptation will increase the damage of your next Living Flame Icon Living Flame.
  5. The cooldown of your empowered spells can be reduced when you spend Essence with talents such as Feed the Flames Icon Feed the Flames or Causality Icon Causality.

As you can see there is a good amount of depth in your combat rotation from just a few of these interactions, making this a more involved and interesting DPS specialization to play.

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Leveling a Devastation Evoker

Evokers are new to World of Warcraft, and you will start at Level 58. You can follow our dedicated leveling guide that will walk you through the best talents to choose on your journey, and also provide you with a number of tips and tricks. Before you start on your journey, though, we recommend setting up your UI so that you can familiarize yourself with it before you reach maximum level.

Once at maximum level, we recommend checking out our Easy Mode guide, linked below. This guide will briefly go over what you need to do to play your character optimally, though of course the main Rotation and Talents pages are slightly more optimized.

If you are new to Devastation Evoker and would like to learn the basics of the class, we also recommend looking at the Spell Summary. We also have full guides for the Devastation Evoker talents and rotations below.

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Devastation Evoker Viability

Your talent choices dictate how well Devastation Evoker plays in different scenarios. However when you pick a talent build that is not ideally suited to the combat scenario your DPS will be much lower, such as for example using a single-target raid Build in Mythic+. Having multiple talent trees set up will avoid this from happening.

Evokers do not have high health or base mitigation and taking avoidable damage can kill you, leading to the feeling of being "squishy". However, Evokers are very mobile making avoiding this damage easier.

Additionally, you can support your team with healing (which increases your damage with Scarlet Adaptation Icon Scarlet Adaptation, and mobility with Blessing of the Bronze Icon Blessing of the Bronze reducing the cooldown of their movement effects, Time Spiral Icon Time Spiral giving everyone a free use of their mobility cooldown, Zephyr Icon Zephyr which reduces AoE damage taken and increases movement speed, and you can pick up an ally and move them to a new location with Rescue Icon Rescue (very useful for picking up slow players or saving someone from a potentially dangerous location).

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How to Gear Up as a Devastation Evoker

Mastery is your most important secondary stat as a Devastation Evoker, however Intellect will give twice as much DPS on average per point than any secondary stat. As a result, you are much more drawn to item level than optimal stats, with the exception of trinkets and specific pieces of gear that may be significantly stronger than the alternatives.

We maintain a page with gearing advice for the current patch, including Best in Slot alternatives from different content sources. You can find a link to this below:

Once you have started to gear, you will need to make sure that you have the appropriate consumables, gems, enchants, and more. We have a dedicated page for exactly this, as shown below, as well as the stats page, where you can find more information on the possibility of a changing stat priority and the necessary changes you may need to make for consumables.

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End-Game as a Devastation Evoker

Once you have reached max level you will want to work on optimizing your damage output. Fortunately, we also maintain a set of pages containing tips, tricks and strategies for all end-game content:

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Improving as a Devastation Evoker

Devastation Evoker has a core feedback loop where your current action will impact your future actions. Knowing when to use your Empowered Spells, extend Dragonrage Icon Dragonrage, and when to use Dragonrage are a few core concepts to master.

We have collected a list of common mistakes, along with explanations for each of them, resources to train and counter them, and tips on how to truly understand what makes the spec tick. You can find these below: