Devastation Evoker DPS Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities — Dragonflight 10.2.7

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Blueprint 28 comments
General Information

On this page, you will learn how to optimize the rotation of your Devastation Evoker in both single-target and multiple-target situations. We also have advanced sections about cooldowns, procs, etc. in order to minmax your DPS. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.7.

1.

Rotation for Devastation Evokers

The rotation for Evoker plays largely in 30-second cycles around your empowered spells (Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath and Eternity Surge Icon Eternity Surge). Between these cycles, you want to ensure that you spend your Essence and have minimal downtime between casts.

Every two minutes, you can use Dragonrage Icon Dragonrage, and you want to have both empowered spells available to extend the duration (interaction with the Animosity Icon Animosity talent).

If the rotations below seem overwhelming, you can visit our Easy Mode page, which outlines a close-to-optimal rotation in simpler terms.

You can take a lot of this information with you when you run Mythic+ dungeons, however, the Mythic+ page is more dedicated to situations you constantly encounter in such instances.

1.1.

Talent Switch

Use the buttons below to select your talents to see how that changes the rotation:

Single-target talent options are selected by default. If you wish to see rotation changes in AoE select talents related to that (such as Volatility Icon Volatility).

Active Talents Passive Talents
Eternity's Span Icon Eternity's Span
Shattering Star Icon Shattering Star Burnout Icon Burnout
Firestorm Icon Firestorm Charged Blast Icon Charged Blast
Kharnalex, The First Light Icon Kharnalex, The First Light Font of Magic Icon Font of Magic
Snapfire Icon Snapfire
Volatility Icon Volatility
Power Swell Icon Power Swell
Iridescence Icon Iridescence
Raging Inferno Icon Raging Inferno
Protracted Talons Icon Protracted Talons
1.2.

Power Swell and Iridescence

New talents being used in this patch are Power Swell Icon Power Swell and Iridescence Icon Iridescence. They bring some new rotational nuance which has been detailed in the rotations below. Outlined in this section will be a quick read on what they do and why they matter in the rotation.

1.2.1.

Power Swell

After using an empowered spell, your essence regeneration will be increased. During these windows, you will want to use all of your Essence and Essence Burst procs to gain the most out of this buff window and to prevent overcapping on Essence.

1.2.2.

Iridescence

Your next two spells of the same color are buffed after using an empowered spell. Fortunately, the rotational priorities are the same regardless of which buff is triggered.

After Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath, your next 2 red spells are buffed. On 3+ Targets (with Volatility) this will be spent on Pyre Icon Pyre, otherwise it will be consumed by Living Flame Icon Living Flame.

After Eternity Surge Icon Eternity Surge, your next 2 blue spells will be buffed. Avoid casting Azure Strike Icon Azure Strike as you will gain more DPS by using this on Disintegrate Icon Disintegrate.

2.

Single-Target Rotation for Devastation Evoker

The priority system for Devastation Evoker is simple as a whole, as you are focusing on two or three short cooldown abilities and filling the gaps with Living Flame Icon Living Flame. However, when you delay any of your empowered abilities, everything starts to become desynchronized, and this will be noticeable in your overall damage.

  1. Cast Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath at empower level 1. If Dragonrage Icon Dragonrage is available soon, skip this step as you will need to save it.
  2. If the targets will not live for the full duration of the Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath DoT then cast Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath at a higher empowerment to not lose any DPS.
  3. Cast Shattering Star Icon Shattering Star.
  4. Cast Eternity Surge Icon Eternity Surge at empower level 1. If Dragonrage Icon Dragonrage is available soon, skip this step as you will need to save it.
  5. Aim to have 1 Essence Burst Icon Essence Burst stack for when Shattering Star Icon Shattering Star comes off cooldown to have your Disintegrate Icon Disintegrates deal even more damage.
  6. Cast Living Flame Icon Living Flame as a filler ability until you have enough Essence for Disintegrate Icon Disintegrate.
  7. If you need to move while casting, use Hover Icon Hover. If you have no charges of Hover Icon Hover left, then use Azure Strike Icon Azure Strike.

You will notice that all empowered spells are listed as being used at Empower level 1, and this is intentional.

  • Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath at Rank 1 gives you the longest DoT, which is used to trigger Burnout Icon Burnout procs.
  • Going beyond Rank 1 on Eternity Surge Icon Eternity Surge will not gain you any more damage on single-target as all it does is add additional targets.
3.

Single-Target Dragonrage Rotation for Devastation Evoker

When you are in your Dragonrage Icon Dragonrage window, you want to ensure that you are not wasting any potential damage, as this is your highest burst DPS period.

  1. If this is your Dragonrage cast on the pull, pre-cast Living Flame Icon Living Flame so it lands as the boss engages.
  2. Cast Dragonrage Icon Dragonrage.
  3. Cast Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath at empower level 1.
  4. Cast Shattering Star Icon Shattering Star.
  5. Cast Eternity Surge Icon Eternity Surge.
  6. Cast Disintegrate Icon Disintegrate with to spend Essence and consume Essence Burst Icon Essence Burst procs.
  7. Cast Living Flame Icon Living Flame to generate Essence Burst Icon Essence Burst stacks.
  8. When Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath is available repeat the rotation from that point onwards in the list above.
  9. Your second cast of Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath should be paired with Tip the Scales Icon Tip the Scales then once Shattering Star Icon Shattering Star becomes available repeat the standard rotation.
4.

AoE Dragonrage Rotation for Devastation Evoker

The Dragonrage Icon Dragonrage rotation changes slightly in AoE.

  1. Cast Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath at empower level 1.
  2. If the targets will not live for the full duration of the Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath DoT then cast Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath at a higher empowerment to not lose any DPS.
  3. Cast Eternity Surge Icon Eternity Surge at higher empower levels, depending on your target count.
  4. Cast Azure Strike Icon Azure Strike to generate Essence Burst Icon Essence Burst procs.
5.

Two-Target Rotation for Devastation Evoker

  1. Cast Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath at empower level 1.
  2. If the targets will not live for the full duration of the Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath DoT then cast Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath at a higher empowerment to not lose any DPS.
  3. Cast Disintegrate Icon Disintegrate.
  4. Cast Deep Breath Icon Deep Breath.
  5. Cast Living Flame Icon Living Flame as a filler ability until you have enough Essence for Disintegrate Icon Disintegrate.
  6. If you need to move while casting, use Hover Icon Hover. If you have no charges of Hover Icon Hover left, then use Azure Strike Icon Azure Strike.

Against two targets, your rotation stays the same as in single-target; the only key difference is that Eternity Surge Icon Eternity Surge is changed. However, if you have picked the Eternity's Span Icon Eternity's Span talent, then you will double the number of targets, so you will keep using this at empower level 1.

6.

3-4 Target Rotation for Devastation Evoker

  1. Cast Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath at empower level 2/3.
  2. If the targets will not live for the full duration of the Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath DoT then cast Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath at a higher empowerment to not lose any DPS.
  3. Cast Deep Breath Icon Deep Breath.
  4. Cast Azure Strike Icon Azure Strike as a filler ability until you have enough Essence for your spender.

Against three or four targets, the rotation changes slightly. Eternity Surge Icon Eternity Surge is always cast at empower rank 2 (or empower rank 3 if you have not picked Eternity's Span Icon Eternity's Span), and Azure Strike Icon Azure Strike starts to creep its way into the rotation if you have picked Eternity's Span Icon Eternity's Span.

7.

AoE Rotation for Devastation Evoker

  1. Cast Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath at empower level 2/3.
  2. If the targets will not live for the full duration of the Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath DoT then cast Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath at a higher empowerment to not lose any DPS.
  3. Cast Shattering Star Icon Shattering Star.
  4. Cast Eternity Surge Icon Eternity Surge at empower level 2 (for 2 targets), level 3 (for 3 targets).
  5. Cast Deep Breath Icon Deep Breath.
  6. Cast Azure Strike Icon Azure Strike as a filler ability until you have enough Essence for your spender.
8.

Advanced: Disintegrate Chain Casting

To gain slightly more DPS from Disintegrate Icon Disintegrate casts when casting it back to back, you can carry over up to 1 tick of damage from it to your next cast.

The ticks of damage from Disintegrate work as follows. There is always a tick of damage at the cast's start and end, with 2 ticks in between. If you cast your next Disintegrate as the 3rd tick of damage happens, the final tick of damage will carry over into the next cast, making it have 5 ticks in total. This increases your damage output, as there will be no downtime between casts.

A WeakAura to help with this has been linked below, which will show when each tick of damage from Disintegrate will happen.

Disintegrate Chain Casting

Additionally, during Dragonrage Icon Dragonrage, it can be worthwhile to cut the cast of Disintegrate Icon Disintegrate off at the 3rd tick of damage to get cooldown reduction from Causality Icon Causality. This will be a DPS loss from Disintegrate Icon Disintegrate, but you will have a higher time spent in Dragonrage Icon Dragonrage due to being able to have more empowered casts. Only do this if you know it is necessary. Otherwise you will lose DPS.

9.

Pyre Cheat Sheet

In the table below, I will detail when you should use Pyre during your rotation, as it does change based on talents and target count.

Targets Charged Blast Icon Charged Blast stacks with Volatility Icon Volatility Charged Blast Icon Charged Blast stacks without Volatility Icon Volatility
2 Never use Never use
3 Any amount 15+
4+ Any amount Any amount
10.

Tier set impact on rotation for Devastation Evoker

The tier set primarily impacts your play outside of your Dragonrage Icon Dragonrage window as the 4pc bonus is active through the full duration of it, outside of your cooldowns you will be aiming to space your empowered spells 5 seconds apart in order to get the maximum uptime on your 4pc bonus

11.

Empowered Spells and When to Use Each Empower Level

Empowered Spells are a considerable portion of your damage; however, going all the way to the maximum empowerment level is only sometimes the best thing to do. Below we will detail when you use each empower level for each spell.

11.1.

Fire Breath

Note: If you have the Catalyze Icon Catalyze talent the DoT component from Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath has more of an impact on your total damage dealt by the spell, as when you cast Disintegrate Icon Disintegrate, the tick rate of the DoT is increased. Without Catalyze Icon Catalyze, the total damage dealt remains the same at any rank (assuming the target lives for the full duration).

  • Level 1. This will be your most common cast level. This has the longest DoT, which means more chances to trigger Burnout Icon Burnout.
  • Level 2. This can be used if playing with Feed the Flames Icon Feed the Flames as you can get the cooldown of Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath low enough to not miss out on uptime with good rotational play.
  • Level 3. This should only be used if the target is on low health and needs to die quickly or if it is the end of a trash pack in Mythic+ and you have some time until you begin the next trash pack.
  • Level 4 (with Font of Magic Icon Font of Magic talent only). Same as Level 3.

Additionally, when fighting against multiple targets, the benefits of Catalyze Icon Catalyze is reduced, and the total damage impact of the DoT and the upfront damage need to be considered together. The below table will illustrate when it is best to use each Level of Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath. This assumes that the targets will live for the entire duration of the DoT component.

Targets Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath Level
2 1
3 2
4 3
5 3/4
20+ 1

You will see that the value of the levels scale somewhat linearly up until substantial AoE scenarios where it goes back to using Level 1; this is because the upfront damage is divided by the number of targets hit at this Level but the DoT component is not, so you will gain more damage by having a stronger DoT on this many targets.

11.2.

Eternity Surge

Eternity Surge Icon Eternity Surge is a bit simpler to gauge when you use each level, as the only thing that changes with the spell is the number of targets it hits.

It is important to note that the amount of targets hit is doubled if you have the Eternity's Span Icon Eternity's Span talent.

  • Level 1. Against 1 target (or 1/2 targets with Eternity's Span Icon Eternity's Span).
  • Level 2. Against 2 targets (or 3/4 targets with Eternity's Span Icon Eternity's Span).
  • Level 3. Against 3 targets (or 5/6 targets with Eternity's Span Icon Eternity's Span).
  • Level 4 (with Font of Magic Icon Font of Magic talent only). Against 4 targets (or 7/8 targets with Eternity's Span Icon Eternity's Span).
12.

Cooldown Usage for Devastation Evokers

While Devastation Evoker does not have many spells to use, using them correctly is key to not wasting any potential damage uptime.

  • Dragonrage Icon Dragonrage should be used with Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust (or similar spells) or delayed until your second empowered cast cycle if you are not using Bloodlust on the pull to gain the most from the Mastery benefits.
  • Tip the Scales Icon Tip the Scales should be used with Eternity Surge Icon Eternity Surge for AoE scenarios, or on your second Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath in ST as you will be able to maintain your Fire Breath debuff long enough to last until your third cast (in Dragonrage Icon Dragonrage ideally).
  • Deep Breath Icon Deep Breath should be used after you have spent your Essence and are fighting against more than 1 enemy. It can, however, be used to cover short distances. Still, it should ideally hit enemies simultaneously to be effective. You should aim to use Deep Breath Icon Deep Breath at the shortest distance, as the longer the line, the more time you are locked out from using other spells. It is inevitable if you need to move further, but you will lose some potential damage.
  • Hover Icon Hover should be used when you know you need to move, and it can also be used as a mid-air dash.
13.

Changelog

  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Reviewed for Season 4.
  • 19 Mar. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.6.
  • 22 Jan. 2024: Minor wording adjustments.
  • 15 Jan. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.5.
  • 06 Nov. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.7.
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.5.
  • 29 Jun. 2023: Adjustments made to section 3.
  • 17 Jun. 2023: Adjustments made to sections 2, 10 and 12.
  • 16 May 2023: Included sections for Power Swell and Iridescence. Rotation switches have been updated.
  • 01 May 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.
  • 20 Mar. 2023: Updated Pyre Target Count Chart.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 07 Jan. 2022: Fixed Pyre cheat sheet as the columns and rows were displaying incorrectly. Added section for disintegrate chain casting.
  • 12 Dec. 2022: Added a Pyre cheat sheet table to clearly show when you use pyre on different target counts. Added a small section about the tier set impact on rotation.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Reviewed for Dragonflight launch.
  • 18 Nov. 2022: Updated rotation switches. Included scenarios where you do not have the Volatility talent selected.
  • 15 Nov. 2022: Page added.
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