Devastation Evoker DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents — Dragonflight 10.0.7

Last updated on Mar 20, 2023 at 14:16 by Panthea 20 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out the best talents for each tier for your Devastation Evoker in World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.7. 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.

On this page, we cover all the talents you have access to, explaining how each one is to be used. Some of these talents, active or passive, can make a huge difference in how Devastation Evokers is played, which is explained on our rotation page.

Some talents have a more versatile use in Mythic+ than in raids; if this is more your thing, we strongly recommend that you check the Mythic+ page.

Two default builds are detailed below. These provide a balance of throughput and unique utility. You can import these talent trees in-game by pressing the "Copy Export String" button on the calculator and Importing the string as a new talent layout in-game.


For pure single-target boss scenarios such as Terros, you would not need Protracted Talons Icon Protracted Talons or Leaping Flames Icon Leaping Flames and should pick two points in Innate Magic Icon Innate Magic for a slight DPS boost.

For fights with multiple targets constantly, such as Primal Council, you will want to adjust some talents in the Devastation Tree for more AoE:


If your group needs an Enrage dispel the point in Clobbering Sweep Icon Clobbering Sweep can be removed to obtain Overawe Icon Overawe, but it will result in a loss of potential CC.


Devastation Evoker Talents Explained

Due to the nature of Dragonflight's talent trees, almost every talent is meant to be viable or have a desirable niche where you may want to select it. As such, we will cover some of the more favored talents that you will want to prioritize most of the time from the top of each tree on down, followed by mentioning some of the more considerable niche talents that are likely only rarely useful. If you would like to see a list of every single talent's effect as well as the abbreviations they are often known by in the community, please consult our Spell List and Glossary section instead.


Rows 1-4 Class Talents for Devastation Evokers


Noteworthy Talents

Talent Description/Effect
Obsidian Scales Icon Obsidian Scales One of your few defensive abilities as an Evoker.
Expunge Icon Expunge Gives you the ability to dispel poisons.
Natural Convergence Icon Natural Convergence An easy-to-obtain damage boost to your most used Essence spender.
Verdant Embrace Icon Verdant Embrace A very strong instant-cast heal. You can use it on yourself or another player. If used on another player, you will fly to them, which can be handy for mobility, too.
Enkindled Icon Enkindled An easy-to-obtain damage boost to your most used filler ability on 1-2 targets.
Scarlet Adaptation Icon Scarlet Adaptation This is an interesting talent. The damage of your next Living Flame Icon Living Flame gets increased based on the amount of healing you have done. This will not mean you want to actively heal others for damage gain, but it is a nice reward for helping the group.
Obsidian Bulwark Icon Obsidian Bulwark A second charge of Obsidian Scales Icon Obsidian Scales!
Quell Icon Quell Your interrupt ability, and even if you do not need the interrupt, it paths to Instinctive Arcana Icon Instinctive Arcana which is a must-have.
Pyre Icon Pyre This is your AoE Essence spender. By default, it costs 3 Essence to cast but is reduced to 2 with Dense Energy Icon Dense Energy, which you will also take.
Ruby Essence Burst Icon Ruby Essence Burst / Azure Essence Burst Icon Azure Essence Burst These allow Living Flame Icon Living Flame and Azure Strike Icon Azure Strike to trigger Essence Burst Icon Essence Burst. Essence Burst makes your next Essence costing ability free (and with Titanic Wrath Icon Titanic Wrath deal more damage too)!
Eternity Surge Icon Eternity Surge Your second empowered spell and is one of your hardest-hitting spells. This will deal the same damage at all empowerment levels. Still, the amount of targets it can hit is increased the higher you go.
Volatility Icon Volatility Gives your Pyre Icon Pyre casts a chance to explode again on a nearby target. The explosions can also have the same chance of exploding again! Suppose you are ever in a scenario where you need to cast Pyre Icon Pyre. In that case, you will want to take this talent.
Power Nexus Icon Power Nexus Increases your maximum Essence to 6.
Dragonrage Icon Dragonrage This is your big DPS cooldown. It makes Essence Burst Icon Essence Burst trigger on every Living Flame Icon Living Flame and Azure Strike Icon Azure Strike cast while you have Dragonrage Icon Dragonrage active. Dragonrage Icon Dragonrage is made even more powerful with talents in the next section of the talent tree!
Arcane Intensity Icon Arcane Intensity Increases the damage of Disintegrate Icon Disintegrate. This is your most commonly used Essence spender, so it dealing more damage is always nice to have.

Niche Talents

Talent When to Consider
Clobbering Sweep Icon Clobbering Sweep / Heavy Wingbeats Icon Heavy Wingbeats Dungeon scenarios if you need additional crowd control.
Cauterizing Flame Icon Cauterizing Flame If your group needs additional dispels.
Imposing Presence Icon Imposing Presence If you need to use Quell Icon Quell more often.

Rows 5-7 Class Talents for Devastation Evoker


Noteworthy Talents

Talent Description/Effect
Instinctive Arcana Icon Instinctive Arcana An easy-to-obtain damage boost for all abilities.
Tip the Scales Icon Tip the Scales This makes your next Empowered spell an instant cast and at the maximum empowerment level. Tip the Scales Icon Tip the Scales is also not on the GCD.
Extended Flight Icon Extended Flight Increases the duration of Hover Icon Hover to a level where you can get more than a few spells cast; very useful.
Blast Furnace Icon Blast Furnace Increases the duration of your Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath DoT. This DoT is a significant piece of your total damage output from the raw damage of the DoT (which ticks more often with Catalyze Icon Catalyze) and from Burnout Icon Burnout procs.
Panacea Icon Panacea This turns Emerald Blossom Icon Emerald Blossom into a strong instant-cast heal which then does another heal to you and other players a few seconds later.
Animosity Icon Animosity Increases the duration of your Dragonrage Icon Dragonrage by 6 seconds for each Empowered cast (Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath and Eternity Surge Icon Eternity Surge) during Dragonrage. Extending the duration of your big damage window is a key part of the Devastation rotation.
Essence Attunement Icon Essence Attunement Increases the amount of Essence Burst Icon Essence Burst stacks you can have from 1 to 2, meaning that you do not need to spend them immediately and can hold for more key moments in the fight.
Heat Wave Icon Heat Wave Increases the damage of Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath by 20% per rank.
Titanic Wrath Icon Titanic Wrath Increases the damage of your Essence spenders that are cast with Essence Burst Icon Essence Burst by 7.5% per rank.
Causality Icon Causality This will reduce the cooldown of Eternity Surge Icon Eternity Surge when you use an Essence spending ability (this also works on the extra bounces of Pyre Icon Pyre from Volatility Icon Volatility.
Tyranny Icon Tyranny This provides an additional effect to Deep Breath Icon Deep Breath and Dragonrage Icon Dragonrage where they will both gain full benefit from Mastery: Giantkiller Icon Mastery: Giantkiller.
Engulfing Blaze Icon Engulfing Blaze This increases the damage and healing of Living Flame Icon Living Flame by 40% but increases the cast time by 0.5 seconds. Use this talent for single-target scenarios.
Eternity's Span Icon Eternity's Span This doubles the number of targets hit by your Eternity Surge Icon Eternity Surge and Shattering Star Icon Shattering Star. Use this talent for 2+ target scenarios.
Catalyze Icon Catalyze Increases the tick rate of Fire Breath Icon Fire Breath by 100% while you are channeling Disintegrate Icon Disintegrate to that target.
Charged Blast Icon Charged Blast Increases the damage of your next Pyre Icon Pyre by 5% per stack, stacking up to 20 times when you deal Blue damage (Azure Strike Icon Azure Strike, Eternity Surge Icon Eternity Surge, Disintegrate Icon Disintegrate, Shattering Star Icon Shattering Star, Unravel Icon Unravel). Use this talent for AoE scenarios.
Shattering Star Icon Shattering Star 15-second cooldown deals damage to your target and causes them to take 20% more damage from you for 4 seconds. Use this talent for single-target scenarios (and 2-target scenarios with Eternity's Span Icon Eternity's Span).

Niche Talents

Talent When to Consider
Sleep Walk Icon Sleep Walk If you need additional CC in the group.
Exuberance Icon Exuberance Increased movement speed when you are above 75%. Useful for some transmog farm content.
Source of Magic Icon Source of Magic If your healers need it in Raid.

Rows 8-10 Class Talents for Devastation Evoker


Noteworthy Talents

Talent Description/Effect
Rescue Icon Rescue Allows you to pick up a friendly player and fly them to a location you select. Quite useful for getting group members out of danger quickly or providing assistance to a player behind the group.
Renewing Blaze Icon Renewing Blaze This is a fairly essential talent due to Evokers not having many defensive abilities. Renewing Blaze Icon Renewing Blaze will heal you for the damage you receive over 8 seconds.
Spellweaver's Dominance Icon Spellweaver's Dominance Increases the damage of your critical strikes from 200% damage to 220% damage!
Scintillation Icon Scintillation This adds a new effect to Disintegrate Icon Disintegrate. Your Disintegrate Icon Disintegrate casts have a 15% chance (per rank) each time it deals damage to launch a level 1 Eternity Surge Icon Eternity Surge at the target at 30%/60% power. If the Eternity Surge Icon Eternity Surge cast from this crits, you will gain 1 Essence if you have the Eye of Infinity Icon Eye of Infinity talent.
Hoarded Power Icon Hoarded Power Hoarded Power Icon Hoarded Power makes Essence Burst Icon Essence Burst have a 20% chance to not be consumed.

Niche Talents

Talent When to Consider
Unravel Icon Unravel If you are going to fight enemies with absorb shields. Unravel Icon Unravel is your hardest-hitting spell, but it comes with the condition that it only deals damage to absorb shields.
Protracted Talons Icon Protracted Talons 3+ Target scenarios.
Twin Guardian Icon Twin Guardian When you plan on using Rescue Icon Rescue a lot and want to give the group extra healing support.
Onyx Legacy Icon Onyx Legacy When you need to Deep Breath Icon Deep Breath more often, such as Mythic+.
Focusing Iris Icon Focusing Iris 1-2 target scenarios, above this target count you may want to consider a build that does not feature Shattering Star Icon Shattering Star, however, this depends on the damage profile. This is a good talent pick if targets need to be prioritized and the rest cleaved.


Certain talents require changing how you play and your rotation in varying amounts. We will go over the strengths of those talents here, but if you want to know how to use those talents in the rotation, follow the link to the Rotation page, where we go through the rotation or priority system we follow.


PvP Talents (War Mode)

Opting into War Mode makes you eligible for open-world PvP but also grants you the following benefits:

  • World Quests at maximum level have 10% increased rewards (30% if you are Alliance).
  • You gain 10% increased Experience while leveling (30% if you are Alliance).
  • Allows you to earn Conquest Points towards weekly gear rewards.
  • Grants you to use PvP talents in the open-world.

With the benefits of enabling War Mode for leveling and PvE content, it is recommended that you enable the feature to maximize your leveling and rewards at maximum level. However, you will make yourself eligible for open-world PvP, and the possibility of being "ganked" while leveling or doing World Quests exists.


PvP Talents for Devastation Evokers

There are no PvP talents for Evokers that increase your total damage output. Therefore the PvP talents you choose are entirely down to personal preference.



  • 20 Mar. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 06 Feb. 2023: Fixed typo for Unravel.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Changed talent trees from damage focused ST/AoE to Raiding and Mythic+ with descriptions of changes that can be made when necessary.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 15 Nov. 2022: Page added.
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