Warlock Class Changes for Shadowlands (Patch 9.0.1)

Last updated on Oct 12, 2020 at 12:50 by Stan 1 comment

On this page, you will find a list of all Warlock changes coming in Shadowlands.

In addition to the class changes listed here, Warlocks also gain access to class-specific Warlock Covenant Abilities that can be used anywhere in the open world, Legendary Powers obtained through Runecarving, Soulbind Conduits, and Anima Powers that only work in Torghast.

1.

General Changes

  • New Ability: Fel Domination Icon Fel Domination — Your next Imp, Voidwalker, Succubus, Felhunter, or Felguard Summon spell has its casting time reduced by 5.5 seconds.
  • New Ability: Ritual of Doom Icon Ritual of Doom — Begins a ritual that sacrifices a random participant to summon a Doomguard. Requires the caster and 4 additional party members to complete the ritual.
  • Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle is no longer a Talent is now learned by all Warlocks at level 41.
  • Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway no longer despawns when the caster dies. When the gateway is close to despawning, it begins dissolving out of view to warn the caster and allies that they may wish to replace it.
  • Enslave Demon has been renamed to Subjugate Demon Icon Subjugate Demon.
  • Eye of Kilrogg Icon Eye of Kilrogg can now be used in Arenas and Battlegrounds, can be killed by enemy players, and has 1% of the caster's health (was 100%).
  • Summon Imp, Voidwalker, Felhunter, Felguard, and Succubus cast time is now 6 seconds (was 2.5 seconds).
  • All Warlocks can now use the following abilities:
    • Curse of Tongues Icon Curse of Tongues — Forces the target to speak Demonic, increasing the casting time of all spells by 30% for 30 seconds. A warlock can only have one Curse active per target.
    • Curse of Weakness Icon Curse of Weakness — Increases the time between an enemy's attacks by 20% for 2 minutes.
    • Curse of Exhaustion Icon Curse of Exhaustion — Reduces the target's movement speed for 8 seconds.
2.

General Warlock Talent Changes

  • New Talent: Howl of Terror Icon Howl of Terror (replaces Demonic Circle) — Let loose a terifying howl, causing 5 enemies within 10 yards to flee in fear, disorienting them for 20 seconds. Damage may cancel the effect.
  • Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact now also provides additional health over 20 seconds.
  • Darkfury Icon Darkfury now also increases Shadowfury Icon Shadowfury radius by 2 yards.
  • New PvP Talent: Amplify Curse Icon Amplify Curse — Your next Curse of Exhaustion Icon Curse of Exhaustion, Curse of Tongues Icon Curse of Tongues, or Curse of Weakness Icon Curse of Weakness is amplified.
    • Curse of Exhaustion: Reduces the target's movement speed by an additional 20%.
    • Curse of Tongues: Increases casting time by an additional 30%.
    • Curse of Weakness: Enemy is unable to critically strike.
  • Gateway Mastery Icon Gateway Mastery is now available for all Warlocks — Increases the range of your Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway by 20 yards and reduces the cast time by 30%. Reduces the time between how often players can take your Demonic Gateway by 15 seconds.
  • Curse of Tongues Icon Curse of Tongues is reduced to 15% effectiveness in PvP. This can be increased to 30% effectiveness with the Amplify Curse Icon Amplify Curse Talent.
  • Curse of Fragility has been renamed to Bane of Fragility Icon Bane of Fragility.
  • Entrenched in Flame (PvP Talent) has been removed.
3.

General Warlock Abilities Learned Above Level 50

  • Fear Icon Fear (Level 52) — You no longer suffer spell pushback when casting Fear Icon Fear.
4.

Affliction Warlock

  • New Ability: Malefic Rapture Icon Malefic Rapture — Your damaging periodic effects erupt on all targets, causing Shadow damage per effect.
  • Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction duration is now 16 seconds (was 8 seconds), no longer costs a Soul Shard, and no longer stacks. The damage backlash when dispelled has been increased substantially.
  • Sow the Seeds Icon Sow the Seeds now embeds demon seeds into 2 additional enemies (was 1).
  • Shadow Embrace Icon Shadow Embrace is no longer a Talent and learned by all Affliction Warlocks in Shadowlands.
5.

Affliction Warlock Abilities Learned Above Level 50

5.1.

Affliction Warlock Talent Changes

  • New Talent Inevitable Demise Icon Inevitable Demise (replaces Deathbolt) — Damaging an enemy with Agony Icon Agony increases the damage of your next Drain Life Icon Drain Life by 15%. This effect stacks up to 50 times.
  • New Talent: Dark Caller Icon Dark Caller (replaces Shadow Embrace) — Reduces Summon Dargklare's cooldown by 1 minute.
  • Nightfall Icon Nightfall now procs more often as Corruption Icon Corruption spreads to more targets.
  • Writhe in Agony Icon Writhe in Agony now causes Agony Icon Agony's damage to start at 4 stacks and may now ramp up to 18 stacks (was 15).
  • Deathbolt Icon Deathbolt has been removed and is now a PvP Talent.
  • Haunt Icon Haunt duration is now 18 seconds (was 15 seconds).
  • Dark Soul: Misery Icon Dark Soul: Misery no longer has a global cooldown.
  • New PvP Talent: Rampant Afflictions Icon Rampant Afflictions
  • Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction can now be applied to up to 3 targets.
  • New PvP Talent: Deathbolt Icon Deathbolt — Launches a bolt of death at the target, dealing 60% of the total remaining damage of your damage over time effects on the target. With Absolute Corruption Icon Absolute Corruption Talent, counts up to 14 seconds of your Corruption Icon Corruption's damage. Costs 3 Soul Shards.
  • Soulshatter Icon Soulshatter (PvP Talent) now consumes all of your Corruption effects on the nearest enemies instead of damage over time effects, and you no longer gain Haste for each enemy hit by Soulshatter.
  • Curse of Shadows has been renamed to Bane of Shadows Icon Bane of Shadows.
5.2.

Affliction Warlock Talent Tree

Below is the current talent tree for Affliction Warlocks.

5.3.

Affliction Warlock Shadowlands Guide

6.

Demonology Warlock

  • Wild Imps now spawn more immediately after Hand of Gul'dan Icon Hand of Gul'dan, and 2-3 imps spawn in faster succession. Additionally, if they path fail, they teleport back to the Warlock.
  • Axe Toss now interrupts stun immune targets, such as dungeon or raid bosses. This does not affect PvP combat.
  • Felguard's Felstorm now capped at 8 targets.
7.

Demonology Warlock Abilities Learned Above Level 50

7.1.

Demonology Warlock Talent Changes

7.2.

Demonology Warlock Talent Tree

Below is the current talent tree for Demonology Warlocks.

7.3.

Demonology Warlock Shadowlands Guide

8.

Destruction Warlock

No specialization-specific ability changes are coming for Destruction Warlocks.

9.

Destruction Warlock Abilities Learned Above Level 50

9.1.

Destruction Warlock Talent Changes

9.2.

Destruction Warlock Talent Tree

Below is the current talent tree for Destruction Warlocks.

9.3.

Destruction Warlock Shadowlands Guide

10.

More Patch 9.0.1 Class Changes

You can find other Patch 9.0.1 class changes linked below.

11.

Changelog

  • 12 Oct. 2020: Updated for the Shadowlands Pre-Patch.
  • 06 Sep. 2020: Updated for Beta Build 35755.
  • 01 Aug. 2020: Demonic Circle and Eye of Kilrogg interaction added.
  • 18 Jul. 2020: Updated for Beta Build 35167.
  • 15 Jul. 2020: Updated for Alpha Build 35078.
  • 20 Jun. 2020: Another big overhaul based on Alpha Build 34821.
  • 16 Jun. 2020: Update based on the recent Alpha Build 34714 rework.
  • 09 Jun. 2020: Unstable Affliction now generates a Soul Shard when the target dies.
  • 02 Jun. 2020: Updated intro with links to Anima Powers and Covenant Abilities.
  • 25 May 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34490.
  • 15 May 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34365.
  • 08 May 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34278.
  • 30 Apr. 2020: Amplify Curse added and updated for Alpha Build 34199.
  • 28 Apr. 2020: Updated for Alpha Build 34137.
  • 21 Apr. 2020: Page added.
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