Destruction Warlock Dragonflight Class Guide

General Information

Welcome to our Destruction Warlock Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight. We will help you to learn and master Destruction Warlock in either Raids or Mythic Keystone Dungeons.

Last Update: 16-03-2023

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Basics of Destruction Warlock

The masters of fire and shadow spells, Destruction Warlocks will use their strong spells to incinerate enemies. Destruction Warlock is the only Warlock spec which utilizes long spellcasts to deal damage. Paired with unique utility like Demonic Gateway, Warlocks are a great choice for your next dungeon or raid.

Stat Choice for Destruction Warlock

General Stat Priority for Destruction Warlock with our Build is:

  1. Intellect
  2. Haste
  3. Mastery
  4. Critical Strike
  5. Versatility

Basic Rotation

Please read our Rotation and Cooldown section for further information. 

Table of Contents

Builds and Talents

General Talent Tree

Most Notable Talents

Summon Soulkeeper or Inquisitor’s Gaze are granting you an additional damaging ability. Additionally with the Curses in the top row, these will have the most impact in your playstyle.

Other Damage Talents

Grimoire of Synergy grants either you or your pet’s abilities to increase the damage done by the other one by 10% for 15 seconds. Soul Conduit grants you a 10% chance to refund a Soul Shard whenever spent.

Crowd Control & Utility

Mortal Coil, Shadow Fury and Banish are your Crowd Control abilities. Demonic Gateway can be used by all partymembers to travel between two different locations.

Defensive Talents

Most of all other Talents in the General Tree are defensive Talents. Most significant ones to note are Soul Link, which causes you to transfer 10% of your damage taken to your pet. Unending Resolve and Dark Pact grant you defensive cooldowns that you can actively use. All other Talents are increasing your defensive in a passive way.

Specialization Talent Tree

Single Target Talents

Single Target, most likely Raid, encounters will shift our talent tree more to the left side of the talent tree.

With all the available talent points at level 70, Destruction Warlocks can play similar as they did during the end of Shadowlands. Summon Infernal, combined with their Shadowlands Legendary Grand Warlock’s Design, is across the board a very strong which makes its comeback to Dragonflight. Ritual of Ruin and Avatar of Destruction have been the previous Tier Set bonuses from Shadowlands. Every 10 Soul Shards spent will cause your next Chaos Bolt or Rain of Fire to be free to use, and have their cast time reduced by 50%. Whenever this happens, you summon a similar Infernal for 8 seconds, dealing damage to enemies and granting you more Soul Shard Fragments.

Soul Fire is a new talent, dealing very high damage to the enemy and applying Immolate. Destruction Warlocks will make use of this to reapply Immolate on their target.

Multi Target Talents

Destruction Warlocks will still utilize the same bottom row talents as during Single Target. Summon Infernal, and their old Tier Set bonus from Shadowlands are granting them very strong damage in Single Target, but especially in Multi-Target.

Rain of Fire and Cataclysm are located in the right side of the talent tree, granting us an easy way to apply Immolate to many targets at the same time, while also dealing high AoE damage. 

We can maintain Immolate on many targets for a little bit longer with Channel Demonfire. Besides dealing a high amount of damage, it also increases the duration of Immolate on all targets hit by 0.5 seconds per hit.

Also on the right side of the talent tree, Fire and Brimstone will cause our Incinerate to hit all nearby enemies. This might be very powerful whenever you are in a downtime with your Soul Shards, and need to use Incinerate as a filler.

Mythic+ Talents For Destruction Warlock



Rotation and Cooldowns

Basic Rotation for Destruction Warlock in Single Target

Basic Rotation for Destruction Warlock in Multi Target

Stat Priority

Stat Choice for Destruction Warlock

General Stat Priority for Destruction Warlock with our Build is:

  1. Intellect
  2. Haste
  3. Mastery
  4. Critical Strike
  5. Versatility

Intellect is your primary stat, meaning that Itemlevel is superior in most cases. Higher Itemlevel will also increase your Stamina and Armor that you gain.

Critical Strike increases the chance for your abilities and spells to deal double damage.

Haste reduces your global cooldown, your time to cast spells, and reduces the cooldown of many abilities.

Versatility grants you a flat damage increase, but also a damage decrease for half of its value.

Mastery grants your spells to deal more damage, and a random additional amount equal to your base Mastery.

The further we are getting into the expansion, the effects of diminishing returns start to limit your effective gain of your secondary stats. After reaching 30% (by rating) of any given stat, you will start to receive a penalty that reduces the gain from more of the same stat over this treshold.

Stat priority can differ on every character. Make sure to simulate yourself on Raidbots get the perfect results for you.

Gear and Trinkets

Best In Slot Gear for Destruction Warlock

This List shows the current Best-In-Slot Gear for Dragonflight Season 1. Many Items can be potentially substituted with any Profession Gear, especially early on into the Season.

Additionally, there is the option for Profession Gear to be crafted with additional Buffs/Perks, which can benefit your character in certain situations.

Best Trinkets for Destruction Warlock

This List shows the current Top 30 Trinkets, based on simulations for damage in a Single Target Situation.

This list might not reflect the perfect choice for your specific situation.

Trinkets can differ at any boss or in different dungeons.

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Gems, Enchants and Consumables