Affliction Warlock PvE Guide

PvE Guide
Patch: 8.3.7
Author: Wowmeta
Class: Warlock
Specialization: Affliction
Last updated on: Aug 20, 2020

Welcome to our World of Warcraft Affliction Warlock DPS Guide for Battle of Azeroth Patch 8.3 and latest Raid - Ny'alotha. Here you can explore the optimal choices of Talents, Stats, Gear (BiS), Gems, Azerite Powers & Azerite Essences, Races, Consumables, Rotation. We constantly check our guides to be up-to-date and make changes if needed.

You can use this guide as a solid starting point for building your character, while eventually, you might tweak things according to your gameplay preferences.

1. Talents

Drain Soul
Writhe in Agony
Absolute Corruption
Siphon Life
Demon Skin
Burning Rush
Dark Pact
Sow the Seeds
Phantom Singularity
Vile Taint
Mortal Coil
Demonic Circle
Shadow Embrace
Grimoire of Sacrifice
Soul Conduit
Creeping Death
Dark Soul: Misery

2. Stats

Haste > Critical Strike > Versatility > Mastery

3. Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

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Main Hand

4. Azerite essence

Azerite Essence
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5. Gem


6. Azerite powers

Azerite Power
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7. Races

Troll > Human > Undead

8. Consumables

Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

9. Rotation

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? Use Potion
? Use Potion: With Darkglare or during AoE
? Use Racial Active Buff: With Darkglare or during AoE
? Use Trinkets: For single target we want to align possible trinket buffs with Darkglare because that is when we will have the most Unstable Afflictions out
? Right after summoning Darkglare. This is when you will have max duration on all your DoTs for a huge Deathbolt.
? After your first Darkglare summon and then on cooldown unless the fight you are doing has a specific burn phase. If there is AoE, save it for AoE.
? Get all your dots up and use all your soul shards, then summon your Darkglare for max damage
? If Darkglare will be ready in less than the duration of one Unstable Affliction (8 seconds), dump all your shards if your other DoTs will last until you are done dumping them.
? Refresh Agony in the 30% refresh window as long as the target won't die before it runs out
? Refresh Corruption in the 30% refresh window as long as the target won't die before it runs out and the target isn't embedded with a Seed of Corruption.
? Refresh Siphon Life in the 30% refresh window as long as the target won't die before it runs out
? If the Cascading Calamity buff is down, put a second Unstable Affliction on the target to gain the buff. Save shards instead if Darkglare will be ready in the next 30 seconds.
? If you don't have 5 Unstable Affliction (UA) up on the target, generally use a shard to keep one UA up on the target as much as possible. If Darkglare will be ready in the next 30 seconds, save up Soul Shards and only use this if you get to 4 shards. If the fight will end soon, use all your Soul Shards.
? Generally use Deathbolt on cooldown once you have refreshed Dots. You can delay Deathbolt to use right after Summon Darkglare if Darkglare will be ready soon.
? Save for 2+ targets if it won't cool down again in time
? If you are moving, refresh your Agonies regardless

Frequently Asked Questions

🧐 How is this Guide useful?

The goal of our guides is to show you the overall "optimal" options for building your character. If you do not wish to dig through walls of text then you may like our visual "cut to the chase" approach.

📚 Where do you get this data from?

We use algorithms to parse big data chunks from Top 1% Raiders using various public World of Warcraft sources such as the official Blizzard API and WarcraftLogs. We believe that statistics is a very reliable method for determining solid choices for end-game optimization.

😸 Why do you show different recommendations for each boss?

There is usually a slight divergence in optimal choices for each given boss, so we decided to cover that in our guides. However, we also provide you with the 'All Stars' option which is the summary of most popular choices for all bosses together, in case you want the 'set it and forget it' approach (even though in some cases you might end up sacrificing a bit of your performance).