Destruction Warlock PvE Guide

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

Welcome to our World of Warcraft Destruction 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

Soul Fire
Reverse Entropy
Internal Combustion
Demon Skin
Burning Rush
Dark Pact
Fire and Brimstone
Mortal Coil
Demonic Circle
Roaring Blaze
Grimoire of Supremacy
Grimoire of Sacrifice
Soul Conduit
Channel Demonfire
Dark Soul: Instability

2. Stats

Haste > Mastery > Critical Strike > Versatility

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 > Orc

8. Consumables

Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

9. Rotation

Note: Question marks should be tapped/hovered over with mouse.

? Use Potion
? Use Potion: Use potion with Summon Infernal or if the fight will end soon
? Use Racial Active Buff: Use Racial Buffs with Summon Infernal or if the fight will end soon
? Use Trinkets: Use buff trinkets with Dark Soul: Instability if possible
? When there is more than one target, put Havoc on a secondary target. Don't target the enemy with Havoc unless it is the only enemy remaining.
? Use with Dark Soul: Instability if possible. If you think the fight will end in the next 45 seconds or so make sure to use the Infernal even if Dark Soul is not ready. Use in 2+ target AoE regardless.
? Save Dark Soul: Instability for multi-target situations if possible
? Cataclysm is a DPS gain even against a single target. If there will be AoE soon, save it if it won't cool down again in time.
? Refresh Immolate when it is in the 30% refresh window (about 5.5 seconds). DoT as many targets as possible in AoE.
? Use Conflagrate to gain Backdraft just before using Chaos Bolt. As often as possible you want Chaos Bolt to be cast with Backdraft.
? If there are 3+ targets, save Soul Shards for Rain of Fire. If you have a Havoc up, then go ahead and cast Chaos Bolt.

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).