Affliction Warlock Artifact Traits and Relics
This section of the Affliction Warlock guide explains how to progress through your artifact weapon Ulthalesh, important traits, and relic bonuses to look for. This guide is written by
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Rotation & Abilities
Macros & Addons
First of all you gain
when you acquire your weapon. This gives you a button that will increase your damage by 10% and will double the effects of all artifact abilities. Abilities that have a % chance to proc will gain double the proc rate instead of doubling the effect they deal on a proc (example:
). Reap's duration is increased based on the number of
s consumed by the use, 5 seconds for each soul.
You have 4 golden traits:
has a 15% chance to deal damage and heals you for 100% of the damage dealt.
: When you kill a target all your nearby enemies get hit for 34,124 Shadow flame damage.
: After you kill a target you gain 2% increased damage for 20 seconds. This effect is 5 times stackable.
: You periodically gain a stack of Compounding Horror. When you cast an Unstable Affliction, it consumes all of these stacks, dealing damage based on the stacks.
: Drain Soul now has a chance to deal bonus damage and spawn a soul.
Small traits, all 3/3 traits go to 4/4 now:
: Small DPS increase.
: Increases the critical strike chance UA by 8%. 16% under reap.
: Increases the damage of your drain by 8%. 16% under reap.
expires, you have a 6% chance of it reapplying itself. 12% under reap.
: Increases the damage of your Seed of Corruption by 20%. 40% under reap.
: Increases the damage of your agony by 16%. 32% under reap.
: Your survivability is getting boosted.
: Big survivability boost in raids. Your own
heals you for 150%. Every raidmember that uses a
, copies the healing onto you.
: Increases the critical strike damage of all your dots and your filler by 13%. 26% under reap.
: Increases the healing you receive by your filler by 40%. 80% under reap.
: Increases all shadow damage you deal by 4%. 8% under reap
: The damage you deal with Corruption gets increased by 16%. 32% under reap.
: Increases your critical strike chance on dots by 4%. 8% under reap.
: reduces the damage needed to proc seed of corruption.
This build gets you both
as soon as possible. These are your strongest abilities in heroics, low end mythic +, and are the reason to bring an affliction warlock on add heavy fights in raids. This also gives you a majority of your strong relic level traits, including
From here, we grab our last gold trait:
, as well as
Now we grab
, and then proceed to fill out the rest of the tree to continue grinding out
And here we are with 7.2.0 release! When you log in on patch day, you will be greeted with a refunded artifact tree that looks like this, as well as a BUNCH of artifact power!
You will be able to level up your artifact power to this
From here, you should continue to get our fancy amazing gold trait:
. This will take some time until you get into the higher artifact power ranking.
After this you have to finish filling out all 3/4 traits to 4/4 before you can start opening up
. Its advised to do the following order:
After this, just fill it out the rest of the way, some note to
to help make mythic + slightly less painful... Once all your points are filled, you will be able to start leveling up
ever so slowly.
Your weapon can equip up to 3 relics if you unlocked your 3rd relic slot in your
campaign. You have 2x shadow and 1x blood relic slot.
Full relic sims can be found
. This gives you an idea as to where relics rank with Tier 19 gear coming into Nighthold. Your ideal relics will be:
, and I recommend
due to them being all-purpose,
is particularly good at the lower gear levels and maintains being second best relic well into the end of nighthold.
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