Affliction Warlock Quick Start Guide
This is the Affliction Warlock quick start guide. This guide is written for people who are looking to quickly get their hands dirty with all things dots and drains, with minimal reading and research. You can find a more indepth guide
Here on wowhead
, for a more advanced look on all things Affliction Warlock. Other information can also be found on the
Rotation & Abilities
Macros & Addons
Here are some simple builds for Affliction Warlocks in 7.2.5. These are basic talent builds that are all purpose for beginners. A further discussion on them can be found on the
Affliction Warlock Talent Guide
This build is focused primarily on raiding.
Mythic + / Questing
This build is focused on Mythic + and Open World Content.
More in-depth information about stats can be found
Fresh 110s should quickly hit the Broken Shore for quick 850 gear while acquiring world quest gear and artifact power. Start to hit up Mythic 0 dungeons and some lower level M+ dungeons while continuing your gearing process on the broken shore for 880 relinquished gear. Once you’re in the 880 range and higher levels of Artifact Power. Check the
Legion Gearing Before Raids
guide for more information on this process.
Legendaries for Affliction Warlocks are probably the most balanced of any class / spec. The difference in power between the top and bottom is only about a 2% difference. You can find more of this information on the
Affliction Warlock Gearing Guide
Thanks to Artifact Knowledge catch-up mechanisms added in 7.2, you'll be able to empower your artifact fairly quickly even if this is your first 110, acquiring the first three golden traits with little effort.
For Affliction Warlocks, the current recommended artifact path is this:
empower your weapon
(requires unlocking the Broken Shore, reaching AK 26, and completing a short questline):
Learn about the catch-up mechanisms in our
Tips for Alts Guide
. If you already have a main at 110 and AK 30 or higher, just send the BoA Artifact book
over to your alt so they'll instantly hit AK 25. At AK 40 you can pick up a book for AK 40 on any character.
Don't forget to complete the Class Hall questline for the
third Artifact Relic
, which was nerfed in Patch 7.2 to have faster missions and fewer requirements. Acquiring the third relic will greatly increase the item level of your weapon and give you another free trait rank.
Here is the basic rotation that can be used in both the specs listed. Be sure to use
on cooldown if you are specked into it, and you have your
as your active pet since you should always be specced into
. More information can be found on the
Affliction Warlock rotation guide
If you are below 30% mana at the start (before any dot refreshes)
on all available targets.
on boss and longer lived targets. Use
if it will save GCDs.
if specced into it onto longer lived targets.
After dots have been refreshed, cast
Immediately begin casting
have fallen off, or until just before your
has fallen off.
Repeat steps 1-6
On 4+ targets, use
instead of steps 5 and 6.
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