Destruction Warlock Gear Recommendations
This section of the Destruction Warlock guide covers everything about Gear: Stat priorities, gear recommendations from dungeons and raids, and legendary item rankings. This guide is written by <Vulgar>'s
. You can find them at
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. Updated for the latest patch.
Rotation & Abilities
Macros & Addons
Gear and Stat Prioritization
s wear cloth.
Stats for your spec:
Primary Stat: Intellect
Stat priority: Haste > Intellect = Critical Strike = Mastery > Versatility
General Stat Weights: 1.2 Haste RB / 1.1 Haste BD, 1.0 Crit, 1.0 Mastery, 1.0 Intellect, 0.9 Versatility. BD builds favor item level over stat distribution in almost all scenarios.
How to SIM your DPS
you can learn how to SIM your character to find the optimal stat weights and gear - in conjunction with the Pawn addon!
Critical Strike: Chance for extra effectiveness on attacks and heals.
Haste: Increases attack speed and spell casting speed.
Mastery: Your spells deal a random amount of additional damage, up to X%. Damage you take is reduced by a random amount, up to X%.
Versatility: Increases damage and healing, and reduces damage taken.
General Warlock Legendaries:
is a new craftable legendary. Lots of sockets for more secondary stats. This doesn't do anything in our rotation.
: Equip: Gain 10% increased movement speed and 2% Haste. Successfully applying a loss of control effect to an enemy, interrupting an enemy, or dispelling any target increases this effect to 70% increased movement speed and 25% Haste for 10 sec. This increase may occur once every 30 sec.
: (Every 30 sec, gain an absorb shield for 25% of your maximum health for 30 sec.):
This legendary gives you an Absorb Shield periodically. It's stats are also insane for Warlock.
now casts instantly and you can use
s twice before triggering a cooldown.):
Nothing changes for you except that you don't have to cast
any more and that you can use it a second time before you get the 1 minute cooldown.
: (Standing still for 6 sec grants you Foresight, allowing you to cast while moving for 4 sec. This duration begins when you start moving.):
This legendary is pretty self-explanatory. Very good for movement in a lot of situations.
: (For 25 sec after casting Summon Doomguard or Summon Infernal, you and your minions deal 15% increased damage.):
This legendary only drops with the Demonology loostspec, so trying to obtain it is risky, but it is VERY good. Increases all damage by 15% for 25 sec. It has a 3 minute Internal Cooldown that does not reset on wipes.
: (Casting a damaging Fire spell has a 10% chance to generate a
Basically all fire abilities like
have a 10% chance to generate you a shard. This means you can use
: (While you have a
open, all of your damage is increased by 10%.):
The duration of this buff can be 4 seconds (CB Portal), 6 seconds (CDF Portal) and 15 seconds (Shadow Bolt Portal). All damage is increased by 10% during this buff.
Launch a vortex of destruction that seeks your current enemy. When it reaches the target, it explodes, dealing a critical strike to all enemies within 10 yds for 406,710 Fire damage. (1 Min, 15 Sec Cooldown):
A large red orb quickly travels to the target, exploding for significant AoE damage.
has a 20% chance to strike an additional enemy within 30 yards.):
This legendary has a 20% chance to hit a second target within 30 yards with
: (Enemies affected by your
take 10% increased damage from your Fire spells.):
This legendary is increasing your damage from all abilities by 10% if the target is standing in your
: (Enemies marked by your
take 8% increased damage from your single target spells.):
Targets affected by your
take 8% increased damage by
- 2 Targets
gains value if you have a second target for long parts of the fight, but it's still not very good overall.
The other Legendaries don't have any value in terms of direct damage. Use them as you see fit for the encounter.
Suggested Gear for Nighthold
Legacy of the Azj'aqir Set Bonuses
2-set bonus: Casting Chaos Bolt reduces the cast time of your next Chaos Bolt by 40% for 4 sec.
4-set bonus: Conflagrate gains an additional charge and 3 sec reduced cooldown.
These tier sets are extremely powerful and both push us away from use of the
talent and towards
Suggested Gear for Nighthold
were assisted by Silver over at the
Finding Gear on Wowhead
From simple recommendations to advanced filters, Wowhead can help you find the gear you want.
is a great way to search for gear if you are new to Wowhead's filtering system.
Choose what item category, gear slot, and class specialization you're interested in, and it will return results for you. You can further narrow it down by source--including gear from LFR and heroic dungeons.
You can find the Item Finder via Tools > Item Finder or Database > Items > Item Finder.
returns personalized gear suggestions for you and shows which content has the most upgrades.
Simply load up the
with you preferred character and it will list gear recommendations in a 20 ilvl range for you. It will also list how many gear upgrades each boss has so you can plan out bonus rolls. Finally, the character planner will perform an audit and let you know if you have any missing enchants, glyphs, or gems.
If you have a character in our
which is great for tracking vanity collections and viewing your character in our 3D modelviewer, you can click on the "Planner" button in the header to access the tool. If you don't, you can just enter your information in at Tools > Character Planner.
Wowhead utilizes a powerful system of item filters to narrow down the gear you need.
, you can enter in some basic options at the top--the name of the item, its item level, the level the players needs to be. The "Usable by" dropdowns cover factions, class, and role.
The dropdown menu right above "Stat Weights" opens to display a variety of advanced options. These cover the following:
General item info such as Added in Expansion/Patch, BoE/BoP, Unique-Equipped, Class-Specific.
Stats: All primary stats, secondary stats, defensive stats, and weapon stats.
Source: All in-game sources, ranging from raid difficulties to the Black Market Auction House to sold by a vendor.
Miscellaneous: Many of these filters are not relevant to equippable gear such as Crafting Reagents and Toys, but you can filter for items that are currently obtainable.
Once you've selected a filter from the menu, click on Apply filter for search results. You can repeat the process to filter for multiple criteria at once--for example, Agility gear that is found in Mythic Foundry.
Over on the right-hand side of the page, you can select a particular Gear Slot or Quality to narrow results even further.
Finally, you can quickly view a subset of items at once using the Database Menus. Head to Database > Items and mouseover the Weapon and Armor options for quick links to gear arranged by armor type and slot.
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