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A Demonology Warlock has the ability to get what they want with somebody else’s hands, in particular, with the hands of the summoned Demons… lots of Demons. The Warlock occupies himself with getting together the power to perform the summoning of those demons and to empower them.

 

Introduction

Basic information on the spec:

A Demonology Warlock utilities 2 key resources – Soul Shards and Mana. There are always 3 Soul Shards when out of combat. You can have the max of 5 of them. They are spent on strong spells and on summoning pet demons. Mana is used as a resource on any spell.

Let’s take a closer look at the weakest and the strongest aspects of this specialization:

Advantages:

  • Strong constant damage on a single target.
  • Good bursting and stable АоЕ

Disadvantages:

  • Mediocre switch.
  • Extreme inefficiency on constant cleave.
  • DPS depends on movements during combat

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Glossary

 

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Main abilities

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Talents

General information. On achieving several new levels you’ll get access to new talent ‘Tiers’. Talents may have different effect on abilities: add new features, replace old ones, modify passively different effects and spells. Talents can be changed in Sanctuaries or any recreational zones. However, if you don’t have any of those places nearby you can use the Codex of the Tranquil Mind which allows you to switch channels within a minute. You can’t change talents in combat. You can’t change a talent if the talent you’ve picked in the last Tier is on Cooldown. You’ll have to wait until it’s restored first.

Tier 1. Lvl 15.

tier 1 talents demonology warlock

  • Dreadlash. Allows to cleave with  Call dreadstalkers and increases damage by 25%.
  • Demonic strength . A very strong minute cooldown that makes your Felguard to use additional Fel armor that is 4 times better than the usual one. He also will charge to the target before dealing damage.
  • Bilescourge bombers. Deal great damage in the located target for 2 Soul shards.

* Your choice is between  Demonic strength  and Bilescourge bombers. Both options are strong for AOE but the difference is that one of them is bounded to a specific area so it depends on how often you need to AOE and where. Demonic strength is better  for a single target.  Bilescourge bombers is rarely useful in raids but can be used in  mythic+.

Tier 2. Lvl 30.

Tier 2 Talents Demonology Warlock

  • Demonic calling. Has a 20% chance to make your next  Call dreadstalkers instant  and cost 1 less Soul shard less.
  • Power siphon. Instantly sacrifices 2 Wild imps to generate 2 charges of  Demonic core .
  • Doom. 30 second DOT , the duration reduces with the haste amount. In the end of its duration  generates 1 Soul shard. If Doom kills the target, there is a 5% to summon a Doomguard for 25 sec to fight for you.

* Demonic calling  is the best option for any situation. Doom can potentially increase DPS if it is played perfectly but it is not convenient to use

Tier 3. Lvl 45.

Tier 3 Talents Demonology Warlock

  • Demon skin. Your soul leech absorption is now passively recharges every second and may now absorb up to 15% of maximum health.
  • Burning rush.  Increases your movement speed by 50%, but also damages you for 4$ of your maximum health every 1 sec. Movement impairing effects cannot reduce you below 100% of normal movement speed. Lasts until cancelled.
  • Dark pact. You sacrifice 20% of your current health to shield you for  250% of the sacrificed health for 20 sec. Usable while suffering from control impairing effects.

* You should choose by yourself here. If you need more mobility take Burning rush. If you are going te be damaged a lot then take Demon skin. If you need to survive a bursting damage then Dark pact.

 

Tier 4. Lvl 60.

Tier 4 Talents Demonology Warlock

  • From the shadows. Call dreadstalkers causes the target to take additional Shadowflame damage from you for next 12 seconds.
  • Soul strike. An additional attack of your Felguard with 10 sec cd. Generates 1 soul shard.
  • Summon vilefiend. Summon a vile fiend for 1 Soul shard for 15 seconds that will attack your target.

* It is considered that  Summon vilefiend is the best talent for single target and Soul strike is for AOE. You can choose any talent for a single target but Soul strike is only for AOE.

 

Tier 5. Lvl 75.

Tier 5 Talents Demonology Warlock

  • Darkfury. Reduces the cooldown of  Shadowfury for 15 sec.
  • Mortal coil. Horrifies an enemy within 20 yards range into fleeing for 3 seconds and heals you for  20% of your maximum health. 45 sec cooldown
  • Demonic circle. You create a portal for 15 minutes. You also learn  Demonic circle teleport that can teleport you to your demonic circle and remove all slowing  movement effects.

* The choice depends on the situation. If you need to stun often then take – Darkfury. If you need additional mobility or teleportation take – Demonic circle. Mortal coil– is for additional control or self healing during combat.

Tier 6. Lvl 90.

Tier 6 Talents Demonology Warlock

  • Soul conduit. Every spent Soul shard has a 20% chance to be refunded.
  • Inner demons. You passively summon a Wild Imp to fight for you every 12 sec, and have a 10% chance to summon an additional demon to fight for you for 15 sec.
  • Grimoire: Felguard. Summon a Felguard for 15 sec who attacks the target and deals 25% increased damage.Felguard stuns the target when summoned and uses Felstorm.  

* Grimoire: Felguard is a bursting talent for AOE and single target. Soul conduit is amazing option in the current build to use with Implosion for any  type of fight. Inner demons is not used.

Tier 7. Lvl 100.

Tier 7 Talents Demonology Warlock

* Demonic consumption is  №1 choice for any situation with  Implosion. Other 2 talents could be used if you do not have 3 traits of  Explosive potential. In this case Sacrificed souls would be a good option for mythic+ and open world when  Nether portal. becomes your raid talent.

So, we can boil it all down to this build:

  1. Demonic strength  / Bilescourge bombers
  2. Demonic calling / Doom
  3. Soul strike
  4. Soul conduit / Grimoire: Felguard
  5. Demonic consumption

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Azerite traits

In BFA typical sets were removed and Azerite armor took their place. Now every chest/helmet/shoulders have a few rings traits. You will need to collect the best traits.

Depends on the build, you should collect different traits.

Implosion build:

You need to collect 3 times is  Explosive potential. Such amount will maximize your damage.

Also you should have at least 1 Baleful invocation, because of strong Tyrant and increasement of soul shards during combat.

Demonology spec is very strong in mythic + so it is worth to improve Hand of Guldan with at least 1 trait  – Demonic meteor.

Also there are good traits Loyal to the End and  Supreme commander.

Without Implosion:

Maximum amount of Baleful invocation.

At least 1 Demonic meteor.

Also there are good traits Loyal to the End and  Supreme commander.

You should use chart on  herodamage.com, or check  the different in stats by yourself on raidbots.com.

( AzeritePowerWeights:1:"herodamage.com - Stacks_1T_T24":9:266: 575=10, 193=9.87, 526=9.50, 522=9.39, 562=9.00, 82=8.54, 196=8.34, 501=7.55, 192=7.32, 479=6.84, 505=6.75, 504=6.65, 521=6.59, 157=6.56, 480=6.53, 478=6.44, 481=6.27, 483=6.18, 492=5.88, 486=5.88, 495=5.88, 489=5.88, 195=5.87, 30=5.82, 485=5.65, 523=5.35, 194=5.26, 482=5.24, 190=4.94, 428=4.77, 561=4.65, 130=4.54, 488=4.45, 494=4.45, 458=4.38, 576=4.37, 231=4.20, 156=4.09, 498=4.05, 493=3.68, 487=3.68, 500=3.68, 459=3.58, 21=2.97, 31=2.96, 560=2.90, 22=2.79, 18=2.50, 499=2.39, 491=2.11, 497=2.11, 541=2.07, 490=2.05, 496=2.05, 461=2.04, 462=1.74, 515=0.20 )

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Essences

This ratings based on simulation, statistics of WarcraftLogs and players experience.

MAJOR

  • Condensed Life-force (Source: Eternal Palace drop) – best option for reliable damage at level 3.
  • Vision of Perfection (Source: “Operation: Mechagon” drop) – very powerfull option, but also has very random proc.

MINOR

  • Memory of Lucid Dreams (Source: Nazjatar questing) – best minor essence in any case because of extra shards regeneration
  • The Crucible of Flame (Source: Heart of Azeroth level) – nice extra damage during the fight

Rotation

Demonology playstyle depends on the choice in tier 7. The most popular build currently is with Demonic consumption.

Basic priority:

  1. Keep up Explosive potential if you use this build. Use Implosion in the end of buff’s duration having not less than 3 imps.
  2. Summon demonic tyrant use every cooldown, but only with at least 6 imps and hunters.
  3. Talents Demonic strength  / Bilescourge bombers, Summon vilefiend  and Grimoire: Felguard should be used by cd
  4. Soul strike by cd, but not when you have overcap of Soul shards
  5. Call dreadstalkers every cd
  6. Hand of Guldan  is always used with  3+ Soul shards
  7. The rest time use Shadow bolt  and  Demonbolt every proc with soul shards

This variant is used if you do not have even 1 Explosive potential.

 

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Stats

The basic priority rating for the characteristics is as follows:

Haste > Mastery > Intellect > Crit > Versatility

With traits Explosive potential:

Mastery > Crit > Intellect > Haste > Versatility

This specialization’s Mastery increases the damage being dealt by the Demons you summon.

All the characteristic depend on the amount of each stat, trinkets, azerite traits so they vary. That’s why is recommended, once you receive new equipment, you use Simcraft or Raidbots.com. There is no way to get a more precise answer to which stat to focus on first, but through a simulation.

Based on the aforementioned characteristics and results of your character’s own simulation results, you can draw conclusions on Gems, Chants and Raid Chemicals.

Gems:

Chants:

Food:

Flasks and Potions:

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Macros

Often in Mythic+ you have to call your pet off in order not to pool more than you need (when you’re on mount, your pet pools nothing).

/petdismiss

 

Soulstone at cursor’s position:

#showtooltip
/stopcasting
/cast [target=mouseover] Soulstone

 

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What’s next?

 

  1. Leveling. If your character has been inactive since the previous expansions, the best  option to level up it is by Timewalking dungeons. You will gain a lot of experience, but there is one big disadvantage of leveling this way. Timewalks are available only for one week during a month, but Overgear is always here.
  2. Equipment. At high level, the most important thing for you will become your gear. WoW is a multiplayer game, that’s why we recommend for you to play it with your friends, or to find a new friends for mythic+ runs. If you have any trouble with it – Overgear may help you to find not just friends for a run, but a complete well geared and experienced group that also will be glad to trade all the loot you need.
  3. Raids. Raids are the top-tier PvE content in the game. That’s why the equipment’s base ilvl is higher than anywhere else. These dungeons require knowing all the tactics and have a good gear to kill the bosses. The possibilities of Overgear might let you skip those criteria.

Azerite. It is also not the best idea to forget about the Heart of Azeroth and not to feed it with more Azerite. Ignoring this won’t make your character stronger. The easiest way to do it – just complete all the world quests with Azerite rewards everyday. You can get extra azerite from Island Expeditions. Companions can be found at Overgear.

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