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Demonology Warlock DPS Starter Guide - Shadowlands 9.0.5
2021/03/09 at 1:19 AM
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Welcome to our Demonology Warlock starter guide, which covers everything you need to start playing a new character in Shadowlands. While our other guide pages go into more individual detail, this simple starter guide covers all the basics in one place, whether you're a new Demonology Warlock, a returning player to Shadowlands, hardcore, or casual alike, it's the best place to get a beginners overview on the class. Included are basic talent builds, simplified rotations, stats, legendary recommendations, and more to get you started as quickly as possible.
Please keep in mind that this page is meant to get players started quickly as an introduction, and does not contain much in the way of detailed explanations, mechanics, competitive options, gearing, simulation comparisons, or nuance. For more in-depth information, including all those optimizations and more, check out the complete Demonology Warlock Guide pages linked in the navigation on the left-hand side of the page, and if you're leveling up in Shadowlands, you can take a look at our
NEW Best Covenant
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Rotation, Priority, and Abilities
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Best Demonology Warlocks Covenant in Shadowlands
Unlike some other classes/specs Demonology Warlock is between a rock and hard place; if you are only going to play Demonology you have some flexibility and choice between playing Necrolord or Night Fae. However, if you plan on playing the other specs you should just embrace the Night Fae life entirely. The specific covenant pages will give you a more in depth look at the options you have and why each one is good.....or not.
Best Raid Covenants
Best Mythic+ Covenants
Best Demonology Warlock Covenant
Kyrian Demonology Warlock Guide
Necrolord Demonology WarlockGuide
Night Fae Demonology Warlock Guide
Venthyr Demonology Warlock Guide
Legendaries for Demonology Warlocks in Shadowlands
Just like with Covenants, we have some choices to make especially when starting out. Realistically there are a ton of options you can go with and you will likely end up making a majority of legendaries as they all offer something different for most scenarios.
Forces of the Horned Nightmare
All around Warlock:
Relic of Demonic Synergy
These would be the best for starting out and you can expand from there. Keep in mind that you can upgrade these at your own pace depending on if you find yourself playing more than one spec.
Demonology Warlock Legendaries Guide
Talents for Demonology Warlocks in Shadowlands
This Demonology Warlock build is well rounded and suited for all types of content, without focusing on any one thing in particular. For a deeper look at each talent and more specialized builds for specific activities, see the
Demo Warlock Talent Guide
Demonology Warlock Talents Guide
Stat Priority for Demonology Warlocks in Shadowlands
Demonology Warlocks prioritize Intellect through Item Level, followed by Haste. Find out more about how stats work, including sample stat weights and scaling plots in the
, or get an overview of gear to look for from dungeons and raids in the
Demo Warlock Gear Guide
Critical Strike = Mastery
Demonology Warlock Stats Guide
Enhancements for Demonology Warlocks in Shadowlands
Bargain of Haste
Tenet of Haste
Demonology Warlock Enhancements Guide
Rotation for Demonology Warlocks in Shadowlands
This is a typical Demonology Warlock DPS rotation, using the talents recommended above. More optimized rotations and notes on on cooldown use can be found in the
Demo Warlock Rotation Guide
Summon Demonic Tyrant
on cooldown with 6 or more Wild Imps and one set of Dreadstalkers active. Try to use in conjunction with
as much as possible.
on cooldown as often as possible.
Hand of Gul'dan
as your filler spell to generate Soul Shards. Alternately cast
For AoE, only cast
when there are 2 or more enemies grouped together. It's best to wait until you have 2 sets of 3 Wild Imps out at once before using it.
Demonology Warlock Rotation Guide
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