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In WoW lore, Warlocks derive sầu pleasure from cursing và hurting their enemies. They are masters of the Shadow and Destructive sầu magic & can bind powerful demons to their will. In WoW Classic, they are versatile Damage Dealers who suffer a bit from limited debuff slots. Despite that limitation, they are still very popular as a Class thanks to lớn their gryên flavor, great utility spells,and the ability khổng lồ humiliate inexperienced enemies in PvP.. Their second main limitation - the fact that pets take 100% damage from AoE abilities, is countered by themost popular Warlochồng DPS build, that sacrifices a pet in exchange for increased Shadow Damage.

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When in a Raid or a Dungeon group, Warlocks provideSoulstones that allow anin-Combat resurrection of a pre-designated các buổi tiệc nhỏ member, Healthstones that work like Health Potions,& the Ritual of Summoning that makesassembling a Raid much, much easier. Contrary to what their lore background might suggest, Warlocks are best friends of any Player that likes khổng lồ run through any kind of group nội dung. They also provide various powerful debuffs that come in handy in a multitude of situations.Moreover, they don't have any Sustain problems, thanks to their Life Tap ability which allows them to lớn persize atthe highest cấp độ even during long encounters.

Great SustainBelow average mobility
Good Single-Target và AoE DPS (for a caster, at least)Soul Shard mechanic forces you to lớn grind more than other Classes have sầu lớn.
Great Raid/Group UtilityManaging Threat as a Warloông xã is challenging
Svào DebuffsPets tkết thúc to die from AoE Damage during encounters (this will not matter if you pichồng a proper build, however)
Good survivability (that, however, is somewhat Build-dependant)Competition for Cloth Caster Gear tends to lớn be very high

xThe Best Race Choice

Note:Here, we will point you only towards the best PvE DPS Warloông chồng Race. If you'd lượt thích khổng lồ know more about other race picks, please kiểm tra our WoW Classic Beginners Guide, where we dive deep inkhổng lồ all available Mage's race choices for both factions.


Human racials bởi vì not boost Warlock's PvE capabilities at all. This makesGnomethe best choice if you want to lớn capitalize on every minor advantage available.His Intellect Racial is very strongas it provides additional Mana and Spell Critical Strike Chance. Engineering Specialization is surprisingly valuable because Engi is a go-lớn PvE profession, & Escape Artist will allow you khổng lồ escape death from AoE damage from time khổng lồ time.

HordeBoth Horde Races that can choose the path of a Warlockare pretty much equally good for PvE, so the choice is purely up to lớn one's preference.If you want lớn have some more utility in a size of Cannibalize and Will of the Forsaken, go for Undead.If you want lớn pursueDPS at all costs, Orc will be the best choice for you, thanks lớn his Pet Damage increasing Racial (this will not matter if you piông xã the DS/Ruin Build, however).

The BestProfessions Choice

There are two professionsthat make a realimpact in Raids và they areEngineering and Tailoring(Alchemy is also a decent option, but you can buy Flasks, Elixirs, & Potions from other players, which makes it much less impactful). Engineering gives you access khổng lồ powerful explosives that increase yourAoE và Single-Target DPS. Moreover, Engi gadgets come in handy in many back-to-the-wall situations. The fact that Engineering is also considered the best PvPhường profession is an added benefit to lớn its power in PvE environment. Tailoring,a seemingly mediocre PvE profession, gives you access lớn a powerfulBind on Pickup Robe- Robe of the Voidwhich is a pre-Raid BiS that is great during phasePhase 1 & stays competitive sầu in Phase 2. Getting it will definitely raise the power level of your character during the first few Phases ofClassic.

At the start, you should pick Mining to lớn supplement your Engineering Skill, you should also stoông chồng up onCloths instead of vendoring/selling them. After you max out Engi, you should switchMining to lớn Tailo, as it can be easily (và rather cheaply) leveled without a supporting profession.

Note: If you want to lớn know more about all available professions and secondary skills, please check our detailed WoW Classic Professions Guide.

Statistics Priority

Spell Damage/Shadow Damage - Increases your Damage done with Spells. The damage bonus from Spell Damage is calculated differently for different Spells and their Ranks, but in general, thisis the best statistic for Warlocks.
Spell Critical Chance -Gives you a chance to lớn bởi vì additional (Critical) Damage with your offensive Spells. This statistic has a lot of value for Warlocksthanks lớn Talents, lượt thích Improved Shadow Bolt and Ruin, which are staples of competitive Warloông chồng builds.
Spell Hit Chance - Increases your chance to hit with all your offensive sầu Spells. You need a total of 16% Hit Rating. Getting Hit-Capped should be yourone of your priorities while gearing up for Rsida.
Spell Penetration - Allows your spells to bypass some of the Target's Spell Resistance. This statistic allows you lớn khuyễn mãi giảm giá more damage against Shadow-resistant Bosses.
Intellect -Increases your total Mana Pool & provides you with additional Spell Critical Chance (59,5 Int = 1% Spell Critical Strike Chance).

Statistic Priority for a Warlock:

Spell Damage/Shadow Damage Spell Critical Chance Spell Hit Cap Spell PenetrationIntellect

Note:Because of theLife Tapability and theDemonic EmbraceTalent,Stamina is more valuable thanSpirit, butthese stats should not be prioritized.

The Best Talent Builds

Proper Talent allocation is essential for maximizing Damage output. Here, we will describe the most optimalspec & lead you through the Talent Trees level-by-màn chơi to lớn explain some choices.

There are two competitive Warlock DPS Builds to lớn choose from if you are DPS-oriented:

Demonic Sacrifice + Ruin Build (DS/Ruin) - By far the most popular build. It utilizes the Demonic Sacrifice Talent from Demonology Tree khổng lồ provide +15% Increased Shadow Damage at the cost of sacrificing a pet. Despite the fact that all Demonology Talents up khổng lồ DM are rather mediocre (and some are straight-up useless because they boost Warlock's pet that gets sacrificed anyway), the build is considered as the best when it comes to lớn raw DPS numbers. The fact that Demo Talents other than DS are not that useful allows you lớn tinker with the build và adjust it to lớn your liking. We feature a version that gives you an additional defensive sầu option, thanks to Fel Domination, Improved Voidwalker and Master Summoner Talents (the idea is that, in a case of emergency, you quickly sumtháng your Voidwalker và sacrifice it immediately khổng lồ shield yourself from incoming damage).Shadow Mastery + Ruin Build (SM/Ruin) - The less popular, but still competitive build that doesn't force you to lớn sacrifice your pet. The build provides 5% less bonus Shadow Damage than the DS/Ruin variant, but it lets you take advantage of your pet's buffs. You can be sure than at least one Warloông chồng will be forced lớn run this build in the Raid environment khổng lồ provide Tanks with Imp's Blood Pact Stamimãng cầu buff. Your Damage output with this build will rise considerably if you meet two conditions. Firstly, you have sầu khổng lồ be allowed to cast Corruption (to lớn take advantage of the Nightfall Talent), & secondly, you have sầu lớn keep your Imp alive sầu. If you manage khổng lồ meet these two conditions, you might even giảm giá khuyến mãi more DPS than DS/Ruin Warlocks.

DS/Ruin Warlochồng PvE DPS Build


Affliction Tree:

2/5Suppression- Provides you with 4% additional Affliction Spell Hit Chance. Ideally, you'd want 6%, but other Talents are more important.5/5Improved Corruption- This makes your Corruption instant-to-cast. Even if you won't be allowed lớn cast Corruption on bosses, this Talent will make your AoE/trash mob rotations smoother.2/2Improved Life Tap- This is a must-have Talent as Life Tap is your main Sustain source. Note: Just remember that Healers don't like it when you use Life Tap too liberally (during an AoE damage-heavy phase, for example...)

Demonology Tree:

2/2Improved Healthstone - 20% extra Health from a Healthstone can save sầu your life. Pretty much every Raid member will want an Improved Healthstone, so be prepared.5/5Demonic Embrace- Extra Health at the cost of decreased regeneration. Worth itas it allows you to use Life Tap more.3/3Improved Voidwalker- As previously mentioned, we take this khổng lồ make Sacrificeshield stronger.1/1Fel Domination- A component of DS/Ruin Warlock's defensive sầu shield full bộ.5/5 Fel Stamina- Treat these 5 points liberally.2/2 Master Summoner- Another component of DS/Ruin Warlock's defensive sầu shield combo.2/5 Unholy Power- Another 2 points that can be placed liberally. Putting them here is good if you farm/grind solo from time to time.1/1Demonic Sacrifice- The only reason you go this far up the Demonology tree. It allows you lớn sacrifice your demonic pet to lớn gain a pet-specific buff. You will want khổng lồ sacrifice a Succubus to lớn receive sầu a 15% Increase in Shadow Damage dealt.

Destruction Tree:

5/5 Improved Shadow Bolt- Your rotation consists of, well... only a Shadow Bolt & this Talent makes it better.2/5 Cataclysm- Makes your Destruction spells more efficient. You might consider putting 4 points here (at the cost of Suppression), but Life Tap should be enough lớn sustain you without that.5/5 Bane- Faster Shadow Bolt casts = more DPS.5/5 Devastation.1/1 Shadowburn- Gives you an Instant-cast damaging Spell that can be used when you are relocating to lớn optimize your DPS by minimizing downtime.2/2 Destructive sầu Reach- More range on your Shadow Bolt will provide you with additional room for maneuvers.1/1 Ruin- Makes your Destruction Spell Critical Strikes khuyến mãi 200% instead of standard 150% Damage.

SM/Ruin Warloông chồng PvE DPS Build


Affliction Tree:

5/5Suppression.5/5Improved Corruption.2/2Improved Drain Soul- treat these two points liberally; you can allocate them to lớn Improved Curse of Weaknessif needed.2/2Improved Life Tap.

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3/3Improved Curse of Agony- good Talent if you are allowed lớn use CoA.1/5Fel Concentration- treat this Talent point liberally. You can transfer it khổng lồ the Improved Curse of Weakness Talent if needed.1/1Amplify Curse- a handy tool that improves your next Curse cast. This will definitely find a lot of uses in a Raid.2/2Grlặng Reach- additional range on your spells is always welcome.2/2Nightfall- this Talent will visibly increase your DPS if you are allowed lớn use Corruption, that is.1/1Siphon Life- Solid damage over time effect that also heals you. It increases the build's PvP viability by a lot.1/1Curse of Exhaustion- useful for kiting adds, especially when combined with Amplify Curse, but there are must stronger slow effects out there.5/5Shadow Mastery- Increases damage dealternative text by your Shadow spells by 10%; 5% less than Demonic Sacrifice, but you are allowed khổng lồ keep your Pet.

Destruction Tree:

5/5 Improved Shadow Bolt.5/5 Bane2/2Improved Firebolt- Increases your Imp's DPS; if you manage to keep it alive sầu which is quite a feat in some engagements.5/5 Devastation.1/1 Shadowburn.2/2 Destructive Reach.1/1 Ruin.

Where lớn get Pre-Raid/RaidBiSGear

In order khổng lồ maximize your DPS, you should ayên to lớn assemble the best possible Gear. This applies lớn both Pre-Raid & each of the Raid Tiers/Phases.

Note1: The danh mục will be updated with new items concurrently with the introduction of new Raids/Phases, so remember lớn visit this page after a new Raid opens for an update on what current best Warlochồng items in each lot are.

The Best Warlock Items
Main HandPre-Raid - Dire Nail of Shadow Wrath(Drop from Shade of Eranikus, Sunken Temple)Phase 1 -Azuretuy nhiên Mageblade(drop from Golemagg the Incinerator, Molten Core)Phase 2 - High Warlord's Spellblade(Rank 14 PvPhường Reward)Phase 3 - High Warlord's Spellblade / Staff of the Shadow Flame(Drop from Nefarian, Blackwing Lair)/ Shadow Wing Focus Staff(Drop from Flamegor, Firemaw, và Ebonroc, Blackwing Lair)Phase 4 - TBAPhase 5 - TBAPhase 6 - TBA
Off-HandPre-Raid -Drakestone of ShadowWrath(Drop from Weaver, Dreamscythe, và Hazzas, Sunken Temple; note: The tác phẩm has a Random Enchantment)Phase 1 -Drakestone of ShadowWrathPhase 2 - Tome of Shadow Force(Alterac Valley Reputation Reward - Exalted)Phase 3 - Tome of Shadow Force / Master Dragonslayer's Orb(Quest Reward from "The Lord of Blackrock" / "The Lord of Blackrock", Blackwing Lair)Phase 4 - TBAPhase 5 - TBAPhase 6 - TBA
RangedPre-Raid -Lunar Wand of Shadow Wrath(BoE World Drop; can be purchased on AH; note: The cửa nhà has a Random Enchantment) /Skul's Ghastly Touch(Drop from Skul, Stratcholme)Phase 1 -Lunar Wand of Shadow WrathPhase 2 - Lunar Wand of Shadow Wrath / Skul's Ghastly TouchPhase 3 - Lunar W& of Shadow Wrath / Skul's Ghastly TouchPhase 4 - TBAPhase 5 - TBAPhase 6 - TBA
Trinket 1Pre-Raid -Eye of the Beast(Quest Reward from "For the Horde!" / "General Drakkisath's Demise", Upper Blackrochồng Spire)Phase 1 -Eye of the BeastPhase 2 - Briarwood ReedPhase 3 - Neltharion's Tear(Drop from Nefarian, Blackwing Lair)Phase 4 - TBAPhase 5 - TBAPhase 6 - TBA
Trinket 2Pre-Raid -Briarwood Reed(Drop from Jed Runewatcher, Upper Blackroông xã Spire)Phase 1 -Talisman of Ephemeral Power(drop from Baron Geddon, Gaar, Golemagg the Incinerator, và Magmadar, Molten Core)Phase 2 - Talisman of Ephemeral PowerPhase 3 - Talisman of Ephemeral PowerPhase 4 - TBAPhase 5 - TBAPhase 6 - TBA
NeckPre-Raid -Star of Mystaria(Drop from Balnazzar, Stratcholme)Phase 1 -Choker of the Fire Lord(drop from Ragnaros, Molten Core)Phase 2 - Choker of the Fire LordPhase 3 - Choker of the Fire LordPhase 4 - TBAPhase 5 - TBAPhase 6 - TBA
Ring 1Pre-Raid -Songstone of Ironforge (Quest Reward from"The Princess's Surprise", Blackroông chồng Depths) / Eye of Orgrimmar(Quest Reward from "The Princess Saved?", Blackrock Depths)Phase 1 -Ring of Spell Power(drop from Shazzrah, Lucifron, Gehennas, and Sulfuron Harbinger, Molten Core)Phase 2 - Ring of Spell PowerPhase 3 - Band of Forced Concentration(Drop from Ebonroc, Blackwing Lair)Phase 4 - TBAPhase 5 - TBAPhase 6 - TBA
Ring 2Pre-Raid -Maiden's Circle(BoE World Drop; can be purchased on AH)Phase 1 -Maiden's CirclePhase 2 - Maiden's CirclePhase 3 - Bvà of Dark Dominion(Drop from trash mobs, Blackwing Lair)Phase 4 - TBAPhase 5 - TBAPhase 6 - TBA
HeadPre-Raid -Crimson Felt Hat(Drop from Magistrate Barthilas, Stratcholme)Phase 1 -Nemesis Skullcap(drop from Onyxia, Onyxia's Lair)Phase 2 - Nemesis SkullcapPhase 3 - Mish'undare, Circlet of the Mind Flayer(Drop from Nefarian, Blackwing Lair)Phase 4 - TBAPhase 5 - TBAPhase 6 - TBA
ChestPre-Raid -Robe of the Archmage(Tailoring Recipe that drops from Darkmaster Gandling, Scholomance; note:the robe is Bind on Pickup, which means that you have sầu to craft it yourself. It does not require Tailoring Skill to use, however)Phase 1 -Robe of Volatile Power(drop from Lucifron, Shazzrah, Sulfuron Harbinger, và Gehennas, Molten Core)Phase 2 - Robe of Volatile PowerPhase 3 - Nemesis Robes(Drop from Nefarian, Blackwing Lair)Phase 4 - TBAPhase 5 - TBAPhase 6 - TBA
LegsPre-Raid -Skyshroud Leggings(drop from Highlord Omokk, Lower Blackroông xã Spire)Phase 1 -Nemesis Leggings(drop from Ragnaros, Molten Core)Phase 2 - Nemesis Leggings / Fel Infused Leggings(Lord Kazzak, Blasted Lands World Boss)Phase 3 - Nemesis Leggings / Fel Infused LeggingsPhase 4 - TBAPhase 5 - TBAPhase 6 - TBA
GlovesPre-Raid -Hands of Power(drop from Quartermaster Zigris, Lower Blackroông xã Spire)Phase 1 -Hands of PowerPhase 2 - Hands of PowerPhase 3 - Ebony Flame Gloves (Drop from Ebonroc, Blackwing Lair)Phase 4 - TBAPhase 5 - TBAPhase 6 - TBA
BootsPre-Raid -Master's Boots of Shadow Wrath(BoE World Drop; can be purchased on AH; note: The cống phẩm has a Random Enchantment)/ Omnicast Boots(drop from Golem Lord Ardelmach, Blackrochồng Depths)Phase 1 -Master's Boots of Shadow WrathPhase 2 - Snowblind Shoes(Drop from Azuregos, Azshara World Boss)Phase 3 - Nemesis Boots(Drop from Broodlord Lashlayer, Blackwing Lair)Phase 4 - TBAPhase 5 - TBAPhase 6 - TBA
ShouldersPre-Raid -Eternal Spaulders of Shadow Wrath(BoE World Drop; can be purchased on AH; note: The chiến thắng has a Random Enchantment)Phase 1 -Eternal Spaulders of Shadow WrathPhase 2 - Champion's Dreadweave Spaulders(Rank 10 PvPhường Reward)/ Warlord's Dreadweave Mantle(Rank 13 PvPhường Reward)Phase 3 - Nemesis Spaulders9Drop from Chromaggus, Blackwing Lair)Phase 4 - TBAPhase 5 - TBAPhase 6 - TBA
WristsPre-Raid -Master's Bracersof Frozen Wrath(drop from Lord Incendius, Blackrochồng Depths;note: The tác phẩm has a Random Enchantment)Phase 1 -Master's Bracersof Frozen WrathPhase 2 - Dryad's Wrist Bindings(Wartuy vậy Gulch Reputation Reward - Exalted)Phase 3 - Nemesis Bracers(Drop from Razorgore the Untamed, Blackwing Lair)/ Bracers of Arcane Accuracy(Drop from Broodlord Lashlayer, Blackwing Lair)Phase 4 - TBAPhase 5 - TBAPhase 6 - TBA
BeltPre-Raid -Ban'thok Sash(drop from Ok'thor the Breaker, Blackroông chồng Depths)Phase 1 -Mana Igniting Cord(drop from Golemagg the Incinerator, Garr, Baron Geddon, và Magmadar, Molten Core)Phase 2 - Mana Igniting CordPhase 3 - Nemesis Belt(Drop from Vaelestrasz the Corrupt, Blackwing Lair)Phase 4 - TBAPhase 5 - TBAPhase 6 - TBA
BackPre-Raid -Archivist Cape of Shadow Wrath (drop from Archivist Galford, Stratcholme; note: The cửa nhà has a Random Enchantment) /Master's Cloak of Shadow Wrath(BoE World Drop; can be purchased on AH; note: The tác phẩm has a Random Enchantment)Phase 1 -Master's Cloak of Shadow Wrath /Sapphiron Drape(drop from Onyxia, Onyxia's Lair)Phase 2 - Master's Cloak of Shadow Wrath /Sapphiron DrapePhase 3 - Cloak of the Brood Lord(Drop from Nefarian, Blackwing Lair)Phase 4 - TBAPhase 5 - TBAPhase 6 - TBA

The Best Enchants và Consumables

Proper enchants và consumables will greatly increase your Damage output. While getting enchants is a one-time-khuyến mãi, farming consumables might be a real chore, but it is still worth itas numbers clearly show.

The Best Enchants
Weapon (1H)Enchant Weapon - Spell Power (+ 30 Spell Damage)
Weapon (TH)Enchant Weapon - Spell Power (+ 30 Spell Damage)
HeadLesser Arcanum of Voracity(+8 Intellect, available from Libram of Vorađô thị Questin Burning Steppes)
ChestEnchant Chest - Greater Stats(+4 to lớn all stats)
LegsLesser Arcanum of Voracity(+8 Intellect, available from Libram of Voracity Questin Burning Steppes)
HandsEnchant Gloves - Riding Skill(Minor Raiding Speed Increase)
FeetEnchant Boots - Minor Speed (+8% Run Speed)
ShouldersChromatic Mantle of the Dawn(+5 lớn all Resistances)
WristsEnchant Bracer - Greater Intellect (+7 Intellect)
BackEnchant Cloak - Greater Resistance (+5 to all Resistances)
The Best Consumables
Flask of Supreme Power
+150 Spell nguồn for 2 hours; effect persists through death. Created by Alchemy. The recipe can be dropped from Ras Frostwhisper, Scholomance.
Major Mamãng cầu Potion
Restores 1350 to 2250 Mana. Created by Alchemy. Recipe drops from various high-màn chơi mobs, elites, and Bosses.
Greater Arcane Elixir
+35 Spell Damage for 1 hour. Created by Alchemy. The recipe can be dropped from Fireguard Destroyers in Blackrochồng Depths and Scareshield Raiders in Blackroông xã Spire.
Demonic Rune
Restores 1356 mana at the cost of 862 life. Drop from Demons in Azshara, Felwood, và Blasted Lands (Satyrs và Fel Guards).
Major Healthstone
Instantly restores 1200 Health. Created by Warlocks.
Cerebral Cortex Compound
+25 Intellect for 1 hour. Obtained from "Infallible Mind" repeatable Quest, Blasted Lands
Nightfin Soup
It provides 8 mamãng cầu per 5 seconds for 10 minutes. Created by Cooking.
Wizard Oil
+24 Spell Damage. Created by Enchanting. This is applied to lớn a Weapon.


In Classic, Warlock follows more of a priority list than a strict rotation. This means that if you have sầu multiple spells available for casting, you should always choose the one that is higher on the menu.

Note:most of the time, you'll want khổng lồ use your Cooldowns at the start of combat, so that you'll get a second (and a third in long encounters)charge before the fight ends.

Note2:You might not be allowed to cast your DoTs (Corruption/Curse of Agony) and/or tasked with maintaining a specific Curse on a Target.

Please use the following Priority List for sustained Single-Target Damage output:

MaintainCurse Debuff(if designated for it)
Maintain Corruption(if you were allowed khổng lồ use it)
Shadowburn while relocating khổng lồ minimize downtime
SpamShadow Boltas your main Damage source
Please use the following Sequence while in the Multi-Target Engagement:
Use Hellfire /Rain of Fire(if getting inlớn melee is dangerous)if dealing with adds is a priority
CastCorruptionSiphon Life (if applicable) on all Targets/
Resume your Single-Target Rotation

Tips và Tricks for aspiring Warloông chồng Raiders

If you want to khuyễn mãi giảm giá more Damage và st& out from your Raid competition, Stachồng Consumables.Spending some additional Gold or a few extra hours grinding might secure you a spot in a Raid, as Raid leaders prefer dedicated & well-prepared players.
Make sure that you have enough Soul Shards before a Raid.This will allow you to lớn avoid awkward situations. In other words: always rethành viên about the basics of your Class!
If you plan on using the SM/Ruin Build, learn how lớn micromanage your pet effectively.Keeping your Imp alive sầu will increase your overall DPS by about 10%.
Always try lớn improve.Get an addon that tracks your performance & try lớn optimize your equipment và rotation.


This Guide should help you to lớn prepare yourself for that legendary Vanilla Raiding Experience và allow you to progress through Raid Tiers efficiently & with a good amount of fun.

We hope that you have sầu found this guide useful and informative. If we have sầu missed a piece of information that is important khổng lồ you, please let us know!

Please vày note that this is an early version of our guide, và we will be happy to lớn receive sầu constructive sầu criticism, that will help us improve sầu it, so leave sầu your suggestions in the comments section below.

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