PvE Affliction Warlock Rotation, Abilities, & Cooldowns

pve affliction warlock rotation, abilities & cooldowns

Below you will find both the single-target and AoE damage rotation for Affliction Warlocks.

Single-Target/Boss Rotation

Remember to have Fel Armor active on you at all times for extra damage!

  1. Unstable Affliction (If you chose this talent – if you chose Ruin, begin at Step #2)
  2. Curse of the Elements, Curse of Doom, or Curse of Recklessness
  3. Make sure to keep Corruption up on the target (This won’t produce any immediate threat, so it’s best to use this before Immolate)
  4. Also, make sure to keep Immolate up on the target (By this time, the tank should have enough threat built up to accommodate your Immolate’s immediate damage)
  5. We’ll also want to make sure we keep Siphon Life up on the target
  6. If the boss has adds (A great example would be Illhoof in Karazhan) you may wish to consider using Seed of Corruption on one or more of the mobs to deal more damage
  7. While we have all of the above maintained on the target, we’ll fill our time with Shadow Bolt spamming
  8. Life Tap and Dark Pact should be used when necessary
  9. You can also use Shadowburn to increase your damage but it doesn’t have a specific place in your rotation because it does consume a Soul Shard

AoE Damage Rotation

  1. Spread out your Seed of Corruption on various mobs to increase the total damage that will happen after the full duration of the spell elapses
  2. After spreading Seed of Corruption throughout the pull, you can then stand back at a safe distance and use Rain of Fire
  3. Warlocks do have Hellfire, but it does require us to be very close to or in melee range, so our threat leniency will be reduced, and it causes us to damage ourselves, potentially becoming a burden on our healers


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I am a Classic WoW enthusiast, maining a Dwarf Rogue from Vanilla through Cataclysm. It makes me so happy to be able to play through Classic content again, this time bringing my Prot Paladin and PvP/PvE Warlock dreams to life. The lore in Warcraft has always been appealing to me, and I am excited to be a member of the Classic community!
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3 years ago

What kind of Demon do you use as a pet when running affliction?

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3 years ago

so we dont use curse of agony? i never see any rotation that involves curse of agony so im curious

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