pve lich king afflicition warlock pre raid and bis gear

Equipment will be the main source of your character’s power, contributing the biggest bulk of your stats. It is therefore very important that you choose the correct equipment for each slot — commonly referred to as “best in slot” equipment – in order to maximize your power.

This guide will help you choose the best equipment possible for each phase, but also the best equipment you can find outside of raids, known as “pre-raid” gear or “pre-BiS”.

Open accordions to see alternative options that are listed in order of upgrade!

Item
Source
The Sunwell
Culling of Stratholme – Heroic
The Sunwell
The Oculus – Heroic
The Sunwell
Tailoring – BoE

Visage Liquification Goggles are technically the second best thing you can get before raiding in Wrath of the Lich King, however seeing as how quickly you will replace them it doesn’t seem worth the cost.

There are also plenty of helms that dropped in The Sunwell (including converted healer ones) that are still worthwhile options, namely Cowl of Light’s Purity, Helm of Arcane Purity, and Dark Conjuror’s Collar.

Hat of Wintry Doom is most likely the easiest to get of the bunch because of the fact that it is a Bind on Equip tailor craft. Forgotten Shadow Hood and Crown of Unbridled Magic both are available options from Heroic drops.

Item
Source
Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom – Heroic
Jewelcrafting – BoE
The Admiral Revealed – Quest
The Sunwell

Titanium Spellshock Necklace is the strongest necklace if we do not require any additional hit rating followed by Hateful Glad Subjugation. It should be noted however that Titanium Spellshock Necklace doesn’t come cheap.

Chain of Latent Energie is a BoE drop inside 10-man Naxxramas. So whilst this is technically pre-bis it is not included in the list above, but mentioned here for completionism.

Item
Source
The Sunwell
Halls of Stone
The Sunwell
Utgarde Keep
The Sunwell
Black Temple
Halls of Stone

How controversial as it might sound (or good for those that already have it) Amice of the Convoker from Sunwell is the best available shoulder before we participate in raid content at level 80. Other Burning Crusade shoulder pieces like Shoulderpads of Knowledge, Shawl of Wonderment and Mantle of the Malefic also are able to keep standing their ground.

If you don’t have any of those Dark Runic Mantle and Runecasters are great close options come Wrath.

Item
Source
Tailoring – BoE
The Sunwell
Halls of Lightning
Ebon Blade – Honored
Drak’Tharon Keep – BoE
The Oculus – Heroic

Deathchill Cloak is another bind-on-equipped crafted piece. It is significantly stronger than most other available cloaks. Hateful Glad Ascendancy is not too far off in value if you can make use of the hit rating. After this the closest cloak is already a level 70 one again, being Tattered Cape of Antonidas.

Item
Source
Tailoring – BoE
Tailoring – BoE
Violet Hold- Heroic
Tailoring – BoP
The Sunwell
Tailoring – BoE
The Sunwell
The Sunwell
Azjol-Nerub – Heroic
The Oculus – Heroic

Heroes Plagueheart Robe costs us a lot of emblems but moves us already a step closer to our two and four-piece tier bonus.

Following this is Spellweave Robe or Ebonweave Robe if you need a significant amount of hit rating. Both of these are tailoring crafted pieces.

Item
Source
The Oculus – Heroic
Violet Hold – Heroic
Drak’Tharon Keep – Heroic
Wyrmrest Accord – Revered
Killing Two Scourge With One Skeleton – Quest
The Oculus

Cuffs of Winged Levitation and Azure Cloth Bindings are two really good and close wrists that drop from heroics.

Black Duskweave is slightly worse on its own than any of the above-listed braces, but combined with Black Duskweave for the two-piece bonus of +18 spell power is another solid option.

Item
Source
Tailoring – BoE
Tailoring – BoE
The Sunwell
The Nexus – Heroic
The Sunwell
The Sunwell
Drak’Tharon Keep – Heroic

Spellweave Gloves and Ebonweave Gloves are incredibly close in value depending on if are in need of the hit rating on Ebonweave Gloves. Handguards of Defiled Worlds is really close to these as well, if you already have this it is most likely not worth it to spend the extra gold on getting the crafted gloves.

Item
Source
Utgarde Pinnacle – Heroic
Halls of Lightning – Heroic
The Culling of Stratholme – Heroic
Ebon Blade – Exalted
The Sunwell
Tailoring – BoE

Plush Sash of Guzbah and Girdle of Bane is for all intents and purposes nearly equal in value, assuming you can fully make use of the hit rating. All other belts are significantly further behind in value, especially if you need a belt without hit rating.

Item
Source
The Sunwell
The Sunwell
The Sunwell
Mountain Hyjall
Halls of Lightning – Heroic
Utgarde Keep – Heroic
Violet Hold – Heroic
The Nexus – Heroic

All four of the Burning Crusade pants listed above are really close to each other in value. The first Wrath of the Lich King pants that comes close in value is Woven Bracae Leggings.

Black Duskweave is also worth mentioning, this can be combined with Black Duskweave bracers for the two-piece bonus.

Item
Source
Wyrmrest – Exalted
The Sunwell
The Nexus – Heroic
The Air Stands Still – Quest
Violet Hold – Heroic

Sandals of Crimson Fury, Titan-Forged Slippers of Dom, and Boots of the Malefic are really close in value. But fear not if u aren’t exalted with the Wyrmrest Accord, not into Wintergrasp, or didn’t get your tier 6 feet; Cleric’s Linen Shoes doesn’t fall too far behind.

Item
Source
Jewelcrafting – BoE
Lost Ring of the Necromancer
Random Suffix – BoE
8500 gold
The Culling of Stratholme – Heroic
Utgarde Keep – Heroic
Jewelcrafting – BoE
Halls of Stone – Heroic

There are a lot of options when it comes to our rings. Most of them can be bought, but one might already be more expansive than the other, looking at you Signet of the Kirin Tor. Ring of Northern Tears, Lost Ring of the Necromancer, and Titanium Spellshock Ring can also be bought for gold.

Band of Guile and Annhylde’s Ring are for all intents and purposes the same ring that drops from another Heroic.

Item
Source
Violet Hold – Heroic
Brewfest
Halls of Stone – Heroic

The Egg of Mortal Essence is not listed above, but if it works with either Siphon Life or Fel Synergie it would be our pre-BiS.

Sundial of the Exiled and Mithril Pocketwatch are the same trinket for all intents and purposes, one easier to get than the other.

Item
Source
Blacksmithing – BoE
Drak’Tharon Keep – Heroic
Kirin Tor – Revered
Utgarde Pinnacle – Heroic
BoE – Random Suffix
Utgarde Pinnacle
The Sunwell


If Titansteel Spellblade is out from release one-hand plus offhand will be the play. If it is not Cursed Lich Blade or any of the other listed one hands will work as well but Staff of Draconic Combat will be a closer option.

Item
Source
The Nexus – Heroic
Inscription – BoE
Inscription – BoE
Drak’Tharon Keep – Heroic

Ward of the Violet Citadel really is the best option and at only a cost of 25 Emblem not too hard to get your hands on. That being said any of the others listed will last you until you get it.

Item
Source
The Oculus – Heroic
Utgarde Pinnacle – Heroic
Ahn’kahet: The old Kingdom – Heroic
The Sunwell
The Sunwell


Staff of Draconic Combat drops from the last boss in The Oculus Heroic. If Titansteel Spellblade is out from release that combined with Ward of the Violet Citadel will be a tad bit better.

Item
Source
Utgarde Keep – Heroic
The Sunwell
The Cleansing of Jintha’kalar – Quest
Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom – Heroic
The Sunwell
Halls of Lightning
Azjol-Nerub – Heroic

Wand of the San’layn and Wand of Cleansing Light are really close in value, the biggest pro of Wand of Cleansing Light being that it doesn’t have any hit rating if you don’t need any extra hit. Wand of Blinding Light which is rewarded from a quest is not to far off either.

Item
Source
The Obsidian Sanctum
Naxxramas
Crafted
Emblem of Valor
Naxxramas
Item
Source
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Deadly Gladiator
Item
Source
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Emblem of Heroism
Crafted
Item
Source
The Eye of Eternity
Naxxramas
The Obsidian Sanctum
Naxxramas
Deadly Gladiator

Crit Weapon Swapping

As lined out in the rotation section, something Affliction Warlocks can do in order to maximize the damage their corruption does is something called weapons swapping. This is the art of starting of the fight with weapons (and wand) that are heavy on crit rating (or socket slots for the crit gems).

The following shows a list of weapons and wands that can be used for this. These weapons most often won’t be the ones you want to have equipped for the majority of the fight, you should swap back to your normal weapon after the application of your corruption (ideally during the global cooldown).

It should be noted that this list is curated based on gems normal gems, if you have access to Jewelcrafting and can gem jewelcrafting gems in your weapons, items with more socket slots would be listed up higher.

You can also consider using Enchant Weapon – Accuracy on this weapon.

Item
Source
The Sunwell
Naxxramas – 25 man
4500 Arena Points
In Strict Confidence
The Obsidian Sanctum – 25 man

Grand Magister’s Staff of Torrents is the winner in this phase looking purely at crit rating, combined with the inherent crit rating and if we use pure crit gems we can get 97 crit rating. However main hand and offhand combinations are really close by and come at a smaller cost too other caster stats.

Item
Source
Blacksmithing – BoE
TBC – World Boss
Fishing – BoE
Naxxramas – 25 man
Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom
Naxxramas – 10 man
Blacksmithing – BoE
Naxxramas – 25 man
Naxxramas – 10 man
3150 Arena Points

Blade of the Unrequited from Karazhan technically has a tad bit more crit rating than Titansteel Spellblade. However you are unlikely to have it seeing as it is a melee weapon, and the fact that you will miss out on a significant amount of normal caster stats (which still affect your other spells until you swap) this is generally not recommended.

Item
Source
Naxxramas – 25 man
Inscription – BoE
Naxxramas – 25 man
1350 Arena Points
Naxxramas – 10 man
The Culling of Stratholme
Inscription – BoE
Inscription – BoE
Item
Source
Azjol-Nerub – Heroic
No Rest for The Wicked – Quest
Naxxramas – 25 man
30 Venture Coin
2250 Arena Points
The Sunwell
The Sunwell
25 Badges of Justice
Subdue the Subduer – Quest

 

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Debrand
Debrand(@debrand)
3 months ago

Any chance we’ll see a P1 bis 10 man list for people who are strictly doing 10 mans?

Shade23
Shade23
2 days ago

Your pre raid BiS list is not correct. The helm should be the engineer goggles and the blue ring you have selected is not nearly as good as annhylde or even the kirin tor teleport ring. Also thr gloves should be the 2nd piece of tier 7…

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