wotlk pve demonology warlock best in slot (bis) & pre raid 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!
Items are selected based on a balanced approach between personal DPS and raid DPS contributions.

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

Forgotten Shadow Hood and Crown of Unbridled Magic both are available options from Heroic drops. They are better for Demonology Warlocks than all other available helms due to the fact that they are both high on spell power and spirit. Titan Forged Hood of Dominance is technically a little bit better than Crown of Unbridled Magic but doe comes at a significantly greater 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.

Visage Liquification Goggles are technically on par with the TBC helms, however seeing as how quickly you will replace them it doesn’t seem worth the cost.

Item
Source
Naxxramas Trash – BoE
Jewelcrafting – BoE
Stratholme – Heroic
Utgarde Keep
Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom – Heroic

Chain of Latent Energie is a BoE drop inside 10-man Naxxramas, on par with Encircling Burnished Gold Chains.

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

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

Amice of the Convoker from Sunwell is the best available shoulder for all other Warlock specializations except for Demonology. This is due to the fact that there are plenty of high spell power /spirit shoulders available. Runecasters is hands down the best pre-bis shoulder option for Demonology, closely followed by Shoulderpads of Knowledge.

Item
Source
Tailoring – BoE
Drak’Tharon Keep – BoE
The Old Kingdom – Heroic
Gundrak – Heroic
The Sunwell
The Oculus – Heroic

Deathchill Cloak is another bind-on-equipped crafted piece. It is significantly stronger than most other available cloaks. Reanimator’s Cloak is not too far off in value and might potentially be cheaper.

Item
Source
Tailoring – BoE
Tailoring – BoE
The Sunwell
Tailoring – BoE
Tailoring – BoP
The Sunwell
Violet Hold- Heroic
The Sunwell
The Oculus – Heroic
Azjol-Nerub – 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, Moonshroud, or Ebonweave Robe if you need a significant amount of hit rating. Both of these are tailoring crafted pieces.

Item
Source
The Oculus – Heroic
Wyrmrest Accord – Revered
Utgarde Pinnacle – Heroic
The Oculus
Violet Hold – Heroic

Cuffs of Winged Levitation and Ancestral Sinew Wristguard are two really good and close wrists options.

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

Spellweave Gloves, Moonshroud, and Ebonweave Gloves are incredibly close in value depending on if are in need of the hit rating on Ebonweave Gloves. Gloves of Glistening Runes and Overlook Handguard are also on par in value and can be gotten from heroics instead of crafting.

Item
Source
Utgarde Pinnacle – Heroic
Halls of Lightning – Heroic
The Oculus – Heroic
Ebon Blade – Exalted
The Culling of Stratholme – Heroic

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
Utgarde Keep – Heroic
The Sunwell
Violet Hold – Heroic
The Nexus – Heroic
Mountain Hyjall
Halls of Lightning – 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 Breeches of the Caller.

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

Item
Source
Wyrmrest – Exalted
The Nexus – Heroic
Violet Hold – Heroic
The Sunwell

Sandals of Crimson Fury are relatively easy to get and by a good margin the best possible pre-bis boots. The next best shoes are both PvP related namely; Hateful Glad Salv and Titan-Forged Slippers of Dom. But don’t be afraid if you dislike PvP and reputation farming there still is Cleric’s Linen Shoes.

Item
Source
Drak’Tharon Keep – Heroic
8500 gold
8500 gold
The Culling of Stratholme – Heroic
Jewelcrafting – BoE
Jewelcrafting – BoE
Utgarde Keep – Heroic
Argent Crusade – Exalted
Jewelcrafting
Icecrown
Fishing

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, at the moment of this writing, it seems we can only proc this with Health Funnel, limiting its use as we do not want to be wasting cast time using this in combat.

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
Inscription – BoE
The Nexus – Heroic
Inscription – BoE
Violet Hold – Heroic
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 Oculus
Stratholme
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
The Sunwell
Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom – Heroic
Gundrak – Heroic
The Sunwell
Halls of Lightning
Azjol-Nerub – Heroic
Utgarde Keep – Heroic

Wand of the San’layn and Wand of Ahn’kahet are really close in value. If you are in need of hit rating, Ancient Measuring Rod would be your go-to, or one of the wands with a socket slot.

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

 

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I am a Classic Warlock enthusiast and in general like theorycrafting. I am the owner and admin of the best community in the whole wide world, being the Classic Warlock Discord. This is the home of some of the best Warlocks in this game and the basis for theorycrafting and figuring out the optimal plays for us warlocks. My aim is to make sure this up-to-date information is out there everywhere to be found and to give back to the community.
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Debrand
Debrand(@debrand)
2 months ago

Would love to see you make a 10 man only list!

Pneum
Pneum
2 months ago

Hello, nice list 🙂
Do you have lists for phase 2 and 3, too?
Cheers

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