simple destruction warlock dps guide (shadowlands)

Welcome to our beginner’s guide for casually playing a Destruction Warlock in World of Warcraft. This guide is intended for players who prefer a less complex play style and simpler rotation.

  • Voidwalker: Solo play and questing
  • Felhunter: Groups and dungeons
    • Gives you the spell lock Spell Lock ability to help with interrupts
  • Imp: Raids
    • Gives access to singe magic Singe Magic, used to remove harmful spells, removing 1 harmful Magic effect from yourself or an ally.

Note: Mouseover macros will cast the spell on whichever target your mouse is currently hovering on.
More Info: How to Make Macros

Havoc Mouseover

    #showtooltip Havoc
    /cast [@mouseover,harm] Havoc; [harm] Havoc
Immolate Mouseover

    #showtooltip Immolate
    /use [@mouseover,harm] [harm] Immolate

Talents & Builds

Level 15: flashover Flashover
Conflagrate deals 25% increased damage and grants an additional charge of Backdraft.

Level 25: reverse entropy Reverse Entropy
Your spells have a chance to grant you 15% Haste for 8 sec.

Level 30: demon skin Demon Skin
Your Soul Leech absorption now passively recharges at a rate of 0.5% of maximum health every 1 sec, and may now absorb up to 15% of maximum health.

Level 35: fire and brimstone Fire and Brimstone
Incinerate now also hits all enemies near your target for 40% damage and generates 2 Soul Shard Fragment for each additional enemy hit.

Level 40: mortal coil Mortal Coil
Horrifies an enemy target into fleeing, incapacitating for 3 sec and healing you for 20% of maximum health.

Level 45: roaring blaze Roaring Blaze
Conflagrate increases your Immolate, Incinerate, and Conflagrate damage to the target by 25% for 8 sec.

Level 50: soul conduit Soul Conduit
Every Soul Shard you spend has a 15% chance to be refunded.

simple destruction warlock dps talents shadowlands

Stat Priority

  1. Intellect
  2. Haste
  3. Mastery
  4. Critical Strike
  5. Versatility



Single Target Rotation

  1. immolate Immolate
  2. soul rot Soul Rot
  3. conflagrateConflagrate
  4. chaos bolt Chaos Bolt
  5. incinerate Incinerate to generate soul shards

AoE Rotation

  1. rain of fire Rain of Fire
  2. soul rot Soul Rot
  3. immolate Immolate on up to 3 targets
  4. incinerate Incinerate x3
  5. conflagrate Conflagrate
  6. rain of fire Rain of Fire

Gems & Enchants


As of right now the best option is Haste gems.



Night Fae is currently the best choice for a casual player playing a Destruction Warlock. The class abilities are soul rot Soul Rot and Soulshape Soulshape.

  • soul rot Soul Rot helps provide additional DPS in both single target and AoE engagements and buffs drain life Drain Life.
  • Soulshape Soulshape provides additional mobility.


Here you can find a list of Potency Conduits in order of priority that are beneficial for both single target and AoE dps. Feel free to use whichever Endurance and Finesse conduits best suit your play style.

soul eater Soul Eater – Soul Rot’s damage and radius is increased by 25.0%.

  • Can be acquired by completing the Strengthening the Bond quest when you first get your soulbind.
  • Drops from multiple World Bosses:
    • Valinor
    • Mortanis
    • Nurgash Muckformed
    • Oranomonos the Everbranching

ashen remains Ashen Remains – Chaos Bolt and Incinerate deal 4.0% increased damage to targets afflicted by Immolate.

  • Drops from the second boss in Sanguine Depths, Executor Tarvold
  • Can be acquired from World Quests

combusting engine Combusting Engine – Conflagrate increases your remaining Immolate damage by 8.0% until Immolate expires or is refreshed.

  • Drops from the fourth boss in Theater of Pain, Kul’tharok


The best overall legendary for casual Destruction Warlocks is embers of the diabolic raiment Embers of the Diabolic Raiment
Incinerate now generates 100% additional Soul Shard Fragments.

memory of the diabolic raiment Memory of the Diabolic Raiment is dropped by Kul’tharok, the fourth boss in Theater of Pain

This legendary can be crafted for the chest slot or back slot.

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