PVE Demonology Warlock Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

PVE Demonology Warlock DPS Guide (WotLK 3.3.5a)

PVE Demonology Warlock Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

Welcome to the Demonology Warlock DPS guide for World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King 3.3.5a. In this guide, you will learn about playing a Demonology Warlock in a raid. The guide includes Talents, Glyphs, Gems, Enchantments, Add-ons, Gameplay & Skill rotation tips.

1. Talent Tree

This build will give a 5% crit chance on the target. Additional spell power bonus to the raid, which is a really nice amount. Considered to be the maximum DPS spec for Demonology Warlocks.

PVE Destruction Warlock Max DPS Talent Tree, spec WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

3. Gems

Gems are situational and depend on the build and equipment. They are used to reach the required stat caps.


Chaotic Skyflare Diamond


Runed Cardinal Ruby

Yellow & Blue:

If the socket bonus is more than 7 Spell Power:
Purified Dreadstone
Reckless Ametrine
Otherwise, use Red Gems

4. Enchants

Head – Arcanum of Burning Mysteries
Shoulder – Greater Inscription of the Storm
Cloak – Greater Speed
Chest – Powerful Stats
Bracers – Superior Spellpower
Gloves – Exceptional Spellpower
Waist – Eternal Belt Buckle
Legs – Brilliant Spellthread
Boots – Icewalker

Two-handed – Greater Spellpower
One-handed – Mighty Spellpower or Black Magic

5. Gameplay & Rotations

Demonology Warlocks have a priority system, rather than a strict rotation of skills. You’ll get used to it after a while.

Main skills:

Life Tap – This spell triggers a buff of spell damage. It should be used all the time when the buff is about to wear off, or if you found yourself out of mana.
Shadow Bolt – Is used when the target doesn’t have Improved Shadow Bolt on it or to fill the time between cooldowns.
Immolate – Should be on the target all the time.

Soul Fire – Use it when Molten Core and Decimation are active. If two procs won’t come up, use it with just Decimation
Corruption – Should be on the target all the time
Incinerate – If two procs won’t come up, use it with just Molten Core


Curse of Doom – Is your primary curse while you have an Unholy Death Knight or a Moonkin in your raid.
Curse of the Elements – Used in every other situation.


Metamorphosis – Use as often as possible. It is advisable, that you have it prepared when the Execution phase starts (that’s when the target's health is 35%).
Immolation Aura – Use it only when Metamorphosis is active. Worth using when some additional monsters start spawning.
It’s better to combine Trinket cooldown with Metamorphosis.
Demonic Empowerment – Is used on cooldown. To make it easier, I suggest making macros for pet-spells that you use. The macros below will use Demonic Empowerment every time your pet casts a spell.

/cast [@pettarget,exists]Demonic Empowerment

6. Add-ons

Add-ons improve your gameplay by a lot. It is necessary to utilize add-ons, since they play a vital role in your performance, whether you are in a raid, arena or at the auction house.

Check out our Add-ons Page which will provide you with a download link and some configuration info. The addon versions are for WoW WotLK 3.3.5a. The site has multiple versions of the add-ons, so if you need another version – you can also search for it there.

PVE Demonology Warlock Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a
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