PVE Demonology Warlock DPS Guide WotLK 3.3.5a

Game: Wrath of the Lich King
Content Type: Gaming Guides

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.

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.

Demonology Warlock Talent Tree Wow 3.3.5a

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:

Otherwise, use Red Gems


Demonology Warlocks have a priority system, rather than a strict rotation of 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.


  • 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 spawnin
  • 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

Hit Rating -> Spell Power -> Haste -> Spirit / Critical strike rating

Spells require 17% to always hit the target. This number can be reduced by:

With either a Balance Druid or Shadow Priest in your group, you will require 14% (367 hit rating). It’s safe to assume that you will have either of these classes in raids, where the hit requirements are the highest. [1% Hit = 26.23 Hit Rating]

Spell Power is the primary stat for the build as it improves the efficiency and damage output of all spells. It also converts partly into Attack Power and Spell Power of your pets.

Haste increases the number of spells you can cast in a certain period. Haste also reduces the tick intervals for Corruption with the help of Glyph of Quick Decay. The soft cap for Haste is 50% (1640 haste rating) with raid buffs, which reduces the Global Cooldown to 1 second.

Spirit is a valuable stat for the Demonology spec, as it converts into Spell Power for the whole raid via the Demonic Pact talent. Fel Armor provides 39% of Spirit as Spell Power with the Demonic Aegis talent, and Life Tap (with Glyph of Life Tap) adds another 20%. All of the above-mentioned is affected by raid buffs, such as Blessing of Kings, Divine Spirit, and the Human Spirit passive.

Critical strike rating is a secondary stat that increases personal DPS. Transferring critical strike rating to your pet is possible only if you choose to spec into Improved Demonic Tactics.

Stack Haste and Crit if you want to increase your damage output. Consider stacking Spirit instead of Crits to maximize the Demonic Pact and bring maximum utility to the raid. The personal gains from stacking Crit are less than the value you can bring to your raid by maximizing on Demonic Pact.

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Why do you take 3 in the crit share with your demon wrather than 5 in demonic pact?


You’re gimping your raid by only placing one into DP since it’s only 8% instead of 10%. DP hass an internal cd of 20 seconds, and a duration of 45, meaning your pet only has to crit once every 25 seconds. The odds of that not happening is abysmal.


Hi, can you please share any PvP guide to demo warlock (preferably for arena 2v2 setup with another DPS in combo). Thx!


Nice Guide … But the Demonic Pact must be 5/5 . and i think Nemesis talent is useless . in a Good Raid and High dps . You Cant use Metamorphosis 2 time …


Agreed, every serious raid will want one demo lock with 5/5 Demonic Pact and maximum spell power + spirit for life tap glyph

This slightly lower warlock dps but greatly benefits the whole raid (all casters + all healers + retri pala, dk, poison rogues). They will LOVE you for that. Light of Dawn runs are way easier with demonology warlock

-30% CD on Metamorphosis is very good for progression and long fights, but i found it useless in raiding environnement. WAY better to pick-70% spell cast pushback reduction in Destruction tree, if you’re serious about raiding


As a Light of Dawn raid leader, I 100% agree. Cant believe This is getting downvoted


Our top warlock usualy runs This spec https://wotlkdb.com/?talent#IZfu0hkAdihcg0VoEzMVb (Glyphs : Lifetap, Quick Decay, Improved Imp)

You should try By yourself and see what fits you more, and have fun doing it !


Hello,i do not understand where haste fits since the first only 2 dots will be immolate and corruption. Thanks for the guide.


Hello! Haste fits really well for demonology warlocks since you’ll have more chances to proc Molten Core because Corruption ticks faster and, of course, you’ll cast faster. Warlocks, specially affli and demo, are built around stacking more haste gear than crit gear, since some talents already increase your crit rate in some form, or some of your skills (like Drain Soul) can’t even crit. Crit rate is still appreciated, of course.


sorry im just starting the game is this guide like beginner friendly or should i search for other guides?


hi I was wondering if you have a bis gear list considering the t10 gear doesn’t have any spirit, making the lifetap glyph kind of useless


i don’t think so , you have Good spirit in Raid Even in full Gear . Life tap is a Good Glyph


There is lots of offset gear that give plenty of spell power + spirit

Also keep in mind that priest, druid, and paladin buffs pour spirit score, so It’s a good way to reach higher levels of spellpower

It scales very well with Demonic Pact, so It’s the best glyph you can bring in raid


17% hit rating is too much, im with 14% and didnt miss any spell, otherwise good guide man, nice work 🙂


good exept the talents less spell power to all raid.
Hello demo is in raids for spell power bonus to the raid


17% (including hit rating coming from certain talent) is the hard cap for every DPS caster. The most common thing is to get hit rating up to 14% (again, including hit rating coming from certain talents), which is the soft cap, and getting a Spriest or Boomkin in your raid group for the extra 3% hit rating, will you should get if you’ve got half a brain.

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