Warlock LevelingThe Warlock Leveling Guide for Mists of Pandaria

Updated for Mists of Pandaria, patch 5.4.7

Warlocks are one of the greatest powerhouse classes of the game, they have high damage, high survivability, a pet that offers support (and complaints) through damage, tanking, crowd control, etc.

Above all, the Warlock offers efficiency. A well played warlock past the level of 20 or 30 will likely never run out of mana and will be a leveling machine. In the end game, well, they’re pretty awesome.

This page assumes that you are leveling your Warlock and are not using the “Instant level to 90″ boost that comes with Warlords of Draenor.

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Warlock Leveling Contents

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Gnome Warlock in Firelands gearThe Warlock is a fun class to play as well. You have the ability to solo quests that normally require groups. You have fear, death coil, and soul stones for a self resurrection should you die out in the wilderness while questing – All of these contribute to making the class a great choice for anyone.

Basically, Warlock leveling is easy. Read on and find out how to keep your warlock on the path to maximum efficiency as one of the games fastest levelers.

Buffs and nerfs: With the release of the 4.0 patch Warlocks became devastating. Some would even say way overpowered. Then the nerfs hit.

Mists of Pandaria is similar. How awesome Warlocks are will vary from patch to patch. Because of that we won’t comment here about the “flavor of the week” and instead concentrate on what’s needed to get your ‘lock to 90 as quickly as possible.


The Short Warlock Leveling Guide

Undead Warlock Leveling in gear transmogged to "Corruptor Raiment"This is just the brief version of how to set up your leveling Warlock. Scroll down for more details.


Play what you like, the racial differences aren’t that great. If you really have to be efficient, though, Orcs might be the best overall Warlock race and Humans the best Alliance rave. .

  • Alliance: Gnome for the mana pool, dagger expertise, and escape; or Human for the rep gains and the escape.
  • Horde: Orc for the pet and personal damage increases, troll for “Berserking” and extra damage to beasts.
  • Pandarens cannot be Warlocks.

The Build:

All the Warlock specs for fine for leveling, but we’ll work with these two:

The Pet:

for most situations, while leveling, just use the Voidwalker or Felguard. Their “tanking” abilities will help keep you safe.


  • Stack Stamina at lower levels until survival isn’t an issue
  • Then stack Int. for the rest of your leveling and end-game experience.
  • Secondary stats: Hit (to 6% cap, for leveling/PvP) > Mastery (Lev 80+) > Haste > Crit
  • Just say no to Str, Agility, Spirit.
  • More about gear, stats, demons, etc.

Gearing Up

  • Int and Stam all the way.
  • If you’re Ok with PvP do some so that at 70 you can buy the epic PvP gear from the Legacy Arena Vendors. 2k or so honor will get you a nearly full set.
  • If you have Heirlooms, put them away at 77 and buy Cataclysm gear (item level 270+ while the “regular” gear is 170+.) Store the Guild heirlooms (such as Helm & Cloak, which are good to level 85) and send the others to alts.
  • 81+ put the guild heirlooms back on till 85. Send them away when you hit 85 and enter Mists of Pandaria.
  • At 85 buy/make the crafted PvP set (even if you don’t pvp) as it’s much better than the lev 85 green gear and a bit better than the entry level M of P gear. If you’d rather not then start looking for M of P gear on the AH, some of that is very nice. See our gold guide if you need the gold to do that.
  • at 90: Congratulations! Head off to the Timeless Isle to gear up.
  • More about gear, stats, demons, etc.


Gems slots are very uncommon while leveling unless you’re in higher level dungeons. There are a few pieces that will pop up, though. If you want to bother gemming (it’s far from essential while leveling) then go for the “Brilliant” gems, for the Int.


Some useful enchants can often be found on the Auction House for very little gold. Grab them if you like. Every little bit makes your leveling a bit faster. With patch 5.4 you can put any high level enchant on even the lowest level gear. Yes, Dancing Steel will go on a level 1 item. Use these on your heirlooms. Pick enchants in this order

  • Stamina (if you need more,) then Int > Spellpower > Haste



  • Always log out in an Inn to get the rest XP when you come back.
  • Join a level 6+ guild for the XP bonus and other perks.
  • Carry the biggest bags you can afford
  • Stock up on healing & mana potions
  • Keep some buffing potions or scrolls.
  • Always push yourself to see how much you can handle.
  • Get a speed leveling guide to go even faster.

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Warlock Leveling Build

Which spec to play? Any. They all do lots of damage and they all get better as you level up. Experiment.

If you want a recommendation then start with Demonology. It’s the easiest and has the strongest demons, which takes the pressure off of you. Give the others a try, also. (For example, a lot of people like Destruction once you get past level 50 or so, others like to stick with Demonology. Others call both of them noobs and insist on Affliction.) The build below is aimed at Demonology, but will serve for other specs as well as for questing and PvP. Our picks are checked: Best talent

Keep in mind that talents can be changed quickly and easily, and you might want to do just that, depending on the situation.

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Warlock Talent Descriptions

Warlock leveling talentsTier 1, level 15:

  1. Best talent Harvest Life – In 5.4 this was changed to buff Drain Life, it no longer drains from several mobs. This greatly improves a spell that you will be using a lot.
  2. Dark Regeneration – A quick heal and then more benefit from additional heals. Very nice when you have a healer on your team. 2 minute cooldown is fine for leveling.
  3. Soul Leech – Various abilities proc a shield on you and your pet. in 5.4 this ability takes a huge nerf: the shield is based on the damage you do and is capped at 15% of you and your pet’s health. Shields are nice and this happens automatically.

Tier 2, level 30:

Fear sends the enemy fleeing and to then bring back buddies. If you’re PvP leveling, then it’s great. Questing or dungeons, not so much.

  1. Best talent Shadowfury – Stuns all mobs in the immediate area for a brief time. Very nice.
  2. Howl of Terror – enemies running away will bring friends back with them. If that’s not a concern, such as in PvP, then this is a pretty nice talent. The glyph (here) will make you enemies stay in place and quiver like jello.
  3. Mortal Coil – Causes the enemy target to run in horror for a brief time. The caster restores some of their maximum health. More healing, but be careful of fleeing mobs coming back with friends.

Tier 3, level 45

  1. Best talent Sacrificial Pact – Your demon sacrifices part of its current health to shield its master for 4x the sacrificed health. After all, why shouldn’t the thing provide for your health? Lasts 10 sec. If you have no demon, your health is sacrificed instead. This obviously works best if your demon is at full health.
  2. Soul Link – You and your demon share all damage and healing taken. Not a bad deal.
  3. Dark Bargain – You put up an impenetrable damage bubble, but you take some of that damage after the bubble fades. Hopefully you’ve dealt some damage by then and you have a heal lined up.

Tier 4, level 60

  1. Best talent Burning Rush – Sacrifice your own health to move more quickly, stops when you stop it or you die.
  2. Blood Horror – Melee attacks against you are terrifying (to the enemy.) Fine for PvP, but iffy if the feeling mob brings friends.
  3. Unbound Will – Purge all Magic effects, movement impairing effects and all effects which cause loss of control of your character. Nice for PvP, occasionally useful elsewhere.

Tier 5, level 75

  1. Best talent Grimoire of Supremacy – You command stronger demons, replacing your normal minions. These demons deal additional damage and have more powerful abilities. They also have new appearances:
    1. Fel Imp – replaces your Imp.
    2. Wrathguard – replaces Felguard (Demonology only)
    3. Voidlord – replaces your Void Walker
    4. Shivarra – replaces your Succubus
    5. Observer – replaces your Felhound
    6. Abyssal – replaces your Infernal
    7. Terrorguard – replaces the Doomguard when talented
  2. Grimoire of Service – Summon a second demon that immediately performs a useful service. Which service depends on which demon is summoned.
  3. Grimoire of Sacrifice – Sacrifice a demon to gain it’s power. Lasts until you summon some other demon or one hour, whichever comes first. Nice talent if your demon hasn’t been groveling enough or hasn’t been trying hard enough. ;)

Tier 6, level 90

  1. Best talent Kil’jaeden’s Cunning – You can cast and channel while moving, but doing so increases the cast time or channel period of the spell by 50%. Each cast reduces your movement speed by a small amount, stacking up to 2 times. There are lots of times when being able to cast while moving is useful.
  2. Archimonde’s Vengeance – Enemies take some of the damage that you take.
  3. Mannoroth’s Fury – Increases the area of your area of effect spells by 500%.


Warlock Glyphs

Glyphs, Major- these handle all of the significant modifications and enhancements to your powers. There are other glyphs that will be useful in particular situations, but this set will be generally useful.

  1. Demon Training – Improves the various abilities of your demons with no downside. What’s not to like about that?
  2. (Demonology) Demon Hunting – You can imbue yourself with demonic energies.
  3. Healthstone – More healing from your stone, but stretched out over a few seconds.
  4. Siphon Life – Your Corruption (Immolate for Destro) spell heals you for a small amount.
  5. (Destruction) Conflagrate – You no longer need to have Immolate on the target to snare them with Conflagrate.

Glyphs, Minor – Mostly just cosmetic or small functional changes. These are interesting, but there are others to play around with.

  1. Health Funnel – Instantly restores some of your Demon’s health, but adds a cooldown to the spell.
  2. Nightmares – Your steeds can cross water while running and leave a trail of flame.
  3. (Aff, Destro)) Glyph of Verdant Spheres – Your soul Shards are now Verdant Spheres
  4. Shadow Bolt – Splits your bolt into three smaller bolts, each of which can crit.
  5. Felguard – Your Felguard equips a random two handed weapon from your pack.
  6. (Demonology) Carrion Swarm – This will be useful in dungeons, where knocking things away from the tank isn’t such a hot idea.

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Abilities for the Leveling Warlock

The world changed with WoW 4.0 (Cataclysm) and again in Mists of Pandaria and all previous builds were wiped out in a instant. Warlock mechanics didn’t change much, unlike Hunters and Paladins, but all the spells and talents got quite the overhaul. In Mists of Pandaria the wipe happened with a totally revised talent system, but at least the world and mechanics didn’t change.

One of the cool things about Warlocks, like Rogues, is that all specs to damage and they do it well. All level nicely. Which spec to use depends entirely on what you like to do. Demonology is probably easiest, as your demon pet will take a lot of the pressure off. Destruction is for those who want to see the world burn and Affliction just likes to suck souls (and does it very well.)

Gnome Warlock as leveled to 85 and is in her new in Mists of Pandaria gear

At level 10 you pick your Specialization (spec.) As you level you will gain a set of abilities unique to your spec, as well as the other Warlock abilities and talents.

Mastery is a trainable ability you learn at level 80. It adds a bonus to whichever tree you are specializing in at the time.

Mists of Pandaria totally revised the talent system. You will pick your spec normally and each spec will give you ten or so specific abilities, in addition to all the class abilities. For talents, you get six tiers of three talents each. Any Warlock can pick one from each tier, for six talents total at level 90.

To sum up:

  • You will have your Warlock class abilities
  • You will have ten or so abilities specific to whichever specialization you pick
  • You will, eventually, pick six talents out of 18 possibilities.
  • Talents are abilities no longer have ranks, in the same way that spells no longer have ranks. You pick a talent and you have the whole thing, rather than having to spend up to three points in the thing.
  • You do not every have to visit a trainer to learn any abilities, you will just get them as you level. When it’s time for a new talent you talent pane will open up and you pick the new one.
  • Note that you can change talents at any time. All you need is some dust and you’re good.

Warlock abilities

These are the abilities the define you as one or another Warlock spec. They all work fine for leveling, but maybe Destr is the hardests due to less reliance on the pet and more on you. That doesn’t mean it’s hard though, and some prefer it that way (more you, less pet.)

You can find leveling tips here and a guide that will get you leveled much faster, below.


Masters of drains and DOTs (Damage Over Time spells.) The Affliction Warlock can use Drain Tanking to great effect. Set the pet to round up targets, DOT ‘em up, use the drains to stay healthy, rinse and repeat.

You can use the same abilities to great effect in both PvE and PvP.



Demonology gives you massive increases to all survivability and solo capabilities.

The Metamorphosis ability, at level 10, turns you into a demon and improves your abilities. Things just get better as you level. Demonology is in many cases the easier leveling build, depending on your style of play.

By speccing into Demonology you will be doing lots of damage and have lots of survivability and a pet to take any additional pressure.


Destruction is great for endgame raiders due to consistently high DPS, it’s also a lot of fun when blasting away people in BG’s with massive shadowbolt criticals or conflagrate.

Destruction is a very viable leveling build, raining death on all manner of opposition.

Unstable Affliction 10 Demonic Fury 10 Chaotic Energy 10
Drain Soul 19 Conflagrate 10
Soulburn 19 Metamorphosis 10 Incinerate 10
Rain of Fire 21 Demonic Leap 12 Immolate 12
Soulburn: Health Funnel 27 Soul Fire 13 Rain of Fire 21
Curse of Exhaustion 32 Hand of Gul’dan 19 Backlash 32
Agony 36 Hellfire 22 Havoc 36
Malefic Grasp 42 Metamorphosis: Touch of Chaos 25 Burning Embers 42
Nightfall 54 Nether Plating 27 Chaos Bolt 42
Seed of Corruption 60 Wild Imps 32 Ember Tap 42
Haunt 62 Metamorphosis: Doom 36


Soulburn: Seed of Corruption 62 Summon Felguard 42 Fire and Brimstone 54
Improved Fear 69 Felguard: Pursuit 43 Aftermath 54
Soulburn: Curse 73 Carrion Swarm 47 Backdraft 69
Soul Swap 79 Felguard: Felstorm 48 Flames of Xoroth 79
Mastery: Potent Afflictions 80 Felguard: Axe Toss 53 Mastery: Emberstorm 80
Dark Soul: Misery 84 Demonic Rebirth 54 Dark Soul: Instability 84
Soulburn: Demonic Circle: Teleport 86 Metamorphosis: Immolation Aura 62 Pyroclasm 86
Metamorphosis: Cursed Auras 67
Molten Core 69
Decimation 73
Metamorphosis: Chaos Wave 79
Mastery: Master onologist 80
Dark Soul: Knowledge 84
Metamorphosis: Void Ray 85

Controlling the Other Guy(s)

You have various abilities that cause the enemy to lose control and be useless for a few seconds, not all of them are fears.

  1. Fear (level 14) – The enemy (only one) runs away for a time. It might gather friends on the way back.
  2. Howl of Terror (lev 30) – Several enemies run in fear. As above, they might bring back friends.
  3. Curse of Exhaustion (32, Afflication only) – Slows the enemy.
  4. Succubus: Whiplash (56) – Your Succubus knocks back all nearby enemies
  5. Improved Fear (69, Affliction) – When your Fear goes away the opponent is slowed for a short time.
  6. Metamorphosis: Chaos Wave (79, Demonology) – Opponents in fron of you are slowed (in addition to taking damage.)

Personal Buffage and Defenses

  1. Metamorphosis (Level 10, Demonology only) – Become a demon, gaining more damage.
    1. Nether Plating (30, Demonology) – More armor and reduced stun duration while in demon form.
  2. Fel Armor (38) – Increases your health and the health gained from various effects
  3. Nethermancy (50) – 5% Int increase
  4. Unending Resolve (64) – Hardens your skin reducing all damage taken and making casting easier for a few seconds. Nice for those situations.
  5. Dark Intent (82) – You and all party members get a Spellpower and a Stamina boost for an hour.

Healing Up

  1. Drain Life – Suck life out of the target and use it for yourself.
  2. Create Healthstone (level 9) – Your own, homemade, healing potion. It restores 20% of your health.
  3. Soul Harvest (lev 27) – regenerate health while out of combat.
  4. Imp: Cauterize Master (56) – Your Imp cauterizes your wounds, restoring a bit of health.


Warlock Demons

Are you really the boss?

At level 1 all Warlocks will get an Imp as their pet. At level 42 the Demonology spec will get the Felguard. At level 10 you also get the ability to actually control your pets. Your Grimoire. of Supremacy (if you took that talent) improves all of your demons.

Your Demon
Grimoire Version
Summon Imp
Summon Fel Imp Throws fireballs, complains.
Summon Voidwalker
Summon Voidlord Tank, but not really a dungeon tank.
Summon Succubus
Summon Shivarra DPS, and crowd control
Summon Felhunter
Summon Observer Group mana buff, eats spells, casts silence
Summon Felguard
(Demonology only)
Summon Wrathguard Melee tank
Summon Infernal
ummon Abyssal Lasts 45 sec., attacks target of your Bane of Agony/Doom spells
Summon Doomguard
Summon Terrorguard Same as Infernal


Warlock Leveling Stats

Gear wise you should find things quite simple, the stat that Warlocks need is: stamina, in massive amounts, at least at lower levels. Secondly, having achieved massive amounts of stamina, +Int becomes important. Once you hit 90 (go here) you will be more concerned with the “secondary” stats. For now, Int and Stam are fine and any of the others are just a nice bonus.

See a bit below for the other stats.

Undead Corruptor Warlock

At level 77 drop all of your old gear and buy yourself the Cataclysm gear. It’s much better. (Look for the item level on the gear. Cata gear starts at 270, the “other gear” will be 170 or so.)

  • Intellect – 1st in importance. Int is your spell power and a bit of Crit.
  • Stamina – stack this at low level (enchants, some gear.) At higher level the Stam on you gear will be fine.
  • Hit rating - Essential for raiding (15% needed) and useful for leveling and PvP. 6% is the most you will need for leveling. Your expertise and some racials will add in to your Spell Hit number.
    • 6% Spell Hit for same level mobs and players
    • 15% Spell Hit for raid bosses
  • Expertise is for melee characters and it reduces the opponent’s chance to Dodge. They can’t dodge your spells so you need more Spell Hit than the melee types. Any expertise you have adds to your spell hit rating.
  • Haste is an important stat for any Walock. It doesn’t appear until higher end gear, though. What it does is make your cast times shorter, your DOTs click faster, and burns your mana faster.
  • Crit rating is nice, as it doubles any damage you do when you “crit.”
  • Mastery doesn’t apply until level 80. Don’t worry about it until the end-game, at which time it may or may not be useful, depending on your spec.
  • Spirituseless with 4.0.
  • Agility is useless.
  • Strength is of absolutely no use to a Warlock.
  • Resilience is only useful if you’re PvPing. Before level 90 youir resilience is 40%. At 90 it’s 77%-80%.
  • PvP Power is new with Mists of Pandaria and replaces the Spell Penetration stat. It’s a straight up damage add that only applies to PvP. Nerfed in patch 5.3 it’s still nice, but not worth stacking.

For more exact stats, see our other ‘lock pages: Affliction, Demonology, Destruction.

Get a wand, especially at low levels. It’s much less useful in raids or PvP, but for leveling it’s fast and easy damage with no mana cost and no ammo cost. Great for all those times when the mobs will be running away from you. Some find it less useful at higher levels, but still nice every now and then. Decent wands also have Int and Stam.

Note that In Mists of Pandaria the wand slot is gone, though you can still use them. Wands have been buffed to the point where they might be worth using as your main-hand weapon.



Gearing your Warlock

Have a high level character? Buy Heirlooms from your guild and/or the Honor and Justice Point vendors.

  1. Up to level 70 your heirlooms will be better than any other gear you’re likely to see. Some blue (and the rare purple) items will be better for a level or two, but with the heirlooms you don’t have to worry about keeping track of your gear. You can buy guild heirlooms as soon as your rep is high enough and that can easily happen long before 80. All you need is gold.
  2. At level 70: do some PvP before 70 and get close to 2,000 honor. Then get a full set of the Level 70 Epic PvP gear from the lagacy PvP vendors in the Dalaran sewers or in Gadgetzon. This will keep you will geared until level 77…
  3. At level 77 buy your Cataclysm green gear and send most of your heirlooms to the next alt. Keep the level 85 pieces, that you bought from your guild, for when you hit 81, but you will b wearing the Cata gear. (How to tell: A level 77 cata item will have an “item level” of about 270, the “regular” gear for that level will be 170 or so.)
  4. At 81 put the guild heilooms back on. If you have the gold keep an eye on the Auction House. You can find the occasional blue titled M of P item, item level 417 or so, which is better than all but the very best cataclysm raid gear.
  5. At 85 lose all heirlooms and buy or make the crafted PvP gear set or check out whatever M of P gear is available on the Auction House and use that. Vendors scattered throughout the M of P zones will sell complete sets of gear for very low prices. Also, level 450 gear will be popping up on the Auction house, if you can afford it.
  6. Level 90: Congratulations! Buy the Crafted Malevolent Gladiator PvP gear (crafted “dreadful” in patch 5.3) off the Auction House, even if you don’t PvP. You can then hop over to the Timeless Isle and loot boxes and such until you’ve got your gear set.

Warlock Enchants for Leveling

While you’re leveling skip enchants unless you’re rolling in gold and/or have gear that you will keep for awhile. If you are going to enchant your gear then I’m sure you have already figured out your priorities: Stamina > Int > Haste > Crit

Stamina at low levels will help a lot with survival.

Don’t forget to enchant your Heirloom items, if you can afford it. Get the best enchants that you can put one a level 1 item. You may have to ask your pocket ‘chanter or ask in trade.

Warlock Gems for Leveling

Every once in awhile, while leveling, you will find gear with gem sockets, especially at higher levels. If you decide to use these then the priority is the same as for enchants. Consider that you will likely be leveling fast enough that the expense of the gems isn’t worth it.

Mists of Pandaria gems require a minimum gear level of 417 and you probably won’t see sockets will you get your level 90 gear.


Warlock Races

Unless you’re going for every last drop of efficiency then the choice of race doesn’t matter much. Go for the weird (Gnomes) or pretty (Orcs) or whatever. Warlock leveling as Orc or Draenei won’t be noticably faster than any other race.

Pandarens cannot be warlocks.

Human or Gnome?

If you have to be efficient and Alliance, go Gnome. You’ll never go back. ;)

  • Human: Outside of PvP Humans have no abilites that would improve their being a Warlock. For PvP though, the Escape ability is very nice. Increased rep gain is nice if you will be faction grinding. Equipping a sword will give you +1 to your Spell Hit.
  • Dwarf: Stone Form washes away bleeds and such and also reduces damage by 10% for a few seconds. Just the thing for when that Rogue Garrotes you. The Ranged Weapons Expertise would be nice if you used range weapons, but you don’t. Their mace expertise is also useless. Dwarves are also good with Archeology.
  • Gnome: Gnomes have an increased mana pool. Their Escape ability is useful in PvP and occasionally elsewhere. Equipping a dagger or sword will give youi a +1 to your Spell Hit. Gnomes are good with Engineering.
  • Worgen: Their Sprint-like ability is generally useful and their 1% increased chance to crit is a nice, overall DPS increase. Worgen are good with Skinning.
  • Nogo: Draenei – Too proud to be warlocks?
  • Nogo: Night Elves – The shadowy forces behind the Warlocks have conspired to keep Nelves out of their ranks.

Orc, Undead, or Blood Elf?

If you have to be efficient and Horde? Orc or Troll. Maybe Undead for PvP (their escape, Will of the Forsaken, is nice.)

  • Orc: Damage by your pets is increased. You have some resistance to stuns. Blood Fury increases your spell damage and is great for those times when you need some extra burst damage. Stick it in a macro with your opening attack.
  • Undead: No special Walock abilities, though their corpse consumption has situational use and frees up a bag slot. The ability to remove far, sleep, and charm has some PvP use and situational use otherwise. Your Drain Life ability restores a bit of life and does damage at the same time. Perfect for Affliction ;)
  • Blood Elves: the Belves don’t have any special Warlock abilities either, though Arcane Torrent can restore some mana. Being a ‘lock you will probably never need to use it. B’elves are good with Enchanting.
  • Trolls: Berserk increases casting speed. Your damage Vs beasts is nice while leveling. Reduced duration of movement impairing effects is good in PvP and has its uses elsewhere. Ranged weapon expertise is a useless ability for you.
  • Goblins: Rocket jump is a nice escape from those pesky melee types, vendor discounts will help your gold supply, their 1% Haste bonus is nice, and Goblins are good with Alchemy.
  • Nogo: Tauren: apparently being fuzzy disqualifies one from being a Warlock. Or maybe it’s the horns, since the Draenei can’t be ‘locks either and Nelf ears certainly qualify as horns.

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Warlock Professions

Skip all crafting professions while you’re leveling since they’re very expensive. If you do have a ton of gold then tailoring is a good skill to get. You can buy the enchants you need for a lot less gold than you’ll spend leveling that skill, so skip enchanting. That said, tailoring and enchanting can work well together. You disenchant your extra greens that you make with Tailoring and use the parts for Enchanting.

Herbalism, mining, and skinning are all great cash earning skills and Herbalism has a big Haste cooldown.

  • Herbalism is a nice gold maker and will provide mats for your Alchemy or Inscription skills. Herbalism gives you a small heal and a nice Haste boost (2880 Haste rating at skill level 600) for 20 seconds.
  • Mining and Skinning are nice money makers, as well. Mining provides a Stamina bonus while skinning adds to your Crit rating.
  • Cooking will allow you to make some useful buffing foods, so is highly recommended. Fishing is a nice supplement to cooking, but takes a lot of time.
  • First Aid is essential, even with your health taps. Keep it maxed at all times.
  • Once you get your crafting skill to the 500 range…
  • Alchemy will allow you to make tons of useful potions, and you get added benefits from your own potions. For example, you get an extra houir from the one hour flasks/elixers and an extra 320 Int from your 1k Int potion.
  • Tailoring 500 gets you Lightweave Embroidery for your cloak, it adds 2k Int in M of P.
  • Jewelcrafting allows you to make self-only gems that add more Int than those otherwise available.
  • Enchanting allows you to put a +40 Int Enchant on each of your rings (160 in M of P.)
  • Engineering will allow you to make a lot of very useful gadgets, including Synapse Springs, which will add 480 Int (2940 in M of P) for 10 seconds, on demand. Nice for bursts. Put it in a macro with your opening casts.
  • Inscription – You get some nice shoulder enchants: Inscription of the Earth Prince adds Stam and Dodge, while Felfire Inscription adds Int and Haste. These are better in M of P and you’ll also be able to make everyone else’s shoulder enchants.
  • Leatherworking – Bracer enchant adds 130 Int, 500 in M of P.
  • Blacksmithing – Can add an extra gem socket to gloves and bracers. Drop an Int gem into those sockets.

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Warlock Leveling Tips & Notes

  • If you skip the looting of mobs, don’t gather herbs or anything, and don’t level a crafting profession then you’ll move faster. Just pick a target, kill it, and move to the next… boom, boom, boom. But… we all like to loot. ;)
  • While leveling the only stats you really want to worry about are: Int, Stam, and Spellpower.
  • It certainly isn’t essential to keep your gear 100% up to date, though it will help. If you have a ton of gold then go for all the upgrades that you want. Otherwise only upgrade when the new piece is a definite improvement over the old one. Check our gold guide if you need gold tips.
  • Whether you’re questing, dungeoning, or PvPing you need to stay stocked:
    • Have the biggest bags you can afford. Netherweave bags are a great start for most, in terms of cost per amount of bag space. Plenty of bag space means you can keep all the junk you find and then dump it when you normally get back to town.
      • Or you could skip looting and/or throw stuff away as you find it.
    • Keep stocked on healing & possibly mana potions (if you ever have mana problems.)
    • Buffing potions or scrolls are nice, though they don’t stack with each other.
    • Some foods buff stats. Keep a nice stack handy.
    • Bandages and first aid can come in handy.
  • If you’re questing then the easiest way (by far) to go is to get a guide. Barring that, grab all the quests in an area and use the map to group them. Knock of all the quests over there, then hit the next batch. Your regular in-game questing system will pretyt much show you where to do and what to do.
  • Do as many quests at one time as you can. Save the travel quests for a time when you are going “over there” anyway.
  • Always log out at an Inn to get the rest XP when you come back.
  • You can also Recruit a friend (RaF) for 3x XP.

Targeting Macro

This macro looks for your target and puts a skull (icon ‘8’) on it. If you already have something targeted, such as a vendor, then it will put a skull on that. Nice way to quickly locate targets which might not be right there. You can also use it in dungeons. Select a target and use the macro, the target will then have a skull marker. Insert a different number for a different marker. For example, ‘1’ is a yellow star.

  • /target Name of Mob
  • /script SetRaidTarget(“target”,8);

The fastest possible leveling?

Since you’re DPS (Damage) you’ll queue as that with the Random Dungeon Finder tool. (Recruit a friend for 3x XP. Use Dugi’s while questing.) (Also see our top 10 fast leveling tips post.)

Alternate the question with your dungeoning and you’ll level at a pretty good pace. Do enough PvP so that you have enough honor to buy the level 70 arena set.

Questing is much more efficient than just grinding for gaining XP, if you group similar quests together so you can do more than one at the same time. If you can, always log out in an Inn to earn the “rest XP bonus.” It used to be that grinding (just endlessly burning down any mobs you find) was faster, and might still be in very particular situations, but questing really blows the doors off of grinding these days.

Dungeoning is great XP if you like to group and you like the dungeons. See our dungeon guide for more. You can get better gear that you will be likely to get otherwise. With most of the dungeon quest-givers now being inside the dungeon and with the Dungeon Finder tool making travel unnecessary, it can be an easy experience. It’s not a lot faster than questing, you being a DPS type, but it has its virtues.

  • As a “damage” class there might be a fairly long wait time to actually get into any particular dungeon. Do quests while you wait or go fishing or hang our with your friends in an inn (and role-play) or something.
  • The only downside is if the groups don’t work for you or you don’t work for them.
  • Dungeon groups also tend to move pretty fast, so if you’re fast and efficient and don’t mind the groups then it’s a good way to go.
  • You can find some nice gear in the dungeons. Some of that you might want to keep for transmogging purposes.
  • Make sure you grab all the available quests when you enter the dungeon. Fishing them up and hand them in at the end. You can use the dungeon icon in your mini-map to “leave dungeon” and then quickly “re-enter.” This will pop you back to the entrance. Note that in some dungeons (M of P dungeons, for example, also a few others) the quest givers come to you at the end.

PvP leveling can be awesome, if your side wins, but it’s not bad even if you lose. If your side wins then it’s even faster than dungeon leveling.

  • Don’t fight in the middle of the battlefield.
  • Do fight at the flag or at the flag carrier or at the tower or at the tank. For example, in Eye of the Storm or Arathi Basiin, if you look at your buff list you will see a buff that gives you more honor for fighting at the flag.
  • Don’t fight in the middle of the battlefield.
  • Don’t cry about how much (fill in the blank) sucks.
  • Do ask for help guarding/protecting/carrying whatever. Sometimes you’ll actually get it.
  • Don’t jump into or fight in the middle of groups by yourself.
  • Don’t fight in the middle of the battlefield.
  • Do stay with your allies and help them out. Solo fighters don’t last long.
  • If you don’t know what to do then follow someone who seems to know and stick with that person.
  • Don’t fight in the middle of the battlefield, even if it’s fun. It’s less honor and less experience.

What to do while leveling:

  1. Tank and Spank: Let your pet hold the mob’s aggro while you burn it down with spells. Only useful with Voidwalker and Felguard.
  2. Drain Tanking: You DoT up the mob, set your pet on it (any pet) and use Drain Life while it beats on you. You’ll stay healthy and the mob drops. It’s even better if you pet can hold the aggro.
  3. Be careful of Fear spells. Mobs running around may cause other mobs to notice you and attack. If you’re not careful it’s easy to be overwhelmed.
  4. Keep an eye on your DoT timers so that you can always have your DoTs up on the things you’re killing.
  5. Targets that are feared tend to run and collect other mobs, which means that fear is more useful, generally, in PvP than while leveling. Glyph of Fear helps with this.
  6. Learn to use keybinds and macros.

Keeping Things Interesting

Keep in mind that leveling is not the same thing as end-game raiding or arena. At the end-game you have a lot more abilities, far better gear, and more need to pay attention to stats and sqeezing out every last bit of power.

  1. All Warlock specs are fine for leveling. Really. Maybe Demonolgy is easier, but Aff and Destro toss out a lot of damage. Heck, once you hit 30 ask your trainer to unlock your “dual specializations,” pick another spec, and play with that for a few levels. Then switch back. Then wipe one and try the third spec. By the time you hit 90 you’ll have a pretty solid idea of what each one does.
  2. Level your way. So if you’re tired of quests and want to run dungeons or battlegrounds, then do it. You can run quests while waiting for the queue or just go fishing.
  3. Think of your leveling as training for the end-game, if you’re going to participate in that. Learn all about what you can do. Try new things, mis it up a bit, and have fun.
  4. Don’t just set your pet on some mob and suck all it’s life away. Try your other abilities, as you get them. Try other pets. Mix up your spells. Learn how your fears and other “crowd control” abilities work in various situations. Hint: Do NOT use fear in the dungeon. ;)
  5. You’re not really a tank, meaning that you can’t just round up all the enemies in the area and burn them down, but that doesn’t mean you can try that a little bit. Try two mobs at once. When that starts to work add a third. You may surprise yourself with what you can do, even if you aren’t a tank.
  6. It’s always a good time to level a Warlock. Even if in patch abc.27b they aren’t the hottest thing since lava pools, they might well be there the next patch. WoW always fusses with game balance, tweaks abilities, rewrites whole classes (Paladins in Cataclysm,) rewrites the whole talent system (Mists of Pandara) and so on. The point is, that if you like playing your Warlock then do it. If you really stretch your abilities then at level 90 you will be well ahead of many of those who are playing this week’s “better class.” Oh, and by the way, Warlocks are generally near the top anyway.
  7. If you just want to burn, DOT, drain, and demon your way through the levels fast then just scroll down a bit and check out that in-game leveling addon. It’ll get you to 90 faster than anything else.


1-90 “Get There Fast!” Warlock Leveling Guide

Blast through the levels to 90Ok, you have your ‘lock all ready to go and now you’re looking at thousands of quests and a ginormous number of mobs to kill. To make it all easy you should grab an in-game Warlock leveling guide to get yourself leveled as quickly as possible. Among other things, this will let you get into all that juicy endgame stuff, raids and the rated BGs and arenas, just that much sooner.

Dugi’s is an addon that will place a small guide window on your main screen and which keeps track of your current quests and tasks and also counts your kills and tasks and so on.

Start from any level and use Dugi’s to blast to the finish. Heck, you can even grab a few levels in the dungeons and battleground PvP. Dugi’s guide will figure out your new level and the best spot to continue your questing and youi’ll be on your way.

Pick your starting point and the guide will show you where to go and what to do. It automatically updates and advances as you complete tasks and quests, sets a waypoint arrow automatically (always showing you where to go next,) and includes all the important quest info. You will probably never need to look at your quest log again, much less stop mid-play to browse some website.

Dugi’s is always quickly updated for the latest patches and expansions (Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria, and onward) and it makes leveling amazingly fast and easy. Get yours here.


7 thoughts on “The Warlock Leveling Guide for Mists of Pandaria 5.4

  1. Sarnzarn says:

    Just so you know, Felhunter is learned at 29, not 30.

  2. Lutti says:

    Love this guide :) Very helpful for someone who’s played all classes in the game since BC except warlock :P lol Thanks for taking the time to write all this!

  3. Kagos says:

    Suggest useful rotations as you level. Which metamorphosis is best for what situations (solo vs pve instancing?)

  4. John Russell says:

    Looks like is the way to go

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