The WoW Warlock Guide for Warlords of Draenor


Orc Warlock, from FelfireThe Warlock

In the face of demonic power, most heroes see death. Warlocks see only opportunity. Dominance is their aim, and they have found a path to it in the dark arts. These voracious spellcasters summon demonic minions to fight beside them. At first, they command only the service of imps, but as a warlock’s knowledge grows, seductive succubi, loyal voidwalkers, and horrific felhunters join the dark sorcerer’s ranks to wreak havoc on anyone who stands in their master’s way. (source)

The official Warlords of Draenor changes are here, 6.2 notes will be added to that page when it goes live.

Updated for Warlords of Draenor

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Undead Warlock in Corruptor gear

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The Warlock

Warlocks are World of Warcraft’s rendition of the classic soul-devouring life-stealing demon summoning class that everyone loves, or at the very least I do.  Quite honestly there’s nothing better than ruling the battlefield with massive amounts of life, ample damage resistance, and the ability to bring down multiple targets at once via a slow and painful, yet inevitable death.

Warlocks rank amongst the caster classes yes, but they stand head and shoulders above both Priest and Mage when it comes to sheer survivability.  Plus, due to an increasing emphasis on high health levels combined with reasonable damage, you’ll find that you generally fair better in the raid instances and become less of a target in PvP as well.

I find warlocks to be one of the more fun caster classes simply due to the large change of playstyle gained whenever alternating talent specializations, demonology, affliction, destruction – neither is similar to the other, and that’s refreshing.

Then again running as an affliction build can be quite a bit more interesting, at least so far as Battlegrounds and AoE grinding is concerned.  Hiding behind an obscure bush, rock, or tree and throwing off DoT after DoT at unsuspecting players as they run by is a fun way to ruin the other player’s day.

Finally, destruction warlocks, my personal favorite as usual, for I possess an immense obsession with the art of total annihilation, and nothing suits that better than a warlock knocking down targets in six seconds flat with some well timed, and hopefully critical, shadowbolts.

All in all warlocks have it great, all three talent builds are excellent for leveling, PvP, and likely even raiding to a certain point, making it an easy class to enjoy as you have no fear of picking the ‘wrong’ path for a given pursuit in game.

Warlords changes and Patch Notes for Warlocks can all be seen here.


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The Warlock Talents

And spec of Warlock can pick any one talent from any one row, for seven talents at 100. Your core abilities (below) define your spec, the talents add utility. Visit our individual spec pages for actual builds.

Note that some slots have different talents for each spec.

Level 15, tier 1
  1. Dark Regeneration – Restores some of your and your pet’s maximum health and increases all healing received for a few seconds.
  2. Soul Leech – Some of your spells provide you with an absorption shield. Some like it, some don’t.
  3. Column 3
    1. Aff, DemoHarvest Life – Drains the life from all enemies near the target, causing Shadow damage and restoring a small percentage of the caster’s total health every second for a few seconds. Also generates Demonic Fury while active. Generally recommended that you take the Glyph of Drain Life if you take this talent.
    2. Dest: Searing Flames – Your Ember Tap causes 50% more healing, and refunds 50% of its Burning Ember cost.
30, tier 2
  1. Howl of Terror – Howl causes some enemies nearby enemies to flee in fear for 20 sec. Damage caused may cancel Howl of Terror.
  2. Mortal Coil – Causes the enemy target to run in horror for a brief time. The caster restores some of their maximum health.
  3. Shadowfury – Briefly stuns all nearby enemies.
45, tier 3
  1. Soul Link – When active, all damage and healing you and your demon take is shared, but your demon’s health is reduced by half.
  2. Sacrificial Pact – Your demon sacrifices part of its current health to shield its master for twice the sacrificed health. Lasts 10 sec. If you have no demon, your health is sacrificed instead.
  3. Dark Bargain – Prevents all damage for a short time. When the shield fades, 50% of the damage prevented is dealt over a few seconds.
60, tier 4
  1. Blood Horror – Costs health to use, but each melee attack against you causes the attacker to be horrified and run away.
  2. Burning Rush – Drains 4% of your maximum health per second to increase your movement speed by 50% and prevents you from being snared. Lasts until cancelled.
  3. Unbound Will – Purge all Magic effects, movement impairing effects and all effects which cause loss of control of your character.
75, tier 5
  1. Grimoire of Supremacy – You command stronger demons, replacing your normal minions. These demons deal additional damage and have more powerful abilities.
  2. Grimoire of Service – Instantly summon a second demon, who fights for a short time.
  3. Column 3
    1. Aff, DestGrimoire of Sacrifice – You sacrifice your demon to gain one of its abilities, increase the power of many of your single target spells by some% and regenerate a small% of maximum health every few sec.
    2. Dem: Grimoire of Synergy – When you or your demon deal damage, there is a chance to trigger Demonic Synergy, granting the other one 15% increased damage for 15 sec.
90, tier 6
  1. Archimonde’s Vengeance – Causes an enemy to suffer some of all damage you take. Enemies who attack you suffer 5% of all damage they deal to you. This effect is disabled while on cooldown.
  2. Kil’jaeden’s Cunning – You can cast and channel while moving, but each cast reduces your movement speed.
  3. Mannoroth’s Fury – Increases the area of your area of effect spells by 500%.
100, tier 7
  1. Column 1
    1. Aff: Soulburn: Haunt – Grants the Soulburn empowerment to your Haunt spell.  Your Haunt spell also increases the damage of your damage over time effects to all targets by 20% for 30 sec.
    2. Dem: Demonbolt – Launch of ball of demonic energy at the target, dealing Chaos damage. Each Demonbolt amplifies further Demonbolts, increasing damage by 20% and cost by 100% for 40 sec (reduced by Haste), stacking up to 10 times. When hitting the target, the spell will deal damage as whichever school would cause the target to take the most damage. Only defenses against all damage will reduce it.
    3. Dest: Charred Remains – Incinerate and Conflagrate deal 50% less damage but generate 200% more Burning Embers. Fire and Brimstone can now also affect Chaos Bolt. Some people really don’t care for the damage decrease, others feel differently.
  2. Cataclysm – Conjures a cataclysm at the target location, dealing Shadowflame damage to all enemies within the effect and applying one of your DOTs to all targets. Long casttime. Not so hot for PvP, unless you stun the other guy(s) for those 3 seconds.
  3. Demonic Servitude – You are now able to maintain your control over even greater demons indefinitely, allowing you to summon Doomguards and Infernals as permanent pets.


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Warlock Abilities

Warlocks are all-around engines of destruction, each and every tree open to us is specifically designed to improve our killing ability, just in a variety of different manners.  Additionally, each tree presents an increase to either our survivability, mass killing abilities, or PvP capabilities in its own manner, making them all viable choices for any stage of the game.

Before Mists of Pandaria all the classes had a few unique abilities and a bunch of unique talents. In Mists they have a number of unique abilities and any spec can pickup any talent.

Warlords killed off a bunch of abilities and tweaked many others. What came out was a more efficient Warlock.

See the individual pages for “how to” and “rotations: Affliction, Demonology, Destruction

Abilities Shared by all Warlocks

1 Shadow Bolt
1 Summon Imp
3 Corruption
8 Summon Voidwalker
9 Create Healthstone
14 Fear – Your basic Crowd Control ability
18 Soulstone – Resurrect your ally who was foolish enough to die on you.
20 Felsteed
20 Summon Succubus
22 Eye of Kilrogg – spy on the place, over there. See what the enemy is doing.
24 Unending Breath lasts 10 min.
27 Soul Harvest (P) for ongoing non-combat health regeneration.
29 Summon Felhunter
31 Enslave Demon grabs the other’s guy’s demon. Or even wandering demons.
32 Banish is more of a 30 sec. hold, rather than a “banish.”
40 Dreadsteed
42 Ritual of Summoning – get those party members over to you.
49 Summon Infernal
56 Command Demon makes your demon fire off its main ability.
58 Summon Doomguard
64 Unending Resolve is 8 seconds of 40% damage reduction.
66 Soulshatter – Tank not tanking? This removes your threat from the enemies’ minds.
68 Create Soulwell so that others can have healthstones, too.
76 Demonic Circle: Summon
76 Demonic Circle: Teleport
80 Blood Pact (P)
82 Dark Intent is your Party Favor: +10% Spellpower and +5% Multistrike.
87 Demonic Gateway

Abilities by Specialization (Spec)

Affliction Warlocks are the 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 conflagrate or massive shadowbolt criticals. Destruction is also a very viable leveling build, raining death on all manner of opposition.

Want more on Warlock leveling? You can find leveling tips here and a guide that will get you leveled much faster, below.

These are the abilities that define each Warlock spec in Warlords. (P) = Passive ability.







Drain Life does damage and restores health over 6 seconds. 7 Drain Life does damage and restores health over 6 seconds. 7 Burning Embers (P) generates Embers to be used by other spells. 10
Nightfall (P) gives a chance to regain a soul shard. 10 Decimation (P) helps to end low health opponents. 10 Chaos Bolt launches a burst of deadly chaos. 10
Unstable Affliction does damage over 14 sec, explodes if dispelled. 10 Demonic Fury (P) is now generated from various attacks. 10 Chaotic Energy (P) replaces Life Tap and regenerates Mana. 10
Health Funnel takes some of your life to restore your Demon’s health. 10 Metaphorphosis lets you change into a big purple thing. 10 Conflagrate explodes the enemy target. 10
Life Tap restores your mana. 16 Doom (P) is an improved Corruption. 10 Incinerate burns the enemy. 10
Soulburn consumes a Soul Shard to power some abilities. 19 Molten Core (P) helps to execute low health enemies. 10 Immolate burns the enemy for 15 seconds.  12
Seed of Corruption does an 18 second DOT on your target that can be detonated to damage nearby targets. 21 Health Funnel takes some of your life to restore your Demon’s health. 11 Ember Tap is a small heal. 15
Drain Soul damages you target for 4 sec and might restore a soul shard. Also buffs other damaging spells on the target. 24 Demonic Leap lets you jump a short distance and transform. 12 Rain of Fire burns an area for 6 seconds. 21
Agony does damage over 24 sec, starting low and ending high. 36 Soul Fire burns the enemy’s soul. 13 Havoc lets you attack two targets at once. 36
Haunt does damage and increases your other damage to the target for 8 seconds. 60 Life Tap restores your mana. 16 Shadowburn burns low health targets. 47
Soul Swap lets you copy DOTs from target A to target B. 79 Hand of Gul’dan smacks the target and all enemies in the area. 19

Aftermath (P) removes the channeling form your Rain of Fire.

Mastery: Potent Afflictions (P) increases damage of important spells. 80 Hellfire burns you and nearby enemies. 22 Fire and Brimstone changes some attacks into area effect attacks. 54
Dark Soul: Misery give +30% Haste for 20 seconds on a 2 min cooldown. 84 Wild Imps (P) summon s the occasional Wild Imp, which will cast fireballs at the enemy. 32 Backdraft (P) – causes Conflagrate to reduce the cast times of Chaos Bolt or Incinerate. 69
Eradication (P) gives 5% more Haste from all sources. 90 Summon Felguard brings up a big ax wielding thing. 42 Flames of Xoroth revive your slain demon. 79
Mastery: Master Demonologist (P) improves overall damage of you and your demons, and the additional damage to several abilities. 80 Mastery: Emberstorm (P) increases the damage of important spells. 80
Dark Soul: Knowledge provides +30% Mastery for 20 sec. 84 Dark Soul: Instability for +30% crit chance for 20 seconds. 84
Demonic Tactics (P) provides +5% Mastery from all sources. 90 Devastation (P) for +15% crit from all sources. 90


Instead of gaining new abilities at 90+ you gain Perks, which are enhancements to existing abilities. You will get a new perk at 92, 94, 96, and 98, but which one you get at those levels is randomly picked. At 96 you’ll have them all.

Warlock Demons

At level 1 all Warlocks will get an Imp as their pet. At level 42 the Demonology spec will get the Felguard.

Your Demon
Summon Imp
Throws fireballs and complains alot
Summon Voidwalker
Your big, blue tank
Summon Succubus
Are you sure you’re the one in charge here? Your opponents love her.
Summon Felhunter
Nice puppy. Eats magical effects.
Summon Infernal
Drop a meteor and a big thing crawls out of the crater to do your bidding.
Summon Doomguard
Another big thing, but this one lobs bolts at the enemy.
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Numbers, Gear, Etc.

See the individual spec pages for exact stats, this section is just a general overview.

Warlords of Draenor killed off Hit and Expertise across the board, Resilience and PvP Power are gone from high level gear, but appear on gear under level 90.

Your new stats are Multistrike and Versatility. There are also some tertiary stats that will randomly (and rarely) appear on PvE gear. These are Speed, Avoidance, Leech, Indestructible, and gem sockets.

Attuned Stats are bonus stats that all classes and specs get. Typically it’s +5% of the stat from all sources and is usually from a level 90 ability.

  • For Affliction it’s +5% Haste, via the level 90 Eradication ability.
  • For Demonology it’s Demonic Tactics, which adds 5% Mastery.
  • For Destruction it’s +15 % Crit from all sources, via Devastation

Intelligence is your #1 stat and will be on all of your gear. It boosts any damage or healing that you do, more than either Mastery or Versatility. In Warlords you can’t stack it as easily as before, other than by getting better gear. You do have access to potions, flasks, and a couple of other items that will add +Int.

Mastery appear at level 80 and is generally the best stat (other than Int) for any flavor of Warlock as it increases the damage of important spells.

Crit lets a strike hit for 100% more damage (50% more in PvP.) Destruction likes Crit a lot, for one thing it helps to generate more Burning Embers.

Multistrike give your two chances (one in PvP) to do an additional attack at 30% effect. Demonology likes Multistrike since the extra attacks will generate more Demonic Fury.

Haste speeds up your casting times, lowers cooldowns, etc. Decent stat, but the others are usually of more use.

Versatility is a straight up % add to any damage or healing you do. It also, at half value, adds to your damage reduction. You can see how it might be more valuable for PvP than other areas of the game.


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Gems for Warlocks

Warlords PvP Gear comes with no gem sockets, at least through patch 6.2.

Warlords PvE Gear, level 100, occasionally comes with one gem socket. It’s a “prismatic” socket meaning than any of the Warlords gems will fit. None of those gems comes with Int, all of them code for secondary stats. Mastery is generally the gem you’ll want to use.

For Lower Level Gear

Int is definitely your best stat, however gems with other stats have twice the value of Int gems, for example: 20 Haste Vs 10 Int. For this reason it’s probably worthwhile to consider matching any socket bonuses on your gear, especially it they’re Int.

For PvE – A decent quick and dirty strategy is to just equip red gems in all sockets, unless the socket has a pretty serious Int bonus. If you want to match sockets:

  • Yellow sockets: Use a Potent or Reckless orange gem.
  • Blue sockets: Use a Veiled purple gem.
  • Older gems (Mists of Pandaria and lower) that used to code for Hit now do Crit, gems that had Expertise are now Haste.

Gems for Warlords of Draenor
Prismatic Greater Multistrike Taladite: +50 MultiStrike
Multistrike Taladite: +35 Multistrike
Greater Mastery Taladite: +50 Mastery
Mastery Taladite: +35 Mastery
Greater Haste Taladite: +50 Haste
Haste Taladite: +35 Haste
Greater Critical Strike Taladite: +50 Crit
Critical Strike Taladite: +35 Crit
Greater Versatility Taladite: +50 Versatility
Versatility Taladite: +35 VersatilityPatch 6.2 gems:Immaculate Critical Strike Taladite: +75 Critical
Immaculate Haste Taladite: +75 Haste
Immaculate Mastery Taladite: +75 Mastery
Immaculate Multistrike Taladite: +75 Multistrike
Immaculate Versatility Taladite: +75 Versatility
Immaculate Stamina Taladite: +75 Stamina
Mists of Pandaria Gems, for gear under ilevel 600.
Meta Courageous Primal Diamond: +20 Intellect and chance on beneficial spell to make your spells cost no mana for 4 sec.
Sinister Primal Diamond: +20 Critical Strike, and chance on spell damage to gain 30% spell haste
Capacitive Primal Diamond: +20 Critical Strike, and chance on melee or ranged hit to gain Capacitance
Burning Primal Diamond: +14 Int & 3% Increased Crit Effect
Ember Primal Diamond: +14 Intellect and +2% Maximum Mana
Forlorn Primal Diamond: +14 Intellect and 10% Silence Reduction
Red Brilliant Primordial Ruby: 10 Int
Yellow Quick Sun’s Radiance: +20 Haste
Fractured Sun’s Radiance: +20 Mastery
Smooth Sun’s Radiance: +20 Crit
Blue Rigid River’s Heart: +20 Crit
Lightning Wild Jade: +10 Haste and +10 Crit
Orange Potent Vermilion Onyx: +5 Int & +10 Crit
Reckless Vermilion Onyx: 5 Int, 10 Haste
Artful Vermilion Onyx: +5 Int & +10 Mastery
Green Sensei’s Wild Jade: +10 Crit and +10 Mastery
Piercing Wild Jade: +10 Critical Strike
Purple Veiled Imperial Amethyst: 5 Int and 10 Crit
Cogwheel Requires an engie helm, such as this.
Quick Tinker’s Gear: 38 Haste
Smooth Tinker’s Gear: 38 Crit
Fractured Tinker’s Gear: 38 Mastery

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Warlock Enchantments

Warlords Notes: There are no head enchants, all shoulder enchants come from the Inscription profession and are only for items under item level 600. There are new enchants for Neck, Cloak, Weapons, and your Rings.

There are no enchants for any other pieces. (Not yet, anyway.)

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Warlords of Draenor Enchantments
Main & Off-Hand




Enchants for item levels below 600.
Shoulders Greater Crane Wing Inscription: +15 Int and 5 Crit
Chest Enchant Chest – Glorious Stats: +9 to all Stats
Bracers Enchant Bracer – Super Intellect: +15 Int
Enchant Bracer – Mastery: +25 Mastery
Gloves Enchant Gloves – Superior Mastery: +25 Mastery
Belt Livingsteel Belt Buckle: Gem slot for a nice Int gem
Leggings Greater Cerulean Spellthread: +19 Int and +11 Crit
Boots Enchant Boots – Pandaren’s Step: +10 Mastery, slight run speed increase.


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Yes, Warlocks can be very effective in Battleground, Arena, or world PvP, as long as they stay aware of their strengths and certain limitations, eg: cloth armor.

See our individual spec pages for Warlock PvP builds, rotations, etc.

Battleground Tips

  • Always protect your healers
  • Backup your teammates, especially the ones you might want to have helping you
  • If your teammate is carrying a flag so what you can to peel the defenders away from him, eg: fear, CofE, etc.
  • If it’s your flag being carried do what you can to strip buffs and slow the carrier, allowing melee and casters to catch up.
  • Never stop moving or that Rogue (or feral druid) who’s stalking you will try to end you.
  • Worgen Warlock

    Worgen Warlock

    Arathi Basin – Kill the enemy and they have to run a lot farther to get to your nearest base than that on the other side of the map. So if you’re Horde, Holding the Farm is better than the Stables for that reason. You have a short run to get there, they have a long one. Hold three bases and you will win. Always fight at the flag, never in the middle/road.

  • Warsong Gulch – Protecting your flag carrier and killing the guy carrying your flag are far more important things to do than fighting random peeps in the mid-grounds.
  • Eye of the Storm – Forget the flag. Hold three bases and you win. Hold three and it doesn’t matter how many flags the other side gets. Fight at the flags, not in the mid-grounds.
  • Altarac Valley – You need enough defense to break their assault and enough offense to break their defense. Burn their towers and try to hold or recap yours. Towers are more important than graveyards, but GYs close to the other base are important. They’re crowding the entry to your area? Drop an infernal into the middle of their group.
  • Strand there is no point to fighting behind their group. If you’re on Offense then fear their attackers away from your tanks. If on D then abondon your position when they pass you. Stay in front of them.
  • Use terrain to your advantage. If you can position yourself to cast spells whenre they can’t easily see (or find) you then you’re golden.
  • Get your PvP trinket from the Honor Gear vendor as soon as you can. Get the cheap one. The “break free” will save your hide more than once.
  • While hot gear is nice skill counts for more. Skill will also get you into good gear faster. So practice your skills.
  • Set up hot-keys for your most used abilities and macros for those abilities that might require several commands, such as the DoT caster above.
  • Keep alert at all times. Be aware of your teammates and what they’re doing. Help them whenever you can.
  • If you’re really serious about PvP then practice seriously and consider working with people who are better than you. You’ll get far more in-depth detail on how to kill any class, win any BG, and learn to get some pretty good arena ranking. Do it now and get a big edge over the other guy.

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Warlock Races

The Pandaren race is denied access to the Warlock class.

In Warlords: Racials with Hit & Expertise are dead.

Obviously the Undead and the Humans are the only real Warlock races, but if you just have to play something else then go for it. Your skills will far outshine any special racials than any race might have.

Best Horde? Orc (Blood Fury, pet damage)

Best Alliance? Humans for overall PvP “best” (escape allows two other trinkets & Versatility.)

Horde Races


  • Blood Fury increases melee and spell damage, the latter of which suits Warlocks just fine.
  • The slightly increased pet damage (command) makes the Orc one of the better Warlock races.
  • Hardiness allows a 10% decreased stun duration, which is nice for PvP.

Undead – The perfect Warlock race.

  • Underwater Breathing is gone (in Mists of Pandaria) and is replaced with a rather nice Drain Life ability, which will actually add a bit to your DPS numbers. This ability also (with Warlords) gives you back your Underwater Breathing, and it’s now of indefinite duration. Useful when leveling and pretty nice for exploration, with occasional other uses.
  • Will of the Forsaken is a nice PvP skill (anything that breaks Fear, etc is a nice PvP skill.)
  • Cannibalize is useful when you just have to rub it in to that other player you killed. Maybe that’s good enough reason to go Undead.
  • Minor Resistance (here)  to Shadow damage.

Blood Elf

  • Arcane Torrent is a nice spell interrupt with some PvP utility (silence only in PvP), but since it’s melee range and you don’t want to be in melee range…
  • Well ok, Blood Elves look good. A truly devastating Warlock Ability. Really.
  • Acuity adds +1% to your Crit rating, which is a good stat for ‘locks.
  • Belves are good with Enchanting, via their affinity.
  • Belves take slightly less Arcane damage, via their Resistance.

Troll  – Taste me Voodoo, Mon!

Goblin  – Goblins like to blow things up and Warlocks consort with demons. A match made in heaven? Well, maybe not…

Alliance Races


  • The Human Diplomacy skill will allow for more rapid faction gain (very nice if you’re working towards any of the zillion faction in WoW)
  • the escape ability is nice for PvP, especially since it allows the use of two DPS trinkets.
  • Bonus Versatility adds +1% to your Versatility


  • Escape artist is very nice for PvP, as is their small size, and they get an increased mana pool.
  • More – +5% more mana, which isn’t really a concern for you.
  • Nimble – +1% more Haste, which is a decent stat.
  • Resistance – Gnomes take a bit less arcane damage
  • Engineer – Gnomes are good with Engineering.


  • Stone Form is a nice PvP talent, and occasionally useful elsewhere. It washes away bleeds, various magical effects, and adds a 10% damage reduction for a few seconds.
  • Might adds 2% to your critical damage (not crit rating.)
  • Resistance allows a small reduction to incoming Frost damage.
  • Explorer – Dwarves are good with Archeology.


  • Darkflight allows periodic quick movement, which is always useful,
  • reduced duration of curses and diseases (affecting them.)
  • Increased crit chance (viciousness) is a good stat for you.
  • Flayer boosts your skinning skill.
  • Run Wild
  • Aberration provides resistance to Shadow and Natures damage.

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Leveling Tips for Your Warlock

Undead Warlock, tending to businessConsidering all the multitude of grinds possible in this game, leveling a warlock is comparatively relaxing.  Likely you’ll never find yourself feeling too slow, quests too hard, or really any distress whatsoever considering how easy the process should be. About the only concern will be “where to go next?”

Also, see our Warlock leveling guide and these ten tips.

DoT’s (Damage Over Time spells) take mobs down with a dual purpose of efficiency and effectiveness, our direct damage spells scale quite well once you pick up some +shadow damage or Int, and of course we always have pets to make up for any given weakness within a fight.

But of course, like most classes the Warlock has more than a few styles of leveling, and there’s always a way to maximize your XP per hour.

  • Learn to fight multiple mobs at the same time and do as many quests as you can at the same time.
  • Look into the Dungeon Finder tool and sign up for the random dungeons. You should be pretty fast and efficient with your spells, and work well with groups, if you’re going to do that. All the dungeons come with quests that will help maximize your XP and gear.
  • At level 10 you become eligible to enter the battlegrounds. Battleground PvP can provide some very fast XP, especially on the BG weekends and if your team wins.
  • Questing still has plenty of value and is as fast as dungeon leveling. The stories are tighter since 4.0 and you’ll gain rep with the various factions. You can do it on your own time and don’t have to deal with the occasional whiny or irritating group. Leveling through questing is also much faster than it used to be since Bliz tightened up everything about the stories.
  • Make sure you have the largest bags you can afford and that you keep stuff that you aren’t using in the bank or mail it to an Alt.
  • Always log out in an Inn for the rest XP bonus.


Warlock Professions

Professions for …

In Warlords there are no professions bonuses. No special stat boosts that characters without the profession cannot get. The only profession that provides a stat buff, to yourself or anyone else, is cooking (such as +125 to Mastery or Crit or whatever.)

Professions now are for the gear and/or the gold. Most have something that can be used as starting raid/pvp gear or sold, such as ilevel 640 gear pieces. Leveling a profession can be done quickly and relatively easily once you get the Draenor version.

Some of the professions, eg: Engineering, have really useful items for leveling and world events. They’re not usable in raids, however (sigh.. no firing rockets at the boss…)

Blacksmithing Mail and Plate armor and weapons. Keys for locks.
Engineering will let you create a number of useful items, such as rockets, shields, a stealth device, etc. These cannot be used in rated PvP, but that can be used elsewhere, such as World PvP or in Highmaul Coliseum.
Jewelcrafting Useful (ilevel 640) rings and neck items, pretty gems, gemmed mounts.
Inscription Glyphs, some trinkets, caster weapons, fortune & Darkmoon cards, and more.
Alchemy Chemistry is fun, unfortunately you can’t make acids or bombs. You can make flasks and potions to boost stats and cause other interesting effects. You can also make a very nice DPS trinket: Draenic Philosopher’s Stone, requires Alchemy 500. This item can me greatly upgraded.
Enchanting Enchant all those items and you can cast illusionary enchants. These are basically transmogs for your current enchant. Want your current enchant to look like an older one? Then this is for you.
Tailoring Cloth armor, flying carpet, murlock chew toy and allows you to make nets (Embersilk Net) and battle standards (such as: Fearsome Battle Standard)
Leatherworking will let you make entry level armor for raids (ilevel 640.) You can also make the items to reroll the stats and also to upgrade the items to 665, at a cost far exceeding that of the original piece. You can also make Drums of Fury for a Heroism type buff (25% Haste for 40 sec.) Through the Leatherworking hut in your Garrison you can make single use tents that will increase your agility by 10% for an hour.
Archeology will let you pick up ilevel 620 items, usable at 91, which are bind on account. One useful item, for you, is Warmaul of the Warmaul Chieftain. There are four items, but only the one is for you. Here‘s the list.
Skinning For gold gathering and for leatherworking
Herbalism For Inscription, Alchemy, and gold gathering
Mining Making gold and powering Blacksmithing and some engineering.

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  8 Responses to “The WoW Warlock Guide for Warlords of Draenor”

  1. I was hoping to see a recommended spell rotation for the various specs since 3/4 of the spells I used to rely on are gone now.

  2. Not to seem rude but,in the spec guide part, you seemed biased on Destro, they did simulation crafting on noxxic and found that actually the order of highest dps is,
    Affliction 105054K Full Tier 14 gear + gems and enchants, and full raid buffs
    Demonology 99113K Full Tier 14 gear + gems and enchants, and full raid buffs
    Destruction 91697K Full Tier 14 gear + gems and enchants, and full raid buffs

    • Not sure where you found a Destro bias there, the page is intended to be a Warlock overview and we try to avoid the “flavor of the minute” discussions. They will will probably change after the next hotfix/patch anyway. The Sim info is good to know, however. Thanks :).

      Keep in mind that Sims play with an “all things are equal” system, and sometimes they aren’t, but a 15% lead over Destro probably more than covers that. If you want to play with the sims yourself you can go the Simcraft page and download your own tool to work with.

  3. Thanks for guide. Please consider, in your Gem Chart, posting optimal gems for non-PVP types like myself. Oddly, this was not an issue in the Enchantment chart.

  4. Head enchants have been removed from the game so Arcanum of Hyjal, for example, is unavailable.

    • True. I simply haven’t updated that page to reflect that fact. I will, now. Also, all shoulder enchants are covered by the Inscription profession.

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