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WoTLK Affliction Warlock Guide

Welcome to the PvE WoTLK  Affliction Warlock Guide!

Affliction spec is one of the strongest in WoTLK because it has excellent damage and high survivability. But to show these results, you need to know this spec's subtleties. 
If you play as an alliance, create gnome because of +5% INT and crit % buff. If horde - orc, Blood Fury spell gives 168SP/15s buff. And buff for pets +5% DMG.


1. Talents

2. Glyphs

3. Gems

4. Professions

5. Equipment Enchants

6. Weapons Enchants

7. Rotation

8. DPS Stat Priority

9. Best in Slot

10. Consumables

11. Conclusion


This build gives a high amount of damage and survivability.

2. Glyphs

Best major glyphs, but you can take what you need in minor (expect drain soul glyph), here the most optimized glyphs for any situation.

Major Glyphs:

Glyph of Haunt

Glyph of Quick Decay

Glyph of Life Tap

Minor Glyphs:

Glyph of Drain Soul

Glyph of Unending Breath

Glyph of Subjugate Demon

3. Gems

Gems can change based on your build, equipment and caps, but here are the best gems.

Meta: Chaotic Skyflare Diamond

Red: Runed Cardinal Ruby

Blue: Purified Dreadstone - 2x for meta (Only if the socket bonus is +7 Spell Power)

Yellow: Reckless Ametrine (Only if the socket bonus is +7 Spell Power)

4. Professions

In WoTLK all professions are balanced, but the most useful professions for the Affliction are:

• Jewelry – must need. 3 stones that give +117 SP.

• Leatherworking - wrist enchant (+76 SP)

• Alchemy - +46 SP from the potion.

• Enchantment - Rings enchant (+46 SP each)

• Blacksmithing - 2 prismatic sockets for the gloves and wrist.

• Inscription – Shoulder enchant +70 SP and 8 mana restore/5s

• Tailoring – Cloak enchant +60 SP.

5. Equipment Enchants

Many enchants can be used while you have specific professions, so you can manage what you need, but here is a very popular enchant build.

Head: Arcanum of Burning Mysteries

Shoulder: Greater Inscription of the Storm

Back: Enchant Cloak - Greater Speed

Chest: Enchant Chest - Powerful Stats

Bracers: Enchant Bracers - Superior Spellpower

Gloves: Enchant Gloves - Exceptional Spellpower

Waist: Eternal Belt Buckle

Legs: Brilliant Spellthread

Boots: Enchant Boots - Icewalker

6. Weapons Enchants

Here is the best enchants for 1H and 2H weapons:

Two-Handed Weapon: Enchant Staff - Greater Spellpower

One-Handed Weapon: Enchant Weapon - Mighty Spellpower

7. Rotation

Easy rotation, but ensure not to re-apply DoTs earlier than necessary as this will lower your DPS.

Begin by casting Life Tap before the boss is engaged.

Ensure the boss has a Curse of the Elements on him at all times.

Corruption → Unstable Affliction → Haunt (Mostly for the buff) → Curse of Agony → Drain Soul (When the boss is below 25%)→ Shadow Bolt

8. DPS Stat Priority

Here are the main stats that you need. INT or spirit isn't so important, so don't focus on them.

Hit (17%) (14% with Suppression)

Haste (softcap - 1100) cap - 1400.

Critical Strike needs to be >40%

Spell Power - more - better.

9. Best in Slot

Here is the best equipment that you can have.

Head - Sanctified Dark Coven Hood

Neck - Blood Queen's Crimson Choker

Shoulder - Sanctified Dark Coven Shoulderpads

Cloak - Greatcloak of the Turned Champion

Chest - Sanctified Dark Coven Robe

Wrist - Bracers of Fiery Night

Hands - Sanctified Dark Coven Gloves

Waist - Crushing Coldwraith Belt

Legs - Plaguebringer's Stained Pants

Feet - Plague Scientist's Boots

Fingers - Ashen Band of Endless DestructionLoop of the Endless Labyrinth

Trinkets - Charred Twilight ScalePhylactery of the Nameless Lich or Dislodged Foreign Object

Weapon - Bloodsurge, Kel'Thuzad's Blade of Agony and Shadow Silk Spindle (1H), Archus, Greatstaff of Antonidas (2H)

Wand - Corpse-Impaling Spike

10. Consumables

Best flasks and food.

Flask of the Frost Wyrm  - 125SP/1 hour

Potion of Speed - 500 haste/15s

Potion of Wild Magic - 200 crit rating and SP/15s

Elixir of Mighty Thoughts - 45INT/1h


Fish feast: 80 AP, 46SP, 40 stamina.

Tender Shoveltusk Steak - 46SP, 40 stamina.

11. Conclusion

Today you looked at the Affliction Warlock guide. Thank you for your attention. Hope you get better results with this guide!

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