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WoTLK Destruction Warlock Guide

Welcome to the PvE WoTLK  Destruction Warlock Guide!

We will tell you about the best builds and glyphs for the highest DPS in raids, what stats to choose for the gems, and some tips that can help you do a lot of DPS in raids.
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 provides the highest DPS for Destruction Warlocks.

2. Glyphs

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

Major Glyphs:

Glyph of Incinerate

Glyph of Conflagrate

Glyph of Immolate

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 destruction 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

Rotation on Destro spec isn't so hard, but remember one thing - cast spells to the end, don't cancel them because you will lose a lot of DPS.

Tips: remember always reuse Fel Armor

Life Tap before the pull

Curse of the Elements (or Curse of Doom) → Immolate → Corruption → Conflagrate → Chaos Bolt → Incinerate. 

Immolate - Keep the debuff up at all times

Corruption - Keep the debuff up at all times

Conflagrate - This should be used every time it’s off CD

Chaos Bolt  - This is your primary spell

Incinerate - Use this when everything else is applied or on CD

Keep Curse of the Elements or Curse of Doom on the target at all times. You use Curse of Doom if you

have an Unholy Death Knight or Moonkin in your group. Otherwise, you use Curse of the Elements.

Imp is your best pet. He deals the most damage, and the builds above both have Empowered Imp, which gives us a 100% chance to crit after he crits.

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 talents or raid buffs) (13% if alliance)

Spell Power - more - better.Critical Strike - need more than 35%

Haste - softcap - 700, cap - 1300.

9. Best in Slot

Here is the best equipment that you can have.

Head - Sanctified Dark Coven Hood - Item - WotLK Classic (

Neck - Blood Queen's Crimson Choker - Item - WotLK Classic (

Shoulder - Sanctified Dark Coven Shoulderpads - Item - WotLK Classic (

Cloak - Greatcloak of the Turned Champion - Item - WotLK Classic (

Chest - Sanctified Dark Coven Robe - Item - WotLK Classic (

Wrist - Bracers of Fiery Night - Item - WotLK Classic (

Hands - Sanctified Dark Coven Gloves - Item - WotLK Classic (

Waist - Crushing Coldwraith Belt - Item - WotLK Classic (

Legs - Plaguebringer's Stained Pants - Item - WotLK Classic (

Feet - Plague Scientist's Boots - Item - WotLK Classic (

Fingers - Ashen Band of Endless Destruction - Item - WotLK Classic (, Loop of the Endless Labyrinth - Item - WotLK Classic (

Trinkets - Charred Twilight Scale - Item - WotLK Classic (, Phylactery of the Nameless Lich - Item - WotLK Classic ( or Dislodged Foreign Object - Item - WotLK Classic (

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

Wand - Corpse-Impaling Spike - Item - WotLK Classic (

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 Destruction Warlock guide. Thank you for your attention. Hope you get better results with this guide!

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