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Destruction Quick Start Guide
This is the Destruction Warlock quick start guide. This guide is simply here to provide you the basics of Destruction Warlock. Read more sections of the guide to enhance your chaotic ability. You can find a more in-depth guide
Here on wowhead
, for a more advanced look on all things Destruction Warlock. Other information can also be found on the
Rotation & Abilities
Macros & Addons
Here are some simple builds for Destruction Warlocks in 7.2.5. These are basic talent builds that are all purpose for beginners. A further discussion on them can be found on the
Destruction Warlock Talent Guide
This build is focused primarily on raiding.
Mythic + & Questing
This build is focused on Mythic + and Open World Content.
More in-depth information about stats can be found
Fresh 110s should quickly hit the Broken Shore for quick 850 gear while acquiring world quest gear and artifact power. Start to hit up Mythic 0 dungeons and some lower level M+ dungeons while continuing your gearing process on the broken shore for 880 relinquished gear. Once you’re in the 880 range and higher levels of Artifact Power. Check the
Legion Gearing Before Raids
guide for more information on this process.
Legendaries for Destruction Warlocks are generally pretty even, with only 1 legendary item being the best in every situation:
Lessons of Space-Time
. However, other legendary items like
Feretory of Souls
are also very good. You can find more of this information on the
Destruction Warlock Gearing Guide
Thanks to Artifact Knowledge catch-up, added in 7.2, you'll be able to empower your artifact fairly quickly even if this is your first 110. It should not take much effort to acquire your golden traits.
For Destruction Warlocks, the current recommended artifact path is:
empower your weapon
(requires unlocking the Broken Shore, reaching AK 26, and completing a short questline):
You should follow path number 7 in order to finish off your weapon. Not sure which traits on the main weapon to buy first? Follow the same order you did when initially powering up your weapon!
Learn about the catch-up mechanisms in our
Tips for Alts Guide
. If you already have a main at 110 and AK 30 or higher, just send the BoA Artifact book
Artifact Research Compendium: Volumes I-V
over to your alt so they'll instantly hit AK 25. At AK 40 you can pick up a book for AK 40 on any character.
Don't forget to complete the Class Hall questline for the
third Artifact Relic
, which was nerfed in Patch 7.2 to have faster missions and fewer requirements. Acquiring the third relic will greatly increase the item level of your weapon and give you another free trait rank.
Here is the basic rotation that can be used in both the specs listed. Be sure to use
on cooldown when you do not have the
Lord of Flames
debuff. If you have the
Lord of Flames
instead on single target. More information can be found on the
Destruction Warlock rotation guide
If you are below 30% mana.
on 1-3 targets.
on boss 100% of the time.
on cooldown if there is a secondary target. This will replicate all of your single target attacks to the target, doubling your damage.
on cooldown to receive
stacks. Spend these stacks on
to build more
when there is one target. Combine this with
when there are two targets.
when you need to gain more
Repeat steps above.
Rain of Fire
when there are 4 or more targets and keep up
on two targets.
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