Affliction Warlock

Patch 9.0

Written by Namix Last Updated: 23rd Nov, 2020

Some content in this guide is based on beta or early data

Updates will be made after raid progress is finished and more accurate information is available.


Welcome to the Affliction Warlock DPS guide written by Namix. I am one of Method’s new Warlocks, I have been playing WoW since WotLK and started raiding in WoD. I joined Reason at the end of WoD and have been playing with them ever since. 

Affliction is very strong on multitarget bosses/DoT encounters. They are still able to do damage on the move with many instant spells as part of the main rotation. Affliction is weak on single target due to low shard generation but has high burst on demand.

What has changed

The biggest changes from BFA to Shadowlands for the spec; Affliction Warlocks damage shifted around a lot and has got a new shard dumper. Malefic Rapture is the new main damage. It's very strong for multiple targets and okay on single targets. Unstable Affliction is now capped to 1 and can be cast all the time. 

Shadow Embrace has been added as a standard passive. 

There have been a few talent changes in rows 1,5 & 6.

Row 1 Deathbolt has been removed and replaced by Inevitable Demise.

Row 5 Demonic Circle have been removed from from the talent tree and added as a base spell replaced by Howl of Terror

Row 6 Shadow Embrace have been added as a base passive and been replaced by Dark Caller