Demonology Warlock

Patch 9.0.5

Sjeletyven
Last Updated: 14th Apr, 2021

Recommended Talents

Recommended Raiding Build

Single Target

AoE

Recommended Mythic+ Build

Normal/Single Target build

This build uses Wilfreds Superior Sigil of Summoning legendary and focuses on big tyrants and extended Grimoire: Felguard every 2 minutes with “smaller” tyrants every minute. Great for single and priority target damage.

Dreadlash/From the Shadows Build

This build uses the Grim Inquisitor Dreads Calling Legendary and focuses on big implosions and using Demonic Tyrant on cooldown to extend Dreadstalkers. Great for sustained aoe.

Boss specific recommendations and strategy:

Raid Bosses

Talents Discussion

Tier 1 (15)

DreadlashPassive
Bilescourge BombersInstant
Demonic StrengthInstant

Dreadlash causes your Dreadstalkers initial dreadbite to cleave nearby enemies. This is a great sustained aoe option, especially in combination with the Carnivorous Stalkers conduit.

Bilescourge Bombers is as of writing this guide not picked for anything as it has a shard cost and no synergy with any conduits the way Dreadlash and Demonic Strength does.

Demonic Strength is a great option for short aoe burst as well as pure single target, and can be buffed with the Fel Commando conduit.

Tier 2 (25)

Demonic CallingPassive
Power SiphonInstant
DoomInstant

Demonic Calling is a really nice talent which makes one of your main spells free and instant cast. This is your default choice in almost any scenario.

Power Siphon sacrifices 2 of your imps to empower your next 2 Demonbolts by 30%. This talent can be very powerful in combination with the Necrolord covenant ability but it is as of 9.0.5 a very niche talent.

Curse of Doom is a dot that ticks after 20 seconds (scaling with haste) and generates a soul shard. In theory this talent is really good but in any practical scenario it doesn't hold up to the quality of life that Demonic Calling brings.

Tier 3 (30)

Demon SkinPassive
Burning RushInstant
Dark PactInstant

Demon Skin is a very good overall damage mitigation talent that makes you regenerate a shield up to 15% of your max health. This talent is very strong for low ticking damage.

Burning Rush sacrifices 4% of your health per second and in return you move 50% faster.

This is great for unpredictable movement situations where preplacing demonic circle or gateway is not a realistic option.

Dark Pact sacrifices 20% of your current health to give you a shield for 250% of the amount sacrificed in addition to a fairly small base amount. This talent is very strong against large predictable hits. Press this button on high HP and laugh as your teammates drop to sub 20% health as you barely drop below 80%.

Tier 4 (35)

From the ShadowsPassive
Soul StrikeInstant
Summon Vilefiend2 sec cast

From the Shadows causes your dreadbite to inflict a debuff that makes you deal an additional 20% shadowflame damage (Implosion, Hand of Gul’dan, Demonbolt) for the next 12 seconds.

This talent is great for sustained aoe in combination with Dreadlash due to the AoE application of the debuff and Soul Conduit due to more shards means more implosion damage.

Soul Strike Commands your Felguard to strike into the soul of its enemy, dealing damage and generating a shard. This talent feels amazing to play but between the added sustained aoe value in From the Shadows or the added Demonic Consumption value from Summon Vilefiend it is not commonly picked at the moment.

Summon Vilefiend summons a demon to fight for you for the next 15 seconds. This talent does great single target damage, especially when taken into account the added value it brings to Demonic Consumption.

Tier 5 (40)

DarkfuryPassive
Mortal CoilInstant
Howl of TerrorInstant

Darkfury reduces the cooldown of shadowfury and increases its radius but unless you need the cooldown reduction or increased radius for a specific reason this talent is mostly useless.

Mortal Coil is an amazing self healing tool, essentially being a healthstone on a 45 second cooldown, that in addition to it being a CC that doesn't share diminishing returns this is the default choice

Howl of Terror is a good talent for frequent instant aoe disrupts but Mortal Coil is considered better in most PVE situations due to the healing effect.

Tier 6 (45)

Soul ConduitPassive
Inner DemonsPassive
Grimoire: FelguardInstant

Soul Conduit will refund 15% of the shards you spend, because refunded shards can be refunded again you can look at this talent as roughly 18% more shards. This talent is extremely flexible and can be fit into any talent setup.

Inner Demons passively spawn imps every 12 seconds and has a 10% chance to summon an additional demon.

Grimoire: Felguard summons an additional Felguard that does 25% more damage than your regular Felguard for 17 seconds. This talent is really strong in both AoE and ST. This talent synergises well with demonic consumption and wilfreds legendary to play around 1 minute cooldown demonic tyrants.

Tier 7 (50)

Sacrificed SoulsPassive
Demonic ConsumptionPassive
Nether Portal2.5 sec cast

Sacrificed Souls will make your shadow bolts and demonbolts do more damage based on how many demons you currently have active. This should be a great single target talent and has great synergy with Balespider legendary and Necrolord covenant.

Demonic Consumption sacrifices 15% of your demons' hp to empower the tyrant. This is an extremely powerful single target cooldown and can be “abused” with different Health modifiers such as Rallying Cry, Ancestral Protection totem etc. due to your demon’s health scaling proportionally to your health.

Nether Portal opens a portal for 15 seconds. While the portal is open every time you spend soul shards an extra demon will be summoned to fight for you. This talent requires a very specific cast sequence for the full 15 seconds the portal is up for it to retain its full value and therefore the easier playstyle of Demonic Consumption or Sacrificed Souls is generally preferred unless the talent is far ahead.