Destruction Warlock Stats, Races and Consumables Guide

Patch 10.2.5 Last Updated: 23rd Jan, 2024

Stat Priorities

Stat Ranking

In every situation:

Intellect > Haste > Mastery > Crit > Vers

Simming will always be the best option when deciding whether an item is an upgrade.

Stat Outline

Haste makes it so you cast your spells faster, reduce the CD of Channel Demonfire and Conflagrate, and increase Immolate's tick rate. This is why haste is our best secondary stat.

Mastery is just passive damage increase and has gained some value due to the talent Chaos Incarnate.

Critical Strike increases the chance of your spells dealing a critical chance. Crit also gives Chaos Bolt more damage. It provides 1% damage per 1% crit to it.

Versatility is just a passive damage increase and passive damage reduction stat. 

The best way to calculate stat priorities for your character is to "sim" your character. Method Raider Jaerv has written a series of Metafy articles to help!

How to Sim in World of Warcraft


The best race for the horde is a Orc followed by Troll and a Goblin.

For alliance it’s a Mechagnome followed by a Gnome, Dwarf, and Human. (Difference is 0.1-0.4%)

In 10.1.7 blizzard made it so you can also play Night Elf which can be useful in Mythic + and provides a decent DPS increase. You might still want to consider Dwarf in Mythic + because of Stoneform and how strong it is in dungeons, especially since there are a lot of bleed effects this season.


Rings: Devotion of Haste

Legs: Frozen Spellthread

Feet: Plainsrunner’s Breeze

Chest: Waking Stats

Cloak: Graceful Avoidance

Wrist: Devotion of Avoidance

Weapon: Sophic Devotion


In Dragonflight, there has been an introduction to primary stat + secondary stat gems. You can only have one of those equipped at a time. For warlocks, the best gems are Fierce Illlimited Diamond followed by Keen Ysmerald.


For Phial, Iced Phial of Corrupting Rage is the best simming option, but consider Tepid Phial of Versatility on some bosses where you can’t get high uptime on the corrupting rage phial or for high M+ dungeons.

DPS Potion: Elemental Potion of Elemental Power / Elemental potion of ultimate power

Healing Potion: Dreamwalker's Healing Potion

Rune: Howling Rune

Augment rune: Draconic Augment Rune

Food: Grand Banquet of the Kalu’ak / Timely Demise