Breaking news: Artifact: Guide

esports news and guides
Sections

World of Warcraft: Legion: Demonology Warlock guide (7.1)

Our always updated guide to playing the Demonology Warlock specialization in WOW Legion.

While all Warlocks wield the demonic power of the Burning Legion, the Demonology Warlock specialises in summoning and enslaving demons, and directing said demons to wreak havoc upon their foes, resulting in a very distinct take on the “pet class” archetype popularised by the Hunter. It can prove a bit complex to learn and play though, and so this Demonology Warlock guide is here to help you in getting to grips with - and utlimately mastering - the specialisation.

Even though Demonology Warlocks are cloth-wearers, they are very resilient, being able to withstand a lot more punishment than Mages or Priests. In addition to that, Demonologists can often rely on their demons to take the brunt of the enemy threat away from their master. As such, this is a very “safe” specialization to play in any kind of content.

It is important to note that Demonology Warlocks take a while to reach their maximum damage potential in any given fight, and as such they perform better in drawn-out battles than in lightning-fast skirmishes. They are at their best when they are able to focus on a specific target for a long time, and at their worst when they need to quickly kill several smaller targets.

Regardless, Demonology is a viable specialization for both endgame content and the levelling process. By following our recommended build and rotation, you'll be able to level up from 100 to 110 with ease, and the same strategy will serve you well when tackling the endgame too.

In future updates of this Demonology Warlock guide, expect to see a detailed path to upgrading your Demonology Artifact Weapon, and a breakdown of each main and secondary stat and the ways in which they affect your spells and talents. This will help you make optimal gear choices.

All articles in this series

Demology Warlock talent build

We recommend you pick up the following talents when playing a Demonology Warlock. You’ll find they are well suited for both levelling up and playing through the endgame content.

They are tuned for ease-of-use, but with some tweaking you can theoretically squeeze a bit more damage out of your class. If you do so though, the playstyle will become harder and more prone to mistakes. Your chosen “permanent” companion should be the Felhunter at low levels, and then the Felguard once it's available.

Level Talent Choice Reason
15 Shadowy Inspiration - Demonic Empowerment also causes your next Shadow Bolt to be Instant. You’ll be using Demonic Empowerment very often through each fight, so this is the talent you’ll benefit from the most.
30 Improved Dreadstalkers - Call Dreadstalkers now also summons 2 Wild Imps. More Imps. You can never have too many Imps. (Also, this is another flat boost to one of your most commonly-used spells).
45 Demonic Circle - Summons a Demonic Circle for 6 min, allowing you to cast it again to teleport to its location and remove all movement slowing effects. Anchors you to a spot to which you can quickly go back to, a great time-saver during battles where you quickly have to move to specific locations. Be sure to cast it at the optimal location before initiating a boss encounter!
60 Hand of Doom - Hand of Gul'dan now also applies Doom to all enemies it hits. Both extra damage and extra Soul Shard generation make this one edge over the other options in this tier.
75 Demon Skin - Your Soul Leech absorption now passively recharges at a rate of 1% of maximum health every 1 sec, and may now absorb up to 20% of maximum health. A further boost to your already impressive survivability.
90 Grimoire of Synergy - Damage done by you or your demon has a chance to grant the other one 40% increased damage for 15 sec. A big, passive damage boost that will trigger more often than not and requires no interaction on your part, besides your regular rotation.
100 Demonbolt - Draws energy from your demons and launches a ball of demonic energy at the target, dealing Chaos damage. Damage increased by 20% for each demon you have active. This replaces Shadowbolt and as such reaps all associated benefits, including the previously picked Shadowy Inspiration. Its sister talent Summon Darkglare is an equally good choice when questing.

Demonology Warlock rotations

The key aspect of Demonology Warlock rotations involves managing your resources so that you have as many demons out as possible, and maximise the time they are affected by Demonic Empowerment. Note that it's more beneficial to cast Demonic Empowerment after each new demon(s) enters the fray, instead of waiting for several to be present before buffing them all at once. This is due to the damage loss you’ll incur from not buffing the first demons while summoning the newest.

Using our set of talents and rotation, it’s actually easier to cap your secondary resource - Soul Shards - than to run dry on it. This is due to Hand of Gul’dan placing the Doom debuff on several enemies, which grants a Soul Shard upon expiring.

While you should always keep a Shard in reserve - to be able to fire your most powerful summons as they come off cooldown - you should generally spend your Soul Shards pretty liberally.

More WOW class guides:

Death KnightDemon HunterDruid
Blood Death Knight guideHavoc Demon Hunter guideBalance Druid guide
Frost Death Knight guideVengeance Demon Hunter guideFeral Druid guide
Unholy Death Knight guide-Guardian Druid guide
--Restoration Druid guide
HunterMageMonk
Beast Mastery Hunter guideArcane Mage guideBrewmaster Monk guide
Marksmanship Hunter guideFire Mage guideMistweaver Monk guide
Survival Hunter guideFrost Mage guideWindwalker Monk guide
PaladinPriestRogue
Holy Paladin guideHoly Priest guideAssassination Rogue guide
Protection Paladin guideDiscipline Priest guideOutlaw Rogue guide
Retribution Paladin guideShadow Priest guideSubtlety Rogue guide
ShamanWarlockWarrior
Elemental Shaman guideAffliction Warlock guideArms Warrior guide
Enhancement Shaman guideDemonology Warlock guideFury Warrior guide
Restoration Shaman guideDestruction Warlock guideProtection Warrior guide

Other WOW guides:

Demonology Warlock rotation - Single target

This is the optimal rotation for a single target. While practicing it, remember the principles outlined above.

Action Condition / Further Instructions
1 Demonbolt If at 3 or less Soul Shards and no Doom debuff (from Hand of Gul’dan) is about to expire.
2 Call Dreadstalkers + Demonic Empowerment
3 Hand of Gul’dan + Demonic Empowerment At 4+ Soul Shards
4 Summon Doomguard + Demonic Empowerment
5 Command Demon Assuming you are using the Felguard as your main pet, resulting in a cast of Felstorm. Disregard this if using the Felhunter.
6 Thal'kiel's Consumption (lvl 100 Artifact Weapon ability)
7 Life Tap If at under 60% mana, and preferably when you need to move.
8 Repeat from Step 1

Demonology Warlock rotation - Multiple targets

While multiple target fights aren’t the Demonology Warlock’s strong point, there are some tweaks you can make to the rotation described above in order to eke out a bit of extra performance.

Action Condition / Further Instructions
1 Demonbolt If at 3 or less Soul Shards and no Doom debuff (from Hand of Gul’dan) is about to expire.
2 Call Dreadstalkers + Demonic Empowerment
3 Hand of Gul’dan + Demonic Empowerment At 4+ Soul Shards
4 Summon Infernal + Demonic Empowerment
5 Command Demon Assuming you are using the Felguard as your main pet, resulting in a cast of Felstorm. Disregard this if using the Felhunter.
6 Demonwrath If 3 or more targets around your demons, and you have less than 4 Soul Shards.
7 Thal'kiel's Consumption (lvl 100 Artifact Weapon ability)
8 Life Tap If at under 60% mana, and preferably when you need to move.
9 Repeat from Step 1

That’s it for the initial version of our Demonology Warlock guide! Please use the comment section below to let us know of any questions or comments you have.

In future iterations of the guide, we’ll reveal the best path to take when powering up your artifact weapon, and how the stats on your gear influence your talents and abilities.

Comment on this article

  • There are no comments on this article yet! Could you be the first to post one?

Artifact

A

Artifact

Artifact: Guide

Our continuously updated guide to everything you need to know about Artifact.

A
A

Artifact

Artifact: How to get a beta key

Every currently known method of obtaining a key for the November beta.

A
A

Artifact

Artifact: Item Shop guide and Item list

How the shopping phase works in Artifacts, with a list of items available

A
A

Artifact

Artifact: The Dota Card Game guide

Our continuously updated guide to everything you need to know about Artifact.

2 A

Call of Duty

C

Call of Duty

Call of Duty Blackout: How to get the Ray Gun

Everything you need to know about locating and spawning this powerful weapon.

C
C

Call of Duty

Call of Duty Blackout: Dark Ops Challenges guide

Every Dark Ops challenge we know of so far, with insight into completing them all.

C
C

Call of Duty

Call of Duty Blackout: How to unlock characters

Every unlockable character in COD Blackout and what you need to do to unlock them.

C
C

Call of Duty

Call of Duty Blackout: Best Perks guide

Everything you need to know about the Perks available in COD Blackout.

C

CS:GO

C

CS:GO

CS:GO - Best Sniper Rifles 2018

Everything you need to know about sniper rifles in CS:GO.

C
C

CS:GO

Ex6TenZ and SmithZz reported to be leaving G2

Two players from 3DMAX predicted to take their place.

C
C

CS:GO

Dimasick joins Gambit

The fifth and final member to be revealed soon.

C

Destiny 2

D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2: Ascendant Challenge guide

How to complete each week's Ascendant Challenge in the Dreaming City.

D
D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2: Ascendant Challenge guide

How to complete each week's Ascendant Challenge in the Dreaming City.

D

Hearthstone

H

Hearthstone

Discard Warlock deck list guide - Hearthstone (Rastakhan's Rumble)

Early theorycraft thoughts on the latest attempt at making Discard Warlock work.

H
H

Hearthstone

Odd Mage deck list guide - Hearthstone (November 2018)

Our guide to playing Odd Mage in the latest Boomsday meta.

H
H

Hearthstone

Hearthstone: Rastakhan's Rumble guide

UPDATE! 15 new cards added from the first reveal livestream.

H
H

Hearthstone

First Hearthstone card reveal stream begins at 10:00am PT today

Tune in for your first big batch of card reveals from the Rastakhan's Rumble set.

H
H

Hearthstone

Mecha'thun Druid deck list guide - Hearthstone (November 2018)

How to play the latest OTK Druid deck in the Boomsday meta.

H

League of Legends

L

League of Legends

Riot announces ten partner teams for League's new European Championship

Fnatic, G2, Misfits and more confirmed as permanent partners in the new European league.

L
L

League of Legends

League of Legends: Neeko guide - Abilities, Stats, Skins and Lore

Everything you need to know about the next LoL champion.

L
L

League of Legends

League of Legends: Neeko guide

Everything you need to know about the next LOL champion.

L
L

League of Legends

Ashe: Warmother comic announced for League of Legends

Learn more about the origins of the popular LOL champion

L

Overwatch

O

Overwatch

The Overwatch League's Hangzhou Spark team show off their colours

Newcomers deliver a colourful new look for the League.

O
O

Overwatch

Latest Overwatch patch adds Ashe to the game

A handful of hero nerfs and buffs are also live now.

O
O

Overwatch

Overwatch League reveals team colours for the Chengdu Hunters

First of eight new teams for 2019 show off their in-game branding.

O
O

Overwatch

Overwatch World Cup “acts as a bridge” to the Overwatch League, says League Commissioner

Guxue cited as one to watch from this year's nail-biting BlizzCon finals.

O
O

Overwatch

Latest Overwatch Developer Update introduces new hero Ashe

Gunslinging damage hero now available to test on the Overwatch PTR.

O

PUBG

P

PUBG

PUBG Mobile: Royale Pass guide - Season 4, Rewards, Missions and Ranks

Everything you need to know about PUBG Mobile's Royale Pass.

P
P

PUBG

PUBG: The best weapons in the game (PC, Xbox One)

Our guide to packing the very best weapons within each category.

2 P
P

PUBG

PUBG Corp and StarLadder announce the PUBG Europe League

First European PUBG esports league to begin in January 2019.

P
P

PUBG

PUBG: Mid-Autumn Festival Guide: Skins, start and end dates

Our complete guide to the new Mid-Autumn Festival that's live in PUBG now.

P
P

PUBG

PUBG: Mid-Autumn Festival Guide: Skins, Start and End Dates

Our complete guide to the new Mid-Autumn Festival coming to PUBG.

P