WoW 10.1.5 Affliction Warlock Guide

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Tier Sets


(2) Vile Taint cooldown reduced by 5 seconds and Phantom Singularity cooldown reduced by 12 seconds. Vile Taint and Phantom Singularity damage increased by 60%.

Raiding: B

Mythic +: B


(4) Enemies damaged by Phantom Singularity gain Infirmity for its duration and enemies damaged by Vile Taint gain Infirmity for 10 seconds, increasing damage taken by 10%.

Raiding: B+

Mythic +: B+

Talent Builds


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Spoils of Neltharus

2 minute on use trinket that provides a random secondary stat. Aligns well with Darkglare and is your best on-use option.

Ominous Chromatic Essence

Strong equip based trinket that provides passive Intellect and a secondary shat of your choosing. Also gains shared value from raid members who are using different secondary stats. 

Neltharion's Call to Dominance

A "rare" equip based trinket that grants you a large amount of Intellect whenever you cast your Darkglare based CD. This trinkets adds substantial value to Malevolent Visionary. 

Vessel of Searing Shadow

Another strong equip trinket that grants Haste while also dealing damage upon reaching 5 stacks. Comparable to Ominous Chromatic Essence. 

Stat Weights

Intellect>Haste>Mastery>Critical Strike>Versatility

It is VERY important to note that this is a rough outline of desired secondary stats. Your stat weights will be different than others due to varying gear sets and other external factors. The best way to tell what your own stat weights are is a Top Gear sim with Gems and Enchants taken into account. If you don't want to do that then you can just follow this.

Gear, Consumables & Enchants


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Howling Rune

Personal - Timely Demise

Raid - Grand Banquet of the Kalu'ak

While Feasts are better in every sense they are also very expensive to craft and typically not used outside of raiding. 

PhialPhial of Elemental Chaos

This is your best, all around option outside of niche settings.

Potion - Elemental Potion of Ultimate Power

This is your best option however each potion costs 1 Primal Chaos. 

Weapon - Howling Rune

Howling Runes grant you Haste when consumed, similar to Weapons Oils from Shadowlands.

Enchants and Gems

Keen Ysemerald
Fierce Illimited Diamiond

Quick Ysemerald - Pure Haste

Keen Ysemerald - Major Haste/Minor Mastery

Fierce Illimited Diamond - Primary Stat and Haste (1)


The openers and rotations listed below are what you want to follow in a normal opener and setting. At times these may change due to fight mechanics or needing to hold CDs. 

Dread Touch Single Target

1. Precast Haunt

2. Precast Unstable Affliction

3. Agony

4. Corruption

5. Siphon Life

6. Drain Soul to 3 stacks of Shadow Embrace

7. Phantom Singularity/Vile Taint

8. Soul Rot (if talented) (Trinkets, Potions and Racials)

9. Summon Darkglare

10. Malefic Rapture Spam

You will want to cast Malefic Rapture to maintain the Dread Touch effect as often as possible while also pooling shards for Malefic Rapture dump windows, if possible. 

AOE/Mythic +

1. Seed of Corruption

2. Vile Taint

3. Unstable Affliction

4. Haunt (if talented) 

5. Soul Rot (if talented) (Trinkets, Potions and Racials)

6. Summon Darkglare

7. Spam Seed of Corruption 

It is very important for Soul Rot to be the last spell you cast before Darkglare and then Seed spam due to the Haste and Crit bonus that Dark Harvest brings with it. 

Filler Rotation

Afflictions rotation is relatively simple outside of your Malefic Rapture windows. You will want to maintain your DOT effects and Haunt/Shadow's Embrace while refreshing in their Pandemic window. Pandemic is essentially the fact that you want to refresh your DOT's when they reach 30% or less of their remaining duration. This will add that remaining duration onto the new DOT application without and damage being "lost".

While it is not a massive DPS loss to refresh before your Pandemic window, it is still something to min/max. Refreshing DOT on the move however is a DPS gain (over casting nothing) and is one of the main perks of Affliction, it's incredibly mobile.

DOT Pandemic Rage

Agony - 4.5 Seconds

Corruption - 4.2 Seconds

Siphon Life - 4.5 Seconds

Unstable Affliction - 6.3 Seconds

Outside of DOT maintenance you will have your Malefic Rapture windows every minute and the task of maintaining Dread Touch. You will want to pool 5 Soul Shards and hold your Phantom Singularity/Soul Rot then cast all of your Malefic Raptures while they are both active. Malefic Raptures damage is based off Mastery and the number of active DOTs. 

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