WoW Season 4 Patch 10.2.6 Affliction Warlock Guide

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(2) Soul Rot deals 15 percent increased damage and lasts an additional 4 seconds.


(4) Soul Rot grants 3 Umbrafire Kindling which increase the damage of your next Malefic Rapture to deal 50% or your next Seed of Corruption by 60%. Additionally, Umbrafire Kindling causes Malefic Rapture to extend the duration of your damage over time effects and Haunt by 2 sec.

Talent Builds



Belor'relos, the Suncaller

Arguably Best in Slot Trinket (it or Tome of Unstable Power). Does a large amount of damage when used and is worthwhile on both Single Target and AOE.

Nymue's Unraveling Spindle

Other Best in Slot Trinket. Hybrid Stat and Damage based effect which should be paired with your cooldown, whenever possible. 

Umbrelskul's Fractured Heart

A strong, equip based trinket that can be used in place of Nymue or Belor, if desired. 

Pip's Badge

Another strong, equip based trinket that can be used in place of Nymue or Belor, if desired. 

Tome of Unstable Power

Exceptionally strong AOE trinket which can be acquired from Azure Vault. Often played over Belor'relos and others in AOE/M+. 

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. 

Phial Corrupting Rage

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

Potion - Elemental Potion of Ultimate Power

Your best DPS Potion.

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. Vile Taint

8. Soul Rot  (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 (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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