WoW 10.1.5 Demonology Warlock Guide

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Tier Sets


(2) Demonbolt damage increased 15%. Consuming a Demonic Core reduces the cooldown of Grimoire: Felguard by 1 second.

Raiding: A

Mythic +: A


(4) Grimoire: Felguard deals 40% additional damage and empowers your active demons, increasing their damage done by 20% while active.

Raiding: A

Mythic +: A

Talent Builds

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NP Cleave

Currently, it appears that you will likely want to play RoT in settings that are more Single Target based and Grand Warlock's Design in AOE/Hybrid settings, like M+. For a more detailed explanation/builds, check the Mythic + and Vault sections. 


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Neltharion's Call to Dominance

A "rare" equip based trinket that grants you a large amount of Intellect whenever you cast your Demonic Tyrant. This is your best equip based trinket option by a wide margin. 

Irideus Fragment

3 minute on use trinket that provides a large amount of Intellect,. which decays over the trinkets duration. Pairs very well with your Nether Portal/Pit Lord and is you 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. 

Stat Weights

Intellect>Haste>Mastery>Critical Strike=Versatility

It is VERY important to note that this is a rough outline of desired secondary stats. Stat weights will vary from player to player 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 and 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. 

Single Target Nether Portal Opener

1. Precast Power Siphon (if playing Inner Demons)

2. Shadowbolt x2

3. Nether Portal

4. Soulburn

5. Grimoire: Felguard

6. Summon Vilefiend (If talented)

7. Demonbolt (Demonic Core)

8. Call Dreadstalkers

9. Hand of Guldan

10. Demonbolt

11. Hand of Guldan (Trinkets, Potions and Racials)

12. Summon Demonic Tyrant

13. Hand of Guldan

14. Hand of Guldan

15. Demonic Strength

Resume normal maintenance rotation

If you are playing RoT, you can cast Vilefiend on cooldown to have every other cast line up with Demonic Tyrant. If playing GWD, you will hold every Vilefiend for every Tyrant.

If you are playing RoT, cast Demonic Strength on CD. If you are playing GWD, hold it for every Demonic Tyrant. 

AOE/Mythic +

1. Build to 5 shards

2. Grimoire: Felguard

3. Shadowbolt/Soul Strike

4. Call Dreadstalkers

5. Build to 5 shards

6. Hand of Guldan

7. Shadowbolt

8. Hand of Guldan

9. Hand of Guldan (if shards remaining)

10. Summon Demonic Tyrant

11. Demonic Strength

*Number of Imps will vary based off Demonic Core and Calling procs. For a more detailed breakdown see below. A video guide is also provided.

 It is important to react to Demonic Calling or Demonic Core procs in your setup properly (in place of 2x Shadow Bolts for example) which net you more imps. Depending on Haste levels and procs you are often able to squeeze in more than 6 imps in your Tyrant setup. You mid-combat Tyrants will also have more than 6 imps due to banking Demonic Core procs and at times Demonic Calling. 

Single Target No Nether Portal Opener

1. Precast Power Siphon (if playing Inner Demons)

2. Shadowbolt x2

3. Grimoire: Felguard

4. Shadowbolt

5. Summon Vilefiend

6. Shadow Bolt

7. Call Dreadstalkers

8. Demonbolt (Demonic Core)

9. Hand of Guldan

10. Demonbolt (Demonic Core)

11. Hand of Guldan

12. Potential Hand of Guldan

13. Summon Demonic Tyrant

14. Demonic Strength

Filler Rotation and Implosion

Outside of your Nether Portal/Tyrant setup, Demonology's rotation is very simple. You want to cast Call Dreadstalkers on cooldown 3 shard Hand of Gul'dan's. You will never hard cast Demonbolt outside of your opener. All other Demonbolt casts will be through Demonic Core procs.

1. While playing grand Warlocks Design, you will hold every Vilefiend for every Tyrant cast.

2. Every other Tyrant cast will also have Grimoire: Felguard accompanying your Vilefiend.

When it comes to Implosion, it is a DPS gain in 2+ stacked targets. Due the the new talent Imp-Gang Boss, your cue to implode is based on when your Imp Gang boss Imps are about to expire. A Weak Aura that tracks then is recommended for this purpose if you aren't familiar with the flow of Demonology. One can be found in my Wago which was designed by Rhaki!

10.1.5 Demonology Video Guide

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