WoW 10.2 Destruction Warlock Guide

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(2) Bolts from Dimensional Rifts now deal 25 percent damage dealt to nearby enemies. Immolate periodic damage has a chance to grant a charge of Dimensional Rift.


(4) Dimensional Rift can now summon a powerful Flame Rift which blasts 20 Searing Bolts that deal (37 percent of Spell Power) Fire damage  and an additional (15 percent of Spell Power) Fire damage over 10 seconds.

Talent Builds

NOTE: If GWD does not grant you an extra Infernal over the course of an encounter, shifting that talent point to Burn To Ashes is optimal. 

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dest 2t hav 102
dest aoe 102



Belor'relos, the Suncaller

Best in Slot Trinket. 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. 

Balefire Branch

A strong, stat based on-use trinket that drops from Waycrest Manor. While not as good as Nymue's, it is a decent alternative.

Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows

Another strong, stat based on-use trinket that drops from Dawn of the Infinite. While not as good as Nymue's, it is a decent alternative.

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 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. 

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.ath.

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

1. Precast Incinerate

2. Precast Immolate

2. Summon Infernal (Trinkets, Potions and Racials)

3. Conflagrate

4. Chaos Bolt

5. Incinerate

6. Conflagrate

7. Chaos Bolt

8. Conflagrate

9. Resume normal rotation

Madness has been removed in Patch 10.2, so you do not need to watch any kind of "Madness Window" like we did in 10.1.

Outside of that, your normal rotation revolved around building shards via Incinerate and casting Conflagrate on CD, while casting Chaos Bolt to spend Soul Shards. Be sure to also maintain Immolate on your target. 

AOE/Mythic +

1. Cataclysm (if talented, apply Immolates)

2. Summon Infernal (Trinkets, Potions and Racials)

3. Rain of Fire

4. Havoc

5. Conflagrate

6. Chaos Bolt/Rain of Fire Spam

Rain of Fire is a DPS gain at 3 or more targets outside of Havoc. It is a DPS gain at 5 or more targets inside a Havoc window. This will determine whether your Havoc is used to build shards via Conflagrate and Incinerate, or to cast Chaos Bolts.

Certain builds will opt for Cataclysm over Inferno and the same can be said for Cry Havoc and Pandemonium. Your shard spending spell will vary in AOE based on the build you have chosen. 

Havoc Usage

There are a couple different ways to use your Havoc window which depends on the setting you are in. At times it will be used for shard generation to fuel more Rain of Fire casts. If you are looking to use Havoc in a setting where there are two targets, there are a few general guidelines you can follow. 

1. Try to enter the Havoc window with 2.5-3.5 Soul Shards.

2. Apply Immolate to both targets as long as they are going to live for 6+ seconds.

3. Be sure to apply Roaring Blaze (if talented) by Casting Conflagrate ASAP.

4. Be sure to not shard cap and be mindful of shard generation with Conflagrate/Incinerate casts.

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