Demonology Warlock 9.2.7 Guide

demonology warlock guide

Introduction

Welcome to our Warlock's Demonology Specialization Guide for WoW Shadowlands patch 9.2.7! You will learn everything you need about the Demonology spec, such as how to level, gear, prepare, and min-max your Demo Warlock for World of Warcraft's most challenging PvE content.

First, we'll check out the specialization's particularities and see why the Demo Warlock is one of the best specs in Shadowlands Season 4. Then you'll learn how to gear the Demonology Warlock, what stats to prioritize, and the best leveling spec, talents, and rotation that will get you to max level in no time.

Finally, we'll go deep into min-maxing your character for the end-game content and teach you what covenant to choose and the best legendaries to use for Mythic Raiding and Mythic Plus dungeons. By the end of the guide, you will become a master of the Demonology Warlock specialization! Sounds good, right? Let's get started!

Table of Contents

  • Demonology Warlocks: Strengths and Weaknesses
  • How to gear a Demonology Warlock
  • How to level a Demonology Warlock. Demo Warlock leveling tips
  • Best Demonology Warlock talents for end-game content
  • Best Covenant, Soulbinds, and Conduits for Demonology Warlocks in 9.2.7
  • Best Legendaries for Demonology Warlocks
  • Demonology Warlock in Shadowlands - FAQ

Demonology Warlocks in Shadowlands: Strengths and Weaknesses

In World of Warcraft, the Warlock class comes with three DPS specializations: Demonology, Destruction, and Affliction. The warlock's spending resource is called Mana. All three warlock specs focus on ranged-combat fights and require wise mana resource management.

The Demonology Warlock playstyle revolves around using Demons as pets, making it the tankiest spec of the class, providing consistent single-target damage and decent AoE. Overall, the Demo warlock is one of the strongest specs in the game.

In terms of weapons, the Demonology Warlock uses a wide selection of weapons such as daggers, one-handed swords, staves, and wands. As for raid gear, the Warlock shares the Conqueror Tier Token with Demon Hunters, Paladins, and Priests for legacy content. In the Shadowlands expansion, the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid, warlocks share the Dreadful Tier Token with Demon Hunters and Death Knights.

In the table below, we present the Demonology spec's strengths and weaknesses:

Advantages Disadvantages
+ Increased survivability - Lack of immunity
+ Increased tankiness due to the pets - Low burst damage outside of cooldowns
+ Decent self-healing
+ Instance skips features like Soulstone and Demonic Gateway

How to gear a Demonology Warlock

In World of Warcraft, gearing is one of the most important aspects that enhances your character's overall performance by providing massive amounts of stats, armor, procs, and set bonuses. This guide will teach you how to properly gear up for the most challenging content in WoW Shadowlands, Mythic Raiding, and Mythic+ Dungeons.

We'll start with the basics and cover the Demonology Warlock's stats priority, check out the tier set bonuses, and finally, the best in slot gear you can get from mythic raids and dungeons.

Demonology Warlock stat priority

Regardless of the class and spec you roll into in World of Warcraft, the stats are a key component when gearing up and min-maxing your character for the end-game content. Demonology Warlocks wear Cloth gear with Intellect as the main stat.

As a warlock, the Intellect stat increases the power of your spells and abilities, in other words - the damage you are dealing to the enemies. Also, please note that a higher and adequate item level will better impact your character's performance than a perfect stat distribution, so always keep an eye on the gear's item level!

The Demonology Warlock stats priority looks like this:

  • 1. Intellect
  • 2. Haste
  • 3. Mastery
  • 4. Critical Strike
  • 5. Versatility

So as a Demonology Warlock, you will primarily value item level for Intellect as the primary stat, then Haste, followed by Mastery, Critical Strike, and Versatility as secondary stats.

In other words: Intellect > Haste > Mastery ~= Critical Strike > Versatility. And here's why:

Intellect: Increases your spell power and, therefore, all the damage you are dealing to your enemies

Critical Strike: Increases the chance for extra effectiveness on your attacks

Haste: Increases your attack speed and your spell casting speed

Mastery: Increases the damage dealt by your demons (pets)

Versatility: Increases damage dealt and reduces damage taken by half

Demonology Warlock Tier Set Bonus

To start with, what is a tier set in World of Warcraft?

In WoW, a tier set is a unique class armor set with powerful 2-set and 4-set specific bonuses for each specialization of that particular class. Tier set bonuses change based on the character's active talent specialization, ensuring that the bonus is appropriate and useful to that spec. As previously stated, in Shadowlands, the Warlocks share the Dreadful Tier Token with Demon Hunters and Death Knights.

So to recap, tier sets are unique pieces of armor that, when equipped simultaneously, provide you with a bonus, different for each spec of the chosen class. This bonus is based on the number of pieces from the set you have equipped, with most tier sets providing bonuses when equipping 2 or 4 pieces.

How to get the Demonology Warlock Tier Set in Shadowlands Patch 9.2.7

There are three ways you can get tier set items in WoW in the Shadowlands expansion:

  • Sepulcher Raid: You can get tier set items from specific bosses in the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid.
  • Creation Catalyst: You can craft Tier armor from non-set pieces of the same item level using the Creation Catalyst crafting system.
  • Great Vault: You can obtain tier set items from all activities that normally give Great Vault rewards, such as raiding, Mythic+ dungeons, and PvP

The fastest way to obtain tier set items is to take advantage of these three sources that can reward you with the Demo Warlock Tier Set items. The best advice is to complete the Sepulcher raid weekly - this is probably the fastest way to get your hands on the desired tier armor. In case you don't have a team to raid with, complete some Mythic+ Dungeons or some PvP matches.

Mythic dungeons and PvP are highly beneficial because even if you can't drop the set items while participating in these activities, you increase the chances of getting your set items at the Great Vault or the Creation Catalyst console in Zereth Mortis. At the creation catalyst console, you can convert the non-set pieces obtained in dungeons or PvP into tier set items.

Let's have a closer look at the Great Vault feature:

great vault

And this is what the Creation Catalyst looks like:

creation catalyst

Back to our Demonology Warlock Tier Set. Now that you learned how to obtain the tier set, let's see some set bonuses and particularities, shall we?

The Demonology Warlock Tier set is called Shroud of the Demon Star. It comes with the following bonuses for two pieces and four pieces equipped:

In the table below, we present you the sources for Demonology Warlock Tier Set items:

The remaining tier set items (Cloak, Wrists, Waist, and Boots) can be obtained by using the Creation Catalyst in Zereth Mortis.

As previously stated, you unlock the tier set bonuses for your Demonology Warlock when you equip any two or four pieces of the Shroud of the Demon Star set. Your four pieces of tier set as a Demo Warlock will be the Helm, Shoulders, Chest, and Legs for itemization and build optimization.

Raid Best in Slot (BiS) Gear for Demonology Warlocks

In the table below, you can find the best item to use in each slot from the raid as a Demonology Warlock:

Mythic+ Best in Slot (BiS) Gear for Demonology Warlocks

In the table below, you can find the best item to use in each slot from the Mythic+ Dungeons as a Demonology Warlock:

Slot Item Name Boss Location
Helm Hood of Uncanny Perspectives Mana Devourer Return to Karazhan
Neck Ornately Engraved Amplifier Zo'gron Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
Shoulders Harmonious Spaulders Zo'gron Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
Cloak Drape of Titanic Dreams Hylbrande Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
Chest Robes of Wicked Modesty Moroes Return to Karazhan
Wrists Auctioneer's Counting Bracers Alcruux Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
Gloves Cyphered Gloves Zo'phex Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
Waist Cord of the Penitent Maiden of Virtue Return to Karazhan
Legs Overcharged Pantaloons HK-8 Aerial Oppression Unit Operation: Mechagon
Boots Hyperthread Boots The Platinum Pummeler Operation: Mechagon
Ring #1 Logic Loop of Recursion HK-8 Aerial Oppression Unit Operation: Mechagon
Ring #2 Overclocking Bit Band Head Machinist Sparkflux Operation: Mechagon
Weapon Staff of Fractured Spacetime So'leah Tazavesh, the Veiled Market

Best in Slot (BiS) Trinkets for Demonology Warlocks

The best Demonology Warlock trinkets for end-game content are:

Tier Item Name Location
S Cabalist's Hymnal Castle Nathria
S Shadowed Orb of Torment Remnant of Ner'zhul Boss in Sanctum of Domination
A Forbidden Necromantic Tome Kel'Thuzad Boss in Sanctum of Domination
A Elegy of the Eternals Sepulcher of the First Ones
A Scars of Fraternal Strife Sepulcher of the First Ones
B Tovra's Lightning Repository Grimrail Depot
B Soul Igniter Castle Nathria
B Fleshrender's Meathook Iron Docks
C The First Sigil Sepulcher of the First Ones

This wraps up everything you should know about gearing your Demonology Warlock: the stats priority, how to obtain the tier set, and what items to use in the end-game activities. Moving on to the next section of our guide, we'll teach you how to level your Demo Warlock in Shadowlands patch 9.2.7. Sounds good, right? Let's dive in!

How to level a Demonology Warlock. Demonology Warlock leveling tips

Before leveling your Demonology Warlock, you must first create and customize the character. That brings us to the first question: what race should you go for when creating the character? Let's find out, shall we?

Best Demonology Warlock Races

When it comes to racials, with so many options to choose from, you are probably wondering what would be the best race for your Demo Warlock. In World of Warcraft, each race has different racial abilities and spells, but no races offer an immediate advantage compared to others regarding the Demonology spec. I highly recommend choosing the race you like the most, aesthetically speaking.

However, in the table below, you can see the top 10 best races for Demonology Warlocks based on performance gain:

Race Performance Gain
Troll +1.82%
Orc +1.69%
Human +1.23%
Mechagnome +1.20%
Blood Elf +0.85%
Dwarf +0.68%
Gnome +0.63%
Worgen +0.60%
Dark Iron Dwarf +0.60%
Goblin +0.59%

Now, if you want to make an idea of what race players generally choose for their Demonology Warlocks:

  • For Alliance: Human, Void Elf, Dwarf, Gnome
  • For Horde: Orc, Undead, Troll

Pet choice for Demonology Warlock Leveling

So as a Warlock, once you reach level 10, you get to pick one of the three class specializations: Destruction, Demonology, or Affliction. In our case, we'll focus on Demonology. Now let's check out what options you get to choose from for your pet while leveling:

  • Summon Imp - Summons an Imp that casts Firebolts from a distance.
  • Summon Voidwalker - Summons a Voidwalker that can tank the mobs and take high damage.
  • Summon Succubus - Summons a Succubus that deals moderate damage and can seduce targets to prevent them from attacking you.
  • Summon Felhunter - Summons a Felhunter that deals decent damage and disrupts your enemies' spells.
  • Summon Felguard - Summons a Felguard that deals heavy melee damage and cleaves multiple targets.

Best Demonology Warlock Leveling Talents and Rotation in Shadowlands 9.2.7

The best talents to use while leveling to level 60 as a Demonology Warlock are:

As for War Mode talents, in case you are leveling with War Mode ON (which you should!), use the following:

Now let's check out how you should prioritize your abilities. Here is what most people consider to be the best leveling rotation for a Demonology Warlock:

Follow the rotation, and you'll get to max level in no time! Now that we've covered the leveling part, it's time to move on to the end-game.

In the next section of our Demonology Warlock Guide, we'll present the best talents to use for PvE end-game content, such as raiding and Mythic+ dungeons. In the end game, it's crucial to use the right talents and prioritize the skills you use depending on the activity. Choosing the best talents will significantly impact your performance as a DPS!

Best Demonology Warlock End-game Talents

From the PvE perspective, there are two main end-game activities we'll take into consideration: Mythic raiding and Mythic+ Dungeons. We'll treat them separately to keep things clear and avoid confusion.

Best Talents for Mythic Raiding in Season 4 (patch 9.2.7)

In the picture below, you can see the best talents for mythic raiding as a Demonology Warlock:

demonology warlock best talents for raiding

Best Talents for Mythic+ Dungeons in Season 4 (patch 9.2.7)

As a Demonology Warlock, these are the talents you must use to maximize your damage in M+ Dungeons:

demonology warlock best talents for dungeons

Now that you learned what talents you should go for as a Demo Warlock in the end-game activities, it's time to move on to the final part of our guide that covers two major aspects: the Covenants and the Legendary Items.

Best Covenant, Soulbinds, and Conduits for Demo Warlocks in 9.2.7

Best Demonology Warlock Covenant for Raiding

The best Covenant for Demonology Warlocks for Mythic raiding is Night Fae, with the best soulbind option being Dreamweaver. In the table below, we present the best conduits to use for Mythic Raiding as a Night Fae Demo Warlock:

Best Demonology Warlock Covenants for Mythic+

The best Covenant for Demonology Warlocks for Mythic+ Dungeons is Night Fae while using Korayn as a soulbind. In the table below, we present the best conduits to use for Mythic Dungeons as a Night Fae Demo Warlock:

Demonology Warlock Covenant Popularity

Below you can see what the most picked Covenants for Demonology Warlocks are:

  • Night Fae 79.7%
  • Necrolord 13.9%
  • Venthyr 4.5%
  • Kyrian 1.9%

This covers everything regarding what Covenants to choose as a Demonology Warlock for mythic raids and mythic plus dungeons. Without further ado, let's move on to the final major aspect of our guide and learn what legendaries you should use as a Demo Warlock in Season 4, patch 9.2.7.

Best Demonology Warlock Legendaries - Shadowlands 9.2.7

Our guide's final section teaches you the best legendary items to use as a Demonology Warlock for Mythic Raiding and Mythic+ Dungeons, whether you want to go for single or double legendaries.

Best Single Legendaries for Demonology Warlocks (Raid and M+ Dungeons)

Best Double Legendaries for Demonology Warlocks (Raid and M+ Dungeons)

Best Legendary Crafting for Demonology Warlock

Demonology Warlock in Shadowlands - FAQ

1. Are Demonology Warlocks good in Shadowlands 9.2.7?

Yes, Demonology Warlock represents one of the strongest specs in WoW Shadowlands for both PvE and PvP end-game activities.

2. Is Demonology Warlock easy to play?

Not really. The Demo Warlock specialization qualifies as a medium-to-hard spec to play in WoW.

3. What is the stats priority for Demonology Warlocks?

The stats priority for Warlock's Demonology specialization looks like this: Intellect > Haste > Mastery ~= Critical Strike > Versatility.

4. Which warlock spec is best for leveling in patch 9.2.7?

Overall, the Demonology Specialization is the best spec for warlock leveling.

5. What is the best race for Demonology Warlocks in Shadowlands?

  • Alliance's best Demonology Warlock races are Human, Void Elf, Dwarf, and Gnome.
  • For Horde, the best Demonology Warlock races are Orc, Undead, and Troll.

6. Which covenant is best for Demonology Warlocks?

  • For mythic raiding, the best Covenant for Demonology Warlocks is Night Fae.
  • For mythic dungeons, the best option would be Night Fae again.

Final thoughts

This wraps up everything you should know regarding the Warlock's Demonology specialization in World of Warcraft Shadowlands for Season 4, patch 9.2.7. By reading this guide, you should now better understand the Demonology Warlocks' spec and particularities and how they perform in certain circumstances and different end-game activities. It's one of the game's strongest specs in Shadowlands, so I encourage you to try it!