Introduction to the Destruction Warlock

Destruction Warlock is a very flexible specialisation that can find ways to excel in a variety of environments. Destruction can deal a lot of burst to a single target, and also efficiently cleave and AoE several targets at once.Destruction is a perfectly viable candidate for all content types. A very solid baseline toolkit makes the spec able to perform in any situation with a combination of very powerful cooldowns, one of, if not the strongest, 2-target cleave and the ability to burst on-demand, even outside cooldowns.

Below you will find a beginners guide to the Destruction Warlock, you can click on highlighted abilities, for a more in depth description of them.

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Destruction Warlock


  • Low ramp up time
  • Fantastic cooldowns
  • Good burst on-demand


  • Average overall damage output outside of cooldowns
  • Unexciting talents
  • Low mobility


15Flashover FlashoverEradication EradicationSoul Fire Soul Fire
30Reverse Entropy Reverse EntropyInternal Combustion Internal CombustionShadowburn Shadowburn
45Demon Skin Demon SkinBurning Rush Burning RushDark Pact Dark Pact
60Inferno InfernoFire and Brimstone Fire and BrimstoneCataclysm Cataclysm
75Darkfury DarkfuryMortal Coil Mortal CoilDemonic Circle Demonic Circle
90Roaring Blaze Roaring BlazeGrimoire of Supremacy Grimoire of SupremacyGrimoire of Sacrifice Grimoire of Sacrifice
100Soul Conduit Soul ConduitChannel Demonfire Channel DemonfireDark Soul: Instability Dark Soul: Instability

Rotation of the Destruction Warlock

The basic rotation of the Destruction Warlock is as follows:

  • Cast Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt if you are about to cap Soul Shards

You can use the recommended Addon ConRo for help with your rotation, it can be found in our Addons Guide here


  • Summon Infernal Icon Summon Infernal is our primary damage cooldown. The Infernal is a targeted ability that deals Fire damage and stuns within an AoE.
  • Havoc Icon Havoc is a 10-second debuff that can be applied once every 30 seconds. During the duration of Havoc, all your single target spells cast will also be copied to the Havoc target.
  • Unending Resolve IconUnending Resolve reduces damage taken by 40% for 8 seconds. Additionally, you are also immune to interrupt and silence effects for the duration.

Stat Priority

The stat priority for the Destruction Warlock is:

  1. Mastery = Haste
  2. Critical Strike
  3. Versatility
  4. Intellect