DPS Rotation & Cooldowns (5.4.8)

Maintaining a proper Rotation and using the right Cooldowns is essential to maximizing your Demonology Warlock. Use this guide to optimize your single target and AoE rotations while learning how to get the most out of your cooldowns.

Single Target Rotation

Demonic Fury Builders: Follow this priority to build Demonic Fury.

  1. Curse of The Elements when nobody else provides the debuff.
  2. Corruption apply once. Refresh with Metamorphosis Touch of Chaos.
  3. Hand of Guldan Maintain at all times.
  4. Soul Fire with Molten Core proc.
  5. Shadow Bolt as a filler spell.
  6. Fel Flame when moving.

Metamorphosis Priority: Follow this priority while in Metamorphosis demon form.

  1. Enter Metamorphosis at > 900 Demonic Fury.
  2. Metamorphosis Doom Maintain at all times.
  3. Soul Fire with Molten Core proc.
  4. Metamorphosis Touch of Chaos as a filler spell and to refresh Corruption.
  5. Exit Metamorphosis at ~750 Demonic Fury.

Demonology Warlock DPS involves building up Demonic Fury to then enter Metamorphosis and spend the Demonic Fury on powerful demon form abilities. To build Demonic Fury, maintain Corruption and use Hand of Guldan as much as possible without overwriting Shadowflame. Use Soul Fire to consume Molten Core procs. Use Shadow Bolt as a filler spell.

When Demonic Fury goes above 900, activate Metamorphosis. Now, maintain Metamorphosis Doom at all times and continue to cast Soul Fire with Molten Core procs. Use Metamorphosis Touch of Chaos as a filler spell or to refresh your Corruption. When Demonic Fury goes below 750, end Metamorphosis and resume the Demonic Fury Building rotation. Only stay in Metamorphosis below 750 Demonic Fury if Dark Soul Knowledge is still up or the target will die in < 30 sec.

It is worth noting that the core Metamorphosis abilities replace your caster form abilities on your action bar. Doom replaces Corruption and Touch of Chaos replaces Shadow Bolt.

Demon: Use the Summon Felguard as your pet for single target DPS. Activate its Felguard Felstorm with Command Demon as often as possible.

AoE Rotation

In caster form, apply Corruption on as many targets as possible while casting Hand of Guldan on cooldown.

If Metamorphosis is ready, activate it and apply Metamorphosis Doom to as many targets as possible. Use Metamorphosis Void Ray to refresh any Corruption you cast earlier. Finally, activate Metamorphosis Immolation Aura. You may use Carrion Swarm as long as the knock back is not a problem.

Demon: Use Command Demon with the Summon Felguard to activate its Felguard Felstorm ability for AoE DPS.

Effective Cooldowns

These effective cooldowns are available if you chose them in your talent build.

These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate into most all encounters.