DPS Rotation & Cooldowns (5.4.8)

Maintaining a proper Rotation and using the right Cooldowns is essential to maximizing your Destruction 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

DPS Priority: Execute this priority for optimal DPS.

  1. Curse of The Elements when nobody else provides the debuff.
  2. Shadowburn when target is below 20% health. Consumes Burning Embers.
  3. Immolate Maintain at all times.
  4. Conflagrate on cooldown. Provides Backdraft and builds Burning Embers.
  5. Chaos Bolt to consume Burning Embers.
  6. Incinerate to consume Backdraft and build Burning Embers.
  7. Fel Flame when moving.

Destruction Warlock DPS depends on building and consuming Burning Embers. Your top priority is to consume Burning Embers on Shadowburn when the target is below 20% health. To execute the DPS priority, maintain Immolate at all times and use Conflagrate as much as possible to provide the Backdraft buff. Consume Burning Embers on Chaos Bolt when the target is above 20% health. Cast Incinerate as a filler spell and to build Burning Embers. Finally, Fel Flame may be used in times of high movement.

Backdraft and Chaos Bolt: Do not consume Backdraft with Chaos Bolt. Always use Backdraft on Incinerate for optimal Mana return and use of your Burning Embers.

Demon: With Grimoire of Supremacy, use the Summon Observer as your pet for both single target and AoE DPS.

AoE Rotation

With 2-3 targets, maintain the single target rotation while keeping Immolate on as many targets as possible. At 4+ targets, activate Fire And Brimstone and cast Immolate to spread Immolate to nearby targets. Maintain Rain of Fire as much as possible. If Immolate is still on your targets, use Incinerate + Fire And Brimstone to spend Burning Embers. Use Havoc when possible on your primary target.

Effective Cooldowns

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