Level 100 Destruction Warlock Guide [PvE]

A World of Warcraft Class Guide, Updated to Patch 6.2.4

DPS Rotation & Cooldowns for Destruction Warlock in PvE | Latest Patch 6.2.4

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The following rotation guide was developed through extensive simulations and play testing with the goal of keeping the guide as simple as possible without sacrificing performance. This guide also included AoE rotations and provides details on when to use special talents and cooldowns.

Single Target Rotation

DPS Priority: Execute this priority for optimal DPS.

  1. Shadowburn when target is below 20% health. Consumes Burning Embers.
  2. Immolate maintained at all times. Refresh with <= 4 sec remaining.
  3. Conflagrate with 2 charges. Provides Backdraft and builds Burning Embers.
  4. Chaos Bolt with >= 3.5 Burning Embers or with major buffs.
  5. Conflagrate with 1 charge.
  6. Incinerate as a filler spell and to generate Burning Embers.

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 refresh with <= 4 sec remaining. Cast Conflagrate with 2 charges. Next, cast Chaos Bolt when you have >= 3.5 Burning Embers or whenever you are buffed with a major enchant/trinket buff or Dark Soul Instability. Use Conflagrate with only 1 charge. Finally, use Incinerate as a filler spell and to build Burning Embers.

AoE Rotation

With 2-3 targets, maintain the single target rotation while keeping Immolate on as many targets as possible and Rain of Fire active at all times. You should also use Havoc on your primary target with Chaos Bolt or Shadowburn depending on their health. At 4-5 targets, activate Fire And Brimstone and cast Immolate -> Conflagrate -> Incinerate in that order to deal their damage to multiple targets. Continue to use Havoc when possible on your primary target. Finally, at 6+ targets, you should continue the aforementioned rotation but only use Havoc with Shadowburn.


Below is advice on how to use the performance-enhancing talents that were selected in this guide.

Effective Cooldowns

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

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