Destruction Warlock DPS Guide

Level 120, Patch 8.0.1

Destruction Warlock PvE DPS Rotation - 8.0.1

Below is our guide for prioritizing your Destruction Warlock abilities optimally. This should help give you a basic understanding of what to do and what's most important to focus on. Keep in mind that simply following this (or any other) rotation guide will not guarantee you to be amazing at DPS. How aggressively you execute the rotation, how fast and intelligently you react in encounters, your FPS, latency, etc. play a large part in the end-result of your performance. We encourage you to really focus on those things and perfect this rotation if you're very performance-focused.

Single Target Rotation

DPS Priority: Execute this priority for optimal DPS.

  1. Immolate maintained at all times.
  2. Chaos Bolt with max Soul Shards.
  3. Soul Fire when available (if selected).
  4. Channel Demonfire when available (if selected).
  5. Shadowburn if target will die in 5 seconds (if selected).
  6. Chaos Bolt to consume Backdraft procs.
  7. Conflagrate to generate Soul Shards.
  8. Chaos Bolt to maintain Eradication (if selected).
  9. Incinerate as a filler spell.

Your default demon choice for Destruction DPS is Summon Imp.

AoE Rotation

  1. See single target priority.
  2. Havoc on a secondary target.
  3. Rain Of Fire with 3+ Soul Shards.

With 2-3 targets, maintain the single target rotation while keeping Immolate on all targets and Havoc on a secondary target. 

At 4+ targets, continue to maintain Immolate on as many targets as possible while casting Conflagrate to generate Soul Shards. Spend your Soul Shards on Rain Of Fire.

Effective Cooldowns

These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate in each encounter.