Affliction Warlockaffliction iconvsdemonology iconDemonology Warlock

What’s the best spec for Warlocks, Demonology or Affliction? Below breaks down their current DPS potential and compares the two.

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Demonology Warlocks and Affliction Warlocks using profiles and settings intended to achieve their maximum DPS. Multiple sim environments are used to test how they perform in various conditions. Is one the AoE king? Does one scale better with gear upgrades? Is one more bursty, and more reliant on big cooldowns? Below analyzes the data to find the strengths of each.

Simulation results were created with SimulationCraft
Using game data from Patch 10.0.5 WoW Dragonflight

  • Affliction Warlockaffliction icon
  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)Affliction Warlock achieved 6.09% more maximum boss DPS than Demonology Warlock when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)Affliction Warlock achieved 12.13% more maximum boss DPS than Demonology Warlock when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.
  • Least affected by movement (single-target)Affliction Warlock’s single-target DPS was -44.3% less affected by increased movement compared to Demonology Warlocks.
  • Best gear scalingAffliction Warlock scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 13.53% more from 372 ilvl to 422 compared to Demonology Warlocks.
  • DPS less dependant on big cooldownsAffliction Warlock’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 46.76% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Demonology Warlocks.
  • demonology iconDemonology Warlock
  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)Demonology Warlock achieved 33.01% more AoE DPS than Affliction Warlock when there was no movement or lag.
  • Simplest GameplayDemonology Warlock has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Affliction and Demonology Warlocks, the DPS potential should not be the only factor in your decision. Ultimately, you should also consider the playstyle that you enjoy most while crushing it in Mythics+ and Raids!


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