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Demonology Warlock DPS Spec, Builds, Talents, and Glyphs (WoW 4.3.4)

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In this article, we present you with various talent trees for Demonology Warlocks (WoW 4.3) that you can use in specific situations. We also give you pointers for customising your talent tree and adapting it to a particular boss. The other articles of our Demonology Warlock guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the left.

1. Standard Talent Builds↑top

As a Demonology Warlock, you have a choice between two very similar talent builds. These builds each reflect a slightly different playstyle (the Incinerate Icon Incinerate or the Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt playstyles, as we describe in the rotation page).

Each of these two builds can have a few minor variations, although they do not impact your DPS in any meaningful (or even noticeable) way.

1.1. The Incinerate Build (Single Target)

The following build will provide you with competitive single target DPS as well as with a relatively simple rotation, when compared to the Shadow Bolt build. In multiple target situations, however, it falls behind the Shadow Bolt build. It makes extensive use of Incinerate Icon Incinerate as your filler spell.

1.2. The Shadow Bolt Build (Multiple Target)

The following build will provide you with more DPS in multiple target fights, although the rotation is slightly more complex. It makes heavy use of Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt as your filler spell.

2. Customising Your Build↑top

The two talent builds that we provide above are ideal for any situation you you will have to encounter. However, in both cases, within the first two tiers of the Demonology tree, you have a bit of room for customisation. We will cover this below.

2.1. Optional Talents

The only customisation choices are in the Demonology tree. Your only choice is to choose which one of the following 4 talents you will not maximise:

  • 1/2 Fel Synergy Icon Fel Synergy. Not maximising this talent will provide you with less passive healing for your minion. The chance of your minion dying, however, is not very problematic, thanks to the Demonic Rebirth Icon Demonic Rebirth talent (which allows you to resurrect it without a cast time).
  • 2/3 Demonic Embrace Icon Demonic Embrace. Not maximising this talent will provide you with slightly less Stamina.
  • 1/2 Demonic Aegis Icon Demonic Aegis. Not maximising this talent will reduce your self-healing slightly.
  • 1/2 Demonic Rebirth Icon Demonic Rebirth. Not maximising this talent will reduce the cast time of summing a new minion, for 10 seconds following the death of your current minion, by 50%, down from 100% if 2/2 talent points are taken.

2.2. Glyphs

Choosing the correct glyphs as a Demonology Warlock is very straightforward.

2.2.1. Prime Glyphs

Whenever using the Incinerate talent build, you should use the following 3 Prime Glyphs:

If you are using the Shadow Bolt talent build, generally in encounters where you will be keeping your DoTs up on multiple enemies for extended periods of time, you should use Glyph of Corruption instead of Glyph of Incinerate. This gives your Corruption Icon Corruption DoT (which will be ticking on several enemies simultaneously) a chance to grant you an instant cast Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt.

2.2.2. Major Glyphs

There are two Major Glyphs that we recommend using in most situations, as they will offer you the most benefit (although they do not improve your DPS):

For the third glyph, the choice depends on whether you are using the Incinerate build or the Shadow Bolt build. If you are using the Shadow Bolt build, then you must use Glyph of Shadow Bolt. Otherwise, choose one of the following glyphs:

  • Glyph of Soulstone, which causes the target of your 6Create Soulstone Icon Create Soulstone to come back to life with an additional 40% health. Note that this health increase is only present when you use Soulstone as a combat resurrection, not when you cast it on someone before they have died.
  • Glyph of Healthstone, which increases the amount of healing you receive from healthstones by 30%. Note that this only applies to healing you receive, and not the healing other players receive when they use your healthstones.

2.2.3. Minor Glyphs

There are three Minor Glyphs that you should use in every situation:

Glyph of Unending Breath, which increases the swim speed of targets affected by Unending Breath Icon Unending Breath by 20%, may prove useful in some encounters, although there is no such situation in the current tier of raiding.

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