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Demonology Warlock DPS Statistics Priority and Reforging (WoW 4.3.4)

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In this article, we explain what the best statistics are for Demonology Warlocks (WoW 4.3), how the class benefits from each of them, and what your reforging strategy should be. We also detail what the various caps are and why they should be attained. The statistics priority is important as it influences reforging strategies as well as itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

Make sure to check our Gear Optimisation Guide, which serves as a support guide for this article. The other articles of our Demonology Warlock guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Basics↑top

The stat priority for a Demonology Warlock is:

  1. Intellect;
  2. Hit Rating (until 17%);
  3. Haste Rating (until your soft haste cap, see below);
  4. Mastery Rating;
  5. Haste Rating;
  6. Critical Strike Rating.

If you are unsure what the optimal reforging strategy is for this priority, please refer to the reforging section of our Gear Optimisation Guide.

2. Getting a Better Understanding↑top

2.1. Statistics Explanations

Intellect is your most important stat, which provides the most benefit; you should look for this stat in all of your upgrades, as point for point it surpasses any other stat. It provides you with Spell Power and a higher mana pool, and increases your critical strike chance.

Hit Rating is your second most important stat as it determines your chances to miss a target when casting a spell. Once you have reached the spell hit cap, at 17%, it is no longer necessary to increase your Hit Rating.

Haste Rating influences the cast speed of your spells and increases the number of ticks from your DoTs. After Intellect and Hit Rating, this is your best stat.

Haste Rating is only the best secondary statistic until reaching the soft cap. For more details about this, read our detailed section below.

Mastery Rating increases the damage dealt by your minion as well as the damage you deal while Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis is active.

Critical Strike Rating increases the critical strike chance of all your spells. It is your worst statistic.

3. Caps↑top

3.1. Hit Cap

As for all caster classes, after 17% hit chance, additional Hit Rating becomes useless. To reach the hit cap, you need 1742 Hit Rating.

3.2. Soft Haste Caps

As a Demonology Warlock, you have 2 haste caps. Your personal haste cap should be whichever haste cap is easier for you to attain (i.e., do not go out of your way to reach it).

3.2.1. First Soft Haste Cap

The first soft haste cap is at 21.4% Haste, when you get a second additional tick of Immolate Icon Immolate. The table below will tell you how much Haste Rating you need to reach the first soft haste cap.

+5% Spell Haste Raid Buff?Goblin?Haste Rating Needed
NONO2292
NOYES2143
YESNO1573
YESYES1431

3.2.2. Second Soft Haste Cap

The second soft haste cap is at 25% Haste, when you get a second additional tick of Corruption Icon Corruption. The table below will tell you how much Haste Rating you need to reach the second soft haste cap.

+5% Spell Haste Raid Buff?Goblin?Haste Rating Needed
NONO2732
NOYES2579
YESNO1993
YESYES1846



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