My rotation

Right, time to just grit my teeth and get down to it, or this post will never happen! I may produce a walkthrough video for a future post, but for the time being I’m gonna get down to business with the more ordinary text format.

Boss rotation

It’s pretty simple really. DoTs, then some DD spells, then some DoTs, then some DD, etc.

  1. Curse of Agony – Cast it first as it stays on the boss for the longest time of all my DoTs. If there’s no other Warlock in the raid, I will cast CoE, but generally the other ‘Locks like to put it up. Very situationally you may use CoD, but so rarely it’s not worth writing about, in this post at least.
  2. Corruption – Next DoT.
  3. Immolate – My third and final DoT.
  4. Shadow Bolt / Incinerate – I swap between them as I see fit, and these are just spammed until I need to refresh DoTs to be honest. If Molten Core is up, I always cast Incinerate, otherwise it’s whatever I feel like, the damage is essentially equivalent (provided you keep Immolate up!).
  5. Refresh DoTs – Generally the refresh sequence will be Corruption -> Immolate -> Curse of Agony, but as long as the DoTs aren’t clipped and aren’t left too long before they’re replaced once they run out, just do them all as soon as possible. The DoT rotation is nowhere near as important as Affliction’s.
  6. Shadow Bolt / Incinerate, etc. Rinse and repeat.

This continues until the boss reaches 35% health or less. At this point, Decimation can proc, and in conjunction with MC, which is usually up constantly anyway, it’s time to begin firin’ them souls. Now, there is a technique called weaving whereby it is possible to go SB -> SB -> SF -> SB -> SF -> SB -> SF, etc, or similar, but I believe it requires max distance and the assumption you’re not moving in order to time it properly. Personally, I cast my normal rotation and just swap a DD spell for Soul Fire whenever Decimation has proc’d. The important thing is remember to keep DoTs up – the temptation is to just cast DD spells constantly after 35%, but your dps will suffer if you don’t continue your rotation!

Solo rotation

When solo’ing, there’s no real reason to fully DoT a mob like you would a boss in a raid or instance – it’s a waste of mana and time. Therefore I usually just cast a DoT or two – usually Corruption and Immolate – and then spam Shadow Bolt or Incinerate until things die, throwing in Drain Soul where needed.

What can be fun, when killing solo mobs with fairly good gear on, is to Shadow Bolt / Incinerate the mob until Decimation procs, then cast the ‘free’ Soul Fire at another nearby mob and follow up with a SB / Incin which procs Decimation again, then cast the SF on a third mob, and continue thus. It makes for very fast killing, provided there are a lot of mobs about.

Alternatively, just spam Shadow Bolt. By level 80, you’ll need 3 at most to finish off a lot of the mobs you’ll see.


Trash is just that – trash. There’s no point wasting time working out a complex rotation for some scrawny little mobs that are really just filler before the big bad bosses. To tell the truth, use Rain of Fire on pulls of 3 or more, and spam something like Shadow Bolt on anything smaller, unless it’s Tough Trash like the big bi-pedial things in Obsidian Sanctum. In that case, they do take some time to go down, and using DoTs too is acceptable.

Misc. Notes

This is especially for bosses, but remember your CD abilities and work them into your rotation.

  • Set the FG (because what do we not do as Demo ‘Locks? That’s right, use a pet other than the FG!) to defensive so he charges in on the first spell you cast. Make sure he does attack the right mob, mind.
  • Cast Demonic Empowerment every 42 seconds, starting as soon as the FG is fighting so as not to waste it.
  • Now that Metamorphosis only has a 2.1 minute CD, it’s possible to use it twice per fight in some cases. The key here is working out when it’d be most effective – make sure you know when the Shaman is using Heroism, for example, as this is generally the best time to have a 20% increase in damage. If it’s at the end of the fight, you might be able to pop Meta at the start and have it come off of CD in time. If nothing else, use it whenever it’s up. Remember, Immolation Aura also provides a fairly large dps boost if it’s safe to stand that close to the boss. Just don’t hit Challenging Howl, whatever you do.

That’s all I can think of at the moment, but I can always come back and change the post if I think of anything else. Oh, and I haven’t included anything for PvP because it’s entirely situational and it would be impossible to write down what to do in every possible scenario. Besides, for PvP I’m speccing like GI Joe now – did someone need a light?


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