Warlock 101: The Affliction Warlock, I NEED MORE DOTS!!!

So, not many people know… but before I Re-rolled my Rogue as my main character… I was a seriously raiding Warlock from Vanilla to the end of TBC.

So… I’ve got a pretty extensive knowledge of the Warlock class and everything that they have to offer…

So, Just like I did for Rogue 101… Here we go!

Warlock 101: The Affliction Warlock!!!

The Affliction Warlock – An affliction warlock is a DPS caster class, which primarily does damage with their DoTs (Damage over Time) spells.  Being an end game Affliction Warlock are one of the most difficult to play well, but CAN provide extremely high DPS… if played correctly.

The Builds – You are going to look at 3 general builds for an endgame raiding Warlock… Haunt/Ruin w/Succubus 53/0/18 (LINK), Haunt/Ruin 56/0/15 (LINK)

Both equally good builds… the second will really help out if you are struggling with Spell Hit.

Affliction Warlock Rotations – An Affliction Warlock’s rotation heavily relies on what “type” of mob that you are fighting at any given time.  Because you are a “DoT” machine… it would be hard to do good DPS if you put a DoT on something that will die faster than you can spit out your rotation.


First off there are 3 types of mobs to think about…

  1. Boss & High HP Trash
  2. Single/Double Trash
  3. +3 Trash or AOE Trash


Boss or High HP Trash Rotation

(NOTE… If you are on CoE (Curse of Elements) duty, then make sure to cast that first; if not then CoA (Agony))


  1. CoE (or CoA)
  2. Shadowbolt
  3. Haunt
  4. Corruption
  5. Unstable Affliction
  6. Shadowbolt until Haunt is of cooldown
  7. REFRESH DoTs as needed with this order as PRIORITY…
  • CoE (or CoA)
  • Haunt (Lifetap after using Haunt to get the most out of the HP return)
  • Corruption
  • Unstable Affliction
  1. During the last 25% of the Boss/Mobs HP:
    • Refresh Haunt (should also give you the Shadow’s Embrace effect)
    • Recast Corruption if it has dropped
    • Drain Soul. (SHARD!!!)


Single/Double Trash Rotation: (trash dies too quickly to get a full dot rotation on them).

Haunt, Corruption, Shadow Bolt until dead. (Drain Soul if you need soul shards).
+3 Trash or AOE Trash Rotation:

Seed of Corruption multiple mobs. (seed, tab, seed, tab, seed, tab, etc) FYI… “tab” means tab to a different target… lmao


Email me at Gnomendagger@gmail.com for any questions


~Giggidee Of Velen~

AKA Giggilocks


~ by giggidee2157 on November 13, 2009.

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