WoW Warlock Guide
The warlock class is known for its magical abilities (using the dark arts to control shadow magic and fire magic) and the ability to summon and control demons. They cast spells from a distance and can’t be right in the thick of things, due to their low armor class. Many talents require the use of soul shards, which the warlock has to acquire.
This is one of the fastest leveling classes. Although they excel at soloing, these characters can also be very useful in groups.
This class is an option that is only available to the blood elf, gnome, human, orc, and undead races. Warlocks are only allowed to wear cloth armor, and like many of the casters, and can only use daggers, staves, swords and wands for weapons.
The most well known ability of the warlock is to summon and demon minions (including the Imp, Voidwalker, Succubus, Felhunter, Infernal, Doomguard, and Felguard), with different types having different advantages and disadvantages. They also can get Felsteed and Dreadsteed mounts at a much lower cost than other classes that are allowed mounts. Spells are another important ability, including damage over time spells, direct damage spells, and channeled spells. Some of the more useful spells warlocks can use include Fear, Howl of Terror, Banish, Ritual of Summoning, Eye of Kilrogg, Unending Breath, Detect Invisibility, and Sense Demons. They can also use a number of curses, though only one can be in use at any given time. They can use soul shards in order to conjure a variety of items and to resurrect other players. They also have some limited healing ability and some crowd control ability.
Talents: Affliction, Demonology, and Destruction
These talents are meant to improve the warlock’s curses, damage over time spells, and drains. This works best for raiding, boss killing, and farming. It allows the warlock to heal himself and to conserve mana. It is a great specialization for leveling. In fact, Affliction is hands down the best warlock leveling spec. Some of the best talents include suppression, shadow mastery, siphon life, fel concentration, curse of exhaustion, improved corruption, dark pact, unstable affliction, everlasting affliction, and haunt.
These talents are meant to make summoned demons stronger and more useful, as well as improving conjure spells and giving you other passive bonuses. This is a good specialization for buffs, leveling, PvP, and survivability. This talent tree can be used at early levels to help make up for a lack of good spell damage gear. Useful talents include soullink, master demonologist, demonic sacrifice, demonic embrace, demonic pact, demonic knowledge, summon felguard, metamorphosis, and demonic knowledge.
These talents are meant to increase the effectiveness of a warlock’s shadow and fire spells, mainly direct damage spells that can be used to quickly kill one enemy. This specialization is not as popular as the others. It requires more soul shards, is less mana efficient, and is difficult to use for those who wish to play solo. Choosing talents such as molten core, ruin, backlash, improved shadow bolt, conflagrate, ruin, shadow burn, bane, shadow fury, chaos bolt, cataclysm and devastation is helpful.
The warlock is a very easy class to play. The concept is pretty simple. Use damage spells while your pet keeps aggro off of you. The warlock gets a wide variety of damage over time spells as well. The hard part of playing a warlock is grouping. Solo talent trees and group talent trees do not mix well with this class. If you want to solo at all you will need to give up some of your grouping damage.
Your wait times for a random dungeon will be pretty high with a warlock. The best way to get around this is to do quests while you are waiting on a dungeon. A full solo spec would be in the affliction and demonology talent tree but as you will want to do some dungeons you should try leveling up in the demolition talent tree combined with some of the pet enhancing talents of the demonology talent tree. You will find the most use out of the talent which enhances your voidwalker’s taunt ability.
While in a group you will want to try a combination of damage over time spells, direct damage spells, and area of effect damage spells. This will insure that you are getting maximum DPS. Also be sure and summon a soul well for the group as well as a soul stone for the healer. Using your imp pet for dungeons will be most effective at lower levels.
As a warlock stamina is your best friend when it comes to mana. Because warlocks can turn health into mana almost instantly, the more health you have the more mana you can regain quickly. Items with high stamina and intelligence will be your best asset. You will also want to find items with increased spell power at higher levels. Spell power will increase the amount of damage done by your spells.
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