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Class: Warlock - FAQ

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<font color=blue>Class Role</font color=blue>

Warlocks have both powerful damage spells (primarily dealing over time) and debuff spells that work well in conjunction with each other and with the abilities of their groupmates. They have Curses for many occasions; in fact, they can easily be considered the best debuffers in the game. Their pets, too, help with the damage dealing and grant the Warlock extra abilities to put to use. They can also control crowds well with Seduction and Banish, and provide limited support in the form of their summoned stones.

<font color=blue>Strengths</font color=blue>

[*]Possesses the ability to summon and control demons
[*]Can create Healthstones for themselves or party members which heal life upon consumption
[*]Can summon other party members using Ritual of Summoning
[*]Can learn to summon a demonic mount at no cost
[*]Are able to drain opponents life and use it to restore their own health

<font color=blue>Weaknesses</font color=blue>

[*]Select spells and abilities require soulshards
[*]Restricted to wearing cloth armor
[*]Limited melee capability

<font color=blue>Challenges</font color=blue>

[*]Mastering Soul Shard collection and usage
[*]Managing Monster Hate between you and your pet
[*]Controlling both your pet's and your own skills to ensure high efficiency

<font color=blue>Available Races</font color=blue>

Human, Orc, Undead, Gnome

<font color=blue>Standard Bars</font color=blue>

Health, Mana

<font color=blue>Allowable Equipment</font color=blue>


<font color=blue>Allowable Weapons</font color=blue>

Daggers, Wands, Swords (with training), Staves (with training)

<font color=blue>What is Mana? </font color=blue>

Mana is the source that provides the power for the spells of casters. It is currently used by Mages, Priests, Paladins, Druids, Warlocks, Shamans and Hunters. One's total mana pool is influenced by things such as armor, level or increasing certain character attributes like intellect. Each spell that is cast by a character deducts from their mana pool until it may run out completely which takes away the ability to casts spells away from the caster until the mana pool has been replenished. This can happen by just waiting for a certain amount of time - or can be sped up by using mana potions, certain drinks or conjured items such as water and mana stones.

<font color=blue>Soul Shards</font color=blue>

The Warlock requires Soul Shards for certain spells and pets. You receive a Soul Shard by using the Drain Soul spell on a monster as it is dying. A catch is that you cannot get Soul Shards from monsters that don't give you experience. So you can't go into a newbie region and kill easy monsters for Soul Shards. One Soul Shard takes up one slot in your bags, which means you don't want to carry a whole lot of them. However, you do always want to have some in your bags so you can summon your pets. When using Drain Soul the caster cannot do any other action such as move, attack, or cast another spell, or else the spell will be interrupted. If you do not stand still, the Drain Soul will not work. You will need to learn how to do this properly, which can be challenging.

Soul Shards do not stack. This is for balance reasons and so you won't hoard huge numbers of them.

If you find yourself without Soul Shards, you will have to get them without the use of most pets, which can be a challenge. Imps can be summoned without the use of a Soul Shard so you can use them to get your Soul Shard, and then switch to a more powerful pet.

Honorable kills generate a Soul Shard when Drain Soul and Shadowburn are used.

<font color=blue>DOTs</font color=blue>

DOTs are damage-over-time spells. Because they do damage over time, you want to cast them at the start of a battle and have them deal damage throughout the battle. If you're killing a monster very quickly, then DOTs aren't the best to use.

<font color=blue>Equipment</font color=blue>

Choose equipment that adds to Intelligence, Spirit, and Stamina. Remember that with Drain Life, added mana means added health because you can steal Life more often.

<font color=blue>Hate List Management</font color=blue>

You will have to learn to balance the monster hate between you and your pet. You need to learn how to back off when the monster is attacking you so that your pet can Taunt the monsters away from you. Stop casting spells, and use whatever Taunt abilities your pet might have. Learn which spells really make monsters angry and factor that in before you use them.

<font color=blue>Profession Options</font color=blue>

You can pick whatever you want but you might find these more tailored to the Warlock:

Tailoring - Make cloth armor for the Warlock or other players to wear.
Fishing/Cooking/First Aid - Heal the Warlock.
Herbalism/Alchemy - Make cool potions for the Warlock to use.
Enchanting - Enchant your equipment and sell enchantments.


The Warlock has several types of curses and it is up to the player to decide which is best for the particular situation. Curses can only be cast on the enemy. You can only have one curse active at a time on a monster. The last curse you cast will override the previous curse on the monster.

<font color=blue>Corruption</font color=blue>

Inflicts a disease on a target that causes X damage over Y seconds. Corruption will stack with Shadow Word: Pain.

<font color=blue>Curse of Weakness</font color=blue>

Damage caused by the target is reduced. This is useful in shorter battles.

<font color=blue>Curse of Recklessness</font color=blue>

Increases the damage done by the target, but greatly reduces its armor. This is a good group based spell that is especially good to cast on monsters that are trying to run away.

<font color=blue>Curse of the Elements</font color=blue>

Curses the target, reducing Fire and Frost resistances by X for Y min. This ability is good to use when playing with other casters who use those types of spells.

<font color=blue>Curse of Agony</font color=blue>

Curses the target with agony. Causes large damage over time.

<font color=blue>Curse of Shadow</font color=blue>

Curses target, reducing Shadow and Arcane Resistance by X for Y min. Only one Curse per Warlock can be active on any one target.

<font color=blue>Curse of Doom</font color=blue>

Curses the target with impending doom, causing X shadow damage after Y min. If the target dies from this damage, there is a chance that a Doomguard will be summoned. Cannot be cast on players (boo!)

<font color=blue>Drain Life</font color=blue>

Transfers health from target to caster. This ability is used during battle both to damage the monster and to regain life. Drain Life is good to use against high-level monsters that typically resist your other attacks. Although Drain Life can be resisted, you should keep trying until your cast succeeds (doesn't resist). Once you land the spell, it will start draining life; it does damage to the monster even if you don't actually need the life.

<font color=blue>Life Tap</font color=blue>

Converts health into mana. If you need mana, what you do is Life Tap, then steal life from the enemy monster.

<font color=blue>Drain Mana</font color=blue>

Transfers X mana to the caster (Warlock) every second. This is a "leash" ability similar to the Dark Ranger's abilities in Warcraft III. Once the monster gets out of range, the leash breaks, and the spell is deactivated. Also, if the monster interrupts your casting, the interruption breaks the leash. Use this ability on enemy casters to drain their mana and replenish your own.

<font color=blue>Fear</font color=blue>

Send the monster running away. This is a good crowd control ability or escape spell. Be careful using this ability though. Monsters could wake up other monsters by calling for help as they run away. You typically don't want to use this in dungeons. Players have an increasing chance to break free of the effect, such that it is unlikely the effect will last more than 15 seconds. This ability is very funny.

<font color=blue>Howl of Terror</font color=blue>

Howl, causing all enemies within X yds to flee in terror for Y sec. This is a good "oh no" ability to use when surrounded or for PvP. This ability has an increased chance of breaking early.

<font color=blue>Death Coil</font color=blue>

Drains X of the enemy target's health, returning Y% to the caster. This has a long cooldown so it's especially good for emergency situations.


<font color=blue>Shadow Ward</font color=blue>

Absorbs shadow damage. This ability is good to use when you know the monster is using shadow damage.

<font color=blue>Demon Skin</font color=blue>

Increases health regeneration and armor. Increases health regeneration at all times. You should never be without the Demon Skin buff.

<font color=blue>Demon Armor</font color=blue>

Increases armor, shadow resistance, and health regeneration. Increases health regeneration at all times. This ability replaces Demon Skin. It should always be active.

<font color=blue>Detect Lesser Invisibility/Invisibility</font color=blue>

<font color=blue>Searing Pain</font color=blue>

Inflict searing pain on the enemy target, causing X to Y Fire damage. Causes a Z amount of threat.

<font color=blue>Sense Demons</font color=blue>

Use to locate Demons on the minimap.


<font color=blue>Immolate (DoT)</font color=blue>

Burns the enemy for initial damage and additional damage over time.

<font color=blue>Shadow Bolt</font color=blue>

Sends a shadowy bolt at the enemy. This is your direct damage (DD) spell, and you'll want to use it when you're not casting something else. It is useful for killing fleeing monsters, finishing monsters off, and so on.

<font color=blue>Hellfire</font color=blue>

Ignites the area surrounding the caster, causing fire damage to the caster and all nearby enemies. This is a good spell to use when surrounded, but its effects will stay. You can kill yourself if you're not careful. You may have to use a potion, or cast Drain Life, to keep yourself alive.

<font color=blue>Soul Fire</font color=blue>

Burns the enemy's soul, causing X to Y damage. It takes a long time to cast so it's best to start a fight with this attack.


Warlocks can create special stones that they can use themselves or give to other players.

<font color=blue>Healthstone (requires Soul Shard)</font color=blue>

Creates a Healthstone, which is essentially a health potion.

<font color=blue>Soulstone (requires Soul Shard)</font color=blue>

This is the Warlock's version of Resurrection. The Warlock creates a Soulstone that is automatically used upon death, restoring its owner to life at X% health and mana. The Soulstone is soulbound when created. When the target dies it may resurrect itself any time until release. There is a cooldown before a Soulstone can be used again.

<font color=blue>Spellstone (requires Soul Shard)</font color=blue>

Creates a Spellstone for the caster. When equipped and used, the Spellstone removes all magic effects from the caster and will absorb X mage damage for Y min. In addition, equipping the Spellstone improves your chance to get a critical strike with spells by Z%. Use a Spellstone before doing Hellfire to reduce the amount of damage to yourself.

<font color=blue>Firestone</font color=blue>

Creates a Firestone which can be equipped in the off hand. When equipped, enchants the main hand weapon with fire, granting each attack a chance to deal X to Y additional fire damage. In addition, equipping a Firestone increases the damage done by fire spells by Z.

<font color=blue>Banish</font color=blue>

Banishes the enemy target, preventing all action but making it invulnerable for up to X sec. Only one target can be banished at a time. Only works against Demons and Elementals.


<font color=blue>Eye of Kilrogg</font color=blue>

Summon the Eye of Kilrogg - This summons an eye that you can control. This eye can move away from your character and can be used for scouting purposes as it was used in Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness. The eye is stealthed and has one hit point. The Eye cannot fly up in the air. It can travel up stairs and other players can see the Eye. The Eye doesn't make monsters angry at you so you can use it to scout out an area before you go there. This is a channeling spell so it will be canceled if someone interrupts the Warlock's casting.

<font color=blue>Summon Felsteed</font color=blue>

Create your own Felsteed horse! Horses allow you to travel much faster than walking.

<font color=blue>Unending Breath</font color=blue>

Breathe under water! You can cast this on other players too!

<font color=blue>Enslave Demon</font color=blue>

Enslave a target demon for a limited amount of time. You can use this ability to take control of a Demon and use it to attack other monsters. Requires a soul shard. Increased chance of breaking early if cast repeatedly on the same target. This is very cool and useful. If you are trying to enslave a demon, cast Curse of Shadow before you Enslave the Demon to reduce its resistances. Cannot be cast on tapped targets. Cannot be dispelled.

<font color=blue>Ritual of Summoning</font color=blue>

Begins a ritual that summons a targeted group member. Requires three people to perform. To use this ability, first target a person (usually the party icon) you want to summon. Next cast the spell. You will then need two people (party members only) to right-click on the portal one time and then do nothing once their character begins the summoning animation. Once all three players are summoning (all have summoning animation) it will take several seconds to complete the ritual. Then the portal will disappear and the player summoned will appear. If it doesn't work, try it again. A failed Ritual of Summoning will not cost a soul shard. Only party members can participate in rituals. Target of Ritual of Summoning must already be in the same instance if caster is in an instance. Summoning gives a confirmation dialog to the person being summoned. Ghosts cannot be summoned.


<font color=blue>Pet Spells</font color=blue>

Demon spells are available as Grimoires from the Demon Trainers in the world. Purchase the Grimoire and read it while the appropriate demon is summoned to teach it the spell.

<font color=blue>Health Funnel</font color=blue>

Transfers health to the caster's pet every second as long as the caster channels. Use this ability by having your pet attack and then channeling health into the pet. Then, if you need health, cast Drain Life, use a potion, or have someone heal you. This is a leash spell so it cancels if the pet runs out of range or if the spell is interrupted.

<font color=blue>Imp</font color=blue>

The Imp is a good pet to use if you're in a party. He blasts the enemy with a ranged attack and then runs away so that he is a safe distance from the target. Because he's fragile and tends to run away from melee combat, you have to be careful with him so that he doesn't aggro monsters. Also, he's not the best to use in solo. On the other hand, if you don't have a Soul Shard, you will need him to get another one.

<font color=blue>Voidwalker</font color=blue>

This is an ideal soloing pet. Use it to tank for you. The Voidwalker has massive hit points and can use the Torment skill to attract monsters' anger, but its damage output is very low.

<font color=blue>Succubus</font color=blue>

This pet inflicts a high amount of damage on your foes, but is very fragile. The Succubus has an amazing damage output, especially when backstabbing monsters with Lash of Pain. It is also good at crowd control with Soothing Kiss and Seduce to make a monster sleep for a short while.

<font color=blue>Felhunter</font color=blue>

This pet is best used against enemy casters.

<font color=blue>Inferno</font color=blue>

Summons a meteor from the twisting nether, causing 200 Shadow damage and stunning all enemy targets in area for 2 sec. An infernal rises from the crater, under the command of the caster. Once control is lost, the Infernal must be Enslaved to maintain control. Requires a reagent. Usable outdoors only. The quest for the Infernal can be found in Felwood. The summoned Infernal will now be enslaved for 5 minutes before turning on its summoner.

<font color=blue>Ritual of Doom</font color=blue>

Begins a ritual that sacrifices a random participant to summon a doomguard. The doomguard must be immediately enslaved or it will attack the ritual participants. Requires the caster and 4 additional people to complete the ritual. In order to participate, all players must right-click the portal and not move until the ritual is complete. Requires a Demonic Figurine as a reagent. The Ritual of Doom quest can be found in the Tainted Scar.


The Warlock has a quest at 40 and again at 60 for special mounts. Warlock Epic Mount quest: To begin, speak with a demon trainer in any of the capital cities: Kurgal, Martha Strain, Spackle Thornberry, or Jubahl Corpseeker.


Now that you know the basics of the Warlock, you have to learn how to play the class. At the start of combat, you will likely want to cast your DOTs and tell your pet to attack the enemy. Next you will cast other spells and possibly Drain Life to bring your health back up. Then, if you want a Soul Shard, you will need to cast Drain Soul right before the monster dies.

[*]Cast several DOTs on the monster, then cast Fear on it. As the monster runs away, hit it with direct damage spells.

[*]Use Fear if you pull too many monsters at once. Be warned that fleeing monsters may bring friends back with them, so use Fear carefully.

[*]Demon Trainers sell grimoires which you can buy even without the pet. You can right-click on it at any convenient time with the proper pet summoned to teach the pet the new spell.


With the release of The Burning Crusade, the level cap was raised to 70, hence more spells became available. Here is a quick rundown of them.

<font color="blue">Shadowfury </font>
Shadowfury is unleashed, causing X to Y Shadow damage and stunning all enemies within 8 yds for 2 seconds. This is the 51 talent point spell for Destruction speced Warlocks.

<font color="blue">Summon Felguard </font>
Summons a Felguard under the command of the Warlock. The Felguard is trainable with Intercept and Cleave from Demon trainers. The Felguard is excellent for grinding and some instances. This is the 51 talent point summon for Demonology speced Warlocks.

<font color="blue">Unstable Affliction </font>
Shadow energy slowly destroys the target, causing X damage over 18 seconds. In addition, if the Unstable Affliction is dispelled it will cause Y damage to the dispeller and silence them for 5 seconds. Quite useful in PvP where dispelling occurs regularly. This is the 51 talent point spell for Affliction speced Warlocks.

<font color="blue">Fel Armor </font>
Surrounds the caster with fel energy, increasing the amount of health generated through spells and effects by 20% and increasing spell damage by up to 50/100. Only one type of Armor spell can be active on the Warlock at any time. Lasts 30 minutes.

<font color="blue">Incinerate </font>
Deals X to Y Fire damage to your target and an additional Z Fire damage if the target is affected by an Immolate spell.

<font color="blue">Soulshatter </font>
Reduces threat by 50% for all enemies within 50 yards. Aggro management for Warlocks!

<font color="blue">Ritual of Souls </font>
Begins a ritual that creates a Soulwell. Raid members can click the Soulwell to acquire a Master Healthstone. The Soulwell lasts for 3 minutes or 10 charges. Requires the caster and 2 additional party members to complete the ritual. In order to participate, all players must right-click the soul portal and not move until the ritual is complete.

<font color="blue">Seed of Corruption </font>
Imbeds a demon seed in the enemy target, causing X Shadow damage over 18 seconds. When the target takes X total damage or dies, the seed will inflict Y to Z Shadow damage to all other enemies within 15 yards of the target. Only one Corruption spell per Warlock can be active on any one target. Mighty useful for chain grinding.
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