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For warlock abilities and talents on Classic servers, see Warlock abilities (Classic).

Warlock abilities are abilities that warlocks use. Most abilities are shared between all specializations, while some are only available to one (or two) specializations.


All warlocks automatically learn the following spells at the specified level, regardless of specialization.

Ability Level
Spell shadow shadowbolt [Shadow Bolt] 1
Spell shadow abominationexplosion [Corruption] 2
Inv misc gem amethyst 02 [Soul Shards] 3
Spell shadow summonimp [Summon Imp] 3
Spell shadow demonictactics [Unending Resolve] 4
Spell shadow possession [Fear] 5
Warlock curse weakness [Curse of Weakness] 6
Warlock healthstone [Create Healthstone] 7
Spell shadow lifedrain [Health Funnel] 8
Spell shadow lifedrain02 [Drain Life] 9
Spell shadow summonvoidwalker [Summon Voidwalker] 10/B Warlock [1-10] A Warlock's Bargain
Warlock siphonlife [Soul Leech] 10
Spell shadow soulgem [Soulstone] 14
Spell shadow evileye [Eye of Kilrogg] 17
Spell shadow demonbreath [Unending Breath] 18
Ability warlock randomizesuccubusincubus [Summon Sayaad] 19
Spell shadow enslavedemon [Subjugate Demon] 21
Spell shadow summonfelhunter [Summon Felhunter] 23
Ability warlock demonicempowerment [Command Demon] 29
Warlock sacrificial pact [Ritual of Doom] 31
Spell shadow twilight [Ritual of Summoning] 33
Spell shadow shadesofdarkness [Create Soulwell] 47
Spell shadow possession [Fear] Rank 2 52


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The three warlock specializations are Affliction, Demonology and Destruction (all caster DPS).

For a summary of the character and strengths of each spec, see Warlock specializations.

Minion abilities[]

Warlock minions always know the following abilities:


Talents become available at level 10. They can be changed at any time outside of combat, except during a PvP match or Mythic+ dungeon. A talented ability cannot be changed while it is on cooldown.

Row 5 is locked until 8 points are spent, and row 8 is locked until 20 points are spent.

Class talents[]

Tier Talent Ranks Requirement
1 Spell shadow felmending [Fel Domination] 1
Spell shadow demoniccirclesummon [Demonic Circle] 1 Automatic
Ability deathwing sealarmorbreachtga [Burning Rush] 1
2 Spell shadow impphaseshift [Fel Pact] 2 Fel Domination
Spell shadow ragingscream [Demon Skin] 2 Fel Domination OR Demonic Circle
Spell shadow felarmour [Fel Armor] 2 Demonic Circle OR Burning Rush
Inv misc moosehoof fel [Fiendish Stride] 2 Burning Rush
3 Ability creature cursed 02 [Curses of Enfeeblement] 1 Fel Pact OR Demon Skin
Achievement explore argus [Abyss Walker] 1 Demon Skin OR Fel Armor
Ability warlock howlofterror [Howl of Terror]/
Ability warlock mortalcoil [Mortal Coil]
1 Fel Armor OR Fiendish Stride
4 Spell shadow contagion [Amplify Curse] 1 Curses of Enfeeblement
Spell shadow metamorphosis [Demonic Embrace] 1 Curses of Enfeeblement
Ability warlock demonicpower [Demonic Inspiration] 1 Curses of Enfeeblement OR Abyss Walker
Spell fel incinerate [Wrathful Minion] 1 Abyss Walker OR Howl of Terror/Mortal Coil
Spell warlock summonimpoutland [Demonic Fortitude] 1 Howl of Terror/Mortal Coil
Spell shadow cripple [Banish] 1 Howl of Terror/Mortal Coil
5 Spell shadow carrionswarm [Teachings of the Satyr] 1 Amplify Curse
Spell shadow lifedrain [Accrued Vitality] 2 Amplify Curse OR Demonic Embrace OR Demonic Inspiration
Spell shadow soulleech [Sweet Souls] 1 Demonic Inspiration
Spell shadow possession [Nightmare]/
Spell nzinsanity bloodthirst [Horrify]
1 Demonic Inspiration OR Wrathful Minion
Spell warlock demonicportal green [Demonic Gateway] 1 Wrathful Minion
Warlock healthstone [Lifeblood] 2 Wrathful Minion OR Demonic Fortitude OR Banish
6 Spell shadow deathpact [Dark Pact] 1 Teachings of the Satyr OR Accrued Vitality OR Sweet Souls
Spell shadow demonictactics [Strength of Will]/
Ability warlock improveddemonictactics [Dark Accord]
1 Sweet Souls OR Nightmare/Horrify OR Demonic Gateway
Ability warlock shadowfurytga [Shadowfury] 1 Demonic Gateway OR Lifeblood
7 Spell yorsahj bloodboil greenoil [Ichor of Devils]/
Ability ironmaidens bloodritual [Frequent Donor]
1 Dark Pact
Spell fire soulburn [Socrethar's Guile] 2 Dark Pact OR Strength of Will/Dark Accord
70 inscription glyph demonhunter major [Sargerei Technique] 2 Strength of Will/Dark Accord OR Shadowfury
Ability warlock shadowfurytga [Darkfury]/
Ability warlock shadowflame [Shadowflame]
1 Shadowfury
8 Inv sword 1h felfireraid d 01 [Fel Synergy] 1 Ichor of Devils/Frequent Donor OR Socrethar's Guile
Ability warlock soullink [Soul Link] 1 Socrethar's Guile OR Sargerei Technique
Inv misc codexofxerrath nochains [Teachings of the Black Harvest] 1 Sargerei Technique OR Darkfury/Shadowflame
9 Inv shield 1h demonweapon c 01 [Resolute Barrier] 2 Fel Synergy
Warlock grimoireofsacrifice [Grimoire of Synergy] 2 Fel Synergy OR Soul Link
Ability argus deathfog [Profane Bargain] 2 Soul Link
Spell shadow soulleech 2 [Soul Conduit] 2 Soul Link OR Teachings of the Black Harvest
Ability warlock avoidance [Demonic Resilience] 2 Teachings of the Black Harvest
10 Inv flaming splinter [Grim Feast] 1 Resolute Barrier OR Grimoire of Synergy
Inv pet inquisitoreye [Inquisitor's Gaze]/
Spell fel elementaldevastation [Summon Soulkeeper]
1 Grimoire of Synergy OR Profane Bargain OR Soul Conduit
Spell warlock soulburn [Soulburn] 1 Soul Conduit OR Demonic Resilience

Specialization talents[]

PvP talents[]

PvP talents become available at level 20. Up to 3 PvP talents may be active at any given time (with additional slots becoming available at levels 30 and 40).

These talents are active in the open world with War Mode turned on, as well as during instanced PvP. They have no effect in dungeons and raids.


Glyphs are items that can change a spell or ability's visual appearance. Most glyphs are crafted by scribes, are color-coded by class, and can be applied as early as level 11. They can be removed at any time outside of combat using Inv misc dust 02 [Vanishing Powder].

See also[]