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Affliction Warlock Pre-Raid Gear Guide

Hello and welcome to Rotciv's Affliction Warlock Pre-Raid Gear Guide! My name is Rotciv and in this guide, I'll cover everything you need to know to gear your new level 80 affliction warlock.

This gear guide is up to date as of patch 3.3.3., and some information may become irrelevant or even false in the future.

In this guide, I will list gear that you can acquire from Emblems, Heroic Dungeon, and Crafted gear. In addition, I will list some dungeon quest gear.

Please note that I am not listing you the BiS pre-raid gear guide. I am only listing you the gear that you need to get into raids. This guide is a mere resource for you to use not a guide that tells you "get that gear! It's BiS!". Play around with tools such as Rawr to give you the best DPS with these gears.

Finally, I suggest that you use the Dungeon Finder tool to run dungeons as most of the best pre-raid gear are from dungeons and emblems.

June 24, 2010 - I have updated the loot list. Lord Ahune, the holiday boss, drops new iLVL 232 cloaks that are beneficial to new warlocks. Also, I have removed the Emblems of Frost gear. All the gear from this list can be acquired without any raid whatsoever. Thank you Talton.

Stat Priority

When looking for you gear, you will look for a certain stats. Affliction warlocks only look for two stats: haste and spell power. They are the supreme stats for affliction warlocks. Other stats that are good, but you shouldn't prioritize them over haste and spell power, are critical strike rating and spirit.

However, the ultimate stat for ANY dps classes is hit rating. You will need 17% hit rating to be hit capped. Of course, this number can be reduced by certain things such as talents, spells, racials. For example, Misery/Faerie Fire gives 3% hit rating

In conclusion, when looking for gear, use this chart to prioritize which gear gives the best upgrade:

Hit Rating (until hit capped) > Haste/Spellpower > Spirit > Critical Strike Rating


The gear listed are the best gear you can get without ever stepping foot in a raid. Please use the chart above to see which gear is best for you.

The first set three gears are gear without hit rating. The second set of three gears are gears with hit rating, if you need it.

Head Slot:
1. Hood of Clouded Sight (Horde) or Helm of Clouded Sight (Alliance) - 75 Emblems of Triumph
2. Tattered Glacial-Woven Hood - Captain's Chest, Halls of Reflection
3. Gul'dan's Hood of Conquest (Horde) - or Kel'Thuzad's Hood of Conquest - 50 Emblems of Triumph

1. Hood of Smoldering Aftermath (Horde) or Hood of Fiery Aftermath (Alliance) - 75 Emblems of Triumph
2. Sightless Crown of Ulmaas - Marwyn, Heroic Halls of Reflection
3. Gaze of the Unknown - The Black Knight, Heroic Trial of the Champion

Neck Slot:
1. Arcane Loops of Anger - Devourer of Souls, Heroic The Forge of Souls
2. Evoker's Charm - 19 Emblem of Conquest
3. Love's Prisoner - Bronjahm, Heroic The Forge of Souls

1. Wyrmest Necklace of Power - Heroic Judgment at the Eye of Eternity
2. Chain of the Ancient Wyrm - Judgment at the Eye of Eternity
3. Chain of Latent Energies - Drop from Naxxramas

Shoulder Slot:
1. Mantle of Revered Mortality (Horde) or Pauldrons of Revered Mortality (Alliance) - 45 Emblems of Triumph
2. Gul'dan's Shoulderpads of Conquest (Horde) or Kel'Thuzad's Shoulderpads of Conquest - 30 Emblems of Triumph
3. Frayed Abomination Stitching Shoulders - Marywn, Halls of Reflection

1. Pauldrons of Catastrophic Emanation (Horde) or Mantle of Catastrophic Emanation (Alliance) - 45 Emblems of Triumph
2. Very Fashionable Shoulders Bronjahm, Heroic The Forge of Souls
3. Titan-Forged Shoulderpads of Domination - 40 Wintergrasp of Honor

Back Slot:
1. Cloak of the Frigid Winds - Lord of Ahune, Midsummer Fire Festival
2. Shroud of Winter's Chill - Lord of Ahune, Midsummer Fire Festival
3. Titan-Forged Cloak of Ascendancy - 25 Wintergrasp of Honor

1. Kurisu's Indecision - The Black Knight, Heroic Trial of Champion

Chest Slot:
1. Merlin's Robe (Horde) or Merlin's Robe (Alliance) - Crafted, Auction House
2. Royal Moonshroud Robe (Horde) or Royal Moonshroud Robe (Alliance) - Crafted, Auction House

1. Ancient Polar Bear Hide - Ick, Heroic Pit of Saron
2. Guldan's Robe of Conquest (Horde) or Kel'Thuzad's Robe of Conquest (Alliance) - 50 Emblems of Triumph
3. Titan-Forged Raiment of Domination* - 40 Wintergrasp Marks

Wrist Slot:
1. Bejeweled Wizard's Bracers (Horde) or Bejeweled Wizard's Bracers (Alliance) - Crafted, Auction House
2. Royal Moonshroud Bracers (Horde) or Royal Moonshroud Bracers (Alliance) - Crafted, Auction House
3. Wristguards of Subterranean Moss - Ick, Pit of Saron

1. Bracer of Worn Molars - Falric, Heroic Halls of Reflection
2. Wraps of the Astral Traveler - 60 Emblems of Triumph
3. Bindings of the Wicked - Champion's Cache, Trial of the Champion

Hand Slot:
1. Touch of the Occult - 28 Emblems of Conquest
2. Spellweave Gloves - Crafted, Auction House
3. Suspiciously Soft Gloves - Marwyn, Heroic Halls of Reflection

1. Gul'dan's Gloves of Conquest (Horde) or Kel'Thuzad's Gloves of Conquest (Alliance) - 30 Emblems of Triumph
2. Cold Sweat Grips - Bronjahm, The Forge of Souls
3. Handguards of Defiled Worlds - Kil'jaeden, Sunwell Plateau

Belt Slot:
1. Braid of Salt and Fire - Ick, Heroic Pit of Saron
2. Strip of Remorse - The Captain's Chest, Heroic Halls of Reflection
3. Cord of the White Dawn - Crafted, Auction House

1. Sash of Ancient Power - Crafted, Auction House
2. Essence of Anger - Devourer of Souls, The Forge of Souls
3. Plush Sash of Guzbah - 40 Emblems of Triumph

Leg Slot:
1. Leggings of Woven Death - Crafted, Auction House
2. Lightweave Leggings - Crafted, Auction House
3. Gul'dan's Leggings of Conquest (Horde) or Kel'Thuzad's Leggings of Conquest (Alliance) - 50 Emblems of Triumph

1. Leggings of Channeled Elements - Kaz'rogal, Hyjal Summit

Feet Slot:
1. Sandals of Consecration - Crafted, Auction House
2. Spellslinger's Slippers - Crafted, Auction House
3. Prelate's Snowshoes - Scrougelord Tyrannus, Heroic Pit of Saron

1. Deathfrost Boots - Crafted, Auction House
2. Boots of the Crackling Flame - The Black Knight, Heroic Trial of the Champion
3. Xinto's Expeditionary Boots - 40 Emblems of Triumph

Finger Slot:
1. Runed Signet of the Kirin Tor - Vendor, Dalaran
2. Band of the Invonker - 35 Emblems of Triumph
3. Etched Signet of the Kirin Tor - Vendor, Dalaran

1. Sinner's Confession - Confessor's Cache, Heroic Trial of the Champion
2. The Horseman's Seal - The Headless Horseman, Hallow's End
3. Ring of Northern Tears - Crafted, Auction House

Note: These trinkets are not in order, but I highly suggest that you get a certain trinket.

Trinket Slot:
1. Nevermelting Ice Crystal - Scourgelord Tryrannus, Heroic Pit of Saron

The whole point of the trinket is that if you keep refreshing Corruption (via Haunt) and you can continuously refresh it, then Corruption will still keep the buff that procced from the trinket. For example: Before the fight starts, you used the trinket. You casted Corruption (Corruption will be boosted by 920 crit rating) and immediately after that, you casted Haunt. That will refresh the Corruption WITH the 920 crit rating. So, every time you refresh the initial Corruption, then Corruption will still be boosted by the initial proc from the trinket.

2. Abyssal Rune - Trial of the Champion
3. Shard of the Crystal Hear - 50 Emblems of Triumph
4. The Egg of Mortal Essence - 40 Emblems of Heroism
5. Mark of the War Prisoner - Cyanigosa, Heroic The Violet Hold

Weapon Slot:
1. Quel'Delar, Lens of the Mind - Quest, Battered Hilt
2. Spectral Kris - The Black Knight, Heroic Trial of Champion
3. Splintered Icecrown Parapet - Marywn, Halls of Reflection

1. Seethe - Devourer of Souls, Heroic The Forge of Souls
2. Chilled Heart of the Glacier - Halls of Reflection
3. Titansteel Spellblade - Crafted, Auction House

Off Hand Slot:
1. Shriveled Heart - Heroic Halls of Reflection
2. Temple Crystal Fragment - Novos The Summoner, Drak'Tharon Keep
3. Seal of Valgarde - Gortok Palehoof, Utgarde Pinnacle

1. Ward of the Violet Citadel - 25 Emblems of Heroism
2. Telestra's Journal - Grand Magus Telestra, The Nexus

Wand Slot:
1. Coffin Nail - Trash Mobs, Any ICC 5man Dungeons

1. Brimstone Igniter - 25 Emblems of Heroism
2. Soulsplinter - Falric, Heroic Halls of Reflection
3. Wand of the San'layn - Prince Keleseth, Utgarde Keep

Final Note:

Mix and match with these gears, gems, and enchants to get 17% hit rating as well as high dps. Use tools as Rawr to make your life easier with mix and matching. I will also like to thank Wowhead for their amazing database of items, Elitist Jerks for their amazing guide to ANY classes, as well as Jame for providing a resource for everything from leveling to raid guides.

Have fun!



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Okay, I finished updating the guide. 

If you have any suggestions/comments, feel free to go ahead and tell me at the comments sections. Any questions, send me a PM. 

Have fun!


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Needs an update

We are recently working on improving the quality of content here on, both by limiting low ranked guides and by moving out of date guides into archives. For more information, see the full news post detailing this process.

This guide needs an update to make sure it is current with patch 4.0. However it still has enough useful information that it will be left in it's proper section as-is.

When Cataclysm is released, this guide will become obsolete, and will be moved to the archive section.

If someone else would like to adopt the guide, or if you have any questions about this process, feel free to comment here.

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Working on pre-raid gear

Working on pre-raid gear guide for Cataclysm!



I've played on and off for 3 years and am just now rolling out my first Lock.  Could you make a guide for the basics of leveling a Lock?  Not a leveling guide but a guide to specing and gearing etc for those of us who have questions on our way up the leveling ladder?  My first primary was a Mage so i'm familiar with casters but I'm assuming playing a lock is considerably different.


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I will see what I can do!

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Nice guide, promotion

Nice guide, promotion incoming!

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Hello Talton and thank you for reading my guide!

Yes, I did include Emblem of Frost items. Yes, it is my mistake.

Also, I listed some Kel'Thuzad/Gul'dan Conquest items. Although they are not the best pre-raid gear for affliction warlocks, I did include them for the sake of the guide.

To answer your final question, I did have a higher level toon (same name, same server). I decided to quit WoW when I reached the level cap, 70 (this was ages ago back in BC), due to IRL and personal matters. However, I did check WoW sites, such as and Elitist Jerks, to see what happened in the WoW world when I left, and I still am an avid reader.

Although I'm currently leveling my "new" Rotciv, I have many experiences as raiding/leveling affliction warlock back in BC.