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General Warlock F.A.Q.

Warlocks are masters of shadow, flame, and demonic power. They are a robed class that excels at plaguing their enemies with disease or curses, hurling bolts of fire or shadow energy across the battlefield, and summoning demons to aid them in combat. While warlocks are powerful casters that deal damage from a distance, their demonic powers can also protect or support their allies in battle, or even summon other players from across the world using ritual magic to conjure portals.
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 group mates. 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. ~ Blizzard

What races can play as a Warlock?

You have five choices as a Warlock ~ Orc, Undead and Blood Elf on the Horde side, and Human and Gnome on Alliance. To learn more about each individual race such as their racial traits, please see the Starting Stats page.

What's the best race for a Warlock?
Once you've decided that the Warlock is the class you want to play, you need to decide what race will suit you the best. Everyone is different in what they find enjoyable in game, and not surprisingly, the choice of race for a Warlock is just as varied. What race is the best? The one that you enjoy looking at every time you play. If looks are not important, then the next step is to take the racial traits that appeal the most to your play style.

For PvE - pretty much any race. Humans have Diplomacy which is an incredible talent because of the numerous reputation grinds a player has at the end game. However, the Human racials provide little in-battle ability. Orc's Blood Fury works like a "trinket" that is on a separate cooldown from other trinkets - helpful for DPS. Undead have Cannibalize, which cuts down some downtimes and helps a little during certain boss fights. The Blood Elf and Gnome racials generally aren't that great, because the Intellect bonus isn't very important and we already have Life Tap to cover mana issues.

For PvP - the ratial traits play a more prominent role. Will of the Forsaken (Undead) tends to the main racial people automatically think of when talking about PvP. When activated you become immune to Fear, Sleep, and Charm effects. And this can also be used while already afflicted by Fear or Sleep. Also going for the Undead is Cannibalize which, given all the dead bodies that should be surrounding you, can help to regain some lost health quickly.


The Orc's stun resistance helps cover another primary weakness of Warlocks, and helps mostly against the same classes - however, it is not reliable. Blood Fury gives about 150 damage at level 70 and is pretty good if you don't have a healer on your team. And last, but certainly not least for the Orc is the 5% increase to pet melee damage, which can come in handy if you are a Felguard user.

On the Alliance side, the Gnome's Escape Artist is an extremely handy racial in the PvP world. One of the primary weaknesses of the Warlock class is its vulnerability to Hamstring, Crippling Poison and other snares, and this ability gives you one way to break free.

If you are still unsure on which race or want more opinions, please see the What race is best for Warlocks? thread in our forums.

What type of armor do I get to wear?
Warlocks are restricted to cloth armor only.

What stats does a Warlock look for?
The answer to this question will depend on your level and goals within the game. There are three main areas a Warlock looks to increase however:

  1. The amount of damage they do - +damage

  2. The amount of hitpoints they have - Stamina

  3. The amount of mana they have - Intellect.

As you reach the higher levels, you will also want to look to increase the chances of your spells landing successfully ( +hit ) if you enjoy instances and raids. To learn more about how to equip your Warlock, please see the What Warlocks Wear information page.

What weapons can we use?
All Warlocks start out with the ability to wield daggers, however with training can learn to use staves and one handed swords. We can not learn single or two-handed maces, two-handed swords, single or two-handed axes, polearms, bows, guns, fist items or any other ranged item other than a wand.

Dagger, Sword or Staff?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question unless you are asking someone to compare a specific staff to a specific off-hand and main hand. Often a staff will give you the best stats (Sta/Int) compared to a main hand & offhand combination, but that is not always the case, so be sure to check out both options carefully. Conversely, a main hand / off-hand combination can provide more +damage, +hit, etc.

Rating Buster is an add-on that converts combat ratings in your tooltips into percentages, so that you have more meaningful information when comparing different items. The design aim of RatingBuster is to provide detailed, meaningful and customizable information about items so you can eazily decide for yourself which item is better. Learn more and download here.

Like most questions, there are numerous threads on the forums that discuss this:

Where do I train new weapon skills?
For Alliance players, Woo Ping in Stormwind trains you in both Staves and swords. For the Horde - Ileda of Farstrider Square in Silvermoon as well as Archibald in the Undercity will train you in one handed swords, while Hanashi in Orgrimmar and Ansekhwa in Thunderbluff will train you in staves. Speak to your local city guards to help you find them.

How do I use my wand?

Once you have equipped your wand by moving into the range slot, you need to open your abilities page (press P) and locate the 'shoot' icon. Left-click and drag this icon down to your hotbars. When you have an enemy targeted, click or press the appropriate number to activate the wand. Wands use no mana or reagents, however will keep firing until you interrupt it via jumping, moving or repressing the shoot ability. You can trigger another spell to interrupt it, however the global cooldown will still be triggered and as such your spell will not be activated until you repeat the cast.

What spells do we get?
Outside of raids, a Warlock's arsenal consists mostly of damage over time spells, with a few good nukes thrown in for good measure. Not forgetting the curses to cover all aspects, as well as the stones that can heal or resurrect you. To learn more about the Warlock's range of spells, please see the Spell F.A.Q.

I heard we get pets too?

From the back talking Imp, to the sultry Succubus, a Warlock has a pet for every occasion. To learn everything and more about our helpful minions, please see the Pet F.A.Q.

Should I play a Warlock or a Mage/Shadow Priest/Hunter/etc?
For some reason, these types of questions tend to pop up a lot on this forum. The obvious answer you are going to get, given you are asking a whole bunch of Warlocks is naturally, choose a Warlock. That said, you need to choose what ever class you find the most enjoyable and no one can answer that for you. The best suggestion is to make one of what ever class you're considering and play a few levels. You'll find you'll keep going on one of them - and that's the one you should play.

Some threads you might find interesting:
(please note some of the dates on the threads, some information may have changed with patches...)

As you can see, there are already quite a few threads asking these questions...

I'm playing with a friend, what class compliments a Warlock best?
Pretty much any class can work alongside a Warlock, however some will compliment them better than others. Hybrid healers such as the Shaman, Druid or Paladin make great companions as they can add to the damage being done as well as provide some helpful healing when things get rough. A shadow specced Priest is a Warlock's favourite friend as they can not only throw in some damage and heal, they also increase the damage you do! If you are happy to spec a more Destruction based route, you can almost match the nuking capabilities of the friendly Mage - who will also provide some much needed drink to keep up with the mana consumption.

The only classes which may prove more difficult are your pure melee - Warrior, Rogue and possibly Hunter. With no way for them to heal themselves, and with us unable to really help them, you will most likely see a lot more downtime as they eat to recoup their hitpoints. Downtime is something that a Warlock, if played well, will very rarely need.

What professions are best for a Warlock?
Professions are a personal choice, so the best advice is to chose one you enjoy doing. That said, there are a few choices that can make you very self sufficient and life a little easier. To learn more about professions and the ones Warlocks tend to go for, please see the Profession F.A.Q.

I heard we get a free mount, is that true?
One complaint made by non Warlocks (and Paladins) is that we get a 'free' mount. While yes is may seem this way, it is not exactly true. The mount we receive at level 40 (The Felsteed) costs 90 silver from our spell trainers, however the higher cost of Warlock's spells and the need to purchase Pet Grimoires ends up close to the cost of a mount anyway. So while we don't have to save 90g at level 40, we have already spent close to it already. For more common questions about our mounts, please see the Mount F.A.Q.

To learn more about your warlock, please continue reading the other F.A.Q. pages:


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