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Orc Warlock • Min-maxing to 60 and beyond
by Lorem-Stalagg (Julian) • 17th February 2019
This classic wow warlock guide is an amalgamation of resources to help those specifically with little time to play, and those who want to be efficient on their way to 60, all while prepping for end-game content. If you can’t play often (like me), take advantage of rested experience and the auction house for quest items. I expect get to 60 within about one month with seven days (168 hours) in-game played. It will be updated accordingly as we learn more about Classic.


Be an Orc if you are serious about PvP. Warlock’s cannot trinket out of stun (https://classic.wowhead.com/item=18852/ ... -the-horde) so the orc stun resist racial https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=20573/hardiness is superb for PvP. The often forgotten and minor racial 5% increased pet damage https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=21563/command is nice too. Undead is ​a tiny bit better​ for PvE, (e.g. tanking Twin Empsin AQ40 because of shadow resistance racial ).


General levelling tips

  • Log-off in a city or inn for higher rested bonus, max 10 days offline:
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  • If there's nothing to loot, don't skin it if you’re not on top of it (skinning guide on reddit)
  • Never get more than Rank 1 Drain Soul
    Only spend money to level the following spells:
    • Corruption
    • Immolate
    • Curse of Agony
    • Fear (Rank 1)
    • Deathcoil
    • Siphon Life
    • Lifetap
    • Shadowbolt
    • Demon armor
    • Soul stone
    • Healthstone
    • Void Walker books
    • Banish Rank 1
  • For all other pets, buying a level 6 skill book will automatically learn levels 1–5 which saves you gold.
Levelling guides

Levelling shopping list

The following items will be very useful for completing a lot of quests along the way, so try and find them on the auction house from your alt and mail to your main when possible:

Level 1-10 notes

Relax, set yourself up for success and adjust:
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Once at Razor Hill (Level 10) – make a trip to Orgimmar:

1. Set hearth to Razor Hill, Run to Orgrimmar
2. Get Skinning (to vendor)
3. Optional – get Mining if you're not rushing to 60
4. Get Lesser Magic Wand 5. Do your Voidwalker quest
6. Use your Hearthstone to get back to Razor Hill
Level 11-19 notes

Head to Xroads. Skip buying Curse of Recklessness, Searing Pain, Rain of Fire @ level 12.

Rotation:



Buy Greater Magic Wand
The ESCAPE in the Barrens is first quest reward wand. Very important not to fail. (It's part of Joana's guide to do this quest) if you don't buy a greater wand.

Level 20-29 notes

You can skip buying Banish Rank 1 for now, it's more likely to be used at later levels

Rotation:


Level 30-39 notes

Grinding begins to become valuable from this point on until around lvl 48:
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Optional to get Felhunter for Soulstone Bag, but not needed for levelling.

Rotation:


  • Minimum Level 31 - In Search of Menara Voidrender from Warlock Traine. Go to 62,35 in Rachet, Barrens - this is the quest for Enchanted Gold Bloodrobe that can last you well into your 50s (​very difficult)​
  • When you get this quest stop by the AH and buy
  • Robes of Arcana (1)
  • Gold Bar (1)
  • Level 35 - Knowledge of the Orb of Orahil - Make sure you go the The Completed Orb of Dar'Orahil route and take the orb!. This will last you quite a long while, and the active use isn't that bad.
37: Begin looking for the Shadoweave set
Level 40-49 notes

Same spell rotation as before. Skip buying Curse of Shadow and Soul Fire.

~48: Consider resetting your talents and switching to demonology for Soul Link
Level 50-59 notes
  • @ level 50 - ​An Imp's Request​ - quest for a unique, warlock only weapon, the Soul Harvester!
  • Don’t dismiss the trinket ​Abyssal Shard! I know the staff the staff is excellent, especially in phase one, but it will eventually be replaced.
60: Consider respec'ing to PvE/Raid talents as listed later on
Levelling talents

Affiliction until level 48 Link.

Demonology after 48 Link



At level 60 you will want to get your hands on the Epic Dreadsteed. Remember the Dreadsteed will only become available in phase 2 because it requires clearing Dire Maul. Contrary to popular belief the mount is not completely free and will require clearing some instances, gathering valuable resources and indeed a little bit of too. Below is a shopping list and google doc guide that will help you.

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Shopping list


Click on each of the images below to go directly to the talent calculator page for that built on Wowhead Classic.
Raiding talent builds

This guide also is a great primer for guides and juggling mobs in general
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Affliction focus - Shadow Mastery + Ruin (30/0/21)
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  • If you’re assigned to cast corruption in raids (due to debuff limits)
  • Better for trash
  • Good for AQ40 because there are more opportunities to dot

The Curse of Exhaustion spell is only useful on https://classic.wowhead.com/npc=15990 and https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=11713 and https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=18288 are very situational in raids so you are free to move those talents around. The rest is pretty much mandatory, though. Also note that the only reason we spec into https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=18881 is to reach the https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=18275 talent, it's a very inefficient spell overall so don't use it just because you spent a talent point on it. Siphon Life does NOT proc Nightfall.
Sacrifice – 7/21/23 or 9/21/21 (9 if you’re cursing in raids)
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PvP talent builds


General BGs PvP

Felhunter is just too good not to use with the self devour. I use it in almost every spec in PvP except soul-link if there are too many rogues and instead use Voidwalker.

DoT and pray for https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=18095, tanky.
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FIRE! I want to blow stuff up - my favourite with Succubus for big soulfire crits
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Grim reach Ruin – my personal favorite in t3 and in a premade
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I define "pre-bis" as items you can't get without directly raiding and can be better than raid drops. BiS ("Best in slot) must be taken with some flexibility as "the best" isn't always feasible to get.
Massive thank you to Zephan from the Warlock Discord for putting the resources together tl;dr Really any green with "of shadow wrath" is great. Take "BIS" as my favorites.

Pre-BIS Gear Phase 1


Head Neck Shoulder Back Chest Bracer Hands Belt Legs Boots Rings Trinket Main Hand Off-Hand Two Hand Wand
BIS Gear


Head Neck Shoulder Back Chest Bracer Hands
Belt Legs Boots Rings Trinket Main Hand Off-Hand Two Hand Wand


World buffs

Not all of these are phase 1:

https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=22888 provided server-wide by turning in heads of Onyxia/Nefarian in Orgrimmar
https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=16609 ... s-blessing provided server-wide by turning in the head of Rend Blackhand in Orgrimmar
https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=24425 provided server-wide by handing in the heart of Hakkar (Zul'Gurub) in Orgrimmar
https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=22817, https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=22820, https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=22818 insane buffs from completing a Dire Maul Tribute run
https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=15366 random buff from picking https://classic.wowhead.com/object=164886 in Felwood (Herbalism not required)
https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=23766 or https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=23768 from Sayge in Darkmoon Faire

Plus the normal buffs (e.g. https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=1126, https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=1459 ) from your raid members.
Consumables

https://classic.wowhead.com/item=9264
https://classic.wowhead.com/item=13454
https://classic.wowhead.com/item=20749
https://classic.wowhead.com/item=3387 (locks your threat, giving your tank time to get more aggro)
Resistance protection potions depending on instance. Eg. https://classic.wowhead.com/item=13457/ ... ion-potion for MC

You'll want to start with Skinning (to vendor as per reddit guide) and Mining (to save up mats for Engineering later). Whilst mining any extra ores you pick up remember to sell them on AH as ores, not bars (so that Alchemists and other Miners can make use of them for skill ups/transmutes etc).

Once you have 50 https://classic.wowhead.com/item=4234 banked, or once you have obtained 3 https://classic.wowhead.com/item=15416 for your Dreadsteed, you'll want to drop Skinning and switch to Engineering (videos below explain why):

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Alternatively you could drop mining for tailoring at level 60. You’re a miner for quests, to level engineering, and to bank mats. The best chest for awhile requires a BoP recipes from tailoring: ​https://classic.wowhead.com/item=14153. It’s feasible to drop mining if: there’s a healthy economy, you have a lot of gold, or other character can feed you resources.

Make sure to train First Aid! It's extremely useful in reducing your downtime while leveling. Fishing and Cooking are lower priority and can be great if you have a lot of time on your hands.

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You download my *tested and verified* working addons directly from here:
@Dive#5157 and @Anilusion#5842 have a great document on this subject that goes in depth with great examples.
Classic Warlock Macro Guide and Compendium by
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PmA ... TMEsg/edit

Take care of yourself IRL

Take care of yourself mentally and physically. WoW is a game and is the least important thing in the big picture of things. Remember it’s for fun.

You should move more and sit less throughout the day. Some physical activity is better than none. Adults who sit less and do any amount of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity gain some health benefits.
For substantial health benefits, adults should do at least one of the following:

  • 2.5 hours – 5 hours a week of moderate-intensity
  • 1.25 hours to 2.5 hours a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity
  • or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity.

Additionally, you should also do muscle-strengthening activities of moderate or greater intensity and that involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week.

Further reading on WoW & Health:
Feel free to reach out with feedback!
Twitter: ​@JulianNorton
Email: [email protected]

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Will be maining an Orc Warlock in Classic. Thanks for the guide.

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awesome guide! looking forward to updates on addons and macros.

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Great guide, awesome contribution.

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The link for Lesser Wand Farming is not working. Access Denied:
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I can ask for access, but would prefer to simply have a public document.

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Aethowyn wrote:
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The link for Lesser Wand Farming is not working. Access Denied:
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I can ask for access, but would prefer to simply have a public document.

Thanks for letting me know, try this: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kpt ... sp=sharing

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Works! Thanks for the quick response. Fantastic guide as well. Kudos.

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A doubt. Immolate is not on the list of the list of spells to purchase during leveling but is included in the rotation?

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damassa wrote:
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A doubt. Immolate is not on the list of the list of spells to purchase during leveling but is included in the rotation?
Great catch Damassa! Making mobs roast is important. Added immolate.

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J Norton wrote:
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damassa wrote:
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A doubt. Immolate is not on the list of the list of spells to purchase during leveling but is included in the rotation?
Great catch Damassa! Making mobs roast is important. Added immolate.
Now yes! Nice guide dude.

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Rolling Orc warlock. D:

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