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WoW Guide: Warlock Glyphs

Updated Fri, Aug 19, 2011 by Mem

*This page updated for Patch 4.0*


While it may be easy to forget them, Glyphs play a key role in any class. This makes it very important that you make the right choices when choosing your Glyphs. As of Patch 4.0.1 there are currently three types of Glyphs:

  • Prime Glyphs - Will most noticeably boost your damage and are without a doubt the most important when it comes to choosing your Glyphs.
  • Major Glyphs - More PvP or Leveling oriented and will have little effect on overall damage. These Glyphs leave much room for players to express their personal preference.
  • Minor Glyphs - Mainly filler Glyphs with mundane effects.
Below is a list of the current Glyphs available to Warlocks followed by some suggestions on which Glyphs  you should choose based on your spec of choice:

Prime Glyphs

Glyph Name Description
Bane of Agony Increases the duration of your Bane of Agony by 4 seconds.
Chaos Bolt Reduces the cooldown on Chaos Bolt by 2 seconds.
Conflagrate Reduces the cooldown of your Conflagrate by 2 seconds.
Corruption Your Corruption spell has a 4% chance to cause you to enter a Shadow Trance state after damaging an opponent. The Shadow Trance state reduces the casting time of your next Shadow Bolt by 100%.
Felguard Increases the damage done by your Felgaurd’s Legion Strike by 5%.
Haunt The bonus damage granted by your Haunt spell is increased by an additional 3%.
Immolate Increases the periodic damage of your Immolate by 10%.
Imp Increases the damage done by your Imp’s Firebolt spell by 20%.
Incinerate Increase the damage done by Incinerate by 5%.
Lash of Pain Increases the damage done by your Succubus’ Lash of Pain by 25%
Metamorphosis Increases the duration of your Metamorphosis by 6 seconds.
Shadowburn If your Shadowburn fails to kill the target at or below 20% health, your Shadowburn’s cooldown is instantly reset. This effect has a 6 second cooldown.
Unstable Affliction Decreases the casting time of your Unstable Affliction by 0.2 seconds.

Major Glyphs

Glyph Name Description
Death Coil Increases the duration of your Death Coil by 0.5 seconds.
Demonic Circle Reduces the cooldown on Demonic Circle by 4 seconds.
Fear Your Fear causes the target to tremble in place instead of fleeing in fear, but now causes Fear to have a 5 second cooldown.
Felhunter When your Felhunter uses Devour magic, you will also be healed for that amount.
Healthstone You receive 30% more healing from using a Healthstone.
Howl of Terror Reduces the cooldown on your Howl of Terror spell by 8 seconds.
Life Tap Reduces the global cooldown of your Life Tap by 0.5 seconds.
Seduction Your Succubus’s Seduction ability also removes all damage over time effects from the target.
Shadow Bolt Reduces the mana cost of your Shadow Bolt by 15%.
Shadowflame Your Shadowflame also applies a 70% movement speed slow to it’s victims.
Soul Link Increases the percentage of damage shared via your Soul Link by an additional 5%.
Soul Swap Your Soul Swap leaves your damage-over-time spells behind on the target
you Soul Swapped from, but gives Soul Swap a 10 second cooldown.
Soulstone Increases the amount of health you gain from resurrecting via a Soulstone by 40%.
Voidwalker Increases your Voidwalker’s total Stamina by 20%.

Minor Glyphs

Glyph Name Description
Curse of Exhaution Increases the range of your Curse of Exhaustion spell by 5 yards.
Drain Soul Your Drain Soul restores 10% of your total mana after you kill a target that yields experience or honor.
Enslave Demon Reduces the cast time of your Enslave Demon spell by 50%.
Eye of Kilrogg Increases the movement speed of your Eye of Kilrogg by 50% and allows it to fly in areas where flying mounts are enabled.
Health Funnel Reduces the pushback suffered from damaging attacks while channeling your Health Funnel spell by 100%.
Ritual of Souls Reduces the mana cost of your Ritual of Souls spell by 70%.
Unending Breath Increases the swim speed of targets affected by your Unending Breath spell by 20%.

Warlock Glyph Suggestions:

Affliciton Glyphs

Prime
  • Glyph of Haunt
  • Glyph of Bane of Agony
  • Glyph of Corruption

Major
  • Glyph of Soul Swap
  • Glyph of Shadowflame
  • Glyph of Soul Link

Minor
  • Glyph of Unending Breath
  • Glyph of Ritual of Souls
  • Glyph of Drain Soul

Demonology Glyphs

Prime
  • Glyph of Incinerate
  • Glyph of Metamorphosis
  • Glyph of Immolate

Major
  • Glyph of Life Tap
  • Glyph of Shadow Bolt
  • Glyph of Soul Link

Minor
  • Glyph of Unending Breath
  • Glyph of Ritual of Souls
  • Glyph of Drain Soul

Destruction Glyphs

Prime
  • Glyph of Conflagrate
  • Glyph of Immolate
  • Glyph of Incinerate

Major
  • Glyph of Life Tap
  • Glyph of Shadowflame
  • Glyph of Soul Link

Minor
  • Glyph of Unending Breath
  • Glyph of Ritual of Souls
  • Glyph of Drain Soul
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