Each class in World of Warcraft has access to three distinct Talent Trees. Here players will have the chance (starting at level 10) to place talent points that are earned as they level into various class-specific abilities known as talents. At one time picking talents could be a difficult and daunting task, but thanks to a few changes in Patch 4.0.1 by Blizzard, picking talents has become less of a headache.
Once a player has decided on a talent tree and placed their first point in it they must place all future points in that specific talent tree until they have spent a total of 31 point, unless a total respec is done. After the 31 point limit is reached, the player may then place their points in any talent tree they wish.
Each talent tree provides the player with a distinct play experience and you should choose the one that appeals most to you, even if it is a little off the beaten path. For Warlocks these talent trees are Affliction, Demonology, and Destruction. Learn more about the Warlock talent trees below:
Blizzard describes the Affliction Warlock:
- “A master of Shadow magic who specializes in fear, drains, and damage-over-time spells.”
Warlocks who choose to go the Affliction route will find that the tree is loaded with excellent talents most of which are aimed at improving their various damage over time spells and curses. Players who choose this tree at level 10 will automatically gain access to Unstable Affliction, a deadly damage-over-time spell that will become a must have in their spell rotation.
Once the Affliction talent tree has been opened must haves for this type of Warlock include talents such as: Doom and Gloom, Improved Corruption, Soul Siphon, Eradication, Improved Life Tap, Soul Swap, Shadow Embrace, Death’s Embrace, Nightfall, Everlasting Affliction, Pandemic, and Haunt. There are many other excellent spells in this tree, choose the ones that benefit your most used spells.
Once the Affliction Warlock has placed enough talent points in their starting tree there are some excellent talents in the other two trees that are must haves such as; Dark Arts from the Demonology tree, and Shadow and Flame from the Destruction tree.
Blizzard describes the Demonology Warlock:
- “A Warlock who uses both Fire and Shadow magic along with powerful demons.”
Those Warlocks who choose the Demonology route will find their talent tree filled with talents aimed at empowering their pets as well as improving their deadly spells. Once this tree has been chosen the Warlock will automatically gain the ability to summon a Felguard, this specs go-to pet. Once the tree has been unlocked and you have a chance to glance over it you will find many tempting talents, but as with everything, some are simply better than others.
Some must have talents for Demonology Warlocks include: Dark Arts, Metamorphosis, Demonic Pact, Cremation, Decimation, Ancient Grimlore, Inferno, Hand of Gul’dan, Molten Core, Mana Feed, and Impending Doom. These must have talents are only a few of those found in the tree, so check out the other talents here and choose those that impact the spells and abilities you use the most.
Not all the great talents are found in the Demonology tree. To truly get the best spec you must pick up a few spells from the Destruction tree including: Bane, Emberstorm, Improved Immolate, and Shadow and Flame.
Blizzard describes the Destruction Warlock:
- “Calls down demonic fire to burn and demolish enemies.”
The Destruction Warlock specializes in just that; destruction. To do this their talent tree focuses on improving their Fire magics. Once the Affliction tree has been chosen the Warlock will gain access to Conflagrate which will become an important spell in their ultimate spell rotation. Once the talent tree has been unlocked you will find many tempting talents however a few stand out above the rest.
Must have talents in the Destruction tree include: Chaos Bolt, Bane of Havoc, Empowered Imp, Bane, Shadow and Flame, Improved Immolate, Emberstorm, Fire and Brimstone, Improved Soul Fire, Backdraft, Burning Embers, and Soul Leech. These must have talents are only a few of those found in the tree, so check out the other talents here and choose those that impact the spells and abilities you use the most.
Not all the must have talents for the Destruction Warlock are found in the Destruction tree. Instead this spec of Warlock must also venture into the Demonology tree where they should pick up Dark Arts and Mana Feed and into the Affliction tree for Improved Corruption.
Remember, the above listings are only suggestions based on tried and true methods, how you ultimately choose to spec is entirely up to you. Check out Blizzard's Talent Calculator to experiment with your talent points.