World of Warcraft Warlock Gear – General Notes
Leveling a Warlock in World of Warcraft is quite fun, when compared to other classes, since you have a large repertoire of spells to take your enemies down with. And you never get lonely! You'll always have a cute little companion at your side, be it a fiery (and noisy) imp or a sexy succubus.
Fortunately for warlocks, gear is easier to get when leveling, than for other classes. This includes both other cloth classes, priests and mages.
Whereas priests will have to focus on healing or shadow gear, but will be required to take both at some point while leveling, mages are also in a competition to get spell damage gear when a warlock, a shadow priest, or a balance druid is in the same party. Warlocks have it easier while leveling, since you'll mostly be aiming for specific +shadow or +fire damage, which although harder to find, is easier to get when you do (since you only have one class to battle for each - shadow priests for shadow damage and fire mages for fire damage - and there's a chance that even if you end up in a party with a priest or mage, they won't be shadow or fire specced.)
In order to help you out with leveling your warlock in World of Warcraft, I decided to create a list of items you can find in Azeroth that are useful. At lower levels, most of the warlock gear you will find will probably be common with that of the other cloth classes, as it is rarely specialized (+fire, +shadow, +healing, etc) at that level in pre-expansion World of Warcraft.
Warlock Gear Notes
Depending on your spec, you will want to look for different stats in your leveling gear. Affliction and Shadowbolt specced warlocks will want as much +shadow damage as possible, over +spell damage. Full destruction warlocks will look for a combination of +shadow and +fire, depending on your prefered attack pattern. But since +fire and +shadow damage are not as easy to get as simple +spell damage, feel free to go for that type of gear when possible.
Stamina will also be an important factor, as stamina gives you HP and for a warlock, HP = Mana due to life tap. Actually, the trick of playing a warlock right is balancing your HP and MP when needed as well as gaining them from your opponents. For the same reason, Intellect will be almost as important as stamina. If you go for a crit-based destruction spec, Int becomes even more important. Spirit and mp5/hp5 should be secondary stats to help you regenerate faster in downtimes. Here's how you should build up your gear in accordance to your spec and what exactly you'll be doing in Azeroth and Outland:
Destruction Warlock (Improved Shadowbolt and Ruin) - Spell Damage -> Shadow/Fire Damage -> Spell Critical Hit Chance -> Stamina -> Intellect -> Spell Hit Chance -> Spirit/mp5/hp5/otherstuff
Affliction Warlock - Spell Damage -> Shadow Damage -> Stamina -> Intellect -> Spell Hit Chance -> Spell Critical Hit Chance -> Spirit/hp5/mp5/otherstuff
Leveling - When you are leveling your warlock, Stamina gains more importance and so does Spirit, by a smaller margin.
PVPing - When engaged in PVP, regardless of your level, Stamina and Resillience gain more importance.
Raiding - Stamina loses a bit in importance and you'll need more Spell Hit and Spell Penetration.
However you put it though, Spell Damage or specific Spell Damage (+Shadow, +Fire) should be on top of the list. If you can fix the other stats as well, good for you.
But let's see what World of Warcraft's Azeroth has to offer in terms of warlock gear:
World of Warcraft Warlock Gear – Instance Drops and Instance Quest Rewards
World of Warcraft Warlock Gear - The Ragefire Chasm• [Robe of Evocation] (Jergosh the Invoker)
• [Crystalline Cuffs] (Taragaman the Hungerer)
• [Staff of Orgrimmar] (Quest: Hidden Enemies (Horde))
• [Ghastly Trousers] (Quest: The Power to Destroy (Horde))
• [Featherbead Bracers] (Quest: Returning the Lost Satchel (Horde))
World of Warcraft Warlock Gear - The Deadmines• [Staff of Nobles] (Brainwashed Noble (Rare)) • [Girdle of Nobility] (Brainwashed Noble (Rare)) • [Noble's Robe] (Marisa du'Paige (Rare)) • [Walking Boots] (Marisa du'Paige (Rare)) • [Miner's Cape] (Miner Johnson (Rare)) • [Emberstone Staff] (Captain Greenskin) • [Cookie's Stirring Rod] (Cookie) • [Lavishly Jeweled Ring] (Gilnid) • [Gold-Flecked Gloves] (Sneed) • [Corsair's Overshirt] (Edwin VanCleef) • [Sable Wand] (Quest: Underground Assault (Alliance)) • [Staff of Westfall] (Quest: The Defias Brotherhood (Alliance))
World of Warcraft Warlock Gear - The Wailing Caverns• [Firebelcher] (Deviate Faerie Dragon (Rare)) • [Feyscale Cloak] (Deviate Faerie Dragon (Rare)) • [Robe of the Moccasin] (Lord Cobrahn/Lord Serpentis) • [Living Root] (Verdan the Everliving) • [Sporid Cape] (Verdan the Everliving) • [Deep Fathom Ring] (Mutanus the Devourer) • [Slime-Encrusted Pads] (Mutanus the Devourer) • [Apothecary Gloves] (Quest: Serpentbloom (Horde)) • [Sizzle Stick] (Quest: Deviate Eradication) • [Talbar Mantle] (Quest: In Nightmares (Horde)) • [Crescent Staff] (Quest: Leaders of the Fang (Horde))
World of Warcraft Warlock Gear - Shadowfang Keep• [Bloody Apron] (Razorclaw the Butcher) • [Odo's Ley Staff] (Odo the Blindwatcher) • [Feline Mantle] (Wolf Master Nandos) • [Robes of Arugal] (Archmage Arugal) • [Belt of Arugal] (Archmage Arugal) • [Ghostly Mantle] (Quest: Deathstalkers in Shadowfang (Horde)) • [Witching Stave] (Random Mobs) • [Mindthrust Bracers] (Random Mobs) • [Necrology Robes] (Random Mobs)
World of Warcraft Warlock Gear - Blackfathom Depths• [Ghamoo-Ra's Bind] (Ghamoo-ra) • [Rod of the Sleepwalker] (Twilight Lord Kelris) • [Gaze Dreamer Pants] (Twilight Lord Kelris) • [Leech Pants] (Aku'mai) • [Sustaining Ring] (Quest: Knowledge in the Deeps (Alliance)) • [Nimbus Boots] (Quest: Twilight Falls (Alliance)) • [Chestnut Mantle] (Quest: Allegiance to the Old Gods (Horde)) • [Gravestone Scepter] (Quest: Blackfathom Villainy (Alliance)) • [Witch's Finger] (Quest: Baron Aquanis (Horde)) • [Staff of the Friar] (Random Mobs)
World of Warcraft Warlock Gear - Razorfen Kraul
• [Death Speaker Mantle] (Death Speaker Jargba) • [Death Speaker Robes] (Death Speaker Jargba) • [Batwing Mantle] (Blind Hunter (Rare)) • [Stygian Bone Amulet] (Blind Hunter (Rare)) • [Wind Spirit Staff] (Earthcaller Halmgar (Rare)) • [Agamaggan's Clutch] (Charlga Razorflank) • [Snake Hoop] (Quest: Willix the Importer) • [Berylline Pads] (A Vengeful Fate (Horde), The Crone of the Kraul (Alliance)) • [Staff of the Shade] (Random Mobs) • [Plains Ring] (Random Mobs)
World of Warcraft Warlock Gear - Gnomeregan
• [Acidic Walkers] (Viscous Fallout) • [Hydrocane] (Viscous Fallout) • [Electrocutioner Lagnut] (Electrocutioner 6000) • [Charged Gear] (Mekgineer Thermaplugg) • [electromagnetic gigaflux reactivator] (Mekgineer Thermaplugg) • [Shilly Mitts] (Quest: Gyrodrillmatic Excavationators (Alliance)) • [Brilliant Gold Ring] (Quest: Gnome Improvement (Alliance)) • [Civinad Robes] (Quest: Rig Wars (Horde), The Grand Betrayal (Alliance)) • [Hotshot Pilot's Gloves] (Random Mobs) • [Mechbuilder's Overalls] (Random Mobs)