Dark Apotheosis

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Dark Apotheosis
Spell shadow metamorphosis.png
  • Dark Apotheosis
  • Level 25 (Glyph) Demonology warlock ability
  • 100 Demonic Fury
  • 10 sec cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • You imbue yourself with demonic energies, reducing physical damage taken by 10.00%, reduces magic damage taken by 15% and allows the use of various demonic abilities.

    In addition, Soulshatter taunts your target, Twilight Ward will absorb all schools of damage and Shadow Bolt becomes Demonic Slash.
Usable by
Class Warlock
School Physical
Cooldown 10 seconds
Other information
Level learned 25 (Glyph)
Related buff
Spell shadow metamorphosis.png
  • Dark Apotheosis
  • Physical damage taken reduced by 10%.
    Magical damage taken reduced by 15%.
    Threat increased by 500%.
Example of an undead warlock with Dark Apotheosis, including the horns and demonic aura seen with a full Demonic Fury meter

Dark Apotheosis is a Demonology warlock spell, gained by choosing  [Glyph of Demon Hunting].

Affected spells


This is a spell given to demonology warlocks who choose the  [Glyph of Demon Hunting]. As one of their main glyphs, it allows a warlock to indefinitely stay in a demon form and use most of the said abilities, including [Hand of Gul'dan] unlike its more DPS-wise brother. [Nether Plating] works in this form, the main purpose of this form is mainly for off-tanking in case the tank is killed and the creature is on its last legs but you need a tank. It gives you black and purple demon wings like those in Metamorphosis and once [Demonic Fury] reaches a certain point it sprouts purple horns as well. Warlocks are incredibly well armored and a warlock using this can pick up the slack left by a dead tank. A skilled warlock who focuses their gear on this ability can tank normal dungeons and, to a limited extent, heroic dungeons as well, however due to the lack of a crit reduction ability, they are not viable for raids.


This does not increase your DPS so it is useless to use it unless you're off-tanking or leveling by yourself against a powerful creature. This also increases the threat of your abilities so if you use it in an instance it'll pull aggro from the tank, which might warrant a kick from the group. However, it is useful in the fact you don't constantly have to cycle between Metamorphosis and your mortal form when you use [Demonic Leap] it takes the fury but you're technically already in a demon form so this makes you just fly forward without going into [Metamorphosis]

In PvP this is likely very viable with the amount of defense it offers overall, and the utility of the abilities within. Demon leaping past your enemy on a hill, or using Sleep on another player to stun them for 8 seconds while you attack the other player. As well as the damage ward and AoE power it offers, it will bring use to warlocks in arenas and such.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Removed.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-10-16): "When Dark Apotheosis is active, using Demonic Slash will no longer sometimes incorrectly trigger the Shoot ability."
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Added.

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