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Dragonflight Season 3 Unholy Death Knight Guide

Check out our Dragonflight Season 3 Unholy Death Knight Guide for World of Warcraft Patch 10.2. From Basics to more Advanced Tips & Strategies. All you need to know about Warcraft!

General Information

Welcome to the Season 3 Guide for Unholy Death Knight in Patch 10.2 – Guardians of the Dream. We will help you to learn and master Unholy Death Knight in either Raids or Mythic Keystone Dungeons.

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Stat Priority

General Stat Priority for Unholy Death Knight with our Build is:

  1. Strength
  2. Haste
  3. Mastery
  4. Critical Strike
  5. Versatility


Best Embellishments


Changes in Season 3

Season 3 has introduced many Class Changes, aswell as a new Tier Set, new Embellishments and more.


  • Developers’ note: In Guardians of the Dream we are looking to redistribute Unholy’s damage profile. Unholy has some of the highest burst in the game which means most of their damage profile needs to be tuned around that window. The goal with these changes is to reduce their three minute burst while increasing their rotational damage and giving more impact to their 45 second windows which should allow for an overall more healthy damage profile across a fight. We fully expect Unholy will still excel in their Gargoyle windows but they should now also have a little more impact outside of it as well.
  • Unholy Assault now increases all damage dealt by 20 percent (was granting 20 percent Haste for 20 seconds).
    • Developers’ note: At the moment Unholy has access to multiple sources of Haste that can make their opener a little unwieldly which often leads to an abundance of wasted resources. While this change doesn’t completely rectify the situation it should help reduce some of it.
  • Raise Dead (Main Ghoul) damage increased by 10 percent.
  • Summon Gargoyle damage reduced by 30 percent.
  • Soul Reaper damage increased by 20 percent.
  • Army of the Dead damage of ghouls reduced by 25 percent.
  • Ghouls summoned by Apocalypse now have their own scaling from the Death Knight’s stats separate from Army of the Dead.
    • Developers’ note: This gives us the opportunity to tune Apocalypse independently of Army of the Dead and vice versa.
  • Apocalypse Ghoul damage increased by 12 percent.
  • Death Coil damage increased by 12 percent.
  • Scourge Strike damage increased by 12 percent.
  • Festering Strike damage increased by 20 percent.
  • Festering Wound damage increased by 10 percent.

Stat Priority in Patch 10.2

General Stat Priority for Unholy Death Knight with our Build is:

  1. Strength
  2. Haste
  3. Mastery
  4. Critical Strike
  5. Versatility


  • Strength is your primary stat, meaning that Itemlevel is superior in most cases. Higher Itemlevel will also increase your Stamina and Armor that you gain.
  • Critical Strike increases the chance for your abilities and spells to deal double damage.
  • Haste reduces your global cooldown, your time to cast spells, and reduces the cooldown of many abilities.
  • Versatility grants you a flat damage and healing increase, but also a damage decrease for half of its value.
  • Mastery increases the damage of your pets and minions, and also your Shadow damage abilities.


The further we are getting into the expansion, the effects of diminishing returns start to limit your effective gain of your secondary stats. After reaching 30% (by rating) of any given stat, you will start to receive a penalty that reduces the gain from more of the same stat over this treshold.

Stat priority can differ on every character. Make sure to simulate yourself on Raidbots get the perfect results for you.

Builds and Talents

Our Talent Trees are updated every week, reflecting all current Mythic+ Affixes, aswell as the most popular Talent Builds for Raid.

Last Update: 30.11.2023, 2:00pm CET

Gear and Trinkets for Season 3

Unholy Death Knight Best In Slot Gear from the current Raid – Amirdrassil, the Dreams Hope

This list contains the BiS Items for Unholy Death Knight obtained through the current Raid – Amirdrassil, The Dreams Hope. Those Items yield the highest natural Itemlevel which grants the most amount of Primary Stats.

HeadPiercing Gaze of the Risen Nightmare
NecklaceEye of the Rising Flame
ShouldersSkewers of the Risen Nightmare
CloakMantle of Blazing Sacrifice
ChestCasket of the Risen Nightmare
WristsVigilant Protector’s Bracers
HandsThorns of the Risen Nightmare
BeltSmoldering Chevalier’s Greatbelt
LegsGreaves of the Risen Nightmare
BootsTasseted Emberwalkers
Ring 1Band of Burning Thorns
Ring 2Signet of the Last Elder
Weapon 1Gnarlroot’s Bonecrusher
Weapon 2/
Best Embellishments for Unholy Death Knight

Besides all other Items that can be obtained through Crafting on the highest Itemlevel, Players can wear two Items with the “Embellishment” tag. These Items grant additional power which should be used. The current most popular Embellishments for Unholy Death Knight are:

Best Primordial Stones for Unholy Death Knight from Patch 10.0.7

If a player still chooses to wear the Onyx Annulet, you can equip three Primordial Stones into it. The most popular Primordial Stones are:

Best Trinkets for Unholy Death Knight

This List shows the current best Trinkets of Unholy Death Knight in a Single Target Situation. This list might not reflect the perfect choice for your specific situation. Trinkets can differ at any boss or in different dungeons. To see a full overview of Trinkets – Please visit Bloodmallet


Gems, Enchants and Consumables

Best Gems in Season 3

Regarding the Stat Priority listed above, we currently suggest using the following Sockets in your Gear. Keep in mind that using Elemental Lariat will always trigger the lower-valued stat of your Gems. If you want to trigger the desired stat, you have use the opposite Gem at least once in your Gear.

  • 1 (Limited to 1)
  • 1
Best Enchants in Season 3

Enchants of Tertiary Stats (Avoidance, Speed and Leech) varies by player preference. 


Best Consumables in Season 3

Best Races for Unholy Death Knight

Each Race in World of Warcraft offers their unique combat benefits which provide different powers to a specific Class. We would suggest that Players choose the Race of their choice, regardless of the Power gained. Here is a list of the different Races and their performance.