Unholy Death Knight Dragonflight Class Guide

General Information

Welcome to our Unholy Death Knight Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight. We will help you to learn and master Unholy Death Knight in either Raids or Mythic Keystone Dungeons.

Last Update: 16-03-2023

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Basics of Unholy Death Knight

Unholy Death Knights deal damage with diseases and control minions to their own will. While they have a very strong damage output, and extremly high burst damage potential, the playstyle of Unholy Death Knights can be very difficult, especially for new players.

Stat Choice for Unholy Death Knight

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

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

Basic Rotation

Read the Rotation and Cooldowns section for more in-depth information.

Table of Contents

Builds and Talents

General Talent Tree

Most Notable Talents

Abomination Limb, Empower Rune Weapon and Soul Reaper are our last row Talents. These have the biggest impact in playstyle

Other Damage Talents

Cleaving Strikes, Brittle, Unholy Ground grant you significant damage increase. Merciless Strikes and Might of Thassarian increase your Stats.

Crowd Control & Utility

Chains of Ice, Mind Freeze, Asphyxiate, Blinding Sleet and all allocated Talents are boosting your Crowd Control, including Slows, Stuns and Interrupts. Wraith Walk grants you more Mobility.

Defensive Talents

Anti-Magic Shell, Anti-Magic Zone, Death Pact and Icebound Fortitude, including all allocated Talents are granting the Death Knight more Survivability.

Specialization Talent Tree

Single Target Talents
  • Army of Dead is your strongest cooldown, summoning many ghouls attacking your target.
  • Superstrain applies Frost Fever and Blood Plague whenever you apply Virulent Plague.
  • Morbidity increases your damage by 2% per disease on the target.
  • Summon Gargoyle is a 3-minute cooldown, bombarding the target area.
  • Commander of the Dead causes your Dark Transformation to empower your Gargoyle and Army of the Dead.
  • Plaguebringer causes your diseases to occur 100% more quickly after Scourge Strike.
  • Apocalypse bursts 4 Festering Wounds and generates 2 Runes.
Multi Target Talents
  • Unholy Blight applies Virulent Plague to all nearby enemies.
  • Epidemic uses Runic Power to deal damage to all enemies affected by Virulent Plague.
  • Bursting Sores causes your bursted Festering Wounds to explode.
  • Vile Contagion applies the amount of Festering Wounds on your current target to 7 nearby enemies.
  • Pestilence grants your Death and Decay a chance to apply Festering Wound to the enemy.
  • Unholy Pact creates a bond between you and your pet, dealing damage to enemies between you.
  • Improved Death Coil causes your Death Coil to deal damage and hit an additional enemy.

Mythic+ Talents For Unholy Death Knight



Rotation and Cooldowns

Basic Rotation for Unholy Death Knight in Single Target

Basic Rotation for Unholy Death Knight in Multi Target

Stat Priority

Stat Choice for Unholy Death Knight

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.

Gear and Trinkets

Best In Slot Gear for Unholy Death Knight

This List shows the current Best-In-Slot Gear for Dragonflight Season 1. Many Items can be potentially substituted with any Profession Gear, especially early on into the Season.

Additionally, there is the option for Profession Gear to be crafted with additional Buffs/Perks, which can benefit your character in certain situations.

Best Trinkets for Unholy Death Knight

This List shows the current Top 30 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.

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Gems, Enchants and Consumables