Unholy Death Knight Overview
The 2-hand, plate-wearing dps specialization known as "Unholy Death Knight" concentrates on diseases, pets, and shadow damage. We conjure armies of undead minions, afflict our adversaries with a variety of diseases, and unleash shadow damage on groups of foes. We often have high burst rates in both Single Target and AoE.
As we are a hero class, new Unholy Death Knights begin at level 8 as opposed to level 1. Apart for the Dracthyr, all races can play Unholy Death Knights. For players who enjoy strong burst, numerous cooldowns, and rewarding AoE gaming, the Unholy Death Knight spec is for them.
Unholy Death Knight Talent Builds
For a more raid oriented talent build, you can use the following talent loadout.
You can import the Raid talent build with the following loadout code: BwPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAkISSkISEhIRIkkIRAAAAAAAAAAKJJhIAAgEpItEJJJSC
For a more Mythic+ oriented talent build, you can use the following talent loadout.
You can import the Mythic+ talent build with the following loadout code: BwPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAiQSCJtIhQiEhQSiEBAAAAAAAAAoQSSIkkGAApIFJJJhkcA
Unholy DK Stats
Strength is your primary stat, and is found on plate gear. Strength increases your attack power and damage done with abilities.
For secondary stats, Unholy DKs have the following:
- Strength >> Haste > Mastery >= Crit = Vers
Critical Strike: Chance for your damaging abilities to deal 200% damage.
Haste: Increases attack speed, reduces the global cooldown, and increases your Rune regeneration.
Mastery: Increases the shadow damage you deal as well as the damage from your minions, through Mastery: Dreadblade.
Versatility: This is an all-around stat. Increases damage dealt, healing received, and reduces damage taken
Best Unholy Death Knight Consumables
Best Unholy Death Knight Enchants
Below is a list of the recommended enchants to use on your Unholy Death Knight gear in Dragonflight.
|Slot||Best Enchant||Cheaper Version|
|Weapon||Rune of the Fallen Crusader|
|Cloak||Homebound Speed||Writ of Speed|
|Chest||Waking Stats||Sustained Strength|
|Bracers||Devotion of Speed||Writ of Speed|
|Legs||Fierce Armor Kit||Fierce Armor Kit|
|Ring||Devotion of Haste||Writ of Haste|
Best Unholy Death Knight Phials
Overall the best phial for Unholy Death Knights is Phial of Elemental Chaos or Phial of Tepid Versatility. The choice depends on your current stats so make sure to sim your character to find the answer that's best for you! Iced Phial of Corrupting Rage is a potential alternative but with a significant drawback. Whenever you take heavy damage, the actual usefulness of this phial diminishes, making it much worse. It's possibly better for easier content like reclears and fast kills.
Best Unholy Death Knight Combat Potions
There are a couple different potions that have different useful scenarios for Unholy Death Knight:
Raiding & Mythic+: Elemental Potion of Ultimate Power
Unholy Death Knight Weapon Buff in Dragonflight
For their weapons, Unholy Death Knights will generally use Howling Rune.
Best Unholy Death Knight Food in Dragonflight
Best Unholy Death Knight Gems in Dragonflight
Pros and Cons
Unholy Death Knight Rotation Priority
Maintaining your Virulent Plague. your first concern during your core rotation. Using Outbreak and Unholy Blight (if talented). You can cast Outbreak, whenever the Virulent Plague duration is 30% or less left (due to the pandemic DoT effect). Second, make sure you're not overloading on Runic Power. When you generate more runic power than you can use, this is known as overcapping. When you are within 20 Runic Power from the cap, you should never press Festering Strike In order to prevent this overcapping, we cast Death Coil. Not overcapping Runic Power is more significant in Dragonflight than overcapping Runes. The next most important thing is to manage your stacks of Festering Wound. You want to stay between 3 and 6 at all times. At 2 stacks, use Festering Strike or at 3 and above, use Scourge Strike We maintain a high count to make it easier for us to set up for our Apocalypse but we don't generate unless we're at 2 or less to prevent overcapping with Infected Claws. You can aim for 0-3 Festering Wounds if you haven't chosen this talent. The last thing you do is spend your Runic Power on Death Coil as your last priority.
Raid Build Opener
Army of the Dead as you run towards the boss
Summon Gargoyle + Potion
Unholy Assault+ Racial + Trinket
A note on the Racial usage. It's ideal to make them overlap with the end of the Summon Gargoyle cooldown. Berserking should be used when there's 12 seconds left, Blood Fury when there's 15 seconds left etc.
Raid Build Rotation Priority
Soul Reaper if your target is below 35% health.
Use Death Coil if you are about to cap Runic Power (80+)
Use Death Coil.
Unholy Death Knight Disease Mythic+ Rotation
The Disease build is by far the most popular and versatile build for the Unholy Death Knights. There are multiple similar builds that have different varities of Single Target vs AoE damage, but all share the core concept of the Disease gameplay. I would say that there are three primary aspects to the disease rotation:
Maintain 90%+ uptime on Plaguebringer.
Use Epidemic as much as possible.
Maintain 100% uptime on Virulent Plague.
With that out of the way, let's discuss what your opener should look like on any given pull. I like to think about it as being governed by your Plaguebringer window of 10 seconds. This is how it should look like:
After this point, you can use a second Death and Decay to keep cleaving. If you don't have it, simply use Festering Strike to build wounds, Scourge Strike to burst them and Epidemic to do the actual damage.
Unlock the mastery of rotation priority as an Unholy Death Knight, delving into the strategic sequence of spells and abilities that optimize your performance on the battlefield.
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