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Blood Death Knight Tank Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 09, 2017 at 17:38 by Vlad 170 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Blood Death Knights. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Blood Death Knight guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Volstatsz, a Blood Death Knight theorycrafter and moderator for the Acherus Death Knight community. You can follow him on Twitter.

1. Best in Slot List

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Item Source
Helm Crown of Ash Icon Crown of Ash Ash'Golm in Vault of the Wardens
Neck Amulet of the Last Guardian Icon Amulet of the Last Guardian Shade of Medivh in Return to Karazhan
Shoulders Frozen Pendulum Shoulderguards Icon Frozen Pendulum Shoulderguards Advisor Vandros in The Arcway
Cloak Windwhipped Greatcloak Icon Windwhipped Greatcloak Nithogg (world boss)
Chest Inferno Breastplate Icon Inferno Breastplate Talixae Flamewreath in the Court of Stars
Wrists Calcareous Wristclamps Icon Calcareous Wristclamps Helya
Gloves Repurposed Golem Grips Icon Repurposed Golem Grips The Curator in Return to Karazhan
Belt Roaring Shellbreaker Greatbelt Icon Roaring Shellbreaker Greatbelt Warlord Parjesh in Eye of Azshara
Legs Tassets of Perpetual Despair Icon Tassets of Perpetual Despair Viz'aduum the Watcher in Return to Karazhan
Boots Lead-Soled Seabed Striders Icon Lead-Soled Seabed Striders Guarm
Ring #1 Mana-Dowsing Ring Icon Mana-Dowsing Ring Na'zak the Fiend (world boss)
Ring #2 Ring of Looming Menace Icon Ring of Looming Menace General Xakal in The Arcway
Trinket #1 Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal Withered J'im (world boss)
Trinket #2 Chrono Shard Icon Chrono Shard Advisor Vandros in The Arcway

As you can see, none of the items listed above come from The Emerald Nightmare raid instance, and instead they are all from Mythic+ dungeons and world bosses. This is simply because none of the raid items are ideally itemised and considered best in slot.

2. Tier 19 Set Bonuses

The 4-Part Tier 19 Set Bonus is very desirable as a Blood Death Knight, and as such you should make it a point to try to obtain it as quickly as possible.

3. Legendary Items

Legendary items have a high item level of 910, which makes them extremely strong. They are so strong, in fact, that a legendary item is always going to be worth equipping over any other item you might have in that slot.

However, there is a limitation on the number of legendary items you can have equipped at any one time (by default 1, but by now most players should be able to equip 2). Since some legendary items are better than others, if you have more items than the limit, you will have to choose which ones to equip.

Below, we will do our best to guide you through this process, as well as provide any other relevant information.

  1. Shackles of Bryndaor Icon Shackles of Bryndaor: this is very powerful, and is useful on every fight. When tanking, almost every Death Strike Icon Death Strike should heal for more than 10% of maximum health (due to your Versatility), resulting in an effective 25% decrease in the cost of this ability.
  2. Service of Gorefiend Icon Service of Gorefiend: this is also very powerful, and useful on every fight. Heart Strike Icon Heart Strike will generally be your most used ability, and giving it the added benefit of reducing the cooldown on our most versatile cooldown is invaluable.
  3. Skullflower's Haemostasis Icon Skullflower's Haemostasis: this works out to be a direct copy of our old Scent of Blood ability. It is impossible to get more than 2 stacks of the effect without wasting either Runes or Runic Power, and overall this is a decent legendary item.
  4. Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus: this is a very strong item, and while ranking it precisely is difficult, it is definitely among your best legendaries.
  5. Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret: this is the best choice for Mythic+ dungeons. It also works quite well for raid encounters where you can consistently interrupt spellcasting.
  6. Rattlegore Bone Legplates Icon Rattlegore Bone Legplates: these have interesting potential, as they allows you to save more Runic Power to Death Strike Icon Death Strike only when needed. While powerful, they are not as strong as the previous legendaries, though they should still be worn if they are the only ones acquired.
  7. Archimonde's Hatred Reborn Icon Archimonde's Hatred Reborn: again, not as good as the top legendaries, but still good.
  8. Lana'thel's Lament Icon Lana'thel's Lament: this is close behind the top 3 legendaries. We want Death and Decay Icon Death and Decay to be used as often as possible already, and this just adds another great benefit to using the ability.
  9. Aggramar's Stride Icon Aggramar's Stride: this is another interesting legendary. Once again, it is not as powerful as Shackles of Bryndaor Icon Shackles of Bryndaor, Service of Gorefiend Icon Service of Gorefiend, or Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus, but they amend the biggest issue with Death Knight tanks, namely the lack of mobility.
  10. Acherus Drapes Icon Acherus Drapes: this is very powerful on fights which involve magic damage. Though the increased duration may not be useful, as any significant damage will break Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell, it does give significant healing when used smartly.

4. Loot Competition

Blood Death Knights use Plate Armor with Strength and Stamina as their main stats. Additionally, they prefer Mastery over Critical Strike and Haste . Apart from other Blood Death Knights, they will also be competing for items with the classes listed below:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Frost/Unholy Death Knights, Druids, Mages, and Rogues
Plate Armor Frost/Unholy Death Knights, Paladins, and Warriors
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Demon Hunters, Guardian Druids, Brewmaster Monks, Protection Paladins, and Protection Warriors

5. ChangeLog

  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated the legendary item ranking.
  • 10 Nov. 2016: Added some Return to Karazhan and Trial of Valor items to the BiS list.
  • 16 Oct. 2016: Revamped the BiS list.
  • 21 Sep. 2016: Added BiS recommendations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016: Updated tier set bonus recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Updated trinket recommendations, to fix a miscalculation regarding the value of Unending Hunger.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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