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Unholy Death Knight DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Oct 16, 2016 at 09:27 by Vlad 304 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Unholy Death Knights. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.

The other pages of our Unholy 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 Tegu, one of the best DPS Death Knights in the world, who raids in Serenity. You can follow him on Twitter, and you can watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Artifact Progression

Artifact Progression

The artifact progression path for Unholy Death Knights is straightforward.

  1.  Icon Apocalypse
  2.  Icon Feast of Souls
  3.  Icon Eternal Agony
  4.  Icon The Darkest Crusade
  5.  Icon Portal to the Underworld
  6.  Icon Scourge of Worlds
  7.  Icon Scourge the Unbeliever
  8.  Icon Unholy Endurance
  9.  Icon The Shambler
  10.  Icon Armies of the Damned
  11.  Icon Plaguebearer and  Icon Rotten Touch (in any order)
  12.  Icon Deadly Durability
  13.  Icon Double Doom
  14.  Icon Deadliest Coil
  15.  Icon Runic Tattoos
  16.  Icon Gravitational Pull
  17.  Icon Fleshsearer

2. Relic Choice

When choosing which relics to use, always take the one that grants you the highest item level, regardless of the benefit it offers. When having to choose between relics that grant the same item level, chose based on the following trait enhancement priority.

For maximising DPS:

  1.  Icon The Darkest Crusade =>  Icon Plaguebearer
  2.  Icon Rotten Touch
  3.  Icon Eternal Agony
  4.  Icon Scourge the Unbeliever
  5.  Icon Runic Tattoos (once you have at least 1 point in the trait)

Note that if you have the The Instructor's Fourth Lesson Icon The Instructor's Fourth Lesson legendary bracers, then  Icon Rotten Touch becomes the best trait to enhance.

For defensive relics, you should choose ones that enhance  Icon Unholy Endurance for any type of AoE damage.

3. ChangeLog

  • 16 Oct. 2016: Added a note about how The Instructor's Fourth Lesson legendary bracers affect relic choice.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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