Blood Death Knight Best Legendaries in Shadowlands — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Mandl and Panthea 26 comments
General Information

Legendary Powers are targetable, unique effects that you can imbue certain base items with through the Runecarving system. In Shadowlands, these enable you to customize your Blood Death Knight, drastically improving your performance, and are arguably the most important aspect of your gear.

The purpose of this page is to help you pick the right legendary powers (and item slots for them) for your character, depending on the content you are interested in.

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Introduction: Legendaries in Shadowlands

As part of your progression through Shadowlands you will gain the ability to craft Legendaries through Runecarving. Runecarving becomes available to you as you progress through Torghast. The Legendary Powers are obtained via various gameplay sources and once obtained you can craft your own specific, targeted Legendary! Each of these Legendaries will boost the power of your character in a specific way, however you can only wear 1 Legendary item at a time. This guide will detail the Legendary Powers available and which are the best ones to use in any given situation.

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Best Legendaries for Blood Death Knight

In the table below, the recommended slot for each item is bolded.

Focus Legendary Available Slots Source Stats
Mythic+ Crimson Rune Weapon Icon Crimson Rune Weapon Hands, Waist, or Shoulders Halls of Atonement Haste and Versatility
Mythic+ Crimson Rune Weapon Icon Crimson Rune Weapon Hands, Waist, or Shoulders Halls of Atonement Haste and Versatility
Torghast Stable Phantasma Lure Icon Stable Phantasma Lure Neck, Wrist, or Back Torghast (Layer 6+) Haste and Versatility
Mythic+ Crimson Rune Weapon Icon Crimson Rune Weapon Hands, Waist, or Shoulders Halls of Atonement Haste and Versatility

In addition to this, Patch 9.2 added Memory of Unity Icon Memory of Unity, an additional Legendary that grants you your current Covenant's Legendary bonus. This Legendary can be crafted in any slot. That said, we would recommend crafting it on Boots with Haste/Versatility if you never intend to play a DPS spec (Frost or Unholy), or with Haste/Mastery if you do.

Once you have acquired all the pieces of your class Tier Set, and with the assumption that you have gold to burn, you can recraft Unity on Helm and gain a very slight amount of player power in the process (about 0.5%, assuming you had a 278 headpiece).

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Best Overall Legendary for Blood Death Knight

A hotfix that landed midway through the Race to World First upended the choice of Legendaries for Blood Death Knights, at least once they have acquired their 2-piece Set Bonus. Prior to this, the choice was relatively diverse, with the option of using Superstrain Icon Superstrain as a generic Legendary.

After the hotfix, and once you have acquired your 2-piece Set Bonus, your generic choice is now Crimson Rune Weapon Icon Crimson Rune Weapon. Due to the sheer, overwhelming strength of the Endless Rune Waltz Icon Blood DK 2-Piece, as long as you are able to lose some Bone Shield Icon Bone Shield charges, this Legendary runs laps around any other option. This is true for Raiding, and also for Mythic+.

There are some situational exceptions, or rather, additional cases where certain other Legendaries may have more value. We will highlight those in the section below!

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Best Raiding Legendaries for Blood Death Knight

If raiding is your main focus, and you already have Endless Rune Waltz Icon Blood DK 2-Piece at your disposal, you should be using Crimson Rune Weapon Icon Crimson Rune Weapon on most bosses. This provides you with a significantly higher uptime on Dancing Rune Weapon Icon Dancing Rune Weapon, and allows you to keep gaining stacks of Endless Rune Waltz Icon Blood DK 2-Piece much more frequently. The defensive and offensive gains offered by Dancing Rune Weapon Icon Dancing Rune Weapon remain (mostly – Endless Rune Waltz Icon Blood DK 4-Piece changes things slightly) the same as before, you will just be looking at 70-80% uptime on it instead of the 15% you are probably used to.

Certain bosses deviate from this default choice on Mythic. Wherever there is a specific case where this is significant, we have highlighted it in the table below:

Boss Legendary Notes
Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle Death's Embrace Icon Death's Embrace Allows you to completely ignore the application of the stacking debuff she applies for 17 seconds, up from 6s, if you have Anti-Magic Barrier Icon Anti-Magic Barrier picked
Halondrus the Reclaimer Phearomones Icon Phearomones Only if Night Fae
Halondrus the Reclaimer Death's Certainty Icon Death's Certainty If not Night Fae, and when playing Rune of Sanguination Icon Rune of Sanguination. This will greatly amplify your damage in the last two phases.

Should you find yourself in a situation where you do not require the defensive benefit from a Legendary, we would recommend simming your character to find out what your highest DPS option is.

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Best Mythic+ Legendaries for Blood Death Knight

For Mythic+, Crimson Rune Weapon Icon Crimson Rune Weapon is the de-facto preferred option thanks to the versatility of play it provides. As you will be tanking a majority of the time, this Legendary allows you to lower the cooldown of Dancing Rune Weapon Icon Dancing Rune Weapon to around 1-minute, and reap a ton of benefits on top of it. The main benefit, however, is that you will have Dancing Rune Weapon Icon Dancing Rune Weapon going into virtually every pull of any key, instead of every other pull.

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Best Torghast Legendaries for Blood Death Knight

Should you require additional Phantasma in Torghast, then Stable Phantasma Lure Icon Stable Phantasma Lure is a natural choice, as it will facilitate faster and more reliable Phantasma.

Should you not need the additional Phantasma, then we would recommend a more generic Legendary choice or the Mythic+ choice.

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Memory of Unity Legendaries for Blood Death Knight

Patch 9.1 brought with it the addition of one new Legendary Power for each Covenant. With Patch 9.2, these Powers are now craftable using Memory of Unity Icon Memory of Unity, a new Legendary Power acquired in Zereth Mortis, on any base piece of your choice.

This Memory of Unity Icon Memory of Unity Legendary Power is also equippable alongside your regular Legendary, allowing you to benefit from its effect wherever you go!

In the case of Blood Death Knight, unfortunately, none of the Covenant Legendaries are overwhelmingly powerful, and as a result, this is unlikely to change your choice of Covenant. That said, we have summarized their effects below:

  1. Venthyr Insatiable Hunger Icon Insatiable Hunger — This Legendary will make Swarming Mist Icon Swarming Mist deal a burst of damage when Swarming Mist ends which is based on the amount of Runic Power spent whilst Swarming Mist was active. In reality this means that to get the benefit from this Legendary you will need to play in a somewhat reckless manner by dumping all your Runic Power in order to gain a momentary burst of damage. There can be cases where you would want to take advantage of this, such as Sludgefist's Pillars from Castle Nathria, but in practice, it will just be treated as a passive effect.
  2. Necrolord Abomination's Frenzy Icon Abomination's Frenzy — This Legendary will increase the duration of Abomination Limb Icon Abomination Limb, make the target(s) pulled in by Abomination Limb Icon Abomination Limb take 20% increased damage from you for 12 seconds, and finally, increase the total amount of Bone Shield Icon Bone Shield charges you will gain each cast. You were already gaining more Bone Shield Icon Bone Shield charges than you needed, so adding more to this seems somewhat redundant. Just like Final Sentence Icon Final Sentence, the biggest gain is the extra burst potential and the additional resources this legendary allows you to save.
  3. Kyrian Final Sentence Icon Final Sentence — This Legendary will refund a Rune each time Shackle the Unworthy Icon Shackle the Unworthy is applied to a new target and give you a stacking 3% damage buff for 18 seconds, stacking to a maximum of 15%. Obviously, the more targets you have at your disposal, the more value this provides, but even in single-target, the damage buff happens while Shackle the Unworthy is active, making it a neat compounding effect.
  4. Night Fae Rampant Transference Icon Rampant Transference — This Legendary will increase the Strength gained from Death's Due Icon Death's Due (not the damage reduction) to a maximum of 20% bonus strength, and increase your Runic Power generation by 20% whilst you are inside Death's Due. Both effects are noticeable gains, although their value will greatly depend on your ability to min-max your performance as a Night Fae.

Memory of Unity Icon Memory of Unity will be re-crafted to another slot immediately. The ideal slot for this, at least early on, will be Boots, as this slot has relatively underwhelming gear piece itemization in the raid, and does not conflict with any choice of Legendary you may need.

Later in the tier, once you have two charges of the Creation Catalyst available to you, along with both the off-piece gloves off Rygelon and off-piece leggings from The Jailer at mythic item level (285), you will be able to upgrade both of these into 285 tier pieces, thus freeing your Helm slot. Once all these requirements are met, this is the absolutely ideal slot to recraft Memory of Unity Icon Memory of Unity into. Evidently, this is a lot of conditions, and will happen very late into the tier (the first charge of the Creation Catalyst is slated to be available 8 weeks into the tier).

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Changelog

  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 10 Apr. 2022: Reworked entirely to account for the hotfixes to tier set.
  • 20 Feb. 2022: Clarified Covenant Legendaries, reworked to account for Unity, and specified what slot Unity will be crafted in.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 29 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Updated Legendaries; removed all mentions of Bryndaor as Crimson Rune Weapon is now better than it in every way.
  • 29 Nov. 2020: Changed Raiding Legendary recommendation to Superstrain.
  • 20 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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