Blood Death Knight Best Legendaries in Shadowlands — Dragonflight 10.2.5

Last updated on Jan 15, 2024 at 15:00 by Mandl and Panthea 36 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.


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.


Best Legendaries for Blood Death Knight

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

Focus Legendary Available Slots Source Stats
Raiding Superstrain Icon Superstrain Neck or Shoulders Stone Legion Generals Crit and Mastery
Mythic+ Superstrain Icon Superstrain Neck or Shoulders Stone Legion Generals Crit and Mastery
Torghast Stable Phantasma Lure Icon Stable Phantasma Lure Neck, Wrist, or Back Torghast (Layer 6+) Haste and Versatility

Best Overall Legendary for Blood Death Knight

As part of the Dragonflight Pre-Patch changes, a large number of the new talents introduced with the talent tree rework were made not to stack with (and to instead replace) the legendaries they loosely resembled. The current list is as follows:

  • Crimson Rune Weapon Icon Crimson Rune Weapon is overwritten by Insatiable Blade Icon Insatiable Blade
  • Phearomones Icon Phearomones is overwritten by Sanguine Ground Icon Sanguine Ground

This leaves Blood Death Knights with two possible legendary choices:

  • For general purpose, the strongest legendary we have left available is Superstrain Icon Superstrain. This still causes all your disease application spells to apply Frost Fever Icon Frost Fever and Virulent Plague Icon Virulent Plague at reduced effectiveness. With the changes to talents and the borderline mandatory choice of Rapid Decomposition Icon Rapid Decomposition, these have now picked up a neat 15% buff compared to 9.0 and 9.1!
  • In pure single-target, Death's Certainty Icon Death's Certainty can be considered a fun little side-grade option. This shuffles a major amount of your damage into pure single target by massively buffing Death Strike Icon Death Strike. We only mention it encourages players to adopt a couple of interesting rotational changes related to Death Strike Icon Death Strike optimization; in practice, it is very likely to be inferior to Superstrain Icon Superstrain on anything but pure single-target and deep execute fights.

Best Raiding Legendaries for Blood Death Knight

Raiding sees no divergence from the general choice, and as a default legendary, you should opt to craft Superstrain Icon Superstrain, at least while the Dragonflight pre-patch is ongoing. This will provide decent, albeit completely passive, offensive and defensive throughput.

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 Death's Certainty Icon Death's Certainty 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.


Best Mythic+ Legendaries for Blood Death Knight

As most Mythic+ players were already using Crimson Rune Weapon Icon Crimson Rune Weapon, the change to the new talents effectively mean that they are now able to capitalize on the power of two legendaries: Insatiable Blade Icon Insatiable Blade for the Dancing Rune Weapon Icon Dancing Rune Weapon cooldown reduction they were used to, and Superstrain Icon Superstrain as an AoE damage legendary with significant Runic Power generation capabilities.


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.


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 or Bracers, as both of these slots are relatively low budget and clash with no other choice of legendary.



  • 20 Mar. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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