Blood Death Knight Best Corruptions and Corrupted Items — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

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General Information

On this page, you will learn what the best corruptions and the best corrupted items are for a Blood Death Knight in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. We also tell you how to handle corruption effects.



Corruption is a new Patch 8.3 feature (see our guide on Corrupted Items). It replaces Warforging and Titanforging for all gear dropping from current content and content that has been rescaled for the patch, including, but not limited to: PvP gear, weekly chests, M+ chests, emissaries, raid loot, World Quest loot.

This type of gear functions as a kiss-curse effect: each effect comes with a positive effect, and a price tag in the form of Corruption. To offset this, a legendary item and three new essences have Corruption Resistance on them, allowing you to partially mitigate the negative effects that occur when you equip large amounts of Corrupted gear.


Negative Corruption Effects

Before going into the "optimal" value of Corruption for tanks, and Blood Death Knights in general, we will go over the various effects and their thresholds:

  • The moment you have a single point of Corruption, taking damage has a chance to apply a snare on you. This snare's intensity depends on the amount of Corruption you currently have equipped.
  • At 20 Corruption, you will randomly spawn an Eye of Corruption. This Eye will damage you every second while you are in its radius, increasing the damage you take from subsequent hits. The radius of the eye increases with your effective Corruption.
  • At 40 Corruption, taking damage has a chance to spawn a Thing from Beyond. This spawns a set distance from you, and runs at you; if it melees you, you instantly lose 35% of your maximum HP. The speed at which it moves is increased by your effective Corruption.
  • At 60 Corruption, getting hit by a Thing From Beyond spawns an eye and the Corruption slow.
  • At 80, you take additional damage and receive reduced healing from all sources, further reduced by additional Corruption.

Needless to say, as a tank, going at or above 80 is not exactly recommended. The other effects are somewhat manageable:

  • The Thing from Beyond is slowable and stunnable, making it an ideal target for Death and Decay Icon Death and Decay and Asphyxiate Icon Asphyxiate.
  • The Eye does not do significant damage while below 10 stacks. Its main drawback is that it is environmental damage, and as a result, is not included in Death Strike Icon Death Strike healing calculations.

Your Legendary Cloak, Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve Icon Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve, will have a special on-use effect that clears all Corruption effects from you. This should be used if you get hit by a Thing From Beyond while above 60 Corruption. Otherwise, use it whenever you are in a very sticky situation, such as being slowed inside a voidzone. You should also use it if you are meant to be stacked with your group, and you get an Eye of Corruption on you.

It is also worth noting that, if you have multiple Things from Beyond chasing you, getting hit by one while Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell is up typically causes all Things from Beyond to despawn.


What Corruption Powers to Buy For Blood Death Knights

Echoes of Ny'alotha can now be used to buy items that allow you to affix any piece of gear that dropped in S4, including previously-corrupted items, with determined corruption effects. This, in turn, allows you to build a gear set or three according to what you want, as opposed to what the loot system gave you.

You can learn all about this new system in our specialized guide for Echoes of Ny'alotha below.

Unfortunately, as a Blood Death Knight, our choices are both unimpactful and limited. Due to the relative weakness of almost every corruption effect, you should be aiming to fill your budget with the following, in order of priority:

  1. Twilight Devastation Icon Twilight Devastation (and lower ranks, as many as possible)
  2. Gushing Wound Icon Gushing Wound

This order of priority stems from the fact that, outside of the highest of keys, your defensive strength comes almost solely from your rotational and fight optimization and skill. In particular, Ny'alotha poses no credible threat to tanks outside of core issues in either strategy or personal play, and as a result, there is exactly zero reason to gear defensively for it.

On the highest of key levels, due to its effect as an Effective Health increase (i.e. how much damage it takes to global your character), Versatile Icon Versatile gains value due to its ability to allow you to survive long enough to Death Strike Icon Death Strike. This, however, is an extremely niche scenario, and requires the following conditions on top:

  • Each Versatile Icon Versatile corruption should be affixed to the highest itemlevel, highest versatility piece you can find
  • Each Versatile Icon Versatile corruption should also only be affixed to items you intend to keep permanently

Due to these requirements, this set is both harder to achieve, worse in throughput (by a very large factor), and only serves a purpose in keys you expect world first Death Knights to show up in, and should not be considered a goal unless you are in this situation and every aspect of your play has been proven to be optimal.


Which Corruption Effects Should I Wear

The short version is that you should wear whatever sims the highest based on the budget you allow yourself to wear. Some encounters will happily see you take 59 (or even 79) Corruption, while others will have you trying to stay below 40. This will determine your total possible budget.

Stay on the lookout for the following effects:

  • Gushing Wound Icon Gushing Wound is the most efficient single-target Corruption on high item level items (475 iLvl and higher) and is very sought after.
  • Twilight Devastation Icon Twilight Devastation is a large, slow-moving frontal AoE whose damage is based on your maximum health, on a 1 PPM hasted chance. This is tuned competitively for DPS, and is one of the effects you should definitely look for.

Corruption Weapon for Blood Death Knight

Devastation's Hour Icon Devastation's Hour is the Ny'alotha Corruption Weapon for Blood Death Knights. It comes with Twilight Devastation Icon Twilight Devastation and a hefty 75 Corruption cost to match. However, as this effect is one of the most desirable ones for us, it's definitely something you should snag if you can. The fact that it is 10 item levels above any other weapon from the same difficulty makes it even more appealing.

A close runner-up is Sk'shuul Vaz Icon Sk'shuul Vaz, which comes with a unique effect, Obsidian Destruction Icon Obsidian Destruction. While in combat, every second, you gain a stack of a buff. When you reach 30, it detonates, dealing 700% of your armor to everything nearby, split evenly and gaining 15% for the first 5 targets hit. As an added bonus, your armor is increased by 5%. This is also particularly juicy, although less juicy than Devastation's Hour Icon Devastation's Hour. If you have 50 Corruption to spend and nothing to spend it on, definitely go for this, but do not go out of your way for it.


Corruption Simulations for Blood Death Knight


Single-Target DPS per Corruption Point

The top chart is more generally useful. Corruption is a resource that we want to minimize wherever we can, and the top chart provides you with an idea of which Corruption affixes provide the most DPS for the Corruption they add to your gear. The bottom chart is more of a showcase of the DPS potential of the Corruptions.

Do note that Infinite Stars Icon Infinite Stars will massively over-sim on pure single-target.

For the complete simulation results, check out

Single-Target Corruption DPS Overall

We do not recommend making choices based off of this chart. We recommend using the "DPS per Corruption Point" chart instead.

For the complete simulation results, check out

AoE DPS per Corruption Point

For the complete simulation results, check out

AoE Corruption DPS Overall

For the complete simulation results, check out

How Much Corruption Should I Run as a Blood Death Knight

In almost every situation in raids, it is safe to run 59 Corruption as a Blood Death Knight.

In Mythic+, it is recommended to attempt to stay below 40, as the Things from Beyond have the habit of spawning at the worst possible times. Be particularly wary of encounters with constant, pulsing damage, as the Thing from Beyond spawn has no internal cooldown.



  • 26 May 2020: Added Echoes vendor info.
  • 08 Apr. 2020: Added page.
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