Blood Death Knight Tank Gear and Best in Slot in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 24, 2018 at 01:53 by Volstatsz 43 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Blood Death Knights. It lists your best items, with an emphasis on trinkets, and gives you gearing advice.

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

About Our Author

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Volstatsz who raids in Eternal Kingdom. He is a Blood Death Knight theorycrafter and moderator for the Acherus Death Knight community. You can follow him on Twitter.

1. Best in Slot List for Blood Death Knights

We do not currently provide a Best in Slot list. Try to prioritize gear with Versatility and Strength, especially rings, but don't sacrifice Armor and Strength to get it. Anything 10 item levels or more is virtually guaranteed to be an upgrade regardless of itemization, excepting rings and trinkets.

2. Trinket Recommendations for Blood Death Knight

Trinkets specifically flagged for tanks in Battle for Azeroth are particularly weak and should generally be avoided. Look for trinkets with static Strength or Versatility, or that have on-use effects that boost these stats. The following trinkets are worth seeking out as a Blood Death Knight:

  • Jes' Howler Icon Jes' Howler is the best trinket currently available for Blood Death Knights. The cooldown is good both offensively and defensively.
  • Dread Gladiator's Badge Icon Dread Gladiator's Badge and Dread Gladiator's Medallion Icon Dread Gladiator's Medallion are both excellent choices if you can do PvP content. These are some of the easiest trinkets to obtiain at a good item level thanks to Battleborn Sigil Icon Battleborn Sigil.
  • Darkmoon Deck: Blockades Icon Darkmoon Deck: Blockades is the only purely tanking trinket worth using. It can be used if you need more maximum health to handle a specific ability, and is relatively easy to obtain if you have the gold.
  • Kraulok's Claw Icon Kraulok's Claw has an uncontrollable proc, but will still provide good throughput over the course of an encounter.

3. Set Bonuses for Blood Death Knights

While there are a handful of set bonuses available from Battle for Azeroth dungeons, none of them are of interest to Blood Death Knights.

4. Legendary Items for Blood Death Knights

The special effects on your Legion Legendary Items will be disabled at level 116. Until then, you can still get full benefit from these effects. We recommend the following legendaries for leveling in Battle for Azeroth:

  1. Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret is your hands-down best option while leveling for the significant boost to movement speed. It is triggered by Mind Freeze Icon Mind Freeze, Asphyxiate Icon Asphyxiate, Death Grip Icon Death Grip, and War Stomp Icon War Stomp (for Tauren). Additionally, this gives you a guaranteed socket for using an Insightful Rubellite Icon Insightful Rubellite.
  2. Aggramar's Stride Icon Aggramar's Stride provides a movement speed bonus that will be very effective for the first few levels. Its value will decay as you level, the rating required per percentage point of a stat rising.
  3. Skullflower's Haemostasis Icon Skullflower's Haemostasis remains our strongest throughput legendary and will provide a noticeable increase to damage and healing, especially if you are grouping large masses of enemies with each pull.
  4. Rethu's Incessant Courage Icon Rethu's Incessant Courage has a flat 15% movement speed increase out of combat, and a guaranteed socket for your Insightful Rubellite Icon Insightful Rubellite, if you are not using Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret.

5. Azerite Gear for Blood Death Knight

For information about what Azerite traits to choose and what the best items are, see our Azerite page.

6. Changelog

  • 24 Sep. 2018: Added trinket recommendations.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 23 Jul. 2018: Updated Legendary ranking.
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