Blood Death Knight Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.1.5

Last updated on Nov 01, 2021 at 13:53 by Mandl and Panthea 26 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Blood Death Knight in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.1.5.


Best in Slot List for Blood Death Knights

We do not currently provide a Best in Slot list. You should aim to prioritize item level above everything else, as anything 10 item levels or more is virtually guaranteed to be an upgrade.

If you have a choice on the same item level, the alternative will likely, in generic circumstances, not make a difference defensively. As such, we recommend just simming the choice and going with whatever helps you do more damage.

There are some exceptions to this rule and encounter-specific situations where a stat is massively devalued. You should keep an eye on the raid encounter guides to be aware of this. Similarly, certain Mythic+ key levels and dungeons will require a slightly different gearing path. We linked the related guides below, but generally, we will also add a note on here as well:


Dungeon Gear Recommendations for Blood Death Knight

Below is a guideline of items to seek and the Dungeons they drop from:

Slot Item Dungeon
Helm Darkfrost Helmet Icon Darkfrost Helmet The Necrotic Wake
Neck Sin Stained Pendant Icon Sin Stained Pendant Halls of Atonement
Shoulder Vile Butcher's Pauldrons Icon Vile Butcher's Pauldrons or Pauldrons of Unleashed Pride Icon Pauldrons of Unleashed Pride The Necrotic Wake or Halls of Atonement
Cloak Blighted Margrave's Cloak Icon Blighted Margrave's Cloak Plaguefall
Chest Abdominal Securing Chestguard Icon Abdominal Securing Chestguard Theater of Pain
Bracers Pit Fighter's Wristguards Icon Pit Fighter's Wristguards Theater of Pain
Gloves Fleshfused Crushers Icon Fleshfused Crushers Plaguefall
Belt Scarred Bloodbound Girdle Icon Scarred Bloodbound Girdle Plaguefall
Legs Halkias's Towering Pillars Icon Halkias's Towering Pillars Halls of Atonement
Boots Sabatons of the Rushing Juggernaut Icon Sabatons of the Rushing Juggernaut Sanguine Depths
Ring #1 Ritual Bone Band Icon Ritual Bone Band Theater of Pain
Ring #2 Ritual Commander's Ring Icon Ritual Commander's Ring or Entwined Gorger Tendril Icon Entwined Gorger Tendril The Necrotic Wake or Sanguine Depths
Weapon Rimebinder's Runeblade Icon Rimebinder's Runeblade The Necrotic Wake

Sanctum of Domination Recommendations for Blood Death Knight

Below is a guideline of items to seek and the Bosses in Sanctum of Domination they drop from:

Slot Item Source
Head Valorous Visage of Krexus Icon Valorous Visage of Krexus Kel'Thuzad
Neck Interplanar Keystone Icon Interplanar Keystone Kel'Thuzad
Shoulders Spires of Broken Hope Icon Spires of Broken Hope Sylvanas Windrunner
Cloak Self-Replicating Tissue Icon Self-Replicating Tissue Guardian of the First Ones
Chest Cuirass of the Lonely Citadel Icon Cuirass of the Lonely Citadel Remnant of Ner'zhul
Wrists Vyraz's Parade Cuffs Icon Vyraz's Parade Cuffs Kel'Thuzad
Gloves Guillotine Gauntlets Icon Guillotine Gauntlets Painsmith Raznal
Belt Disintegration-Proof Waistband Icon Disintegration-Proof Waistband Guardian of the First Ones
Legs Agatha's Gothic Greaves Icon Agatha's Gothic Greaves The Nine
Boots Greaves of Haunting Ruination Icon Greaves of Haunting Ruination Sylvanas Windrunner
Ring #1 Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Icon Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Sylvanas Windrunner
Ring #2 Oscillating Ouroboros Icon Oscillating Ouroboros Fatescribe Roh-Kalo
Weapon Jaithys, the Prison Blade Icon Jaithys, the Prison Blade Kel'Thuzad

Please note: With regards to Jaithys, the Prison Blade Icon Jaithys, the Prison Blade's on-use effect, it will consume an Epic-quality weapon and gain a proc that deals Physical damage. However, each time you consume a weapon it will lose secondary stats and in the final form of the weapon it will have no secondary stats but a very powerful proc. The proc is powerful enough to warrant losing these secondary stats.


Domination Sockets in Sanctum of Domination Raid Gear

You may have noticed that some items from Sanctum of Domination have Domination Sockets on them. This is a new system that has been introduced for Patch 9.1. When you use 3 Domination Shards you will gain a powerful effect which will only work in the Sanctum of Domination Raid, The Maw, and Torghast.

Using the Shards listed below will provide you with the Blood bonus Blood Link Icon Blood Link. This will give you a nice blend of damage and healing whilst not being much lower in damage than the Unholy bonus of Chaos Bane Icon Chaos Bane.

  • Blood Shard of Bek Icon Shard of Bek — This increases your damage done to a target when you have 50% or more health than them. For example, If you are at 90% Health, they will need to be at 40% Health or lower for this to trigger.
  • Blood Shard of Jas Icon Shard of Jas — This will increase your healing received and your maximum health.
  • Blood Shard of Rev Icon Shard of Rev — This will provide you with some Leech.
  • Unholy Shard of Dyz Icon Shard of Dyz — This will give you a small damage boost to your target for 4 seconds which stacks (and refreshes) up to 3 times. You will have a near-permanent uptime on this effect.
  • Your choice between:
    • Frost Shard of Cor Icon Shard of Cor — This will give you a small damage boost for 20 seconds when attacking a new target.
    • Frost Shard of Kyr Icon Shard of Kyr — This will give you a small absorb shield every 5 seconds which stacks up to 6,660 at the highest rank.

If you would like to know more about the remaining Domination Shards' effects, their set bonuses, or how to upgrade their effects into even more potent forms, please see our official guide detailing everything about this new system of Patch 9.1:


PvP Gear Recommendations for Blood Death Knight

It is important to know that the items available from PvP are the best items available for Blood Death Knights if you are able to achieve high PvP rating.

Notably, you are able to obtain end of Heroic-quality items (item level 246) at 2100 Rating.

All of these items have Versatility on them.

If you are wanting to obtain PvP gear, we would advise doing Rated Battlegrounds as Frost.


Trinket Recommendations for Blood Death Knight

Splintered Heart of Al'ar Icon Splintered Heart of Al'ar from Sun King's Salvation in Castle Nathria is a good trinket to pick up for progression raiding and key pushing as it will provide you with a relatively good cheat death. If you do not need the cheat death and you know it, this trinket will be a strict throughput loss.

Old Warrior's Soul Icon Old Warrior's Soul is a very strong trinket from Sanctum of Domination which will provide a large amount of Haste on a consistent basis.

Shard of Annhylde's Aegis Icon Shard of Annhylde's Aegis is a must-have trinket from Sanctum of Domination as the shield will absorb damage from every hit received during the 8 seconds it is active with no maximum cap.

Codex of the First Technique Icon Codex of the First Technique is one to watch out for from Tazavesh, the Veiled Market as it will provide a consistent defensive benefit and provide a moderate amount of damage. It is quite similar to Reactive Defense Matrix Icon Reactive Defense Matrix.

Blood-Spattered Scale Icon Blood-Spattered Scale is the main trinket you will be after and drops from De Other Side. It is a good defensive trinket and also has a good damaging component behind it too. It scales very well with item level, too.

Reactive Defense Matrix Icon Reactive Defense Matrix can provide a good amount of damage in a multi-target scenario (such as Mythic+), however on single-target encounters it may not be a worthwhile choice if you have other options available.

Generally you will not be using two defensive trinket choices at all times. When this is the case your other trinket slot will generally be whatever you have that has a benefit that you are needing whether this be more DPS, stats, or utility.


Legion Timewalking Trinkets for Blood Death Knight

Unfortunately, Legion timewalking offers very few appealing trinkets for us, as most of them were abused by players during Battle for Azeroth and promptly nerfed as a result. For example, things like Writhing Heart of Darkness Icon Writhing Heart of Darkness saw its use change from a really strong defensive trinket to an effect that is barely worth talking about.

As a result, you will not be looking for anything other than a potential Jeweled Signet of Melandrus Icon Jeweled Signet of Melandrus, maybe. The effect is not a part of the item's stat budget, so it is technically "free" bonus damage, but it is very little additional damage.


Valor Upgrade Recommendations for Blood Death Knight

Blood-Spattered Scale Icon Blood-Spattered Scale — If you do not obtain this at the maximum item level from the Great Vault, it is recommended to upgrade this as the value of this item is not available anywhere else in-game.

Phial of Putrefaction Icon Phial of Putrefaction — This is a very strong damaging trinket and as you will typically not be using two defensive trinkets at a time this is a very good choice for your 2nd trinket slot.

Rimebinder's Runeblade Icon Rimebinder's Runeblade — If you do not have a Weapon from the raid, then upgrading this will be valuable.

Drustlord's Greataxe Icon Drustlord's Greataxe — As with Rimebinder's Runeblade Icon Rimebinder's Runeblade, if you do not have a Weapon from the raid then upgrading this will be valuable. The differences between these two weapons is really minor.



  • 01 Nov. 2021: Added Legion timewalking disclaimer - nothing is great.
  • 20 Oct. 2021: Updated Shard of Domination recommendations and included additional trinkets.
  • 29 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Added Valor recommendations. Updated trinket recommendations. Added PvP gearing section.
  • 22 Dec. 2020: Added Castle Nathria loot. Fixed incorrect dungeon link.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Fixed typo.
  • 20 Nov. 2020: Removed BfA information. Added Shadowlands Dungeon Gear.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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