Blood Death Knight Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 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 9.2.5.

1.

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:

2.

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 Bloodoath Signet Icon Bloodoath Signet Theater of Pain
Ring #2 Quick Oxxein Ring Icon Quick Oxxein Ring Crafted (262), with optional Erratic Genesis Matrix Icon Erratic Genesis Matrix
Weapon Rimebinder's Runeblade Icon Rimebinder's Runeblade The Necrotic Wake
3.

Sepulcher of the First Ones Recommendations for Blood Death Knight

Below is a guideline of items to seek and the Bosses in Sepulcher of the First Ones they drop from:

Slot Item Source
Head Visage of the First Eidolon Icon Visage of the First Eidolon Anduin Wrynn
Neck Worldkiller Iris Icon Worldkiller Iris The Jailer
Shoulders Shoulderplates of the First Eidolon Icon Shoulderplates of the First Eidolon Lords of Dread
Cloak Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Icon Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Lords of Dread
Chest Carapace of the First Eidolon Icon Carapace of the First Eidolon Rygelon
Wrists Bracers of the Inscrutable Inventor Icon Bracers of the Inscrutable Inventor Lihuvim, Principal Architect
Gloves Handguards of Hidden Realms Icon Handguards of Hidden Realms * Lihuvim, Principal Architect
Belt Remnant's Blasphemous Scourgebelt Icon Remnant's Blasphemous Scourgebelt Anduin Wrynn
Legs Legguards of the Ultimate Threat Icon Legguards of the Ultimate Threat * The Jailer
Boots Song-Mad Sabatons Icon Song-Mad Sabatons Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle
Ring #1 Loquacious Keeper's Peridot Icon Loquacious Keeper's Peridot Lihuvim, Principal Architect
Ring #2 Soulwarped Seal of Menethil Icon Soulwarped Seal of Menethil Anduin Wrynn
Weapon Gavel of the First Arbiter Icon Gavel of the First Arbiter The Jailer

Pieces marked with a * are higher item level pieces that you can convert into higher item level tier pieces using the Creation Catalyst, allowing you to also craft Memory of Unity Icon Memory of Unity in the one free, lower item level tier slot: your Helm. Evidently, until you have two Creation Catalyst charges and the respective pieces at Mythic item level, you really should just aim to acquire Gauntlets of the First Eidolon Icon Gauntlets of the First Eidolon or Chausses of the First Eidolon Icon Chausses of the First Eidolon to activate the 4-piece part of your set.

3.1.

Domination Sockets in Sanctum of Domination Raid Gear

Some raid items from Sanctum of Domination featured Domination Sockets, allowing the player to socket in Shards of Domination to gain a noticeable performance boost. Previously, during Patch 9.1, these effects were available everywhere; in Patch 9.2, these effects are now constrained to The Maw, Korthia and Torghast.

Patch 9.2 also features a new Boss Rush mode in Torghast, with brand new cosmetics and rewards, and as a result, if you have some Sanctum gear, do not disenchant it — the effect of the 3-Shard Rune Words far outweigh a small loss in item level for Torghast specifically.

We have kept the Shards of Domination guide up to date, and it is linked below. In short, if you are particularly interested in the new Torghast mode, make sure you have 3 Blood Shards equipped — and if you favor regular Torghast instead, the Unholy set bonus is a much more fitting choice!

4.

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.

5.

Trinket Recommendations for Blood Death Knight

5.1.

Sepulcher of the First Ones Trinkets for Blood Death Knight

Unfortunately, the only notable trinket for Blood Death Knights in Sepulcher of the First Ones is Elegy of the Eternals Icon Elegy of the Eternals. You can also make a case for Earthbreaker's Impact Icon Earthbreaker's Impact from a pure numbers perspective, but in most cases, these are likely to get beaten by Sanctum of Domination trinkets.

5.2.

Other Notable Trinkets for Blood Death Knight

Weave of Warped Fates Icon Weave of Warped Fates was changed between Patch 9.1 and Patch 9.2 to function as a true cheat death, featuring a very generous overkill cap and lower cooldown than Splintered Heart of Al'ar Icon Splintered Heart of Al'ar. It is so appealing that, should you need a cheat death for a specific encounter, it may be worth a trip or two back to Sanctum of Domination in order to acquire one. Just like all other cheat deaths, it is a strict throughput loss, and functions as an insurance policy of sorts.

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, although its benefit scales with key level (the cap on the effect is unreachable in normal circumstances).

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.

6.

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.

7.

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.

8.

Changelog

  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 10 Apr. 2022: Refined gear recommendations to account for tier hotfixes and number crunching.
  • 20 Feb. 2022: Reworked Shards, added Sepulcher BiS, reworked trinkets, clarified the Fatescribe trinket change, and explained all the things.
  • 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.
Show more
Show less