Blood Death Knight Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Apr 08, 2020 at 01:00 by Mandl and Panthea 55 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 Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.


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.


Corruptions and Corrupted Items

For more information about the best Corruptions and Corrupted items you can get, please refer to our dedicated page.


Weapon Recommendations for Blood Death Knight

A favourite since the effect rescaling of Patch 8.2, Geti'ikku, Cut of Death Icon Geti'ikku, Cut of Death is a weapon worth much more than its item level indicates, and is definitely worth considering despite the lack of secondary stats on it.

On the other end of the spectrum, Sk'shuul Vaz Icon Sk'shuul Vaz should be avoided if possible, due to its relatively lackluster effect and relatively high corruption cost.


Trinket Recommendations for Blood Death Knight



The raw destructive power of both Merektha's Fang and Grong's Primal Rage Icon Grong's Primal Rage deserve a specific mention for Mythic+. As we are not GCD-locked, we have natural gaps in our rotation that allow us to use these trinkets without a loss. Merektha's Fang in particular also befits the class particularly well, as the passive from Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance allows us to move while channelling it.

Defensively, Idol of Indiscriminate Consumption Icon Idol of Indiscriminate Consumption is a very solid pick. The ability to heal yourself for a very sizeable chunk of health every 2 minutes can turn the tide in quite a few pulls.

There is no real valuable trinket from Ny'alotha, unfortunately. If the passive from Lingering Psychic Shell Icon Lingering Psychic Shell applied in Mythic+, it would make the list; sadly, it does not.


General Use

Generally, as most of the item budget on a trinket is on its primary stat, you will still be going by item level, save a few exceptions.

Listed below are a few examples of trinkets you may be interested in:

  • Jes' Howler Icon Jes' Howler is more of a party cooldown than a personal cooldown, in that it provides a hefty amount of extra damage to your group if used while offensive cooldowns are up.
  • Diamond-Laced Refracting Prism Icon Diamond-Laced Refracting Prism is a solid throughput trinket that will rarely waste its effect, thanks to the absorb stacking as high as 5 times the base value.
  • Sinister Gladiator's Badge Icon Sinister Gladiator's Badge and Sinister Gladiator's Medallion Icon Sinister Gladiator's Medallion are all excellent choices, if you can do PvP content. Just keeping up with weekly Conquest rewards will reward one Trinket of your choice per month.

Benthic Gear

Please read this post for information on how Benthic gear is acquired and upgraded.

All Benthic pieces have a unique Equip effect. The following are the pieces that are notable for Blood Death Knights.

It is worth noting that virtually all of the offensive items on this list will be BiS irrespective of item level when fully upgraded, if they have a socket. You should keep gambling to obtain one.


Set Bonuses for Blood Death Knights

A unique set bonus is available in the form of two generic all-class trinkets from Ny'alotha. This effect is quite strong, but one of the trinket effects is non-existent for tanks, as it requires the player to not take damage to maximize. As a result, while it is not completely dead, it is pretty lackluster for us.


Azerite Gear for Blood Death Knights

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



  • 08 Apr. 2020: Added link to Corruption page.
  • 13 Jan. 2020: Updated trinkets and weapons slightly.
  • 11 Jun. 2019: Overhauled page for Season 3 and TEP release.
  • 25 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 22 Jan. 2019: Added Season 2 trinkets; removed Legion legendary discussion.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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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