Blood Death Knight Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Dragonflight 10.0.2

Last updated on Nov 28, 2022 at 10:47 by Mandl and Panthea 29 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 Dragonflight 10.0.2.


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

This table exclusively contains loot from the eight dungeons available on launch within Dragonflight. Recommended items from the dungeons featured in Dragonflight Mythic+ Season 1 will be added when relevant.

Slot Item Dungeon
Helm Decay Mother's Wrathful Gaze Icon Decay Mother's Wrathful Gaze Brackenhide Hollow
Neck Ukhel Ancestry Beads Icon Ukhel Ancestry Beads The Nokhud Offensive
Shoulder Nokhud Traditionalist's Pauldrons Icon Nokhud Traditionalist's Pauldrons The Nokhud Offensive
Cloak Potion-Stained Cloak Icon Potion-Stained Cloak Algeth'ar Academy
Chest Breastplate of Proven Knowledge Icon Breastplate of Proven Knowledge Algeth'ar Academy
Bracers Thrashing Wind Vambraces Icon Thrashing Wind Vambraces The Nokhud Offensive
Gloves Forgemaster's Grips Icon Forgemaster's Grips Neltharus
Belt Ravenous Omnivore's Girdle Icon Ravenous Omnivore's Girdle Halls of Infusion
Legs Venerated Professor's Greaves Icon Venerated Professor's Greaves Algeth'ar Academy
Boots Twenty-Two-League Striders Icon Twenty-Two-League Striders The Azure Vault
Ring #1 Unstable Arcane Loop Icon Unstable Arcane Loop The Azure Vault
Ring #2 Thunderous Downburst Ring Icon Thunderous Downburst Ring The Nokhud Offensive
Weapon Algeth'ar Hedgecleaver Icon Algeth'ar Hedgecleaver Algeth'ar Academy

As the Vault of the Incarnates raid is not available on Dragonflight's launch, we will not yet be providing gear recommendations for it. Check back in the coming days!


Blood Death Knight Tier Set - Haunted Frostbrood Remains

The Vault of the Incarnates raid features a new round of Primalist Tier Sets themed around the four elements. In addition, pieces of this set can eventually be earned from any of the nine slots in the weekly Dragonflight Great Vault and can also eventually be made at the Inspiration Catalyst as a catchup system. This armor, when enough pieces of it are worn, unlocks two special bonuses for Blood Death Knights:

Once available, you should aim to acquire the set bonuses as soon as possible, as it will make the entire spec play smoother with additional resources and Haste.


PvP Gear Recommendations for Blood Death Knight

Obtaining gear from rated PvP can be a powerful boost to your item level early in the season.

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

Granyth's Enduring Scale Icon Granyth's Enduring Scale is a fairly strong trinket to obtain early in the season. This will have a chance to trigger a shield which absorbs damage and gives you additional armor whilst the shield holds. As the proc is random it is not reliable enough to change your rotational choices, but due to the limited pool of defensive trinkets in this season you will want to obtain this trinket anyway.

Irideus Fragment Icon Irideus Fragment is an on use trinket which has a lot of Mastery and provides a large boost to Strength for 20 seconds when used, however the amount of Strength reduces per ability you cast. The Strength bonus will decay rather quickly as a Blood Death Knight as you will typically be casting an ability on nearly every GCD. Additionally, abilities which trigger multiple times (e.g. Abomination Limb Icon Abomination Limb) consume multiple stacks.

Dragon Games Equipment Icon Dragon Games Equipment is a strong DPS trinket. When you use it kickballs will spawn nearby, when you run into one of them they will deal a large amount of Physical damage to your current target (if its 15 yards or closer to you). The kickballs spawn nearby to you, so finding them is not difficult.

Homeland Raid Horn Icon Homeland Raid Horn might seem weak based on the tooltip, but its a deceptively strong DPS trinket for AoE damage. There are some things to note about this trinket however:

  • It will spawn 7 fire swirls on you.
  • The swirls deal damage ~1 second later. It is not instant.
  • You can dodge these fire swirls, so the damage is only split against enemies.

Darkmoon Deck: Watcher Icon Darkmoon Deck: Watcher (from Inscription) is an on use defensive trinket which provides a large absorbtion shield. If this absorb is fully consumed you will gain a versatility buff to let you be more defensive a little bit longer. The duration of the trinkets effects are based on the card you draw with the Ace being the longest duration.

Crimson Aspirant's Insignia of Alacrity Icon Crimson Aspirant's Insignia of Alacrity is a returning favourite with a new seasonal name. Haste with a passive Strength proc. The only downside to this trinket is you need to do Rated PvP at a high level to obtain it.


Valor and Item Upgrades

Beginning in Dragonflight Mythic+ Season 1, the Valor currency can be obtained from completing Mythic or Mythic+ dungeons. After earning enough of it, Valor can be used to upgrade any item obtained from a Mythic+ dungeon of any difficulty (including regular Mythic)! These upgrades carry through all the way to item level 415, though you must also have achieved Dragonflight Keystone Hero: Season One Icon Dragonflight Keystone Hero: Season One to bring an item that high.

We would recommend upgrading your Weapon first as it will provide you with the largest offensive and defensive gain.


Enchants and Sockets

Once you have obtained a piece of gear containing a prismatic socket or needing to be enchanted, you will need to know how to modify it. Details about these tweaks can be found on our dedicated gems, enchants, and consumables page.



  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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