Blood Death Knight Tank Gems, Enchants, and Consumables — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Aug 13, 2020 at 10:00 by Mandl and Panthea 58 comments

Best Gems for Blood Death Knights

Currently, all your sockets should be filled with Versatile Dark Opal Icon Versatile Dark Opal for general purpose, or whatever stat sims the highest offensively. The difference between the two will be minimal on a single socket irrespective of corruption choices.

Best Enchants for Blood Death Knights

Slot Enchantment
  • In most content, use Rune of the Fallen Crusader Icon Rune of the Fallen Crusader. Rune of the Fallen Crusader is very strong defensively, despite being intended for use by Frost and Unholy. The heal from the proc will account for a significant amount of self-healing over an encounter, and the 15% Strength translates into both armor and parry chance.
  • Rune of the Stoneskin Gargoyle Icon Rune of the Stoneskin Gargoyle is a viable option if the content you are tanking has a significant chance of doing lethal spike damage over a few seconds.

Consumables for Blood Death Knights


Best Flasks and Potions for Blood

Use Greater Flask of the Undertow Icon Greater Flask of the Undertow for most content — only use Greater Flask of the Vast Horizon Icon Greater Flask of the Vast Horizon if the encounter requires you to have a larger health pool to survive specific spike damage events.

Use both Abyssal Healing Potion Icon Abyssal Healing Potion and Healthstone Icon Healthstone as emergency mitigation tools; they do not share a cooldown, and each can be used once per encounter.


Best Food for Blood

Use Famine Evaluator And Snack Table Icon Famine Evaluator And Snack Table, or Bil'Tong Icon Bil'Tong if a feast is not available.


Best Battle Potion for Blood Death Knights

Patch 8.2 brought a refreshing change to the consumables when it comes to potions. Depending on the situation, you will have a choice of two or more potions, without the dependence on RNG that Potion of Bursting Blood Icon Potion of Bursting Blood had.


Augment Runes for Blood

If you can afford it, you should use Battle-Scarred Augment Rune Icon Battle-Scarred Augment Runes to increase your primary stat. Since there is a finite amount of these runes available, you should make sure to use them wisely and to stock up on them for when you need them.

Starting in patch 8.3 you can also use the re-usable Lightning-Forged Augment Rune Icon Lightning-Forged Augment Rune to increase your primary stat by an equal amount.



  • 13 Aug. 2020: Changed gem recommendations. The strength gems have been underwhelming, and it is time to sunset that recommendation.
  • 13 Jan. 2020: This page was reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 26 Jun. 2019: Added new potions section.
  • 25 Jun. 2019: This page has been updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 22 Jan. 2019: This page has been reviewed for Season 2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Added new 8.1 food, clarified runeforge recommendation, updated flask/feast usage for 8.1.
  • 24 Sep. 2018: Updated consumables with changes to stat priority.
  • 04 Sep. 2018: Added Strength gem recommendation.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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