Blood Death Knight Tank Gems, Enchants, and Consumables — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Dec 10, 2018 at 14:10 by Volstatsz 44 comments

On this page, we list the best gems, enchants, flasks, potions, and food you can get for your Blood Death Knight in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1. We also give budget alternatives.

1. Gems for Blood Death Knights

You should use Kraken's Eye of Strength Icon Kraken's Eye of Strength in one socket, and Versatile Royal Quartz Icon Versatile Royal Quartz (or the cheaper Versatile Kyanite Icon Versatile Kyanite) in all other sockets.

2. Enchants for Blood Death Knights

Slot Enchantment
Rings
Weapon
  • 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.

3. Consumables for Blood Death Knights

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

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

Use Bountiful Captain's Feast Icon Bountiful Captain's Feast/Sanguinated Feast Icon Sanguinated Feast@, or Spiced Snapper Icon Spiced Snapper if a feast is not available. If the encounter requires you to have a larger health pool to survive specific spike damage events, you can use Seasoned Steak and Potatoes Icon Seasoned Steak and Potatoes.

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.

4. Changelog

  • 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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