Blood Death Knight Tank Gems, Enchants, and Consumables — Shadowlands 9.1.5

Last updated on Nov 01, 2021 at 13:53 by Mandl and Panthea 26 comments
General Information

On this page, we list the best gems, enchants, flasks, potions, and food you can get for your Blood Death Knight, based on your stat priority. We also give budget alternatives. This page is updated for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1.5.


Best Gems for Blood Death Knights

Currently, all your sockets should be filled with Versatile Jewel Cluster Icon Versatile Jewel Cluster for general purposes, or whatever stat sims the highest offensively. The difference between the two will be minimal on a single socket.


Domination Shards for Blood Death Knight

Information about Domination Shards can be found on our Gear page:


Best Enchants for Blood Death Knights

Slot Enchantment
  • Rune of the Fallen Crusader Icon Rune of the Fallen Crusader in most content. It 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 Hysteria Icon Rune of Hysteria is a more defensive option, as it provides you with a higher Runic Power cap and has a chance to increase the regeneration rates of your Runes providing you with more Death Strike Icon Death Strike casts.

In practice, these guidelines are largely down to how enchants do not compete over primary stats, merely secondaries. As a result, the gearing stat priority is applicable, and can be simply followed: Versatility as a good default, or whatever sims the highest for you at the time for damage. You can find more information about this on the stats page of this guide.


Consumables for Blood Death Knights


Best Flasks, Oils, and Potions for Blood

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

Shadowcore Oil Icon Shadowcore Oil should be placed on your weapon to provide passive damage, and also enhance the power of your combat potions.

When in combat, you have several options for which in-combat potion to use. For both of these potions you should use Shadowcore Oil Icon Shadowcore Oil on your weapon to enhance the power of them.

You should use Spiritual Healing Potion Icon Spiritual Healing Potion for in-combat healing. Healing potions do not share a cooldown with Healthstone Icon Healthstones, so you can use both independently if you have access to a Warlock.


Best Food for Blood

Use Steak a la Mode Icon Steak a la Mode is your Versatility food buff of choice.


Best Armor Kit for Blood

Use Heavy Desolate Armor Kit Icon Heavy Desolate Armor Kit as it provides you with the most Stamina.


Augment Runes for Blood

If you can afford it, you should use Veiled Augment Rune Icon Veiled 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.



  • 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 29 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 17 May 2021: A BfA gem was being recommended here. Fixed!
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 14 Jan. 2021: Adding soul treads and shaded hearthing to enchants.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands with Oils, Armor Kits, New enchants.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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