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Death Knight Class Changes for Shadowlands (Patch 9.0.1)

Last updated on Jul 13, 2020 at 15:10 by Stan 3 comments

On this page, you will find a list of all Death Knight changes coming in Shadowlands.

In addition to the class changes listed here, Death Knights also gain access to class-specific Death Knight Covenant Abilities that can be used anywhere in the open world and Anima Powers that only work in Torghast.


General Changes

You can add five new runes to your weapon through Runeforging in Shadowlands:

  • Rune of Hysteria: Affixes your rune weapon with a rune that increases maximum Runic Power by 20 and your attacks have a chance to increase Runic Power generation by 20% for 8 sec.
  • Rune of Sanguination: Affixes your rune weapon with a rune that causes your Death Strike Icon Death Strike to deal increased damage, based on the target's missing health. When you fall below 35% health, you heal for 48% of your maximum health over 8 sec.
  • Rune of Spellwarding: Affixes your rune weapon with a rune that deflects 3% of all spell damage and has chance to create a shield that absorbs magic damage equal to 10% of your maximum health. When an enemy damages the shield, their cast speed is reduced by 10% for 6 sec.
  • Rune of Apocalypse: Affixes your rune weapon with a rune that gives your ghoul's attacks a chance to apply one of the following debuffs to the target:
    • Death: Reduces healing taken by 1%.
    • War: Increases damage taken by 1%.
    • Famine: Reduces damage done to the Death Knight by 2%.
    • Pestilence: Slows the target by 15% and deals 150 Shadow damage over time.
  • Rune of Unending Thirst: Affixes your rune weapon with a rune that grants 10% Haste and movement speed and heals you for 5% of your maximum health when you kill an enemy that yields experience or Honor. Additionally, increases your movement speed while dead by 10%.

Blood Death Knight

  • Blood Tap Icon Blood Tap returns as an ability available at Level 58.
  • Rune Tap Icon Rune Tap is now an ability rather than a talent. The spell has been moved off the global cooldown.

Blood Death Knight Talent Changes

  • Rune Strike Icon Rune Strike (Level 15 talent) removed.
  • Tombstone Icon Tombstone is now a Level 15 talent (up from Level 30).
  • Rune Tap Icon Rune Tap is now an ability rather than a talent.
  • Mark of Blood Icon Mark of Blood is now a Level 35 talent (up from Level 45).
  • Death Pact Icon Death Pact is now a Level 45 talent.
  • Consumption Icon Consumption now strikes up to 8 enemies, healing increased to 150% of damage dealt.

Blood Death Knight Talent Tree

Below is the current talent tree for Blood Death Knights, as of Shadowlands Alpha 9.0.1 Build 34714.


Frost Death Knight

  • Frost Death Knights can again choose between two One-Handed weapons or one Two-Handed weapon.
  • Frostwyrm's Fury Icon Frostwyrm's Fury is accessible to all Frost Death Knights. Previously, the ability was a Level 45 talent.

Frost Death Knight Talent Changes

  • Hypothermic Presence Icon Hypothermic Presence is a new Level 45 talent that halves the Runic Power cost of abilities for a moderate amount of time.
  • Frostscythe Icon Frostscythe now strikes up to 5 enemies.

Frost Death Knight Talent Tree

Below is the current talent tree for Frost Death Knights.


Unholy Death Knight


Unholy Death Knight Talent Changes

  • Magus of the Dead functionality has been baked into Army of the Damned Icon Army of the Damned (new Level 50 talent).
  • Unholy Blight Icon Unholy Blight (Level 25 Talent) makes your Minions deal 5% increased damage to enemies affected by it and the debuff stacks up to 4 times.

Unholy Death Knight Talent Tree

Below is the current talent tree for Unholy Death Knights.


More Patch 9.0.1 Class Changes

You can find other Patch 9.0.1 class changes linked below.



  • 13 Jul. 2020: Unholy Blight changed.
  • 20 Jun. 2020: Frost Fever (Rank 2) is now available to all specializations.
  • 15 Jun. 2020: Rune Tap moved off GCD. Virulent Plague duration increased.
  • 09 Jun. 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34615.
  • 02 Jun. 2020: Updated intro with links to Anima Powers and Covenant Abilities.
  • 25 May 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34490.
  • 08 May 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34278.
  • 29 Apr. 2020: Updated spell tag for Cold Heart in talents.
  • 28 Apr. 2020: Updated for Alpha Build 34137.
  • 21 Apr. 2020: Page added.
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