Unholy Death Knight Best Legendaries in Shadowlands — Dragonflight 10.2.5

Last updated on Jan 15, 2024 at 15:00 by Bicepspump 69 comments
General Information

Legendary Powers are targetable, unique effects that you can imbue certain base items with through the Runecarving system. In Shadowlands, these enable you to customize your Unholy Death Knight, drastically improving your performance, and are arguably the most important aspect of your gear.

The purpose of this page is to help you pick the right legendary powers (and item slots for them) for your character, depending on the content you are interested in.


Introduction: Legendaries in Dragonflight Pre-Patch

One of the features of Dragonflight Pre-Patch is the ability to craft Legendaries through Runecarving. Runecarving becomes available to you as you progress through Torghast. You gain Legendary Powers through different gameplay sources, and once you obtain them you can craft your own Legendary. Each of these Legendaries will boost the power of your character in a specific way, however you can only wear 1 Legendary item at a time. This guide will go over the best Legendary effects to help you make the choice a lot easier.


Best Legendary Powers for Unholy Death Knight

Focus Legendary Best Slot Source Stats
Raiding Frenzied Monstrosity Icon Frenzied Monstrosity Cloak World Boss: Nurgash Muckformed Haste and Mastery
Mythic+ Reanimated Shambler Icon Reanimated Shambler Waist Torghast Critical Strike and Mastery
Torghast Frenzied Monstrosity Icon Frenzied Monstrosity Legs Torghast (Layer 6+) Haste and Mastery

Best Raiding Legendary

When choosing your Legendary for Raiding, you generally have two options: either Deadliest Coil Icon Deadliest Coil or Frenzied Monstrosity Icon Frenzied Monstrosity. Frenzied Monstrosity Icon Frenzied Monstrosity is generally the best option that works well in any situation. Deadliest Coil Icon Deadliest Coil is a good option if you want to lean fully into the Death Coil Icon Death Coil spam. In the Dragonflight Pre-Patch, Death Coil Icon Death Coil only costs 30 Runic Power by default, being lowered to 20 with the legendary. This allows for an absurd amount of Death Coil Icon Death Coils to be used throughout a fight. Furthermore, they still count as 30 Runic Power cost for Summon Gargoyle Icon Summon Gargoyle buffing! It is a fun alternative that will also be powerful. Please note, you must deselect the Eternal Agony Icon Eternal Agony talent in the spec tree for the legendary to actually work!

We must also mention Death's Certainty Icon Death's Certainty. This Legendary is part of the Disease Build using Night Fae with Rampant Transference Icon Rampant Transference and Defile Icon Defile. Due to the very short effective cooldown of Defile, you can keep up your Death's Due Icon Death's Due Strength buff at max stacks indefinitely. This is 20% Strength, constantly. I would 100% recommend trying it out since it feels completely different to normal Unholy and is a ton of fun!


Best Mythic+ Legendary

For Mythic+, we pick either Frenzied Monstrosity Icon Frenzied Monstrosity or Reanimated Shambler Icon Reanimated Shambler. Frenzied Monstrosity Icon Frenzied Monstrosity brings solid single-target and AoE, making it the versatile choice which fits all scenarios. Reanimated Shambler Icon Reanimated Shambler synergises heavily with the Infected Claws Icon Infected Claws and Bursting Sores Icon Bursting Sores build, helping to build wounds for that big burst window. The choice depends on dungeon, group, and personal preference since you do sacrifice some single-target with Shambler.

You can also choose to run Death's Certainty Icon Death's Certainty here as well with the Disease Build, providing a ton of damage from Defile Icon Defile, your DoTs, and Death Coil Icon Death Coil!


Covenant Legendaries for Unholy Death Knight

Due to the Unity Icon Unity Legendary power introduced in Patch 9.2, Unholy Death Knight has the option of using one Legendary from its current Covenant.

  • KyrianFinal Sentence Icon Final Sentence — This is mainly an AoE Legendary. It does provide some value in single-target, 4% for 15 seconds, but this is overall really weak. It does well in AoE but the lack of single target makes it an overall mediocre Legendary.
  • NecrolordAbomination's Frenzy Icon Abomination's Frenzy — One of the best Legendaries available to use. 20% damage increase every 2 minutes feeds well into our burst with Army of the Dead Icon Army of the Dead whenever we can combine these cooldowns. The extra duration is also nice, especially when you combine it with the Brutal Grasp Icon Brutal Grasp Conduit. Abomination Limb Icon Abomination Limb really becomes a powerful cooldown! This Legendary is a large reason why we recommend you to run Necrolord for Raiding in Patch 9.2.
  • Night FaeRampant Transference Icon Rampant Transference — This is a great Legendary for any AoE. The Strength buff stacks up to 20% very quickly, requiring only 1 Scourge Strike Icon Scourge Strike/Clawing Shadows Icon Clawing Shadows at 4 targets! This Legendary is a major reason why Night Fae is the recommended Mythic+ Covenant in 9.2.
  • VenthyrInsatiable Hunger Icon Insatiable Hunger — Mainly an AoE Segendary, this makes our Swarming Mist Icon Swarming Mist windows even more potent. Unfortunately, it only really shines in AoE, making it a mediocre Legendary overall.


  • 20 Mar. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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