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Unholy Death Knight DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on Mar 27, 2017 at 12:31 by Vlad 396 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Unholy Death Knights. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.

The other pages of our Unholy Death Knight guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Tain, a long-time Unholy Death Knight player who raids in Dead Weight, a top 50 guild in the US.

1. Artifact Progression

Artifact Progression

For the first 35 Artifact points you will spend, the Artifact progression path for Unholy Death Knights is straightforward.

  1.  Icon Apocalypse
  2.  Icon Feast of Souls
  3.  Icon Eternal Agony
  4.  Icon The Darkest Crusade
  5.  Icon Portal to the Underworld
  6.  Icon Scourge of Worlds
  7.  Icon Scourge the Unbeliever
  8.  Icon Unholy Endurance
  9.  Icon The Shambler
  10.  Icon Armies of the Damned
  11.  Icon Plaguebearer and  Icon Rotten Touch (in any order)
  12.  Icon Deadly Durability
  13.  Icon Double Doom
  14.  Icon Deadliest Coil
  15.  Icon Runic Tattoos
  16.  Icon Gravitational Pull
  17.  Icon Fleshsearer
Artifact Progression Above Level 35

After this, you should take the remaining traits in the following order.

  1. Cunning of the Ebon Blade Icon Cunning of the Ebon Blade
  2.  Icon Plaguebearer
  3. Lash of Shadows Icon Lash of Shadows
  4.  Icon The Darkest Crusade
  5.  Icon Rotten Touch
  6.  Icon Scourge the Unbeliever
  7.  Icon Deadliest Coil
  8.  Icon Eternal Agony
  9. Death's Harbinger Icon Death's Harbinger
  10. Black Claws Icon Black Claws
  11.  Icon Deadly Durability
  12.  Icon Runic Tattoos
  13.  Icon Unholy Endurance
  14. Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall

2. Relic Choice

When choosing which Relics to use, always take the one that grants you the highest item level, regardless of the benefit it offers. When having to choose between Relics that grant the same item level, chose based on the following trait enhancement priority.

For maximising DPS:

  1.  Icon Plaguebearer
  2.  Icon The Darkest Crusade
  3.  Icon Rotten Touch
  4.  Icon Eternal Agony
  5.  Icon Scourge the Unbeliever
  6.  Icon Runic Tattoos (once you have at least 1 point in the trait)

For defensive Relics, you should choose ones that enhance  Icon Unholy Endurance for any type of AoE damage.

3. ChangeLog

  • 27 Mar. 2017: Added path for the Artifact traits added in Patch 7.2.
  • 11 Mar. 2017: Updated Relic priority slightly.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Made a small tweak to the Relic priority.
  • 12 Dec. 2016: Changed the Relic choice priority slightly.
  • 16 Oct. 2016: Added a note about how The Instructor's Fourth Lesson legendary bracers affect Relic choice.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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