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Unholy Death Knight DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on May 25, 2018 at 19:02 by Vlad 475 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 7.3.5.

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 JaceDK, long-time Death Knight theorycrafter and moderator on the Death Knight Discord. You can also catch him on his stream or on his YouTube channel. He also raids in WHATEVER WERE AWESOME, a top guild.

1. Artifact Progression for Unholy Death Knights

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 Deadliest Coil
  6.  Icon Eternal Agony
  7.  Icon Rotten Touch
  8.  Icon Scourge the Unbeliever
  9. Death's Harbinger Icon Death's Harbinger
  10. Black Claws Icon Black Claws
  11.  Icon Unholy Endurance
  12.  Icon Deadly Durability
  13.  Icon Runic Tattoos
  14. Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall

2. Relic Choice for Unholy Death Knights

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.

  1.  Icon Plaguebearer and  Icon The Darkest Crusade (+7 item levels)
  2.  Icon Deadliest Coil (+6 item levels)
  3.  Icon Rotten Touch,  Icon Scourge the Unbeliever, and  Icon Runic Tattoos (+3 item levels)
  4.  Icon Eternal Agony (+1 item level)

Note that if you have the tier 21 set bonuses, the above priority changes, as follows.

  1.  Icon Deadliest Coil (+9 item levels)
  2.  Icon The Darkest Crusade (+7 item levels)
  3.  Icon Plaguebearer (+6 item levels)
  4.  Icon Runic Tattoos (+4 item levels)
  5.  Icon Rotten Touch and  Icon Rotten Touch (+3 item levels)
  6.  Icon Scourge the Unbeliever and  Icon Eternal Agony (+2 item level)

3. ChangeLog

  • 25 May 2018: Added tier 21 set bonus relic priority.
  • 12 Sep. 2017: Updated relic priority slightly.
  • 28 Aug. 2017: Updated Patch 7.2 artifact progression path and relic priority.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 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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