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Unholy Death Knight DPS Azerite Traits/Powers and Armor in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 12, 2018 at 22:14 by Abyssalwave 27 comments

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General Information

Pick up the Azerite gear with the best traits for your Unholy Death Knight and learn about the Heart of Azeroth. This page is updated for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1.

For more information about the Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth, please read our Hearth of Azeroth guide.

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

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Abyssalwave, a top level Death Knight player. He is a former US #2 hardcore raider who currently raids with Club Camel. You can also check out his YouTube channel.

1. Disclaimer

This is an early draft of the final page. It reflects the current state of theorycrafting on Azerite traits and is currently missing gear information. These rankings will definitely change over the coming weeks as more information becomes available through logs and after additional tuning.

2. Azerite Traits for Unholy Death Knight

Azerite Traits are special effects present on Helm, Shoulder, and Chest slots in Battle For Azeroth. Each Azerite item has either 2 or 3 tiers of Azerite Traits to choose from (items below item level 340 only have 2 tiers, while items above that have 3). In addition to this, every Azerite item also has a +5 item level bonus (Azerite Empowered Icon Azerite Empowered). Each tier, as well as this item level bonus, become unlocked as you gain certain amounts of Azerite Power.

The first tier of Azerite Traits is split between a class-specific choice and a generic choice. Generic choices can be zone-related or content-related (such as PvP traits which are only found on PvP gear but work in PvE content).

The second tier has a multitude of options varying from interesting stat procs to static stat gains. This is the tier that is missing on items lower than item level 340.

The third tier can either be a defensive or healing option.

Azerite gear has fixed traits and stats. Each piece has predetermined Azerite Traits, item level, and can not roll either tertiary stats or sockets. While tuning is always in flux, we will try to list the currently best traits for raiding first. Keep in mind many of these are very raid / dungeon / world / PvP-oriented and do not work well in other types of content.

3. Recommended Traits

This section will discuss the recommended Azerite traits for both dungeons and raids. While these are currently recommended, any balance changes to traits will likely change our recommendations.

3.1. Dungeons, Mythic+, and Raids

  • Festermight Icon Festermight increases your Strength for 20 seconds each time you burst a Festering Wound Icon Festering Wound. Additional Festering Wound bursts stack the Strength bonus but do not extend the duration of this buff. Since our rotation revolves around popping Festering Wounds, you can usually get to pretty high stacks before the duration runs out.
  • Scourge the Unbeliever Icon Scourge the Unbeliever causes your Scourge Strike Icon Scourge Strike to grant your Ghoul 5 Energy and your Scourge Strike to deal additional damage. This trait is not as strong as Festermight, however is still a viable option.
  • Cankerous Wounds Icon Cankerous Wounds causes your Festering Strike Icon Festering Strike to deal additional damage and have a 10% increased chance of applying 3 Festering Wounds. This reduces the randomness of Festering Strike in your favor by a good amount.

4. Recommended Dungeon Azerite Gear

5. Azerite Traits Rotation Changes and Details for Unholy Death Knight

Some of your Azerite Traits in Battle For Azeroth can have a small effect on your rotation. They generally do not change the fundamentals, but they allow you to use their effects to squeeze just a little bit more damage out than your competition.

  • Festering Doom Icon Festering Doom causes you to have to alternate between Death Coil Icon Death Coil and Festering Strike Icon Festering Strike in order to maximize the effect of this trait. This can complicate your rotation and be difficult to play with.

6. Relative Strength of Azerite Traits for Unholy Death Knight

Below we have listed the relative strength of the most relevant Azerite Traits, as far as they are implemented in our simulation tools at the moment.

Because you can have the same trait multiple times, and because some traits can change the rotation if you stack it multiple times, we have listed the relative strength of the traits depending on how many of them you have.

We are not including different item levels of Azerite pieces, because in most situations you are going to want the highest item level piece regardless. As with any rule, there are exceptions and you should always sim your own character's traits with RaidBots to be sure.

7. Azerite Trait Ranking for Unholy Death Knight

Both of these simulations are based on Best-in-Slot preraid gear with a good distribution of stats for the spec. As always, treat these simulations as a guideline, not a rule, and always sim your own character to be sure.

7.1. Single-Target

Unholy DK Single-Target Azerite

7.2. 3 Targets (Mythic+, etc)

Unholy Hectic Add Cleave Azerite

Thank you to Bloodmallet for providing the data for these Azerite traits.

8. Find Azerite Armor By Trait/Power

In the table below, you can see all of the Azerite gear available to your Unholy Death Knight. By using the + button located next to each item, you can expand the list of Azerite powers that this item possesses (to collapse the list, simply click the - button).

If you want to filter items according to the powers that they offer, you can use the filters below.

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9. ChangeLog

  • 12 Aug. 2018: Page added for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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