Unholy Death Knight DPS Battle of Dazar'alor Raid Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5

Last updated on Feb 24, 2019 at 12:55 by Abyssalwave 36 comments

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Unholy Death Knight for each boss of the Battle of Dazar'alor raid. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5.

1. Introduction for Unholy Death Knight Boss Advice in Battle of Dazar'alor

In this section you will find information pertaining to each boss individually in the Battle of Dazar'alor raid. It is recommended you follow the standard talent build found in the Builds, Talents, and Glyphs section of the guide unless otherwise advised, on a per boss basis. As each boss is hardest on its Mythic difficulty mode, we will first explain the strategy for Mythic, followed by a short explanation on what changes in this strategy, if anything, for Heroic.

2. Talent Cheatsheet

Champion of the Light Grong Jadefire Masters Opulence Conclave of the Chosen King Rastakhan High Tinker Mekkatorque Stormwall Blockade Lady Jaina Proudmoore

3. Champion of the Light

3.1. Suggested Talents for Unholy Death Knights on Champion of the Light

3.2. Unholy Death Knight Playstyle on Champion of the Light

For DPS on the add that you are required to switch to, you can use cooldowns such as Apocalypse Icon Apocalypse and Unholy Frenzy Icon Unholy Frenzy if they line up well. You can also use a Outbreak Icon Outbreak on the adds to apply Virulent Plague Icon Virulent Plague, as it will occasionally generate Runic Power.

4. Grong

Note: This boss is the second boss for Horde players, and the third boss for Alliance players. For the second Alliance boss (Jadefire Masters), see further below.

4.1. Suggested Talents for Unholy Death Knight on Grong

4.2. Unholy Death Knight Playstyle on Grong

The Apetagonizer 3000 does not line up well with any of Unholy Death Knight's cooldown so if your raid needs the damage you can choose to hold cooldowns for the adds. However, that is not very efficient and will lead to less of those cooldowns in the fight.

5. Jadefire Masters

5.1. Suggested Talents for Unholy Death Knight on the Jadefire Masters

5.2. Unholy Death Knight Playstyle on Jadefire Masters

Depending on your strategy, you should be attacking the boss that needs the most damage which will usually be Grimfang/Mestrah unless Firecaller/Flamefist has Fire Shield Icon Fire Shield up, in which case you would work to pop the shield.

6. Opulence

6.1. Suggested Talents for Unholy Death Knight on Opulence

6.2. Unholy Death Knight Playstyle on Opulence

While killing the constructs, make sure that you dodge the frontal cone when the construct telegraphs a ground smash. If your raid is struggling to kill the Spirits of Gold then you can run a heavier AoE build with Bursting Sores Icon Bursting Sores. Grip of the Dead Icon Grip of the Dead is a very strong slow and will be effective for the Spirits of Gold as you will be using Death and Decay when the adds come out anyway.

7. Conclave of the Chosen

7.1. Suggested Talents for Unholy Death Knight on the Conclave of the Chosen

7.2. Unholy Death Knight Playstyle on Conclave of the Chosen

AoE on this fight is fairly pointless, however Virulent Plague Icon Virulent Plague does have a chance to generate Runic Power, so we recommend you apply Virulent Plague when you can. Asphyxiate Icon Asphyxiate is a useful talent to stun the Raptors that come out occasionally.

8. King Rastakhan

8.1. Suggested Talents for Unholy Death Knight on King Rastakhan

8.2. Unholy Death Knight Playstyle on King Rastakhan

It may be worth using Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk to spread in case you get Plague of Fire Icon Plague of Fire. In Phase 1 you should still use Outbreak Icon Outbreak on King Rastakhan as any damage applied to him in this phase is redirected to the adds that you are focusing.

9. High Tinker Mekkatorque

9.1. Suggested Talents for Unholy Death Knight on High Tinker Mekkatorque

9.2. Unholy Death Knight Playstyle on High Tinker Mekkatorque

Make sure you back away from Mekkatorque when he casts Blast Off Icon Blast Off to prevent taking damage. If you are targeted with a bomb, you can use Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell to prevent the application of the debuff when the bomb goes off.

10. Stormwall Blockade

10.1. Suggested Talents for Unholy Death Knight on the Stormwall Blockade.

10.2. Unholy Death Knight Playstyle on the Stormwall Blockade

Grip of the Dead Icon Grip of the Dead can be used to help slow the Energized Storms at the discretion of your raid. On Mythic difficulty the Ire of the Deep has a knockback that is preventable with Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance, however Death's Advance is only available for every other Ire of the Deep.

11. Lady Jaina Proudmoore

11.1. Suggested Talents for Unholy Death Knight on Lady Jaina Proudmoore

11.2. Unholy Death Knight Playstyle on Lady Jaina Proudmoore

If your raid is having difficulty killing Jaina's Tide Elemental then you can delay Army of the Dead Icon Army of the Dead for the transition between Phase Two and Three.

In Mythic difficulty you should use Army of the Dead Icon Army of the Dead on pull in order to get a second cast during the execute phase of Jaina.

12. Changelog

  • 24 Feb. 2019: Updated boss talent recommendations slightly.
  • 18 Feb. 2019: Fixed the boss order.
  • 08 Feb. 2019: Updated talent recommendations.
  • 24 Jan. 2019: Updated talent recommendations.
  • 22 Jan. 2019: Added first version of Unholy DK advice for Battle of Dazar'alor.
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