Unholy Death Knight DPS Castle Nathria Raid Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on May 10, 2021 at 08:01 by Bicepspump 43 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Unholy Death Knight for each boss of the following raid: Castle Nathria. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.5.

1.

Introduction

On this page, you will find Unholy Death Knight specific information pertaining to each boss in the Castle Nathria raid.

This page does assume that you are decently familiar with the mechanics of each boss as we do not go through each mechanic on this page, only how certain mechanics would affect you as a Death Knight.

Shriekwing Huntsman Altimor Hungering Destroyer Artificer Xy'Mox Sun King's Salvation Lady Inerva Darkvein The Council of Blood Sludgefist Stone Legion Generals Sire Denathrius

We advise to use the following talents on Shriekwing.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Shriekwing: Deadliest Coil Icon Deadliest Coil.

We advise to use the following talents on Huntsman Altimor.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Huntsman Altimor: Frenzied Monstrosity Icon Frenzied Monstrosity.

We advise to use the following talents on Hungering Destroyer.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Hungering Destroyer: Deadliest Coil Icon Deadliest Coil.

We advise to use the following talents on Artificer Xy'Mox.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Artificer Xy'Mox: Deadliest Coil Icon Deadliest Coil.

We advise to use the following talents on Sun King's Salvation.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Sun King's Salvation: Frenzied Monstrosity Icon Frenzied Monstrosity.

We advise to use the following talents on Lady Inerva Darkvein.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Lady Inerva Darkvein: Frenzied Monstrosity Icon Frenzied Monstrosity.

We advise to use the following talents on The Council of Blood.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on The Council of Blood: Deadliest Coil Icon Deadliest Coil.

We advise to use the following talents on Sludgefist.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Sludgefist: Frenzied Monstrosity Icon Frenzied Monstrosity.

We advise to use the following talents on Stone Legion Generals.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Stone Legion Generals: Frenzied Monstrosity Icon Frenzied Monstrosity.

We advise to use the following talents on Sire Denathrius.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Sire Denathrius: Frenzied Monstrosity Icon Frenzied Monstrosity.

2.

Shriekwing

We advise you to use the following talents against Shriekwing.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Shriekwing: Deadliest Coil Icon Deadliest Coil.

2.1.

Tips

  • Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell helps protect against the damage of Sanguine Ichor.
  • We recommend running Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk for a quick way to line of sight.
  • If you are unable to hide for Earsplitting Shriek, you can use Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell to stop yourself from being Horrified.
  • When Shriekwing is phasing, she teleports to the middle of the room to cast Blood Shroud. You are able to stand in her circle and continue DPSing her until she finishes her cast and knocks you back, but make sure you get knocked back to your group for the intermission.

For more information, please refer to our Shriekwing guide.

3.

Huntsman Altimor

We advise you to use the following talents against Huntsman Altimor.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Huntsman Altimor: Frenzied Monstrosity Icon Frenzied Monstrosity.

3.1.

Tips

  • If you are using Unholy Blight Icon Unholy Blight, you should still make sure that Virulent Plague Icon Virulent Plague is up on each boss through the use of Outbreak Icon Outbreak.
  • If you are targeted by Sin Seeker use Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell before the cast goes off the prevent the Sin Seeker debuff.
  • Death Grip Icon Death Grip can be used to group up the Shades of Bargast, however this should be organized with your raid so people are ready to DPS them.
  • When Margore, Bargast, or Hecutis are at 35% health or below and in melee range, you should always use Soul Reaper Icon Soul Reaper on them, since that damage is shared with Altimor.
  • You can pre-cast Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell to prevent the application of Petrifying Howl from Hecutis. This should be done when you have cooldowns up and want to maintain uptime.
  • On Mythic difficulty, if you are Necrolord covenant, be careful with your Abomination Limb Icon Abomination Limb usage when the Shades of Bargast are up, so you do not accidently grip them into melee range at a bad time.
  • You can use Anti-Magic Zone Icon Anti-Magic Zone on Hecutis if the tank needs to move him to help prevent his pulsing Nature damage.

For more information, please refer to our Huntsman Altimor guide.

4.

Hungering Destroyer

We advise you to use the following talents against Hungering Destroyer.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Hungering Destroyer: Deadliest Coil Icon Deadliest Coil.

4.1.

Tips

  • Make sure to organize with your Raid Leader when and where to effectively use Anti-Magic Zone Icon Anti-Magic Zone, in order to help prevent as much magic damage as possible.
  • Use Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance to prevent the pull mechanic of Consume, in order to quickly run out of range of the mechanic.
  • Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell can be used in order to soak the orb from your own Expunge. You can use this in order to stay in melee range for this mechanic and maintain uptime on the boss.
  • Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell can be used to prevent the damage from Gluttonous Miasma for a period of time. This can be very useful on Mythic difficulty since people soaking Gluttonous Miasma targets gain the Essence Sap debuff.
  • Using Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell before Volatile Ejection goes off can prevent the debuff and damage taken by the ability.

For more information, please refer to our Hungering Destroyer guide.

5.

Artificer Xy'Mox

We advise you to use the following talents against Artificer Xy'Mox.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Artificer Xy'Mox: Deadliest Coil Icon Deadliest Coil.

5.1.

Tips

For more information, please refer to our Artificer Xy'Mox guide.

6.

Sun King's Salvation

We advise you to use the following talents against Sun King's Salvation.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sun King's Salvation: Frenzied Monstrosity Icon Frenzied Monstrosity.

6.1.

Tips

  • Sun King's Salvation seems like a big AoE/Cleave fight, however the most important damage during the fight is on the Shade of Kael'thas, making it a priority single-target encounter. You still want to utilize your AoE abilities, such as Death and Decay Icon Death and Decay, Epidemic Icon Epidemic, and Abomination Limb Icon Abomination Limb (if you are Necrolord) when adds are up. Unholy still does very good AoE, even with single-target talents. On Mythic difficulty, make sure you have damage saved for Shade of Kael'thas, since breaking the damage shield of Unleashed Pyroclasm is very important.
  • Phoenixes can be Death Grip Icon Death Griped and slowed with Chains of Ice Icon Chains of Ice in order to keep them CCed and out of the raid. Since so many adds are grip-able with Death Grip Icon Death Grip in this fight, it is recommended to use Death's Reach Icon Death's Reach to increase the range of your Death Grip Icon Death Grip.
  • Vile Occultists, Bleakwing Assassins, and Pestering Fiends are all able to be Death Grip Icon Death Grip-ed and gripped with Abomination Limb Icon Abomination Limb.
  • If you are the Necrolord Covenant, be careful using Abomination Limb Icon Abomination Limb when the phoenixes are up, since Abomination Limb can accidentally grip them.
  • Soul Infusers can be slowed with Chains of Ice Icon Chains of Ice and Death and Decay Icon Death and Decay (with Grip of the Dead Icon Grip of the Dead, if using the talent).
  • Anti-Magic Zone Icon Anti-Magic Zone is great when used for Ember Blast from the Shade of Kael'thas. Make sure to place it on the person with Ember Blast.

For more information, please refer to our Sun King's Salvation guide.

7.

Lady Inerva Darkvein

We advise you to use the following talents against Lady Inerva Darkvein.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Lady Inerva Darkvein: Frenzied Monstrosity Icon Frenzied Monstrosity.

7.1.

Tips

  • You can use Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell while Inerva is casting either Lightly Concentrated Anima, Concentrated Anima, or Highly Concentrated Anima, in order to always prevent the add from being cast on you. If you successfully prevent an add from being cast on you, then you have 1 less add to deal with during that phase. This means you usually want to save Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell for add casts.
  • Death Knights have an interrupt ability with a range (Mind Freeze Icon Mind Freeze), so you want to make sure you are interrupting adds that are slightly out of range of other melee to maximize everyone's uptime on the boss.
  • Anti-Magic Zone Icon Anti-Magic Zone can be placed so that it covers all people affected by the add casts. Make sure to place this early, so they can position themselves correctly.
  • Soul Reaper Icon Soul Reaper should be used on adds that spawn. Depending on how long you expect the adds to live, you can use Soul Reaper Icon Soul Reaper when the adds have fairly high health.

For more information, please refer to our Lady Inerva Darkvein guide.

8.

The Council of Blood

We advise you to use the following talents against The Council of Blood.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against The Council of Blood: Deadliest Coil Icon Deadliest Coil.

8.1.

Tips

  • Make sure to correctly do the dance, so you can maximize your stacks of Fancy Footwork.
  • Do not worry about cleave damage on this fight, since the bosses heal to full health. Passive cleave is okay, however do not worry about using abilities such as Death and Decay Icon Death and Decay to cleave the bosses on this fight, unless it is to AoE down the Begrudging Waiters.
  • Anti-Magic Zone Icon Anti-Magic Zone should be used to help prevent the damage and quickly get rid of the stacks of Dancing Fever on Mythic difficulty.
  • Begrudging Waiters can be gripped with Death Grip Icon Death Grip and Abomination Limb Icon Abomination Limb.
  • If you are assigned to an interrupt on Mythic difficulty, try using the Spirit Drain Icon Spirit Drain conduit to benefit from having to Mind Freeze Icon Mind Freeze.

For more information, please refer to our The Council of Blood guide.

9.

Sludgefist

We advise you to use the following talents against Sludgefist.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sludgefist: Frenzied Monstrosity Icon Frenzied Monstrosity.

9.1.

Tips

For more information, please refer to our Sludgefist guide.

10.

Stone Legion Generals

We advise you to use the following talents against Stone Legion Generals.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Stone Legion Generals: Frenzied Monstrosity Icon Frenzied Monstrosity.

10.1.

Tips

  • Make sure to save Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk to easily move out for the Reverberating Eruption Icon Reverberating Eruption.
  • Death Grip Icon Death Grip can be used to grip Stone Legion Skirmishers to the boss on Mythic difficulty.
  • Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance can be used to prevent the push back from Stonegale Effigy of the Stone Legion Skirmishers on Mythic difficulty.
  • Icebound Fortitude Icon Icebound Fortitude can be used to prevent and get out of the stun from Ravenous Feast of the Stone Legion Goliath and the Crystallize if you are targeted with it.
  • Anti-Magic Zone Icon Anti-Magic Zone helps protect against some of the damage from Crystallize, Crystalline Burst, and Pulverizing Meteor.

For more information, please refer to our Stone Legion Generals guide.

11.

Sire Denathrius

We advise you to use the following talents against Sire Denathrius.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sire Denathrius: Frenzied Monstrosity Icon Frenzied Monstrosity.

11.1.

Tips

  • Pool Runic Power for Epidemic Icon Epidemic in order to quickly cleave down the adds in Phase 1; anywhere between 60 and 90 Runic Power should be enough.
  • Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance can prevent the knockback caused by Shattering Pain Icon Shattering Pain.
  • Keep Virulent Plague Icon Virulent Plague on Remornia as well as Sire Denathrius through the use of either Unholy Blight Icon Unholy Blight or Outbreak Icon Outbreak.
  • Clawing Shadows Icon Clawing Shadows is commonly run on Mythic difficulty of this encounter due to how often you will be out of range of your target, due to many mechanics in the encounter. This talent allows you to have much higher uptime.
  • Thanks to the passive of Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance, you do not need to soak any Cleansing Pains in Phase 1, since the stacks will not slow you below 70% during the intermission. You can also use Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance before the intermission to have 100% movement speed while running towards Sire Denathrius during March of the Penitent.
  • Use Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell to help prevent the damage from Blood Price. This is commonly used on the first Blood Price in both Phase 1 and 3.
  • Frenzied Monstrosity Icon Frenzied Monstrosity is also a very powerful Legendary for this fight. Make sure to sim your setup to see which one is best for you.

For more information, please refer to our Sire Denathrius guide.

12.

Changelog

  • 10 May 2021: Updated some legendary recommendations.
  • 19 Feb. 2021: Added more tips for Sire Denathrius.
  • 19 Jan. 2021: Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 14 Dec. 2020: Added information for Huntsman Altimor.
  • 08 Dec. 2020: Updated Raid Talent, Tips, and Legendary Recommendations.
  • 01 Dec. 2020: Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
Show more
Show less