Unholy Death Knight DPS Easy Mode — Dragonflight 10.2.7

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Bicepspump 69 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Unholy Death Knight in World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.7, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.

1.

Foreword

This page is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous subtleties and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

2.

The Basics of Unholy Death Knights

For those who are new to Unholy Death Knight and are not sure what each ability does or how they interact with the Unholy toolkit, we recommend checking out our Spell Summary guide is linked below.

Unholy Death Knight is a melee DPS specialization that provides strong single-target and AoE DPS. Its play style is somewhat complex (considering the large number of cooldowns). However, it is incredibly rewarding to master.

Your main goal throughout a fight is applying the Festering Wound Icon Festering Wound debuff with Festering Strike Icon Festering Strike (ensuring not to over-cap it) and then consuming these stacks with Scourge Strike Icon Scourge Strike while also making sure to use Death Coil Icon Death Coil or Epidemic Icon Epidemic to not over-cap on Runic Power. Furthermore, you should aim to maintain uptime on your disease Virulent Plague Icon Virulent Plague by using Outbreak Icon Outbreak or Unholy Blight Icon Unholy Blight

3.

Talent Builds for Unholy Death Knight in Dragonflight

Raid Mythic+
This is your go-to build on any Raid encounter.
This is your go-to build in any Mythic+ dungeon.
4.

Talent Choice for Unholy Death Knights as a Beginner

The following talent choices are effectively best in most situations.

These are the easiest talents to use when factoring in gear and rotation, but if you want to use the absolute best talents for Unholy Death Knight , depending on the situation, then we have a more in-depth page linked below.

5.

Stat Choice for Unholy Death Knights

Currently, you will want to prioritize stats as follows.

  1. Mastery,
  2. Haste,
  3. Critical Strike,
  4. Versatility.

This can be different depending on your character's gear, so make sure you sim yourself, to find what your stat priority is. As a general rule, when looking at your raw stat amounts, they should follow the above order. 7000 Mastery, 6500 Haste, 4000 Crit and 3500 Versatility are bis numbers.

6.

Single-Target Opener for Unholy Death Knights

  1. Use Army of the Dead Icon Army of the Dead as you run towards the boss.
  2. Use Outbreak Icon Outbreak or Unholy Blight Icon Unholy Blight.
  3. Use Festering Strike Icon Festering Strike.
  4. Use Fyr'alath the Dreamrender Icon Fyr'alath the Dreamrender.
  5. Use Death and Decay Icon Death and Decay/ Defile Icon Defile.
  6. Use Dark Transformation Icon Dark Transformation + Summon Gargoyle Icon Summon Gargoyle + Potion.
  7. Use Death Coil Icon Death Coil 3 times.
  8. Use Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon + Unholy Assault Icon Unholy Assault + Trinket (Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion if you get it).
  9. Use Apocalypse Icon Apocalypse.
  10. Use Blood Fury Icon Blood Fury (if Orc), Berserking Icon Berserking (if Troll).
7.

Basic Rotation for Unholy Death Knights

  1. Cast Soul Reaper Icon Soul Reaper if the target is below 35% (if you have taken this talent).
  2. Cast Outbreak Icon Outbreak or Unholy Blight Icon Unholy Blight to apply Virulent Plague Icon Virulent Plague on the target. Try to maintain 100% uptime on the disease.
  3. Use Death Coil Icon Death Coil when you have 80+ Runic Power or a Sudden Doom Icon Sudden Doom proc.
  4. Use Festering Strike Icon Festering Strike to apply Festering Wound Icon Festering Wounds on the target. Do this if the target has 1 or fewer Festering Wound Icon Festering Wounds.
  5. Use Scourge Strike Icon Scourge Strike when there are at least 4 Festering Wound Icon Festering Wounds on the target.
  6. Use Death Coil Icon Death Coil.
8.

Multi-Target Rotation for Unholy Death Knight

Please find below a rotation on a dungeon trash pack.

  1. Use Defile Icon Defile to stack the mastery buff and enable cleave.
  2. Use Scourge Strike Icon Scourge Strike to initiate Plaguebringer Icon Plaguebringer.
  3. Use Outbreak Icon Outbreak or Unholy Blight Icon Unholy Blight to apply Virulent Plague Icon Virulent Plague on all targets.
  4. Use Dark Transformation Icon Dark Transformation.
  5. Use Unholy Assault Icon Unholy Assault or Festering Strike Icon Festering Strike + Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon.
  6. Use Apocalypse Icon Apocalypse.
  7. Use Abomination Limb Icon Abomination Limb.
  8. Spam Epidemic Icon Epidemic until you are out of Runic Power.
  9. Use Defile Icon Defile when your Mastery buff from the previous one runs out.
  10. Spam Scourge Strike Icon Scourge Strike and use Epidemic Icon Epidemic once you gain enough Runic Power.
  11. Keep using Defile Icon Defile to maintain the 8% buff and enable Scourge Strike Icon Scourge Strike cleave.
  12. After you run out of Defile Icon Defile to use, go to single target rotation with Epidemic Icon Epidemic at 4+ (with Improved Death Coil Icon Improved Death Coil, 2+ without) targets.

Make sure to stand in your Death and Decay Icon Death and Decay once you have used it. The cleave from your Scourge Strike Icon Scourge Strike/Clawing Shadows Icon Clawing Shadows depends on you standing in the circle, not if the enemies do so.

For a more in-depth rotation, please consider checking out our rotation page linked below.

9.

Cooldowns for Unholy Death Knights

Unholy Death Knights have potentially 10 cooldowns; they should be used as follows:

  • Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon should be used with your other cooldowns.
  • Abomination Limb Icon Abomination Limb should generally be used on cooldown. Hold it for add waves that need grouping up.
  • Unholy Blight Icon Unholy Blight should be used on cooldown. It is primarily a way of applying your Virulent Plague Icon Virulent Plague efficiently, especially in AoE.
  • Unholy Assault Icon Unholy Assault should be used on cooldown. Especially strong in Mythic+ when paired with Vile Contagion Icon Vile Contagion. Used in Single Target with your other CDs.
  • Vile Contagion Icon Vile Contagion should be used in AoE on a target that ideally has 6 Festering Wound Icon Festering Wounds. This should then be followed by Death and Decay Icon Death and Decay and Scourge Strike Icon Scourge Strike to pop all wounds.
  • Army of the Dead Icon Army of the Dead should be used on cooldown. This is the first ability you press as you run toward the boss. With Army of the Damned Icon Army of the Damned, the cooldown is 3 minutes. Make sure to time it with your Summon Gargoyle Icon Summon Gargoyle and Dark Transformation Icon Dark Transformation (if you have Commander of the Dead Icon Commander of the Dead).
  • Apocalypse Icon Apocalypse should be used when you have 4 stacks of Festering Wound Icon Festering Wounds. In AoE, use with 1 or more Festering Wound Icon Festering Wounds.
  • Dark Transformation Icon Dark Transformation should be used off cooldown and as an opener on packs of multiple mobs.
  • Sacrificial Pact Icon Sacrificial Pact should only be used to save yourself from death.
  • Summon Gargoyle Icon Summon Gargoyle should be used on cooldown. Once used, prioritize spending Runic Power via Death Coil Icon Death Coil above everything else.
  • Defile Icon Defile should be used back-to-back with your Apocalypse Icon Apocalypse. In AoE, use it as much as possible, chaining the Mastery buff you get from the ability.
10.

Changelog

  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Updated for Season 4, mainly changing the ideal stat distribution.
  • 20 Mar. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.6.
  • 15 Jan. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.5.
  • 12 Dec. 2023: Clarified DT and Garg location in opener.
  • 06 Nov. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.2.
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.7
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1.5.
  • 25 Jun. 2023: Minor opener update.
  • 01 May 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.
  • 29 Apr. 2023: Reviewed and Updated for Patch 10.1.
  • 20 Mar. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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