Unholy Death Knight DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Dragonflight 10.2.7

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

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Unholy Death Knight in World of Warcraft Dragonflight 10.2.7.

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BiS Gear Guide for Unholy Death Knight

Welcome to our Gear and BiS Page for Unholy Death Knight for Dragonflight 10.2. Check this page learn everything you need to know about gearing a Unholy Death Knight, including the BiS Gear from all sources, Raiding, and Mythic+, information on the best Trinkets, Tier Sets, and much more.

2.

Best Gear To Spend Bullions On For Unholy Death Knight

Season 4 offers a way to target specific, powerful items with the new Antique Bronze Bullion Icon Antique Bronze Bullion. This allows you to buy raid trinkets, weapons and rare items from a vendor. You will get enough Bullions to buy one item per week. The items start at ilvl and can then be upgraded 12 or 14 times (depending on the max ilvl of the item) using crests and flight stones.

The by far best item to buy with the bullions is the Scale of Awakening Icon Scale of Awakening that sets your Fyr'alath the Dreamrender Icon Fyr'alath the Dreamrender to 502 ilvl and allows it to be upgraded to 535. The combination of weapon ilvl and the effect makes this by far the most valuable upgrade out there.

After your weapon, you are looking at trinkets. Neltharion's Call to Suffering Icon Neltharion's Call to Suffering is your best option in terms of pure DPS. However, it can be very random when it procs. Some alternatives are Whispering Incarnate Icon Icon Whispering Incarnate Icon, Ominous Chromatic Essence Icon Ominous Chromatic Essence and Cataclysmic Signet Brand Icon Cataclysmic Signet Brand. Both Icon and Ominous require raid/party members to also wear the trinket to be really good. Signet Brand ends up being BiS in longer fights (6+ minutes). For your on-use trinket, we ideally want to loot Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows Icon Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows from doing Mythic hardmode deathless Dawn of the Infinite. If you are unlucky with your drops, Ashes of the Embersoul Icon Ashes of the Embersoul is 0.8% behind and can be bought with a Bullion.

Finally, rare items in the form of two rings and a cloak can be bought as well. We pick up Seal of Diurna's Chosen Icon Seal of Diurna's Chosen for the fire damage proc, Seal of Filial Duty Icon Seal of Filial Duty for the high max ilvl and finally Voice of the Silent Star Icon Voice of the Silent Star for the ilvl and proc effect. Here it is broken down into a list:

  1. Scale of Awakening Icon Scale of Awakening
  2. Neltharion's Call to Suffering Icon Neltharion's Call to Suffering (Whispering Incarnate Icon Icon Whispering Incarnate Icon/ Ominous Chromatic Essence Icon Ominous Chromatic Essence for less variance and if you have allies)
  3. Ashes of the Embersoul Icon Ashes of the Embersoul if unlucky with Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows Icon Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows drops
  4. Seal of Diurna's Chosen Icon Seal of Diurna's Chosen
  5. Seal of Filial Duty Icon Seal of Filial Duty
  6. Voice of the Silent Star Icon Voice of the Silent Star
3.

BiS Gear for Unholy Death Knight

Overall BiS List Mythic+ Gear BiS List Raid Gear BiS List
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BiS List for Unholy Death Knight

Below you will find the theoretical BiS set of gear for Season 4.

Slot Item Boss/ Dungeon/ Source
Helm Piercing Gaze of the Risen Nightmare Icon Piercing Gaze of the Risen Nightmare Tindral/ Raszageth/ Magmorax
Neck Torc of Passed Time Icon Torc of Passed Time (Crit Haste) with Blue Silken Lining Icon Blue Silken Lining Jewelcrafting
Shoulder Skewers of the Risen Nightmare Icon Skewers of the Risen Nightmare Smolderon/ Broodkeeper Diurna/ Echo of Neltharion
Cloak Voice of the Silent Star Icon Voice of the Silent Star Scalecommander Sarkareth
Chest Breastplate of Soaring Terror Icon Breastplate of Soaring Terror Ruby Life Pools
Bracers Primal Molten Vambraces Icon Primal Molten Vambraces with Blue Silken Lining Icon Blue Silken Lining Blacksmithing
Gloves Thorns of the Risen Nightmare Icon Thorns of the Risen Nightmare Igira the Cruel/ Dathea, Ascended/ The Forgotten Experiments
Belt Recycled Golemskin Waistguard Icon Recycled Golemskin Waistguard Zskarn
Legs Greaves of the Risen Nightmare Icon Greaves of the Risen Nightmare Larodar/ Sennarth, The Cold Breath/ Rashok
Boots Fused Obsidian Sabatons Icon Fused Obsidian Sabatons Smolderon
Ring #1 Seal of Diurna's Chosen Icon Seal of Diurna's Chosen Eranog
Ring #2 Seal of Filial Duty Icon Seal of Filial Duty Broodkeeper Diurna
Trinket #1 Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows Icon Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows Dawn of the Infinite
Trinket #2 Neltharion's Call to Suffering Icon Neltharion's Call to Suffering Echo of Neltharion
Weapon Fyr'alath the Dreamrender Icon Fyr'alath the Dreamrender Fyrakk
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Mythic+ Gear BiS List for Unholy Death Knight

This list contains the highest DPS setup, with farmable gear from Mythic+ Dungeons. It answers the question of: "If I can only get gear from Mythic+, what is the best setup to maximise by Single Target DPS?". This is a great place to start on a relatively new character, as you can infinitely grind out these items from Mythic+.

Slot Item Boss/ Dungeon/ Source
Helm Piercing Gaze of the Risen Nightmare Icon Piercing Gaze of the Risen Nightmare (Revival Catalyst) Any Helm
Neck Torc of Passed Time Icon Torc of Passed Time (Crit Haste) with Blue Silken Lining Icon Blue Silken Lining Jewelcrafting
Shoulder Skewers of the Risen Nightmare Icon Skewers of the Risen Nightmare (Revival Catalyst) Any Shoulder
Cloak Cloak of Lost Devotion Icon Cloak of Lost Devotion The Azure Vault
Chest Breastplate of Soaring Terror Icon Breastplate of Soaring Terror Ruby Life Pools
Bracers Primal Molten Vambraces Icon Primal Molten Vambraces with Blue Silken Lining Icon Blue Silken Lining Blacksmithing
Gloves Thorns of the Risen Nightmare Icon Thorns of the Risen Nightmare (Revival Catalyst) Any Gloves
Belt Ravenous Omnivore's Girdle Icon Ravenous Omnivore's Girdle Halls of Infusion
Legs Greaves of the Risen Nightmare Icon Greaves of the Risen Nightmare Any Legs
Boots Twenty-Two-League Striders Icon Twenty-Two-League Striders The Azure Vault
Ring #1 Scalebane Signet Icon Scalebane Signet Neltharus
Ring #2 Thunderous Downburst Ring Icon Thunderous Downburst Ring The Nokhud Offensive
Trinket #1 Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows Icon Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows Dawn of the Infinite
Trinket #2 Frenzying Signoll Flare Icon Frenzying Signoll Flare Brackenhide Hollow
Weapon Fyr'alath the Dreamrender Icon Fyr'alath the Dreamrender Fyrakk
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Raid Gear BiS List for Unholy Death Knight

This list contains the highest DPS setup, only using gear from the Aberrus Raid. It answers the question of: "If I can only get gear from Raid, what's my best setup for optimising my Single Target damage?".

This list is mostly useful for informing your organized guild of what loot is optimal for you for loot distribution purposes.

Slot Item Boss/ Dungeon/ Source
Helm Piercing Gaze of the Risen Nightmare Icon Piercing Gaze of the Risen Nightmare Tindral/ Raszageth/ Magmorax
Neck Torc of Passed Time Icon Torc of Passed Time (Crit Haste) with Blue Silken Lining Icon Blue Silken Lining Jewelcrafting
Shoulder Skewers of the Risen Nightmare Icon Skewers of the Risen Nightmare Smolderon/ Broodkeeper Diurna/ Echo of Neltharion
Cloak Voice of the Silent Star Icon Voice of the Silent Star Scalecommander Sarkareth
Chest Sarkareth's Abyssal Embrace Icon Sarkareth's Abyssal Embrace Sarkareth
Bracers Primal Molten Vambraces Icon Primal Molten Vambraces with Blue Silken Lining Icon Blue Silken Lining Blacksmithing
Gloves Thorns of the Risen Nightmare Icon Thorns of the Risen Nightmare Igira the Cruel/ Dathea, Ascended/ The Forgotten Experiments
Belt Recycled Golemskin Waistguard Icon Recycled Golemskin Waistguard Zskarn
Legs Greaves of the Risen Nightmare Icon Greaves of the Risen Nightmare Larodar/ Sennarth, The Cold Breath/ Rashok
Boots Fused Obsidian Sabatons Icon Fused Obsidian Sabatons Smolderon
Ring #1 Seal of Diurna's Chosen Icon Seal of Diurna's Chosen Eranog
Ring #2 Seal of Filial Duty Icon Seal of Filial Duty Broodkeeper Diurna
Trinket #1 Ashes of the Embersoul Icon Ashes of the Embersoul Smolderon
Trinket #2 Neltharion's Call to Suffering Icon Neltharion's Call to Suffering Echo of Neltharion
Weapon Fyr'alath the Dreamrender Icon Fyr'alath the Dreamrender Fyrakk
4.

Gearing a Unholy Death Knight

If you have a new piece of gear for which you need gems and enchant advice, you can find everything on our dedicated page below.

While gearing up, item level will be your primary target. Strength is our best stat, and you shouldn't focus too much on your secondaries at first. Once you start to receive gear pieces with the same ilvl but different stats, that is when you want to start optimizing your stat distribution. Generally, Unholy Death Knights want to prioritize Haste and then Mastery! We recommend simming your character to determine what upgrade is best for you! For a more detailed explanation, you can read the Simulations page.

Simming your character is far and beyond the best way to determine if a piece of gear is, in fact, an upgrade. The trick is knowing how to do it in a way that produces reliable results. If you follow the Simulations guide page, you can use this to have a more practical gearing guide than simply following a BiS list.

5.

Unholy Death Knight Gear Upgrades in Dragonflight Season 4

Season 4 has a powerful upgrade system for your gear where you use Flightstones Icon Flightstones and Crests to upgrade your gear. These are obtainable from practically all forms of content in the game. They can be used to upgrade some gear up to Item Level 489, which is maximum Mythic ilvl!

For more information on the new Gear Upgrades system, check out our dedicated page for it below.

5.1.

Best Items to Upgrade for Unholy Death Knight in Dragonflight Season 4

There are three primary items to upgrade as an Unholy Death Knight:

  1. Weapon
  2. Trinket
  3. Head/ Chest/ Legs/ Bullion Items

With how the upgrade system works with Crests being the limited currency, you want to upgrade the most powerful slots you can. This means your weapon is generally by far the largest priority, followed by trinkets and high stat slot items like Legs, Helm, Chest, etc.

You can make an argument for upgrading your embellishments as a high priority as well. Once at their max ilvl, you will simply never replace them, reducing the risk of wasting crests down to 0. However, it is usually not a very efficient use of crests when considering the DPS upgrade value. Instead, use the crests on Bullion items (that you know are BiS for you) or items bit good DPS upgrade value.

5.2.

Overall Top Trinkets

Unholy wants one one-use stat trinket and one passive trinket. Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows Icon Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows is the best on-use trinket, tightly followed by Ashes of the Embersoul Icon Ashes of the Embersoul. Importantly, Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows Icon Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows is only BiS if you can make it proc Mastery, so do check your stats when you sim this trinket for an upgrade! Furthermore, you need to loot it from a Mythic Dawn of the Infinite (one try per week)! For the max ilvl, you need to do the dungeon in Hardmode (talk to the NPC at the start) and finish it without anyone dying! Hardmode gives a 522 max upgraded, Hardmode + Deathless gives 528 max upgraded. If you are unlucky with your weekly run here, Ashes of the Embersoul Icon Ashes of the Embersoul is really close and is a good trinket to fall back on. For passive trinkets, Neltharion's Call to Suffering Icon Neltharion's Call to Suffering, Whispering Incarnate Icon Icon Whispering Incarnate Icon and Ominous Chromatic Essence Icon Ominous Chromatic Essence are neck and neck. Icon needs a DPS, Tank and a Healer to equip the trinket to fully unlock its power, Ominous Chromatic Essence Icon Ominous Chromatic Essence needs 3 other people sworn to other Dragonflights to fully unlock. Neltharion on the other hand can be very random in when it procs, increasing the variance of your DPS significantly. A personal preference generally. Cataclysmic Signet Brand Icon Cataclysmic Signet Brand is another alternative that is BiS in longer fights (6+ minutes). Manic Grieftorch Icon Manic Grieftorch deserves a mention as well as its cooldown is reset whenever someone in your party/ raid dies. This significantly increases its value in real scenarios, especially during progress, as people are quite likely to die.

For Mythic+, our priority changes slightly. Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows Icon Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows is still really good due to helping our otherwise lacking Single Target. For the passive trinket, Whispering Incarnate Icon Icon Whispering Incarnate Icon, Ominous Chromatic Essence Icon Ominous Chromatic Essence, Pip's Emerald Friendship Badge Icon Pip's Emerald Friendship Badge and Neltharion's Call to Suffering Icon Neltharion's Call to Suffering work best due to providing secondary stats. Raw damage trinket are generally devalued in AoE scenarios.

I have listed the best active and passive trinkets below!

5.2.1.

Best Active Trinkets

  1. Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows Icon Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows
  2. Ashes of the Embersoul Icon Ashes of the Embersoul
  3. Blazebinder's Hoof Icon Blazebinder's Hoof
5.2.2.

Best Passive Trinkets

  1. Neltharion's Call to Suffering Icon Neltharion's Call to Suffering
  2. Ominous Chromatic Essence Icon Ominous Chromatic Essence
  3. Whispering Incarnate Icon Icon Whispering Incarnate Icon
  4. Cataclysmic Signet Brand Icon Cataclysmic Signet Brand
  5. Pip's Emerald Friendship Badge Icon Pip's Emerald Friendship Badge
  6. Manic Grieftorch Icon Manic Grieftorch
6.

Stats

Many people overthink the distribution of their secondary stats. An important thing to remember is that a higher quantity of stats is nearly always better than a better quality of stats. Because of this, wearing higher item-level gear with worse stats tends to be better than lower item-level gear with great stats. Keep this in mind when considering gear. For more stats information, please refer to our dedicated page.

For Unholy specifically, aim to have Mastery as your top secondary by raw amount, tightly followed by Haste. This optimises the value of Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows Icon Mirror of Fractured Tomorrows!

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Jewelry

For neck and ring pieces, you can generally afford to drop 5-10 ilevels in most cases to get our preferred stats: Haste and Mastery. That said, you should always sim yourself to see what is better as the secondary stat diminishing returns can still change your ideal setup. It can be useful to wear crafted jewelry due to how you can control the stats, just remember that you cannot craft the max ilvl possible!

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Weapons

For Season 4, our best weapon is the legendary by far. If you haven't obtained it already in Season 3, getting whatever weapon is the highest ilvl is the best choice (until you are lucky and it drops). The crafted weapons are great potential early pick-ups to get a large upgrade!

9.

Tier Set Bonus

With Season 4, we have an Unholy Death Knight Tier set bonus that buffs how we play.

  • 2-piece set bonus: Death Knight Unholy 10.2 Class Set 2pc Icon Death Knight Unholy 10.2 Class Set 2pc
  • 4-piece set bonus: Death Knight Unholy 10.2 Class Set 4pc Icon Death Knight Unholy 10.2 Class Set 4pc

The ideal 4 items to use here are Head, Shoulder, Legs, and Hands

The only real impact this set has on gameplay comes in the AoE rotation. Since Magus of the Dead Icon Magus of the Dead now cleaves, Apocalypse Icon Apocalypse and Army of the Dead Icon Army of the Dead becomes useful in AoE. We want to use these Cooldowns early in our opener against packs in Mythic+! For a full rotation breakdown, please see the rotation page:

The Season 3 and Season 4 are the same, however they do not stack when you equip your new pieces. This means that you generally need 4 new pieces before you swap from your old set. Sim yourself to be sure!

10.

Notable Crafted Gear

Unholy wants to run double Blue Silken Lining Icon Blue Silken Lining as its embellishments in Raid. These slots are low on stats (meaning a smaller penalty from missing out on the 3-ilvls at max craft level), and the passive effects are really strong. We choose Neck and Bracers as the crafted pieces due to the low stats and due to the limited number of choices (when considering all the special items etc)

For Mythic+, Blue Silken Lining Icon Blue Silken Lining becomes a lot stronger due to significantly higher uptime and we therefore just run double again.

When it comes to your other crafted slots, we are not wearing nearly as many crafted items generally. This is due to crafted items maxing out at ilvl 525 compared to 528 on Mythic items. We will use crafted item as a way of "filling the gaps", generally crafting things in slots where we currently have a low ilvl piece. Having said that, crafting a weapon is generally a good idea if you haven't been able to obtain a strong one yet (such as the Legendary).

11.

Changelog

  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Updated for Season 4, including Bullion priority and new BiS lists.
  • 20 Mar. 2024: Updated for Patch 10.2.6.
  • 15 Jan. 2024: Updated for Patch 10.2.5.
  • 29 Nov. 2023: Updated BiS after legendary was revealed.
  • 22 Nov. 2023: Updated Dawn drop locations to differentiate between upper and lower.
  • 15 Nov. 2023: Added Ashes to Raid BiS and moved it up in active trinket list.
  • 07 Nov. 2023: Updated BiS list and embellishment recommendations after sporecloak nerfs.
  • 06 Nov. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.2.
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Updated for patch 10.1.7.
  • 20 Jul. 2023: Updated Bis Trinket and Neck.
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Updated trinket bis and added dawn of the infinite gear tips.
  • 10 May 2023: Updated trinket bis after Puzzle nerf.
  • 08 May 2023: Updated bis list and trinket prio after changes.
  • 01 May 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.
  • 30 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: Updated for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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