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Unholy Death Knight DPS Guide (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Jan 29, 2018 at 16:00 by Vlad 471 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Unholy Death Knight DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing an Unholy Death Knight in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by JaceDK, long-time Death Knight theorycrafter and moderator on the Death Knight Discord. You can also catch him on his stream or on his YouTube channel. He also raids in WHATEVER WERE AWESOME, a top guild.

1. Class Overview

The Unholy specialisation currently provides excellent single target damage, as well as excellent cleave damage against 2-3 targets. It is better in this regard when compared to many other specialisations.

2. Patch 7.3 Changes

  • No notable changes in Patch 7.3.

3. Patch 7.2.5 Changes

  • The cost of Death Coil Icon Death Coil was increased from 35 to 45 Runic Power, and its damage was increased.
  • Many abilities and talents have received small buffs to their damage done.
  • Dark Arbiter Icon Dark Arbiter now lasts 20 seconds, up from 15.
  • Two new legendary items, Soul of the Deathlord Icon Soul of the Deathlord and Cold Heart Icon Cold Heart, were added.

4. Patch 7.2 Changes

5. Strengths

  • Strong single target, AoE, and cleave DPS
  • Excellent damage-mitigation capabilities
  • High raid utility in the form of 1 or 2 Death Grips

6. Weaknesses

  • Low movement speed
  • A variable amount of ramp-up time before it can deal effective DPS (due to the application of Festering Wound Icon Festering Wounds)
  • High preference for several specific legendary items

7. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 10 pages:

8. ChangeLog

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  • 29 Jan. 2018 (rotation page): Added another mention about Sudden Doom procs on the page.
  • 03 Dec. 2017 (enchants page): Replaced Ancient Healing Potion with Astral Healing Potion.
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority.
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority.
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (enchants page): Updated recommendations to mention Haste breakpoint.
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (gear page): Updated set bonus recommendation for Tier 21.
  • 16 Sep. 2017 (easy mode page): Clarified the part discussing summoning pets before using Dark Transformation.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (artifact page): Updated relic priority slightly.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added Netherlight Crucible page for Unholy Death Knight.
  • 31 Aug. 2017 (easy mode page): Yet again removed a mention that implied Clawing Shadows is a recommended talent.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (gear page): Updated set bonus recommendation and legendary rankings.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (addons page): Removed Death Grip mouseover macro, and added links to mRunes and TellMeWhen addons.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (stats page): Added a mention of the importance of Strength.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Updated/improved Dark Arbiter rotation.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Patch 7.2 artifact progression path and relic priority.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Updated most talent sections.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (spells page): Updated Wraith Walk description to mention that you can use Anti-Magic Shell without disabling it.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the page to account for changes made to the rest of the guide (talents, rotation).
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.3 changes (of which there were none).
  • 26 Aug. 2017 (easy mode page): Removed yet another mention that implied Clawing Shadows is a recommended talent.
  • 14 Aug. 2017 (easy mode page): Removed a mention that implied Clawing Shadows is a recommended talent.
  • 25 Jul. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the talents and rotation to align with changes made to the rest of the guide.
  • 25 Jul. 2017 (rotation page): Removed Soul Reaper from the rotation since it is no longer recommended as a talent choice.
  • 25 Jul. 2017 (talents page): Updated tier 3 and 7 talents to account for the increased popularity/efficiency of Dark Arbiter.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Updated the legendary rankings to account for the fact that Cold Heart is in fact the second Unholy legendary added in Patch 7.2.5.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (this page): Updated the page to reflect that Unholy has obtained Cold Heart as their second 7.2.5 legendary.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Updated the cost of Death Coil to account for Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Tier 20 Set Bonus recommendations and updated the legendary item ranking.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Added a recommendation for using Necrosis.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated Dark Arbiter description to account for Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 24 Apr. 2017 (rotation page): Removed a redundant sentence.
  • 01 Apr. 2017 (gear page): Clarified that Defile is not a recommended talent (in the description of Death March).
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Changed food recommendation to Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendary ranking slightly to account for Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for the Artifact traits added in Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 11 Mar. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated tier 1 talent recommendation.
  • 11 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): Updated multiple target playstyle.
  • 11 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Updated tier 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7 talent discussions.
  • 11 Mar. 2017 (stats page): Removed Critical Strike priority.
  • 11 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Removed Critical Strike gearing and updated neck enchant.
  • 11 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic priority slightly.
  • 17 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Made a few updates to the page so that it accurately reflects the guide.
  • 17 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Updated the stat priorities slightly.
  • 17 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Switched around the order in which we present the Mastery and Critical Strike recommendations to account for the fact that we consider the Mastery priority better.
  • 17 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Made slight updates to some talent evaluations and added a Critical Strike talent path at the start of the page.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Added a second stat priority that prefers Mastery.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Made updates to the existing rotations to bring them in line with Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated the legendary item section slightly and added the new legendaries.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Made a small tweak to the Relic priority.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated talent descriptions to account for Patch 7.1.5 changes, and re-wrote all talent discussions.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Added Mastery gearing path as well.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Fixed an error referring to tier 7 talents being available at level 110, instead of 100.
  • 13 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode page.
  • 12 Dec. 2016 (this page): Removed two "strengths" relating to strong AoE/multiple target DPS, since this is no longer the case.
  • 12 Dec. 2016 (stats page): Updated the stat priorities are split them depending on whether or not you have the legendary wrists.
  • 12 Dec. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the guide to reflect that Soul Reaper is now the only viable tier 7 talent.
  • 12 Dec. 2016 (artifact page): Changed the Relic choice priority slightly.
  • 12 Dec. 2016 (talents page): Updated most talent sections to account for the fact that, generally, one talent per each tier is now considered the best choice in all situations.
  • 12 Dec. 2016 (enchants page): Added a mention of gearing for Haste if you have 30% Critical Strike and are using the legendary wrists.
  • 11 Dec. 2016 (spells page): Page added.
  • 16 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated certain aspects of the guide, particularly the All Will Serve and Unholy Frenzy talent discussions.
  • 16 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Added a mention about how the The Instructor's Fourth Lesson legendary bracers affect the single target rotation.
  • 16 Oct. 2016 (this page): Reworded a "strength" to no longer mention that Unholy does some of the best DPS, but simply that its DPS is strong.
  • 16 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Slightly updated the Castigator stat priority.
  • 16 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Added a note about how The Instructor's Fourth Lesson legendary bracers affect Relic choice.
  • 16 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated the enchants page, and removed the Clawing Shadows recommendations since Castigator is now clearly the favoured talent.
  • 16 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated legendary ranking.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 09 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Made a small tweak to the stat priority.
  • 03 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated tier 3 talent discussion to account for the nerf to Clawing Shadows.
  • 22 Jul. 2016 (this page): Added Strengths and Weaknesses.
  • 22 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Made a clarification not to target the boss while building Runic Power before the pull for Dark Arbiter.
  • 22 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Revamped the trinket and set bonus recommendations.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated tier 1, 2, 6, and 7 discussions to account for encounters that last less than 1 minute, which can happen during the pre-patch.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Removed mentions of a single target rotation using Defile (since this talent should never be taken), and added Death Coil to all the rotations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Removed the two separate recommendations for different talents, and instead left only one.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Removed the different stat priorities for Dark Arbiter and Breath of Sindragosa.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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