Unholy Death Knight DPS Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Dec 02, 2020 at 11:53 by Abyssalwave 22 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Unholy Death Knight guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2. Here, you will learn how to play as an Unholy Death Knight in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

1.

Unholy Death Knight Overview

The Unholy specialisation currently provides moderate single-target damage, as well as excellent cleave damage against 4+ targets. With the release of Shadowlands, Unholy Death Knights will also gain a Raid Cooldown (Anti-Magic Zone Icon Anti-Magic Zone).

2.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses
  • -Limited mobility.
  • -Limited spread add cleave.
  • -AoE and single-target kits dependent on talents.
3.

Recent Changes for Unholy Death Knights

We have a list of the upcoming changes for Death Knights for Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion. We have provided a link below so you can access all upcoming changes.

There are a few changes that will change how Unholy Death Knight plays in Shadowlands. The talent tree has undergone a slight rework, which will help talents that were never used in Battle for Azeroth see play in Shadowlands.

4.

Leveling an Unholy Death Knight

If you want to level an Unholy Death Knight, you can check out our leveling guide for tips and tricks for your journey.

Once you reach max level, a great way to customize your game to fit the way you want to play, but also to help you play better, is with addons. We recommend using some of the basic addons that are on our Addons page below while you are leveling, to not only get used to addons, but to also help speed up your leveling. Since Unholy is a fairly clunky spec to play, it is heavily recommended that you use addons to clean up your screen and make your rotation easier.

5.

Basics of Unholy Death Knight Gameplay

Unholy Death Knight is a spec that is all about managing your resources and maximizing your burst potential with correct cooldown management.

If you are new to Unholy Death Knight and would like to learn the basics of the class, we recommend looking at the Spell Summary, as well as the Easy Mode page that is linked below.

We also have a guide for the Unholy Death Knight talents and rotations below.

6.

How to Gear Up as a Unholy Death Knight

Gear, enchants, consumables, and gems also play a big part in increasing your character's DPS. Linked below is a page to show you which enchants, consumables, and gems to use, as well as a stats page, where you can find more information on each stat and how they interact with your character.

7.

Unholy Death Knight in Shadowlands

Shadowlands introduces 4 Covenants, new unique "factions" that are core to the Shadowlands experience. Which Covenant you join is one of the biggest decisions you can make in World of Warcraft.

Shadowlands also introduces an arsenal of legendary powers, but you can only have one at a time, and crafting them takes time and money, so choose wisely. Legendary Powers are be acquired from the new endgame activity, Torghast, and the upcoming Castle Nathria raid.

8.

End-Game as an Unholy Death Knight

The end-game of an Unholy Death Knight is very exciting, since your burst is incredibly high and your AoE potential is also very high. Linked below are our Raiding, Torghast, Mythic+, and PvP guides to help you perform well, no matter what content you choose to participate in.

9.

Improving as an Unholy Death Knight

If, after reading all these guides you still find your performance lackluster, then check out the pages linked below for some tips and tricks that may answer any question you have. This is fairly common with Unholy Death Knight, as it is a very clunky spec.

10.

Changelog

  • 02 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Updated the recommended consumables.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Fixed skill typo.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
  • 28 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Fixed stat recommendation for Mastery.
  • 28 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Fixed the Unholy single-target opener.
  • 26 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ page): Added a new well balanced Mythic+ build.
  • 26 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Fixed an issue with the legendary power/per week breakdown (impossible to get a legendary on the first week).
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Guide added.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for Shadowlands Release, added new enchants and oil.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for Shadowlands release. Updated talent recommendations.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for Shadowlands release.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for Shadowlands release.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, updated talents, stats, removed BfA-specific sections
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for Shadowlands release. Removed the Azerite Traits and Essence sections, updated talent recommendation, added sections for Covenant and Legendary Power choice.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, added a section on early Shadowlands gearing and one on Legendary Powers, removed a lot of BfA-specific information.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Updated the rotation priority and guide for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (this page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, added information on Covenants, Legendary Powers and Torghast.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (simulations page): Updated for Shadowlands. Removed all sections on Azerite Traits and Essences.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Added a section on Renown.
  • 21 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added.
  • 10 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated stat recommendations.
  • 10 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated talent recommendations.
  • 18 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Changed to reflect the Pre-patch build.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 17 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added more information on Queen Azshara.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Guide added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Minor changes to talent selections.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 19 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added Mythic tips.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 24 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated boss talent recommendations slightly.
  • 18 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Fixed the boss order.
  • 08 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated talent recommendations.
  • 24 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated talent recommendations.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added first version of Unholy DK advice for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added information for all bosses in Uldir.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added (empty for now).
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