Unholy Death Knight PvP Best Covenants, Soulbinds, Conduits, and Legendary Powers (Shadowlands / 9.0.5)

Last updated on Mar 20, 2021 at 11:20 by Flarkness 13 comments

On this page, you will find information about which Covenant you should be unlocking. After choosing your Covenant, you will have to unlock your best Soulbind and collect Conduits. This page will outline which of these is the best, including the correct Soulbind path you should choose. Finally, we will tell you which Legendary Powers are the best to have for PvP and in which situations you should be swapping them.

This page is part of our Unholy Death Knight PvP Guide.


Best Covenant for Unholy Death Knights in PvP

For more information about what Covenants bring you, please refer to our page about Covenant abilities for Monks.

Covenants are an extremely important choice in PvP. They give both a signature ability and a class ability, as well as many additional effects through Soulbinds and Conduits. These mechanics will vary heavily based on the Covenant that you choose. Below are the best Covenants for Unholy Death Knight.

  1. Kyrian is the best general use Covenant to choose. It pairs survivability with damage output nicely, and is strong in both Soulbinds and Covenant abilities. The phial you gain from the signature ability is very valuable self-healing tool.
  2. Necrolord is the best setup and output Covenant to choose. The class ability is massive AoE burst window on a 2-minute cooldown and provides your class with a win condition every time it is pressed. Its Soulbinds and signature ability are not as good as Kyrian's, which is why these two are a toss-up.

Best Soulbinds for Unholy Death Knights in PvP

Soulbinds are unlocked as you progress your character with a Covenant. These unlock powerful paths that can be taken to give you powerful spells, important passives, etc.

Here is the Soulbind and path you should take if you chose Kyrian:

This path will earn you a fair amount of output increase when you use Shackle the Unworthy Icon Shackle the Unworthy and also survivability from Phial of Patience Icon Phial of Patience.

Here is the Soulbind and path you should take if you chose Necrolord:

This path earns you a decent shield as well as Ultimate Form Icon Ultimate Form, which is an extremely efficient CC prevention tool. You can use this before any casted CC on you to prevent it, as well as predict stun setups from the enemy team to immune them.


Best Conduits for Unholy Death Knights in PvP

Conduits are passive buffs that you can use to fill empty slots in your Soulbind Trees. There are three types of Conduits: Potency, Endurance, and Finesse. Here are the best Conduits for each of those different types:


Best Potency Conduits for Unholy Death Knights in PvP

  1. Eternal Hunger Icon Eternal Hunger is just passive addition damage to your minions, which provide heavy output in PvP, especially when you are being kited or in CC. Furthermore, increasing the duration of Dark Transformation Icon Dark Transformation allows more opportunities for your Pet Utility from Gnaw Icon Gnaw or Leap Icon Leap in addition to increasing output.
  2. Convocation of the Dead Icon Convocation of the Dead is fantastic as it just speeds up the frequency of our burst windows. You get even better use out of this in a PvP setting because we have access to Raise Abomination Icon Raise Abomination which adds more wounds being bursted.
  3. Proliferation Icon Proliferation makes Shackle the Unworthy Icon Shackle the Unworthy even more potent, which fits perfectly into our 1-minute burst windows. If you have chosen Kyrian as your covenant.
  4. Brutal Grasp Icon Brutal Grasp adds a ton of damage into an already potent burst window making it even more difficult to deal with, if you have chosen Necrolord as your covenant.

Best Endurance Conduits for Unholy Death Knights in PvP

  1. Insatiable Appetite Icon Insatiable Appetite increases the healing done by Death Strike Icon Death Strike, which is valuable in every situation.
  2. Hardened Bones Icon Hardened Bones gives much needed damage mitigation to Lichborne Icon Lichborne making it a much more potent survivability option.

Best Finesse Conduits for Unholy Death Knights in PvP

  1. Chilled Resilience Icon Chilled Resilience reduces the cooldown on our most impactful defensive and is good in every situation.
  2. Fleeting Wind Icon Fleeting Wind gives additional mobility to Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance and mobility is one of our biggest weaknesses.

Best Legendaries for Unholy Death Knights in PvP

Legendaries have many different effects and some can alter how you should use some of your abilities. For more information on Legendaries, check out our general guide on them.

Here are the best Legendaries for a Unholy Death Knight.

  1. Frenzied Monstrosity Icon Frenzied Monstrosity is a very simple but powerful Legendary. This will just add additional pressure to every burst window. This makes it very easy to use.
  2. Death's Embrace Icon Death's Embrace is extremely potent for all Death Knights because of how much CC immunity and survivability it provides every time it is active, but it is particularly powerful for Unholy Death Knight as they already gained increased duration to Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell through Spell Eater Icon Spell Eater. This makes it an unmatched 24-second duration, which is truly overtuned CC prevention.
  3. Deadliest Coil Icon Deadliest Coil adds a good amount of single-target damage to your toolkit and even slightly improves survivability as a lower cost on Death Coil Icon Death Coil will increase your healing done during Lichborne Icon Lichborne.


  • 20 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 20 Feb. 2021: Update to Soulbinds with current meta.
  • 09 Dec. 2020: Page added.
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