Unholy Death Knight PvP Guide (Shadowlands 9.1.5)

Last updated on Dec 11, 2021 at 12:46 by Keator 14 comments
General Information

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, PvP talents, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.


Unholy Death Knights in the Current Meta

Unholy Death Knights match very high sustained pressure with unique and powerful utility. The sustained pressure comes from the fact that Unholy has damage from so many different sources. Up to two diseases, a permanent ghoul, multiple summonable pets, wounds bursting, melee attacks, and powerful cooldowns. This makes the damage very difficult to avoid, and thus teams will struggle to heal through it. Furthermore, its unique toolkit provides it with arguably the most stops for casters in the game, between Death Grip Icon Death Grip, Mind Freeze Icon Mind Freeze, Leap Icon Leap, Asphyxiate Icon Asphyxiate and Gnaw Icon Gnaw. Managing all this utility tends to be tricky for newer players, but the reward is massive.


Strengths of Unholy Death Knights

  • Strong burst damage
  • Great consistent damage
  • CC prevention
  • Great lockdown toolkit

Weaknesses of Unholy Death Knights

  • No large hits for finishing power
  • Many setup globals
  • Low mobility

Content of the Guide

This guide ended up being very long, so we decided to split it in different pages.



  • 11 Dec. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.5 of Shadowlands.
  • 04 Jul. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1 of Shadowlands.
  • 20 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Dec. 2020: Added Covenant page.
  • 05 Dec. 2020: Removed Azerite mentions. Full Season 1 update to follow soon.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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