Unholy Death Knight PvE Guide

PvE Guide
Patch: 8.3.7
Author: Wowmeta
Class: Death Knight
Specialization: Unholy
Last updated on: Aug 20, 2020

Welcome to our World of Warcraft Unholy Death Knight DPS Guide for Battle of Azeroth Patch 8.3 and latest Raid - Ny'alotha. Here you can explore the optimal choices of Talents, Stats, Gear (BiS), Gems, Azerite Powers & Azerite Essences, Races, Consumables, Rotation. We constantly check our guides to be up-to-date and make changes if needed.

You can use this guide as a solid starting point for building your character, while eventually, you might tweak things according to your gameplay preferences.

1. Talents

56
Infected Claws
All Will Serve
Clawing Shadows
57
Bursting Sores
Ebon Fever
Unholy Blight
58
Grip of the Dead
Death's Reach
Asphyxiate
60
Pestilent Pustules
Harbinger of Doom
Soul Reaper
75
Spell Eater
Wraith Walk
Death Pact
90
Pestilence
Defile
Epidemic
100
Army of the Damned
Unholy Frenzy
Summon Gargoyle

2. Stats

Critical Strike > Haste > Mastery > Versatility

3. Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
> >
Head
> >
Legs
> >
Neck
Ring
> >
Chest
> >
Hands
> >
Waist
> >
Wrist
> >
Trinket
> >
Main Hand
> >
Shoulders
>

4. Azerite essence

Azerite Essence
> >

5. Gem

Gem
> >

6. Azerite powers

Azerite Power
> >

7. Races

Race
Blood Elf > Orc > Human

8. Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
>
>
>
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

9. Rotation

Note: Question marks should be tapped/hovered over with mouse.

? Use Potion
? Use Potion: Use your potion with Unholy Frenzy
? Use Racial Active Buff
? Use Trinkets: Try to use trinkets during Unholy Frenzy
? If there are targets in range without Virulent Plague ticking on them
? Use if you are close to full Runic Power (about 80+)
? When you have a Festering Wound on your main target
? If there are no Festering Wounds on your main target
? This replaces Death Coil as your Runic Power spender when there are multiple targets
? With Sudden Doom
? When Virulent Plague is in the 30% refresh window. (Less than 6.3 seconds, 3.15 seconds with Ebon Fever)
? When you have 4+ Festering Wounds on the target.
? Use if you are close to full Runic Power (about 80+)
? When there are no Festering Wounds on the target. Also when Apocalypse is ready and you have less than 4 Festering Wounds on the target.
? If there is more than one target, try to put it on a target that will die soon to get the haste buff.
? When you can burst a Festering Wound. Don't use if you are building up Festering Wounds for Apocalypse.
? Can you hit 3+ targets?
No
? When Virulent Plague is in the 30% refresh window. (Less than 6.3 seconds, 3.15 seconds with Ebon Fever)
? When you have 4+ Festering Wounds on the target.
? Use if you are close to full Runic Power (about 80+)
? When there are no Festering Wounds on the target. Also when Apocalypse is ready and you have less than 4 Festering Wounds on the target.
? If there is more than one target, try to put it on a target that will die soon to get the haste buff.
? When you can burst a Festering Wound. Don't use if you are building up Festering Wounds for Apocalypse.
Yes
? If there are targets in range without Virulent Plague ticking on them
? Use if you are close to full Runic Power (about 80+)
? When you have a Festering Wound on your main target
? If there are no Festering Wounds on your main target
? This replaces Death Coil as your Runic Power spender when there are multiple targets
? With Sudden Doom

Frequently Asked Questions

🧐 How is this Guide useful?

The goal of our guides is to show you the overall "optimal" options for building your character. If you do not wish to dig through walls of text then you may like our visual "cut to the chase" approach.

📚 Where do you get this data from?

We use algorithms to parse big data chunks from Top 1% Raiders using various public World of Warcraft sources such as the official Blizzard API and WarcraftLogs. We believe that statistics is a very reliable method for determining solid choices for end-game optimization.

😸 Why do you show different recommendations for each boss?

There is usually a slight divergence in optimal choices for each given boss, so we decided to cover that in our guides. However, we also provide you with the 'All Stars' option which is the summary of most popular choices for all bosses together, in case you want the 'set it and forget it' approach (even though in some cases you might end up sacrificing a bit of your performance).