PVE Blood Death Knight Tank Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

Blood Death Knight Class Overview

PVE Blood Death Knight Tank Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

Welcome to my Blood Death Knight Tank guide for World of Warcraft WotLK 3.3.5a. This will be a short guide describing what Talents, Glyphs, Gems and Enchants you will need in order to succeed in a raid. In the end of the guide there are also some tips and basic rotation for the class.

Death Knight is a unique class with its energy system and a lot of people think that one of the strongest classes in Wrath of the Lich King. Every spec is different from another, which makes the gameplay more interesting. Here we’re going to take a look at Blood Death Knight as a Main Tank in a raid.

Talent Tree

This is a core build for a Death Knight main tank. 4 talent points are left and I suggest to spend them to get: Dancing Rune Weapon and 3/3 Morbidity or get 3/3 Scent of Blood

PVE Blood Death Knight Tank core Talent Tree, spec WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

Actually, Scent of Blood is needed minimum 1/3, rest you can spend somewhere else if you think it's better.
Subversion is optional, you could take Rune Tap or Spell Deflection. But the Rune Tap heal isn't that much, 1 healer will do the same with 1 direct healing spell easily and that spell reflect isn't that much practical too.
Now Mark of Blood may seem like worth it, but it's not. Bosses hit slow and hard, so it won't be as useful as it could be.


Major Glyphs:
Glyph of Rune Strike
Glyph of Vampiric Blood
Glyph of Death Strike


Gems are used to get your stat caps depending on what you lack, so it is situational.

Meta: Austere Earthsiege Diamond
Blue: Solid Majestic Zircon
Yellow: Fill with +30 stamina or Hit Rating if you don't have enough
Red: one Regal Dreadstone to activate the meta or Nightmare Tear


Head – Arcanum of the Stalwart Protector
Shoulder – Greater Inscription of the Gladiator
Cloak – Mighty Armor or Titanweave
Chest – Super Health
Bracers – Major Stamina
Gloves – Armsman or Heavy Borean Armor Kit
Waist – Eternal Belt Buckle
Legs – Frosthide Leg Armor
Boots – Tuskarr's Vitality
Weapon – Rune of the Stoneskin Gargoyle

Gameplay & Rotations

Needed stats:
Hit – 8% with two-handed weapons
Expertise – 26
Defence – 540 (for raids)

Rotation: Icy TouchPlague StrikeHeart StrikeHeart Strike → Heart Strike

Heart Strike is used for damage.
Icy Touch is for more aggro-generation.
Death Strike is used to generate Death Runes for spam and a bit of self-heal.


Addons play quite a big role in World of Warcraft and should be used by everyone. The question is, what addons do YOU need? Truth is, every player decides for himself what addons does he need or want. Now, there is a list of must-have addons, without them - you won't be taken seriously, or your game will be much more complicated.

Check out our Addons Page which will provide you with download links and configuration information. Addon version is correct for WoW WotLK 3.3.5a.

PVE Blood Death Knight Tank Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a
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