PVE Unholy Death Knight DPS Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

Unholy Death Knight Class Overview

PVE Unholy Death Knight DPS Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

Welcome to my Unholy Death Knight DPS 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 Unholy Death Knight as a damage dealer.

Talent Tree

Suitable for players with low gear. "Pre-ICC" build (Icecrown Citadel).

PVE Unholy Death Knight DPS Pre-ICC Talent Tree, spec WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

Second build is for people with at least 2 T10 items. Dark Conviction is 2/5 because we take Reaping.

PVE Unholy Death Knight DPS 2 T10 items Talent Tree, spec WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

Last build is for players with BiS or close to BiS gear. We change the subspec to Frost.

PVE Unholy Death Knight DPS BiS items Talent Tree, spec WoW WotLK 3.3.5a


Major Glyphs:
Glyph of the Ghoul
Glyph of Icy Touch
Glyph of Dark Death

Small Glyphs:
Glyph of Pestilence


Gems are used to get your stat caps depending on what you lack, so it is situational. If the bonus is less, than 4 Strength, then you can add whatever gems you like. Don’t forget that you can add some other stats if needed, like Hit with Rigid Stormjewel.

Chaotic Skyflare Diamond

Nightmare Tear and Sovereign Dreadstone – to activate the Meta gem, rest is filled with Red gems.

Fierce Ametrine

Bold Cardinal Ruby


Head – Arcanum of Torment
Shoulder – Greater Inscription of the Axe
Cloak – Greater Speed or Major Agility
Chest – Powerful Stats
Bracers – Greater Assault
Gloves – Crusher
Waist – Eternal Belt Buckle with Bold Cardinal Ruby
Legs – Icescale Leg Armor
Boots –Tuskarr's Vitality or Greater Assault
Weapon – Rune of the Fallen Crusader

Gameplay & Rotations

Don’t forget to get 8% of Hit rating.
Unholy with Blood-subspec stat priorities:
Hit → Strength → Armor Pen. → Haste → Crit → Expertise → Attack Power → Agility

Unholy with Frost-subspec stat priorities:
Hit → Strength → Haste → Armor Pen. → Crit → Expertise → Attack Power → Agility

Standard DPS rotation:

PVE Unholy death knight standard dps rotation wow 3.3.5a

DPS rotation with Reaping:

PVE Unholy death knight reaping dps rotation wow 3.3.5a

Army of the Dead – Is used few seconds before the encounter, or when changing phase. Using it in while doing your combo will cause a DPS loss and a combo break. The summons copy your Hit, Attack Power and Haste at the moment of summoning – remember that.

Summoning a Gargoyle – Is also used when you have buffs and procs on you, because it copies stats. You can’t summon in instantly when the fight starts, it takes 60 Rune Power. You can start the fight in with the Unholy Presence, quickly gain the Rune Power, then summon the Gargoyle and only then go back to the Blood Presence. This is done because our gargoyle remembers the Haste from Unholy Presence, but not the damage from Blood Presence.

Don't forget about your Pet. It does plenty of damage.


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 Unholy Death Knight DPS Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a
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