Unholy Death Knight Class Overview
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.
Suitable for players with low gear. "Pre-ICC" build (Icecrown Citadel).
Last build is for players with BiS or close to BiS gear. We change the subspec to Frost.
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
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:
DPS rotation with Reaping:
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.
Boss mods for all raid bosses.
A must have addon.
User Interface (UI) AddOn. Quartz is a modular approach to a casting bar addon.
User Interface (UI) AddOn. A complete replacement for Blizzard's default unit frames, including raid frames and raid tools.
OmniCC is an addon that adds text to items, spell and abilities that are on cooldown.
Omen is one of the most popular threat meters.
A must have addon.
Tool for helping Healer to their work. Highly customizable tool for faster and more efficient healing.
The addon will notify you in the middle of your screen with an icon, name of the spell that has procced.