Unholy Death Knight

Diseases and undead minions are where the Unholy Death Knight does her damage. This spec is popular for PVP due to shielding from spell damage as well as a much more useful ghoul pet. AoE damage is also very strong.

Most Popular Talents:

  • Roiling Blood
  • Lichborne
  • Death’s Advance
  • Death Pact
  • Blood Tap
  • Desecrated Ground

Stat Priority

Expertise > Melee Hit > Strength > Haste = Crit > Mastery

Expertise is the top stat for this build and needs to hit the soft cap ASAP. Note that Haste and Crit are equally important so mix gear that most easily takes advantage of these two stats.

Major Glyphs

Glyph of Anti-Magic Shell
Glyph of Dark Simulacrum
Glyph of Icy Touch

Minor Glyphs

Glyph of Resilient Grip
Glyph of Death’s Embrace


Weapon: Rune of the Fallen Crusader
Boots: Enchant Boots – Pandaren’s Step
Legs: Angerhide Leg Armor
Belt: Living Steel Belt Buckle
Chest: Enchant Chest – Superior Stamina
Shoulders: Greater Tiger Fang Inscription
Cloak: Enchant Cloak – Accuracy Enchant Cloak – Superior Critical Strike
Bracers: Enchant Bracer – Exceptional Strength
Gloves: Enchant Gloves – Super Strength


Red:Bold Primordial Ruby, Sovereign Imperial Amethyst
Yellow: Fierce Vermilion Onyx, Forceful Wild Jade
Blue: Solid River’s Heart, Sovereign Imperial Amethyst
Prismatic: Solid River’s Heart, Bold Primordial Ruby
Meta: Reverberating Primal Diamond


Engineering and Blacksmithing are seen as the two strongest professions for an Unholy Death Knight. Strength boosts and additional gem slots are big players for this spec.

The perks you will use with the above professions are:

Unholy Death Knight in Action

About This Build

This is a great video that focuses on what works best in RBGs and Arenas. The author also discusses macros and other optional abilities you may want to try out. This video is from TheChaz. Check out his other DK videos, they are good stuff.

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