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The one whose name was whispered by the very forests of Lordaeron is dead. Now for sure. But there are other, less successful, Death Knights. And while few of them were discussed in these forests, perhaps others would become legends on the Dragon Isles. In this guide, we will look at the changes that the Death Knights have undergone in the Dragonflight expansion.

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Dragonflight Death Knight Overview

Dragonflight Death Knight Guide

Death Knight was the first hero class introduced in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. Freed from the power of the Lich King, they decided to atone for their guilt and swore allegiance to the living.

Death Knight has three specializations at his disposal – Blood (tank), Frost (DPS), and Unholy (DPS) – each of the specializations appeals to dark forces and is able to resurrect the undead.

Dragonflight Death Knight Spec Choice

The strengths and weaknesses of each class are purely subjective things, however, there are axioms with which most agree.

Blood FrostUnholy
  • Huge AoE damage;
  • Great survivability;
  • Easy to learn.
  • Good AoE burst;
  • Great Survivability;
  • A lot of friends. Too bad they’re all dead.
  • Limited mobility (but you can fix it with talents);
  • Poor survival;
  • Very risky gameplay.
  • Poor mobility options;
  • Low Utility for a group.

Dragonflight Death Knight Changes

DK hasn’t changed much, but due to the introduction of a general spec tree, we’d like to highlight a few things:

  • Enfeeble — your ghoul is now able to reduce the damage you take;
  • Clenching Grasp — now your Death Grip slows enemy movement speed by 50% for 6 seconds;
  • Abomination Limb — the Covenants are gone, but the Necrolord ability remains. For all specializations.

Dragonflight Death Knight Talents

Blood DK

Thanks to the new talent system, BDK builds have become very flexible and can differ dramatically from dungeon to dungeon. For example, if you lack of HP, you can spend one point on Purgatory, and if you are low on damage and there are a lot of mobs in the dungeon, you can go through talents on Bone Shield, which deals a lot of area damage to enemies.

Yes, Dragonflight BDK’s health now jumps even more, because it is no longer possible to maintain uptime DRW of 75%+, but many other talents have appeared to compensate for this. The class has become more difficult to manage, but more interesting and extreme.

Frost DK

Frost DK has not received the same diversity as BDK. He still puts his trust in Breath of Sindragosa and does his best to generate as much runic power as possible. In general, Frost DK looks like a beggar who borrowed a few talents ( Improved Death Strike and Will of the Necropolis) from his two neighboring specializations, which made him more tenacious. 

However, Frost DK isn’t that bad, and with the original new talents of Chill Streak, Frostwhelp’s Aid, and Cold-Blooded Rage, he can do a pretty good job.

Unholy DK

With more resource generation, Unholy DK offset his massive downtime during combat. Also, his increased AoE damage will allow him to emerge from the shadows of his more successful brothers finally.

Also worth noting is the synergy between his Commander of the Dead and Summon Gargoyle, allowing him to use his ultimate burst abilities more often rather than relying solely on the Army of the Dead.

Dragonflight Death Knight Leveling

Frost is the easiest specialization to level. Its mechanics are simple and don’t take long to learn. Unholy, in turn, forces you to follow a lot of mechanics and is very dependent on long cd utilities.

However, if you like to collect huge crowds of mobs and survive at the same time, then the BDK will suit you. Even if he doesn’t have a lot of damage, he’s almost impossible to kill. Also, DBK dungeon leveling is a good choice, so you do not have to stand in a queue for a long time.

Useful objects list for leveling:

Runeforge Choice


Dragonflight Death Knight Stats

  • Strength— increases attack and Spell Power;
  • Haste — reduces your Global Cooldown, increases the number of spells you can cast at the unit of time;
  • Critical Strike — increases the chance to deal additional damage;
  • Versatility — decreases damage taken, increases damage dealt;
  • Mastery — increases the effectiveness of healing and absorption spells.
  1. Strength
  2. Haste
  3. Critical Strike / Mastery
  4. Versatility
  1. Strength
  2. Mastery
  3. Critical Strike
  4. Haste
  5. Versatility
  1. Strength
  2. Haste
  3. Mastery 
  4. Critical Strike
  5. Versatility

Dragonflight Death Knight Best Race

Any race can become a Death Knight, but here are some of the most suitable.

Horde DK

  • Blood Fury — increases your Attack Power for 15 seconds;
  • Hardiness — duration of stun effects reduced by an additional 20%.
Highmountain Tauren

Alliance DK

  • Stoneform — is the best race save in the game.
  • Combat Analysis —  increase your primary stat by 50, stacking up to 8 times;
  • Re-Arm — little cheat death.

Dragonflight Death Knight Best Professions

DK wears plates, so he will always like Blacksmithing and Mining:

  • Blacksmithing — now you can craft plate armor up to Mythic raid item levels;
  • Mining — bread and butter for gold making and Blacksmithing.

Dragonflight Death Knight Macros

#showtooltip Raise Ally
/cast [@mouseover,help][@target]Raise Ally

Allow you to cast Raise Ally on the target you are currently mousing over.

#showtooltip Mind Freeze
/cast [@focus,harm,nodead][] Mind Freeze

Allow you to kick your focus target.

#showtooltip Death and Decay
/cast [mod:ctrl, @cursor] Death and Decay; [@player] Death and Decay

This macro has 2 options. If you just click this macro it will drop Death and Decay under your feet. With CTRL it will drop Death and Decay whatever your cursor is pointing.

/target pet
/run PetDismiss()
/use Control Undead

Re-control pet.

Dragonflight Death Knight Addons


A great addon that will save you from many macros. It gives you the ability to heal by clicking raid frames. Works great with any other addons.

Compact Runes

Handy addon for tracking runes, buffs, debuffs, CDs, and pet activity.

Mik’s Scrolling Battle Text

A great addon that allows you to keep track of every point of damage dealt, which will help you better understand the mechanics of your class and specialization.

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