Introduction to the Unholy Death Knight

The Unholy specialisation currently provides moderate single target damage, as well as excellent cleave damage against 4+ targets. It is better in this regard when compared to many other specialisations.

Unholy Death Knights are currently very powerful, especially in a group where you are able to do consistently large pulls. This spec also offers some high burst in the game in both single-target and AoE situations. Unholy has strong survivability but lacks mobility, meaning positioning is very important on some encounters.

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Unholy Death Knight


  • Strong single target, AoE, and cleave DPS
  • Excellent damage-mitigation capabilities
  • Has ability that provides immunities to knockback and movement-impairing effects


  • Poor target switching due to Festering Wound application
  • Lack of damage immunity
  • Low movement speed
  • A variable amount of ramp-up time before it can deal effective DPS


56Infected Claws Infected ClawsAll Will Serve All Will ServeClawing Shadows Clawing Shadows
57Bursting Sores Bursting Sores Ebon Fever Ebon FeverUnholy Blight Unholy Blight
58Grip of the Dead Grip of the DeadDeath's Reach Death’s ReachAsphyxiate Asphyxiate
60Pestilent Pustules Pestilent PustulesHarbinger of Doom Harbinger of DoomSoul Reaper Soul Reaper
75Spell Eater Spell EaterWraith Walk Wraith WalkDeath Pact Death Pact
90Pestilence PestilenceDefile DefileEpidemic Epidemic
100Army of the Damned Army of the DamnedUnholy Frenzy Unholy Frenzy Summon Gargoyle Summon Gargoyle

Rotation for the Unholy Death Knight

The Basic rotation for Unholy Death Knights is as follows:

  • Click Soul Reaper Icon Soul Reaper when you have less than 2 full Runes available.

You can use the recommended Addon ConRo for help with your rotation, it can be found in our Addons Guide here


Stat Priority

The stat priority for the Unholy Death Knights is:

  1. Haste
  2. Critical Strike/ Versatility
  3. Mastery

Usually a higher item level piece of gear will be a bigger upgrade than a lower item level piece of gear even with better stats.