Introduction to the Blood Death Knight

The Blood specialisation has an engaging play style, using self-healing through Death Strike as a primary source of damage mitigation. Blood has a versatile defensive toolkit and is effective in the full range of current content.

Blood Death Knights can be a force to be reckoned with, particularly in fights with infrequent, high, but not lethal physical damage. Their toolkit is also varied, and seasoned players will find answers to almost every situation they might get into in Mythic+.

Below you will find a beginners guide to the Blood Death Knight, you can click on highlighted abilities, for a more in depth description of them.

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Death Knight



  • Not very mobile
  • Reactive mitigation model, leading to spiky health
  • Reactive self-healing does not take into account environmental or self-inflicted damage, for example in Mythic+ Dungeons


56Heartbreaker Heartbreaker Blooddrinker BlooddrinkerRune Strike Rune Strike
57Rapid Decomposition Rapid DecompositionHemostasis HemostasisConsumption Consumption
58Foul Bulwark Foul BulwarkOssuary OssuaryTombstone Tombstone
60Will of the Necropolis Will of the NecropolisAnti-Magic Barrier Anti-Magic BarrierRune Tap Rune Tap
75Grip of the Dead Grip of the DeadTightening Grasp Tightening GraspWraith Walk Wraith Walk
90Voracious VoraciousBloodworms BloodwormsMark of Blood Mark of Blood
100Purgatory PurgatoryRed Thirst Red ThirstBonestorm Bonestorm

Rotation for the Death Knight

Survival Cooldowns

  • Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell absorbs up to 30% of your maximum health in magic damage over 5 seconds,
  • Dancing Rune Weapon Icon Dancing Rune Weapon increases your chance to parry attacks by 40%. It also significantly increases your damage and resource generation.
  • Vampiric Blood Icon Vampiric Blood increases your maximum health and the amount of healing you receive by 30% for 10 seconds. It should be used either proactively in anticipation for high amounts of damageor reactively when low on health.
  • Icebound Fortitude Icon Icebound Fortitude reduces all damage taken by 30% for 8 seconds. It should mostly be used proactively when you anticipate taking high damage.

Stat Priority

The stat priority for Blood Death Knights is:

  1. Item Level
  2. Versatility
  3. Haste
  4. Critical Strike
  5. Mastery