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Tank, Damage

Death knight


Death knight talents can bolster their defensive abilities by focusing on their ability to heal themselves, increase their damage and spell attacks, or summon forth minions and diseases by making use of their runes.

Blood - A dark guardian who manipulates and corrupts life energy to sustain herself in the face of an enemy onslaught. Preferred Weapon: Two-Handed Axe, Mace, Sword
Stat Priority
Versatility > Haste > Mastery > Crit
Key Abilities
Frost - An icy harbinger of doom, channeling runic power and delivering vicious weapon strikes. Preferred Weapons: Dual Axes, Maces, Swords
Stat Priority
Mastery > Crit > Haste > Versatility
Key Abilities
Unholy - A master of death and decay, spreading infection and controlling undead minions to do her bidding. Preferred Weapon: Two-Handed Axe, Mace, Sword
Stat Priority
Mastery > Crit > Haste > Versatility
Key Abilities


To protect themselves and their fellows from death in battle, death knights gird themselves in heavy armor and parry attacks with their blades.

Melee Damage
Death knight runeblades are empowered with dark magic; they can expend the power of their runes for vicious attacks.

Death knights have a personal connection with their blades, and can forge runes into them in order to increase their power.


ID class: 6
Hex color: #C41E3A
Icon: Death Knight class

Death knights (introduced in Wrath of the Lich King) boast powerful melee abilities as well as plate armor. These warriors supplement their strength with dark magic. Calling upon a rune system of magic, the death knight may summon unholy, blood, and frost spells. The criterion for creating a death knight previously required the existence of a level 55+ character on the player's account on any realm. However, as of December 2014, that requirement has been removed.

The death knight is the first hero class in World of Warcraft. Death knights start at level 55 in Acherus: The Ebon Hold over the Eastern Plaguelands, with multiple spells and abilities ready to use, and a set of uncommon gear. When departing Ebon Hold, they have a full set of rare gear ready for Outland. Through the death knight-specific quests in this necropolis and the surrounding areas, they learn to master the power of the death knight and learn to use this new power for the will of the Lich King. Quests take them outside the necropolis and into an area within the Scarlet Enclave.

Class Information
Death Knights engage their foes up-close, supplementing swings of their weapons with dark magic that renders enemies vulnerable or damages them with unholy power. They drag foes into one-on-one conflicts, compelling them to focus their attacks away from weaker companions. To prevent their enemies from fleeing their grasp, death knights must remain mindful of the power they call forth from runes, and pace their attacks appropriately.

Combat Roles
Tank, Damage

Health, Runic Power, Runes

Armor Type

Available Weapons
Axes, Maces, Swords, Polearms

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