Unholy Death Knight

Patch 9.0.5

Last Updated: 16th Apr, 2021

Recommended Talents

Recommended Raiding Build

Recommended Mythic+ Build

Boss specific recommendations and strategy:

Raid Bosses

Talents Discussion

Tier 1 (15)

Infected ClawsPassive
All Will ServePassive
Clawing ShadowsInstant

All will serve is just straight up the highest damage talent in a patchwork fight. All will serve makes your raise dead summon an extra skeletal minion that fires arrows that also cleave from your main target so this will be your go-to talent choice. 

Although, in some scenarios where you won't always have a 100% uptime on the boss, then clawing shadows can be picked instead. 

Clawing shadows replaces scourge strike, converting it to 100% shadow damage and gives it a 30 yard range.

Tier 2 (25)

Bursting SoresPassive
Ebon FeverPassive
Unholy BlightInstant

Unholy blight is a 45 second cooldown that applies virulent plague and an extra unholy disease that deals damage and stacks up to four times. These stacks increase the damage of your minions by 12% at max stacks, so when combined with the strong cooldowns unholy have (army of the dead, Apocalypse, etc.) it just becomes the strongest talent that unholy has in this row for single target.

In Mythic+, if you're dealing with large pulls, you want to swap out unholy blight for bursting sores.

Tier 3 (30)

Grip of the DeadPassive
Death's ReachPassive

The third talent row is a player choice/optional row. It provides you with different control and slows, so neither of them is going to have an impact on your DPS, it's all about what you need on the encounter.

Tier 4 (35)

Pestilent PustulesPassive
Harbinger of DoomPassive
Soul ReaperInstant

Soul reaper is an execute that deals initial shadow damage and then after 5 seconds, if the target is below 35% health, it activates and deals a large amount of shadow damage. When it comes to raiding, an execute has always been a very powerful choice for the classes that have the option available.

Tier 5 (40)

Spell EaterPassive
Wraith WalkChanneled
Death PactInstant

The fourth row is another optional/fight dependent row where you would either go with spell eater if the fight has a lot of magic damage or if there is some sort of magic damage you need to soak. If that's not the case, you have the option to go with wraith walk for more mobility.

Tier 6 (45)

Unholy PactPassive

Unholy pact is currently the strongest single target and AoE option. Unholy pact creates a chain between you and your pet when you cast dark transformation that deals shadow damage to all enemies caught in the chain and increases your strength by 5%.

Tier 7 (50)

Army of the DamnedPassive
Summon GargoyleInstant
Unholy AssaultInstant

Your best choice here will be Army of the Damned. It’s currently the strongest option for single target and AoE. Army of the damned reduces the cooldown of apocalypse by 1 second and army of the dead by 5 seconds when you cast death coil.