mm+ Unholy Death Knight

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This is a guide about how to build Unholy Death Knights for Mythic+ . It summarizes what is working for the highest-rated players: stat priority, legendary, trinkets, gems, enchantments, talents, PvP talents, covenants, soulbinds, and conduits.

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Class Unholy Death Knight
Activity Mythic+
Number of players 50
Highest rating 3176
Lowest rating 2622

Stat Priority

+590
22% Crit
+818
25% Hast
+835
57% Mast
+380
9% Vers

Based on the average stat bonuses observed on the gear of the 50 highest rated Unholy Death Knights in Mythic+, the stat priority is:

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

Race

Based on the 50 highest rated Unholy Death Knights in Mythic+, the character races to choose are:

  1. Blood Elf icon.
    B

    Blood Elf

    10
  2. Dwarf icon.
    D

    Dwarf

    8
  3. Orc icon.
    O

    Orc

    8
  4. Human icon.
    H

    Human

    7
  5. Tauren icon.
    T

    Tauren

    4

Legendary

Based on the gear observed on the 50 highest rated Unholy Death Knights in Mythic+, the legendary items to use are:

  1. Frenzied Monstrosity legendary item icon.
    F

    Frenzied Monstrosity - Back

    43

    Dark Transformation also increases the attack speed and damage of you and your Monstrosity by 12%.

  2. Unity legendary item icon.
    U

    Unity - Neck

    22

    Gain the legendary effect of Abomination's Frenzy: Abomination Limb's duration is increased by 4 sec and the frequency it grants Runic Corruption is increased by 2 sec. The first time an enemy is damaged by Abomination Limb they take 20% increased damage from you for 12 sec.

  3. Unity legendary item icon.
    U

    Unity - Wrist

    13

    Gain the legendary effect of Abomination's Frenzy: Abomination Limb's duration is increased by 4 sec and the frequency it grants Runic Corruption is increased by 2 sec. The first time an enemy is damaged by Abomination Limb they take 20% increased damage from you for 12 sec.

  4. Unity legendary item icon.
    U

    Unity - Feet

    7

    Gain the legendary effect of Abomination's Frenzy: Abomination Limb's duration is increased by 4 sec and the frequency it grants Runic Corruption is increased by 2 sec. The first time an enemy is damaged by Abomination Limb they take 20% increased damage from you for 12 sec.

  5. Unity legendary item icon.
    U

    Unity - Waist

    4

    Gain the legendary effect of Abomination's Frenzy: Abomination Limb's duration is increased by 4 sec and the frequency it grants Runic Corruption is increased by 2 sec. The first time an enemy is damaged by Abomination Limb they take 20% increased damage from you for 12 sec.

Trinkets

Based on the gear observed on the 50 highest rated Unholy Death Knights in Mythic+, the trinkets to use are:

  1. Enforcer's Stun Grenade item icon.
    E

    Enforcer's Stun Grenade

    31

    Ilvl 304
    Stats
    +184 versatility
    Effects
    Use: Grants 942 Versatility for 20 sec. (2 Min Cooldown)
    Rank Mythic

  2. Old Warrior's Soul item icon.
    O

    Old Warrior's Soul

    25

    Ilvl 311
    Stats
    +171 strength
    Effects
    Equip: While in combat your rage builds, increasing your Haste by 50 every 20 sec, stacking up to 5 times.
    Equip: When a nearby ally's health drops below 50%, sacrifice 6,488 of your health to heal them for the same amount. May only occur every 1 min.
    Rank Fated Mythic

  3. The First Sigil item icon.
    T

    The First Sigil

    10

    Ilvl 304
    Stats
    +160 strength
    Effects
    Use: Channel your Fleshcraft, gaining its benefits and gain 1,447 Versatility for 20 sec. (5 Min Cooldown)
    Rank Fated Mythic

  4. Scars of Fraternal Strife item icon.
    S

    Scars of Fraternal Strife

    8

    Ilvl 311
    Stats
    +65 avoidance
    Effects
    Equip: Affix a Domination Rune to yourself, gaining power at a price.
    Use: Add another. (30 Sec Cooldown)
    Rank Fated Mythic

  5. So'leah's Secret Technique item icon.
    S

    So'leah's Secret Technique

    7

    Ilvl 304
    Stats
    +160 strength
    Effects
    Use: Select a player in your party or raid, granting them 20 of their highest secondary stat, and granting you 125 of that same stat, for 30 min. (1 Sec Cooldown)
    Rank Mythic

Tier Set

Based on the gear observed on the 50 highest rated Unholy Death Knights in Mythic+, the tier set items to use are:

  1. Carapace of the First Eidolon item icon.
    C

    Carapace of the First Eidolon

    47

    Ilvl 311
    Stats
    +179 strength
    +411 stamina
    +61 critical-strike
    +141 mastery
    Enchant
    Primary Stats +30
    Reinforced (+32 Stamina)
    Set
    Set: Every 5 Clawing Shadows that burst Festering Wounds applies Soul Reaper on your target and summons an Army of the Dead ghoul for 15 seconds.
    Set: Your minions deal 10% increased damage. When Soul Reaper's secondary effect triggers, this bonus increases to 50% for 8 seconds.
    Rank Fated Mythic

  2. Gauntlets of the First Eidolon item icon.
    G

    Gauntlets of the First Eidolon

    44

    Ilvl 311
    Stats
    +135 strength
    +308 stamina
    +44 critical-strike
    +108 mastery
    Enchant
    +15 Strength
    Set
    Set: Every 5 Clawing Shadows that burst Festering Wounds applies Soul Reaper on your target and summons an Army of the Dead ghoul for 15 seconds.
    Set: Your minions deal 10% increased damage. When Soul Reaper's secondary effect triggers, this bonus increases to 50% for 8 seconds.
    Rank Fated Mythic

  3. Visage of the First Eidolon item icon.
    V

    Visage of the First Eidolon

    43

    Ilvl 311
    Stats
    +179 strength
    +411 stamina
    +116 haste
    +87 versatility
    Set
    Set: Every 5 Clawing Shadows that burst Festering Wounds applies Soul Reaper on your target and summons an Army of the Dead ghoul for 15 seconds.
    Set: Your minions deal 10% increased damage. When Soul Reaper's secondary effect triggers, this bonus increases to 50% for 8 seconds.
    Rank Fated Mythic

  4. Chausses of the First Eidolon item icon.
    C

    Chausses of the First Eidolon

    43

    Ilvl 311
    Stats
    +179 strength
    +411 stamina
    +132 haste
    +71 mastery
    Set
    Set: Every 5 Clawing Shadows that burst Festering Wounds applies Soul Reaper on your target and summons an Army of the Dead ghoul for 15 seconds.
    Set: Your minions deal 10% increased damage. When Soul Reaper's secondary effect triggers, this bonus increases to 50% for 8 seconds.
    Rank Fated Mythic

  5. Shoulderplates of the First Eidolon item icon.
    S

    Shoulderplates of the First Eidolon

    38

    Ilvl 311
    Stats
    +135 strength
    +308 stamina
    +52 haste
    +100 versatility
    +65 speed
    Set
    Set: Every 5 Clawing Shadows that burst Festering Wounds applies Soul Reaper on your target and summons an Army of the Dead ghoul for 15 seconds.
    Set: Your minions deal 10% increased damage. When Soul Reaper's secondary effect triggers, this bonus increases to 50% for 8 seconds.
    Rank Fated Mythic

Gems

Based on the sockets observed on the 50 highest Unholy Death Knights in Mythic+, the gems to use are:

  1. Masterful Jewel Cluster icon.
    M

    Masterful Jewel Cluster

    92

    +16 Mastery

  2. Quick Jewel Cluster icon.
    Q

    Quick Jewel Cluster

    53

    +16 Haste

  3. Deadly Jewel Cluster icon.
    D

    Deadly Jewel Cluster

    29

    +16 Critical Strike

  4. Versatile Jewel Cluster icon.
    V

    Versatile Jewel Cluster

    6

    +16 Versatility

  5. Straddling Jewel Doublet icon.
    S

    Straddling Jewel Doublet

    5

    Speed increased by 13 for each Shadowlands gem you have socketed.

Back Enchantment

Based on the enchantments observed on the gear of the 50 highest rated Unholy Death Knights in Mythic+, the enchantments to use on the Back item are:

  1. Enchant Cloak - Fortified Speed enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Cloak - Fortified Speed

    28

    Enchanted: +20 Stamina & Minor Speed Increase

  2. Enchant Cloak - Fortified Avoidance enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Cloak - Fortified Avoidance

    13

    Enchanted: +20 Stamina & +30 Avoidance

  3. Enchant Cloak - Fortified Leech enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Cloak - Fortified Leech

    5

    Enchanted: +20 Stamina & +30 Leech

Chest Enchantment

Based on the enchantments observed on the gear of the 50 highest rated Unholy Death Knights in Mythic+, the enchantments to use on the Chest item are:

  1. Enchant Chest - Eternal Stats enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Chest - Eternal Stats

    47

    Enchanted: Primary Stats +30

  2. Enchant Chest - Eternal Skirmish enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Chest - Eternal Skirmish

    3

    Enchanted: Eternal Skirmish

Wrist Enchantment

Based on the enchantments observed on the gear of the 50 highest rated Unholy Death Knights in Mythic+, the enchantments to use on the Wrist item are:

  1. Enchant Bracers - Shaded Hearthing enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Bracers - Shaded Hearthing

    17

    Enchanted: Shaded Hearthing

Hands Enchantment

Based on the enchantments observed on the gear of the 50 highest rated Unholy Death Knights in Mythic+, the enchantments to use on the Hands item are:

  1. Enchant Gloves - Eternal Strength enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Gloves - Eternal Strength

    48

    Enchanted: +15 Strength

  2. Enchant Gloves - Strength of Soul enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Gloves - Strength of Soul

    1

    Enchanted: +10 Strength

  3. Enchant Gloves - Shadowlands Gathering enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Gloves - Shadowlands Gathering

    1

    Enchanted: Shadowlands Gathering

Feet Enchantment

Based on the enchantments observed on the gear of the 50 highest rated Unholy Death Knights in Mythic+, the enchantments to use on the Feet item are:

  1. Enchant Boots - Soul Treads enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Boots - Soul Treads

    18

    Enchanted: Soul Treads

Ring Enchantment

Based on the enchantments observed on the gear of the 50 highest rated Unholy Death Knights in Mythic+, the enchantments to use on the Ring items are:

  1. Enchant Ring - Tenet of Mastery enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Ring - Tenet of Mastery

    45

    Enchanted: +16 Mastery

  2. Enchant Ring - Tenet of Haste enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Ring - Tenet of Haste

    28

    Enchanted: +16 Haste

  3. Enchant Ring - Tenet of Critical Strike enchantment icon.
    E

    Enchant Ring - Tenet of Critical Strike

    23

    Enchanted: +16 Critical Strike

Main Hand Enchantment

Based on the enchantments observed on the gear of the 50 highest rated Unholy Death Knights in Mythic+, the enchantments to use on the Main Hand item are:

  1. enchantment icon.

    49

    Enchanted: Rune of the Fallen Crusader

  2. enchantment icon.

    1

    Enchanted: Rune of Unending Thirst

Talents

Based on the talents observed on 50 highest rated Unholy Death Knights in Mythic+, the talents to use are:

    1. Clawing Shadows talent icon.
      C
      35

      Clawing Shadows

      Deals 736 Shadow damage and causes 1 Festering Wound to burst.

    2. All Will Serve talent icon.
      A
      9

      All Will Serve

      Your Raise Dead spell summons an additional skeletal minion.

    3. Infected Claws talent icon.
      I
      6

      Infected Claws

      Your ghoul's Claw attack has a 30% chance to cause a Festering Wound on the target.

    1. Unholy Blight talent icon.
      U
      42

      Unholy Blight

      Surrounds yourself with a vile swarm of insects for 6 sec, stinging all nearby enemies and infecting them with Virulent Plague and an unholy disease that deals 429 damage over 14 sec, stacking up to 4 times. Your minions deal 3% increased damage per stack to enemies infected by Unholy Blight.

    2. Bursting Sores talent icon.
      B
      6

      Bursting Sores

      Bursting a Festering Wound deals 25% more damage, and deals 271 Shadow damage to all nearby enemies. Deals reduced damage beyond 8 targets.

    3. Ebon Fever talent icon.
      E
      2

      Ebon Fever

      Virulent Plague deals 15% more damage over time in half the duration.

    1. Asphyxiate talent icon.
      A
      33

      Asphyxiate

      Lifts the enemy target off the ground, crushing their throat with dark energy and stunning them for 4 sec.

    2. Death's Reach talent icon.
      D
      12

      Death's Reach

      Increases the range of Death Grip by 10 yds. Killing an enemy that yields experience or honor resets the cooldown of Death Grip.

    3. Grip of the Dead talent icon.
      G
      5

      Grip of the Dead

      Death and Decay reduces the movement speed of enemies within its area by 90%, decaying by 10% every sec.

    1. Soul Reaper talent icon.
      S
      45

      Soul Reaper

      Strike an enemy for 458 Shadow damage and afflict the enemy with Soul Reaper. After 5 sec, if the target is below 35% health this effect will explode dealing an additional 2,063 Shadow damage to the target. If the enemy that yields experience or honor dies while afflicted by Soul Reaper, gain Runic Corruption.

    2. Pestilent Pustules talent icon.
      P
      3

      Pestilent Pustules

      Bursting a Festering Wound has a 10% chance to grant you Runic Corruption.

    3. Harbinger of Doom talent icon.
      H
      2

      Harbinger of Doom

      Sudden Doom triggers 15% more often and can accumulate up to 2 charges.

    1. Wraith Walk talent icon.
      W
      35

      Wraith Walk

      Embrace the power of the Shadowlands, removing all root effects and increasing your movement speed by 70% for 4 sec. Taking any action cancels the effect. While active, your movement speed cannot be reduced below 170%.

    2. Spell Eater talent icon.
      S
      12

      Spell Eater

      Anti-Magic Shell absorbs 30% more magic damage and lasts 5 sec longer.

    3. Death Pact talent icon.
      D
      3

      Death Pact

      Create a death pact that heals you for 50% of your maximum health, but absorbs incoming healing equal to 30% of your max health for 15 sec.

    1. Unholy Pact talent icon.
      U
      50

      Unholy Pact

      Dark Transformation creates an unholy pact between you and your pet, igniting flaming chains that deal 3,187 Shadow damage over 15 sec to enemies between you and your pet. While active, your strength is increased by 5%.

    2. Pestilence talent icon.
      P
      0

      Pestilence

      Death and Decay damage has a 10% chance to apply a Festering Wound to the enemy.

    3. Defile talent icon.
      D
      0

      Defile

      Defile the targeted ground, dealing 731 Shadow damage to all enemies over 10 sec. While you remain within your Defile, your Scourge Strike will hit 4 enemies near the target. If any enemies are standing in the Defile, it grows in size and deals increasing damage every sec.

    1. Army of the Damned talent icon.
      A
      47

      Army of the Damned

      Death Coil and Epidemic reduce the cooldown of Apocalypse by 1 sec and Army of the Dead by 5 sec. Apocalypse and Army of the Dead also summon a Magus of the Dead who hurls Frostbolts and Shadow Bolts at your foes.

    2. Unholy Assault talent icon.
      U
      3

      Unholy Assault

      Strike your target dealing 1,320 Shadow damage, infecting the target with 4 Festering Wounds and sending you into an Unholy Frenzy increasing haste by 20% for 12 sec.

    3. Summon Gargoyle talent icon.
      S
      0

      Summon Gargoyle

      Summon a Gargoyle into the area to bombard the target for 30 sec. The Gargoyle gains 1% increased damage for every 2 Runic Power you spend.

PvP Talents

Based on the talents observed on 50 highest rated Unholy Death Knights in Mythic+, the PvP talents to use are:

  1. Necrotic Aura PvP talent icon.
    N

    Necrotic Aura

    31

  2. Necrotic Wounds PvP talent icon.
    N

    Necrotic Wounds

    31

  3. Raise Abomination PvP talent icon.
    R

    Raise Abomination

    19

  4. Life and Death PvP talent icon.
    L

    Life and Death

    10

  5. Spellwarden PvP talent icon.
    S

    Spellwarden

    10

Covenant

Kyrian icon.
K
0
Kyri
Necrolord icon.
N
48
Necr
Night Fae icon.
N
1
Nigh
Venthyr icon.
V
1
Vent

Based on the covenants chosen by the 50 highest rated Unholy Death Knights in Mythic+, the covenants to pick are:

  1. Necrolord
  2. Night Fae
  3. Venthyr
  4. Kyrian

Soulbind

Based on the covenants chosen by the 50 highest rated Unholy Death Knights in Mythic+, the soulbinds to pick are:

  1. Plague Deviser Marileth icon.
    P

    Plague Deviser Marileth

    41

    The traits to use with Plague Deviser Marileth are:

    1. 41

      Kevin's Oozeling

    2. 41

      Ooz's Frictionless Coating

    3. 41

      Ultimate Form

    4. 41

      Volatile Solvent

    5. 39

      Undulating Maneuvers

    6. 36

      Plagueborn Cleansing Slime

    7. 5

      Kevin's Keyring

    8. 2

      Viscous Trail

  2. Bonesmith Heirmir icon.
    B

    Bonesmith Heirmir

    6

    The traits to use with Bonesmith Heirmir are:

    1. 6

      Carver's Eye

    2. 6

      Forgeborne Reveries

    3. 6

      Mnemonic Equipment

    4. 6

      Resourceful Fleshcrafting

    5. 5

      Heirmir's Arsenal: Marrowed Gemstone

    6. 5

      Runeforged Spurs

    7. 1

      Bonesmith's Satchel

    8. 1

      Heirmir's Arsenal: Gorestompers

  3. Emeni icon.
    E

    Emeni

    1

    The traits to use with Emeni are:

    1. 1

      Cartilaginous Legs

    2. 1

      Emeni's Magnificent Skin

    3. 1

      Gristled Toes

    4. 1

      Lead by Example

    5. 1

      Pustule Eruption

    6. 1

      Resilient Stitching

  4. Korayn icon.
    K

    Korayn

    1

    The traits to use with Korayn are:

    1. 1

      First Strike

    2. 1

      Get In Formation

    3. 1

      Horn of the Wild Hunt

    4. 1

      Vorkai Ambush

    5. 1

      Wild Hunt Strategem

    6. 1

      Wild Hunt Tactics

  5. Nadjia The Mistblade icon.
    N

    Nadjia The Mistblade

    1

    The traits to use with Nadjia The Mistblade are:

    1. 1

      Agent of Chaos

    2. 1

      Exacting Preparation

    3. 1

      Fatal Flaw

    4. 1

      Friends in Low Places

    5. 1

      Sinful Preservation

    6. 1

      Thrill Seeker

potency conduits

Based on the covenant conduits chosen by the 50 highest rated Unholy Death Knights in Mythic+, the potency conduits to use are:

  1. Eternal Hunger conduit icon.
    E

    Eternal Hunger

    49

  2. Brutal Grasp conduit icon.
    B

    Brutal Grasp

    47

  3. Convocation of the Dead conduit icon.
    C

    Convocation of the Dead

    44

endurance conduits

Based on the covenant conduits chosen by the 50 highest rated Unholy Death Knights in Mythic+, the endurance conduits to use are:

  1. Condensed Anima Sphere conduit icon.
    C

    Condensed Anima Sphere

    38

  2. Hardened Bones conduit icon.
    H

    Hardened Bones

    35

  3. Reinforced Shell conduit icon.
    R

    Reinforced Shell

    10

finesse conduits

Based on the covenant conduits chosen by the 50 highest rated Unholy Death Knights in Mythic+, the finesse conduits to use are:

  1. Fleeting Wind conduit icon.
    F

    Fleeting Wind

    33

  2. Spirit Drain conduit icon.
    S

    Spirit Drain

    21

  3. Chilled Resilience conduit icon.
    C

    Chilled Resilience

    13