WotLK Death Knight Guide – Blood DPS

WotLK Death Knight Guide – Blood DPS

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Blood DK dps is one of the finer single target dps specs, very dependent on gear to become competitive as it needs high arp and a decent weapon damage to become efficient. Having one of the best bursts and also very fine single target dps making it compete with frost and even surpassing it when becoming BiS with SM. Blood does not bring any rare buff to raids unlike Frost & Unholy

  • Talents
  • Glyphs
  • Stats
  • Gear
  • Gemming & Enchanting
  • Professions
  • Foods, scrolls, elixirs & potions
  • Rotations
  • Macros
  • Bugs
  • Credits


NOTE: if using Build of Dark Death, use 3/3 Morbidity and 2/3 BCB


Glyph of Dark Deathor Glyph of Disease
Glyph of Death Strike
Glyph of Dancing Rune Weapon
Glyph of Horn of Winter
Glyph of Raise Dead
Glyph of Pestilence

Stat Priority

Hit (8%) > Expertise (26) > Armor Penetration (90%) > Strength > Critical Strike Rating > haste

Hit: Decrease chance for attacks to miss
Hit: 32.79 hit rating = 1% hit (Melee)

Expertise: Decrease chance for our attacks to be dodged or parried
Expertise: 8.19 = 1

Arp: more arp = more armor you ignore
Arp: 13.99 = 1% Arp

Strength: Increase AP & chance to parry
Strength: 1STR= (1+1*0.11 )2 = 2.22AP

Critical strike: Increases critical hit chance
Critical strike: 45.91 = 1% critical strike chance

Haste: 32.79 = 1% haste


From the stats we now know that we will mostly be looking for items with Arp/Str, assuming we are hit/expertise capped.

Here is the BiS list for Blood DK DPS
Head :Sanctified Scourgelord Helmet
Necklace : Penumbra Pendant
Shoulders :Sanctified Scourgelord Shoulderplates
Back :Winding Sheet
Chest : Sanctified Scourgelord Battleplate
Wrist : Bracers of the Heir
Gloves : Sanctified Scourgelord Gauntlets
Waist : Coldwraith Links
Legs : Sanctified Scourgelord Legplates / Legplates of Aetheric Strife (If using Gloren)
Feet : Apocalypse’s Advance
Ring1 : Ashen Band of Endless Might
Ring2 : Might of Blight
Trinket1 : Sharpened Twilight Scale
Trinket2 : Deathbringer’s Will
Weapon : Shadowmourne / Glorenzelg, High-Blade of the Silver Hand
Relic : Sigil of the Hanged Man / Sigil of Virulence

(You can check EatBestDk thread of BiS in case you disagree with my choices)

Gemming & Enchanting

Best professions are Jewlcrafting and Blacksmithing
JC: 3 unique gems Fractured Dragon’s Eye
BS: 2 extra gem slots (in Wrist & Hands)
Foods,Scrolls,Elixirs & Potions


Dark Death Glyph of Dark Death
Icy Touch > Plague Strike > 2x Heart Strike > Death Strike > Death Coil > Death Strike > 4x Heart Strike > DUMP RP

Disease Glyph of Disease
Icy Touch > Plague Strike > 2x Heart Strike > Death Strike > Death Coil > Death Strike > 3x Heart Strike > Pestilence
Now you have a priority check-list Disease > Heart Strike > Death Strike

Typical Intro
Army> Icy Touch > Plague Strike > 2x Heart Strike > Death Strike > (Hysteria & Horn of winter & potion of speed THEN raise dead & DRW) > Death Strike > 4x Heart Strike/ 3 Heart Strike + Pestilence

(Use this with all your abilities just change Heart Strike with the ability you want to use)

#showtooltip Heart Strike
/cast Heart
/cast !Rune Strike

Hysteria Macro (Best time to use is after the first Death Strike)

#showtooltip Hysteria
/cast Hysteria
/cast Blood Fury (Racial)
/use Potion of Speed
/cast Horn of Winter


Donorbashed! One of the best hunters in Warmane I’d go as far as say the best hunter! I’ve learned a lot from him from his hunter guides and his great detailed explanations! (Check his site, hunter players enjoy the orgasms)

xMiSHOx for being one of the most committed and best blood dk’s in Warmane! He has been playing blood dk even before the Death Rune Mastery was fixed and he was even able to top the charts! A round of applaud for him! (I have no idea where he plays now 🙁 we used to be in Lordaeron…notice me senpai!)

EatBestDk for having made a BiS list for every spec. it’s a very tiring process (in his thread he will literally try any item recommended in the posts and post the screen shot with the new stats in comparison) now that’s dedication!

Joana of *******-wow (sorry won’t name server I don’t wanna get banned). Great work on all 3 specs and detailed too.

The guild “is a dribbla ”. For always being there for me even when am not there. Transferring soon just you wait! (My thanks to any ally who farms Striderman (guild leader) in Deathwing )