Legion Class Specialization Guide Death Knight

Blood Death Knight

Overview

  • Changed Death Strike to cost Runic Power instead of Runes.
  • Instead of Rune Tap, Bone Shield is the primary complement to Death Strike for active defenses.
  • New attack: Marrowrend 
  • Blood Strike now generates additional Runic Power

Combat Abilities

  • Blood Strike
    - 1 Rune, Melee Range, Instant
    - Instantly strike the enemy, causing moderate Physical damage and infecting the victim with Blood Plague.
    - Generates 10 bonus Runic Power.
    - Blood Plague
    - A disease that deals minor Shadow damage and heals the caster for 1% of their maximum health every 3 sec for 30 sec.
  • Marrowrend
    - 2 Runes, Melee Range, Instant
    - Smash the target, dealing strong Physical damage and generating 3 charges of Bone Shield.
    - Bone Shield
    - Surrounds you with a barrier of whirling bones that reduces all damage you take by 25%. Each damaging attack consumes a charge. Lasts for 30 sec or until all charges are consumed.
  • Death Strike
    - 40 Runic Power, Melee Range, Instant
    - Focuses dark power into a strike that deals strong Physical damage and heals you for 50% of all damage taken in the last 6 sec (minimum 7% of maximum health).
    - If you are below 35% health when this is cast, all Runic Power is consumed, increasing the potency of the healing effect.
  • Mastery: Blood Shield
    - Each time you heal yourself with Death Strike, you gain 40% (with Mastery from typical gear) of the base amount healed as a Physical damage absorption shield.
    - Also increases your Attack Power by 20% (with Mastery from typical gear).
  • Death and Decay
    - 1 Rune, 30 yd range, Instant, 30 sec cooldown
    - Corrupts the ground targeted by the Death Knight, causing moderate Shadow damage over 10 sec to targets within the area. While you remain within the targeted area, your Blood Strike will hit all nearby enemies.
  • Crimson Scourge
    - Passive
    - Your successful autoattacks on targets infected with your Blood Plague have a 25% chance to reset the cooldown on Death and Decay.

Blood talent (needed)

  • Bonestorm
    - 15 Runic Power per sec, Instant, 1 min cooldown
    - A whirl of bone and gore batters nearby enemies 3 times per second to deal minor Shadow damage, healing you for 1% of your maximum health per strike.

Frost Death Knight

Overview

  • Killing Machine now only affects Obliterate, and making wise use of its effect should feel more meaningful.

Combat Abilities

  • Howling Blast
    - 1 Rune, 30 yd range, Instant
    - Blast a target with a frigid wind, dealing minor Frost damage to that target, and minor Frost damage to all other enemies within 10 yds, infecting all targets with Frost Fever
    • Frost Fever
      - A disease that deals minor Frost damage and has a chance to grant the Death Knight 5 Runic Power every 3 sec for 30sec.
  • Obliterate
    - 2 Runes, Melee Range, Instant
    - A brutal attack with both weapons that deals massive Physical damage.
  • Frost Strike
    - 20 Runic Power, Melee Range, Instant
    - Chill your weapons with icy power, and quickly strike the enemy with both weapons, dealing massive Frost damage.
  • Rime
    - Passive
    - Your Obliterate has a 45% chance to cause your next Howling Blast to consume no Runes, generate no Runic Power, and deal 300% additional damage.
  • Killing Machine
    - Passive
    - Your autoattacks have a chance to make your next Obliterate automatically critically strike.
  • Remorseless Winter
    - 1 Rune, Instant, 30 sec cooldown
    - Radiate extreme cold, dealing moderate Frost damage to all enemies within 10 yards of you over 10 sec.
  • Mastery: Frozen Heart
    - Increases all Frost damage done by 40% (with Mastery from typical gear).

Frost talent (needed)

  • Glacial Advance
    - 1 Rune, Instant, 12 sec cooldown
    - Summon glacial spikes from the ground that advance forward, each dealing moderate Frost damage to enemies near their eruption point.

Unholy Death Knight

Overview

  • Unholy continues to be the spec with the most active use of diseases.
  • Festering Strike lost its luster over time and have developed a new mechanic to ensure the ability remains integral in the Unholy rotation.

Combat Abilities

  • Outbreak
    - 1 Rune, 30 yd range, Instant, 6 sec cooldown
    - Deals minor Shadow damage and surrounds the target in a miasma lasting for 6 sec that causes the target and all nearby enemies to be infected with Virulent Plague
    • Virulent Plague
      - A disease that deals moderate Shadow damage every 3 sec for 21 sec. It erupts when the infected target dies, dealing moderate Shadow damage, split evenly between nearby enemies.
      - The disease also has a 30% chance to erupt each time it deals damage.
  • Festering Strike
    - 2 Runes, Melee Range, Instant
    - Deals massive Physical damage and infects the target with 1 to 3 Festering Wounds.
    • Festering Wound
      - A pustule-ridden lesion that may be burst by Scourge Strike, dealing moderate Shadow damage and generating 3 Runic Power.
  • Scourge Strike
    - 1 Rune, Melee Range, Instant
    - An unholy strike that deals strong Physical damage and strong Shadow damage. Triggers a single stack of Festering Wound, if it is present on the target.
  • Death Coil
    - 30 Runic Power, 40 yd range, Instant
    - Fires a blast of unholy energy at the target, causing strong Shadow damage to an enemy, and restoring 10 Energy to your Ghoul.
  • Sudden Doom
    - Passive
    - Your autoattacks have a chance to make your next Death Coil cost no Runic Power.
  • Dark Transformation
    - Instant, 1 min cooldown.
    - Transform your Ghoul into a powerful undead monstrosity for 20 sec. The Ghoul’s abilities are empowered and take on new functions while the transformation is active.
  • Death and Decay
    - 1 Rune, 30 yd range, Instant, 30 sec cooldown
    - Corrupts the ground targeted by the Death Knight, causing moderate Shadow damage over 10 sec to targets within the area. While you remain within the targeted area, your Scourge Strike will hit all nearby enemies.
  • Mastery: Dreadblade
    - Increases all Shadow damage done by 50% (with Mastery from typical gear).

Unholy talent (needed)

  • All Will Serve
    - Passive
    - Your Raise Dead spell summons an additional skeletal minion, and its cooldown is removed.
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