Best in Slot Guide for BfA

Unholy Death Knight PvP Guide

Game Patch
BfA 8.3.7
Last Updated
August 5, 2020

Welcome to our World of Warcraft Unholy Death Knight PvP Guide (Arena and Battlegrounds) for Battle of Azeroth Patch 8.3. We covered best Talents, Stats, Gear (BiS), Gems, Azerite Powers & Azerite Essences, Races, Consumables, Rotation. This guide is constantly updated to show latest data for 2v2, 3v3 and RBG.

You can use this guide as a solid starting point for building your character, and later adjust things to your liking.

Ladder

Talents

56
Infected Claws
All Will Serve
Clawing Shadows
57
Bursting Sores
Ebon Fever
Unholy Blight
58
Grip of the Dead
Death's Reach
Asphyxiate
60
Pestilent Pustules
Harbinger of Doom
Soul Reaper
75
Spell Eater
Wraith Walk
Death Pact
90
Pestilence
Defile
Epidemic
100
Army of the Damned
Unholy Frenzy
Summon Gargoyle

PvP Talents

Talents

56
Infected Claws
All Will Serve
Clawing Shadows
57
Bursting Sores
Ebon Fever
Unholy Blight
58
Grip of the Dead
Death's Reach
Asphyxiate
60
Pestilent Pustules
Harbinger of Doom
Soul Reaper
75
Spell Eater
Wraith Walk
Death Pact
90
Pestilence
Defile
Epidemic
100
Army of the Damned
Unholy Frenzy
Summon Gargoyle

PvP Talents

Talents

56
Infected Claws
All Will Serve
Clawing Shadows
57
Bursting Sores
Ebon Fever
Unholy Blight
58
Grip of the Dead
Death's Reach
Asphyxiate
60
Pestilent Pustules
Harbinger of Doom
Soul Reaper
75
Spell Eater
Wraith Walk
Death Pact
90
Pestilence
Defile
Epidemic
100
Army of the Damned
Unholy Frenzy
Summon Gargoyle

PvP Talents

Stats

Versatility
Haste
Critical Strike
Mastery

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Stats

Versatility
Haste
Critical Strike
Mastery

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Stats

Haste
Versatility
Critical Strike
Mastery

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Races

Orc
Human
Blood Elf

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Races

Orc
Human
Blood Elf

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Races

Orc
Human
Blood Elf

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Rotation

Use Potion
Use Potion: Use your potion with Unholy Frenzy
Use Racial Active Buff
Use Trinkets: Try to use trinkets during Unholy Frenzy
If there are targets in range without Virulent Plague ticking on them
Use if you are close to full Runic Power (about 80+)
When you have a Festering Wound on your main target
If there are no Festering Wounds on your main target
This replaces Death Coil as your Runic Power spender when there are multiple targets
With Sudden Doom
When Virulent Plague is in the 30% refresh window. (Less than 6.3 seconds, 3.15 seconds with Ebon Fever)
When you have 4+ Festering Wounds on the target.
Use if you are close to full Runic Power (about 80+)
When there are no Festering Wounds on the target. Also when Apocalypse is ready and you have less than 4 Festering Wounds on the target.
If there is more than one target, try to put it on a target that will die soon to get the haste buff.
When you can burst a Festering Wound. Don't use if you are building up Festering Wounds for Apocalypse.
Can you hit 3+ targets?
No
When Virulent Plague is in the 30% refresh window. (Less than 6.3 seconds, 3.15 seconds with Ebon Fever)
When you have 4+ Festering Wounds on the target.
Use if you are close to full Runic Power (about 80+)
When there are no Festering Wounds on the target. Also when Apocalypse is ready and you have less than 4 Festering Wounds on the target.
If there is more than one target, try to put it on a target that will die soon to get the haste buff.
When you can burst a Festering Wound. Don't use if you are building up Festering Wounds for Apocalypse.
Yes
If there are targets in range without Virulent Plague ticking on them
Use if you are close to full Runic Power (about 80+)
When you have a Festering Wound on your main target
If there are no Festering Wounds on your main target
This replaces Death Coil as your Runic Power spender when there are multiple targets
With Sudden Doom

Rotation

Use Potion
Use Potion: Use your potion with Unholy Frenzy
Use Racial Active Buff
Use Trinkets: Try to use trinkets during Unholy Frenzy
If there are targets in range without Virulent Plague ticking on them
Use if you are close to full Runic Power (about 80+)
When you have a Festering Wound on your main target
If there are no Festering Wounds on your main target
This replaces Death Coil as your Runic Power spender when there are multiple targets
With Sudden Doom
When Virulent Plague is in the 30% refresh window. (Less than 6.3 seconds, 3.15 seconds with Ebon Fever)
When you have 4+ Festering Wounds on the target.
Use if you are close to full Runic Power (about 80+)
When there are no Festering Wounds on the target. Also when Apocalypse is ready and you have less than 4 Festering Wounds on the target.
If there is more than one target, try to put it on a target that will die soon to get the haste buff.
When you can burst a Festering Wound. Don't use if you are building up Festering Wounds for Apocalypse.
Can you hit 3+ targets?
No
When Virulent Plague is in the 30% refresh window. (Less than 6.3 seconds, 3.15 seconds with Ebon Fever)
When you have 4+ Festering Wounds on the target.
Use if you are close to full Runic Power (about 80+)
When there are no Festering Wounds on the target. Also when Apocalypse is ready and you have less than 4 Festering Wounds on the target.
If there is more than one target, try to put it on a target that will die soon to get the haste buff.
When you can burst a Festering Wound. Don't use if you are building up Festering Wounds for Apocalypse.
Yes
If there are targets in range without Virulent Plague ticking on them
Use if you are close to full Runic Power (about 80+)
When you have a Festering Wound on your main target
If there are no Festering Wounds on your main target
This replaces Death Coil as your Runic Power spender when there are multiple targets
With Sudden Doom

Rotation

Use Potion
Use Potion: Use your potion with Unholy Frenzy
Use Racial Active Buff
Use Trinkets: Try to use trinkets during Unholy Frenzy
If there are targets in range without Virulent Plague ticking on them
Use if you are close to full Runic Power (about 80+)
When you have a Festering Wound on your main target
If there are no Festering Wounds on your main target
This replaces Death Coil as your Runic Power spender when there are multiple targets
With Sudden Doom
When Virulent Plague is in the 30% refresh window. (Less than 6.3 seconds, 3.15 seconds with Ebon Fever)
When you have 4+ Festering Wounds on the target.
Use if you are close to full Runic Power (about 80+)
When there are no Festering Wounds on the target. Also when Apocalypse is ready and you have less than 4 Festering Wounds on the target.
If there is more than one target, try to put it on a target that will die soon to get the haste buff.
When you can burst a Festering Wound. Don't use if you are building up Festering Wounds for Apocalypse.
Can you hit 3+ targets?
No
When Virulent Plague is in the 30% refresh window. (Less than 6.3 seconds, 3.15 seconds with Ebon Fever)
When you have 4+ Festering Wounds on the target.
Use if you are close to full Runic Power (about 80+)
When there are no Festering Wounds on the target. Also when Apocalypse is ready and you have less than 4 Festering Wounds on the target.
If there is more than one target, try to put it on a target that will die soon to get the haste buff.
When you can burst a Festering Wound. Don't use if you are building up Festering Wounds for Apocalypse.
Yes
If there are targets in range without Virulent Plague ticking on them
Use if you are close to full Runic Power (about 80+)
When you have a Festering Wound on your main target
If there are no Festering Wounds on your main target
This replaces Death Coil as your Runic Power spender when there are multiple targets
With Sudden Doom

Frequently Asked Questions

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