Best in Slot Guide for BfA

Unholy Death Knight PvE Guide

Game Patch
BfA 8.3.7
Last Updated
August 20, 2020

Welcome to our World of Warcraft Unholy Death Knight DPS Guide for Battle of Azeroth Patch 8.3 and latest Raid - Ny'alotha. Here you can explore the optimal choices of Talents, Stats, Gear (BiS), Gems, Azerite Powers & Azerite Essences, Races, Consumables, Rotation. We constantly check our guides to be up-to-date and make changes if needed.

You can use this guide as a solid starting point for building your character, while eventually, you might tweak things according to your gameplay preferences.

Boss

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

Stats

Haste
Mastery
Versatility
Critical Strike

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

Stats

Haste
Critical Strike
Mastery
Versatility

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

Stats

Haste
Mastery
Critical Strike
Strength

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

Stats

Haste
Versatility
Critical Strike
Mastery

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

Stats

Haste
Critical Strike
Versatility
Mastery

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

Stats

Haste
Critical Strike
Versatility
Mastery

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

Stats

Haste
Critical Strike
Mastery
Versatility

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

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

Stats

Haste
Critical Strike
Mastery
Versatility

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

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

Stats

Haste
Critical Strike
Mastery
Versatility

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

Stats

Haste
Critical Strike
Versatility
Mastery

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

Stats

Critical Strike
Haste
Mastery
Versatility

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gem

Races

Orc
Blood Elf
Human

Gem

Races

Night Elf
Blood Elf
Orc

Gem

Races

Orc
Blood Elf
Human

Gem

Races

Blood Elf
Orc
Human

Gem

Races

Human
Blood Elf
Orc

Gem

Races

Blood Elf
Human
Orc

Gem

Races

Lightforged Draenei
Blood Elf
Orc

Gem

Races

Human
Blood Elf
Orc

Gem

Races

Goblin
Blood Elf
Orc

Gem

Races

Orc
Blood Elf
Human

Gem

Races

Blood Elf
Orc
Human

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

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

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

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

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

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

How is this Guide useful?
We use algorithms to parse big data chunks from Top 1% Raiders using various public World of Warcraft sources such as the official Blizzard API and WarcraftLogs. We believe that statistics is a very reliable method for determining solid choices for end-game optimization.
Why do you show different recommendations for each boss?
There is usually a slight divergence in optimal choices for each given boss, so we decided to cover that in our guides. However, we also provide you with the 'All Stars' option which is the summary of most popular choices for all bosses together, in case you want the 'set it and forget it' approach (even though in some cases you might end up sacrificing a bit of your performance).