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Blood Death Knight Quick Start Guide
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This Blood Death Knight Quick Start Guide is intended for new players looking to get their bearings without being overwhelmed, or experienced players who haven't played the spec in awhile and want a quick primer on what's new. For more in-depth information, check out the other guide sections listed on the right-hand side of this page or the
Blood Death Knight Guide Video
Here is the most commonly-used talent setup for Blood Death Knights. It is an effective all-around build, but you can find a more in-depth look at individual talents and situational recommendations on the
Blood Death Knight Talent Guide
Blood Death Knight Talents
This build is universally useful. Some situations may become a little easier with a talent swap, but this setup can handle almost anything.
More in-depth information about stats can be found
Fresh 110s in Legion can gear up pretty quickly (~910 ilvl) between World Quests, Relinquished Tokens from
, Heroic Dungeons, and PvP. Give our
Legion Gearing Before Raids
guide a read to learn which avenue of acquiring gear sounds the most interesting for you. Any gear can proc Warforged or Titanforged ilvl gains, so gear from any source can be a huge upgrade for new players.
is the best by a good margin. Beyond that, Blood Death Knights have a lot of useful options, and the value of each Legendary can vary, so check out the
Blood Death Knight Gear Guide
for more details.
Thanks to the
catch-up mechanisms added in 7.3, you'll be able to empower your artifact exceptionally quickly even if this is your first 110, acquiring the first three golden traits with little effort.
As all level 110 players are above
40 in Patch 7.3, there are truly massive gains, allowing players to acquire numerous traits with one AP token. Artifact paths are less important in 7.3 as you'll be able to grab every possible trait, but we have included recommended paths in case you are struggling to earn Artifact Power.
The recommended initial artifact path is this:
Once you've unlocked all three Gold Dragon traits, complete
Dance of Darkness
, in that order.
After you socket 35 points:
Don't forget to socket your third relic slot when you hit 110. Patch 7.3 removed the quest requirements to unlock this slot. Acquiring the third relic will greatly increase the item level of your weapon and give you another free trait rank in the
is a new system of artifact progression added in Patch 7.3.
Once a player has unlocked the Netherlight Crucible on one character, any character that unlocks the Vindicaar can access the Crucible and put points into the Tier 1 Trait:
. Do this to earn +15 ilvls onto your artifact.
Players with 60-75 purchased traits can unlock additional Crucible relic traits. Because your choice in Tier 2 affects which traits you can reach in Tier 3, you need to balance both the Tier 2 and Tier 3 bonuses when you make your Tier 2 choice.
For the second tier,
is the best all-around trait. Haste is your best stat, and movement speed isn't bad, either!
Master of Shadows
are good options, as well.
For the third tier,
are great defensive choices, and
is a good offensive option.
The Crucible is complicated and the value of traits shifts based on tanking situation and gear, so be sure to check out the detailed
page for more information.
Below is a basic rotation for Blood Death Knights. More information about abilities, active mitigation, and other advanced tips can be found
on the Blood Death Knight Rotation Guide
Keep active using
Use to stay above 5 stacks of
Cast on cooldown
Death and Decay
Spend Runes on
Spend Runic Power on
to fill free globals.
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