Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Blood Tank Death Knight Guide

Introduction

    Blood Death Knights are one of three specializations that bring an attack power buff with
    Abomination's Might
    . They can also bring melee haste with
    Improved Icy Talons
    and a melee attack speed debuff with
    Improved Icy Touch
    . All Death Knights also bring an agility and strength buff with
    Horn of Winter
    .

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Blood Tank Death Knight Rotation

Opener

  1. Use
    Frost Presence
    .
  2. Use
    Death and Decay
    10 seconds before pull for Runic Power.
  3. Use
    Army of the Dead
    6 seconds before pull.
  4. Use
    Horn of Winter
    pre-pull.
  5. Pre-pot
    Indestructible Potion
    .
  6. Use
    Rune Strike
    to avoid capping on Runic Power.
  7. Use
    Icy Touch
    .
  8. Use
    Icy Touch
    .
  9. Use
    Blood Tap
    .
  10. Use
    Icy Touch
    .
  11. Use
    Empower Rune Weapon
    .
  12. Use
    Icy Touch
    .
  13. Use
    Icy Touch
    .
  14. Use
    Icy Touch
    .
  15. Use
    Plague Strike
    .
  16. Use
    Blood Strike
    .
  17. Proceed with normal priorities.

Single Target

  1. Use
    Frost Presence
    .
  2. Maintain
    Horn of Winter
    if assigned.
  3. Use
    Blood Tap
    .
  4. Use
    Empower Rune Weapon
    .
  5. Use
    Hysteria
    on a physical DPS.
  6. Use
    Rune Strike
    to avoid capping on Runic Power.
  7. Maintain
    Blood Plague
    and
    Frost Fever
    with
    Pestilence
    .
  8. Use
    Icy Touch
    . This is your highest threat ability. Try to use the Death Runes generated from
    Death Rune Mastery
    after using a
    Death Strike
    .
  9. Use
    Blood Strike
    to maintain
    Blade Barrier
    .
  10. Use
    Death Strike
    to heal yourself.

AoE

  1. Use
    Death and Decay
    .
  2. Use
    Icy Touch
    .
  3. Use
    Plague Strike
    .
  4. Use
    Pestilence
    to spread the diseases.
  5. Proceed with normal priorities and use
    Blood Boil
    instead of
    Heart Strike
    whenever possible.

Defensive Cooldowns

  1. Rune Tap
    .
  2. Mark of Blood
    .
  3. Vampiric Blood
    .
  4. Icebound Fortitude
    .
  5. Anti-Magic Shell
    .
  6. Death Pact
    on the ghouls from
    Army of the Dead
    or
    Raise Dead
    .

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Blood Tank Death Knight Talents

Standard Build

This build goes into the Frost Tree and unlocks two raid buffs with
Improved Icy Touch
and
Improved Icy Talons
. If you aren't using a Two-Handed weapon, you can remove the points from
Two-Handed Weapon Specialization
, and move them into talents such as
Mark of Blood
,
Bloody Vengeance
, or
Bloodworms
.
0
Blood
0
Frost
0
Unholy

Morbidity

If you don't need to spec into
Improved Icy Talons
, you can move points into the Unholy Tree to gain access to
Morbidity
. If you aren't using a Two-Handed weapon, you can remove the points from
Two-Handed Weapon Specialization
, and move them into talents such as
Mark of Blood
,
Bloody Vengeance
, or
Bloodworms
.
0
Blood
0
Frost
0
Unholy

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Blood Tank Death Knight Glyphs

  1. Major:
    Dark CommandDark Command
    ,
    Vampiric BloodVampiric Blood
    ,
    DiseaseDisease
  2. Optional: For AoE, replace
    Vampiric BloodVampiric Blood
    with
    Death and DecayDeath and Decay
  3. Minor:
    Blood TapBlood Tap
    ,
    Raise DeadRaise Dead
    ,
    PestilencePestilence

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Blood Tank Death Knight Stats

Hit Cap

    Melee Hit

  • 7% (230 Rating) with
    Heroic Presence
  • 8% (263 Rating)
  • Spell Hit

  • 13% (342 Rating) with
    Heroic Presence
    , and
    Improved Faerie Fire
    or
    Misery
  • 14% (368 Rating) with
    Improved Faerie Fire
    or
    Misery
  • 16% (420 Rating) with
    Heroic Presence
  • 17% (446 Rating)

Expertise Cap

    Soft Cap

  • 123 Rating with
    Mace Specialization
    from Dwarf or
    Axe Specialization
    from Orc, and
    Veteran of the Third War
  • 140 Rating with
    Mace Specialization
    or
    Sword Specialization
    from Human, and
    Veteran of the Third War
  • 164 Rating with
    Veteran of the Third War
  • 214 Rating
  • Hard Cap

  • 369 Rating with
    Mace Specialization
    from Dwarf or
    Axe Specialization
    from Orc, and
    Veteran of the Third War
  • 386 Rating with
    Mace Specialization
    or
    Sword Specialization
    from Human, and
    Veteran of the Third War
  • 410 Rating with
    Veteran of the Third War
  • 460 Rating

Defense Cap

  • 540 Rating

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Blood Tank Death Knight Best Consumables

Flasks and Elixirs

    Best:
  • Flask of Stoneblood
    Alternatives:
  • Elixir of Mighty Agility
    ,
  • Elixir of Mighty Defense
    ,
    Elixir of Mighty Fortitude
    , or
    Elixir of Protection

Food

    Best:
  • Dragonfin Filet
    Alternatives:
  • Snapper Extreme
    ,
  • Worg Tartare
    ,
  • Rhinolicious Wormsteak

Potions

    Best:
  • Indestructible Potion

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Blood Tank Death Knight Best Races

Alliance

  1. Draenei:
    Heroic Presence
  2. Dwarf:
    Stoneform
    and
    Mace Specialization
  3. Human:
    Sword Specialization
    and
    Mace Specialization
  4. Night Elf:
    Quickness

Horde

  1. Orc:
    Axe Specialization
    and
    Blood Fury
  2. Troll:
    Berserking
    and
    Regeneration
  3. Tauren:
    Endurance

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Blood Tank Death Knight Best Professions

  1. Engineering: Best profession thanks to
    Nitro Boosts
    ,
    Reticulated Armor Webbing
    ,
    Flexweave Underlay
    , and
    Mind Amplification Dish
    enchants,
    Global Thermal Sapper Charge
    , and
    Armored Titanium Goggles
    for early gearing.
  2. Jewelcrafting: Second best profession thanks to the 3 unique gems such as
    Solid Dragon's Eye
    , as well as
    Figurine - Monarch Crab
    and
    Figurine - Ruby Hare
    for early gearing.
  3. Blacksmithing, Mining, Leatherworking, Enchanting: All provide comparable stat bonuses with
    Socket Bracer
    and
    Socket Gloves
    ,
    Toughness
    ,
    Fur Lining - Stamina
    , and
    Ring - Stamina
    respectively.
  4. Alchemy:
    Mixology
    .