Death and Decay (death knight ability)

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Death and Decay
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  • Death and Decay
  • Level 56 Blood, Unholy death knight ability
  • 30 yd range
  • 1 Rune
  • 30 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Corrupts the targeted ground, causing (297% of attack power) Shadow damage over 10 sec to targets within the area.

    Blood Blood
    While you remain within the area, your Heart Strike will hit up to 3 additional targets.

    Unholy Unholy
    While you remain within the area, your Scourge Strike will hit all enemies near the target.
Usable by

Offensive, Utility


30 sec

Other information
Level learned


Related debuff
Spell shadow deathanddecay.png
  • Death and Decay
  • Suffering Shadow damage every sec.
  • Duration: 10 seconds
"It's not hard to track a death knight, mon. Just follow da devastation."
—The Longeye

Death and Decay is a targetable AoE ability for Blood and Unholy death knights, learned at level 56.

It is the key to AoE tanking, and should always be used on cooldown when facing two or more mobs. It should not be used against single targets, as your other attacks provide more threat.

For DPS, it is worth using when facing large packs.


Main article: Death and Decay

Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): No longer available to Frost. Now causes [Heart Strike] and [Scourge Strike] to hit additional targets while the death knight remains in the area. Damage increased by 125%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.3 (2015-11-17): Damage has been increased by 10%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-16): "Damage increased by 20%."
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-10-03): "Death and Decay, Howling Blast, and Pestilence should no longer incorrectly grant a radius bonus when cast while the Death Knight is moving."
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-10-01): "Death and Decay will no longer trigger the Runic Return two piece PvP set bonus."
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): No longer produces a high amount of threat.

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