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Death knight abilities

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Death knight abilities are abilities used by death knights. Most abilities are shared between all specializations, while some are only specific to one (or two) specializations.

Death knight abilities use either runes (as part of the rune system) or runic power and are divided into the trees of Frost, Blood and Unholy.

Class

All death knights automatically learn the following spells at the specified level, regardless of specialization.

Ability Level
[Death and Decay] 8
[Death Coil] 8
[Death Grip] 8
[Death Strike] 8
[Mind Freeze] 8
[Rune Strike] 8
[Veteran of the Third War] 8
[Anti-Magic Shell] 9
[Raise Dead] 12
[Chains of Ice] 13
[Dark Command] 14
[On a Pale Horse] 22
[Path of Frost] 27
[Lichborne] 33
[Control Undead] 37
[Icebound Fortitude] 38
[Raise Ally] 39
[Death's Advance] 42
[Anti-Magic Zone] 47
Sacrificial Pact (death knight) 54
[Death Gate] Quest

Specializations

"Blood" redirects here. For the comic issue, see Blood (comic).

The three death knight specializations are Blood (tanking), Frost (melee DPS) and Unholy (melee DPS). For an exploration of each death knight specialization, see Death knight specializations.

Talents

Talents become available at level 15. Only one talent can be chosen from each tier.

They can be swapped out any time outside of a rested area using  [Tome of the Tranquil Mind].

Death knight talents
Level Choices
15 Blood [Heartbreaker] [Blooddrinker] [Tombstone]
Frost [Inexorable Assault] [Icy Talons] Cold Heart (death knight talent)
Unholy [Infected Claws] [All Will Serve] [Clawing Shadows]
25 Blood [Rapid Decomposition] [Hemostasis] [Consumption]
Frost [Runic Attenuation] [Murderous Efficiency] [Horn of Winter]
Unholy [Bursting Sores] [Ebon Fever] [Unholy Blight]
30 Blood [Foul Bulwark] Relish in Blood [Blood Tap]
Frost [Death's Reach] [Asphyxiate] [Blinding Sleet]
Unholy [Grip of the Dead] [Death's Reach] [Asphyxiate]
35 Blood [Will of the Necropolis] [Anti-Magic Barrier] [Mark of Blood]
Frost [Avalanche] [Frozen Pulse] [Frostscythe]
Unholy [Pestilent Pustules] [Harbinger of Doom] [Soul Reaper]
40 Blood [Grip of the Dead] [Tightening Grasp] [Wraith Walk]
Frost [Permafrost] [Wraith Walk] [Death Pact]
Unholy [Spell Eater]
45 Blood [Voracious] [Death Pact] [Bloodworms]
Frost [Gathering Storm] Hypothermic Presence [Glacial Advance]
Unholy [Pestilence] Unholy Pact [Defile]
50 Blood [Purgatory] [Red Thirst] [Bonestorm]
Frost [Icecap] [Obliteration] [Breath of Sindragosa]
Unholy [Army of the Damned] [Summon Gargoyle] Unholy Assault

Honor talents

Honor talents become available at level 110. Only one honor talent can be chosen from each tier. They can be swapped out any time outside of combat, in rested areas, or during the beginning of a PvP match. Other situations require the use of  [Tome of the Tranquil Mind].

Blood
Rank Choice Rank Choice Rank Choice
1 [Gladiator's Medallion] 13 [Adaptation] 31 [Relentless]
2 [Relentless Assault] 16 [Murderous Intent] 34 [Softened Blows]
4 [Cadaverous Pallor] 19 [Dark Simulacrum] 37 [Anti-Magic Zone]
6 [Decomposing Aura] 22 [Heartstop Aura] 40 [Necrotic Aura]
8 [Unholy Command] 25 [Walking Dead] 43 [Strangulate]
10 [Blood for Blood] 28 [Blight] 46 [Death Chain]
Frost
Rank Choice Rank Choice Rank Choice
1 [Gladiator's Medallion] 13 [Adaptation] 31 [Relentless]
2 [Hardiness] 16 [Reinforced Armor] 34 [Sparring]
4 [Cadaverous Pallor] 19 [Dark Simulacrum] 37 [Anti-Magic Zone]
6 [Decomposing Aura] 22 [Heartstop Aura] 40 [Necrotic Aura]
8 [Deathchill] 25 [Frozen Center] 43 [Delirium]
10 [Tundra Stalker] 28 [Overpowered Rune Weapon] 46 [Chill Streak]
Unholy
Rank Choice Rank Choice Rank Choice
1 [Gladiator's Medallion] 13 [Adaptation] 31 [Relentless]
2 [Hardiness] 16 [Reinforced Armor] 34 [Sparring]
4 [Cadaverous Pallor] 19 [Dark Simulacrum] 37 [Anti-Magic Zone]
6 [Decomposing Aura] 22 [Heartstop Aura] 40 [Necrotic Aura]
8 [Crypt Fever] 25 [Pandemic] 43 [Wandering Plague]
10 [Unholy Mutation] 28 [Reanimation] 46 [Necrotic Strike]

Glyphs

Glyphs are spell and ability enhancements that add cosmetic effects or minor enhancements, created by scribes. Glyphs are color-coded to the class for which they are meant.

Glyphs can be removed any time outside of combat using  [Vanishing Powder] and can be used from level 25.

Runeforging

Runeforging is a skill that allows death knights to engrave runes into their weapons, using a runeforge.

[Runeforging]
Icon Rune of Type Level Weapon Type Description
Spell frost frostarmor.png Razorice Frost 55 Any Causes 2% extra weapon damage as Frost damage and has a chance to increase Frost vulnerability.
Spell shadow antimagicshell.png Spellbreaking Unholy 57 One-handed Deflects 2% of all spell damage.
Spell shadow antimagicshell.png Spellshattering Unholy 57 Two-handed Deflects 4% of all spell damage.
Spell holy harmundeadaura.png Lichbane Blood 60 Any Adds 2% extra weapon damage as Fire damage or 4% versus Undead targets.
Ability parry.png Swordbreaking Blood 63 One-handed Increases Parry chance by 2% and reduces duration of disarm effects by 50%.
Ability parry.png Swordshattering Blood 63 Two-handed Increases Parry chance by 4% and reduces duration of disarm effects by 50%.
Spell holy retributionaura.png Fallen Crusader Unholy 70 Any Has a chance to heal you for 3% and increase total Strength by 15% for 15 sec.
Inv sword 130.png Stoneskin Gargoyle Frost 72 Two-handed Increases Armor by 4% and total stamina by 2%.

See also