WoW Death Knight Guide
The death knight is a Hero class introduced in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. They are a hybrid class, with both magical and melee abilities. A death knight is especially good for tanking and melee damage dealing purposes. They can wear any type of armor, including cloth, leather, mail, or plate, however, they cannot use shields. These characters can also use most weapons, both of the one-handed and the two-handed varieties, including axes, maces, polearms, and swords. They can dual wield, but they cannot use ranged weapons.
All races can become death knights. In order to create one, you must have at least one character at level 55 or above, and you can only create one death knight per realm. This is one of the classes that can be difficult to play well because you have to learn how to properly manage their special rune based power system.
The major abilities of the death knight come about through the use of runes and runic power. They can get two runes of each of three types (blood, frost, and unholy) and they use these runes for their spells. Spells consume the runes, but they regenerate in ten seconds. Runes have a certain amount of runic power, with the more power they have the more powerful the spells are. Using the runes generates more runic power, which is used by some of the spells of the death knights.
Talents: Blood, Frost, and Unholy
Blood Death Knight
Death knights with this specialty can better heal themselves and improve their ability to deal damage and their melee spells and weapons. This is usually considered to be a leveling and PvE specialization. Some of the more useful spells using the blood runes are blood aura, two-handed weapon specialization, sudden doom, abomination’s might, heart strike, dancing rune weapon, hysteria and mark of blood.
Frost Death Knight
Frost death knights have improved abilities in tanking and damaging single targets. Some of the talents available in this specialization are also useful for physical damage mitigation. The frost death knight is considered the best for main taking duties, but can also be good for solo questing, parties, and raids. Some of the more useful spells using the frost runes are lichborne, unbreakable armor, bladed armor, icy talons, hungering cold, frost strike, and howling blast.
Unholy Death Knight
Death knights with an unholy specialization have some added area of effect options as well as better abilities to use disease for damage over time. There are also talents to help improve minions that have been summoned, to improve mobility, and to improve spell damage shielding. These nights get a ghoul for a pet and a gargoyle they can summon for a guardian. This is the best of the specializations for PvP and area of effect damage. Some of the more useful spells using the unholy runes are summon gargoyle, crypt fever, master of ghouls, ravenous dead, corpse explosion, unholy blight, night of the dead, unholy aura and anti-magic zone.
Leveling a Death Knight is relatively easy. While you do start at much higher level than a new character, death knights also have another advantage – they have all the flight paths. Once you have made your way off of Death Bringer’s Rise you will want to start thinking about where you want your talent spec to go. If you do not plan on being a tank you will want to consider moving your talent’s towards Blood. The blood talent spec is very nice for leveling and in dungeons you can do a decent amount of DPS.
As you start to get up in level and you start accumulating some frost emblems you will want to consider switching to the Undead spec. The Undead spec works best with the tier set of frost gear for the highest amount of raid DPS. You won’t want to consider switching to this spec until you have fully outfitted yourself with triumph emblem gear.
Solo questing is pretty easy for Death Knights but the experience isn’t going to be as good as running dungeons. If you have no desire to tank you may find that your wait times for getting a dungeon group are a little high. This is a good time to start working on a quest. You can alternate in this way all the way up to 80.
Some Death Knights will even spec into frost for tanking purposes even though they intend on switching to a DPS spec once they hit 80. This is because tanks are needed more than DPS and you will not have to wait nearly as long to get a dungeon group as a tank. You won’t need to worry too much about getting tank gear as opposed to DPS gear because you will be buying your DPS gear with your triumph emblems. Once you hit 80 however, if you do not intend on remaining a tank, you will need to switch back over.
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