wotlk classic pve unholy death knight gems, enchants & consumables

There are 3 main ways to further improve your performance apart from your gear and talents: Gems, Enchants, and Consumables. With these combined correctly, you will be able to maximize your performance and get a guaranteed raid spot.


This is the strongest Meta gem that you can acquire. However, if you would like an alternative, you can use Chaotic Skyflare Diamond.

For Red gems, you will want to stack Strength gems like Bold Scarlet Ruby in the early phases of the expansion, with a mix between Bold Scarlet Ruby and Fractured Scarlet Ruby in the middle phases. Afterward, you will want to mostly use Fractured Cardinal Ruby before you reach the Armor Penetration cap, with Bold Cardinal Ruby replacing these after you get about 900 Armor Penetration.

You will want to use Etched Monarch Topaz in the early phases of the game to maximize your Hit Rating as much as possible, with Etched Ametrine being used when you reach BiS.

You will only want to have one Blue Gem to trigger your Meta Gem socket bonus. Enchanted Tear is the best option in the early phases of the expansion, which you should later swap with Nightmare Tear.


This is the best enchantment that you can acquire for this slot.

You can get it from the Knights of the Ebon Blade. However, if you do not have enough reputation for it, the next best thing is the Arcanum of Triumph.

This is the best enchantment that you can acquire for this slot.

You get it the Sons of Hodir. Alternatively, if you lack the required reputation, you can use Inscription of Triumph acquired in Wintergrasp.

This is the best enchantment that you can acquire for this slot.

Alternatively, you can make use of Flexweave Underlay, if you have Engineering.

This is the best enchantment for this slot.

Alternatively, if you do not have enough gold to purchase the materials needed for it, you can opt-in for Enchant Chest – Super Stats.

There are no better options for your bracer’s enchantment. However, if you find yourself lacking in expertise, you can use Enchant Bracers – Expertise.

Hyperspeed Accelerators are the best possible option for the Unholy Death Knight. They require Engineering (400). Alternatively, you can choose Enchant Gloves – Crusher, if you did not pick up Engineering.

The only possible viable choice for your waist.

This is the best enchantment for your legs. However, if you do not have enough gold, you can choose Nerubian Leg Armor instead.

Nitro Boosts can be considered one of the strongest escape tools in the game, with the requirement of Engineering (400). Alternatively, you can opt-in for Enchant Boots – Greater Assault, if you have enough Hit Rating, or Enchant Boots – Icewalker, if you lack it.

If you chose Enchanting as one of your professions, you can benefit from its unique trait, allowing you to enchant your rings.

Death Knights have access to a special skill called Runeforging, which allows them to apply Death-Knight-exclusive enchants to their weapons.

Our Runeforge of choice will be the Rune of the Fallen Crusader, which occasionally increases our total strength by 15% for 15 seconds. No other enchant will come close to it.


The best flask you can acquire for an Unholy Death Knight. However, if you do not have sufficient funds, you can reach similar effects with elixirs like the Elixir of Mighty Strength.

Fish Feast will be the standard raid food, offering the best possible stats. However, if you do not find yourself in a raid, or the raid itself does not have any Fish Feast available, you can use Hearty Rhino if you lack Armor Penetration, or Dragonfin Filet if you do have enough.

The Potion of Speed got you covered here as the best option. Death Knights also have a unique potion they can use, however, it is extremely situational and can just be used like a minor temporary boost, offering you some runic power.

You can make use of Noth’s Special Brew to pop your Gargoyle faster, however, besides that unique situational use, it has little value.

Unfortunately, scrolls like Scroll of Agility VIII / Scroll of Strength VIII do not stack with Horn of Winter. Instead, we can use scrolls such as Scroll of Stamina VIII and Scroll of Protection VIII.


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8 months ago

Unholy stacks Strength gems Blod is the ArP one. You get much more from Strength gems then anything else

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5 months ago

Bold Rubys are the Strenght gems 😀

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