PvP Unholy Death Knight Guide

PVP Unholy Death Knight Guide WotLK 3.3.5a

Welcome to the Unholy Death Knight PvP guide for World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King! Unholy Death Knights are hybrid damage dealers, capable of both close and ranged combat!

Unholy Death Knights are the vilest individuals to ever tread on Azeroth’s soil. Their tainted craft desecrates the very ground they stand upon, infecting anyone who dares cross their path with the deadliest of diseases. They command armies of ghouls to do their bidding, being the only Death Knight specialization that can actually have their ghoul as a personal pet. The most favored minion under their command is a terrifying gargoyle, ready to bombard their enemies at a moment’s notice.

Unholy Death Knights are also one of the most resilient opponents that you may find during your journey in Azeroth, having access to a plethora of defensive and self-sustain abilities. They can turn their blood into pure ice, create zones that negate magic, sacrifice their pets to gain fortitude, or turn into liches to heal themselves.

This guide will teach you how to properly play an Unholy Death Knight in PvP scenarios whether those might be battlegrounds, arenas, or the open world. To navigate to the different sections, just use the buttons at the top of the guide!

Unholy Death Knight Strengths & Weaknesses


  • Powerful Damage
    Unholy Death Knights are one of the most powerful damage-dealing classes in WotLK, and this applies to PvP as well! They have solid sustained DPS, paired with some very high burst capabilities thanks to their Empower Rune Weapon and Summon Gargoyle cooldowns.
  • High Survivability & Defensive Capabilities
    Unholy Death Knights come with a large selection of defensive abilities and self-sustain spells, allowing them to benefit from very high survivability. They have access to many tools that can counter most abilities in the game. They can also benefit from reduced incoming damage from abilities such as Bone Shield, Icebound Fortitude, and Anti-Magic Zone, while also being capable of healing themselves with Lichborne, Death Strike, and Death Pact.
  • Powerful Crowd Control
    Unholy Death Knights have a lot of crowd control abilities, being able to corrupt the ground with Desecration and slow their opponents, displace their targets with Death Grip, and even silence their targets with Strangulate. They also have access to a very spammable interrupt, Mind Freeze.
  • Fun Playstyle
    Unholy Death Knights are one of the most entertaining specializations that you can play in WotLK, with access to a variety of tools for both ranged and close-quarter combat, as well as two unique resources for a very distinct gameplay!


  • Low Mobility
    Unholy Death Knights suffer from having little to no mobility-increasing abilities. As a result, they are susceptible to movement speed reduction abilities, which can make them easily kiteable.
  • No Healing Reduction
    Unholy Death Knights do not have access to any healing reduction abilities, making it hard for them to deal with skilled healers or hybrid classes. They do, however, make up for this weakness with a lot of crowd control abilities.
  • Low Utility
    Unholy Death Knights do not have a lot of utility abilities that can empower their allies. Instead, their toolkit focuses on crowd control abilities that afflict potential enemies.


We hope this guide has helped you decide if PvP Unholy Death Knight is the class / spec for you. Make sure to check out our other sections, such as talents, gear, gems etc., to get more information on how to improve your performance as an Unholy Death Knight in WotLK!


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Hey there folks, I am Nevermore and have been deeply passionate about WoW for more than a decade. Whether we talk about the hidden mysteries of Azeroth or the otherworldly Outland, my journey brought me here to share the things that I have experienced with you all.
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1 year ago

I just wanted to say thank you for this guide. I’ve been using it on and off since the expansion launched.

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