Best Blood Death Knight Talent Builds in WoW Dragonflight

It's like Dracula and 40k had an armored, bloodthirsty baby.

Introduced in Wrath of the Lich King, where a different subclass was the tanking spec, Death Knights have since been a popular choice for tanking. World of Warcraft has plenty of tanking choices available, but it's hard to go wrong with a Blood Death Knight. However, depending on the type of content a player wants to run, there are different builds to consider, thanks to the revamped talent system in Dragonflight.

General Play & Raiding Build for Blood Death Knight

There isn't much that can be played with on a Death Knight tanking build. It's a class that works best as a single-target attacker with a lot of self-sustain. This particular build is focused on Soul Reaper and Empower Rune Weapon. As such, players should have plenty of Runes and Runic Power to spend during a fight.

Death Knight Tree

  • Chains of Ice: 1/1
  • Mind Freeze: 1/1
  • Death Strike
  • Raise Dead: 1/1
  • Cleaving Strikes: 1/1
  • Anti-Magic Shell: 1/1
  • Permafrost: 1/1
  • Improved Death Strike: 1/1
  • Anti-Magic Barrier: 1/1
  • Enfeeble: 1/1
  • Icebound Fortitude: 1/1
  • Veteran of the Third War: 2/2
  • Brittle: 1/1
  • Merciless Strikes: 1/1
  • Anti-Magic Zone: 1/1
  • Might of Thassarian: 1/1
  • Gloom Ward: 1/1
  • Unholy Endurance: 1/1
  • Runic Attenuation: 1/1
  • Unholy Ground: 1/1
  • Unholy Ground: 1/1
  • Insidious Chill: 1/1
  • Will of the Necropolis: 2/2
  • Death's Echo: 1/1
  • Icy Talons: 1/1
  • Rune Mastery: 2/2
  • Unholy Bond: 1/2
  • Empower Rune Weapon: 1/1
  • Abomination Limb: 1/1

Blood Tree

  • Heart Strike: 1/1
  • Marrowrend: 1/1
  • Blood Boil: 1/1
  • Vampiric Blood: 1/1
  • Crimson Scourge: 1/1
  • Ossuary: 1/1
  • Improved Heart Strike: 2/2
  • Death's Caress: 1/1
  • Improved Heart Strike: 2/2
  • Death's Caress: 1/1
  • Foul Bulwark: 1/1
  • Dancing Rune Weapon: 1/1
  • Hemostasis: 1/1
  • Relish in Blood: 1/1
  • Improved Bone Shield: 1/1
  • Insatiable Blade: 1/1
  • Blooddrinker: 1/1
  • Reinforced Bones: 1/1
  • Everlasting Bond: 1/1
  • Voracious: 1/1
  • Bloodworms: 1/1
  • Coagulopathy: 1/1
  • Tombstone: 1/1
  • Sanguine Ground: 1/1
  • Shattering Bone: 2/2
  • Heartrend: 1/1
  • Iron Heart: 1/1
  • Red Thirst: 1/2
  • Purgatory: 1/1
  • Bloodshot: 1/1

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Mythic Dungeons Build for Blood Death Knight

When playing Mythic+ content, a tank must do more than simply hold aggro. They must also pitch in with crowd control, stuns, and interrupts. This build offers that without sacrificing the core of what makes a tank.

Death Knight Tree

  • Chains of Ice: 1/1
  • Death Strike
  • Raise Dead: 1/1
  • Mind Freeze: 1/1
  • Anti-Magic Shell: 1/1
  • Cleaving Strikes: 1/1
  • Blinding Sheet: 1/1
  • Permafrost: 1/1
  • Improved Death Strike: 1/1
  • Anti-Magic Barrier: 1/1
  • Enfeeble: 1/1
  • Icebound Fortitude: 1/1
  • Veteran of the Third War: 2/2
  • Brittle: 1/1
  • Merciless Strikes: 1/1
  • Might of Thassarian: 1/1
  • Gloom Ward: 1/1
  • Grip of the Dead: 1/1
  • Unholy Endurance: 1/1
  • Runic Attenuation: 1/1
  • Unholy Ground: 1/1
  • Insidious Chill: 1/1
  • Will of the Necropolis: 2/2
  • Death's Echo: 1/1
  • Icy Talons: 2/2
  • Rune Mastery: 2/2
  • Empower Rune Weapon: 1/1
  • Abomination Limb: 1/1

Blood Tree

  • Heart Strike: 1/1
  • Marrowrend: 1/1
  • Blood Boil: 1/1
  • Vampiric Blood: 1/1
  • Crimson Scourge: 1/1
  • Ossuary: 1/1
  • Improved Heart Strike: 2/2
  • Death's Caress: 1/1
  • Heartbreaker: 2/2
  • Dancing Rune Weapon: 1/1
  • Hemostasis: 1/1
  • Relish in Blood: 1/1
  • Leeching Strike: 1/1
  • Improved Bone Shield: 1/1
  • Insatiable Blade: 1/1
  • Rapid Decomposition: 1/1
  • Blood Tap: 1/1
  • Everlasting Bond: 1/1
  • Voracious: 1/1
  • Bloodworms: 1/1
  • Coagulopathy: 1/1
  • Tombstone: 1/1
  • Sanguine Ground: 1/1
  • Shattering Bone: 2/2
  • Iron Heart: 1/1
  • Red Thirst: 1/2
  • Bloodshot: 1/1

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