Level 90 Blood Death Knight Guide [PvE]

A World of Warcraft Class Guide, Updated to Patch 6.0.3

Rotation & Cooldowns for Blood Death Knight in PvE | Latest Patch 6.0.3

The following rotation guide was developed through extensive simulations and play testing with the goal of keeping the guide as simple as possible without sacrificing performance. This guide also included AoE rotations and provides details on when to use special talents and cooldowns.

Single Target Rotation

When pulling, you will want to apply diseases using Outbreak. Then you can Blood Boil with both Blood Runes, and use Death Strike to take advantage of the Death Strike mechanics (healing for damage taken in preceding 5 sec).

You will want to keep diseases active at all times. The most efficient way to refresh your diseases is with Blood Boil. However, if a disease expires, refresh the disease via Outbreak. If Outbreak is on cooldown, then use Icy Touch and/or Plague Strike. Diseases should only be refreshed when they have <= 9 sec remaining.

Beyond diseases, you will want to Death Strike as much as possible with your Frost, Unholy, and Death Runes. Use Blood Boil with Blood Runes, and Death Coil whenever all Runes are depleted or to dump Runic Power. Soul Reaper Blood replaces Blood Boil when your target has 35% or less health.

Blood Tap: Blood tanks benefit from Blood Tap and its regular return of Death Runes. Because Blood Tap is off the GCD, you can effectively manage it with a macro. However, as a tank it is recommended that you do not use the macro because it is very helpful to have complete control over your Death Runes.

#showtooltip Death Coil
/cast Death Coil
/cast Blood Tap

With this macro you will automatically refresh a Death Rune every 3-4 Death Coil. Consume the Death Rune by following the single target tanking priority. If you choose not to use a macro, remember to consume the charges on Blood Tap at <= 10 so you do not waste them.

AoE Rotation

Presence: Blood Presence

When tanking multiple mobs, you will want to immediately drop a Death And Decay. Then, apply diseases and spread them via Blood Boil. Use Blood Boil with your Blood Runes. Continue to Death Strike and Death Coil as you would in the single target scenario. Watch for Crimson Scourge procs and consume them quickly to prevent additional procs from being wasted. Death And Decay has priority over Blood Boil for consuming Crimson Scourge procs.

Talents

Below is advice on how to use the performance-enhancing talents that were selected in this guide.

Effective Cooldowns

These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate into most all encounters.

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