Level 100 Blood Death Knight Guide [PvE]

A World of Warcraft Class Guide, Updated to Patch 7.0.3

Rotation & Cooldowns for Blood Death Knight in PvE | Latest Patch 7.0.3

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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

Tanking Priority: Execute this priority to deal damage and build threat.

  1. Blood Boil to maintain Blood Plague.
  2. Death And Decay whenever available. Watch for Crimson Scourge procs.
  3. Marrowrend to maintain 5 Bone Shield.
  4. Blood Boil with 2 charges.
  5. Death Strike to dump Runic Power.
  6. Heart Strike as a filler to build Runic Power.

The Blood Death Knight tanking priority begins with using Blood Boil to maintain Blood Plague on your targets. Next, use Death And Decay as often as possible and watch for Crimson Scourge procs to reset its cooldown. Continue to use Blood Boil when it caps at 2 charges, even if Blood Plague is present on your target. Finally, dump Runic Power with Death Strike and build Runic Power with Heart Strike.

Marrowrend is your primary active mitigation ability and should be used to provide Bone Shield to reduce incoming damage. Try to maintain 5 Bone Shield at all times.

AoE Rotation

  • See single target rotation.

The AoE rotation is essentially identical to the single target rotation. Just remember to stand in your Death And Decay for the additional bonus it provides to Heart Strike.


Information on how to incorporate the selected talents from this guide into your rotation is currently being re-worked for 7.0.3. Check back later!

    Effective Cooldowns

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

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