Unholy Death Knight Artifact Weapon: Apocalypse – Legion 7.3.2
This section of the Unholy Death Knight guide explains the best possible choices for the Netherlight Crucible, important traits and relic bonuses, and how to progress through your artifact weapon Apocalypse. This guide is currently updated and maintained by
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Rotation & Abilities
Macros & Addons
Equipping Apocalypse grants you the ability
, which causes you to strike your enemy and bursting your
s on the target. Each burst summons one member from your
is a new system added in Patch 7.3. The Crucible allows you further empower your Unholy DK Artifact Weapon, by specializing and increasing the power from your relics. With it, each relic receives a small talent tree that you can select new traits from, depending how many traits your weapon has. Do not worry, however, because with the changes to
, unlocking the full power of the Crucible won't take long. Learn everything about this new system in the
Netherlight Crucible Guide
. With the opening of
, it is now possible to obtain
, which increases the potency of your Tier 2 Crucible traits by 50%. It might be a really strong legendary if you are lucky with Netherlight Crucible rolls!
Unholy DK has a unique relationship with the Crucible, as the second tier of traits is a choice between Shadow damage or Holy damage in many cases. As our Mastery revolves around Shadow damage, we are in a position to benefit greatly from the Shadow portion of the Crucible's trait tree, especially as we begin to more easily reach values of greater than 100% Mastery.
Similar increase to
Other Tier 2 Crucible Traits
When it comes to relics, in general you want the highest item level relic you can get for the Unholy DK Artifact. However, the two best traits in the list,
, can be quite a bit better, can be a large increase over any of the other trait options, even if the item level is slightly lower, due to how well they scale.
Similar increase to
Other Tier 2 Traits
With the advent of automatic Artifact Knowledge in 7.3, most of the following is of much lesser consequence to most players, as you can nearly fill your entire Unholy DK artifact to Concordance rather quickly. That said, it's here in case anyone is wondering.
The first major trait you go to is
. It has no effect on your rotation and is generally regarded as a passive damage increase. Coupled with the traits before it, it is simply the strongest starting path you can take.
After getting the previously mentioned traits, you go for the following:
These 20 core traits have the highest impact on your damage and add the most to how you play the spec.
significantly impact the power of your artifact ability,
increase your ability to deal AoE damage immensely and are very important to our rotation.This is the best possible path that we can take and gives us the most damage as well as a nice survivability boost.
From here, all DPS increases from Traits are mostly marginal, and you can raise them in order of your preference. Deadliest Coil will be slightly better than Rotten Touch, as it scales well with Mastery.
These traits give a limited amount of damage and utility. Due to this, they simply fall last on the points you want to take before getting your 35th trait.
In 7.2, 4 new traits were added and you can now get 4/4 in all previous 3/3 traits. Due to these new traits being somewhat mediocre, you take points in some of the old 3/3's and make them 4/4 first. You can cherrypick the 4/4 traits and do not need to go in any particular order to raise these traits.
After getting the new traits this is the order you should max out the old 3/3 damage traits in to new 4/4 traits.
After that the only real choice comes down to utility ones where you take the order listed above, then you unlock the new trait,
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