Unholy Death Knight Artifact Trait and Relics
This section of the Unholy Death Knight guide covers everything about your Artifact Traits for Apocalypse and which order to select them as well as relic information, and is updated for World of Warcraft Legion Patch 7.2.5! This guide is currently updated and maintained by
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Rotation & Abilities
Macros & Addons
Some of this information may change between now and the release of Patch 7.2.5
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
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,
When it comes to relics, in general you want the highest item level relic you can get; 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.
Has moved up; Very strong single target glyph, with the Death Coil buffs in 7.2.5, but still not as versatile as
has moved down with 7.2.5, as Shadow Infusion increases in powerlevel, making longer Dark Transformations less useful.
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