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Unholy Death Knight DPS Gems, Enchants, Professions, and Consumables (MoP 5.4.8)

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General Information

On this page, we present you with the best gems and enchants for an Unholy Death Knight in World of Warcraft MoP 5.4. We also list the best consumables (food, flasks, and potions) and profession-specific perks.

Make sure to check our Gear Optimisation Guide, which serves as a support guide for this page.

The other pages of our Unholy Death Knight guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Gems↑top

Sockets Gems
Meta Socket Reverberating Primal Diamond Icon Reverberating Primal Diamond or Capacitive Primal Diamond Icon Capacitive Primal Diamond (better)
Red Socket Prismatic Socket
Yellow Socket Smooth Sun's Radiance Icon Smooth Sun's Radiance/Perfect Smooth Sunstone Icon Perfect Smooth Sunstone or Smooth Serpent's Eye Icon Smooth Serpent's Eye (JC)
Blue Socket

2. Enchants↑top

Slot Main Enchantments Extra Enchantments
Chest Enchant Chest - Glorious Stats Icon Enchant Chest - Glorious Stats  
Wrists Socket Bracer Icon Socket Bracer (Blacksmithing)
Hands Enchant Gloves - Super Strength Icon Enchant Gloves - Super Strength
Waist   Living Steel Belt Buckle Icon Living Steel Belt Buckle
Weapon Rune of the Fallen Crusader Icon Rune of the Fallen Crusader  

Note that Extra Enchantments can be applied to an item in addition to a Main Enchantment.

3. Consumables↑top

3.1. Food

You should always eat food that gives you Strength. You will be granted:

3.2. Flask

Your flask should be a Flask of Winter's Bite Icon Flask of Winter's Bite.

3.3. Potion

During the encounter, your best choice for a potion will be Potion of Mogu Power Icon Potion of Mogu Power.

4. Summing-up Profession Perks↑top

Choosing a profession for your Unholy Death Knight can impact your raid performance. As a rule, you should shy away from gathering professions (with the exception of Herbalism), which leaves the following viable professions for raiding:

Profession Perks
Tailoring Provides +1000 Attack Power in average through Swordguard Embroidery Icon Swordguard Embroidery, instead of +180 Critical Strike from Enchant Cloak - Superior Critical Strike Icon Enchant Cloak - Superior Critical Strike and +180 Hit from Enchant Cloak - Accuracy Icon Enchant Cloak - Accuracy.
Blacksmithing Provides a 320 Strength gain through two extra sockets, Socket Bracer Icon Socket Bracer and Socket Gloves Icon Socket Gloves, in which you can fit 2 Bold Primordial Ruby Icon Bold Primordial Ruby.
Jewelcrafting Provides a 320 Strength gain through the ability of using 2 Bold Serpent's Eye Icon Bold Serpent's Eye.
Alchemy Provides an 320 Strength gain to your flask through Mixology Icon Mixology.
Enchanting Provides a 320 Strength gain through Enchant Ring - Greater Strength Icon Enchant Ring - Greater Strength.
Engineering Provides +1,920 Strength for 10 seconds every minute through Synapse Springs Icon Synapse Springs (the overall gain is +320 Strength).
Inscription Provides a 320 Strength gain through Secret Tiger Fang Inscription Icon Secret Tiger Fang Inscription.
Leatherworking Provides an 320 Strength gain through Fur Lining - Strength Icon Fur Lining - Strength. Also provides Draconic Leg Reinforcements Icon Draconic Leg Reinforcements, a much cheaper equivalent to Angerhide Leg Armor Icon Angerhide Leg Armor, the traditional leg enchant.
Herbalism Provides a 480 Haste Rating gain in average through Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood.

Engineering is currently the best profession for Unholy Death Knights, as it provides you with Synapse Springs Icon Synapse Springs, which you can line up every 3 minutes with Unholy Frenzy Icon Unholy Frenzy for increased benefits. The rest of the time, use Synapse Springs on cooldown. For your second profession, any of the passive Strength gain will do.

5. Changelog↑top

  • 13 Jan. 2014: Added new food items added in patch 5.4.
  • 10 Sep. 2013: Patch 5.4 update: updated the gemming suggestions and removed Frag Belt Icon Frag Belt, following its nerf.
  • 20 May 2013: Patch 5.3 update: nothing to change.
  • 24 Apr. 2013: Added legendary meta-gem.
  • 03 Apr. 2013: Added Enchant Cloak - Accuracy Icon Enchant Cloak - Accuracy and Brutal Leg Armor Icon Brutal Leg Armor to the enchant table.
  • 02 Apr. 2013: Removed green-quality gems.
  • 02 Apr. 2013: Improved advice for choosing your profession.

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