Army of the Dead
Spell deathknight armyofthedead.png
Usable by
Class Death knight
School Shadow
Cooldown 10 min
Other information
Level learned 82
Related buff
Spell deathknight armyofthedead.png
  • Army of the Dead
  • Summoning Ghouls.
  • Duration: 4 secs
"You're no use to me alive."
—Saeryn Dusksorrow

A human death knight and his army of the dead.

Army of the Dead is a level 82 Unholy death knight ability, and the first death knight ability to be announced. It is a channeled ability which summons a number of ghouls to fight for the death knight. These creatures run around and attack nearby hostile targets at random.

Unlike most other guardian pets, ghouls cannot benefit from [Bloodlust]/ [Heroism] directly. However, if these spells are active on the player prior to summoning the ghouls, they will benefit from the added haste.


This is a variation of a spell type, commonly used by death knights in previous games, called Raise Dead in Warcraft II, Animate Dead in Warcraft III, and Undead Minions in the RPG.


Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.2.0 (2017-03-28): Ghoul model updated.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Ghoul damage has been increased.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now available only to Unholy. Ghouls no longer taunt enemies.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now deals 75% less damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Channeling time reduced from 6 to 4 sec.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): Cooldown reduced from 20 minutes to 10 minutes. Ghoul damage reduced by 50%. Cannot be used in Arenas.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

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