Army of the Dead

For the TCG card, see Army of the Dead. For other similarly-named articles, see Army of the Damned (disambiguation).
Army of the Dead
  • Army of the Dead
  • Level 82 Unholy death knight ability
  • 3 Runes
  • 10 min cooldown
  • Channeled
  • Summons a legion of Ghouls over 4 sec who will fight for you for 40 sec, swarming the area, fighting anything they can.
Usable by
Class Death knight
School Shadow
Cooldown 10 min
Other information
Level learned 82
Related buff
  • 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 Spell nature bloodlust.png [Bloodlust]/ Ability shaman heroism.png [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-Logo-Small.png Patch 7.2.0 (2017-03-28): Ghoul model updated.
  • Legion-Logo-Small.png Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Ghoul damage has been increased.
  • Legion-Logo-Small.png Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now available only to Unholy. Ghouls no longer taunt enemies.
  • WoD-Logo-Small.png Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now deals 75% less damage.
  • Mists-Logo-Small.png Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Channeling time reduced from 6 to 4 sec.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png 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-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

See also


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