For other uses, see Death knight (disambiguation).
MobDeath Knight
Image of Death Knight
Race(s) Wrath of the Lich King Human, Dwarf, Undead, Jungle troll,
WoW Icon update.png Human (Undead)
Level    Retail: 31 Elite
Classic: 61 Elite
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Scourge
Location Military Quarter, Naxxramas
Status Killable

In Classic

Tall, gaunt undead, the Death Knight appears more like a normal human than most undead. Heavily armored, they swing two-handed swords.


  • Spell deathknight bloodpresence.png  Blood Presence — Strengthens the Death Knight with the presence of blood, increasing damage by 15% and reducing the chance that you will be critically hit by melee attacks by 6%.
  • Spell shadow deathcoil.png  Death Coil — Deals 1045 Shadow damage to a nearby random target.
  • Spell shadow deathcoil.png  Death Coil — Heals a nearby Undead target for 12% of their maximum health.
  • Spell deathknight bladedarmor.png  Hysteria — Induces a friendly unit into a killing frenzy for 30 sec, increasing their physical damage by 40%, but causing them to suffer damage equal to 1% of their maximum health every second.
WoW Icon update.png The subject of this section was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 3.0.2 but is present in Classic.
  • Spell holy fistofjustice.png  Haste Aura — Increases the attack speed of all nearby party members by 20%. Players may only have one aura on them per paladin at any one time. The aura lasts until cancelled.
  • Spell shadow gathershadows.png  Veil of Darkness — Prevents healing on the target.
  • Raise Dead - A deathknight will animate any slain humanoid or undead companion into a skeleton called Deathchill Servant in an effort to overwhelm your raid group. This will not be used on the corpses of other deathknights. Deathchill Servants are level 61 non-elites that have 8k health and hits clothies for about 1.5k. Mages should nova them and AoE from a distance.
  • [Intimidating Shout] - Deathknights will randomly use an AOE fear and will then target the person highest on their threat list who isn't feared.
  • Curse - Deathknights place a curse on their target which renders them immune to direct healing spells. However, Heal over Time spells and [Power Word: Shield] can still be used on the victim. Mages and Druids should remove this curse as soon as possible.

Old strategies

Strategy 1

Kill them first. Have a tank ready with [Death Wish] or [Berserker Rage], in case they shout.

Spreading them away from each other in the room appears to prevent them from being able to use Raise Dead.

Strategy 2

The guys hit decently hard, but that's not the main issue. After finding out that they raised undead creatures from the dead that lay around us made these beasties our first target in kills to come

Patch changes

  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Level changed from 61 to 81. Model updated. Name changed from Deathknight.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.11.0 (2006-06-19): Added.

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