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Death and Decay
Spell shadow deathanddecay.png
  • Death and Decay
  • Level 8 death knight ability
  • 30 yd range
  • 1 Rune
  • 30 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Corrupts the targeted ground, causing (39.6396% of Attack power) Shadow damage over 10 sec to targets within the area.
  • Blood Rank 2: Heart Strike hits up to 3 additional enemies while you remain in Death and Decay.
    Unholy Rank 2: <Scourge Strike/Clawing Shadows> and Necrotic Strike hit up to 4 enemies near the target while you remain in Death and Decay.
Usable by
Class Death knight
Properties
School Shadow
Cooldown 30 sec
Other information
Level learned 8
Rank levels 43 (rank 2)
Improvements [Defile]
Affects [Heart Strike], [Scourge Strike], [Tightening Grasp]
Related debuff
Spell shadow deathanddecay.png
  • Death and Decay
  • Suffering Shadow damage every sec.
  • Duration: 10 seconds
"It's not hard to track a death knight, mon. Just follow da devastation."
—The Longeye
[1]

Death and Decay is a targetable AoE ability for death knights, learned at level 8.

It is the key to AoE tanking, and should always be used on cooldown when facing two or more mobs. It should not be used against single targets, as your other attacks provide more threat.

For DPS, it is worth using when facing large packs.

Background

Main article: Death and Decay

Patches and hotfixes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.2 (2020-11-17): Blood: Damage has been increased by 25%.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now available to all specializations.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.0 (2018-12-11): Death and Decay's [Necrotic Strike] now also hits up to 3 additional targets.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): No longer available to Frost. Now causes [Heart Strike] and [Scourge Strike] to hit additional targets while the death knight remains in the area. Damage increased by 125%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.3 (2015-11-17): Damage has been increased by 10%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-16): Damage increased by 20%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-10-03): Death and Decay, Howling Blast, and Pestilence should no longer incorrectly grant a radius bonus when cast while the Death Knight is moving.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-10-01): Death and Decay will no longer trigger the Runic Return two piece PvP set bonus.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): No longer produces a high amount of threat.

See also

References

External links

Base Rank 2
(Blood)
Rank 2
(Unholy)
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