Rune of the Fallen Crusader
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  • Rune of the Fallen Crusader
  • Level 8 death knight ability
  • 5 sec cast
  • Affixes your rune weapon with a rune that has a chance to heal you for 6% and increase total Strength by 15% for 15 sec. Modifying your rune weapon requires a Rune Forge in Ebon Hold.
Usable by
Class Death knight
School N/A
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 8
Related buff
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  • Unholy Strength
  • Strength increased by 15%.
  • Duration: 15 seconds

Rune of the Fallen Crusader is a death knight unholy rune that can be applied to a weapon through [Runeforging].


This is by far the strongest rune for DPS. With the exception of dual-wield Frost death knights, Unholy death knights should not use any other rune once they can use this one.

The name and mechanic is an homage to the classic Enchant Weapon - Crusader.

Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Level squish. Now available at level 8 (was 70).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now increases Strength by 15% (down from 20%) and heals for 6% (up from 3%).
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now increases Strength by 20% (up from 15%).
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Strength bonus reduced to 15%. Chance to proc doubled.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

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