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Blood Death Knight Tank Gems, Enchants, and Consumables (WoW 4.3.4)

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In this article, we present you with the best gems and enchants that you can get for a Blood Death Knight in WoW 4.3, including profession-specific perks. We also list the best consumables: food, flasks, and potions.

Make sure to check our Gear Optimisation Guide, which serves as a support guide for this article. The other articles of our Blood Death Knight guide can be accessed from the table of content on the left.

1. Gems↑top

Sockets Gems
Meta Socket Austere Shadowspirit Diamond
Yellow Socket Prismatic Socket Fractured Lightstone, Fractured Amberjewel (cheaper), or Fractured Chimera's Eye (JC)
Blue Socket Puissant Elven Peridot or Puissant Dream Emerald (cheaper)
Red Socket Fine Lava Coral or Fine Ember Topaz (cheaper)

2. Enchants↑top

Slot Main Enchantments Extra Enchantments
Head Arcanum of the Earthen Ring
Back Enchant Cloak - Protection
Chest Enchant Chest - Peerless Stats
Wrists Socket Bracer (Blacksmithing)
Hands Enchant Gloves - Greater Mastery
Feet Enchant Boots - Lavawalker
Rings Enchant Ring - Greater Stamina (Enchanting)
Weapon See next section.

Note that Extra Enchantments can be applied to an item in addition to a Main Enchantment.

2.1. Runeforging

Runeforging allows you to enchant your weapons with a variety of Death Knight specific enchants. Most of these have an emphasis on PvP or are simply not very useful.

Keep in mind, however, that you should always use a Runeforge, instead of a regular enchant. You should choose one of the following two Runeforges:

  • Rune of Swordshattering Icon Rune of Swordshattering: grants 4% chance to parry. This is preferable for most encounters;
  • Rune of the Stoneskin Gargoyle Icon Rune of the Stoneskin Gargoyle: grants 4% armor and 2% Stamina. This Runeforge may be preferable for encounters with heavy magic damage, where the Stamina is more useful than the extra avoidance offered by Rune of Swordshattering.

3. Consumables↑top

Depending on your preference in statistics, you should choose between the following foods:

For a flask, you should use Flask of Steelskin. Alternatively, you may choose to use Prismatic Elixir and Elixir of the Master (note that you can use both of these at the same time), for fights where you prefer the magic damage reduction or increase in Mastery.

As far as potions go, your best choices are:

4. Summing-up Profession Perks↑top

Choosing a profession for your Blood Death Knight can impact your raid performance. As a rule, you should shy away from gathering professions (with the exception of Mining).

As Mastery Rating is preferred over Stamina, in most cases, you should aim to use professions that provide Mastery Rating bonuses (Jewelcrafting, Blacksmithing). Indeed, Jewelecrafting and Blacksmithing are excellent professions, as they allow for the highest degree of customisation. Engineering can also be extremely useful, as you can use the armor-increasing hand-enchant when it is most needed.

Profession Perks
Blacksmithing Provides a 100 Mastery Rating or 150 Stamina gain through two extra sockets: Socket Bracer and Socket Gloves. Only provides an 80 Mastery Rating gain, if you are still using Fractured Amberjewel and not the newer Fractured Lightstone, and a 120 Stamina gain, if you are still using Solid Ocean Sapphire and not the newer Solid Deepholm Iolite.
Jewelcrafting Provides a 51 Mastery Rating gain through the ability to use 3 Fractured Chimera's Eye, or a 78 Stamina gain through the ability to use 3 Solid Chimera's Eye (if you gem for Stamina). It does provide an 81 Mastery Rating gain, if you are still using Fractured Amberjewel and not the newer Fractured Lightstone, and a 123 Stamina gain, if you are still using Solid Ocean Sapphire and not the newer Solid Deepholm Iolite.
Engineering Provides a 1500 armor bonus for 12 seconds, on a 1 minute cooldown, through Quickflip Deflection Plates. Also provides Grounded Plasma Shield, an additional Waist enchant that can be used as a survival tool during encounters, but it runs the risk of backfiring (in which case, you taunt and take aggro on all nearby mobs).
Alchemy Provides a 191 Stamina gain to your flask through Mixology.
Leatherworking Provides a 155 Stamina gain through Draconic Embossment - Stamina. Also provides Drakehide Leg Reinforcements, a much cheaper equivalent to Drakehide Leg Armor, the traditional leg enchant.
Enchanting Provides a 120 Stamina gain through Enchant Ring - Greater Stamina.
Inscription Provides a 120 Stamina gain through Inscription of the Earth Prince. It also saves you from the trouble of farming reputation with Therazane to get the usual enchantment.
Mining Provides a 120 Stamina gain, through Toughness.

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