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Unholy Death Knight DPS 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 an Unholy 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 Unholy Death Knight guide can be accessed from the table of content on the left.

1. Gems↑top

Sockets Gems
Meta Socket Reverberating Shadowspirit Diamond
Red Socket Prismatic Socket Bold Queen's Garnet, Bold Inferno Ruby (cheaper), or Bold Chimera's Eye (JC)
Yellow Socket
Blue Socket

2. Enchants↑top

Slot Main Enchantments Extra Enchantments
Chest Enchant Chest - Peerless Stats
Wrists Socket Bracer (Blacksmithing)
Weapon Rune of the Fallen Crusader Icon Rune of the Fallen Crusader

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

3. Consumables↑top

You should always be eating food that provides 90 Strength, whether this is in the form of:

Your flask should be a Flask of Titanic Strength.

During the encounter, your best choice for a potion will be Golemblood Potion.

4. Summing-up Profession Perks↑top

Choosing a profession for your Unholy Death Knight can impact your raid performance. As a rule, you should shy away from gathering professions (with the exception of Herbalism), which leaves the following viable professions for raiding:

Profession Perks
Tailoring Provides a gain of approximately 120 Strength through Swordguard Embroidery.
Blacksmithing Provides a 100 Strength gain through two extra sockets: Socket Bracer and Socket Gloves. Only provides an 80 Strength gain if you are still using Bold Inferno Ruby, and not the newer Bold Queen's Garnet.
Jewelcrafting Provides a 51 Strength gain through the ability of using 3 Bold Chimera's Eye. It does provide an 81 Strength gain if you are still using Bold Inferno Ruby and not the newer Bold Queen's Garnet.
Alchemy Provides an 80 Strength gain to your flask through Mixology.
Enchanting Provides an 80 Strength gain through Enchant Ring - Strength.
Engineering Provides an 80 Strength gain in average through Synapse Springs. 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).
Inscription Provides an 80 Strength gain through Lionsmane Inscription. It also saves you from the trouble of farming reputation with Therazane to get the usual enchantment.
Leatherworking Provides an 80 Strength gain through Draconic Embossment - Strength. Also provides Dragonbone Leg Reinforcements, a much cheaper equivalent to Dragonscale Leg Armor, the traditional leg enchant.
Herbalism Provides an 80 Haste Rating gain in average through Lifeblood.

You will generally prefer a passive Strength bonus over any of the temporary gains. Indeed, Lifeblood provides Haste Rating, which, as a Unholy Death Knight, is much less valuable than any Strength or Attack Power bonus. Synapse Springs is good, but if you already have an on-use trinket, the two effects cannot be used simultaneously and you will prefer that of your trinket, which is, most likely, a lot more powerful than that of Synapse Springs.

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