This is a list of the best pre-raid tank gear available to Death Knights. It include: BoE’s, reputation rewards and instance drops. I have also included a Gem List for what gems you should be using as a Death Knight.
These are the only gems you should be using as a Defense-Capped Death Knight: (JC’s can use their own Prismatic Gems which are not listed)
Austere Earthsiege Diamond : Only good meta.
Solid Sky Saphire : Blue Gem
Solid Majestic Zircon : Epic Blue Gem, please save yourself money and don’t put it in anything lower than iLvl 213.
Accurate Ametrine : Only gem that should not be blue to meet Meta requirements. Put it in anything with a Red Socket.
Accurate Monarch Topaz : Non-epic version of the Ametrine.
- Enchant: Arcanum of the Stalwart Protector
- Conqueror’s Darkruned Facegaurd: 58 Emblems of Conquest.
- Tempered Titansteel Helm: BoE Epic.
- Ground Tremor Helm: From Moorabi in Heroic Gun’Drak.
- Arcane Shielded Helm: From Grand Magus Telestra in Heroic Nexus.
- The Crusader’s Resolution: Reward from The Crusader’s Pinnacle.
- Shard of the Crystal Forest: 19 Emblems of Conquest
- Enchant: Greater Inscription of the Pinnacle
- Regal Aurous Shoulderpads: Drops from Argent Confessor Paletress in Heroic Trial of the Champion.
- Valorous Scourgebone Pauldrons: 60 Emblems of Valor.
- Warpach’s Spaulders of Solidarity: BoE Epic from numerous instances.
- Crusader’s Square Pauldrons: BoE drop from the Culling of Stratholme (heroic)
- Iron Dwarf Smith Pauldrons: Drops from General Bjarngrim in Heroic Halls of Lightning.
- Enchant: Enchant Cloak – Titanweave
- Platinum Mesh Cloak: 25 Emblems of Valor.
- Durable Nerubhide Cape: BoE Epic made by Leatherworkers.
- Cloak of Peaceful Resolutions: Requires Honored Wyrmrest Accord.
- Enchant: Enchant Chest – Greater Defense
- Conqueror’s Darkruned Chestguard: 58 Emblems of Conquest.
- Sun-Emblazoned Chestplate: Dropped by Sjonnir the Ironshaper in Heroic Halls of Stone.
- Ziggurat Imprinted Chestgaurd: Dropped by The Prophet Tharon’ja in Heroic Drak’Tharon Keep.
- Breastplate of the Solemn Council: Requires Revered Wyrmrest Accord.
- Enchant: Enchant Bracers – Greater Fortitude
- Bracers of Dalaran’s Parapets: 60 Emblem of Valor or buy it with Gold.
- Bracers of the Herald: Drops from Herald Volazj in Heroic Old Kingdom.
- Bindings of Dark Will: Dropps from Salramm the Fleshcrafter in Heroic Culling of Stratholme.
- Tempered Saronite Bracers: BoE from the Blacksmithing proffession.
- Enchant: Enchant Gloves – Armsman/Enchant Gloves – Major Agility
- Gauntlets of the Royal Watch: 28 Emblems of Conquest.
- Fireproven Gauntlets: Requires Kirin Tor exalted.
- Horn-Tipped Gauntlets: Dropped by Gal’Darah in Heroic Gun’Drak.
- Daunting Handgaurds: BoE made by Blacksmithing.
- Enchant: Eternal Belt Buckle
- Shieldwarder Girdle: 28 Emblems of Conquest.
- Ancient Aligned Girdle: Dropped by Anub’Arak in Heroic Azjol-Nerub.
- Waistgaurd of Living Iron: Costs 40 Emblems of Heroism.
- Waistgaurd of the Risen Knight: BoE drop from Heroic Drak’Tharon Keep trash.
- Enchant: Frosthide Leg Armor
- Valorous Scourgeborne Legguards: 75 Emblems of Valor.
- Bolstered Legplates: Dropped by Cyanigosa in Heroic Violet Hold.
- Enchant: Enchant Boots – Greater Fortitude
- Kyzoc’s Ground Stompers: 40 Emblems of Valor.
- Sabatons of Draconic Vigor: Requires Revered Wyrmrest Accord.
- Greaves of Ancient Evil: Dropped by Herald Volazj in Heroic Old Kingdom.
- Enchant: Enchant Ring – Stamina Enchanter only.
- Mark of the Relentless: Dropped by Faction Champions in Heroic Trial of the Champion.
- Signet of the Impregnable Fortress: 25 Emblems of Valor.
- Titanium Earthgaurd Ring: BoE Epic from Jewelcrafting.
- Signet of the Accord: BoE dropped by Sartharion from Obsidian Sanctum.
- Woeful Band: Dropped by Maiden of Grief in Heroic Halls of Stone.
- The Black Heart: Drops from the Black Knight in regular Trial of the Champion.
- Figurine – Monarch Crab: Jewelcrafting only.
- Essence of Gossamer: Dropped from Hadronox in Heroic Azjol-Nerub.
- Valor Medal of the First War: Costs 40 Emblems of Heroism.
- Enchant: Rune of the Stoneskin Gargoyle/Rune of Swordshattering if you are defense capped (540)
- Marrowstrike: Drops from Argent Confessor Paletress in Trial of the Champion. Use this if not an Orc.
- Edge of Ruin: Drops from Faction Champions in Heroic Trial of the Champion, MUST HAVE if orc.
- Colossal Skull-Clad Cleaver: Drops from Loken in Heroic Halls of Lightning.
- Saliva Corroded Pike: Drops from Moragg in Heroic Violet Hold.
- Whale-Stick Harpoon: Requires the Kalu’ak Revered.
- Sword of Justice: Comes from the Tribunal of Ages event in Heroic Halls of Stone.