[Death Knight] Gearing for Raids [Tank]


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.
















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    Oct 20, 2010 @ 10:19 am

    Needs an updateThis guide could definitely use an update, but it’s still useful as is so it will be left here for now. When the expansion comes out, it will be moved to the archive section.

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    Apr 2, 2010 @ 0:31 am

    Another tank weaponI’ve found that the [url=]Teldrassil Protector[/url] is useful for a starting dual-wield tank. Pretty easily gotten once you hit 80 at 25 Champion Seals apiece from the Argent Tournament.

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    Nov 15, 2009 @ 3:22 am

    i compared the titansteeli compared the titansteel destroyer and marrowstrike and i found that marrow strike was beating titansteel destroyer in everything except stam (-4) str (124) and hit (54)

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    Nov 6, 2009 @ 19:17 pm

    Gauntlets of theGloves
    Gauntlets of the Water Revenant: Heroic VH

    Titansteel Destroyer: Crafted

    Tattered Castle Drape: BoE zone drop.

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    Aug 19, 2009 @ 19:05 pm

    Fully UpdatedGuide is now updated to include gear from the new heroics and emblem of conquest gear.

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    Aug 7, 2009 @ 3:47 am

    3.2 updates?Adding the links to the epic versions of the tanking gems might at some point, as well as the availability of conquest, and valor, gear from heroics, will make this guide much more up to date.

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    Aug 7, 2009 @ 3:45 am

    Wrong nameThere is no Enchant Bracer – Greater Fortitude, however, the link point to a enchant that does exist, Enchant Bracer – Fortitude.

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    Jul 28, 2009 @ 23:18 pm

    Tempered Titansteel Treads & Foot enchantI thought that Tempered Titansteel Treads
    might be a good foot item, and that maybe
    Enchant Boots: Tuskarr’s Vitality might be another possible choice for a Foot enchant, seeing as it is only a 7 Stam loss for a 8% run speed bonus.

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    Apr 15, 2009 @ 20:54 pm

    Wrong wowhead link!The waist (belt) Waistgaurd of Living Iron: links to Horn Tipped Gauntlets (section above)

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    Mar 20, 2009 @ 3:48 am

    If you need yellow socket,If you need yellow socket, you’ll want to go with the stam/def one.

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    Mar 18, 2009 @ 4:14 am

    A usefull yellow gem.Thick Autumn’s Glow is a great yellow tanking gem. at +16 Defence Rating.

    Just thought you would want to add it.

    here is the link:

    and this is a great guide, very usefull


    Also I found that Special Issue Legplates are good leggings if you can’t get the drop of of VH.

    here is the link to those
    and they require Argent Crusade – Honored.

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    Mar 17, 2009 @ 2:27 am

    Also, do not forget the factAlso, do not forget the fact that parry gives you parry haste, which would increase your dps somewhat and thus your threat generating capabilities. This would also make your rune strikes hit faster.

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    Mar 12, 2009 @ 21:23 pm

    CompletenessI really only added it for completeness. The DR is far less taxing on Dodge so it’s best just to gem for dodge, but after a while you will eventually be better off gemming for parry.

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    Mar 12, 2009 @ 16:36 pm

    GemsIn the gem section I notice how you have a +Stam and +ParryRating gem. As far as I know, parry is lot less ‘rewarding’ then dodge. So why take these if you can take +Stam and +DodgeRating gems?

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    Mar 12, 2009 @ 9:30 am

    May be a small thing but…Of course it is in the DK section so you will understand it is for DK’s 🙂 But, if you come via link supplied in the front page, you will not recognize this until you open. Actually, it is not a big deal but according to my opinion, even Title should clearly identify the subject.

    Second thing, yes, it may be applicaple to somne other tanking classes, such as Warrior and Pladin but not Druid. (At least plate gears). This is the nature of the gear selection, if it is not class specific (there is not much anymore), all gear guides somehow could be used by some other classes. Does it mean no need to write class specific gearing guides or in other words role specific guides will cover all community needs? I don’t think so.

    Anyway, this was just a 2 cent from me and as I mentioned above it is not a big deal but may improve the quality even a little bit.


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    Mar 11, 2009 @ 13:36 pm

    UhUh, its in the DK section of the guides, and it would probably work for most tanks up to the weapon area, also in the intro it kind of explains this is for Death Knights.

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    Mar 11, 2009 @ 12:02 pm

    Does it need to be DK only?Does it need to be DK only? I reckon it could work for other tank classes removing some exceptions like the runeforging enchant.


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    Mar 11, 2009 @ 10:48 am

    Could we change a name?Could we change name of the guide? Such as it shows, this guide belongs to DK only?


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    Mar 10, 2009 @ 4:11 am

    I changed the publishingI changed the publishing date to today so this would show up on the front page, since I see you just finished it. Thanks!

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    Mar 9, 2009 @ 23:49 pm

    If you find better gear justIf you find better gear just post it in the comments, I am also going to start working on a Tanking Guide for Death Knights and have it up soon.

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