Death and Decay
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  • Death and Decay
  • 30 yd  range
  • 30 sec cooldown
  • 1 Unholy
  • Instant
  • Corrupts the ground targeted by the Death Knight, causing X Shadow damage every sec to targets that remain in the area for 10 sec.
Usable by
ClassDeath knight
TypeOffensive, Utility
Casting timeInstant
Cooldown30 sec (GCD 1 sec)
Level required60
Related debuff
Spell shadow deathanddecay.png
  • Death and Decay
  • Suffering X Shadow damage every sec
  • Duration: 10 sec
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It's not hard to track a death knight, mon. Just follow da devastation.
- The Longeye TCG Scourgewar

Death and Decay is a targetable AoE Death knight ability learned at level 60.

It is the key to AoE tanking, and should always be used on cooldown when facing two or more mobs. Against single targets, do not use it, as your other attacks provide more threat.

For DPS, it is worth using when facing large packs. The bonus threat should not be enough to draw aggro with a competent tank, provided that you are not in [Blood Presence].

Modified by

Unholy specialization


Main article: Death and Decay

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.3 (17-Oct-2015): Damage has been increased by 10%.

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