Death Knights first came to World of Warcraft with the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, starting their journeys as champions of the Scourge but quickly changing sides and joining the charge to defeat the Lich King and his forces. But to properly demonstrate your mastery over undeath to foes and allies alike, you’ll need to look the part. That’s why we’ll be going over the best Death Knight transmog sets in WoW: Dragonflight!
These soldiers of undeath wear some intimidating plate armor, usually featuring bones, skulls, horns, and spikes. Whether you’re a plague-spreading Unholy Death Knight, a bone-chilling Frost Death Knight, or a sturdy and vampiric Blood Death Knight, we’ve got a transmog set that’ll fit you below!
15. Necrotic Boneplate Armor
Kicking off our list is a set from the Cataclysm expansion. Necrotic Boneplate Armor, or tier 13, features spaulders that are made up of ribcages and lit by a mysterious blue glow while the skull on the helmet glows red. It wouldn’t be a typical Death Knight set without a pair of huge horns, and this set doesn’t disappoint there either.
This appearance can be earned by killing bosses in the Dragon Soul raid. The blood red tint depicted above can be found on Heroic difficulty, while blue and green variations can be found in the lower difficulty levels.
14. Gravewarden Armaments
And now the first of a few sets in our list from the Legion expansion. Gravewarden Armaments, or tier 20, combines the frosty look of the Scourge with the demonic aesthetic of the Burning Legion. The helm brings to mind a Fel Reaver, with its glowing slits, while the rest of the armor is adorned with horns and skulls.
This set originated in the Tomb of Sargeras raid. The frosty blue version shown above drops from Mythic difficulty, while some slightly less impressive version drop from the lower difficulties. Recolors are also available through Legion Season 3 & 4 PvP sets, which can be purchased with Honor Points.
13. Cruel Combatant’s Dreadplate Armor
Here we have another set from the Legion expansion, Cruel Combatant’s Dreadplate Armor. This armor has a bit of a superhero look to it. Maybe it’s the Batman-like mask. The shoulders and belt are dressed with the faces of eredar lords, appropriate for the expansion it comes from.
This is the Legion Season 3 & 4 PvP Honor set. The vivid red version pictured above is exclusive to Horde, while a more muted recolor is available for Alliance. They can both be purchased with Honor Points. There are additional recolors available through Legion scenarios, dungeons, and world quests.
12. Dreadwake Armor
Oh look, another set from the Legion expansion. Dreadwake Armor has a classic Death Knight aesthetic: multiple shades of blue, skulls, horns, and heavy metal. The helm looks like it was designed by the Valarjar, and everything has a nice frosty blue glow to it.
This set was from the last raid tier to have an official number, tier 21, which dropped from Antorus, the Burning Throne. The frosty blue version pictured above can be obtained on Mythic difficulty, with several recolors available through lower difficulties. There are also recolors available from Legion Season 5-7 PvP, which can be purchased with Honor Points.
11. Gravelord’s Direplate
Taking a break from Legion sets, we have some armor from the Battle for Azeroth expansion. Gravelord’s Direplate is completely made from bone, an appropriate material for a death knight. Trolls in particular may feel at home in this armor, with its dinosaur skull pauldron and feathered accents.
The Troll feel of this armor makes perfect sense since it drops from the Battle of Dazar’alor raid. The impressive version of the set pictured above can be found on Mythic difficulty, with the lower difficulties dropping some simpler variations.
10. Deathlord’s Battleplate
We’re back again with yet another set from Legion, an expansion that focused heavily on iconic class-based items and sets. Deathlord’s Battleplate looks tailor made for an Unholy Death Knight transmog, with its green glow and a mask that looks like it’s oozing. Like most Death Knight sets, it comes with several skull decorations as well.
This set can be obtained through your class order hall, Acherus. You’ll need to complete the order hall campaign as well as lots of other content from the expansion, including defeating several dungeon bosses and building up multiple faction reputations.
9. Cosmic Aberration’s Plate
Swinging back over to the Battle for Azeroth expansion, Cosmic Aberration’s Plate is a delightfully strange set. The purple eyes and faceless helm are clearly the work of the Old Gods. Completing the look is a unique tentacle ponytail that covers the back of the head.
This set can be obtained from the Ny’alotha, The Waking City raid. The purple version pictured above drops from Mythic difficulty, with several eye-less recolors available from the lower difficulties. The Battle for Azeroth Season 4 PvP set offers a similar look and can be purchased with Honor Points.
8. Demongaze Armor
Up next is a set from the Warlords of Draenor expansion: Demongaze Armor, or tier 18. With its green glowing horned helm and shoulders, and demon faces on the shoulders and belt, this could be mistaken for a Demon Hunter set, but it works just as well for the Death Knight, particularly the Unholy specialization.
This armor can be found in the Hellfire Citadel raid, with the version pictured above dropping on Mythic difficulty. Some simpler variations with a less unique helmet can be found on the lower difficulties as well as in the form of the Warlords Season 2 PvP set, which can be bought with Honor Points.
7. Valorous Scourgeborne Plate
Now we come to a classic set of armor from the Wrath of the LIch King expansion. Valorous Scoureborne Plate was the first set of raid gear in the game for Death Knights, and it still holds up well today. Its golden sheen is unique among Death Knight sets, but the skull ornaments and horn-like spikes of metal are distinct markers of the class.
This set drops from the Naxxramas raid. The version depicted above can be found in the 25-man version, while a similar set drops from the 10-man mode.
6. Conqueror’s Darkruned Plate
This is our second set in a row from the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, which was the Death Knight’s big moment. This is the set that our #12 entry, Dreadwake Armor, pays tribute to. It’s a quintessential Death Knight look: steely grays and cold blues, lots of skulls, and a helm and shoulders that bring to mind the Scourge structures found in Icecrown.
This set drops from bosses in the Ulduar raid, with the blue version pictured above appearing on 25-man mode. There is a recolor of this set available in the same mode as well as two more in the 10-man version of the raid.
5. Malevolent Gladiator’s Dreadplate Armor
Here we have our list’s lone entry from the Mists of Pandaria expansion. Malevolent Gladiator’s Dreadplate Armor is most notable for its one of a kind helm, with its single sharp horn and flowing mane of white hair. And then there is that creepy face, great for scaring your enemies.
This set originated with Arena Season 12, and can still be purchased with Honor Points. A green recolor can also be bought with Honor Points or crafted through Blacksmithing.
4. Obsidian Gladiator’s Plate Armor
And now for the most recent set on our list, originating in the current Dragonflight expansion. Obsidian Gladiator’s Plate Armor is notable for its silvery-white color, unusual in a sea of dark grays and blues, but just as frosty (especially as a Frost Death Knight transmog). This set has some draconic details, including the faces on the shoulders, while still boasting the typical horned silhouette of Death Knight armor.
This armor can be bought with Conquest Points through Dragonflight Season 2 PvP. There are also several recolors available through the Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible raid.
3. Soulforged Dreadplate
Coming in at number three on our list, we have a set from the Shadowlands expansion. Soulforged Dreadplate is a suit of armor straight out of The Maw, the Jailer’s hellish realm in the Shadowlands. With its terrifying mask, red-eyed skulls, and sharp metal spikes, your enemies will think twice before messing with you.
You can find this set in the Sanctum of Domination raid, with the menacing red and black version seen above coming from the Mythic difficulty. Multiple recolors can be found on the lower difficulties as well as through the Shadowlands Season 3 PvP set, which can be bought with Honor Points.
2. Sanctified Scourgelord’s Plate
Nearing the top of our list we have another classic set from the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. Many players will remember this set fondly from a peak time in the game for the death knight class, whether in the original expansion or WoW Classic. The crown-like helmet tops a sleek set of armor with some simple skull iconography and asymmetrical shoulders.
This set originated with the Icecrown Citadel raid. The reddish version seen above comes from the Heroic 25-man difficulty (and works fittingly as a Blood Death Knight transmog), with recolors available from Normal 25-man and any 10-man mode.
1. Dreadwyrm Battleplate
We close our list with our favorite Death Knight transmog set, and yes, it’s another one from the Legion expansion. Dreadwyrm Battleplate has all of the iconic details that we’ve seen on other Death Knight sets – skulls, spikes, heavy metal armor – and yet still looks distinctive, with a silver and gold color scheme complimented by the right amount of frosty blue glow. The helm is the best part, looking very similar to the Lich King’s own cursed helmet.
This set is also known as tier 19, and can be acquired through the Nighthold and Emerald Dream raids. The epic version shown above drops from Mythic difficulty, while some duller recolors appear on the lower difficulties. There are also recolors available from Legion Season 1 PvP which can be purchased with Honor Points.