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9.4.5 The Deathknight Profession

Armour: Fieldplate. With complete study of Smithing, Fullplate. Plate limb armor.
Suggested Statpack: Athletic
Main Stat: Strength.

Balance Type: Primarily balance, with some few combination abilities using balance and equilibrium. AB BRUTALITY DOUBLESLASH and AB BRUTALITY ENGAGE, for example.


Weaponmastery - This is the primary skillset of any Aetherian knight, allowing for differing bladework styles. It includes the core ability to hit twice with most bladed weapons, allowing a Deathknight to deal damage and deliver toxins simultaneously. It also includes limited ranged abilities in the form of bows, and other utilitarian skills like impaling your foes and defending your allies.

Brutality - This is your primary skillset. It is most important for both PvE and PvP. It focuses on the usage of bladework, primarily. The existence of a deathknight is in no way kind, and their studies reflect that. Your accuracy, speed, and damage are all increased by your knowledge of Brutality.

Necromancy - The power to conquer death, and exist beyond it. Necromancy is your support skillset. There are some few offensive abilities as well, but, for the most part this skillset is utilitarian in nature, and survival oriented.

Combat Focus: Speed and afflictions. The deathknight's primary kill method is Vivisection (AB NECROMANCY VIVISECT), achieved by having the arms and legs of an opponent simultaneously broken to a level 1 (mending cured) break. With targeted and displaced doubleslashes, and intelligent affliction delivery, this is the most effective way to kill as a deathknight, although for a beginner it is not suggested, as it is a bit involved. Also effective in group combat with damage, with the ability to quench a blade temporarily to a specific target's soul, giving a chance to deliver extra damage with every swing. In this instance, a higher strength is more important than a faster balance.

Artifacts made for this profession:
- Zydramir Journal: 300 Credits
  - Reduces essence loss by 1/2.