Army of the Dead

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Army of the Dead
Spell deathknight armyofthedead
  • Army of the Dead
  • 10 min cooldown
  • 1 Blood, 1 Unholy, 1 Frost
  • Channeled
  • Summons an entire legion of Ghouls to fight for the Death Knight. The Ghouls will swarm the area, taunting and fighting anything they can. While channeling Army of the Dead, the Death Knight takes less damage equal to his/her Dodge plus Parry chance.
Usable by
ClassDeath knight
Cooldown10 min (GCD 1 sec)
Level required80
Related buff
Spell deathknight armyofthedead
  • Army of the Dead
  • Summoning Ghouls.
  • Duration: 4 seconds
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"You're no use to me alive." —Saeryn Dusksorrow[1]

Army of the Dead is is a death knight ability learned at level 80. It was the first death knight ability to be announced. It is a channeled ability which summons a number of ghouls to fight for the death knight. These creatures run around and attack nearby hostile targets at random.

Unlike most other guardian pets, ghouls cannot benefit from Bloodlust/Heroism directly. However, if these spells are active on the player prior to summoning the ghouls, they will benefit from the added haste. Additionally, effects that increase damage done by a percentage, such as Blood Presence or Bone Shield will not increase their damage, however, the haste added from Unholy Presence will. Attack power effects will not aid them yet strength will. This means that while Battle Shout or Blessing of Might are useless for the ghouls, Horn of Winter or Unbreakable Armor is useful.

It is also worth noting that the adds will not taunt bosses in raids. Bosses in any 5 man dungeon or adds on raid boss encounters will be taunted by the ghouls.

Taunt effectiveness

Level ?? bosses are immune to the taunt effect, but that does not mean that all mobs at least three levels higher than you will be, so do not make that mistake. For example, adds on the Valithria Dreamwalker encounter are Level 83 (non-skulled) but they are still affected by taunts cast by Level 80 Army of the Dead ghouls.


This is a variation of a spell type, commonly used by Death knights in previous games, called Raise Dead in Warcraft II, Animate Dead in Warcraft III, and Undead Minions in the RPG.

Patch changes

  • 0300Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): The cooldown on this ability has been reduced from 20 minutes to 10 minutes. Army Ghoul damage dropped by 50%. Cannot be used in Arenas.
  • 0200Bc icon/0300Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Added.


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Patch date8 December 2009 + and 14 October 2008 +

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