Army of the Dead

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For the TCG card, see Army of the Dead. For other similarly-named articles, see Army of the Damned (disambiguation).
Army of the Dead
Spell deathknight armyofthedead.png
Class Death knight
School Shadow
Cooldown 8 min
Talent required [Magus of the Dead]/​ [Ruptured Viscera] or [Eternal Agony] or [Coil of Devastation]
Improvements [Magus of the Dead]/​ [Ruptured Viscera]
Related buff
  • Army of the Dead
  • Summoning Ghouls.
  • Duration: 4 secs
"You're no use to me alive."
—Saeryn Dusksorrow
A human death knight and his army of the dead.

Army of the Dead is an Unholy death knight ability, and 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.


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

  • Dragonflight Patch 10.2.0 (2023-11-07): Damage of ghouls reduced by 25%.
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-07-12): Resolved an issue causing Army of the Dead to summon fewer ghouls than intended in non-PvP combat.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.1.5 (2023-07-11):
    • Now usable in arena and rated battleground matches.
    • Now summons 4 ghouls instead of 8 in PvP combat.
    • Ghoul damage is now increased by 20% in PvP combat.
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-04-10): Damage increased by 10%.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Now a row 8 Unholy talent (was a level 44 Unholy ability).
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Level reduced from 82 to 44.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Duration reduced to 30 seconds (was 40). Cooldown reduced to 8 minutes (was 10).
  • Legion Patch 7.2.0 (2017-03-28): Ghoul model updated.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Ghoul damage has been increased.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now available only to Unholy. Ghouls no longer taunt enemies.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now deals 75% less damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Channeling time reduced from 6 to 4 sec.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): Cooldown reduced from 20 minutes to 10 minutes. Ghoul damage reduced by 50%. Cannot be used in Arenas.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

See also


External links

es:Ejército de muertos