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Death Grip
Spell deathknight strangulate
  • Death Grip
  • 30 yd  range
  • 25 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Harness the unholy energy that surrounds and binds all matter, drawing the target toward the Death Knight and forcing the enemy to attack the Death Knight for 3 sec.
Usable by
ClassDeath knight
Properties
TypeOffensive
SchoolPhysical
Cooldown25 sec
Level required55
Related debuff
Spell deathknight strangulate
  • Death Grip
  • Taunted.
  • Duration: 4 sec
TCG image
Death Grip TCG
"I find your excess of resistance disturbing." - Vanessa Fairgraves TCG #?

Death Grip is a beginning death knight ability that pulls the target directly to the death knight and forces it to attack. Based off testing on Growl and Dark Command this ability likely no longer suffers from a miss chance, prior to Patch 4.0.1, this ability could miss, preventing the target moving to the caster, however the forced attack function remains.

Death Grip functions like other taunt abilities, granting the death knight the threat of the mob's current highest-aggro target, in addition to forcing the mob to attack the death knight for 3 seconds. Some mobs (especially bosses) are immune to the forced movement mechanic, but the taunt effect remains.

This is a great way to make your group hate you. Death Gripping a mob away from the tank will make it hit you instead, and make it difficult for the tank to regain aggro.

This is also a great way to make your group like you. Caster mobs are difficult for a tank to deal with. Stand next to the tank and grip the caster over. Then switch to another target, letting the tank's AOE abilities build threat on the caster. It's now safely tanked.

Death Grip requires a minimum distance of 8 yards in PvP.

Modified by

Inv glyph majordeathknight2020
  • Glyph of Death Grip
  • Item Level 25Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Major Glyph
  • Classes: Death Knight
  • Requires Level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.
    Increases the range of your Death Grip ability by 5 yards.
  • Sell Price: 1Silver
Inv glyph majordeathknight2020
  • Glyph of Unholy Command
  • Item Level 25Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Major Glyph
  • Classes: Death Knight
  • Requires Level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.
    Immediately finishes the cooldown of your Death Grip upon dealing a killing blow to a target that grants experience or honor.
  • Sell Price: 1Silver
Inv glyph minordeathknight2020
  • Glyph of Resilient Grip
  • Item Level 25Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Minor Glyph
  • Classes: Death Knight
  • Requires Level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.
    When your Death Grip ability fails because its target is immune, its cooldown is reset.
  • Sell Price: 1Silver
Inv glyph minordeathknight2020
  • Glyph of Tranquil Grip
  • Item Level 25Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Minor Glyph
  • Classes: Death Knight
  • Requires Level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.
    Your Death Grip spell no longer taunts the target.
  • Sell Price: 1Silver

Trivia

Using death grip on a warrior with [Spell Reflection] up will send you hurtling towards the warrior instead of the warrior hurtling towards you.

If two death knights Death Grip each other simultaneously, they will be pulled to each other's previous location.

Patch changes

  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.0.4 (28 August 2012): Minor update.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): The tooltip has been updated to reflect the minimum distance of 8 yards in PvP.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small/Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): Removed miss chance of this effect. (Untested, based of testing on [Growl] and [Dark Command].)
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): Minimum range has been changed to 8 yards in PvP.

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