Dishonorable kills are a part of the Honor System. You gain DKs by killing opposing-faction Civilians NPC during PvP combat. DKs can quickly lower your PVP Rank.

Dishonorable kills were added to the game in an effort to stop high level players camping quest NPCs or vendors without penalty, as this could become a major source of grief for lower level players on older servers.

Many complaints of the system have been raised due to the fact it almost completely destroyed town/city raiding. One Dishonorable Kill could destroy weeks of work for a high ranked player.

Blizzard tried to solve this by adding World PvP objectives in Patch 1.12.0.

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