WotLK Classic Frost Death Knight Spec, Builds, Talents, and Glyphs

Last updated on Sep 24, 2023 at 12:00 by Sellin 7 comments

On this page, you will find out the best PvE talent choices and builds for your Frost Death Knight in WotLK Classic, as well as advised glyphs.


Talent Builds for Frost Death Knight

Frost Death Knight talents focus primarily on increasing your personal damage, buffing your group, and increasing survivability.


Leveling Builds

If you were looking for a leveling-oriented build, please refer to our Death Knight leveling guide.


Talent Build

The talent build above is the standard Frost with Blood sub-spec. This build is exceptionally strong in lower gear levels, due to the smoother Runic Power generation thanks to Butchery IconButchery, the Critical Strike bonuses granted by Subversion IconSubversion and Dark Conviction IconDark Conviction, as well as the bonus Attack Power from Bladed Armor IconBladed Armor, which synergizes exceptionally well with Unbreakable Armor IconUnbreakable Armor.


Important Frost Death Knight Talents


Frost Tree

Black Ice IconBlack Ice is helpful since a considerable amount of damage you deal is either Shadow or Frost, making this talent a massive damage increase.

Endless Winter IconEndless Winter increases your Strength, but more importantly removes the Runic Power cost of Mind Freeze IconMind Freeze, allowing you to spend your Runic Power freely.

Improved Icy Talons IconImproved Icy Talons is a massive group buff that considerably increases the damage done by nearly every melee in game.

Killing Machine IconKilling Machine can somewhat change your rotation, but will always result in you dealing more damage.

Glacier Rot IconGlacier Rot drastically increases your damage dealt to enemies afflicted by your diseases.

Annihilation IconAnnihilation allows you to cast Obliterate IconObliterate without removing your diseases from the target.

Blood of the North IconBlood of the North allows your rotation to be a bit more flexible as your Blood Runes will become Death Runes after casting Blood Strike IconBlood Strike or Pestilence IconPestilence.

Unbreakable Armor IconUnbreakable Armor greatly increases your damage thanks to the added Strength, and the added Armor synergizes well with Bladed Armor IconBladed Armor.

Frost Strike IconFrost Strike will be your go-to Runic Power spender.

Howling Blast IconHowling Blast deals a massive amount of damage in AoE situations, but also is a core part of your single-target rotation with Rime IconRime procs.


Blood Tree

Butchery IconButchery will passively generate Runic Power for you while in combat.

Bladed Armor IconBladed Armor increases your Attack Power based off your Armor, making your gear even more important.

Dark Conviction IconDark Conviction increases your crit not only with attacks but spells as well.




Major Glyphs

Glyph of Obliterate Icon Glyph of Obliterate massively increases the damage dealt by your Obliterate IconObliterate spell, which will be a massive part of your damage breakdown and is your default spender of Unholy and Frost Runes.

Glyph of Frost Strike Icon Glyph of Frost Strike reduces the cost of Frost Strike IconFrost Strike by 8 Runic Power and will allow for considerably more casts over the course of any encounter.

Glyph of Disease Icon Glyph of Disease causes your Pestilence IconPestilence ability to refresh your diseases' durations, so instead of using an Unholy Rune and a Frost Rune you can use a single Blood rune, allowing you to cast additional Obliterate IconObliterates. Your main limitation on ability casts will be having your Runes off coolddown, so trading one Rune for two, especially when both runes you are saving are used for your main damage dealing ability in Obliterate IconObliterate, is incredibly helpful.


Minor Glyphs

Glyph of Raise Dead Icon Glyph of Raise Dead removes the reagent cost of summoning a ghoul.

Glyph of Pestilence Icon Glyph of Pestilence increases the radius of your Pestilence IconPestilence ability by 5 yards.

Glyph of Blood Tap Icon Glyph of Blood Tap removes the self damage portion of Blood Tap IconBlood Tap.



  • 18 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
  • 23 Aug. 2022: Page added.
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