Frost Death Knight Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits — Dragonflight 10.2.5

Last updated on Jan 15, 2024 at 15:00 by Bicepspump 42 comments
General Information

Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits are the most important character customization options in Shadowlands. They have a substantial impact on your toolkit and performance as Frost Death Knight. This page's purpose is to help you pick the right options according to the content you intend to do in Shadowlands.


Dragonflight Disclaimer

Please be aware that as of the Dragonflight Pre-Patch and Dragonflight expansion, all Covenant abilities, Soulbinds, and Conduits will only function while within the Shadowlands. This page will temporarily remain as a reference.


Introduction: Prerequisites

This page assumes that you are already familiar with Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits. If that is not the case, we have a number of pages that can help you get up to speed:

  • Covenants Guide, which explains what Covenants are, what perks they bring, and how you can join one;
  • Death Knight Covenant Abilities, which lists all the abilities that Death Knights gain by joining each Covenant;
  • How To Change Covenant?, which tells you how you can switch Covenant (rejoining a former Covenant will require you to perform a number of tasks to regain their trusts);
  • General Soulbind Guide, which explains what Soulbinds are and how you can pledge yourself to them to open up their Soulbind tree;
  • Death Knight Conduits, which lists all of the Conduits available to Death Knights.

Summary of the Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits


Important Information

The recommendations below are meant to maximize your performance for Sepulcher of the First Ones, Mythic+, and Torghast. This page's recommendations are subject to change, so make sure to keep yourself updated.

You can be very successful in all forms of content as any Covenant. Still, there is one choice that is simply better than the others. I recommed Night Fae in all situations with the Korayn soulbind. Here is the Recommended Soulbind Path.

This is a brief overview of the Conduits for each different category and how good they are, according to a tier system.


S-tier Conduits

  • Everfrost Icon Everfrost — Big single-target and AoE, best Potency Conduit by far.
  • Accelerated Cold Icon Accelerated Cold — Picked for its Haste boost, our secondary choice in all scenarios.
  • Brutal Grasp Icon Brutal Grasp — Adds a significant boost to our Abomination Limb Icon Abomination Limb damage. Also picks up a ton of value once we obtain the second Legendary, Abomination's Frenzy Icon Abomination's Frenzy.
  • Condensed Anima Sphere Icon Condensed Anima Sphere — Best Endurance Conduit, provides a good amount of heals throughout any encounter.
  • Spirit Drain Icon Spirit Drain — Only Finesse conduit that provides a DPS boost, therefore becoming our best option. Especially good with Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa builds.

A-tier Conduits

  • Unleashed Frenzy Icon Unleashed Frenzy — A solid third Potency pick for any non-Necrolord Obliteration Icon Obliteration build. Mostly valuable in single-target but alsjo useful in AoE.
  • Adaptive Armor Fragment Icon Adaptive Armor Fragment — The generic third Potency pick for non-Necrolord Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa builds. Quite bland but does provide consistent damage throughput.
  • Withering Ground Icon Withering Ground — Solid AoE Potency Conduit that is a viable alternative as your third Potency Conduit in Mythic+.
  • Hardened Bones Icon Hardened Bones — Converts Lichborne Icon Lichborne into a proper defensive cooldown. Second best Endurance Conduit.
  • Fleeting Wind Icon Fleeting Wind — A nice speed boost to our Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance ability. Since DKs are so slow, this is a nice addition. Second-best Finesse Conduit.

B-tier Conduits

  • Proliferation Icon Proliferation — Solid third Potency alternative for Mythic+.
  • Impenetrable Gloom Icon Impenetrable Gloom — Solid third Potency alternative for Mythic+.
  • Reinforced Shell Icon Reinforced Shell — Niche use-cases where your group takes low magical damage for a long duration. Generally does not find much value.

Covenants for Frost Death Knight


Kyrian: Shackle the Unworthy

Kyrian provides high single-target damage that syncs well with the cooldowns for Frost Death Knights. Unfortunately, the Covenant-specific Legendary Final Sentence Icon Final Sentence finds very little value in single-target. It is still a viable Covenant in all content, especially with the Obliteration Icon Obliteration build.


Necrolord: Abomination Limb

Necrolord is a strong Covenant for Frost Death Knights, providing great single-target as well as solid utility. Abomination Limb Icon Abomination Limb can be used to grip together adds and deal big AoE burst. Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft is a very strong personal defensive cooldown that can be used to survive most mechanics.


Night Fae: Death's Due

Night Fae is a great Covenant for Frost Death Knights for Mythic+. It provides fantastic cleave damage on a very short cooldown. Once you pick up Rampant Transference Icon Rampant Transference, your Strength gain will be 20% for pretty much every pull in a dungeon!


Venthyr: Swarming Mist

Venthyr synergises well with Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa, due to the Runic Power gain you can leverage to extend its duration. Unfortunately, the Frost Death Knight already achieves long-duration breaths without Venthyr, and the additional duration you can achieve is not necessarily worth it. Mythic+ pulls generally do not last long enough, and Raid encounters often force you to break your Breath if it is too long. Insatiable Hunger Icon Insatiable Hunger is primarily an AoE Legendary, seeing little value in raid.


Soulbinds for Frost Death Knight

These Soulbinds are always subject to change, but we will keep updating so you can have an accurate ranking of your options. This page is for maximizing your performance in Sanctum of Domination and Mythic+.


Kyrian Soulbinds

  • Pelagos is generally the best choice for single-target, thanks to Combat Meditation Icon Combat Meditation, Better Together Icon Better Together, and Newfound Resolve Icon Newfound Resolve. Synergises especially well with Obliteration Icon Obliteration but does force you to play a kind of mini-game, running around to pick up orbs.
  • Kleia does offer multiple Soulbind traits that increase damage throughput, mainly focused on critical strikes. She is especially viable when running Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa, due to the build favouring a lot of crit.
  • Forgelite Prime Mikanikos is a strong option for any AoE content, like Mythic+. He is the recommended Soulbind for Kyrian Mythic+!

Necrolord Soulbinds

  • Emeni does provide a nice buff to your teammates as well as good single-target DPS, especially with Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa. It is a solid all-around Soulbind. It does force you to channel Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft on cooldown to take full advantage of Pustule Eruption Icon Pustule Eruption. This is unfortunate since you then cannot use Fleshcraft as a proper defensive anymore.
  • Bonesmith Heirmir is a solid option, providing a lot of stats, especially in Mythic+ scenarios. She does fall a bit behind the other two options as our Conduits outscale the Soulbind spell options.
  • Plague Deviser Marileth is the go-to Necrolord Soulbind pick. He provides a good amount of Mastery though Volatile Solvent Icon Volatile Solvent, as well as a single-target boost with Kevin's Oozeling Icon Kevin's Oozeling. He scales well in Mythic+ as well since we pick up a variety of useful buffs with Volatile Solvent Icon Volatile Solvent.

Venthyr Soulbinds

  • Theotar the Mad Duke is solid overall, but can lose value during heavy movement. Soothing Shade Icon Soothing Shade is a ground-based ability that you can lose uptime on if you move too much. I still recommend running Theotar in Mythic+!
  • Nadjia the Mistblade is a very consistent option that is competitive with Theotar. She is generally the recommended Soulbind for Venthyr raid builds.
  • General Draven is simply a weaker choice than the other two options, so you will rarely ever see him used in Mythic+ or Raid content.

Night Fae Soulbinds

  • Korayn is the best overall pick due to First Strike Icon First Strike. It will provide a ton of extra crit in most scenarios.
  • Niya is a good option overall that does not quite bring enough throughput to be a solid pick.
  • Dreamweaver Is a solid pick that falls just short of Korayn.


  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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