Frost Death Knight Dragonflight Leveling Guide From 8 to 70 (Dragonflight 10.2.5)

Last updated on Jan 15, 2024 at 15:00 by Bicepspump 14 comments

On this page, you will find our Level by Level Frost Death Knight leveling guide for Dragonflight Make sure to use the slider to make the guide adapt to your level. For more general leveling information, please refer to our Death Knight leveling guide.


Runeforge Choice

When you get the option to Runeforge, make sure you apply Rune of Unending Thirst Icon Rune of Unending Thirst to your main hand and Rune of the Fallen Crusader Icon Rune of the Fallen Crusader to your off-hand. If you are using a Two-Handed weapon, then use Rune of Unending Thirst Icon Rune of Unending Thirst.


Gear Options

When leveling up, you should always choose the piece of loot with the highest item level. The only exception to this rule is if you have a Ring or Necklace with a slightly lower item level, but 2 secondary stats on it instead of 1.


Level by Level Rotation and Talents

Move the slider below to make the guide update to your level!

Level: 60

Until you pick up Obliterate Icon Obliterate, your primary means of spending Runes is through Rune Strike Icon Rune Strike.>

Depending on which race you picked, you will start at a different level, and have a slightly different intro:

  • If you picked an Allied Race then you start at level 10.
  • On the other hand, if you started with a non-allied race you start at level 8.

You will start selecting talents at level 10, building your character as you gain one point per level to spend.


Talents to Level Up as a Frost Death Knight

Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.

Your talent set up should be as follows.


Rotation to Level Up as a Frost Death Knight

Starting off you will only have one main attack ability: Rune Strike Icon Rune Strike.

  1. Rune Strike Icon Rune Strike is your main damaging ability.
  2. Use Death Coil Icon Death Coil when you have 80+ Runic Power or no available Runes. You won't use this ability once you pick up Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike.
  3. Raise Dead Icon Raise Dead should be used off cooldown or for bosses/elite mobs.
  4. Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost when you open on a pack.
  5. Frostwyrm's Fury Icon Frostwyrm's Fury should be paired with Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost and used on big packs, elites, or boss mobs.
  6. Abomination Limb Icon Abomination Limb to quickly group up and AoE down groups of mobs.
  7. Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon should be paired with Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost and used on big packs, elites, or boss mobs.
  8. Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast to consume procs of Rime Icon Rime.
  9. Obliterate Icon Obliterate is your main damaging ability and Rune spender.
  10. Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter whenever there are 2+ targets or the target will last the duration.
  11. Spend your Runic Power on Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike when you are either about to cap Runic Power (70+) or do not have Runes available.

There are several passive abilities that you unlock through the leveling process that can change your play style and rotation.

  • Rime Icon Rime takes the highest priority in 2+ target scenarios so make sure you take advantage of these procs to maximize their damage.
  • Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine is a passive ability that gives your auto attack Critical Strikes the chance to make your next Obliterate Icon Obliterate critically strike.
  • Dark Succor Icon Dark Succor is incredible for leveling, allowing you to easily heal and stay at high health while chain-pulling packs and mobs.
  • Frostreaper Icon Frostreaper - Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine now causes your next Obliterate Icon Obliterate to deal Frost damage, which means your Obliterate Icon Obliterate now scales off of your Mastery stat meaning it gains further benefit.

Frost Death Knight Defensive Abilities while Leveling

  • Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell is a very strong magic shield that also generates Runic Power. This should be used whenever magic damage is present to take advantage of the Runic Power generation.
  • Lichborne Icon Lichborne is an extremely powerful ability for leveling, as it provides you with a good chunk of Leech. Use this cooldown to take advantage of the healing and try to pair it with high AoE or burst combinations.
  • Control Undead Icon Control Undead costs 1 Rune but allows you to take control of an undead target for 5 minutes; use this whenever available to help you in future pulls.
  • Icebound Fortitude Icon Icebound Fortitude is an amazing defensive cooldown that should be used whenever necessary to order to keep you moving from pack to pack.
  • Raise Ally Icon Raise Ally cannot be used when solo leveling, however, it is fantastic in dungeon groups if you decide to level that way.
  • Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance is one of your only movement speed cooldowns making it incredibly useful when leveling. The secondary effects of this are not too useful in leveling scenarios, except for the passive that prevents you from being slowed past a certain point.
  • Anti-Magic Zone Icon Anti-Magic Zone is a group/raid cooldown however, it can easily be used when solo leveling to minimize magic damage taken in a large pull or against an elite that deals magic damage.

Frost Death Knight War Mode Talents for Leveling

This section will go over the PvP talents for leveling content for Frost Death Knights.


Frost Death Knight PvP Talents for Leveling

  1. Deathchill Icon Deathchill can help in large pulls to prevent mobs from all attacking you at the same time!
  2. Necrotic Aura Icon Necrotic Aura is a solid DPS boost since a large portion of our AoE is magical damage
  3. Spellwarden Icon Spellwarden is just a nice defensive boost (due to the shorter cooldown). There are no other good talents.


Congratulations on reaching Level 70! Now that you have hit Level 70 we recommend looking at our Easy mode page and Talents section to learn how to play at max level.



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