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Frost Death Knight DPS Easy Mode in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 29, 2018 at 08:44 by Abyssalwave 35 comments

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About Our Author

This guide has been written by Abyssalwave, a top level Death Knight player. He is a former US #2 hardcore raider who currently raids with Club Camel. You can also check out his YouTube channel.

1. Foreword

This page is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialisation without being overwhelmed by the numerous subtleties and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

2. The Basics of Frost Death Knights

Frost Death Knights are a dual-wielding melee DPS specialisation that deal strong single target and AoE damage and which have a fairly simple and approachable playstyle.

Your main goal throughout fights will be to maximise your Runic Power generation while keeping an eye out for your two procs, Rime Icon Rime and Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine.

3. Stat Choice for Frost Death Knights

  1. Mastery;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Versatility;
  4. Haste;

This is the general priority you will most likely find optimal. This is not set in stone and we highly recommend you sim your character to find your own values.

4. Basic Rotations for Frost Death Knights

4.1. Rotation During Breath of Sindragosa

This rotation is based on the following priority system.

  1. Use Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter on cooldown (for Gathering Storm Icon Gathering Storm, if you have taken this talent).
  2. Use Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast, only if you have a Rime Icon Rime proc.
  3. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate with a Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine proc.
  4. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate.
  5. Use Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon, if nothing else is available.
  6. Use Horn of Winter Icon Horn of Winter, if you are using this talent.

4.2. Rotation outside Breath of Sindragosa

  1. Use Chains of Ice Icon Chains of Ice, if you have 20 stacks of Cold Heart.
  2. Use Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter, if using Gathering Storm Icon Gathering Storm.
  3. Use Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast, only if you have a Rime Icon Rime proc.
  4. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate, if you have 4 or more Runes.
  5. Use Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike, if you have 90+ Runic Power.
  6. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate, if you have a Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine proc.
  7. Use Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike, if you have 75+ Runic Power.
  8. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate
  9. Use Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike

5. Cooldowns for Frost Death Knights

As a Frost Death Knight, you have 2 DPS cooldowns. In addition to this, you have 1 talent that is a major cooldown. Below, we explain how they are best used.

  • Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost should be used on cooldown, stacking it with potions or any on-use trinkets you have. Alternatively, you can save it for moments when you need increased damage.
  • Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon should be used as many times as possible throughout the encounter, making sure not to waste any of the resources it provides you with. When you are using Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa we advise you to use Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon during your Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa when you are low on resources.
  • Frostwyrm's Fury Icon Frostwyrm's Fury may be worth using in Mythic+ or encounters where burst AoE is needed.

6. Azerite Traits

Azerite Traits play an important role for Frost Death Knight. This means you need to decide which Azerite items you should choose. The traits are very close to each other in power, though, so we recommend our Azerite trait page for more details.

7. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2018: Updated the recommended build.
  • 12 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth Launch.
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