Frost Death Knight DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 23, 2020 at 16:40 by Abyssalwave 6 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Frost Death Knight in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.

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 specialization 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

For those who are new to Frost Death Knight and are not sure what each ability does and how they interact with the Frost toolkit, we recommend checking out our Spell Summary guide linked below.

Frost Death Knights are a melee DPS specialization that deal strong single-target and AoE damage and which have a fairly simple and approachable playstyle. They can use either 2-Handed or 1-Handed weapons.

3.

Covenant Choice for Frost Death Knight

Covenant choices are a very important part of Shadowlands. With how important this choice is you want to make sure you choose what is best for the content you are focusing on. We recommend Kyrian for Mythic 0 and Mythic+ content, as it provides the best single-target DPS by a large margin as well as very competitive AoE damage.

Soulbinds are also an important system within your Covenants. We recommend picking Pelagos since it offers the best single-target DPS by a large margin while also providing competitive AoE DPS. Here is our recommended Soulbind path. For Finesse and Endurance Conduits you may pick whichever ones fit the content that you plan on doing. The above path does feature the recommended Potency Conduits for both Mythic+ and raiding, however.

For more information, please refer to our Covenant, Soulbinds, and Conduits page:

3.1.

Conduit Choice for Frost Death Knight

3.1.1.

Best Potency Conduits for Frost Death Knight

  1. Everfrost Icon Everfrost provides the highest single-target and AoE by a large margin making it the best choice as your first potency conduit.
  2. Proliferation Icon Proliferation (Kyrian) offers over 2% less DPS than Everfrost Icon Everfrost while still being balanced for both single-target and AoE making it a very strong choice.
  3. Accelerated Cold Icon Accelerated Cold is competitive with Proliferation Icon Proliferation being within 1% of it for both single-target and AoE.
3.1.2.

Best Endurance Conduits for Frost Death Knight

  1. Reinforced Shell Icon Reinforced Shell is the best conduit for any type of group content. it increases the value of your Anti-Magic Zone Icon Anti-Magic Zone significantly which is very helpful in Raid and any Mythic+ content with magic damage.
  2. Hardened Bones Icon Hardened Bones is the best content for any type of solo content such as world questing and Torghast. It is also very powerful for Raid and Mythic+ although it's utility is below that of Reinforced Shell Icon Reinforced Shell.
4.

Talent Choice for Frost Death Knights

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

These are the easiest talents to use when factoring in gear and rotation, however if you want to use the absolute best talents for Frost Death Knight, then we have a more in-depth page that shows you the best talents to use linked below.

5.

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.

6.

Basic Rotations for Frost Death Knights

Note that the rotations listed below are not fully optimised for the highest possible output, instead making some sacrifices to ensure their ease of use. If you wish to put out the most DPS you possibly can, you should check out our dedicated Rotation page instead.

6.1.

Rotation During Breath of Sindragosa

This rotation is based on the following priority system.

  1. Use Chains of Ice Icon Chains of Ice, if you have 20 stacks (try to use at the end of Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost when the strength bonus is at the highest).
  2. Use Frostwyrm's Fury Icon Frostwyrm's Fury at the end of Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost and after Chains of Ice Icon Chains of Ice.
  3. Use Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter on cooldown (for Gathering Storm Icon Gathering Storm, if you have taken this talent).
  4. Use Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast, only if you have a Rime Icon Rime proc.
  5. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate with a Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine proc.
  6. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate.
  7. Use Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon, if nothing else is available.
  8. Use Horn of Winter Icon Horn of Winter, if you are using this talent.
6.2.

Rotation outside Breath of Sindragosa

  1. Use Chains of Ice Icon Chains of Ice, if you have 20 stacks of Cold Heart (try to synergize with Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost.
  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 75+ Runic Power.
  6. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate, if you have a Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine proc.
  7. Use Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike
6.3.

Opener for Breath of Sindragosa

  1. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate (use Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast if you get a Rime Icon Rime proc).
  2. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate (use Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast if you get a Rime Icon Rime proc).
  3. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate (use Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast if you get a Rime Icon Rime proc).
  4. Use Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon.
  5. Use Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost.
  6. Use Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa.
  7. Follow the "rotation during Breath of Sindragosa priority" (above).
7.

Cooldowns for Frost Death Knights

As a Frost Death Knight, you have 3 DPS cooldowns. Below, we explain how they are best used.

8.

Changelog

  • 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands release, updated talents, stats, removed BfA-specific sections
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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