Frost Death Knight DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jun 29, 2021 at 09:57 by Bicepspump 25 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Frost Death Knight in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1, 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 Necrolord for Raid and Mythic+ content when running Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa. It has the most versatile damage profile, working well in any scenario with the chosen build. If you choose Obliteration Icon Obliteration, pick up Kyrian instead. The single-target gain is too great to skip!

Soulbinds are also an important system within your Covenants. We recommend picking Pelagos for Kyrian since it offers the strongest single-target throughput to a significant degree. Here is our Recommended Soulbind Path. Necrolord is also a great option, especially if you are running a Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa build. Emeni is the best soulbind to pick up there.

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. Accelerated Cold Icon Accelerated Cold is competitive and is usually taken as your 2nd Potency Conduit.
  3. Unleashed Frenzy Icon Unleashed Frenzy is your go-to third Conduit for single-target.
  4. Brutal Grasp Icon Brutal Grasp/ Impenetrable Gloom Icon Impenetrable Gloom/ Proliferation Icon Proliferation/ Withering Ground Icon Withering Ground should generally be your second pick in AoE situations such as Mythic+.
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 slightly, 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.

You can also choose to run the Obliteration Icon Obliteration build, which is a competitive option compared to Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa.

5.

Stat Choice for Frost Death Knights

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

This can be different depending on your character's gear, so make sure you sim yourself, in order to find what your personal stat priority is.

6.

Basic Rotations for Frost Death Knights

Note that the rotations listed below are not fully optimized 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 Outside Cooldowns

  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 or a Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine proc.
  5. Use Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike, if you have 70+ Runic Power.
  6. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate.
  7. Use Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike.
6.2.

Rotation During Breath of Sindragosa

This rotation is based on the following priority system.

  1. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate if you are low on Runic Power (less than 30 RP).
  2. Use Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter on cooldown (for Gathering Storm Icon Gathering Storm, if you have taken this talent).
  3. Use Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast, only if you have a Rime Icon Rime proc or Frost Fever Icon Frost Fever is about to drop. It is safe to use at 50+ Runic Power, or when you have nothing else to press.
  4. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate if you are nearly capped on Runes or have less than 45 Runic Power.
  5. Use Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter.
  6. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate.
  7. Use Arcane Torrent Icon Arcane Torrent if you are a Blood Elf and it will not overcap your Runic Power.
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. Use Raise Dead Icon Raise Dead.
  8. Use Blood Fury Icon Blood Fury if Orc, Berserking Icon Berserking if Troll.
  9. Use Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter.
  10. Use your covenant ability.
  11. Follow the "rotation during Breath of Sindragosa priority" (above).
7.

Obliteration

7.1.

Opener for Obliteration

  1. Use Chains of Ice Icon Chains of Ice at 20 stacks (if you have taken Cold Heart Icon Cold Heart).
  2. Use Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter.
  3. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate (if you got an early Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine proc).
  4. Use Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon.
  5. Use Blood Fury Icon Blood Fury if Orc, Berserking Icon Berserking if Troll.
  6. Use Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost.
  7. Use Raise Dead Icon Raise Dead.
  8. Use Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast.
  9. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate.
  10. Follow the "rotation during Obliteration priority" (below).
7.2.

Rotation Priority during Pillar of Frost (Obliteration)

  1. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate (if you have a Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine proc).
  2. Use Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast (if you have a Rime Icon Rime proc or you do not have enough Runic Power to use Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike).
  3. Use Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike (if you either don't have a Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine proc or are about to cap Runic Power).
7.3.

Rotation Priority outside Pillar of Frost

  1. Use Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast (if you have a Rime Icon Rime proc).
  2. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate (if you have more 3+ Runes available).
  3. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate (if you have a proc of Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine).
  4. Use Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike (if you are about to cap Runic Power).
  5. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate.
  6. Use Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike.
8.

Cooldowns for Frost Death Knights

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

9.

Changelog

  • 29 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 10 May 2021: Reviewed.
    • Added talent cooldown usage.
    • Expanded on multiple parts of priorities.
    • Swapped Night Fae to Necrolord in recommended covenant.
  • 05 May 2021: Fixed BoS priority.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Updated to now recommend Necrolord with the Emeni Soulbind as the best Covenant pick; updated the recommended Tier 15 talents for Obliteration.
  • 24 Jan. 2021: Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 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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