Frost Death Knight DPS Easy Mode — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5

Last updated on Jul 18, 2019 at 01:36 by Abyssalwave 53 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Frost Death Knight in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5, 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 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. Versatility;
  2. Mastery;
  3. Critical Strike;
  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.

With Gathering Storm Icon Gathering Storm, if you previously had little to no Haste, then you may find Haste becoming a more valuable stat.

4.

Essence Choices for Frost Death Knights

We recommend using either the Crucible of Flame or Essence of the Focusing Iris as your Major essence. You can unlock the Crucible of Flame by starting the Patch 8.2 questline and further upgrade it by gaining Heart of Azeroth levels. You simply use this ability on cooldown. You can unlock Essence of the Focusing Iris by completing a level 4 Mythic+ keystone and unlock Rank 2 by completing a level 7 Mythic+ keystone. In order to get Rank 3, you need to collect 15 Focus Life Anima from your weekly Mythic+ cache.

In the Minor slots that you unlock later on, you can use Worldvein Resonance, which is unlocked by doing Island Expeditions, and Memory of Lucid Dreams, which is unlocked from reaching Rank 3 on your Nazjatar follower.

Please refer to our Frost Death Knight essence page for more information.

5.

Basic Rotations for Frost Death Knights

5.1.

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.
5.2.

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 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
5.3.

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).
6.

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.

7.

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.

8.

Changelog

  • 18 Jul. 2019: Added a section for Essences.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019: This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Nov. 2018: Fixed a mistake showing Cold Heart as the Legion legendary.
  • 30 Sep. 2018: Updated the recommended talents.
  • 29 Aug. 2018: Updated the recommended build.
  • 12 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth Launch.
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