Frost Death Knight DPS Easy Mode — Dragonflight 10.2.7

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Bicepspump 42 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Frost Death Knight in World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.7, 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 with strong single-target and AoE damage and a fairly simple and approachable play style. They can use either 2-Handed or 1-Handed weapons.

3.

Talent Choice for Frost Death Knights

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

Furthermore, if running the Breath build, you want to maximize your uptime of Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa by generating your Runic Power efficiently and leveraging your cooldowns, such as Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon and Horn of Winter Icon Horn of Winter in a smart way.

4.

Best Talents for Frost Death Knight

Breath Raid 2H Obliteration Raid Mythic+
5.

Breath of Sindragosa Raid Talents

There are two distinct builds that you can choose to run in a raiding environment, as each one is good in a specific scenario. The Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa build is a high-risk, high-reward build that requires you to fully stick to the boss for the entire fight to leverage its power. It is great when there is constant cleave, or you can safely maintain it for 75% of the fight. Furthermore, you can greatly increase its potential by soaking magic damage spells with Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell and Assimilation Icon Assimilation. This build always runs dual-wield weapons.

Until you obtain your new tier set in Season 4, you want to run Chill Streak Icon Chill Streak and Enduring Chill Icon Enduring Chill. Take the points in the following way:

  • Second point of Bonegrinder Icon Bonegrinder and Everfrost Icon Everfrost for Raid Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa.
5.

Obliteration Raid Talents

Obliteration Icon Obliteration is a great alternative to Breath builds that is viable in all scenarios. It specifically excels in instances where your Breaths are cut short through forced downtime (such as on Council). It has much smaller burst windows (12 seconds) and is more versatile when mechanics force you out of range. Due to the strong synergy with Might of the Frozen Wastes Icon Might of the Frozen Wastes, two-handed weapons are the go-to for this build.

Until you obtain your new tier set in Season 4, you want to run Chill Streak Icon Chill Streak and Enduring Chill Icon Enduring Chill. Take the points in the following way:

  • Second point of Frostwhelp's Aid Icon Frostwhelp's Aid and Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon for Raid Obliteration Icon Obliteration. Also swap Inexorable Assault Icon Inexorable Assault to Icebreaker Icon Icebreaker with this build.
5.

Obliteration Mythic+ Talents

Finally, for Mythic+ we run a 2H Obliteration version:

Until you obtain your new tier set in Season 4, you want to run Chill Streak Icon Chill Streak and Enduring Chill Icon Enduring Chill. Take the points in the following way:

  • Frostwyrm's Fury Icon Frostwyrm's Fury and Absolute Zero Icon Absolute Zero for Mythic+ Obliteration Icon Obliteration.

For a detailed breakdown of Frost Death Knight talent choices, please read out Frost Death Knight Talent Guide!

5.

Stat Choice for Frost Death Knights

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

This can be different depending on your character's gear, so make sure you sim yourself, to find what your stat priority is. Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa wants quite a lot more Crit compared to Haste and Mastery. Obliteration Icon Obliteration prefers a lot more balanced stats, having roughly equal raw amounts of Haste, Mastery , and Crit. Try and stay at a bit above 25% Haste for both builds for the Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost breakpoint.

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.

Generic Rotation

  1. Spend your Runes on Obliterate Icon Obliterate
  2. Spend your procs of Rime Icon Rime on Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast
  3. Spend your Runic Power on Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike (Single Target) or Glacial Advance Icon Glacial Advance (AoE and if you have picked the talent). Try to keep up your Icy Talons Icon Icy Talons and Unleashed Frenzy Icon Unleashed Frenzy buffs.
  4. Use Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter on cooldown.

When your Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa is active, do not spend Runic Power on anything else!

7.

Cooldowns for Frost Death Knights

As a Frost Death Knight, you have potentially 9 total Cooldowns. Below, we explain how they are best used.

  • Chill Streak Icon Chill Streak should be used on cooldown if you have the Death Knight Frost 10.2 Class Set 2pc Icon Death Knight Frost 10.2 Class Set 2pc tier set. If not, only use in AoE, but still on Cooldown in that case.
  • 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, but remember that the cooldown is really short, making it easy to waste uses!
  • Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon should be paired with your Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost windows. For Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa, use the first charge 3-7 seconds after you pop Breath of Sindragosa to boost your initial burst. For the second charge, save it for when you start to feel starved in your rotation (around 60 seconds into the Breath). For Breaths with only a single charge, save it until you need it. For Obliteration Icon Obliteration, use it 3-7 seconds before casting your Pillar of Frost. This ensures you get full uptime of the Haste buff as well as helping pooling for the cooldown window. When running double charges, use the second charge with your second pillar window.
  • Frostwyrm's Fury Icon Frostwyrm's Fury should be used in synergy with Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost (at the end of the cooldown window when your Strength buff is the highest) and on as many targets as possible. With Obliteration Icon Obliteration in Single Target, wait until your Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost finishes before you use the spell!
  • Cold Heart Icon Cold Heart governs your Chains of Ice Icon Chains of Ice usage. Generally, use Chains of Ice Icon Chains of Ice at 16+ stacks of Cold Heart Icon Cold Heart. Ideally, time it with procs of Unholy Strength Icon Unholy Strength. You can also use it with 20 stacks in your Pillar window and then 10 stacks outside of it. This ensures you time the stacks nicely with each Pillar window.
  • Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa should be used on cooldown in synergy with your other cooldowns. Due to its long duration, a major part of using this is planning ahead and allocating your resource-generating talents (Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon and Horn of Winter Icon Horn of Winter) in a good way. First of all, ensure to pool at least 60 Runic Power before using the talent (100 without Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust). Use Horn of Winter Icon Horn of Winter relatively early (as soon as you cannot cast Obliterate Icon Obliterate in a GCD, and you won't overcap Runic Power by using the CD) so that you get good value from it (holding too long will lose you casts overall). Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon should ideally be used relatively early to boost your burst and then have its second charge used later when you really need it for keeping up your Breath. Use Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost ASAP when it comes off CD in the window.
  • Obliteration Icon Obliteration alters your Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost. Once active, spend every GCD generating procs of Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine or consuming said procs. Use Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon 3-7 seconds before your Pillar of Frost. For AoE, use Death and Decay Icon Death and Decay once you have generated two charges of Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine.
  • Abomination Limb Icon Abomination Limb should generally be used on cooldown. Hold it for add waves that need grouping up.
  • Horn of Winter Icon Horn of Winter should be used to generate Resources when needed. In Breath, that means pressing it when you cannot cast Obliterate Icon Obliterate in a GCD, and you won't overcap Runic Power by using the CD!
8.

Changelog

  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Reviewed and Updated for Season 4. Updated talent builds due to new tier set.
  • 21 Mar. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.6.
  • 15 Jan. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.5.
  • 29 Nov. 2023: Updated talent builds after Frost DK buffs.
  • 06 Nov. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.2.
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.7
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.5.
  • 01 Jun. 2023: Expanded on CD usage and removed DW oblit as a build.
  • 01 May 2023: Reviewed and Updated for Patch 10.1. Changed the talent builds and FwF Usage.
  • 20 Mar. 2023: Updated talent builds for 10.0.7.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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