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Frost Death Knight DPS Easy Mode

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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.

1. The Basics

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.

2. Stat Choice

  1. Critical Strike (to 25%);
  2. Haste (to 20%);
  3. Critical Strike;
  4. Versatility = Haste = Mastery.

3. Basic Rotations

The rotation is essentially a cycle of preparing to cast Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa, and then what you do while it is active.

When Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa is not active, you should do the following.

  1. Use Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast to apply Frost Fever Icon Frost Fever and then begin building Runic Power.
    • The goal here is to get at least 70 Runic Power with two Runes, with two more Runes coming off cooldown soon, before casting Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa.
  2. Use Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike if you have 80+ Runic Power (or 70+ if you have 3/3 in  Icon Over-Powered).
  3. Use Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast if you have a Rime Icon Rime proc.
  4. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate.
  5. Use Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike if Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa has 15+ seconds left on its cooldown.
  6. Use Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter if you have nothing else to do.
  7. Use Horn of Winter Icon Horn of Winter if Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa has 15+ seconds left on its cooldown.

When the above conditions for casting Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa are met (70+ Runic Power an 2 charged Runes), do the following:

  1. Cast Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost + Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa.
  2. Use Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast if you have a Rime Icon Rime proc AND Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa will not drop as a result (you must be at around 30 Runic Power) AND Hungering Rune Weapon Icon Hungering Rune Weapon is not active.
  3. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate if you will not cap Runic Power and if Hungering Rune Weapon Icon Hungering Rune Weapon is not active.
  4. Use Horn of Winter Icon Horn of Winter if you will not cap Runic Power and if Hungering Rune Weapon Icon Hungering Rune Weapon is not active.
  5. Use Hungering Rune Weapon Icon Hungering Rune Weapon if you have less than or 30 Runic Power.
  6. Use Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter if Hungering Rune Weapon Icon Hungering Rune Weapon is on cooldown and you have less than 25 Runic Power.

4. Cooldowns

As a Frost Death Knight, you have 2 DPS cooldowns. In addition to this, you gain another cooldown from your Artifact weapon. 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.
  •  Icon Sindragosa's Fury should be used as many times as possible throughout an encounter. Ideally, it should be used against multiple targets (and it is worth saving for this purpose), but it can also be used against a single target.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Totemlord, a Frost Death Knight enthusiast and respected theorycrafter on the Frost Death Knight Discord. You can contact him on Discord under the name Nic#9561.

5. ChangeLog

  • 24 Apr. 2017: Removed mentions of Machine Gun playstyle.
  • 21 Feb. 2017: Updated the page to account for the various updates made to the guide in other parts.
  • 13 Jan. 2017: Changed tier 6 Breath of Sindragosa talent recommendation to Gathering Storm.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Added alternative recommendations for the Breath of Sindragosa build.
  • 16 Dec. 2016: Fixed an error referring to tier 7 talents being available at level 110, instead of 100.
  • 11 Dec. 2016: Added easy mode page.
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