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Frost Death Knight DPS Easy Mode

Last updated on Sep 01, 2017 at 09:35 by Vlad 474 comments

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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. Mastery >= Critical Strike >= Haste >= Versatility.

In general, the above order can vary, as the main goal is to keep your secondary stats balanced.

3. Basic Rotations

3.1. Single Target Rotation

This rotation is based on the following priority system.

  1. Use  Icon Sindragosa's Fury (with Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost, the proc of Rune of the Fallen Crusader Icon Rune of the Fallen Crusader, and 5 stacks of Razorice).
  2. Use Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter on cooldown (for 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 to avoid capping runes, or if you have a Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine proc.
  5. Use Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike when you are about to cap Runic Power.
  6. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate.
  7. Use Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike.

3.2. Multiple Target Rotation

The multiple target rotation assumes you are using Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa as your tier 7 talent. In preparation for Breath of Sindragosa becoming available, you should pool up 50+ Runic Power and 4 runes. While it is active, perform the following steps.

  1. Use Obliterate Icon Obliterate if Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa is about to fall off.
  2. Use Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter (for 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.
  5. Use Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon if nothing else is available.
  6. Use Horn of Winter Icon Horn of Winter, if you are using this talent.

When Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa is on cooldown, use the following priority instead.

  1. Use  Icon Sindragosa's Fury.
  2. Use Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast, only if you have a Rime Icon Rime proc.
  3. Use Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike, if you have 90+ Runic Power.
  4. Use Frostscythe Icon Frostscythe, if you have a Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine proc.
  5. Use Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter on cooldown.
  6. Use Frostscythe Icon Frostscythe.
  7. Use Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike, if you have 70+ 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

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  • 01 Sep. 2017: Updated page to reflect changes made to talents and rotation (adding Breath of Sindragosa viability, notably).
  • 28 Aug. 2017: Updated page to reflect changes made to the rest of the guide (talents and rotation).
  • 13 Jun. 2017: Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 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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