Frost Death Knight DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2

Last updated on Feb 20, 2022 at 20:57 by Bicepspump 29 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Frost Death Knight in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.2.

1.

Gearing a Frost Death Knight

Welcome to our Gearing Page for Frost Death Knight. This section will cover everything you need to know about gearing your character correctly.

2.

The Importance of "Simming Yourself" as a Frost Death Knight

At this stage in the game, there are so many variables and so many layers of optimization that you can apply to your character, that there is no way for a guide or anything else to tell you exactly what gear you should wear. This is why we always recommend simulating your own character using Raidbots The website can help you choose set bonuses, trinkets and combinations thereof in a way that is tailored completely to your specific character. Learning to use this tool is essential to maximizing your potential, as there is simply no other way to take all the variables into account.

As you find new gear upgrades, you will want to make sure that they are kept enchanted and gemmed according to your sim results. In order to do so efficiently, make sure to check out our Enchants and Stats pages below.

2.1.

Simulations

Simulations are usually character specific, but there are simulations available for the best gear setup obtainable. Below, you can find some of these more general simulations on our dedicated page, but it is important to note that the outcome of these simulations heavily depends on the builds chosen.

3.

Stats

Remember that it can be better to have more (quantitatively) secondary stats of different kinds, than simply focusing on one secondary stat, due to the secondary stat diminishing returns. This can mean that a higher item level piece of gear with worse stats can be an upgrade simply because of the amount of stats on that piece of gear. For more information on stats, please refer to our dedicated page.

4.

Early Gearing in Shadowlands

Once you reach max level and finish the Shadowlands campaign you will start to look for upgrades to your gear. Our recommendation for this is to start with World Quests and Heroic Dungeons. For Mythic dungeons, at 0 level, it is most efficient to find a group of people to clear all the dungeons in one go. Make sure to grab your Legendary from Torghast and buy any crafted or BoE gear that fits your budget from the Auction House.

5.

Trinkets

Frost has a variety of trinkets available that are powerful. Choosing the optimal combination generally comes down to what ilvl you can obtain your trinkets at, and what build you choose to run. Generally, one active trinket and one passive trinket fits our cooldowns well!

For passive trinkets, Elegy of the Eternals Icon Elegy of the Eternals works well. It is obtainable at a high ilvl and provides a decent amount of stats. Alternatives are Old Warrior's Soul Icon Old Warrior's Soul and Anima Field Emitter Icon Anima Field Emitter.

For active trinkets, there are multiple good ones. The First Sigil Icon The First Sigil and Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device work well for any build. Cosmic Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity Icon Cosmic Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity is really good for Obliteration Icon Obliteration and Scars of Fraternal Strife Icon Scars of Fraternal Strife works well for Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa. Make sure to sim your alternatives when choosing trinkets!

6.

Valor Upgrades to Mythic+ Gear

Valor is a currency introduced in Patch 9.0.5 that allows you to upgrade Mythic+ gear. After you have upgraded your weapons where necessary, we recommend moving on to trinkets. Here are the trinkets we recommend prioritizing:

7.

Legendary Powers for Frost Death Knight

In Shadowlands, you have a choice as to which Legendary powers your character will use. You will eventually get all of the powers, however this will take a long time so you should focus on the powers that best fit what you want to do in the game.

Here are the 4 best Legendary Powers.

  1. Koltira's Favor Icon Koltira's Favor synergises very well with 2H Obliteration Icon Obliteration, and we recommend running this for raids with this build.
  2. Rage of the Frozen Champion Icon Rage of the Frozen Champion works really well with Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa. It does require high uptime on the boss but the raid is well-suited for this. We recommend running this Legendary for Breath in raids.
  3. Phearomones Icon Phearomones works well with dual wield Obliteration Icon Obliteration. It adds an extra GCD in your Obliteration window, giving a nice chunk of extra DPS.
  4. Biting Cold Icon Biting Cold is your go-to option in Mythic+, offering solid single-target and great AoE!

We will also receive the Unity Icon Unity power which acts as our Covenant-specific Legendary. You can either obtain a free waist piece with this power from the campaign, or craft it on a custom slot once you have received sufficient reputation with The Enlightened in Zereth Mortis. We ideally want to put it in the Boots slot with Mastery and Crit missives.

8.

Frost Death Knight Tier Set in Patch 9.2

Players will once again be able to acquire their own class tier set — gone are the days of static, boring armor! You can either loot the pieces directly from raid bosses, from your Great Vault in all three categories (Raid, Mythic+ and PvP) or by converting a season 3 piece using the Creation Catalyst!

Sepulcher of the First Ones, launching shortly after Patch 9.2, will allow Death Knights to collect armor pieces that, together, enable two unique specialization-themed bonuses. For Frost Death Knights specifically, the effects are the following:

8.1.

Frost Death Knight Tier Set Thoughts

This is a really exciting and powerful tier set. It has loads of implications for talent choices, weapon choices and Runeforge choices!

The 2-set is somewhat boring but still powerful. Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter has ~70% uptime or so generally, averaging the crit bonus out to 5.5% crit or so. This is quite significant and will help with the Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine proc rate.

The 4-set opens up a ton of possible builds. Glacial Advance Icon Glacial Advance is a strong AoE spell that is not picked due to Gathering Storm Icon Gathering Storm being so strong. Furthermore, Glacial Advance applies Rune of Razorice Icon Rune of Razorice to all targets it hits. This opens up the possibility of picking up another Runeforge in place of Razorice.

First of all, the 4-set makes the Frost Death Knight very powerful in AoE scenarios. Furthermore, it feeds heavily into the Obliteration Icon Obliteration talent, making it a potential superior pick in both single-target and AoE. It is also powerful in single-target since an additional Runeforge is worth so much. 2H builds especially will benefit from this since they can now pick up Rune of the Fallen Crusader Icon Rune of the Fallen Crusader! Dual-wield unfortunately does not have a good third option and might even play a normal weapon enchant.

2H builds do have difficulties keeping up the Rune of Razorice Icon Rune of Razorice debuff on your target. You can expect to drop it a couple of times in any given fight. This is fine from a power-level perspective thought; it is still worthwhile to pick up another enchant!

When it comes to item slots, we want to use Chest, Gloves, Legs and Head for our tier set ideally. You want to prioritise obtaining the set before you start to think about the optimal item slots!

9.

Best in Slot Items for Frost Death Knight in Sepulcher of the First Ones

We have included the BiS items for both Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa and Obliteration Icon Obliteration builds. They are both competitive and see play in different scenarios. Whenever there are two items listed, the first one is the BiS item and the second one is an alternative that comes from the raid.

9.1.

2H Obliteration Best in Slot

Slot Item(s)
Helm Visage of the First Eidolon Icon Visage of the First Eidolon (Anduin Wrynn)
Neck Worldkiller Iris Icon Worldkiller Iris (The Jailer)
Shoulder Koltira's Favor Icon Koltira's Favor (Legendary, Mastery Crit)
Cloak Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Icon Shroud of the Sire's Chosen (Lords of Dread)
Chest Carapace of the First Eidolon Icon Carapace of the First Eidolon (Rygelon)
Bracers
Gloves Gauntlets of the First Eidolon Icon Gauntlets of the First Eidolon (Lihuvim, Principal Architect)
Belt Enforcer's Containment Cinch Icon Enforcer's Containment Cinch (Anduin Wrynn)
Legs Chausses of the First Eidolon Icon Chausses of the First Eidolon (Artificer Xy'mox)
Boots Rampant Transference Icon Rampant Transference (Legendary, Mastery Crit)
Ring 1 Modified Defense Grid Icon Modified Defense Grid (Vigilant Guardian)
Ring 2 Soulwarped Seal of Menethil Icon Soulwarped Seal of Menethil (Anduin Wrynn)
Trinket 1
Trinket 2 Elegy of the Eternals Icon Elegy of the Eternals (Prototype Pantheon)
2H Weapon Gavel of the First Arbiter Icon Gavel of the First Arbiter (The Jailer)
9.2.

DW Obliteration Best in Slot

Slot Item(s)
Helm Phearomones Icon Phearomones (Legendary, Mastery Crit)
Neck Worldkiller Iris Icon Worldkiller Iris (The Jailer)
Shoulder Shoulderplates of the First Eidolon Icon Shoulderplates of the First Eidolon (Lords of Dread)
Cloak Drape of Mournful Melodies Icon Drape of Mournful Melodies (Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle)
Chest Carapace of the First Eidolon Icon Carapace of the First Eidolon (Rygelon)
Bracers
Gloves Gauntlets of the First Eidolon Icon Gauntlets of the First Eidolon (Lihuvim, Principal Architect)
Belt Enforcer's Containment Cinch Icon Enforcer's Containment Cinch (Artificer Xy'mox)
Legs Chausses of the First Eidolon Icon Chausses of the First Eidolon (Artificer Xy'mox)
Boots Rampant Transference Icon Rampant Transference (Legendary, Mastery Crit)
Ring 1 Modified Defense Grid Icon Modified Defense Grid (Vigilant Guardian)
Ring 2 Soulwarped Seal of Menethil Icon Soulwarped Seal of Menethil (Anduin Wrynn)
Trinket 1
Trinket 2 Elegy of the Eternals Icon Elegy of the Eternals (Prototype Pantheon)
DW Weapon Devastated Worldshard Icon Devastated Worldshard (Rygelon)
9.3.

Breath of Sindragosa Best in Slot

Slot Item(s)
Helm Visage of the First Eidolon Icon Visage of the First Eidolon (Anduin Wrynn)
Neck Worldkiller Iris Icon Worldkiller Iris (The Jailer)
Shoulder Shoulderplates of the First Eidolon Icon Shoulderplates of the First Eidolon (Lords of Dread)
Cloak Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Icon Shroud of the Sire's Chosen (Lords of Dread)
Chest Carapace of the First Eidolon Icon Carapace of the First Eidolon (Rygelon)
Bracers Rage of the Frozen Champion Icon Rage of the Frozen Champion (Legendary, Mastery Crit)
Gloves Gauntlets of the First Eidolon Icon Gauntlets of the First Eidolon (Lihuvim, Principal Architect)
Belt Remnant's Blasphemous Scourgebelt Icon Remnant's Blasphemous Scourgebelt (Anduin Wrynn)
Legs Legguards of the Ultimate Threat Icon Legguards of the Ultimate Threat (The Jailer)
Boots Abomination's Frenzy Icon Abomination's Frenzy (Legendary, Mastery Crit)
Ring 1 Modified Defense Grid Icon Modified Defense Grid (Vigilant Guardian)
Ring 2 Soulwarped Seal of Menethil Icon Soulwarped Seal of Menethil (Anduin Wrynn)
Trinket 1
Trinket 2 Elegy of the Eternals Icon Elegy of the Eternals (Prototype Pantheon)
Dual-wield Weapon Devastated Worldshard Icon Devastated Worldshard (Rygelon)

An item that deserves a specific mention is the Soulwarped Seal of Menethil Icon Soulwarped Seal of Menethil ring that drops off Anduin Wrynn. This is a significant upgrade to your DPS and a great item to obtain!

10.

Best in Slot Items for Frost Death Knight from Dungeons

We have included the BiS items for both Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa and Obliteration Icon Obliteration builds. They are both competitive and see play in different scenarios; special thanks to Taeznak for helping with putting these lists together!

10.1.

Obliteration Best in Slot from Dungeons

Slot BiS
Helm Plague Handler's Greathelm Icon Plague Handler's Greathelm (Plaguefall)
Neck Trailspinner Pendant Icon Trailspinner Pendant (Mists of Tirna Scithe)
Shoulder Vile Butcher's Pauldrons Icon Vile Butcher's Pauldrons (The Necrotic Wake)
Cloak Cloak of Enveloping Manifestations Icon Cloak of Enveloping Manifestations (Sanguine Depths)
Chest Breastplate of Brutal Dissonance Icon Breastplate of Brutal Dissonance (Spires of Ascension)
Bracers Vambraces of Verification Icon Vambraces of Verification (Tazavesh, the Veiled Market)
Gloves Guilewind Stone Talons Icon Guilewind Stone Talons (Sanguine Depths)
Belt Fused Bone Greatbelt Icon Fused Bone Greatbelt (The Necrotic Wake)
Legs Gormshell Greaves Icon Gormshell Greaves (Mists of Tirna Scithe)
Boots Warboots of Ruthless Conviction Icon Warboots of Ruthless Conviction (Spires of Ascension)
Rings
Trinkets
Dual-wield Weapon Sinsmasher Icon Sinsmasher (Sanguine Depths)
2H Weapon Dessia's Decimating Decapitator Icon Dessia's Decimating Decapitator (Theater of Pain)
10.2.

Breath of Sindragosa Best in Slot from Dungeons

Slot BiS
Helm Plague Handler's Greathelm Icon Plague Handler's Greathelm (Plaguefall)
Neck Azure-Venom Choker Icon Azure-Venom Choker (Spires of Ascension)
Shoulder Vile Butcher's Pauldrons Icon Vile Butcher's Pauldrons (The Necrotic Wake)
Cloak Cloak of Enveloping Manifestations Icon Cloak of Enveloping Manifestations (Sanguine Depths)
Chest Breastplate of Brutal Dissonance Icon Breastplate of Brutal Dissonance (Spires of Ascension)
Bracers Vambraces of Verification Icon Vambraces of Verification (Tazavesh, the Veiled Market)
Gloves Guilewind Stone Talons Icon Guilewind Stone Talons (Sanguine Depths)
Belt Waistguard of Expurged Anguish Icon Waistguard of Expurged Anguish (Sanguine Depths)
Legs Legplates of Unholy Frenzy Icon Legplates of Unholy Frenzy (The Necrotic Wake)
Boots Warboots of Ruthless Conviction Icon Warboots of Ruthless Conviction (Spires of Ascension)
Rings
Trinkets
Dual-wield Weapon Gorestained Cleaver Icon Gorestained Cleaver (Theater of Pain)
2H Weapon It is not recommended to run Breath with a 2H weapon.

If you have read the previous section, you should now understand that static Best in Slot lists are sometimes misleading, and it is best to use the tools at your disposal, notably Raidbots' Top Gear and its new Droptimizer options.

11.

Changelog

  • 20 Feb. 2022: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Updated and reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 29 Jun. 2021: Updated and reviewed for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Updated with a new section for Valor that goes over the top trinkets to prioritize and added a dungeon BiS section.
  • 24 Jan. 2021: Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 14 Dec. 2020: Page updated for Castle Nathria BiS.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands release, added a section on early Shadowlands gearing and one on Legendary Powers, removed a lot of BfA-specific information.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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