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Frost Death Knight DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 21, 2020 at 01:20 by Abyssalwave 53 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 Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.

1.

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, Azerite traits, 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.

1.1.

Benthic Gear

Patch 8.2 introduced a new type of gear themed around Nazjatar and the new raid (The Eternal Palace). You can obtain this gear through activities such as World Quests, Regular Quests, and they are even Bind on Account, meaning you can use them to gear up your alts. There is a shop where you can purchase these Bind on Account Benthic gear tokens for Prismatic Manapearl Icon Prismatic Manapearls. This currency is also used to upgrade the base item from 385 all the way up to 425. These tokens have a chance to roll tertiary stats and even a socket, so you may want to hold off upgrading gear until you get a socket on the piece you want.

Of the Benthic gear that is available, these are the ones that are very powerful for the Eternal Palace and Nazjatar content: Zanj'ir Scaleguard Greatbelt Icon Zanj'ir Scaleguard Greatbelt (works on Orgozoa and Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha in the Eternal Palace), Vim's Scalecrusher Girdle Icon Vim's Scalecrusher Girdle, Waveblade Farseer's Armguards Icon Waveblade Farseer's Armguards, and Akana's Reefstrider Boots Icon Akana's Reefstrider Boots.

Currently, for Frost Death Knights, the Akana's Reefstrider Boots Icon Akana's Reefstrider Boots are especially strong and you may see some of these pieces sim even higher than Mythic raid gear.

1.2.

Operation: Mechagon

Currently in Operation: Mechagon, the most notable items are the pair of rings Logic Loop of Division Icon Logic Loop of Division and Overclocking Bit Band Icon Overclocking Bit Band or Shorting Bit Band Icon Shorting Bit Band. This set of rings together is very powerful, since you are able to have 100% uptime on the buff as long as you can get behind the target. If you can obtain this set, then it may perform better than some Heroic and Mythic Ny'alotha rings.

2.

Azerite Gear for Frost Death Knights

For information about what Azerite traits to choose and what the best items are, see our Azerite page.

3.

Stats

With the changes in Battle for Azeroth your primary stat is going to be your best stat. Even though this is the case, a higher item level piece of gear does contain more secondary stats which usually makes it an upgrade. When you are looking for gear upgrades you will usually find them in a higher item level piece of gear.

4.

Trinket Simulation for Frost Death Knight

The current best end-game setup for single target trinkets is Azshara's Font of Power Icon Azshara's Font of Power and Ashvane's Razor Coral Icon Ashvane's Razor Coral. How you use these 2 together is by using Azshara's Font of Power Icon Azshara's Font of Power at 5 seconds before the pull, then use Ashvane's Razor Coral Icon Ashvane's Razor Coral about 15 seconds into the fight when it comes off the 20 second trinket on use cooldown. The second usage of this setup is before your 2nd Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa, when your 4th Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost is coming off cooldown, you use Azshara's Font of Power Icon Azshara's Font of Power 10 seconds before Pillar of Frost is off cooldown, then Ashvane's Razor Coral Icon Ashvane's Razor Coral at 10 seconds into your Breath of Sindragosa.

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5.

Corruption

Corruption is a new Patch 8.3 feature (see our guide on Corrupted Items). It replaces Warforging and Titanforging for all gear in the patch. It gives items a type of affix, as well as an amount of Corruption. Corruption is a stat that negatively impacts your character the more of it that you have, but the more Corruption you have, the more powerful the affixes will be. Some Affixes are a lot more powerful than others, and you can see a guideline ranking for them below.

5.1.

Single-Target Corruption Ranking

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5.2.

AoE Corruption Ranking

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5.2.1.

Tips for Dealing With Corruption Effects

  • Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance and Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk are very useful for dealing with Grasping Tendrils Icon Grasping Tendrils so saving these cooldowns for crucial moments where movement is important is very helpful.
  • Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell can be used to absorb some of the damage of the Eye of Corruption Icon Eye of Corruption which can also act as a DPS gain seeing as you will gain Ruinic power when your Anti-Magic Shell absorbs magic damage.
  • Asphyxiate Icon Asphyxiate can be used on the Thing from Beyond from Grand Delusions Icon Grand Delusions in order to get rid of it since it disappears when it is stunned.
5.3.

Corruption Weapon for Frost Death Knight

  • Faralos, Empire's Dream Icon Faralos, Empire's Dream is nice because it drops from the first boss of the raid (Wrathion) however the effect Searing Flames Icon Searing Flames is not very strong and has a low corruption to DPS ratio making it very likely that you cleanse this weapon.
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7.

What Gear Do I Farm/Bonus Roll/Chase After?

When identifying what gear you should be aiming after, we recommend using RaidBots' Droptimizer feature. It requires the SimulationCraft Addon. Once you have the addon installed, write "/simc" into the chat in-game, and copy-pasting the contents into the RaidBots Droptimizer.

Simply select the raid and difficulty you are interested in, and RaidBots will take a while to figure out where you should spend your bonus rolls, and more.

This does not include items that are found outside of the raid, so this may be altered based on items you have available from outside sources. Note that this also does not include trinkets as they are covered in the above chart:

Also note that this is not a guide on which bosses to bonus roll. Refer to the Droptimizer guide above to plan out your bonus rolls.

Slot Item Source
Helm Second Sight Helm Icon Second Sight Helm Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn in Ny'alotha raid
Shoulder Writhing Spaulders of Madness Icon Writhing Spaulders of Madness The Prophet Skitra in Ny'alotha raid
Cloak Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve Icon Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve Legendary Cloak quest line
Chest Breastplate of Twilight Decimation Icon Breastplate of Twilight Decimation Vexiona in Ny'alotha raid
Wrists Bracers of Phantom Pains Icon Bracers of Phantom Pains Shad'har the Insatiable in Ny'alotha raid
Gloves Mirage-Weaver's Gauntlets Icon Mirage-Weaver's Gauntlets Carapace of N'Zoth in Ny'alotha raid
Belt Belt of Muttering Truths Icon Belt of Muttering Truths Drest'agath in Ny'alotha raid
Legs Living Obsidian Legguards Icon Living Obsidian Legguards Maut in Ny'alotha raid
Boots Boots of Hallucinatory Reality Icon Boots of Hallucinatory Reality The Prophet Skitra> in Ny'alotha raid
Ring #1 Ichorspine Loop Icon Ichorspine Loop Drest'agath in Ny'alotha raid
Ring #2 Void-Etched Band Icon Void-Etched Band Shad'har the Insatiable in Ny'alotha raid
Weapon Lurker's Piercing Gaze Icon Lurker's Piercing Gaze Carapace of N'Zoth in Ny'alotha raid
8.

Changelog

  • 21 Jan. 2020: Updated the BiS List for Ny'alotha.
  • 15 Jan. 2020: Added a section for corrupted weapons and tips for dealing with corruption.
  • 14 Jan. 2020: Initial update for Patch 8.3, with more to come.
  • 20 Jul. 2019: Added a section for Mechagon gear.
  • 09 Jul. 2019: Updated BiS for The Eternal Palace.
  • 05 Jul. 2019: Added a section for Benthic gear.
  • 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.
  • 19 Mar. 2019: Added a note about on-use trinkets.
  • 22 Jan. 2019: Added a Recommended Gear List for Battle of Dazar'alor, and an introduction to the RaidBots Droptimizer feature.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 29 Aug. 2018: Added a hectic add cleave trinket chart.
  • 12 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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