Frost Death Knight DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 10:21 by Abyssalwave 21 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 9.0.5.


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.


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.



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.



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.


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.


Adding Sockets to Your Gear

There is an NPC in The Maw that allows you to obtain a consumable that adds a socket to an item that did not already have one. For more information on how to obtain it, please visit our Ve'nari page.


Valor Upgrades to Mythic+ Gear

Valor is a new currency introduced in Patch 9.0.5 that allows you to upgrade Mythic+ gear. Since trinkets have some of the biggest impact to your DPS, here are the trinkets we recommend prioritizing.

Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device is far and away the best trinket for Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa, meaning if you do not have one at item level 220+ then you should prioritize upgrading this item first.

Overwhelming Power Crystal Icon Overwhelming Power Crystal pairs very well with Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device if you do not have a 220+ Sinful Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity Icon Sinful Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity instead.

Phial of Putrefaction Icon Phial of Putrefaction is a strong passive trinket for both Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa and Obliteration Icon Obliteration while also being competitive for Unholy, making it a great choice if you swap between the two specs.

Anima Field Emitter Icon Anima Field Emitter, just like Phial of Putrefaction Icon Phial of Putrefaction, is very strong for both Frost and Unholy making it also strong for spec-swapping between the two.


Trinket Simulation for Frost Death Knight



For the complete simulation results, check out


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Legendary Powers for Frost Death Knight

In Shadowlands, you have a choice as to which Legendary power 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 3 best Legendary Powers.

  1. Koltira's Favor Icon Koltira's Favor offers the best single-target increase, as well as solid resource generation. It is over 2% above the next-best option for single target, while still being a solid AoE option.
  2. Rage of the Frozen Champion Icon Rage of the Frozen Champion is a consistent and competitive option offering solid single-target and AoE damage.
  3. Biting Cold Icon Biting Cold is a weak single-target option, but offers the best AoE damage, making it a decent Mythic+ option depending on your group.

Best in Slot Items for Frost Death Knight in Dungeons

Slot Item Boss
Helm Plague Handler's Greathelm Icon Plague Handler's Greathelm Globgrog in Plaguefall
Neck Azure-Venom Choker Icon Azure-Venom Choker Kin-Tara in Spires of Ascension
Shoulder Koltira's Favor Icon Koltira's Favor Sludgefist
Cloak Cloak of Enveloping Manifestations Icon Cloak of Enveloping Manifestations Executor Tarvold in Sanguine Depths
Chest Breastplate of Brutal Dissonance Icon Breastplate of Brutal Dissonance Ventunax in Spires of Ascension
Bracers Thunderous Echo Vambraces Icon Thunderous Echo Vambraces Oryphrion in Spires of Ascension
Gloves Guilewind Stone Talons Icon Guilewind Stone Talons General Kaal in Sanguine Depths
Belt Waistguard of Expurged Anguish Icon Waistguard of Expurged Anguish Grand Proctor Beryllia in Sanguine Depths
Legs Legplates of Unholy Frenzy Icon Legplates of Unholy Frenzy Amarth in The Necrotic Wake
Boots Warboots of Ruthless Conviction Icon Warboots of Ruthless Conviction Kin-Tara in Spires of Ascension
Rings Ring of Perpetual Conflict Icon Ring of Perpetual Conflict and Fleshfused Circle Icon Fleshfused Circle Mordretha in Theater of Pain and Gorechop in Theater of Pain
Weapon Gorestained Cleaver Icon Gorestained Cleaver or Supercollider Icon Supercollider Xav the Unfallen in Theater of Pain or The Manastorms in De Other Side

Best in Slot Items for Frost Death Knight in Castle Nathria

Slot Item Boss
Helm Diadem of Imperious Desire Icon Diadem of Imperious Desire Sire Denathrius
Neck Noble's Birthstone Pendant Icon Noble's Birthstone Pendant Council of Blood
Shoulder Koltira's Favor Icon Koltira's Favor Sludgefist
Cloak Mantle of Manifest Sins Icon Mantle of Manifest Sins Sun King's Salvation
Chest Breastplate of Cautious Calculation Icon Breastplate of Cautious Calculation Artificer Xy'Mox
Bracers Hellhound Cuffs Icon Hellhound Cuffs Huntsman Altimor
Gloves Colossal Plate Gauntlets Icon Colossal Plate Gauntlets Sludgefist
Belt Binding of Warped Desires Icon Binding of Warped Desires Lady Inerva Darkvein
Legs Ceremonial Parade Legguards Icon Ceremonial Parade Legguards Stone Legion Generals
Boots Stoneguard Attendant's Boots Icon Stoneguard Attendant's Boots Council of Blood
Rings Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Icon Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius and Ritualist's Treasured Ring Icon Ritualist's Treasured Ring Sire Denathrius and Lady Inerva Darkvein
Weapon Barbed-Edge of the Stone Legion Icon Barbed-Edge of the Stone Legion or Nathrian Crusader's Bastard Sword Icon Nathrian Crusader's Bastard Sword Sire Denathrius

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



  • 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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