Frost Death Knight DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Dragonflight 10.0.7
On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Frost Death Knight in World of Warcraft Dragonflight 10.0.7.
Gearing a Frost Death Knight
Welcome to our Gearing Page for Frost Death Knight; this section will cover everything you need to know about equipping your character correctly.
If you have a new piece of gear for which you need gems and enchant advice, you can find everything on our dedicated page below.
While gearing up, item level will be your primary target. Strength is our best stat, and you shouldn't focus too much on your secondaries at first. Once you start to receive gear pieces with the same ilvl but different stats, that is when you want to start optimizing your stat distribution. This largely depends on the build and situation you aim for. Breath of Sindragosa wants Crit and Mastery in most scenarios, whereas Obliteration wants a balanced amount of Crit, Mastery, and Haste. We recommend simulating your character to determine what upgrade is best for you! For a more detailed explanation, you can read the Simulations page.
Simming your character is far and beyond the best way to determine if a piece of gear is, in fact, an upgrade. The trick is knowing how to do it in a way that produces reliable results. If you follow the Simulations guide page, you can use this to have a more practical gearing guide than simply following a BiS list.
Primordial Stone Gems
Patch 10.0.7 introduces a new set of gems called Primordial Stone Gems. These can be slotted into Primordial Sockets in the Onyx Annulet ring. A total of three gems can be allocated here. Unfortunately, due to the lack of secondary stats, equipping the new ring with Primordial Stone Gems will be a downgrade compared to any (415+) ring.
We do not recommend using this new ring at all.
For more information regarding the Onyx Annulet, the Primordial Gemstones, and how to obtain them, check out our dedicated guide for it below.
In Dragonflight, you can upgrade gear obtained after the patch with Valor points. You can learn more about this system on the dedicated Valor page.
Overall Top Trinkets
Choosing trinkets again depends on your build. Breath of Sindragosa heavily favors trinkets with on-use effects on a 2-minute cooldown. Obliteration favors passive trinkets that you can use often. Due to such a short cooldown window and consistent damage, you must fix on-use trinkets! Still, the BiS trinket combo for most builds is Blazebinder's Hoof and Whispering Incarnate Icon!
You will see me recommending trinkets with use effects in the passive trinket section. These are simple on-use damage trinkets that don't synergize with our cooldowns. They are in some ways "passive" since they don't interfere with active trinkets that buff our damage windows!
Best Active Trinkets
Best "Passive" Trinkets
Many people overthink the distribution of their secondary stats. An important thing to remember is that a higher quantity of stats is nearly always better than a better quality of stats. Because of this, wearing higher item-level gear with worse stats tends to be better than lower item-level gear with great stats. Keep this in mind when considering gear. For more stats information, please refer to our dedicated page.
For neck and ring pieces, you can drop 5-10 ilevels in some cases to get optimal stats. That said, you should always sim yourself to see what is better as the secondary stat diminishing returns can still change your ideal setup. Jeweled Signet of Melandrus is a nice trinket due to its additional effect. It is not a huge gain, but it is enough to be our best choice. For Neck, we want to run Elemental Lariat due to its additional socket effect!
Note with the Elemental Lariat this does consume 1 of your 2 embellished crafted gear. When using this, you can use all of the same gems, but typically you can get a few extra DPS by having one or two gems of another type to prevent the buffs from munching each other.
For Season 1, our weapon choice is primarily guided by ilvl. Higher ilvl means higher weapon DPS which scales our DPS a ton! Incarnate Sky-Splitter is, therefore, our BiS 2H weapon! For Dual-Wield builds, Strike Twice is our best option in both hands. High ilvl and an extra effect make it the best choice.
Tier Set Bonus
With Season 1, we have a Frost Death Knight Tier set bonus that buffs how we play.
- 2-piece set bonus: Frost Death Knight 2pc
- 4-piece set bonus: Frost Death Knight 4pc
The ideal 4 items to use here are Head, Shoulder, Chest and Hands
With the 4-piece, you'll have to react quickly to its procs! Killing Machine might sometimes not be consumed by Obliterate. In these scenarios, it is important to spend the proc again as soon as possible!
Notable Crafted Gear
You should look out for two items in terms of crafted gear. Elemental Lariat and Unstable Frostfire Belt. Both of these have special effects that make them BiS in their respective slots!
Instead of providing a separate table of gear with the highest theoretical damage throughput, I'll provide recommendations when gearing. We have already discussed the absolute majority of items you will equip. Crafted items, tier set, trinkets, and your weapon. Outside of this, you are better off simulating your character to determine which item is the largest upgrade. Generally, you'll focus Crit and Mastery (and Haste with Obliteration). Still, there are cases when your other stats will become more important (especially if you have meager amounts on them already).
- 20 Mar. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.0.7.
- 24 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
- 11 Dec. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight Season 1.
- 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
- 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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