Frost Death Knight DPS Guide — Shadowlands 9.1.5

Last updated on Dec 11, 2021 at 13:53 by Bicepspump 25 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Frost Death Knight guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1.5. Here, you will learn how to play as a Frost Death Knight in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

1.

Frost Death Knight Overview

Frost Death Knight is a melee DPS spec that has high burst and cleave capabilities. It can wield both two-handed weapons, as well as one-handed weapons. It also has a strong raid cooldown in the form of Anti-Magic Zone Icon Anti-Magic Zone.

2.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses
3.

Patch 9.1.5 Changes for Death Knights

We are maintaining a list of changes for Death Knights, so you can see what changes with every patch of Shadowlands. Be sure to also check out Frost's specific changes from the previous patch, 9.1, if you need a reminder of what else was adjusted over time.

In addition, as Patch 9.1.5 has also brought both Legion Timewalking and the return of the Mage Tower, we have created a separate guide detailing what you can expect from the Mage Tower challenge available to Frost Death Knights.

4.

Covenant Recommendation Change in Patch 9.1

5.

Leveling a Frost Death Knight

If you want to level a Frost Death Knight, you can check out our leveling guide for tips and tricks for your journey.

Once you reach max level, a great way to customize your game to fit the way you want to play, but also to help you play better, is with addons. We recommend using some of the basic addons that are recommended on our Addons page below while you are leveling, to not only get used to addons, but to also help speed up your leveling.

6.

Basics of Frost Death Knight Gameplay

Frost Death Knight is a spec that is all about managing your resources and making the most out of your cooldown windows. In order to maximize your damage as a Frost Death Knight, you need to be able to position yourself well, especially while using talents like Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa that require good positioning.

If you are new to Frost Death Knight and would like to learn the basics of the class, we recommend looking at the Spell Summary, as well as the Easy Mode page we have linked below.

We also have a guide for the Frost Death Knight talents and rotations below.

7.

How to Gear Up as a Frost Death Knight

Gear, enchants, consumables, and gems also play a big part in increasing your character's DPS. Linked below is a page to show you which enchants, consumables, and gems to use, as well as a stats page, where you can find more information on each stat and how they interact with your character.

8.

Frost Death Knight in Shadowlands

Shadowlands introduced 4 Covenants, new unique "factions" that are core to the Shadowlands experience. Which Covenant you join is one of the biggest decisions you can make in World of Warcraft.

Shadowlands also introduced an arsenal of legendary powers, but you can only have one at a time, and crafting them takes time and money, so choose wisely. Legendary powers are acquired from the new endgame activity Torghast, Sanctum of Domination, and other activities.

9.

End-Game as a Frost Death Knight

The End Game of a Frost Death Knight is much more smooth and satisfying than starting off, so it is something to look forward to. Linked below are our Raiding, Torghast, Mythic+, and PvP guides to help you perform well, no matter what content you choose to participate in.

10.

Improving as a Frost Death Knight

If, after reading all these guides, you still find your performance lackluster, then check out the pages linked below for some tips and tricks that may answer any questions you have.

11.

Changelog

  • 11 Dec. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated some Covenant Soulbind trees.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated and reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (FAQ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Legendaries): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (mythic+ page): Updated and reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (simulations page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (gear page): Updated and reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (addons page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 17 Jul. 2021 (Legendaries): Added more explanations.
  • 17 Jul. 2021 (mythic+ page): Added Anima Power recommendations.
  • 17 Jul. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Updated with recent hotfixes.
  • 12 Jul. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Guide created.
  • 30 Jun. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (Legendaries): Guide Reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (Torghast): Guide reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated and reviewed for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (FAQ page): Guide reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (how to improve page): Guide reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (spells page): Guide reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (simulations page): Guide reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed and Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Created page.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (gear page): Updated and reviewed for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (addons page): Guide reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 04 Jun. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed and expanded Cooldown usage.
  • 04 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed and added some more content.
  • 10 May 2021 (this page): Review and small update.
  • 10 May 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed.
    • Added talent cooldown usage.
    • Expanded on multiple parts of priorities.
    • Swapped Night Fae to Necrolord in recommended covenant.
  • 05 May 2021 (easy mode page): Fixed BoS priority.
  • 25 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Fixed a small typo in the table.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Added a section with the BiS Legendary for each major form of content.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): Small changes and reordering to Powers; Added new powers; removed old Powers for patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated the recommended Covenants for Raiding, Torghast and what Soulbinds are best.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated to now recommend Necrolord with the Emeni Soulbind as the best Covenant pick; updated the recommended Tier 15 talents for Obliteration.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Updated with a new section for Valor that goes over the top trinkets to prioritize and added a dungeon BiS section.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Updated the Tier 15 talents for Obliteration.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 23 Feb. 2021 (rotation page): Added rotation switches for the single target rotation.
  • 19 Feb. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Added more tips for Sire Denathrius.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (Legendaries): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (stats page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (enchants page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (Torghast): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (spells page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (simulations page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (how to improve page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (gear page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (rotation page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (mythic+ page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (easy mode page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (FAQ page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (talents page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 08 Jan. 2021 (rotation page): Updated rotation priority.
  • 19 Dec. 2020 (spells page): Updated Pillar of Frost and Death's Advance descriptions.
  • 19 Dec. 2020 (stats page): Updated stat descriptions.
  • 19 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Updated the recommended consumables section.
  • 14 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for Castle Nathria BiS.
  • 14 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added information for Huntsman Altimor.
  • 14 Dec. 2020 (rotation page): Updated the description of Dual-Wield vs Two Handed Frost.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Updated Raid Talent, Tips, and Legendary Recommendations.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for the release of Season 1 with a Covenant and Legendary section.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Updated recommended weapon enchant and potion.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (talents page): Updated Inexorable Assault description.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
  • 26 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Updated Runeforge recommendation for Two-Handed Frost and enchants.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated recommended Covenants with a Dual Wield Breath of Sindragosa build.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Guide added.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for Shadowlands release. Updated talent recommendations.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (this page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, added information on Covenants, Legendary Powers and Torghast.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for Shadowlands release. Removed the Azerite Traits and Essence sections, updated talent recommendation, added sections for Covenant and Legendary Power choice.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, added a section on early Shadowlands gearing and one on Legendary Powers, removed a lot of BfA-specific information.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for Shadowlands release. Added information on new Rank 2 abilities.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for Shadowlands Release, added new enchants and oil.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for Shadowlands release.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, updated talents, stats, removed BfA-specific sections
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Updated the rotation priority and guide for Shadowlands.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Added a section on Renown.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (simulations page): Updated for Shadowlands. Removed all sections on Azerite Traits and Essences.
  • 21 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Updated recommended talent setup.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 17 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added more information on Queen Azshara.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Guide added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 19 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added Mythic tips.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 24 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated boss advice.
  • 18 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Fixed the boss order.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added first version of Frost DK advice for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 30 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Fixed some of the recommended talents.
  • 09 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Fixed a typo for the recommended G'huun talents.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added information for all bosses in Uldir.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added (empty for now).
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