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Frost Death Knight DPS Guide (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Jan 21, 2018 at 11:21 by Vlad 511 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

Welcome to our Frost Death Knight DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Frost Death Knight in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Ertrak, a top Frost Death Knight who raids in Azshari Vegans.

1. Class Overview

The Frost specialisation (which now only allows for dual-wielding One-Handed Weapons) provides reasonable single target and AoE DPS, and it seems to be on par with Unholy in terms of performance.

Its playstyle is straightforward, and its rotation is easy to learn and master.

2. Patch 7.3 Changes for Frost Death Knights

3. Patch 7.2.5 Changes for Frost Death Knights

4. Patch 7.2 Changes for Frost Death Knights

5. Frost Death Knight Strengths

  • Good sustained cleave damage
  • Very strong short burst AoE damage

6. Frost Death Knight Weaknesses

  • Lacks mobility, making it one of the slowest specs in the game
  • Nothing unique that it can bring to help the raid

7. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 10 pages:

8. ChangeLog

  • 21 Jan. 2018 (rotation page): Updated a mention of Volatile Shielding that still referred to the way the talent used to work in the past.
  • 18 Jan. 2018 (talents page): Updated tier 1 and tier 6 talent recommendations.
  • 18 Jan. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated the page to reflect changes to tier 1 and 6 talent recommenations.
  • 03 Dec. 2017 (enchants page): Replaced Ancient Healing Potion with Astral Healing Potion.
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (enchants page): Updated recommendations to account for Mastery now being the best secondary stat.
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (talents page): Updated the recommendations for most talent tiers.
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the page to reflect changes to talents and stat priority.
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (gear page): Updated set bonus recommendations and trinket and legendary rankings.
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority.
  • 16 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added proper tier 2 trait rankings.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added Netherlight Crucible page for Frost Death Knight.
  • 05 Sep. 2017 (enchants page): Updated recommendations to account for Haste now being the best secondary stat.
  • 05 Sep. 2017 (stats page): Updated the stat priority (Haste is now the best secondary stat).
  • 01 Sep. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated page to reflect changes made to talents and rotation (adding Breath of Sindragosa viability, notably).
  • 01 Sep. 2017 (talents page): Updated tier 2 and 7 talent recommendations.
  • 01 Sep. 2017 (rotation page): Updated AoE rotation to include Breath of Sindragosa.
  • 31 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Removed an outdated mention regarding how Obliteration works.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Updated rotation sections.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.3 changes.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated page to reflect changes made to the rest of the guide (talents and rotation).
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Updated the page to account for the changes to talents that came with Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 11 Aug. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendary ranking and added a trinket list.
  • 11 Aug. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority slightly.
  • 11 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Made a small tweak to the Breath of Sindragosa rotation to remove the mention of Hungering Rune Weapon.
  • 11 Aug. 2017 (artifact page): Updated relic priority slightly.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated Tier 6 talent discussion to mention that Frostscythe can be taken if you have the new legendary ring, Soul of the Deathlord.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Updated Rime description to account for Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated Rime description to account for Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendary ranking (adding the two new legendary items) and added Tier 20 Set Bonus recommendations.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 22 May 2017 (artifact page): Added a mention to better give context to the relic priority.
  • 22 May 2017 (gear page): Updated the legendary item ranking slightly.
  • 24 Apr. 2017 (rotation page): Removed mentions of Machine Gun playstyle.
  • 24 Apr. 2017 (artifact page): Removed mention of Machine Gun playstyle and slightly updated relic priority.
  • 24 Apr. 2017 (stats page): Removed mentions of Machine Gun playstyle.
  • 24 Apr. 2017 (enchants page): Removed mentions of Machine Gun playstyle.
  • 24 Apr. 2017 (talents page): Removed mentions of Machine Gun playstyle.
  • 24 Apr. 2017 (easy mode page): Removed mentions of Machine Gun playstyle.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Changed food recommendation to Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendary rankings to account for Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for the Artifact traits added in Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the page to account for the various updates made to the guide in other parts.
  • 21 Feb. 2017 (stats page): Updated Breath of Sindragosa stat priority.
  • 21 Feb. 2017 (talents page): Revamped most talent descriptions to account for Breath of Sindragosa now being the dominant playstyle.
  • 21 Feb. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic priorities.
  • 21 Feb. 2017 (rotation page): Updated the page to show the two viable playstyle (Breath of Sindragosa, the most prominent, and Machine Gun).
  • 22 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Moved the legendary helm to the number one spot for legendary item ranking.
  • 22 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated description of Volatile Shielding to account for the change in damage school.
  • 21 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added trinket simulations and updated the text for Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish.
  • 21 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Updated neck enchant recommendation to only Mark of the Hidden Satyr, fixed an issue where we were recommending an Agility gem, and updated potion recommendations.
  • 21 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Updated the Breath of Sindragosa rotation.
  • 21 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Made a few small updates to some talent evaluations and updated the introductory text for the Breath of Sindragosa playstyle further. Also added checkmarks to talents viable in the Breath of Sindragosa build.
  • 17 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Added a mention of a different Relic priority if using Breath of Sindragosa as your tier 7 talent, and removed a mention of different Relic priorities for AoE damage.
  • 17 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Reworded the introduction section for the Breath of Sindragosa build slightly, to confirm that it does indeed perform very well.
  • 13 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Changed tier 6 Breath of Sindragosa talent recommendation to Gathering Storm.
  • 13 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added a mention of Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish as well as a Tier 19 Set Bonus recommendation.
  • 13 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Changed the text to reflect that the only recommended tier 6 talent for the Breath of Sindragosa playstyle is Gathering Storm.
  • 13 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Changed tier 6 talent evaluation to Gather Storm only (for Breath of Sindragosa).
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Added Breath of Sindragosa build mentions/recommendations.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Added Breath of Sindragosa rotation.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added mention of new legendary item and revised existing legendary recommendations slightly.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Added alternative recommendations for the Breath of Sindragosa build.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Added Breath of Sindragosa stat priority.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Added alternative talent choices to support Breath of Sindragosa build, and updated talent descriptions to account for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Fixed an error referring to tier 7 talents being available at level 110, instead of 100.
  • 11 Dec. 2016 (spells page): Page added.
  • 11 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode page.
  • 11 Dec. 2016 (rotation page): Fixed a typo in the rotation section and one in the Cooldown Usage section.
  • 03 Nov. 2016 (this page): Updated the page a bit to account for buffs to Frost resulting in it no longer being behind Unholy in performance.
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated the stat priority including breakpoints.
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Added a mention explaining the lack of a Best in Slot section.
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Added a mention of how the stat breakpoints will affect your gearing.
  • 28 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Amended the Obliterate line in the single target priority to include one with and one without a Killing Machine proc.
  • 28 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated legendary item ranking.
  • 27 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated the stat priority (Versatility is now the best secondary stat).
  • 27 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Updated Relic priority.
  • 27 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Added the Runic Attenuation + Obliteration rotation to the guide.
  • 27 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated tier 6 and 7 talent recommendations to account for a non machine gun playstyle now also being viable.
  • 27 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated the recommendations to account for Versatility now being the preferred secondary stat.
  • 24 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated the description of Frozen Pulse to account for patch 7.1 changes.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Split the rotation into single target and AoE.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Updated the Relic priority slightly.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated the stat priority considerably (Haste is now the best secondary stat, without any soft cap).
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated the tier 3 talent discussion to state that Avalanche is best for raiding, while Icecap is recommended for Mythic+ dungeons.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated the recommendations to account for Haste now being the single preferred secondary stat.
  • 26 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Improved the single target rotation.
  • 25 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Tweaked the legendary recommendations somewhat.
  • 25 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Updated the stat priority considerably.
  • 25 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Further updated the page to account for the prevalence of the Machine Gun rotation.
  • 25 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Removed the non-machine gun rotations.
  • 25 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Updated neck enchant recommendations and removed mentions of a ratio between Critical Strike and Haste.
  • 24 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the guide to reflect that the machine gun rotation is currently recommended in all situations.
  • 24 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Added a mention of taking Icy Talons for the Machine Gun rotation.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Added Potion of the Old War as a recommended potion, alongside Potion of Deadly Grace.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 22 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Revamped the trinket and set bonus recommendations.
  • 22 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Several updates.
    • Tweaked the Frostscythe line in the Machine Gun rotation.
    • Removed mentions of Rime procs from all rotations except single target one, since not using Obliterate means you will never have them.
  • 22 Jul. 2016 (this page): Added Strengths and Weaknesses.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated tier 1 and 2 talent discussions.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added machine gun rotation to the guide.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Changed the evaluation of Icy Talons to include the possible situation where Murderous Efficiency results in you having too many resources, in which case Icy Talons could be a viable replacement.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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