Frost Death Knight DPS Guide — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jul 17, 2021 at 20:01 by Bicepspump 25 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Frost Death Knight guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1. 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 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 this patch.

4.

Covenant Recommendation Change in Patch 9.1

ATTENTION

As of Patch 9.1 the recommended Covenant for Frost Death Knight HAS CHANGED. Please check out the Covenant page of this guide for more information.

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, Castle Nathria, 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

  • 17 Jul. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Updated with recent hotfixes.
  • 17 Jul. 2021 (Legendaries): Added more explanations.
  • 17 Jul. 2021 (mythic+ page): Added Anima Power recommendations.
  • 12 Jul. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Guide created.
  • 30 Jun. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed and Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (Legendaries): Guide Reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (Torghast): Guide reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated and reviewed for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (spells page): Guide reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (FAQ page): Guide reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Created page.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (how to improve 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 (gear page): Updated and reviewed for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (addons page): Guide reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 04 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed and added some more content.
  • 04 Jun. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed and expanded Cooldown usage.
  • 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.
  • 10 May 2021 (this page): Review and small update.
  • 05 May 2021 (easy mode page): Fixed BoS priority.
  • 25 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Fixed a small typo in the table.
  • 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 (Legendaries): Added a section with the BiS Legendary for each major form of content.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated the recommended Covenants for Raiding, Torghast and what Soulbinds are best.
  • 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 (stats page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Updated the Tier 15 talents for Obliteration.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): Small changes and reordering to Powers; Added new powers; removed old Powers for patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (rotation 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 (Torghast): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (FAQ page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (how to improve page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (simulations page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (gear page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (enchants page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (stats page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (mythic+ page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (rotation page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (talents page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (spells page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (easy mode page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 08 Jan. 2021 (rotation page): Updated rotation priority.
  • 19 Dec. 2020 (stats page): Updated stat descriptions.
  • 19 Dec. 2020 (spells page): Updated Pillar of Frost and Death's Advance descriptions.
  • 19 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Updated the recommended consumables section.
  • 14 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added information for Huntsman Altimor.
  • 14 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for Castle Nathria BiS.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated recommended weapon enchant and potion.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for the release of Season 1 with a Covenant and Legendary section.
  • 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 (Torghast): Guide added.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated recommended Covenants with a Dual Wield Breath of Sindragosa build.
  • 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 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Updated the rotation priority and guide for Shadowlands.
  • 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 (talents page): Page updated for Shadowlands release. Updated talent recommendations.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for Shadowlands release. Added information on new Rank 2 abilities.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (this page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, added information on Covenants, Legendary Powers and Torghast.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (FAQ 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 (stats page): Page updated for Shadowlands release.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for Shadowlands Release, added new enchants and oil.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (simulations page): Updated for Shadowlands. Removed all sections on Azerite Traits and Essences.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Added a section on Renown.
  • 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 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations 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 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons 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 (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.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 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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