Frost Death Knight DPS Guide — Dragonflight 10.0.7

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General Information

Welcome to our Frost Death Knight guide for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.7. 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.


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 good raid cooldown in the form of Anti-Magic Zone Icon Anti-Magic Zone.


Strengths and Weaknesses

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  • -Limited mobility.
  • -Cooldown dependent when using Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa.
  • -Limited spread add cleave.
  • -Doesn't bring a very powerful raid buff.

Dragonflight Changes for Death Knights

We are maintaining a list of changes for Death Knights, so you can see what changes with every patch of Dragonflight.


Mage Tower Challenge

From Patch 9.1.5 onward, both Legion Timewalking and the Mage Tower have returned. As such we have created a separate guide detailing what you can expect from the Mage Tower challenge available to Frost Death Knights.


Significant Frost Death Knight Changes in Dragonflight

The primary change that Frost sees in Dragonflight is the addition of many new talents. Both talents that were previously exclusive to Unholy and Blood Death Knights like Will of the Necropolis Icon Will of the Necropolis and Soul Reaper Icon Soul Reaper, as well as completely new talents like Chill Streak Icon Chill Streak, Frostwhelp's Aid Icon Frostwhelp's Aid and Cold-Blooded Rage Icon Cold-Blooded Rage.

When it comes to gameplay, one significant change is the ability to pick up Icecap Icon Icecap and Obliteration Icon Obliteration. These two talents synergise very well, resulting in more burst windows overall. We generally also have more resources available to us as we can now pick multiple resource-generating talents that were previously mutually exclusive: Runic Attenuation Icon Runic Attenuation, Murderous Efficiency Icon Murderous Efficiency and Horn of Winter Icon Horn of Winter.


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 also help speed up your leveling.


10.0.7 Changes for Frost Death Knights

The Frost Death Knight sees several significant changes in Patch 10.0.7. Please find them below.

These changes are major improvements to our rotation. Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine stacking to two means we will waste far fewer procs overall, especially with Obliteration Icon Obliteration. Gone are the days of getting a natural proc of Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine and immediately overwriting it or starving in your Obliteration Icon Obliteration window and having to overlap procs.

Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa cost going up will mean shorter, more manageable durations, making the talent overall more competitive in all kinds of content.

Getting so many talents as baseline spells means we will get several new talents to pick up, increasing our Power accordingly. These changes are significant buffs overall, with a 10%+ damage increase expected.


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. 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 and Glacial Advance Icon Glacial Advance.

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.


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.


Frost Death Knight Viablity in Dragonflight

Frost Death Knight is 100% viable in Dragonflight. We have great cleave and do solid single-target damage. We are also incredibly tanky, something that is great as you progress through hard content. Dying is the number one factor for not killing a boss.


Frost Death Knight Tier Set in Dragonflight

The Frost Death Knight has a tier set in Dragonflight that focuses heavily on Obliterate Icon Obliterate and Frostscythe Icon Frostscythe. The 2p bonus simply increases the damage of these two abilities by 15% Furthermore, the 4p bonus gives a 15% chance to not consume Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine.


End-Game as a Frost Death Knight

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


Improving as a Frost Death Knight

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



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