Frost Death Knight DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jun 30, 2020 at 19:08 by Abyssalwave 54 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Frost Death Knight guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. 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

The Frost specialisation 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.

2.

Shadowlands Changes for Death Knights

We are maintaining a list of changes for Death Knights for Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, which you can access using the link below. We also have pages for the new Covenant abilities and Anima Powers.

3.

Patch 8.3 Changes for Frost Death Knight

There are no changes that are specific to Frost Death Knights in Patch 8.3. However, we do have:

4.

Frost Death Knight Strengths

  • Easy spec to learn
  • Good sustained cleave damage
  • Very strong short burst AoE damage
5.

Frost Death Knight Weaknesses

  • Lacks mobility, making it one of the slowest specs in the game
  • Requires many small decisions at crucial moments in order to maximise the DPS rotation
6.

Frost Death Knight Viability in the Current Patch

Frost Death Knights have amazing burst AoE and cleave, making them incredibly powerful on fights with short add bursts and two boss targets. They also have strong survivability, but lack strong mobility, making positioning very important on most encounters.

In Patch 8.2 and The Eternal Palace, Frost Death Knights have a difficult time on encounters that will take you away from the boss (such as Blackwater Behemoth). However, in encounters that require burst AoE or single-target, Frost Death Knights are performing very well. There are currently no bosses where grips are required or very helpful.

7.

Changelog

  • 30 Jun. 2020 (rotation page): More elaboration for the Icecap section.
  • 15 Jun. 2020 (talents page): Added more information for Icecap.
  • 04 Jun. 2020 (Corruption page): Updated for Gushing Wounds nerf.
  • 24 May 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Added some more Boss tips.
  • 24 May 2020 (gear page): Added a BiS List for Icecap, and removed the Benthic Gear section.
  • 24 May 2020 (Corruption page): Added a section for Echoes of Ny'alotha.
  • 23 Apr. 2020 (Corruption page): Guide added.
  • 22 Jan. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Added a section for recommended Essences.
  • 21 Jan. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Guide added.
  • 21 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Updated the BiS List for Ny'alotha.
  • 15 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Added a section for corrupted weapons and tips for dealing with corruption.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (enchants page): Added new augment rune.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated for 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Added 8.3 traits and checked the other sections.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (simulations page): Sims now include new Patch 8.3 essences.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Essences page): Updated for Patch 8.3 with new Essences.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Initial update for Patch 8.3, with more to come.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.3 and added information on the Season 4 affix.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (this page): This page has been checked and updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 20 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Added a section for Mechagon gear.
  • 20 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Added a section for conflict.
  • 18 Jul. 2019 (stats page): Added note about Gathering Storm and Haste interaction.
  • 18 Jul. 2019 (simulations page): Added new simulations for Essences and Azerite traits.
  • 18 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Added a section for Essences.
  • 18 Jul. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added rankings for the new Azerite traits.
  • 17 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added more information on Queen Azshara.
  • 17 Jul. 2019 (simulations page): Updated Racial simulations.
  • 17 Jul. 2019 (mythic+ page): Added information on the new seasonal affix.
  • 17 Jul. 2019 (this page): Added a note about Frost Death Knight viability in Patch 8.2.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Added Bloodmallet sims and Essence rankings.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Removed mention of Tundra Stalker in PvP Talents.
  • 14 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Replaced Superior Battle Potion of Strength with Potion of Focused Resolve.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Guide added.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Updated BiS for The Eternal Palace.
  • 06 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Added more detail to each Essence's section and their viability.
  • 05 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Added a section for Benthic gear.
  • 01 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Changed the recommendations for Tier 6 and 7 and their descriptions.
  • 01 Jul. 2019 (rotation page): Added an Icecap rotation guide.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Added page.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (this page): This page has been updated for the release of Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear 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 (gear page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (addons 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.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (azerite traits and gear 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 (this page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 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 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 19 Mar. 2019 (gear page): Added a note about on-use trinkets.
  • 19 Mar. 2019 (rotation page): Added notes about Icy Citadel usage for Chains of Ice and Frostwyrm's Fury.
  • 19 Mar. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated the page for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 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 (gear page): Added a Recommended Gear List for Battle of Dazar'alor, and an introduction to the RaidBots Droptimizer feature.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added first version of Frost DK advice for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for the release of BfA Season 2.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Treacherous Covenant and second Outer Ring information.
  • 18 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Added 3 new questions to the FAQ.
  • 14 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): Updated the recommended food for the new personal food.
  • 14 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated the PvP talent section.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Replaced Glacial Contagion with Frostwhelp's Indignation.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Patch 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 22 Nov. 2018 (this page): Added a section for viability in the current patch.
  • 16 Nov. 2018 (easy mode page): Fixed a mistake showing Cold Heart as the Legion legendary.
  • 23 Oct. 2018 (addons page): Added a Breath of Sindragosa macro.
  • 23 Oct. 2018 (how to improve page): Added a note about accidentally cancelling Breath of Sindragosa.
  • 30 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Changed the recommended talents.
  • 30 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Fixed some of the recommended talents.
  • 30 Sep. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated the recommended talents.
  • 30 Sep. 2018 (rotation page): Revamped the rotation section.
  • 29 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Updated tier 1, 2, 6, and 7 talent choices.
  • 28 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Updated tier 4 talent discussion slightly.
  • 25 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Further updated the Azerite Page to provide information on how to choose gear.
  • 19 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Redesigned the Azerite page to provide a tier list for each trait ring.
  • 14 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Azerite changes and Uldir.
  • 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.
  • 29 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Added a hectic add cleave trinket chart.
  • 29 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added the new Bloodmallet Azerite trait chart and recommended traits.
  • 29 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated the recommended build.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated the talent section to better represent Horn of Winter.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated the consumables section.
  • 23 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for recent Bloodmallet sim changes.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth Launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth Launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added (empty for now).
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page added for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Fixed cooldown usage to show Frostwyrm's Fury.
  • 03 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Added some more detail to the usefulness of Frostwyrm's Fury.
  • 30 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Added some notes into the rotation.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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