Frost Death Knight DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Feb 18, 2019 at 17:47 by Abyssalwave 41 comments

Welcome to our Frost Death Knight guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1. 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

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. Patch 8.1 Changes for Frost Death Knights

3. Patch 8.0.1 Changes for Frost Death Knights

  • Many notable changes to the entire talent tree.
  • Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance has replaced Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk (which is now a talent) as the baseline movement ability.
  • Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost is now a 45-second cooldown that increases your Strength by 15% for 15 seconds. Each Rune you spend while Pillar of Frost is active increases your Strength by an additional 1% for the rest of the duration.
  • Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon now works the same as Hungering Rune Weapon did in Legion. It increases your Haste by 15% and generates 1 Rune and 5 Runic Power instantly and every 5 seconds for 20 seconds on a 2-minute cooldown (down from 3 minutes in Legion).

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 an amazing DPS toolkit to deal with most of the fights in Uldir. Most of the fights in Uldir have some form of AoE or cleave situation, which Frost Death Knights excel at. Frost is currently one of the highest performing DPS specs in the Uldir raid.

7. Changelog

  • 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.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Treacherous Covenant and second Outer Ring information.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for the release of BfA Season 2.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Added a Recommended Gear List for Battle of Dazar'alor, and an introduction to the RaidBots Droptimizer feature.
  • 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 (this page): Added Patch 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells 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 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants 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.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats 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 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations 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 (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 (azerite traits and gear page): Replaced Glacial Contagion with Frostwhelp's Indignation.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents 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 (how to improve page): Added a note about accidentally cancelling Breath of Sindragosa.
  • 23 Oct. 2018 (addons page): Added a Breath of Sindragosa macro.
  • 30 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Changed the recommended talents.
  • 30 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Fixed some of the recommended talents.
  • 30 Sep. 2018 (rotation page): Revamped the rotation section.
  • 30 Sep. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated the recommended talents.
  • 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 (easy mode page): Updated the recommended build.
  • 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.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated the consumables section.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated the talent section to better represent Horn of Winter.
  • 23 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for recent Bloodmallet sim changes.
  • 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 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (stats 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 (rotation 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 (talents 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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