Frost Death Knight DPS Guide — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on Jul 31, 2022 at 16:54 by Bicepspump 29 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Frost Death Knight guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5. 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 9.2.5 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 from the previous patch, 9.2, to hear our thoughts on the tier set bonuses that arrived at that time.

3.1.

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.

4.

Covenant Recommendation Change in Patch 9.2

For Patch 9.2, Night Fae has gained a lot of power in Mythic+ and we recommend always running this Covenant there. For raids, Necrolord still reigns supreme.

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. In Patch 9.2, you can eventually equip two of these, one being a Covenant-specific Legendary. Crafting them takes time and money, so choose wisely. Legendary powers are acquired from the new endgame content Torghast, Sepulcher of the First Ones, and other activities.

9.

Best Legendaries for Frost Death Knights

Frost Death Knights follow the below priority for their Legendary. We always use Mastery and Crit for our missives.

Our second Legendary will be the covenant-specific Legendary. This can be obtained either from the Unity Icon Unity Legendary Power, a waist Legendary item that acts as the Legendary for your current Covenant. We can also craft our Covenant-specific Legendary on any slot we want once we have received a sufficient amount of reputation with The Enlightened in Zereth Mortis.

10.

Frost Death Knight Tier Set in Patch 9.2

Players will once again be able to acquire their own class tier set — gone are the days of static, boring armor!

Sepulcher of the First Ones, launching shortly after Patch 9.2, will allow Death Knights to collect armor pieces that, together, enable two unique specialization-themed bonuses. For Frost Death Knights specifically, the effects are the following:

11.

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.

12.

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.

13.

Changelog

  • 31 Jul. 2022 (Sepulcher of the First Ones page): Updated for Shadowlands season 4.
  • 31 Jul. 2022 (mythic+ page): Updated with Shrouded affix information for Shadowlands season 4.
  • 31 Jul. 2022 (gear page): Updated for Shadowlands season 4.
  • 31 Jul. 2022 (Castle Nathria page): Updated for Shadowlands season 4.
  • 31 Jul. 2022 (Sanctum of Domination page): Updated for Shadowlands season 4.
  • 31 Jul. 2022 (talents page): Slightly adjusted talents for Shadowlands season 4.
  • 29 Jun. 2022 (Sepulcher of the First Ones page): Updated tips, talents, and legendary recommendations for all bosses.
  • 31 May 2022 (gear page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (easy mode page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (Legendaries): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (spells page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (addons page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (talents page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (simulations page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (rotation page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (mythic+ page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (FAQ page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (this page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (how to improve page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (enchants page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (Torghast): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (stats page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2022 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated raid Covenant recommendation.
  • 09 Mar. 2022 (easy mode page): Adjusted Soulbind paths.
  • 09 Mar. 2022 (Legendaries): Further clarified Legendary choices by build.
  • 09 Mar. 2022 (Sepulcher of the First Ones page): Updated with new tips after week 1.
  • 28 Feb. 2022 (Sepulcher of the First Ones page): Page added.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (this page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (easy mode page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (Legendaries): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (Torghast): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (talents page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (rotation page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (FAQ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (simulations page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (stats page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (gear page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (addons page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (enchants page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 13 Feb. 2022 (Patch 9.2 Analysis): Updated to reflect Killing Machine bugfix.
  • 19 Jan. 2022 (Patch 9.2 Analysis): Updated with latest tuning.
  • 15 Jan. 2022 (Patch 9.2 Analysis): Page added with initial thoughts and information.
  • 11 Dec. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated some Covenant Soulbind trees.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (simulations page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated and reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (addons page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (FAQ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (gear page): Updated and reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 17 Jul. 2021 (Legendaries): Added more explanations.
  • 17 Jul. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Updated with recent hotfixes.
  • 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 (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 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated and reviewed for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed and Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (FAQ page): Guide reviewed and updated 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 (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 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Created page.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (gear page): Updated and reviewed for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (spells page): Guide reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (Torghast): Guide reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 04 Jun. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed and expanded Cooldown usage.
  • 04 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed and added some more content.
  • 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 (enchants page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 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 (rotation page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated the recommended Covenants for Raiding, Torghast and what Soulbinds are best.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Updated the Tier 15 talents for Obliteration.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (spells 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 (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 (mythic+ 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 (Castle Nathria page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (easy mode page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (simulations page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (Torghast): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (gear page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (how to improve page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (Legendaries): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (spells page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (mythic+ page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (talents page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (FAQ page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (stats page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (rotation page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 24 Jan. 2021 (enchants page): Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 08 Jan. 2021 (rotation page): Updated rotation priority.
  • 19 Dec. 2020 (stats page): Updated stat descriptions.
  • 19 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Updated the recommended consumables section.
  • 19 Dec. 2020 (spells page): Updated Pillar of Frost and Death's Advance descriptions.
  • 14 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added information for Huntsman Altimor.
  • 14 Dec. 2020 (rotation page): Updated the description of Dual-Wield vs Two Handed Frost.
  • 14 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for Castle Nathria BiS.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Updated Raid Talent, Tips, and Legendary Recommendations.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for the release of Season 1 with a Covenant and Legendary section.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Updated recommended weapon enchant and potion.
  • 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 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated recommended Covenants with a Dual Wield Breath of Sindragosa build.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Guide added.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 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 (FAQ page): Updated 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 (this page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, added information on Covenants, Legendary Powers and Torghast.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for Shadowlands release. Updated talent recommendations.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for Shadowlands release.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for Shadowlands release. Added information on new Rank 2 abilities.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, updated talents, stats, removed BfA-specific sections
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for Shadowlands Release, added new enchants and oil.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Updated the rotation priority and guide for Shadowlands.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Added a section on Renown.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (simulations page): Updated for Shadowlands. Removed all sections on Azerite Traits and Essences.
  • 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 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ 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 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear 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 (Crucible of Storms 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 (Uldir 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 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 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.
  • 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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