Frost Death Knight DPS Macros and Addons — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jun 29, 2021 at 09:57 by Bicepspump 25 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find a number of useful macros and addons to make your life easier when playing your Frost Death Knight in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1.

1.

Macros

1.1.

Generic Macros for Death Knights

1.1.1.

Raise Ally

  • #showtooltip Raise Ally
  • /cast [@mouseover,help][@target]Raise Ally

This macro casts Raise Ally Icon Raise Ally on your mouseover target, if they are a friendly player. Otherwise, it casts Raise Ally on your current target.

1.1.2.

Mind Freeze

  • #showtooltip Mind Freeze
  • /cast [@focus,harm,nodead][] Mind Freeze

This macro allows you to interrupt your focus target, if you have one, and if not to simply interrupt your current target.

1.2.

Specific Macros for Frost Death Knights

1.2.1.

Breath of Sindragosa Macro

  • #showtooltip Breath of Sindragosa
  • /cast Pillar of Frost
  • /cast !Breath of Sindragosa
  • /cast Raise Dead
  • /cast Empower Rune Weapon
  • /use trinket

This macro bakes in a ton of off-gcd spells and abilities into a single button. Replace the "trinket" here with whichever trinket you want to use, often Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device. Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon can also be removed from the macro and used independently 5-10 seconds after you have activated your Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa, which is slightly more efficient and better overall. The "!" before Breath is added to prevent unintentionally cancelling its effect by double-tapping the macro.

1.2.2.

Obliteration Opener Macro

  • #showtooltip Pillar of Frost
  • /cast Pillar of Frost
  • /cast Howling Blast
  • /cast Raise Dead
  • /cast Empower Rune Weapon
  • /use trinket

This macro is very useful when playing with the Obliteration Icon Obliteration talent. By putting Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast in the macro, you will trigger the first proc of Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine immediately. It also brings in multiple off-gcd spells and abilities. You would generally use this macro straight after your initial Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter.

1.2.3.

Death Grip Mouseover Macro

  • #showtooltip Death Grip
  • /cast [target=mouseover,exists] Death Grip; Death Grip

This macro will cast Death Grip Icon Death Grip on your mouseover target.

1.2.4.

Howling Blast

  • #showtooltip Howling Blast
  • /cast [target=mouseover] Howling Blast

This macro allows you to use Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast on targets from which you are out of melee range.

1.2.5.

Anti-Magic Zone Cursor

  • #showtooltip Anti-Magic Zone
  • /cast [@cursor] Anti-Magic Zone

This macro instantly casts Anti-Magic Zone Icon Anti-Magic Zone at your cursor's location. It is useful for activating the Zone a tiny bit more quickly by spamming this macro button. It also generally helps in placing it effectively.

2.

Addons

2.1.

Generic Addons for Death Knights

2.1.1.

ElvUI

Here, at Icy Veins, we use ElvUI for all our characters. This addon is a complete replacement of the default User Interface. It comes with almost everything you need to perform properly: action bars, cooldown timers, proc display, etc.

We strongly recommend that you get this addon and our forum moderator Pandacho has written a quick configuration guide for it.

2.1.2.

Boss Mods: Deadly Boss Mods or Bigwigs

Boss mods are addons that warn you about boss abilities and give you live advice on how to handle some mechanics. We strongly recommend you to get one such addon. At Icy Veins, we mostly use Deadly Boss Mods, the most popular boss mod. A good alternative is Big Wigs.

2.1.3.

GTFO

GTFO is a lightweight addon that notifies you when you are standing in harmful effects or when you are making other such mistakes. It is very useful, even if your boss mod is already alerting you of such things.

2.1.4.

Parrot or Mik's Scrolling Battle Text

Parrot and Mik's Scrolling Battle Text are highly customisable addons for displaying floating battle text while in combat (incoming heals, damage of your spells, etc.). They both work very well by default.

2.1.5.

Weak Auras

WeakAuras is an extremely useful addon that allows you to have visual effects on your screen, helping you track your buffs, debuffs and cooldowns. It is highly customisable and it can make it much, much easier to keep track of your procs and play your spec more proficiently. It can also be used for a variety of other functions.

2.1.6.

Recount / Skada / Details!

Recount is a well known addon that most people use for displaying current DPS or HPS (Healing Per Second). This add-on is not really lightweight, and provides a very high amount of information (and it can sometimes cause issues with performance). It is generally a good option to use Recount for checking what you take damage from and if the share of damage/healing you do with each of your abilities is similar to that of other players of your class.

An alternative to Recount (similar in function, so the choice is personal preference) is Details!.

A lightweight alternative to Recount and Details! is Skada Damage Meter.

2.1.7.

Omen Threat Meter

Omen Threat Meter is the most popular addon for displaying the current threat levels on your target. We recommend you to use it to avoid taking aggro when the tank is still building up threat on an enemy.

2.1.8.

Grid and GridClickSets (Optional)

ElvUI comes with decent raid frames. The only real reason for using Grid and GridClickSets is if you want to be able to mouseover dead raid or party members in order to resurrect them with Raise Ally Icon Raise Ally. If you choose to go with Grid, then you might want to also use GridStatusRaidDebuff.

2.2.

Specific Addons for Frost Death Knights

Currently, we do not believe that you need any additional addons to play your specialisation to its full potential.

3.

Changelog

  • 29 Jun. 2021: Guide reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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