Frost Death Knight DPS Mythic+ Tips — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jul 17, 2021 at 20:01 by Bicepspump 25 comments
General Information

In this guide, you will find tips and advice to tackle Mythic+ dungeons with your Frost Death Knight in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1.


Frost Death Knight in Mythic+

Frost Death Knight is a very powerful melee in Mythic+ offering high burst AoE damage, it can also offer good consistent AoE damage.

If you are unfamiliar with Mythic+ and its associated general mechanics, you can read more about it on our dedicated Mythic+ page below.


Frost Death Knight Mythic+ Rotation

The single target and multi-target rotations do not change too much in Mythic+ content. For more information about the Frost Death Knight rotation, refer to the page linked below.


Opener on Packs


With Breath of Sindragosa

  1. Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast to apply Frost Fever Icon Frost Fever
  2. Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter (do Remorseless Winter first if you are running Biting Cold Icon Biting Cold)
  3. Frostscythe Icon Frostscythe (if taken, to apply Rune of Razorice Icon Rune of Razorice to all targets and generate 60+ Runic Power)
  4. Obliterate Icon Obliterate x 2 (if you did not take Frostscythe Icon Frostscythe)
  5. Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon
  6. Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost
  7. Raise Dead Icon Raise Dead
  8. Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa

With Obliteration

  1. Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter
  2. Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost
  3. Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast
  4. Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon
  5. Raise Dead Icon Raise Dead
  6. Obliterate Icon Obliterate/ Frostscythe Icon Frostscythe
  7. Obliteration weave

Frost Death Knight Utility

  • Death Grip Icon Death Grip is an iconic Death Knight spell that pulls an enemy that you are targeting to you. Use this to stack enemies that are far apart together to maximize cleave damage. This can also be used as an extra interrupt or to interrupt casts that cannot be interrupted by Mind Freeze Icon Mind Freeze. Another great application of this ability is to pull mobs out of Sanguine pools.
  • Mind Freeze Icon Mind Freeze is Death Knight's interrupt ability. This should be used to interrupt near the end of the target's cast time as they do not attack while casting a spell so it will minimize damage on the tanks. It is recommended you communicate your interrupts with the rest of your group so you do not end up overlapping interrupts.
  • Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell is your magic soaking ability. This ability can be used to generate Runic Power by soaking magic damage. If you cast Anti-Magic Shell before a magical debuff would be applied to you such as Bursting, the Anti-Magic Shell will prevent the application of the debuff.
  • Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk is a movement talent ability that increases your movement speed by 70% for 4 seconds and removes all root effects. This talent should be taken if you are expecting to be slowed or rooted multiple times in a short period of time. This talent has lost some of the value it had due to Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance being baseline and having close to the same effect.
  • Dark Succor Icon Dark Succor is a proc that occurs whenever you kill an enemy, and grants you a free cast of Death Strike Icon Death Strike. This can be very useful if your group is taking high amounts of AoE damage.
  • Death Pact Icon Death Pact is an utility talent that provides you a heal for 50% of your maximum health. This is incredibly useful in Grievous Icon Grievous or Bursting Icon Bursting where sometimes the damage your group is taking can overwhelm your healer.
  • Anti-Magic Zone Icon Anti-Magic Zone is one of our most useful utility cooldowns. It is very powerful against heavy group-wide magic damage such as from Bursting or the Tormented Lieutenants Arkolath.
  • Control Undead Icon Control Undead is a very useful ability for Frost Death Knight, allowing us to control Undead mobs for 2 minutes. It comes with the small loss of being unable to use your Raise Dead Icon Raise Dead cooldown. Use it to gain extra DPS and help CC where appropriate.

Mythic+ Talents for Frost Death Knights

Please note that the talents that we recommend below are specifically for Mythic+. If you want to see a talent overview for Frost Death Knights, then you can check out our main talent page linked below.

Below are the suggested talents for Mythic+. These talents are recommended for all affixes and keystone levels. For more information on particular talents and when to use them, refer to the Builds and Talents page.

Level Choices
15 Inexorable Assault Inexorable Assault Icy Talons Icy Talons Cold Heart Cold Heart
25 Runic Attenuation Runic Attenuation Murderous Efficiency Murderous Efficiency Horn of Winter Horn of Winter
30 Death's Reach ? Death's Reach Asphyxiate ? Asphyxiate Blinding Sleet ? Blinding Sleet
35 Avalanche Avalanche Frozen Pulse Frozen Pulse Frostscythe ? Frostscythe
40 Permafrost ? Permafrost Wraith Walk ? Wraith Walk Death Pact ? Death Pact
45 Gathering Storm Gathering Storm Hypothermic Presence Hypothermic Presence Glacial Advance Glacial Advance
50 Icecap Icecap Obliteration Obliteration Breath of Sindragosa Breath of Sindragosa

The Mythic+ setup has 2 different builds.

Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa offers much more AoE and single-target burst DPS, while Obliteration Icon Obliteration offers more consistent DPS. Both are very competitive builds that are only within a few percent of each other, meaning you can run whichever build you prefer.


Breath of Sindragosa



For a more in-depth look at all the Frost Death Knight talents, visit the link below.


Anima Powers

Season 2 brings the Tormented Icon Tormented affix, spawning four lieutenants throughout the dungeon. Killing these offers the player a choice of one of three Anima Powers. These have a big impact on your throughput and it is crucial that you make the correct choice. Here is what we recommend:


Frost Death Knight Covenants in Mythic+

Frost Death Knight covenants are currently fairly balanced. You will be able to do competitive damage in Mythic+ as a Frost Death Knight with any of the covenant choices, however some are slightly stronger choices than others.

Necrolord is currently the most versatile pick for Mythic+. It is not best in any regard, but is good everywhere. Night Fae and Venthyr do bring more AoE throughput in Mythic+, but are not as viable in other content. Kyrian brings a ton on single-target but lacks heavily in AOE. Night Fae's Death's Due Icon Death's Due gives you a large Strength buff while also making your Obliterate Icon Obliterate cleave 1 extra target while you stand in it. Venthyr's Swarming Mist Icon Swarming Mist synergizes incredibly well with Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa, giving you very high uptimes in Cleave/AoE scenarios.

If you want a more in-depth look into covenants for Frost Death Knight, then check out our full covenant page below.


Frost Death Knight Legendaries in Mythic+

The BiS Legendary for Mythic+ is different from what you will be using for single-target Raid fights. The overall best choice for Mythic+ is Biting Cold Icon Biting Cold, especially for Obliteration Icon Obliteration. This effect is very similar to what Frozen Tempest was in Battle for Azeroth. This Legendary Power also scales very well with the talent Gathering Storm Icon Gathering Storm. For Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa, Rage of the Frozen Champion Icon Rage of the Frozen Champion is another great choice. It brings good AoE and better single-target compared to Biting Cold Icon Biting Cold. It is usually a personal preference which Legendary you choose for Breath builds.

For more information on Frost Death Knight Legendaries, then check out our page below.



  • 17 Jul. 2021: Added Anima Power recommendations.
  • 29 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 24 Jan. 2021: Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 08 Dec. 2020: Updated for the release of Season 1 with a Covenant and Legendary section.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands release. Removed the Azerite Traits and Essence sections, updated talent recommendation, added sections for Covenant and Legendary Power choice.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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