Frost Death Knight DPS Spell Summary — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Dec 19, 2020 at 17:01 by Abyssalwave 12 comments
General Information

On this page, we present you with all spells and procs that you need to understand as a Frost Death Knight in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2.



If you are new to Frost, this is a great place to start to get an understanding of how the spec works. On this page we will discuss what abilities you have, what they are used for within the specialisation, how they interact with each other and also with important cooldowns. If you already have experience with Frost and are comfortable with it in Legion, it is recommended you skip this section and move on to the rest of the guide.


Main Resources of Frost Death Knights

Runic Power and Runes are your two resources. Throughout the fight, you will look to spend as many Runes as possible and generate as much Runic Power as you can, which you will then use to help you deal more damage.


Unlocking Abilities

Spells and passive abilities are unlocked as you level up, but this page simply lists everything you have available to you at max level. Linked below is our Leveling page, which has all the detailed information of when you unlock these abilities.


Frost Death Knight Basic Abilities

These are your core skills that are available regardless of talents, and form the core gameplay of the specialisation.

Frost Fever Icon Frost Fever is a DoT that is applied by Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast, and which you should aim to have up on the target(s) essentially at all times.

Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast costs 1 Rune (although its cost is removed when you have a Rime Icon Rime proc), deals Frost damage to the target and all other enemies within 10 yards of them, and affects all targets it hits with Frost Fever Icon Frost Fever.

Obliterate Icon Obliterate costs 2 Runes and deals a high amount of Physical damage to the target, and using it has a 45% chance to grant you a Rime Icon Rime proc.

Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike costs 25 Runic Power, and this is your only means to dump Runic Power and deal damage throughout the fight.

Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter costs 1 Rune and deals Frost damage over time to all enemies in a radius around you, also slowing their movement speed by 50% for the duration.

Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance is a useful movement ability that has a 45-second cooldown which increases your movement speed by 35% and prevents you from being slowed below 100% of your baseline movement speed. It also passively prevents you from being slowed below 70% of your baseline movement speed.

Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell absorbs up to 30% of your maximum health in magic damage over 5 seconds, and generates Runic Power based on the damage absorbed. This should be used to mitigate magic damage throughout the fight, while the added Runic Power will help increase your DPS.

Anti-Magic Zone Icon Anti-Magic Zone places a zone on the ground that reduces magic damage taken by 20% for the duration. This is a raid cooldown new to Death Knights and provides us with incredible utility for Mythic+ and Raid.

For more detailed information on how these abilities are used in your rotation, please read our rotation page linked below.


Important Procs for Frost Death Knights

Frost Death Knights have two important procs.

Rime Icon Rime is a proc that can be triggered by either your Obliterate Icon Obliterate (with a 45% chance) or your Frostscythe Icon Frostscythe (with a 22.5% chance), and it causes the next Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast to cost no Runes and deal 300% increased damage. Using these procs before re-casting Obliterate is a very high priority.

Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine grants your auto-attacks a chance to cause your next Obliterate Icon Obliterate to be a guaranteed critical hit. At level 58, your Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine procs cause your next Obliterate Icon Obliterate to deal Frost damage, meaning it will gain damage based on your Mastery stat.


Cooldowns for Frost Death Knights

Frost Death Knights have two important offensive cooldowns.

  • Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost increases your Strength by 20% for 12 seconds, also making you immune to "external movement effects", such as knockbacks, for the duration. It has a 1-minute cooldown. Each Rune spent during Pillar of Frost increases your Strength by 1%.
  • Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon increases your Haste by 15% and generates 1 Rune and 5 Runic Power instantly and every 5 seconds for 20 seconds. It has a 105-second cooldown (2 minutes before level 56).
  • Frostwyrm's Fury Icon Frostwyrm's Fury is now baseline and provides a very powerful 3-minute cooldown that is strong on both single-target and AoE. This is best used when paired with Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost.

Talent Abilities

Cold Heart Icon Cold Heart gives you a stack of Cold Heart every 2 seconds, stacking up to 20 times. Using Chains of Ice Icon Chains of Ice consumes the stacks dealing Frost damage. This is best paired with Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost to deal massive damage.

Horn of Winter Icon Horn of Winter is a 45-second cooldown that gives you 2 Runes and 25 Runic Power. This has great synergy with Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa, however it is on the GCD and has to compete with 2 very strong passive talents.

Hypothermic Presence Icon Hypothermic Presence is a 45-second cooldown that reduces the Runic Power cost on your abilities by 35% for 8 seconds. This talent currently does not work.



  • 19 Dec. 2020: Updated Pillar of Frost and Death's Advance descriptions.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands release. Added information on new Rank 2 abilities.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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