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Frost Death Knight PvP Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA 8.3)

Last updated on Feb 09, 2020 at 13:01 by Mysticall 2 comments
General Information

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, PvP talents, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.


Frost Death Knights in the Current Meta

Frost Death Knights are a force to be reckoned with in arena. They have the ability to singlehandedly force defensive cooldowns from enemies and have some of the strongest sustained damage outside of burst cooldowns. Even when a Frost Death Knight does not have offensive cooldowns active they can still force defensives with the large amounts of damage they can do.


Strengths of Frost Death Knights

  • Strong burst damage
  • Powerful cleave damage
  • Great survivability

Weaknesses of Frost Death Knights

  • Limited crowd control
  • Predictable burst damage
  • Little to no mobility

Content of the Guide

This guide ended up being very long, so we decided to split it in different pages.



  • 09 Feb. 2020: Updated Strengths and Weaknesses.
  • 28 Jan. 2020: Reorganized the guide in 7 different pages.
  • 16 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for patch 8.3 and no updates were necessary.
  • 24 Aug. 2019: Updated Horde races.
  • 16 Aug. 2019: Updated Alliance races.
  • 24 Jul. 2019: Updated Guide for Patch 8.2.
    • Added Azerite Essence section.
    • Added Major and Minor Essences sections.
    • Updated Gear section.
    • Updated Talent Table
    • Updated Tiers 56, 58, 75, 90 and 100 regular talents.
    • Updated PvP talents.
    • Updated Burst and sustained damage rotations.
    • Updated Defensives.
  • 28 Apr. 2019: Updated Azerite Traits section.
  • 14 Mar. 2019: No major changes needed for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 09 Feb. 2019: Updated Azerite Traits and Gear Recommendations.
  • 12 Jan. 2019: Updated Guide for Patch 8.1.
    • Updated Stat Priority.
    • Updated Azerite Traits.
    • Updated PvP talents.
    • Updated Racial Bonuses.
    • Updated Defensives section.
    • Updated Best Team Compositions.
  • 31 Oct. 2018: Added Gear Recommendation section.
  • 26 Oct. 2018: Updated guide for Patch 8.0.1.
    • Added stat priority and Azerite traits sections, and talent table.
    • Updated all regular talents sections.
    • Updated Racial Bonuses, Burst Damage, and Sustained Damage sections.
    • Updated Defensives and Macros sections.
    • Removed Gear and Artifact Traits and Relics sections.
  • 16 May 2018: Added an Arena Compositions section.
  • 30 Mar. 2018: Made several updates to the guide and its structure.
    • Added sections for Macros, Strengths, and Weaknesses.
    • Moved Gear, Artifact Traits, and Relics sections to the end, since they are not that important.
  • 02 Feb. 2018: No major changes needed for Patch 7.3.5.
  • 24 Dec. 2017: No major changes needed for Patch 7.3.2.
  • 23 Sep. 2017: Several changes needed for Patch 7.3
    • Removed Artifact Trait descriptions.
    • Changed recommended tier 2 regular talents.
    • Changed recommended tier 6 honor talents.
    • Updated burst and sustained damage rotations.
  • 09 Jun. 2017: Frost Death Knight PvP Guide was created.
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