Frost Death Knight PvP Talents and Builds (Dragonflight / 10.0.5)

Last updated on Jan 30, 2023 at 13:14 by Keator 6 comments

Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as a Frost Death Knight and gives you the best combinations you can take.

This page is part of our Frost Death Knight PvP Guide.


Talent Choices for Frost Death Knights


PvP Talents for Frost Death Knights

PvP Talents are very situational with their usage. They tend to fill certain niche roles in your own comp, or counters to other comps. Therefore, instead of a cookie cutter PvP talent setup, you will change them in the gates before a match starts, depending on the enemy classes.


General PvP Talents

Strangulate Icon Strangulate is a very impactful crowd control effect. It costs no resources, has no cast time, and lasts 4 seconds on a short 1-minute cooldown. Because of this, you can use it every time you use Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost on the healer and make the damage much more difficult for them to deal with. The healer's trinket will have a longer cooldown than your Strangulate meaning one of your setups they will not have an answer. This can also be used against certain classes to prevent them from using certain abilities such as a Priest's Greater Fade Icon Greater Fade. This talent is very powerful into any composition as a result.

Bitter Chill Icon Bitter Chill is a powerful disruption tool. Every spec and every class in the game gets some benefit from Haste in the forms of faster casts, resource generation, and global cooldown reduction. This means reducing it by a whopping 8% can severely throw off the enemy's momentum and the power of their burst windows. The ability to reset this effect and chains by using Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike just makes it even more consistent. This talent is key if you are having trouble surviving a burst-heavy team.


Situational PvP Talents

Delirium Icon Delirium is a unique and powerful anti-movement effect that works against abilities that will move a player's character; namely, Mage's Blink Icon Blink, Monk's Roll Icon Roll and Transcendence Icon Transcendence, and Demon Hunter's Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush. Because of this, this talent is generally taken against any of those classes to shutdown their mobility.

Dark Simulacrum Icon Dark Simulacrum is one of the more interesting spells in the game currently. It is extremely powerful against spammable CC effects, such as Polymorph Icon Polymorph, or Cyclone Icon Cyclone as well as powerful healing cooldowns such as Life Cocoon Icon Life Cocoon. It is a neat addition to Death Knight's toolkit, while having a high skill-cap and awareness requirement.

Spellwarden Icon Spellwarden is a remarkably powerful survivability tool. It gets most of its value against wizard compositions, but can actually provide a lot of healing against any class with spell damage including other Death Knights or Retribution Paladins. This talent also provides a lot of disruption in the form of cast speed reduction making it a no-brainer into any spell cleaves.

Shroud of Winter Icon Shroud of Winter is a very niche PvP talent. It does not have a set composition it is good against, because every class has abilities with important range thresholds on them. This talent is based heavily on what your team is playing and what it struggles against. If a certain crowd control setup has been too difficult to stop, or swaps during burst windows are causing your team many losses, this talent prevents both of those things by limiting the range at which they can happen. Experiment on your own with this very interesting PvP talent!

Dead of Winter Icon Dead of Winter is a strong PvP talent. This ability allows for Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter to serve as an AoE stun every 45 seconds. This talent is chosen when your team has a lack of AoE stuns or cannot reliably get an AoE stun every minute with Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost such as when playing with an Arms Warrior or caster.



  • 30 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
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  • 31 Jul. 2022: Reviewed for Shadowlands Season 4.
  • 31 May 2022: Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
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  • 11 Dec. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.5.
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  • 20 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 20 Feb. 2021: Updates for the developing meta.
  • 05 Dec. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands Season 1.
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