How To Improve As Frost Death Knight — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Bicepspump 29 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out how you can improve at playing Frost Death Knight in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5. We list the common mistakes that you should try to avoid and the small details that can greatly improve your performance.


Not Capping Runes or Runic Power

Because you can have 3 Runes recharging at the same time, any time you are holding 4 or more Runes, you are effectively capped on Runes and wasting potential Rune regeneration. There is never a point in your play where it would be valuable to not cast anything, or where you need more than 3 Runes saved up; always keep 3 Runes on cooldown.

Similarly, every point of Runic Power you generate when already at maximum Runic Power is a fraction of a lost Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike. There are instances when you will overcap Runic Power becase you are prioritising not overcapping on Runes, especially in AoE. This is fine and expected behaviour.


Not Managing Your GCDs in Your Obliteration Window

When playing the Obliteration Icon Obliteration talent, your damage is highly dependent on your Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost windows. If you mess these up ever so slightly, it will have a significant impact on your DPS.

It is crucial that you only use the correct abilities in your Pillar window. Using Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter and your Covenant ability must be done either before our after the Pillar window, never during it (unless you are playing Night Fae in AoE, then you use Death's Due Icon Death's Due the GCD after Pillar).

It is also important that you trigger your first Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine as soon as possible. We recommend creating a macro that casts Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost and then immediately uses Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast or Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike (one macro for each). This ensure you generate the maximum number of Killing Machine procs as possible.


Making Sure not to Accidentally Cancel Breath of Sindragosa

There is a macro that will prevent this from occurring, which is provided in the Macros and Addons section.


Pooling Runes for Gathering Storm

Gathering Storm Icon Gathering Storm requires you to spend Runes in order to increase the strength of your Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter. It is generally a good idea to spend your Runic Power just before Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter comes off cooldown. This passively pools Runes which helps empower your Remorseless Winter!


High Icy Talons Uptime

If you are running the talent Icy Talons Icon Icy Talons, then you want to make sure that when you are low on resources that you manage your resources correctly. When you are resource starved but still have enough Runic Power to use a Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike, we recommend increasing the amount of time in between each Frost Strike cast so you can maintain your Icy Talons 3-stack buff. This is only recommended to do when you are low on both Runic Power and Runes.


Pooling Resources for Breath of Sindragosa

If you are running the talent Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa, then you have noticed it draining your Runic Power fairly quickly. In order to maximize the duration of your Breath of Sindragosa, you want to start pooling Runic Power about 8-10 seconds before your Breath of Sindragosa comes off cooldown. We recommend you pool about about 60+ Runic Power.


Using Anti-Magic Shell on Non-Magical Damage

The defensive cooldown Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell only absorbs magical damage, therefore making it useless when it comes to physical damage. A common mistake is people casting it to protect against physical damage and not gaining the benefit of a defensive absorb or the Runic Power generation. Make sure you know if an ability from a boss is a physical or magical ability.



  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 20 Feb. 2022: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 29 Jun. 2021: Guide reviewed and updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 24 Jan. 2021: Guide reviewed and completely updated.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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