Frost Death Knight PvE Guide

PvE Guide
Patch: 8.3.7
Author: Wowmeta
Class: Death Knight
Specialization: Frost
Last updated on: Aug 20, 2020

Welcome to our World of Warcraft Frost Death Knight DPS Guide for Battle of Azeroth Patch 8.3 and latest Raid - Ny'alotha. Here you can explore the optimal choices of Talents, Stats, Gear (BiS), Gems, Azerite Powers & Azerite Essences, Races, Consumables, Rotation. We constantly check our guides to be up-to-date and make changes if needed.

You can use this guide as a solid starting point for building your character, while eventually, you might tweak things according to your gameplay preferences.

1. Talents

Inexorable Assault
Icy Talons
Cold Heart
Runic Attenuation
Murderous Efficiency
Horn of Winter
Death's Reach
Blinding Sleet
Frozen Pulse
Wraith Walk
Death Pact
Gathering Storm
Glacial Advance
Frostwyrm's Fury
Breath of Sindragosa

2. Stats

Critical Strike > Mastery > Versatility > Haste

3. Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

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4. Azerite essence

Azerite Essence
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5. Gem


6. Azerite powers

Azerite Power
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7. Races

Blood Elf > Human > Night Elf

8. Consumables

Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

9. Rotation

Note: Question marks should be tapped/hovered over with mouse.

? Use Potion
? Sync Empower Rune Weapon, Pillar of Frost, and Breath of Sindragosa. Use this first when you are at 50+ Runic Power, 1+ Runes, and both Pillar of Frost and Breath of Sindragosa are ready.
? Use right after Empower Rune Weapon when Breath of Sindragosa is ready. Otherwise use whenever possible, but delay for Breath of Sindragosa if you can fit another Breath before the fight ends. Save for 3+ targets if possible.
? When Empower Rune Weapon and Pillar of Frost are up
? Use Potion
? Use Racial Active Buff
? Use Trinkets: Try to use trinkets with Pillar of Frost
? Synce the crit buff with Breath of Sindragosa
? If Frost Fever is not on your target
? When you are near 20 stacks of Cold Heart. Anything 16+ is good.
? When Breath of Sindragosa has more than 20 seconds left on the cooldown. Save for 3+ targets when possible.
? With Rime or if Frost Fever is not up on all targets
? With Killing Machine
? When Breath of Sindragosa is down. If Breath of Sindragosa will be ready in less than 20 seconds, only use to avoid capping Runic Power.
? When there are less than 3+ targets in range
? If you need Runes or Runic Power to take other actions. Save for use during Breath of Sindragosa when possible.
? Do not use during Breath of Sindragosa. Use at a time when you are out of resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

🧐 How is this Guide useful?

The goal of our guides is to show you the overall "optimal" options for building your character. If you do not wish to dig through walls of text then you may like our visual "cut to the chase" approach.

📚 Where do you get this data from?

We use algorithms to parse big data chunks from Top 1% Raiders using various public World of Warcraft sources such as the official Blizzard API and WarcraftLogs. We believe that statistics is a very reliable method for determining solid choices for end-game optimization.

😸 Why do you show different recommendations for each boss?

There is usually a slight divergence in optimal choices for each given boss, so we decided to cover that in our guides. However, we also provide you with the 'All Stars' option which is the summary of most popular choices for all bosses together, in case you want the 'set it and forget it' approach (even though in some cases you might end up sacrificing a bit of your performance).