Introduction to the Frost Death Knight

The Frost specialisation provides reasonable single target and AoE DPS.

Frost Death Knights have amazing burst AoE and cleave, making them incredibly powerful on fights with short add bursts and two boss targets. They also have strong survivability, but lack strong mobility, making positioning very important on most encounters.

The Frost Death Knight is easy to learn and it’s rotation is straight forward.

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Frost Death Knight


  • Easy spec to learn
  • Good sustained cleave damage
  • Very strong short burst AoE damage


  • Less mobility, then other specs
  • Requires many small decisions at important moments to maximise the DPS rotation


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57Runic Attenuation Runic AttenuationMurderous Efficiency Murderous EfficiencyHorn of Winter Horn of Winter
58Death's Reach Death’s Reach Asphyxiate AsphyxiateBlinding Sleet Blinding Sleet
60Avalanche AvalancheFrozen Pulse Frozen PulseFrostscythe Frostscythe
75Permafrost PermafrostWraith Walk Wraith WalkDeath Pact Death Pact
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Rotation for the Frost Death Knight

The basic rotation for the Frost Death Knight is as follows:


  • Pillar of Frost Icon Pillar of Frost should be used on cooldown, stacking it with potions or any on-use trinkets you have.

Stat Priority

The stat priority for Frost Death Knights is:

  1. Critical Strike
  2. Mastery
  3. Versatility
  4. Haste

Usually a higher item level piece of gear will be a bigger upgrade. It is highly recommended you sim your character to find the stat weights that work best for you.