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Frost Death Knight Guide – Legion 7.3.5
Welcome to the Frost DK Guide, updated for World of Warcraft Legion Patch 7.3.0! This guide was written by
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Rotation & Abilities
Macros & Addons
Every race except for Pandaren can play a DK.
DK can use polearms, axes, maces, and swords.
DK start off at level 55.
Iconic Frost DK abilities:
: Increases all Frost damage done by 12%.
Special Class Hall Rewards
DKs are on the
Vanquisher Tier Token
, sharing tier tokens with
Tier 19 set:
Obliterate has a 20% increased chance to trigger Rime.
Howling Blast now generates 6 Runic Power while Rime is active.
Tier 20 set:
Every 40 Runic Power spent while Pillar of Frost is active increases the duration of Pillar of Frost by 1.0 sec.
Every 3 Runes spent increases the Strength bonus of your next Pillar of Frost by 1%.
Tier 21 set:
Two piece bonus:
Howling Blast damage increased by 15%, Obliterate damage increased by 15% and Frostscythe damage increased by 15%
Four piece bonus:
When you deal Frost damage, you have a chance to release a barrage of icy spikes at your target dealing (210% * 3) Frost damage.
Not sure what race to play? Below is a breakdown of each race for this spec among players with updated
. Data is updated once per week.
What makes Frost Special
Legion Melee DPS Overview
Harnessing the powers of the frozen north, Frost Death Knights use their bitterly cold abilities to freeze the very marrow of their enemies bones.
Frost DKs use Runes and Runic Power as a resource.
which costs a rune will generate runic power, then you can spend it on abilities like
Unfortunately DKs are the least mobile of all the melee. However we do have
The strongest attribute for Frost DKs are their Burst AoE capabilities.
are all AoE/Cleave abilities that can be used by Frost Death Knights.
are your main form of defensives.
is your artifact weapon as a Frost DK. Duel Wielding one handed swords. One is named Frostreaper, and the other is named Icebringer.
Death Knights gain 2 unique mounts to their class.
If you want to play a Frost DK you will be most comfortable in a Burst AoE situation. Trash packs in dungeons and mythic+ as well as raid fights that require hordes of enemies to be killed quickly.
Cleave/AoE - Its AoE is very good, but its burst (<5s) AoE is some of the best in the game. Cleave is something Frost excels at, but only in short bursts is it extremleyt effective.
Mediocre Survivability - With the removal of
as a whole is noticeably weaker.
Low Mobility - Along with Paladins, DKs are now one of the slowest classes in the game. We now have
on a 1 minute cooldown that lasts for 3 seconds with no way to improve it.
DKs have the special mounts
They have the unique transmog set from their starter zone with an invisible belt.
They can equip the legendaries
: teaches Corpse Explosion. Sold by
in Acherus for .
They have a special zone
, which they can return to with
can also return you to the closest respawn point in the zone you last used it from, including inside raids and instances.
This section of the Frost DK Guide goes through some of the recent changes to the spec and class.
In Patch 7.3.2, nothing was changed about Frost Death Knight except the addition of the new tier bonuses from
Antorus, The Burning Throne
deal 15% more damage.
- When you deal Frost damage, you have a chance to do more Frost damage.
In Patch 7.3.0, Frost DK got a major rework that changes how we play and what talents we pick due to them being moved around in the talent tree or rebalanced. These changes were made to improve gameplay and increase talent diversity instead of us just picking 1 build and never changing it for the rest of the tier. As such, our talent choices are now much different and diverse than before. The reasoning behind the changes has been directly copied from the patch notes so you can see what they were set out to accomplish.
increased by 14% (to an overall 23%).
100 Talent Row
The synergy between
has dominated the spec, leaving little room for variety. We're adjusting this combo, and overall damage has increased to compensate. The result should be a more competitive talent picture. All three level 100 talents are tweaked for balance and to play more smoothly.
should still be hectic to use and require planning, but should not drastically overcap resources anymore.
has moved to the level 100 row, swapping with
, which is now on the level 58 row.
damage increased by 10%.
duration reduced to 12 seconds (was 15 seconds) and additionally grants 20% haste.
duration increased to 10 seconds (was 8 seconds).
now causes Howling Blast to grant
(in addition to
cooldown increased to 45 seconds (was 30 seconds).
chance reduced to 50% (was 65%).
generates 1 Rune (was 2) and now causes Obliterate to deal 10% extra damage.
Talent Shifts and Rebalancing
The following talents have shifted around in the talent tree to provide more choices and allow for better balanced options. This requires targeted balance changes.
is now level 56,
is now at level 57, and
is now level 90.
effect reduced to 20% (was 30%).
damage reduced by 39%.
bonus increased to 15% (was 10%).
bonus increased to 60% (was 40%).
Level 75 Talents
The utility talent row on level 75 should now provide a better payoff in situations where Frost's comparative lack of mobility is felt.
now causes Anti-Magic Shell to generate 100% additional Runic Power (was: removes Runic Power generation), and no longer deals damage.
replaced with new talent,
: For every 1 second spent in combat with no enemy within 8 yards, you gain a stack of
. Each stack causes your next autoattack to deal additional Frost damage.
Talent Tree After the Changes
As you can see below, our talent tree has changed a lot, but this allows for much more diversity based on the encounter we face.
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