Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Frost Death Knight Guide

Introduction

    Frost Death Knights are one of two specializations to bring melee haste to the raid with
    Improved Icy Talons
    , and bring melee attack speed debuff with
    Improved Icy Touch
    . All Death Knights also bring an agility and strength buff with
    Horn of Winter
    .

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Frost Death Knight Rotation

    Frost Death Knights have a true rotation that is a dynamic because of
    Killing Machine
    and
    Rime
    procs. There are essentially 5 GCDs that will be different every time depending on what procs you currently have, and how much Runic Power you currently have.

Opener

  1. Use
    Blood Presence
    .
  2. Use
    Death and Decay
    10 seconds before pull for Runic Power.
  3. Use
    Army of the Dead
    6 seconds before pull.
  4. Use
    Horn of Winter
    1 second before the pull.
  5. Pre-pot
    Potion of Speed
    .
  6. Use
    Icy Touch
    .
  7. Use
    Plague Strike
    .
  8. Use
    Unbreakable Armor
    .
  9. Use
    Blood Tap
    .
  10. Use
    Obliterate
    .
  11. Use
    Frost Strike
    .
  12. Use
    Pestilence
    .
  13. Use
    Empower Rune Weapon
    .
  14. Use
    Obliterate
    .
  15. Use
    Obliterate
    .
  16. Use
    Obliterate
    .
  17. Use
    Frost Strike
    .
  18. Use
    Raise Dead
    .
  19. Use
    Frost Strike
    .
  20. Use
    Frost Strike
    .
  21. Proceed with normal rotation.

Single Target

  1. Use
    Obliterate
    .
  2. Filler Priority (See Below).
  3. Use
    Obliterate
    .
  4. Filler Priority (See Below).
  5. Use
    Pestilence
    .
  6. Filler Priority (See Below).
  7. Use
    Blood Strike
    .
  8. Filler Priority (See Below).
  9. Repeat.

Filler Priority

  1. Use
    Frost Strike
    with
    Killing Machine
    proc.
  2. Use
    Howling Blast
    with
    Rime
    proc.
  3. Use
    Frost Strike
    if you have the Runic Power.
  4. Use
    Horn of Winter
    if none of the above are available.
  5. Do nothing if none of the above are available.

AoE

  1. Same as single target, but use
    Killing Machine
    procs with
    Howling Blast
    instead of
    Frost Strike
    . This gain priority over
    Obliterate
    .

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Frost Death Knight Talents

Early Game Build

0
Blood
0
Frost
0
Unholy

Late Game Build

0
Blood
0
Frost
0
Unholy

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Frost Death Knight Glyphs

  1. Major:
    Frost StrikeFrost Strike
    ,
    DiseaseDisease
    ,
    ObliterateObliterate
  2. Minor:
    Blood TapBlood Tap
    ,
    Raise DeadRaise Dead
    ,
    PestilencePestilence

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Frost Death Knight Stats

Hit Cap

    Melee Hit

  • 4% (132 Rating) with
    Heroic Presence
    and with
    Nerves of Cold Steel
  • 5% (164 Rating) with
    Nerves of Cold Steel
  • Spell Hit

  • 13% (342 Rating) with
    Heroic Presence
    , and
    Improved Faerie Fire
    or
    Misery
  • 14% (368 Rating) with
    Improved Faerie Fire
    or
    Misery
  • 16% (420 Rating) with
    Heroic Presence
  • 17% (446 Rating)

Expertise Cap

  • 132 Rating with
    Mace Specialization
    from Dwarf or
    Axe Specialization
    from Orc, and
    Tundra Stalker
  • 148 Rating with
    Mace Specialization
    or
    Sword Specialization
    from Human, and
    Tundra Stalker
  • 173 Rating with
    Tundra Stalker

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Frost Death Knight Best Consumables

Flasks and Elixirs

    Best:
  • Flask of Endless Rage
    Alternatives:
  • Elixir of Mighty Strength
    ,
  • Elixir of Protection

Food

    Best:
  • Dragonfin Filet
    Alternatives:
  • Snapper Extreme
    ,
  • Worg Tartare
    ,
  • Rhinolicious Wormsteak

Potions

    Best:
  • Potion of Speed
    Alternatives:
  • Indestructible Potion

Miscellaneous

    Best:
  • Spiced Mammoth Treats

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Frost Death Knight Best Races

Alliance

  1. Human:
    Sword Specialization
    and
    Mace Specialization
  2. Dwarf:
    Mace Specialization
  3. Draenei:
    Heroic Presence

Horde

  1. Troll:
    Berserking
  2. Orc:
    Axe Specialization
    and
    Blood Fury
  3. Blood Elf:
    Arcane Torrent

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Frost Death Knight Best Professions

  1. Engineering: Best profession thanks to
    Nitro Boosts
    ,
    Hyperspeed Accelerators
    ,
    Flexweave Underlay
    enchants,
    Global Thermal Sapper Charge
    , and
    Charged Titanium Specs
    for early gearing.
  2. Jewelcrafting: Second best profession thanks to the 3 unique gems such as
    Bold Dragon's Eye
    and
    Rigid Dragon's Eye
    .
  3. Blacksmithing: Third best profession during phases 3+ thanks to
    Socket Bracer
    and
    Socket Gloves
    .
  4. Leatherworking, Tailoring, Enchanting, Inscription, and Alchemy: All provide comparable stat bonuses with
    Fur Lining - Attack Power
    ,
    Swordguard Embroidery
    ,
    Ring - Assault
    ,
    Master's Inscription of the Axe
    , and
    Mixology
    respectively.
  5. Skinning:
    Master of Anatomy
    .