Frost Deathknight gearing guide

Patch 10.0.5 Last Updated: 30th Jan, 2023
Kwepp Frost Deathknight Author
Kwepp

Gear

In Season 1 of Dragonflight we will be able to acquire a new tierset! This can be obtained from bosses in the raid Vault of the Incarnates. We will also be able to craft tier pieces with the Creation Catalyst a few weeks after the season starts. You will want to get this tierset as it is a great bonus to your throughput!

Notable Items

Elemental Lariat - This is the best neck you can get in the game and can be obtained through crafting! It gives you a stat proc based on the gems you have socketed in the neck piece and can reach a maximum item level of 418. It is also fully customizable in terms of stats, making it a priority for any Frost DK player to acquire.

Whispering Incarnate Icon - A Frost Death Knight values Crit very highly, so Whispering Incarnate Icon is a strong trinket that will also gain a lot of value with other raid members (of different roles) using the same trinket. The Versatility gained from tanks is not remarkable; however, the Mastery bonus from healers using this trinket is another big reason why you will want to use this trinket in most scenarios. If you do not have a Whispering Incarnate Icon, you can also use Hunger of the Pack, a Crit stat stick trinket similar to this one.

Manic Grieftorch - Probably one of the strongest trinkets that has been implemented for a while. In raid scenarios, this trinket is strong, especially if you manage to get some resets in. It also scales from Versatility and Crit, so because Frost values Crit so highly, this trinket will also gain value from it. 

Jeweled Signet of Melandrus - While it has been nerfed, this ring is still very good due to the stats being good, and it is one of the only rings with an added bonus. This ring comes with additional attack damage. It does not come at the cost of secondary stats like other items with unique effects, so this ring is very strong because of that.

Blazebinder’s Hoof - This is a solid on-use trinket that works very well with Breath of Sindragosa. I recommend using this trinket in most, if not all, scenarios. The only other trinket that can replace this one would be Manic Grieftorch due to how absurd it is.

Strike Twice: In a similar fashion to Jeweled Signet of Melandrus, this is a weapon that gives you good stats, as well as an additional effect for free, so if you can get this weapon at a high item level, then it is worth picking up and using. I wouldn’t use it over a higher item-level weapon, but ideally, you will want to get two of these from your weekly vault at 421 item level.

Seal of Filial Duty - This is a very high item-level ring, so if the stats are good, it will naturally be better than most rings. While this ring does not have any Crit, it has a tonne of Mastery, which is generally a good stat, and becomes way better in AoE/Cleave scenarios. It also gives you a nice shield when you use it in conjunction with fire damage, and this fire damage can come from your Manic Grieftorch or Blazebinder’s Hoof.

Tier Set Bonuses

Tier Set: Haunted Frostbrood Remains

2 Set Bonus

Bonus: 2 Set Bonus

Your first Tier Set bonus is pretty simple and gives you a crit damage buff to Obliterate and Frostscythe. While this is good for Breath of Sindragosa, it gains a lot more value with Obliteration because you get a lot more Killing Machine procs when playing with that build.

4 Set Bonus

Bonus: 4 Set Bonus

This is where thing’s get a bit more interesting. This 4 set is nice because it gives you even more Killing Machine procs to work with, which works well with Murderous Efficiency, Bonegrinder, Icecap and the 2 Set Bonus above. It is also really nice with Obliteration because when it procs you can do back to back Obliterate casts that hit like a truck, meaning there's a lot of potential burst that comes with this 4 set bonus. For Breath of Sindragosa it’s mainly good for getting more Runes back from Murderous Efficiency (which then results in more Runes to generate Runic Power with), Pillar of Frost cooldown reduction to fit more Pillar of Frost casts into your Breath of Sindragosa window, and Bonegrinder for the additional crit and increased frost damage component.

Which bosses drop tier pieces?

Maw of the Haunted Frostbrood: from Razageth the Storm-Eater

Jaws of the Haunted Frostbrood: from Broodkeeper Diurna

Breastplate of the Haunted Frostbrood: from Kurog Grimtotem

Greaves of the Haunted Frostbrood: from Sennarth, the Cold Breath

Grasps of the Haunted Frostbrood: from Dathea, Ascended