Frost Deathknight

Patch 9.0.5

CruellaDK
Last Updated: 19th Apr, 2021

Playstyle & Rotation

Rotation

Single Target Priority when outside of Major Cooldowns

  1. Remorseless Winter (if you have the Gathering Storm talent).
  2. Howling Blast if you have a Rime proc.
  3. Obliterate if you have a Killing Machine proc or 4+ runes or if your Breath of Sindragosa is about to be available
  4. Frost Strike if you have 75+ Runic Power (to not overcap it)
  5. Obliterate
  6. Frost Strike

Multiple Target Priority when outside of Major cooldowns

  1. Remorseless Winter (if you have the Gathering Storm talent).
  2. Howling Blast if you have a Rime proc.
  3. Frostscythe (if talented) if you have a Killing Machine proc
  4. Remorseless Winter
  5. Death and Decay
  6. Frostscythe (if talented)
  7. Obliterate
  8. Frost Strike*

*If you are using the Glacial Advance talent, use it instead of Frost Strike

Overcapping your Runic Power is less important for multiple targets, don’t worry about it if you need to do AoE damage.

Opener with Breath of Sindragosa

  1. Obliterate (use Howling Blast if you get a Rime proc)
  2. Obliterate (use Howling Blast if you get a Rime proc)
  3. Obliterate (use Howling Blast if you get a Rime proc)
  4. Empower Rune Weapon + Pillar of Frost + Breath of Sindragosa + Raise Dead + Remorseless Winter + Racial ability (if it gives stats) + Potion of Spectral Strength
  5. Proceed with the “Breath of Sindragosa priority” below

Breath of Sindragosa priority

  1. Obliterate if you have less than 30 Runic Power.
  2. Remorseless Winter  (if you have the Gathering Storm talent)
  3. Howling Blast if you have a Rime proc and a decent amount of Runic Power.
  4. Obliterate if you at 5 or more Runes or if you have less than 45 Runic Power.
  5. Remorseless Winter 
  6. Obliterate if you have 75 Runic Power or less (otherwise if you have more Runic Power, just wait to avoid overcapping) 
  7. Arcane Torrent if have no runes and less than 75 Runic Power (Blood Elf only)

When your breath is over, follow the Single or the Multiple Target Priority when outside of Major Cooldowns lists.

Opener with Obliteration talent

  1. Chains of Ice (if Cold Heart is talented).
  2. Remorseless Winter
  3. Obliterate if you have a Killing Machine proc
  4. Empower Rune Weapon + Pillar of Frost + Breath of Sindragosa + Raise Dead + Howling Blast + Racial ability (if it gives stats) + Potion of Spectral Strength
  5. Obliterate
  6. Proceed with the “Priority during Pillar of frost (Obliteration)” below

Priority during Pillar of frost (Obliteration)

  1. Remorseless Winter (if you have the Gathering Storm talent)
  2. Obliterate if you have a Killing Machine proc
  3. Frost Strike if you have 75+ Runic Power (to not overcap it)
  4. Howling Blast if you have a Rime proc
  5. Obliterate

When your Pillar of Frost is over, follow the Single or the Multiple Target Priority when outside of Major Cooldowns lists.

Playstyle

Runic Power and Runes

Runes

You can have a maximum of  6 Runes. Some of your abilities cost Runes, and for every rune spend you gain 10 Runic Power. When you use an ability that consumes runes, they will start recharging. Only 3 runes can be recharged at the same time, so it is optimal to keep at least 3 runes on cooldown to maximize the recharge rate.

Runic Power

You can have a maximum of 100 Runic Power and you gain 10 Runic Power every rune spend. You have some abilities that cost Runic Power. You can’t go over 100 Runic Power so try to prioritize abilities that cost Runic power when you’re close to 100 to avoid wasting any.

Two-Handed weapon Versus Dual-Wield Weapon

Dual-Wield and Two-Handed are both viable builds. However, Dual-Wielding is better for PvE situations, whereas having a Two-Handed weapon is better in PvP.

Offensive Cooldowns Usage

Pillar of Frost

Pillar of Frost: It is now a 1 minute cooldown (it was 45s in BFA) so you don’t have to delay it anymore in order to pair it with Breath of Sindragosa and Empower Rune Weapon, just use it on cooldown.

Remorseless Winter

Remorseless Winter: This is a 20s cooldown, so use it with Pillar of frost and then twice in-between. When you are playing with Gathering Storm, and if you have enough haste during your Remorseless Winter, it is possible to cast a second Remorseless Winter whilst keeping your stacks of Gathering Storm. However, this is limited to when you have an immense amount of haste, such as during lust windows.

Empowered Rune Weapon

Empower Rune Weapon: This cooldown should be used when all of your Runes are on cooldown and you have low Runic Power. You need to save it for your Breath of Sindragosa if you are using this talent.

Raise Dead

Raise Dead: use it on cooldown.

Frostwyrm's Fury

Frostwyrm's Fury: Use it at the end of your Pillar of Frost to maximise it’s damage in Single Target. In AoE and Cleave Situations you should keep it for when there are the highest number of targets.

Sacrificial Pact

Sacrificial Pact: Do not use it in Single target unless you need an emergency heal. You can use it in AoE, but try to do it at the end of your ghoul’s duration, if possible.

Cold Heart

Cold Heart (talent): You want to use it at 20 stacks outside of your Pillar of Frost while playing with Obliteration because you need to reserve as many GCDs as you can during pillar for Frost Strike, Obliterate and Howling Blast. If you are playing with Breath of Sindragosa, use it at the end of every pillar, just before Frostwyrm's Fury. Since Pillar of Frost is now a 1 minute cooldown, you can also use Chains of Ice once in between, at 10 stacks. Try to ideally cast it while Unholy Strength is active.

Breath of Sindragosa

Breath of Sindragosa (talent): You always want to have at least 60 Runic Power before using it and 0 or 1 rune since you gain 2 Runes at the start of Breath of Sindragosa. Always pair your breath with Pillar of Frost and Empower Rune Weapon. If you are taking magical damage during its duration, you can use your Anti-Magic Shell as an offensive cooldown to gain some Runic Power. Do not use your Rime proc if you are about to lose your Breath of Sindragosa and if you have Runes available. If you have more than 75 Runic Power, just wait to avoid overcapping your Runic Power. Do not use Frost Strike while your Breath of Sindragosa is active.

Covenant Class Ability Cooldowns Usage

Abomination Limb

Abomination Limb (Necrolords): Use it on cooldown or delay it a bit if some adds are spawning. Always use it with Breath of Sindragosa if you are using the Emeni Soulbind to gain Strength during it. In a few situations you shouldn't use it to avoid pulling targets into melee range such as phoenixes during Sun King’s Salvation encounter.

Death's Due

Death's Due (Night Fae): Use it on cooldown and during every Pillar of Frost. If you are playing with Obliteration, use it after generating the first Killing Machine proc while Pillar of Frost is active to maximize the number of Killing Machine procs used while Death's Due is active.

Shackle the Unworthy

Shackle the Unworthy (Kyrian): Use it on cooldown with Pillar of Frost. Try to keep some Runes at the start of Shackle the Unworthy if you want to spread it quickly in AoE situations.

Swarming Mist

Swarming Mist (Ventyr): Use it on cooldown. If you are playing with Breath of Sindragosa, you should use Swarming Mist while your breath is active in order to gain Runic Power. The amount of Runic power gained when hitting multiple targets is insane and it can really help to extend your Breath of Sindragosa.