Stats will always vary and change based on your gear, as stats can lose a lot of value once you reach a certain threshold. The best way to always be sure that you are using the best gear is to use Raidbots and check via the Top Gear and Stat Weights options. You can learn how to sim your character by going to the ‘How to Sim Your Character’ section at the end of this guide.
Breath of Sindragosa Single Target:
Strength > Crit > Mastery > Versatility > Haste
Breath of Sindragosa AoE:
Strength > Mastery > Crit > Versatility > Haste
Obliteration Single Target:
Strength > Mastery > Haste > Crit > Versatility
Strength > Mastery > Crit > Haste > Versatility
Strength - As with most classes in Shadowlands, primary stat is always the best. It's a simple, straightforward throughput increase to every aspect of Frost Death Knight.
Crit - The most important stat for Frost Death Knights is Crit. Killing Machine will proc based on auto attacks that crit, so it’s a very important stat, and you should focus on getting as much as you can. It scales well in both single target and aoe, although Mastery will pull slightly ahead in this scenario.
Mastery - This increases the damage of your Frost damaging abilities. This does not include Obliterate, but it is still very important for most of your other abilities, including your major cooldowns such as Breath of Sindragosa or Frostwyrm’s Fury, making Mastery a very strong stat for Frost Death Knight.
Haste - Haste is not a very valuable stat for Breath of Sindragosa, due to the tick rate of Breath of Sindragosa not being affected by it. However, the Obliteration build revolves around fitting in as many Obliterates, Frost Strikes, and Rime procs as possible during Pillar of Frost. Naturally you will want as many GCD’s as you can during that window, so haste gains a lot more value with this build.
Versatility - Quite a boring stat, honestly, it just gives you a flat damage increase and some mitigation. It doesn't interact with the Frost Death Knight kit and is usually just a last resort stat to pick up unless playing with Breath of Sindragosa; then, it will edge out over Haste by a small margin.
The best way to calculate stat priorities for your character is to "sim" your characterFind out how to sim
Blood Elf: Provides Arcane Torrent, which is a very effective ability to use to prolong your Breath of Sindragosa by granting you 20 Runic Power. It is on a 2-minute cooldown, so it will always line up with your Breath of Sindragosa. You will also gain an additional 1% Crit from Arcane Acuity, which is also a nice bonus due to Crit being one of your best secondary stats.
Mechagnome: Primary stat (Strength) is the best stat for Frost Death Knight, so gaining +40 strength after the first 50 seconds of a fight with Combat Analysis is very strong, making Mechagnome one of the best races.
Human: Humans are generally a solid option for all classes in the game, providing an additional 2% to all secondary stats with their racial The Human Spirit. This makes Humans a very good race for Frost Death Knights.
Gems and Ring enchants heavily depend on your current stat weights and will often fluctuate depending on your current gear. I will list the enchants and gems you will generally want to use, but you should always check on Raidbots to see which are currently the most valuable for you.
- Back: Enchant Cloak - Fortified Avoidance - Avoidance is the best option for progress, mitigating a lot of damage on certain fights
- Chest: Enchant Chest - Eternal Stats - Depending on gear, this will edge over Enchant Chest - Eternal Skirmish on single target and is definitely more valuable on aoe/Cleave encounters
- Hands: Enchant Gloves - Eternal Strength
- Enchant Ring - Tenet of Mastery - +16 Mastery
- Enchant Ring - Tenet of Haste - +16 Haste
- Enchant Ring - Tenet of Critical Strike - +16 Crit
Once you have acquired the Tier Set 4 Piece Bonus Arctic Assault, you will want to drop Rune of Razorice and replace it with either Sinful Revelation or Rune of Hysteria. You must have Rune of Razorice enchanted on your weapon if you do not have this 4 set bonus.
2H Obliteration: Rune of the Fallen Crusader (Rune of Razorice before 4 set)
DW Obliteration: Sinful Revelation (Rune of Razorice before 4 set) & Rune of the Fallen Crusader
DW Breath of Sindragosa: Rune of Hysteria (Rune of Razorice before 4 set) & Rune of the Fallen Crusader
- Masterful Jewel Cluster - +16 Mastery
- Quick Jewel Cluster - +16 Haste
- Deadly Jewel Cluster - +16 Crit
Food: The best food comes from a Feast of Gluttonous Hedonism, which will give you +20 Strength; however, these are usually placed down for an entire raid or party as they can be pretty expensive. So if you want your own food, you can eat Iridescent Ravioli with Apple Sauce for a +30 Mastery buff or Spinefin Souffle and Fries for +30 Crit.
Flask: Spectral Flask of Power
Chest Buff: Heavy Desolate Armour Kit
Combat Potion: With the way things are currently balanced, Potion of Spectral Strength is the best potion to use for both single target and multi-target scenarios.