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Frost Death Knight Quick Start Guide
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This Frost Death Knight Guide is intended for new players just trying out the spec, casually raiding or working on max-level quests like class mounts, or for someone who hasn't played the spec in awhile and wants a quick brush up on what to do. If you are looking for more in-depth information, check out the other guide sections listed on the right-hand side of this page, or the
Here is a simple build for new Death Knights. This is a good all-around build, but a more in-depth look at talents can be found on the
Frost Death Knight Talent Guide
This is the build that we use for everything.
For Single target: Crit > Haste > Vers >= Mastery > Strength
For AoE: Mastery > Crit > Strength > Haste > Vers
For your specific stat weights,
check out Wowhead's guide on how to get your characters stat weights.
More in-depth information about stats can be found
Fresh 110s in Legion can gear up pretty quickly (~910 ilvl) between World Quests, Relinquished Tokens from
, Heroic Dungeons, and PvP. Give our
Legion Gearing Before Raids
guide a read to learn which avenue of acquiring gear sounds the most interesting for you. Any gear can proc Warforged or Titanforged ilvl gains, so gear from any source can be a huge upgrade for new players.
Legendaries are difficult to distill into a simple recommendation, and multiple are useful, so check out the
Frost Death Knight Gear Guide
for more details.
Thanks to the
catch-up mechanisms added in 7.3, you'll be able to empower your artifact exceptionally quickly even if this is your first 110, acquiring the first three golden traits with little effort.
As all level 110 players are above
40 in Patch 7.3, there are truly massive gains, allowing players to acquire numerous traits with one AP token. Artifact paths are less important in 7.3 as you'll be able to grab every possible trait, but we have included recommended paths in case you are struggling to earn Artifact Power.
For Frost Death Knights the current recommended artifact path is this after you empower your weapon:
Learn about the catch-up mechanisms in our
Tips for Alts Guide
Don't forget to socket your third relic slot when you hit 110. Patch 7.3 removed the quest requirements to unlock this slot. Acquiring the third relic will greatly increase the item level of your weapon and give you another free trait rank in the
is a new system of artifact progression added in Patch 7.3.
Once a player has unlocked the Netherlight Crucible on one character, any character that unlocks the Vindicaar can access the Crucible and put points into the Tier 1 Trait:
. Do this to earn +15 ilvls onto your artifact.
Players with 60-75 purchased traits can unlock additional Crucible relic traits. Because your choice in Tier 2 affects which traits you can reach in Tier 3, you need to balance both the Tier 2 and Tier 3 bonuses when you make your Tier 2 choice.
For the second tier,
Torment the Weak
are the best single target traits.
For the third tier,
is the best single target trait.
However, the Crucible is complicated and the value of traits will shift based on the situation and gear. Make sure to check out the detailed
Netherlight Crucible page
for the full list of traits.
Here are two basic priorities for you to follow; one while you are not in Obliteration and one while Obliteration is up. More information about the rotations, as well as an explanation of important abilities and advanced tips, can be found
on the Frost Rotation Guide
As a general note, if you are talented into
you should replace
when you can hit multiple targets and have a
when talented into
if you are capping runes or going to cap as you always want 3 recharging.
if you are at 90 or more runic power.
when you have a
if you have a
if you are at 80 or more runic power.
when you have runes but there is nothing else more important to do.
when you have runic power but there is nothing else to do.
Empower Rune Weapon
if you can not cast anything.
, cycling through abilities empowered by it is the best way to deal damage. If you are talented into
it changes the priority to include
is talented. You want to use this before you use
, but it is still worth it to use during if you can not.
when you have a
proc. If talented into
it is better on 2 targets or more.
is not up, if you are going to cap runic power, or you need a rune.
if you have a
if nothing else to do, you want to spend every global in
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