PVE Frost Death Knight DPS Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

Frost Death Knight Class Overview

PVE Frost Death Knight DPS Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

Welcome to my Frost Death Knight DPS guide for World of Warcraft WotLK 3.3.5a. This will be a short guide describing what Talents, Glyphs, Gems and Enchants you will need in order to succeed in a raid. In the end of the guide there are also some tips and basic rotation for the class.

Death Knight is a unique class with its energy system and a lot of people think that one of the strongest classes in Wrath of the Lich King. Every spec is different from another, which makes the gameplay more interesting. Here we’re going to take a look at Frost Death Knight as a damage dealer.

Talent Tree

This is an optimal build for players with medium to high gear.

PVE Frost Death Knight DPS Talent Tree, spec WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

I’d like to write about these 4 talents below, because they are taken not fully sometimes. Depending on the situation, gear, encounter and raid you might want to tweak them a bit from optimization of your build

Subversion – small DPS increase and a nice Treat decrease. Useful if you don’t have a Paladin with Hand of Salvation in your raid.
Black Ice – is taken minimum 2/5 as a go-trough talent. Note that, this talent has synergy with Strength, not Armor Penetration.
Killing Machine – is taken either way. The efficiency of this talent is inversely to the amount of Critical Strike chance. The less crit you have, the more useful this talent is.
Blood-Caked Blade – a nice dps boost. Works best with Armor Penetration, the more you have it – the more damage it will deal.


Major Glyphs:
Glyph of Frost Strike
Glyph of Obliterate
Glyph of Disease

Small Glyphs:
Glyph of Pestilence – be careful with this, as you may pull something extra with it. Use with care.


Gems are used to get your stat caps depending on what you lack, so it is situational. If the bonus is less, than 4 Strength, then you can add whatever gems you like. Don’t forget that you can add some other stats if needed, like Hit with Rigid Stormjewel.

Relentless Earthsiege Diamond

Nightmare Tear to activate the meta socket, afterwards just fill with red ones.

Inscribed Ametrine

Bold Cardinal Ruby


Head – Arcanum of Torment
Shoulder – Greater Inscription of the Axe
Cloak – Greater Speed or Major Agility
Chest – Powerful Stats
Bracers – Greater Assault
Gloves – Crusher

Waist – Eternal Belt Buckle with Bold Cardinal Ruby
Legs – Icescale Leg Armor
Boots –Tuskarr's Vitality or Greater Assault

Weapons – Rune of Razorice goes for the Right hand. Rune of the Fallen Crusader goes for the Left hand.

Gameplay & Rotations

Your stat priority is: Hit → Expertise → Strength → Armor Pen. → Crit. → Haste → Attack Power → Agility
With this build you’ll need 5% (164 Hit) thanks to Nerves of Cold Steel (4% if Draenei). Also a total of 26 Expertise.

Your opener should look like this:

PVE frost death knight dps opener


PVE frost death knight dps rotation wow 3.3.5a

This is a list of priorities:

Killing Machine > Frost Strike
Keep Frost Fever and Blood Plague on the target
Blood Strike
Frost Strike
Rime > Howling Blast
Horn of Winter

Unbreakable Armor, Army of the Dead and Raise Dead is used on cooldown.


Addons play quite a big role in World of Warcraft and should be used by everyone. The question is, what addons do YOU need? Truth is, every player decides for himself what addons does he need or want. Now, there is a list of must-have addons, without them - you won't be taken seriously, or your game will be much more complicated.

Check out our Addons Page which will provide you with download links and configuration information. Addon version is correct for WoW WotLK 3.3.5a.

PVE Frost Death Knight DPS Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a
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