PVE Frost Death Knight DPS Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

PVE Frost Death Knight DPS Guide (WotLK 3.3.5a)

PVE Frost Death Knight DPS Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

Welcome to the Frost Death Knight DPS guide for World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King 3.3.5a. In this guide, you will learn about playing a Frost Death Knight in a raid. The guide includes Talents, Glyphs, Gems, Enchantments, Add-ons, Gameplay & Skill rotation tips.

1. 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-through talent. Note that, this talent has synergy with Strength, not Armor Penetration.
Killing Machine – is taken either way. The efficiency of this talent is inverse 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.

3. Gems

Gems are situational and depend on the build and equipment. They are used to reach the required stat caps.


Relentless Earthsiege Diamond


Bold Cardinal Ruby


Inscribed Ametrine


Nightmare Tear x1 - The rest is filled with Red Gems

4. Enchants

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
Legs – Icescale Leg Armor
Boots –Tuskarr's Vitality or Greater Assault
Weapons – Rune of Razorice for the main-hand. Rune of the Fallen Crusader for the off-hand.

5. Gameplay & Rotations

Stat priority:

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.

6. Add-ons

Add-ons improve your gameplay by a lot. It is necessary to utilize add-ons, since they play a vital role in your performance, whether you are in a raid, arena or at the auction house.

Check out our Add-ons Page which will provide you with a download link and some configuration info. The addon versions are for WoW WotLK 3.3.5a. The site has multiple versions of the add-ons, so if you need another version – you can also search for it there.

PVE Frost Death Knight DPS Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a
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