PVP Frost Death Knight Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

PVP Frost Death Knight Guide (WotLK 3.3.5a)

Welcome to the Frost Death Knight PVP 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 the arena or a battleground. The guide includes Talents, Glyphs, Gems, Enchantments, Add-ons, Gameplay & Skill rotation tips, Team setups.

1. Talent Tree

The first build doesn't have Howling Blast but has Icy Talons, increased Runic Power gain from Chains of Ice, 1/3 Scent of Blood and Virulence to make sure your diseases are not dispelled.


The second build excludes Obliterate. The glyph is replaced with Chains of Ice. Good for its really fast generation of Runic Power. Chain of Ice gives 20 per use, also Plague Strike and Blood Strike.


The third build has more self-heal, thus survivability.


The last build is with Howling Blast. Icy Talons not included.


3. Gems

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


Chaotic Skyflare Diamond


Bold Cardinal Ruby


Mystic King's Amber or Etched Ametrine


Stormy Majestic Zircon x4

4. Enchants

Head – Arcanum of Triumph
Shoulder – Inscription of Triumph
Cloak – Spell Piercing
Chest – Exceptional Resilience
Bracers – Greater Assault
Gloves – Crusher
Waist – Eternal Belt Buckle
Legs – Earthen Leg Armor
Boots – Greater Assault
Main-hand – Rune of Cinderglacier
Off-hand – Rune of Razorice

5. Gameplay & Rotations

Stat priority:

135 Magic Penetration → Hit (about 9% without talents) → Strength

Weapons of choice would be x2 Havoc's Call, Blade of Lordaeron Kings, or Wrathful Gladiator's Handaxe / Wrathful Gladiator's Longblade. Main-hand speed 2.6, no discussions here, though there are talks about using a faster off-hand for more procs.

Spells and Tips:

Killing Machine – Grants a 100% crit on some abilities.
Hungering Cold – This is a great CC ability.
Threat of Thassarian – One of our core talents allowing us to dual-wield.
Frost Strike – Ignores armor, deals 100% magic damage. Affected by Killing Machine
Howling Blast – Deals damage on the target and everyone around him. Don't forget to take it in the talents. Also affected by Killing Machine

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.

7. Team Setups

Here is a list of preferable partners in the 2v2 and 3v3 arena.

2v2 Arena

Discipline Priest
Enhancement Shaman
Retribution Paladin

3v3 Arena

Rogue + Discipline Priest

PVP Frost Death Knight Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a
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