Rotation & Cooldowns (5.4.8)

Maintaining a proper Rotation and using the right Cooldowns is essential to maximizing your Frost Death Knight. Use this guide to optimize your single target and AoE rotations while learning how to get the most out of your cooldowns.

Single Target Rotation

Presence: Frost Presence (2H and DW)

DW Priority: Execute the following priority for DW DPS.

  1. Frost Fever Blood Plague Maintain at all times.
  2. Frost Strike with Killing Machine or if RP will cap.
  3. Soul Reaper Frost on target below 35% Health.
  4. Howling Blast with Rime or to refresh Frost Fever
  5. Frost Strike to dump RP.
  6. Obliterate with >= 1 Unholy Runes.
  7. Howling Blast to dump Frost and Unholy runes.

2H Priority: Execute the following priority for 2H DPS.

  1. Frost Fever Blood Plague Maintain at all times.
  2. Soul Reaper Frost on target below 35% Health.
  3. Howling Blast with Rime or to refresh Frost Fever
  4. Obliterate with Killing Machine.
  5. Frost Strike with 0 Frost Runes or to dump RP.
  6. Obliterate with 2 Blood, Frost, or Unholy Runes.

Your highest priority should be to keep both diseases active on your target all times. Use Outbreak to apply diseases. Howling Blast will automatically apply and refresh Frost Fever, so the only disease you need to keep up is Blood Plague. Simply use Plague Strike or Outbreak whenever Blood Plague needs to be refreshed at < 3 < 3 sec remaining.

Consuming your Rime and Killing Machine procs are your next priority. For DW, Killing Machine + Frost Strike has a higher priority than Rime + Howling Blast. As 2H, Rime + Howling Blast has a higher priority than Killing Machine + Obliterate. Keep your Runic Power from capping by weaving in Frost Strike as needed. When your target reaches 35% Health, you should prioritize Soul Reaper Frost above everything except for maintaining your diseases as 2H and just below Killing Machine procs for DW.

Rune Regeneration Talents: DW Frost DPS uses Blood Tap to generate Death Runes. Blood Tap should be controlled manually so you can use Blood Tap when it best fits into your rotation for an additional Howling Blast or Soul Reaper Frost.

AoE Rotation

Use Unholy Blight to quickly spread diseases. Use Howling Blast with Frost and Death Runes. Keep Death And Decay down and Frost Strike when you are close to capping Runic Power. Outbreak + Pestilence can be used to spread diseases if Unholy Blight is not available.

Effective Cooldowns

These effective cooldowns are available if you chose them in your talent build.

These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate into most all encounters.