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Frost Death Knight DPS Spec, Builds, Talents, and Glyphs (WoW 4.3.4)

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In this article, we present you with various talent trees for Frost Death Knights (WoW 4.3) that you can use in specific situations. We also give you pointers for customising your talent tree and adapting it to a particular boss. The other articles of our Frost Death Knight guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the left.

1. Common Talent Builds↑top

Both the dual wield and the two-handed playstyles work well for Frost Death Knights, and yield similar results in terms of DPS, although dual wielding is slightly ahead currently. Here, we provide you with the only viable builds for both playstyles.

1.1. Dual Wielding

The following build provides longer disease durations and requires them to be refreshed less often, resulting in an easier to master playstyle.

The following build provides slightly more runic power, but has shorter disease durations (which makes them harder to keep up all the time) and is, therefore, harder to master.

1.2. Two-Handed

The following build provides longer disease durations and requires them to be refreshed less often, resulting in an easier to master playstyle.

The following build provides slightly more runic power, but has shorter disease durations (which makes them harder to keep up all the time) and is, therefore, harder to master.

2. Customising Your Build↑top

First, we present you the talents that you can play with to build your own talent tree before explaining what each of the interesting glyphs does.

2.1. Optional Talents

There is essentially no room for optional talents, other than choosing between dual wielding or using two-handed weapons, and between the Blood Tap Icon Blood Tap or Epidemic Icon Epidemic builds.

That said, the 2 talent points that we recommend in Endless Winter Icon Endless Winter may be placed in any of the following talents:

  • Endless Winter Icon Endless Winter, which makes your interrupt free of runic power cost;
  • Lichborne Icon Lichborne, which allows you to heal yourself through use of Death Coil Icon Death Coil (although it is limited by a 2 minute cooldown);
  • On a Pale Horse Icon On a Pale Horse, which increases movement speed while mounted and reduces the duration of slowing effects on you;
  • Chilblains Icon Chilblains, which causes your Frost Fever Icon Frost Fever (most notably applied by glyphed Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast) to also slow the movement speed of affected targets.

The choice is up to personal preference, but we feel that on any boss encounter where interrupting may be required, Endless Winter is the superior choice. Furthermore, none of the other talents provide any DPS (and most often they provide no utility, either), so you can safely stick to Endless Winter at all times.

2.2. Glyphs

2.2.1. Prime Glyphs

The three Prime Glyphs you should be using are:

The only exception to using the above glyphs is in AoE situations, where you will prefer to replace Glyph of Obliterate with Glyph of Icy Touch. This glyph boosts the damage done by Frost Fever Icon Frost Fever (and Frost Fever will automatically be applied to all enemies thanks to your Glyph of Howling Blast). In order for this glyph to be worth using, the AoE phases of the fight must either be extensive or require large burst.

2.2.2. Major Glyphs

Major Glyphs do not provide any DPS increases. The most useful glyphs that you can use are:

  • Glyph of Anti-Magic Shell, which increases the duration of your Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell by 2 seconds, making it easier to time it in order to avoid boss mechanics.
  • Glyph of Dark Succor, which buffs the healing received from the first Death Strike Icon Death Strike for 15 seconds after killing an enemy that grants experience or honor. This glyphs is situational and will seldom come in handy.
  • Glyph of Hungering Cold, which removes the runic power cost of Hungering Cold Icon Hungering Cold. This is useful for fights where you are using Hungering Cold to freeze adds, but it is not useful otherwise.

2.2.3. Minor Glyphs

Minor Glyphs generally provide you with small benefits that make your life easier, but do not increase the strength of your character or your raid. The best glyphs to use are:




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