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Debating whether to play a Elemental Shaman or Affliction Warlock? Knowing which currently performs better DPS in PvE might help make a decision.

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Elemental Shamans and Affliction Warlocks using profiles and settings intended to achieve their maximum DPS. Multiple sim environments are used to test how they perform in various conditions. Is one the AoE king? Does one scale better with gear upgrades? Is one more bursty, and more reliant on big cooldowns? Below analyzes the data to find the strengths of each.

Simulation results were created with SimulationCraft
Using game data from Patch 10.2.6 WoW Dragonflight

  • Affliction Warlockaffliction icon
  • Least affected by movement (single-target)

    Affliction Warlock’s single-target DPS was -13.98% less affected by increased movement compared to Elemental Shamans.

  • DPS less dependant on big cooldowns

    Affliction Warlock’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 24.29% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Elemental Shamans.

  • elemental iconElemental Shaman
  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)

    Elemental Shaman achieved 4.51% more maximum boss DPS than Affliction Warlock when there was no movement or lag.

  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)

    Elemental Shaman achieved 3.59% more maximum boss DPS than Affliction Warlock when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.

  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)

    Elemental Shaman achieved 26.37% more AoE DPS than Affliction Warlock when there was no movement or lag.

  • Best gear scaling

    Elemental Shaman scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 2.07% more from 446 ilvl to 488 compared to Affliction Warlocks.

  • Simplest Gameplay

    Elemental Shaman has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Affliction Warlock and Elemental Shamans, the DPS potential should not be the only factor in your decision. Ultimately, you should also consider the playstyle that you enjoy most while crushing it in Mythics+ and Raids!


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