Arcane MagevsElemental Shaman
Debating whether to play a Elemental Shaman or Arcane Mage? Knowing which currently performs better DPS in PvE might help make a decision.
This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Elemental Shamans and Arcane Mages 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 10.2.5 • WoW Dragonflight •
- Arcane Mage
- Elemental Shaman
Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)
Elemental Shaman achieved 0.4% more maximum boss DPS than Arcane Mage when there was no movement or lag.
Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)
Elemental Shaman achieved 23.37% more maximum boss DPS than Arcane Mage when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.
Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)
Elemental Shaman achieved 0.7% more AoE DPS than Arcane Mage when there was no movement or lag.
Least affected by movement (single-target)
Elemental Shaman’s single-target DPS was -75.91% less affected by increased movement compared to Arcane Mages.
Best gear scaling
Elemental Shaman scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 1.2% more from 446 ilvl to 488 compared to Arcane Mages.
Elemental Shaman has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.
DPS less dependant on big cooldowns
Elemental Shaman’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 10.12% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Arcane Mages.
While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Arcane Mage 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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