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Debating whether to play a Frost Death Knight or Arms Warrior? Knowing which currently performs better DPS in PvE might help make a decision.

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Frost Death Knights and Arms Warriors 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

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  • Least affected by movement (single-target)

    Arms Warrior’s single-target DPS was -52.21% less affected by increased movement compared to Frost Death Knights.

  • DPS less dependant on big cooldowns

    Arms Warrior’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 0.99% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Frost Death Knights.

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  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)

    Frost Death Knight achieved 5.03% more maximum boss DPS than Arms Warrior when there was no movement or lag.

  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)

    Frost Death Knight achieved 1.27% more maximum boss DPS than Arms Warrior when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.

  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)

    Frost Death Knight achieved 22.34% more AoE DPS than Arms Warrior when there was no movement or lag.

  • Best gear scaling

    Frost Death Knight scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 8.26% more from 446 ilvl to 488 compared to Arms Warriors.

  • Simplest Gameplay

    Frost Death Knight has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Arms Warrior and Frost Death Knights, 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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