Assassination Rogueassassination iconvshavoc iconHavoc Demon Hunter

Debating whether to play a Havoc Demon Hunter or Assassination Rogue? Knowing which currently performs better DPS in PvE might help make a decision.

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Havoc Demon Hunters and Assassination Rogues 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 10.0.5 WoW Dragonflight

  • Assassination Rogueassassination icon
  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)Assassination Rogue achieved 1.63% more maximum boss DPS than Havoc Demon Hunter when there was no movement or lag.
  • Simplest GameplayAssassination Rogue has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.
  • havoc iconHavoc Demon Hunter
  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)Havoc Demon Hunter achieved 1.39% more maximum boss DPS than Assassination Rogue when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.
  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)Havoc Demon Hunter achieved 19.39% more AoE DPS than Assassination Rogue when there was no movement or lag.
  • Least affected by movement (single-target)Havoc Demon Hunter’s single-target DPS was -27.62% less affected by increased movement compared to Assassination Rogues.
  • Best gear scalingHavoc Demon Hunter scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 1.42% more from 372 ilvl to 422 compared to Assassination Rogues.
  • DPS less dependant on big cooldownsHavoc Demon Hunter’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 17.02% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Assassination Rogues.

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Assassination Rogue and Havoc Demon Hunters, 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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