Balance Druidbalance iconvsdestruction iconDestruction Warlock

Debating whether to play a Destruction Warlock or Balance Druid? Knowing which currently performs better DPS in PvE might help make a decision.

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Destruction Warlocks and Balance Druids 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

  • Balance Druidbalance icon
  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)

    Balance Druid achieved 4.7% more maximum boss DPS than Destruction Warlock when there was no movement or lag.

  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)

    Balance Druid achieved 1.69% more maximum boss DPS than Destruction Warlock when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.

  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)

    Balance Druid achieved 9% more AoE DPS than Destruction Warlock when there was no movement or lag.

  • Best gear scaling

    Balance Druid scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 5.73% more from 446 ilvl to 488 compared to Destruction Warlocks.

  • Simplest Gameplay

    Balance Druid has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.

  • DPS less dependant on big cooldowns

    Balance Druid’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 24.54% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Destruction Warlocks.

  • destruction iconDestruction Warlock
  • Least affected by movement (single-target)

    Destruction Warlock’s single-target DPS was -39.4% less affected by increased movement compared to Balance Druids.

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Balance Druid and Destruction Warlocks, 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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