Balance Druidbalance iconvselemental iconElemental Shaman

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

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Elemental Shamans 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 10.0.5 WoW Dragonflight

  • Balance Druidbalance icon
  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)Balance Druid achieved 31.1% more maximum boss DPS than Elemental Shaman when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)Balance Druid achieved 50.85% more AoE DPS than Elemental Shaman when there was no movement or lag.
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  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)Elemental Shaman achieved 3.35% more maximum boss DPS than Balance Druid when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.
  • Least affected by movement (single-target)Elemental Shaman’s single-target DPS was -743.83% less affected by increased movement compared to Balance Druids.
  • Simplest GameplayElemental Shaman has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.
  • DPS less dependant on big cooldownsElemental Shaman’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 57.44% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Balance Druids.

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Balance Druid 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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