Demonology Warlockdemonology iconvsfrost iconFrost Mage

Debating whether to play a Frost Mage or Demonology Warlock? Knowing which currently performs better DPS in PvE might help make a decision.

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Frost Mages and Demonology Warlocks 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

  • Demonology Warlockdemonology icon
  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)

    Demonology Warlock achieved 0.9% more maximum boss DPS than Frost Mage when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.

  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)

    Demonology Warlock achieved 14.24% more AoE DPS than Frost Mage when there was no movement or lag.

  • Least affected by movement (single-target)

    Demonology Warlock’s single-target DPS was -36.34% less affected by increased movement compared to Frost Mages.

  • Best gear scaling

    Demonology Warlock scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 0.16% more from 446 ilvl to 488 compared to Frost Mages.

  • frost iconFrost Mage
  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)

    Frost Mage achieved 2.61% more maximum boss DPS than Demonology Warlock when there was no movement or lag.

  • Simplest Gameplay

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

  • DPS less dependant on big cooldowns

    Frost Mage’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 15.71% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Demonology Warlocks.

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Demonology Warlock and Frost Mages, 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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