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

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Shadow Priests 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 10.2.7 WoW Dragonflight

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  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)

    Demonology Warlock achieved 6.19% more AoE DPS than Shadow Priest when there was no movement or lag.

  • Simplest Gameplay

    Demonology Warlock has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.

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  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)

    Shadow Priest achieved 1.8% more maximum boss DPS than Demonology Warlock when there was no movement or lag.

  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)

    Shadow Priest achieved 5.15% more maximum boss DPS than Demonology Warlock when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.

  • Least affected by movement (single-target)

    Shadow Priest’s single-target DPS was -36.05% less affected by increased movement compared to Demonology Warlocks.

  • Best gear scaling

    Shadow Priest scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 3.93% more from 446 ilvl to 488 compared to Demonology Warlocks.

  • DPS less dependant on big cooldowns

    Shadow Priest’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 19.58% 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 Shadow Priests, 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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