Destruction Warlockdestruction iconvsfrost iconFrost Mage

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

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Frost Mages and Destruction 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 10.0.5 WoW Dragonflight

  • Destruction Warlockdestruction icon
  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)Destruction Warlock achieved 9.76% more maximum boss DPS than Frost Mage when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.
  • Least affected by movement (single-target)Destruction Warlock’s single-target DPS was -71.5% less affected by increased movement compared to Frost Mages.
  • frost iconFrost Mage
  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)Frost Mage achieved 4.64% more maximum boss DPS than Destruction Warlock when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)Frost Mage achieved 3.03% more AoE DPS than Destruction Warlock when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best gear scalingFrost Mage scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 8.04% more from 372 ilvl to 422 compared to Destruction Warlocks.
  • Simplest GameplayFrost Mage has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.
  • DPS less dependant on big cooldownsFrost Mage’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 8.65% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Destruction Warlocks.

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Destruction 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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