Elemental Shamanelemental iconvsfrost iconFrost Mage

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

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Frost Mages and Elemental Shamans 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

  • Elemental Shamanelemental icon
  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)

    Elemental Shaman achieved 1.54% more maximum boss DPS than Frost Mage when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.

  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)

    Elemental Shaman achieved 3.73% more AoE DPS than Frost Mage when there was no movement or lag.

  • Least affected by movement (single-target)

    Elemental Shaman’s single-target DPS was -29.04% less affected by increased movement compared to Frost Mages.

  • Best gear scaling

    Elemental Shaman scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 1.3% more from 446 ilvl to 488 compared to Frost Mages.

  • DPS less dependant on big cooldowns

    Elemental Shaman’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 7.5% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Frost Mages.

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

    Frost Mage achieved 1.32% more maximum boss DPS than Elemental Shaman when there was no movement or lag.

  • Simplest Gameplay

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

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Elemental Shaman 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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