Enhancement Shamanenhancement iconvssurvival iconSurvival Hunter

Debating whether to play a Survival Hunter or Enhancement Shaman? Knowing which currently performs better DPS in PvE might help make a decision.

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Survival Hunters and Enhancement 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 10.0.5 WoW Dragonflight

  • Enhancement Shamanenhancement icon
  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)Enhancement Shaman achieved 38.46% more AoE DPS than Survival Hunter when there was no movement or lag.
  • DPS less dependant on big cooldownsEnhancement Shaman’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 21.97% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Survival Hunters.
  • survival iconSurvival Hunter
  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)Survival Hunter achieved 2.78% more maximum boss DPS than Enhancement Shaman when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)Survival Hunter achieved 8.62% more maximum boss DPS than Enhancement Shaman when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.
  • Least affected by movement (single-target)Survival Hunter’s single-target DPS was -60.42% less affected by increased movement compared to Enhancement Shamans.
  • Best gear scalingSurvival Hunter scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 1.49% more from 372 ilvl to 422 compared to Enhancement Shamans.
  • Simplest GameplaySurvival Hunter has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Enhancement Shaman and Survival Hunters, 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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