Fury Warriorfury iconvsretribution iconRetribution Paladin

Debating whether to play a Retribution Paladin or Fury Warrior? Knowing which currently performs better DPS in PvE might help make a decision.

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Retribution Paladins and Fury Warriors 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 10.1.7 WoW Dragonflight

  • Fury Warriorfury icon
  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)Fury Warrior achieved 0.79% more maximum boss DPS than Retribution Paladin when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)Fury Warrior achieved 0.79% more maximum boss DPS than Retribution Paladin when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.
  • Best gear scalingFury Warrior scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 1% more from 422 ilvl to 446 compared to Retribution Paladins.
  • DPS less dependant on big cooldownsFury Warrior’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 70% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Retribution Paladins.
  • retribution iconRetribution Paladin
  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)Retribution Paladin achieved 12.86% more AoE DPS than Fury Warrior when there was no movement or lag.
  • Least affected by movement (single-target)Retribution Paladin’s single-target DPS was -0.66% less affected by increased movement compared to Fury Warriors.
  • Simplest GameplayRetribution Paladin has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Fury Warrior and Retribution Paladins, 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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