Havoc Demon Hunterhavoc iconvswindwalker iconWindwalker Monk

Debating whether to play a Windwalker Monk or Havoc Demon Hunter? Knowing which currently performs better DPS in PvE might help make a decision.

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Windwalker Monks and Havoc Demon Hunters 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

  • Havoc Demon Hunterhavoc icon
  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)

    Havoc Demon Hunter achieved 1.64% more maximum boss DPS than Windwalker Monk when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.

  • Least affected by movement (single-target)

    Havoc Demon Hunter’s single-target DPS was -25.68% less affected by increased movement compared to Windwalker Monks.

  • Best gear scaling

    Havoc Demon Hunter scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 2.84% more from 446 ilvl to 488 compared to Windwalker Monks.

  • DPS less dependant on big cooldowns

    Havoc Demon Hunter’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 1.66% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Windwalker Monks.

  • windwalker iconWindwalker Monk
  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)

    Windwalker Monk achieved 0.72% more maximum boss DPS than Havoc Demon Hunter when there was no movement or lag.

  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)

    Windwalker Monk achieved 7.34% more AoE DPS than Havoc Demon Hunter when there was no movement or lag.

  • Simplest Gameplay

    Windwalker Monk has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Havoc Demon Hunter and Windwalker Monks, 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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