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

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Windwalker Monks and Subtlety Rogues 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 10.2.6 WoW Dragonflight

  • Subtlety Roguesubtlety icon
  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)

    Subtlety Rogue achieved 0.96% more maximum boss DPS than Windwalker Monk when there was no movement or lag.

  • Simplest Gameplay

    Subtlety Rogue has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.

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

    Windwalker Monk achieved 7.91% more maximum boss DPS than Subtlety Rogue when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.

  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)

    Windwalker Monk achieved 8.73% more AoE DPS than Subtlety Rogue when there was no movement or lag.

  • Least affected by movement (single-target)

    Windwalker Monk’s single-target DPS was -47.44% less affected by increased movement compared to Subtlety Rogues.

  • Best gear scaling

    Windwalker Monk scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 2.02% more from 446 ilvl to 488 compared to Subtlety Rogues.

  • DPS less dependant on big cooldowns

    Windwalker Monk’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 49.11% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Subtlety Rogues.

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Subtlety Rogue 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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