Subtlety Roguesubtlety iconvswindwalker iconWindwalker Monk

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 10.0 WoW Dragonflight Pre-patch

  • Subtlety Roguesubtlety icon
  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)Subtlety Rogue achieved 40.17% more maximum boss DPS than Windwalker Monk when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)Subtlety Rogue achieved 15.61% more maximum boss DPS than Windwalker Monk when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.
  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)Subtlety Rogue achieved 21.73% more AoE DPS than Windwalker Monk when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best gear scalingSubtlety Rogue scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 55.23% more from 282 ilvl to 308 compared to Windwalker Monks.
  • DPS less dependant on big cooldownsSubtlety Rogue’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 6.96% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Windwalker Monks.
  • windwalker iconWindwalker Monk
  • Least affected by movement (single-target)Windwalker Monk’s single-target DPS was -445.66% less affected by increased movement compared to Subtlety Rogues.
  • Simplest GameplayWindwalker Monk has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.

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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