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

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Windwalker Monks and Survival 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

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  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)

    Survival Hunter achieved 1.24% more maximum boss DPS than Windwalker Monk when there was no movement or lag.

  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)

    Survival Hunter achieved 5.22% more maximum boss DPS than Windwalker Monk when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.

  • Least affected by movement (single-target)

    Survival Hunter’s single-target DPS was -43.3% less affected by increased movement compared to Windwalker Monks.

  • Best gear scaling

    Survival Hunter scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 3.92% more from 446 ilvl to 488 compared to Windwalker Monks.

  • Simplest Gameplay

    Survival Hunter has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.

  • DPS less dependant on big cooldowns

    Survival Hunter’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 48.63% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Windwalker Monks.

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  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)

    Windwalker Monk achieved 8.38% more AoE DPS than Survival Hunter when there was no movement or lag.

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Survival 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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