How much DPS should I be putting out in 5-man heroics? I can’t tell you how many times I see this questions asked. The easy answer is to just lay out some numbers. The harder, and more accurate numbers are going to come from measurement of gear and skill. By the way, how’s that new skill-measuring tool coming along?
All joking aside, it’s hard to tell you what numbers you should be putting out. I’ve seen exceptionally geared Ret Paladins put out awful numbers, and I’ve seen barely-geared 85s crunching out high DPS numbers.
Part of this is attributed to our still-random Holy Power generation, and part of this is just pure skill and ability.
However, after a good two months of analyzing data and testing from my own experience, I have come up with a set of DPS numbers for you to aim for. I have broken this down into overall DPS and boss DPS. Use this as a measuring tool for your current DPS numbers. Some of you will be higher, and some will be lower…but either way, you are looking at generalized averages for gear level in combination with skill/ability, for Cataclysm 5-man heroics.
- ilvl 333 – 10,000 to 12,000 DPS
- ilvl 346 – 12,000 to 14,000 DPS
- ilvl 350+ – 14,500+ DPS
- ilvl 333 – 7,000 to 8,000 DPS
- ilvl 346 – 8,500 to 10,000 DPS
- ilvl 350+ – 11,000+ DPS
For my personal averages since Cataclysm was released, here are my numbers:
- ilvl 333 – 10,500 DPS
- ilvl 346 - 12,000 DPS
- ilvl 350+ – 16,000+ DPS (After Patch 4.0.6)
*I have hit as high as 21k on some boss fights, and others as low as 12k…much depends on how much running around is required.
- ilvl 333 – 8,000 DPS
- ilvl 346 - 9,500 DPS
- ilvl 350+ – 13,000+ DPS (After Patch 4.0.6)