A PoE Weapon DPS Calculator to Increase Damage
As with most RPGs, your success in Path of Exile hinges on more than just your weapon’s base damage. There’s a less important performance metric that is far more important when it comes to choosing a deadly implement with which to arm yourself during your march across Wraeclast: damage per second (“DPS”). DPS is, as its name suggests, the amount of damage that you are able to deliver each second based on your weapon, armor, abilities, and stats. When choosing a weapon, its DPS can often be more important than its base damage. For example, a sword with low base damage but high DPS would be the superior choice when compared to a high damage weapon with low DPS. However, PoE doesn’t tell you a weapon’s DPS in its tooltip. Fortunately, there is a PoE Weapon DPS Calculator feature that has different ones. We’re here to help you find them!
How is DPS Calculated?
Rather than just dropping a bunch of calculators in your lap and sending you out into Wraeclast, we thought it would be a good idea to give you a basic understanding of how DPS is calculated. At the most basic level, every weapon in PoE has minimum damage and maximum damage (base damage), and attack speed. In addition, a weapon will also have additional attributes, such as attack speed bonuses, damage bonuses, elemental damage, and quality. Let’s take the Siege Axe as an example:
- Base damage: 38-70
- Attack per second: 1.5
- 150% Increased Physical Damage
- 10-20 Flat Physical Damage
- 15% Increased Attack Speed
- 20 Quality
Many novice players are tempted to conclude that the Siege Axe will do 38-70 damage per attack and call it a day. They will then make the decision of whether to wield or discard the Siege Axe based on this assumption alone. It should be obvious why this assumption is incorrect – there are about a half-dozen different attributes of the weapon that are being ignored, all of which are critical in determining true DPS. The formula for determining a weapons DPS is simple: minimum base damage plus maximum damage (plus any bonus flat damage), divided by 2; times the bonus damage percentage plus quality; times one plus attack speed (times1+ any attack speed bonus); equals DPS. When plugging in the stats of our Siege Axe, the equation would look like this:
- ((38+70+10+20)/2) * (1+ 150% +20%) * 1.5 * (1 + 15%) = 321.3675 DPS
That 321 DPS is a much bigger and more impressive number than 38-70, isn’t it? It’s also a much more important number. Your Siege Axe will have you putting out 321 damage every second, not 38-70, and this is what matters when picking a weapon. For example, imagine a weapon with higher base damage than the Siege Axe, but a lower attack per second and worse bonus effects – this weapon would almost certainly be lower DPS than the Siege Axe, and would, therefore, be a less desirable weapon.
The Best PoE Weapon DPS Calculators
Now that you understand why DPS is so important, and how DPS calculation works, we’re ready to share some of our favorite PoE weapon DPS calculators with you. That’s right, you don’t have to do any of that nasty math yourself when deciding which weapon to use when carving up your enemies across Wraeclast. There are actually a good number of calculators out there that do roughly the same thing. You simple Ctrl+C when hovering over a weapon in the game, and then paste it into your chosen browser-based calculator.
Where the different calculators distinguish themselves from one another is in the user interface and the level of detail they provide in their input and output. For example, you can find a dozen different DPS calculators on GitHub that are a simple, no-frills box for you to paste your weapon, with a space for “Total DPS” next to it that populates after you’ve pasted your weapon of choice. Others allow you to simulate crafting the item so you can see what its DPS will be when you eventually finish crafting it. Others still make you enter the variables of the DPS equation manually before hitting enter to receive your results. There is, frankly, a ton of them – and they all work well enough. The only thing you can really do is hunt around on Google, the PoE forums, Reddit, and the like until you find one that you find aesthetically pleasing and easy to use.
Here are some links to some PoE weapon DPS calculators that we’ve enjoyed using in the past (all credit to their creators):
- Path of Exile Weapon DPS Calculator
- Path of Exile Weapon DPS Calculator with Crafting Options
- Path of Exile Weapon DPS Calculator with More Pleasing Interface
- PoE Box Physical Weapon Damage Calculator
As already mentioned, there are a bunch more out there, but these are a good place to start zeroing in on your own preference.
If you want to survive the dangers of Wraeclast, you’re going to need a good weapon. Choosing the best weapon requires more than simply reading the weapons tooltip – you need to calculate its DPS. While you can do this calculation by hand, many kind members of the community have created calculators to do all the work for you. You can find many of them online, but you can use one of our favorites – linked above – to get started!
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