For your DPS and HPS needs
One of the most important aspects of end game raiding is ensuring you have enough DPS (damage per second) to kill the Boss!
A Boss with an 8min enrage timer and 1.9 billion health would want players with at least 800k DPS (assuming 5 DPS roles in the raid and no disconnects/shields!), each raid fight and role set up is of course different, but most raid groups will require a specific minimum DPS number from each raid member.
One of the best ways to measure your DPS is to do a ‘parse’ on a test dummy for a full 5 minutes. To ‘parse’ means to ‘test/analiyse’.
A DPS meter will measure all your attacks during the parse and work out your average DPS (damage per second). You will notice your DPS fluctuate a lot in the first minute or so as you use cooldowns and work through your rotation, this is why a full 5 minutes is needed to get a proper average.
5 minutes on a dummy is never going to fully replicate a full raid, where you will be buffed by the other players (especially support roles) and you will also have movement or disconnects that will lower your overall damage. The parse should give you a good general idea of your DPS and if you keep a good track of your parses with each spec it will allow you to see how your DPS improves over time and if you need to make changes to your spec.
Download Rift Meter
You will need to download the most up to date version of Rift Meter directly from the forums and install it manually.
You can find Rift Meter here.
You will need to make a folder in your Add Ons folder called ‘RiftMeter’ and extract the files to that folder.
Rift Meter UI
When you first install Rift Meter it will show as a box in the middle of your screen. You can left click and drag it around using the black anchor bar. You can also close the add on with the red cross and reopen it again using the ‘/rm open’ command. You can put this command in a macro to make it easier to open/close.
You can bring up a list of other commands by typing ‘/rm’
This list shows up in your general chat box and you can click the command to make it action
Generally when using Rift Meter I tend to keep it hidden away during normal play and only bring it up into my field of view when I’m in a raid or parsing on a dummy. It is up to you where you want to place Rift Meter on your screen.
Using Rift Meter (Beginner)
Most of the time when you are using Rift Meter it will just be to measure your DPS on a dummy or to see your DPS during a boss fight in a raid. Here I will explain the basic functions of Rift Meter for a beginner.
Left click the top left area to drag Rift Meter around your screen.
Middle Click to go back to current combat.
Right click to open up a menu then left click to select which attribute to sort by.
Right click the middle are to bring up a list of fights stored. Left click a fight to see the data for it.
You can click the pin in the top right to quickly go back to the current fight.
Measuring Your DPS (Beginner)
Finding your dummy!
The first thing you will need to get a decent measure of your DPS is a dummy. A dummy is a ‘pretend mob’ designed to be hit but take no damage, so you can practice rotations and measure your numbers without the mob dying halfway through your parse!
You will find DPS and Healing dummies in all of the main cities in Rift, however a lot of these are placed badly, some are too close together, others are in high traffic areas which may add unwanted lag to your parse!
The best place to find your dummy is in a dimension. All the different types of dummys are available as dimension items. Its likely that you already have a dummy testing area in your guild dimension, if you dont, then all the shards will have player dims with dummy included. Open up the list of dimension and search for dummy. Or you can of course create your own training grounds in your own dimension.
If you do buy your own dummy, make sure you buy the correct one (Raid boss for your level and Tier) and keep your AoE and Single Target dummys separate.
Making Your Parse
Build your DPS spec, practice your rotation a few times and then you are ready to start a proper parse.
Make sure you have at least 5 mins, you can use a vial, weaponstones and feast if you want to.
DPS as hard as you can for the full 5 minutes.
You should experiment standing at different distances from the dummy each time, so you can see how this will effect your DPS.
Reading the Information
When you finish your parse you can press the blue square to stop the DPS being recorded instantly.
In the bottom left corner you can see the time and your Damage Per Second.
Along the row with your name, you will see your total damage and your DPS measured again.
Left click this row to switch to see a DPS stats page, left click again on an ability to see that abilities break down. Right click to go back through the screens to the main view.
If you get ‘lost’ in all the screens at any point, just click the pin to go back to current combat.
A middle click on the bar will show you a break down of your DPS across each mob, so you can see if your abilities were hitting the boss or the adds!
In most fights you will want to keep the majority of your DPS focused on the boss.