While I was doing some DPS tests on enchantments the other day, I also brought in the Death Slaad companion after its fix. I mainly wanted to sort out whether it’s worth ditching one of my companions for the Slaad on my CW. Against three dummies DPS came in at 5-6k, which for me is about a 6% boost in overall DPS. Since the output of the Slaad is stable regardless of your gear (because it activates on At-Wills), it can be more of an upgrade for lesser geared toons. I eventually decided for the Slaad although I have plenty of pets that give me a boost in the 5% range.
The CW however is not the best fit for the pet as it’s an encounter-heavy class. Since I had seen some impressive numbers from GWFs, I decided to get mine involved. The numbers were indeed stellar and quadrupled those of the CW at 21,191 DPS. It makes sense because the GWF is the only class that heavily works with AoE At-Wills and can trigger the active bonus rapidly. I don’t think any other class should come close although I didn’t bother to test more. Depending on playstyle a GF could get a decent DPS boost as well, but the days of GFs being a viable striker class are long gone and in group content you are probably better off getting some defensive / utility pets first.
Next to the pure DPS, the poison has the nice side effect for GWFs that it generates Determination on every single tick if you’re a Destroyer. In an AoE setting this gain is indeed noticeable and substantial. As one GWF in the comments rightfully mentioned, the effect may take a huge hit in actual dungeon runs especially in a well geared group, because mobs die too fast.
For comparisons sake I went on and equipped other DoT pets to show the discrepancy. No other companion even comes close to the performance of the Death Slaad. It’s absolutely mandatory for GWFs and other classes should carefully check whether it presents an upgrade over what they already own.
Here’s the data (all companions tested in purple quality):
|Class||Death Slaad||Black Death Scorpion||Lightfoot Thief|