Given that increasing your attack speed increases your DPS, do other skills take advantage of this higher DPS?

I thought they did, but I noticed that the speed increase from the Frenzy skill doesn't affect the Damage item shown in the character menu. So now I'm not sure. If I accumulate 5 Frenzy, and then perform a different special attack (e.g. Hammer of the Ancients), will it deal more damage than without the Frenzy?

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Attack speed does not increase the damage of your abilities (normally, it may have some effect on cooldown skills), but what it does do is decrease the animation times for your abilities. (And for the record, it should also increase the Damage stat on the character pane)

And the frenzy stacks definitely decrease the animation times.

The underlying problem, I believe, is more generally that the Damage value in the character pane doesn't take into account the fury stacks (I assume because of their brief length), but if you expand the pane to show weapon speed, you will see that you do have the increased speed represented there.

  • Pretty sure that he's referring to Damage on the character sheet. Which very much is affected by attack speed. May 23, 2012 at 23:38
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    @LessPop_MoreFizz Yes. He asked this question because he didn't note any change in that stat. I'm telling him, even if the stat doesn't change, he's still getting the attack speed (which you can see if you compare your weapons individually with the "More Details" window). May 23, 2012 at 23:39
  • Ok. So skill damage (in general) takes your Damage Per Attack into account, not your DPS?
    – Malabarba
    May 24, 2012 at 0:02
  • @BruceConnor yes... but since you can get more attacks with a faster weapon, DPS is still an effective metric. (Again, the animation time decreases) May 24, 2012 at 0:12

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