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Outlaw Rogue DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Aug 29, 2016 at 14:34 by Furty 157 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Outlaw Rogues in World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

The other pages of our Outlaw Rogue guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Furty who raids in Serenity, one of the top World of Warcraft guilds. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

1. Talent Choices

Level Choices
15 Ghostly Strike Ghostly Strike Swordmaster Swordmaster Quick Draw Quick Draw
30 Grappling Hook Grappling Hook Acrobatic Strikes Acrobatic Strikes Hit and Run Hit and Run
45 Deeper Stratagem Deeper Stratagem Anticipation Anticipation Vigor Vigor
60 Iron Stomach Iron Stomach Elusiveness Elusiveness Cheat Death Cheat Death
75 Parley Parley Prey on the Weak Prey on the Weak Dirty Tricks Dirty Tricks
90 Cannonball Barrage ? Cannonball Barrage Alacrity Alacrity Killing Spree Killing Spree
100 Slice and Dice Slice and Dice Marked for Death Marked for Death Death from Above ? Death from Above

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2. Talent Cheat Sheets

Optimizing talents on a contextual basis is the highly recommended method of setting up your build, as many talents offer unique strengths in the right situation. I have decided to list a "cheat sheet" of sorts below, however, to help with a quick set up that should be just fine for most encounters. If you want to fully optimize your ability to play this specialization, I recommend reading the entire talents section here to gain additional insight on when swapping your talents would be beneficial.

2.1. Raid Encounters

This build is an excellent starting point as a standard raid setup.

2.1.1. Heavy Cleave & AoE

2.2. General Purpose/Leveling

3. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Ghostly Strike Ghostly Strike Swordmaster Swordmaster Quick Draw Quick Draw

Tier 1 talents focus on improving Combo Point generation.

  • Ghostly Strike Icon Ghostly Strike is an ability that deals moderate damage and causes the target to take 10% increased damage from your abilities for 15 seconds.
  • Swordmaster Icon Swordmaster grants Saber Slash Icon Saber Slash a 10% extra chance to strike an additional time.
  • Quick Draw Icon Quick Draw causes free uses of Pistol Shot Icon Pistol Shot (generated by Saber Slash Icon Saber Slash) to grant an extra Combo Point and deal 50% increased damage.

Ghostly Strike Icon Ghostly Strike is best for single target encounters. In other situations Quick Draw Icon Quick Draw is currently the most desirable option on the tier due to the high consistency and damage output it offers.

4. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Grappling Hook Grappling Hook Acrobatic Strikes Acrobatic Strikes Hit and Run Hit and Run

Tier 2 talents focus on improving your mobility.

This tier is largely a matter of personal preference, or is specific to the encounter at hand.

Acrobatic Strikes Icon Acrobatic Strikes is a good choice on cleave encounters as it also extends the length of your Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry. It can also allow you to stay in range of the boss even when mechanics would normally zone you out. Grappling Hook Icon Grappling Hook is a good alternative for increased mobility. Hit and Run Icon Hit and Run is good for kiting but little else.

5. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Deeper Stratagem Deeper Stratagem Anticipation Anticipation Vigor Vigor

Tier 3 talents augment your resource systems.

  • Deeper Stratagem Icon Deeper Stratagem increases maximum Combo Points to 6, allows finishing moves to consume 6 combo points, and increases the damage of finishing moves by 10%.
  • Anticipation Icon Anticipation increases maximum Combo Points to 8, but finishing moves still consume 5 combo points.
  • Vigor Icon Vigor increases your maximum Energy by 50 and increases Energy regeneration by 10%.

Deeper Stratagem Icon Deeper Stratagem pulls ahead of the other choices as it gives you some flexibility with Combo Point overflow and increases the damage of your finishers by 10%.

Vigor Icon Vigor and Anticipation Icon Anticipation are both inferior choices with respect to DPS value, but they make the specialization easier and improve the flexibility of the rotation. These might be good options if it is your first time playing a Rogue, but should be avoided by serious raiders.

6. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Iron Stomach Iron Stomach Elusiveness Elusiveness Cheat Death Cheat Death

Tier 4 talents improve your personal survivability.

  • Iron Stomach Icon Iron Stomach increases the healing received from Crimson Vial Icon Crimson Vial, healing potions, and Healthstones by 30%.
  • Elusiveness Icon Elusiveness causes Feint Icon Feint to also grant 30% reduced damage taken from all sources.
  • Cheat Death Icon Cheat Death causes fatal damage to instead reduce you to 7% of your maximum health and grant 85% reduced damage taken for 3 seconds. Cheat Death cannot save you from damage great that double your maximum health.

Elusiveness Icon Elusiveness is technically the best talent in most situations, but requires you to be extremely proficient with Feint Icon Feint usage and very aware of incoming damage. Cheat Death Icon Cheat Death is a good choice for players in a raid environment, as it is entirely passive and great for soaking raid mechanics when needed. Generally, Cheat Death Icon Cheat Death is best for learning encounters and soaking high damage mechanics, whereas Elusiveness Icon Elusiveness is great for sustained incoming damage, or soaking frequently occurring mechanics.

Iron Stomach Icon Iron Stomach is by far the best choice for leveling and world content, as it improves your self sustainability noticeably. Iron Stomach Icon Iron Stomach does not have much potential a raid environment, as it would mostly be strong on encounters with sustained damage intake. Unfortunately in these situations it is considerably outshined by Elusiveness Icon Elusiveness.

7. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Parley Parley Prey on the Weak Prey on the Weak Dirty Tricks Dirty Tricks

Tier 5 talents focus on improving your crowd control utility.

Prey on the Weak Icon Prey on the Weak and Dirty Tricks Icon Dirty Tricks are prime choices for raids. Prey on the Weak Icon Prey on the Weak is the best choice for fights where an important add needs to be quickly burned down, as you can Vanish Icon Vanish and Cheap Shot Icon Cheap Shot to improve your group's damage output. Dirty Tricks Icon Dirty Tricks is a perfectly acceptable alternative and allows your Gouge Icon Gouge to be used as a pseudo interrupt. It is also a fantastic choice for leveling and world content.

Parley Icon Parley functions as a Blind Icon Blind with a very short cooldown, but currently does not have much use in raids.

8. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Cannonball Barrage ? Cannonball Barrage Alacrity Alacrity Killing Spree Killing Spree

Tier 6 talents offer unique damage cooldowns and a stacking passive.

  • Cannonball Barrage Icon Cannonball Barrage bombards an area with cannonfire for 1.8 seconds and slows enemies hit by 50% for 1.5 seconds.
  • Alacrity Icon Alacrity causes finishing moves to have a 20% chance per Combo Point to grant 1% haste for 20 seconds, stacking 20 times.
  • Killing Spree Icon Killing Spree teleports you to your target and attacks 7 times over 3 seconds. Killing Spree Icon Killing Spree is affected by Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry.

Alacrity Icon Alacrity is the best choice in raids, provided you are able to consistently maintain your stacks for most of the encounter.

Cannonball Barrage Icon Cannonball Barrage is good for dealing burst AoE damage, especially in situations where it can be reliably used to hit multiple targets on cooldown. Cannonball Barrage Icon Cannonball Barrage and Killing Spree Icon Killing Spree are both affected by the cooldown reduction provided by True Bearing Icon True Bearing.

9. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Slice and Dice Slice and Dice Marked for Death Marked for Death Death from Above ? Death from Above

Tier 7 talents focus on shifting the playstyle in new directions.

  • Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice is a finisher that replaces Roll the Bones Icon Roll the Bones and consumes Combo Points to increase attack speed by 90%, lasting longer per Combo Point.
  • Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death marks a target and instantly generates 5 Combo Points. The cooldown is reset if the marked target dies.
  • Death from Above Icon Death from Above is a two-part finishing move with a short cooldown that ends with an automatic cast of a 50% stronger Run Through Icon Run Through.

Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death is best on single target encounters. It shines on encounters with regularly occurring adds, as it will allow you to consistently reset the cooldown. Death from Above Icon Death from Above is a bit better on sustained AoE and cleave, like AoE packs in dungeons. When in doubt, always go Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death as it is strong in any situation.

Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice is actually a damage loss compared with Roll the Bones Icon Roll the Bones, but completely eliminates the RNG elements of Roll the Bones Icon Roll the Bones, improving your damage consistency. In return, however, your average damage output will be ~15% lower, making this talent fairly lacklustre overall.

10. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 24 Jul. 2016: Improved prose for many of the talent explanations. No changes in recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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