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Rogue Leveling Guide (WoD 6.1.2)

Last updated on Nov 13, 2014 at 21:26 by Damien 30 comments

Table of Contents

This guide has not yet been updated for Legion.

Preliminary Mentions

In this guide, we will offer you some quick and practical information for leveling up your Rogue from level 85 to level 100. We cover rotation and talents. We do not, however, cover statistics, gear, or any information about the zones you should be questing in.

This guide requires a basic understanding of how the Rogue class works at a high level. This guide is not meant to reflect how you should play your character at maximum level, or in a dungeon or raid environment.

While leveling up from level 85 to 90, you can complete 4 dungeons:

While leveling up from level 90 to 100, you can complete 4 dungeons:

  • Bloodmaul Slag Mines;
  • Iron Docks;
  • Auchindoun;
  • Skyreach.

These dungeons have quests which reward you with vast amounts of experience.

1. Assassination Leveling Guide: 85-100

1.1. Talents and Glyphs

Before setting out on your leveling journey, you should take these talents and glyphs, for maximum efficiency. Obviously, this is not set in stone, and you have a lot of liberty. Note that Tier 5 talents are practically useless outside of PvP.

At Level 90, you unlock your Tier 6 talents and we advise you to choose Anticipation Icon Anticipation. Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death works as well, but it has a higher skill cap.

1.2. Rotation

You have to adapt your raiding rotation slightly, so that it works against targets which, generally, will not live very long. Also, Rogues are not very well equipped for dealing with several targets at a time, so you should try, as much as possible, to pull mobs one by one.

  • Build Combo Points with the following abilities (by order of priority).
    1. Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate, between 100% and 35% of target's health.
    2. Use Dispatch, below 35% of target's health or when Blindside procs.
  • Spend Combo Points with Envenom Icon Envenom. If Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice needs refreshing, then you can afford to cast Envenom with fewer Combo Points.

Only apply and maintain Rupture Icon Rupture when fighting dungeon bosses or difficult mobs.

Thanks to Glyph of Deadly Momentum, you will be able to easily keep 100% uptime on both Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice and Recuperate (which is very helpful while leveling up). When you intend to fight several mobs in succession, you only need to apply Slice and Dice and Recuperate on the first mob you engage.

Use Deadly Poison Icon Deadly Poison as a Lethal Poison and Leeching Poison Icon Leeching Poison as a Non-Lethal Poison.

When you engage a target, you should always be in Stealth, so that you benefit from Subterfuge Icon Subterfuge. Open with Cheap Shot Icon Cheap Shot (to stun the target), and Ambush Icon Ambush (cast it as many times as you during the 3-second Subterfuge). Then, execute the rotation given above. Apply Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice and Recuperate if they are not up and you are going to fight several enemies in a row.

1.3. DPS Cooldowns

When you want to kill mobs faster, activate Vendetta Icon Vendetta.

1.4. Surviving

Leeching Poison Icon Leeching Poison and Recuperate will provide you with plenty of health regeneration.

You also have many abilities that you can use to avoid/mitigate damage: Evasion Icon Evasion, Feint Icon Feint (only works for AoE damage), Cloak of Shadows Icon Cloak of Shadows (improved by Glyph of Cloak of Shadows), and Combat Readiness.

You can use Vanish Icon Vanish to disappear from your enemies' sight and Preparation to reset Vanish's cooldown. Smoke Bomb can also be used in conjunction with Sprint Icon Sprint to run away from a fight.

Remember to use Kick Icon Kick to interrupt harmful spell casts.

1.5. Perks

At levels 92, 94, 96, and 98 you will receive one of 4 perks, in random order. Below, we list the perks and quickly mention how they affect your playstyle.

Perk Effect
Empowered Envenom Pool Energy before Envenom Icon Envenom in order to cast as many Mutilate Icon Mutilate and Dispatch, while it is active
Enhanced Crimson Tempest Makes it worth it to use a 5-Combo Point@ Crimson Tempest in AoE situations with more than 4 enemies
Enhanced Vendetta Do not affect your playstyle
Improved Slice and Dice You no longer need to apply Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice

2. Combat Leveling Guide: 85-100

2.1. Talents and Glyphs

Before setting out on your leveling journey, you should take these talents and glyphs, for maximum efficiency. Obviously, this is not set in stone, and you have a lot of liberty. Note that Tier 5 talents are practically useless outside of PvP.

At Level 90, you unlock your Tier 6 talents and we advise you to choose Anticipation Icon Anticipation. Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death works as well, but it has a higher skill cap.

2.2. Rotation

You have to adapt your raiding rotation slightly, so that it works against targets which, generally, will not live very long. Also, Rogues are not very well equipped for dealing with several targets at a time, so you should try, as much as possible, to pull mobs one by one.

  • Build Combo Points with the following abilities (by order of priority).
    1. Cast Revealing Strike only to keep its debuff up.
    2. Cast Sinister Strike.
  • Spend Combo Points with Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate.

Thanks to Glyph of Deadly Momentum, you will be able to easily keep 100% uptime on both Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice and Recuperate (which is very helpful while leveling up). When you intend to fight several mobs in succession, you usually only need to apply Slice and Dice and Recuperate on the first mob you engage.

Use Deadly Poison Icon Deadly Poison as a Lethal Poison and Leeching Poison Icon Leeching Poison as a Non-Lethal Poison.

When you engage a target, you should always be in Stealth, so that you benefit from Subterfuge Icon Subterfuge. Open with Ambush Icon Ambush (cast it as many times as possible) and then execute the rotation given above. Apply Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice and Recuperate if they are not up and you are going to fight several enemies in a row.

2.3. DPS Cooldowns

When you want to kill mobs faster, activate Adrenaline Rush Icon Adrenaline Rush and Killing Spree Icon Killing Spree.

2.4. Surviving

Leeching Poison Icon Leeching Poison and Recuperate will provide you with plenty of health regeneration.

You also have many abilities that you can use to avoid/mitigate damage: Evasion Icon Evasion, Feint Icon Feint (only works for AoE damage), Cloak of Shadows Icon Cloak of Shadows (improved by Glyph of Cloak of Shadows), and Combat Readiness.

You can use Vanish Icon Vanish to disappear from your enemies' sight and Preparation to reset Vanish's cooldown. Smoke Bomb can also be used in conjunction with Sprint Icon Sprint to run away from a fight.

Remember to use Kick Icon Kick to interrupt harmful spell casts.

2.5. Perks

At levels 92, 94, 96, and 98 you will receive one of 4 perks, in random order. Below, we list the perks and quickly mention how they affect your playstyle.

Perk Effect
Empowered Bandit's Guile Does not affect your playstyle while leveling up
Enhanced Blade Flurry Does not affect your playstyle
Improved Dual-Wield Does not affect your playstyle
Swift Poison You now need to coat your weapons with Instant Poison

3. Subtlety Leveling Guide: 85-100

3.1. Talents and Glyphs

Before setting out on your leveling journey, you should take these talents and glyphs, for maximum efficiency. Obviously, this is not set in stone, and you have a lot of liberty.

At Level 90, you unlock your Tier 6 talents and we advise you to choose Anticipation Icon Anticipation. Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death works as well, but it has a higher skill cap.

3.2. Rotation

You have to adapt your raiding rotation slightly, so that it works against targets which, generally, will not live very long. Also, Rogues are not very well equipped for dealing with several targets at a time, so you should try, as much as possible, to pull mobs one by one.

Use this pattern to start your fights:

If you are going to fight several mobs in a row, you need to apply Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice and Recuperate when you engage the first mob. Thanks to Glyph of Deadly Momentum, Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice and Recuperate will be automatically refreshed every time you kill a mob.

Only use Rupture Icon Rupture when fighting powerful enemies or dungeon bosses.

Use Deadly Poison Icon Deadly Poison as a Lethal Poison and Leeching Poison Icon Leeching Poison as a Non-Lethal Poison.

3.3. DPS Cooldowns

When you want to kill mobs faster, activate Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance after stunning them with Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot, this will allow you to get behind them and spam Ambush Icon Ambush.

3.4. Surviving

Leeching Poison Icon Leeching Poison and Recuperate will provide you with plenty of health regeneration.

You also have many abilities that you can use to avoid/mitigate damage: Evasion Icon Evasion, Feint Icon Feint (only works for AoE damage), Cloak of Shadows Icon Cloak of Shadows (improved by Glyph of Cloak of Shadows), and Combat Readiness.

You can use Vanish Icon Vanish to disappear from your enemies' sight and Preparation to reset Vanish's cooldown. Smoke Bomb can also be used in conjunction with Sprint Icon Sprint to run away from a fight.

Remember to use Kick Icon Kick to interrupt harmful spell casts.

3.5. Perks

At levels 92, 94, 96, and 98 you will receive one of 4 perks, in random order. Below, we list the perks and quickly mention how they affect your playstyle.

Perk Effect
Empowered Fan of Knives Greatly increases Combo Point generation from Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives
Enhanced Shadow Dance Does not affect your playstyle
Enhanced Stealth Does not affect your playstyle
Enhanced Vanish Allows you to use Vanish Icon Vanish more often

4. ChangeLog

  • 13 Nov. 2014: Removed all mentions of Nightstalker.
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