Cataclysm Classic Assassination Rogue Guide

Last updated on Jun 16, 2024 at 00:00 by Sellin

Welcome to our Assassination Rogue guide for Cataclysm Classic, tailored for PvE content. Here, you will learn how all you need to know to play Assassination Rogue proficiently. Click the links below to navigate the guide or read this page for a short introduction.


Assassination Rogue Cataclysm Pre-Patch Information

This page contains all relevant information needed for Assassination Rogue before the release of Cataclysm Classic. Be sure to check back as we get closer to the release date, as this page will be updated with the latest information as it becomes available.


Is Assassination Rogue Viable in Cataclysm Classic?

Yes! Assassination is the least gear dependent of the three Rogue specs and deals similar damage all while offering the incredibly important Master Poisoner Icon Master Poisoner debuff, increasing Magic damage dealt to the target by 8%. This debuff can be difficult to come by, especially in smaller format content, and Assassination Rogue is a reliable source without having to otherwise sacrifice anything to get it.

Strengths icon Strengths
  • +Brings Master Poisoner Icon Master Poisoner to the raid, especially strong in 10-man raids.
  • +Extremely high single-target sustained damage.
  • +Can soak and negate raid mechanics with Cloak of Shadows Icon Cloak of Shadows to make fights easier.
  • +Brings Tricks of the Trade Icon Tricks of the Trade to the raid.
Weaknesses icon Weaknesses
  • -Extremely dependent on Weapons.
  • -Mediocre AoE damage unless you are fighting 10 or more enemies.
  • -Struggles with target swapping due to the process of stacking Deadly Poison Icon Deadly Poison.

Best Races for Assassination Rogue

As a member of the Horde you really cannot go wrong with the race you choose. Orc and Troll will provide you the most DPS with Troll being slightly more powerful than Orc, but Goblin is also a great choice thanks to the added mobility with their Rocket Jump Icon Rocket Jump ability helping you close the gap. Undead is a strong choice; while lacking a true DPS increase racial, the crowd control removal from Will of the Forsaken Icon Will of the Forsaken can still be situationaly useful.

As Alliance the default choice will be Worgen thanks their Viciousness Icon Viciousness racial. Critical Strike is an incredible powerful stat for Rogue, and while Human is another great choice, you are likely to find the Expertise you would have benefited from being a Human already existing on gear you will incorporate into your best in slot lists.


Best Professions for Assassination Rogue

  1. Engineering Icon Engineering — Engineering remains king largely due to Synapse Springs Icon Synapse Springs which synergizes incredibly with any kind of damage increase like Vendetta Icon Vendetta. Grounded Plasma Shield Icon Grounded Plasma Shield adds another solid defensive cooldown to help you mitigate incoming damage especially against large bursts of Physical damage as Combat Readiness Icon Combat Readiness can at times be difficult to use. Nitro Boosts Icon Nitro Boosts also provides a ton of movement speed which acts almost as a second Sprint Icon Sprint should you need it.
  2. Blacksmithing Icon Blacksmithing — Lets you add an extra socket to both your Gloves and Bracers thanks to Socket Gloves Icon Socket Gloves and Socket Bracer Icon Socket Bracer. As a Rogue Agility is incredibly valuable compared to most secondary stats and these bonus sockets only become more valuable as the expansion progresses onward and Epic Gems are introduced.

Rogue Addons and Macros

Addons and Macros can greatly improve your quality of life during Cataclysm. Listed below are some of our recommendations on Addons and Macros to help get the most out of your time playing the game.



  • 13 Jun. 2024 (pre-raid gear page): Updated to reflect new sims
  • 20 May 2024 (this page): Updated for Phase 1 release.
  • 08 May 2024 (spells page): Added page.
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