Cataclysm Classic Subtlety Rogue Leveling

Last updated on May 12, 2024 at 00:00 by Sellin

On this page, you will find our level-by-level Subtlety Rogue leveling guide for WoW Cataclysm Classic.

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Level by Level Rotation and Talents

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Level: 1
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Leveling Talents

Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.

Improved Ambush Icon Improved Ambush increases the damage and Critical Strike chance of our Ambush Icon Ambush ability which will act as our main Stealth Icon Stealth attack and a significant amount of our overall damage.

Improved Ambush Icon Improved Ambush increases the damage and Critical Strike chance of our Ambush Icon Ambush ability which will act as our main Stealth Icon Stealth attack and a significant amount of our overall damage. Nightstalker Icon Nightstalker is incredibly powerful as Subtlety we will be spending a lot of time in Stealth so the added movement speed will greatly increase our overall leveling speed over the long term.

Improved Ambush Icon Improved Ambush increases the damage and Critical Strike chance of our Ambush Icon Ambush ability which will act as our main Stealth Icon Stealth attack and a significant amount of our overall damage. Nightstalker Icon Nightstalker is incredibly powerful as Subtlety we will be spending a lot of time in Stealth so the added movement speed will greatly increase our overall leveling speed over the long term. Hemorrhage Icon Hemorrhage becomes our main source of building Combo Points as it will be very difficult to consistently Backstab Icon Backstab while leveling, and thanks to the Glyph of Hemorrhage Icon Glyph of Hemorrhage it will allow us to take advantage of bonus bleed effects found later in the tree.

Improved Ambush Icon Improved Ambush increases the damage and Critical Strike chance of our Ambush Icon Ambush ability which will act as our main Stealth Icon Stealth attack and a significant amount of our overall damage. Nightstalker Icon Nightstalker is incredibly powerful as Subtlety we will be spending a lot of time in Stealth so the added movement speed will greatly increase our overall leveling speed over the long term. Hemorrhage Icon Hemorrhage becomes our main source of building Combo Points as it will be very difficult to consistently Backstab Icon Backstab while leveling, and thanks to the Glyph of Hemorrhage Icon Glyph of Hemorrhage it will allow us to take advantage of bonus bleed effects found later in the tree. Find Weakness Icon Find Weakness allows you to ignore 70% of a targets Armor for ten seconds after casting Ambush, while we will have a hard time activating this outside of our initial Ambush its important to try to maximize the uptime of this buff as it is a considerable damage increase.

Premeditation Icon Premeditation allows you to add two combo points to your target while still in stealth or under the effects of Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance.

Premeditation Icon Premeditation allows you to add two combo points to your target while still in stealth or under the effects of Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance. Honor Among Thieves Icon Honor Among Thieves greatly increases the amount of Combo Points you will have access to when in a group, each time a group member Critically Strikes you will be awarded with a Combo Point. This effect has a two-second cooldown.

Premeditation Icon Premeditation allows you to add two combo points to your target while still in stealth or under the effects of Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance. Honor Among Thieves Icon Honor Among Thieves greatly increases the amount of Combo Points you will have access to when in a group, each time a group member Critically Strikes you will be awarded with a Combo Point. This effect has a two-second cooldown. Preparation Icon Preparation instantly refreshes our Vanish Icon Vanish, Sprint Icon Sprint and Blind Icon Blind abilities.

Premeditation Icon Premeditation allows you to add two combo points to your target while still in stealth or under the effects of Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance. Honor Among Thieves Icon Honor Among Thieves greatly increases the amount of Combo Points you will have access to when in a group, each time a group member Critically Strikes you will be awarded with a Combo Point. This effect has a two-second cooldown. Preparation Icon Preparation instantly refreshes our Vanish Icon Vanish, Sprint Icon Sprint and Blind Icon Blind abilities. Serrated Blades Icon Serrated Blades causes your Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate to have a 20% chance to instantly refresh your Rupture Icon Rupture to it's original duration. While we will not be casting many Rupture Icon Ruptures while leveling this is greatly useful when we do, typically against bosses inside of dungeons.

Premeditation Icon Premeditation allows you to add two combo points to your target while still in stealth or under the effects of Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance. Honor Among Thieves Icon Honor Among Thieves greatly increases the amount of Combo Points you will have access to when in a group, each time a group member Critically Strikes you will be awarded with a Combo Point. This effect has a two-second cooldown. Preparation Icon Preparation instantly refreshes our Vanish Icon Vanish, Sprint Icon Sprint and Blind Icon Blind abilities. Serrated Blades Icon Serrated Blades causes your Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate to have a 20% chance to instantly refresh your Rupture Icon Rupture to it's original duration. While we will not be casting many Rupture Icon Ruptures while leveling this is greatly useful when we do, typically against bosses inside of dungeons. The final talent in the Subtlety tree Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance allows us to use our Stealth abilities for six seconds, enabling us to spam Ambush Icon Ambush to not only deal massive amounts of damage but refresh our Find Weakness Icon Find Weakness buff.

As we leave the Subtlety tree we will first head into the Assassination tree, the first talent we will be taking is Deadly Momentum Icon Deadly Momentum increases the Critical Strike rating of your next damaging ability by 40% for fifteen seconds after killing an enemy, but more importantly it causes your Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice and Recuperate Icon Recuperate abilities to be instantly refreshed to their original duration.

As we leave the Subtlety tree we will first head into the Assassination tree, the first talent we will be taking is Deadly Momentum Icon Deadly Momentum increases the Critical Strike rating of your next damaging ability by 40% for fifteen seconds after killing an enemy, but more importantly it causes your Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice and Recuperate Icon Recuperate abilities to be instantly refreshed to their original duration. Lethality Icon Lethality greatly increases the amount of damage done by our Hemorrhage Icon Hemorrhage critical strikes.

As we leave the Subtlety tree we will first head into the Assassination tree, the first talent we will be taking is Deadly Momentum Icon Deadly Momentum increases the Critical Strike rating of your next damaging ability by 40% for fifteen seconds after killing an enemy, but more importantly it causes your Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice and Recuperate Icon Recuperate abilities to be instantly refreshed to their original duration. Lethality Icon Lethality greatly increases the amount of damage done by our Hemorrhage Icon Hemorrhage critical strikes. Lastly we will head to the Combat tree for Precision Icon Precision which increases our chance to hit, as a Rogue especially when Poisons are unlocked benefit massively from Hit Rating due to the amount of number of attacks it takes to kill an enemy as a Rogue.

3.

Leveling Glyphs

In your Prime Glyphs we recommend Glyph of Hemorrhage Icon Glyph of Hemorrhage which adds a Bleed damage-over-time effect to our Hemorrhage Icon Hemorrhage ability which synergizes incredibly with talents like Sanguinary Vein Icon Sanguinary Vein. Next we take Glyph of Slice and Dice Icon Glyph of Slice and Dice which increases the duration of our Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice buff even further allowing us to have a nearly 100% uptime on this buff while leveling. For the third slot we recommend Glyph of Eviscerate Icon Glyph of Eviscerate which increases the Critical Strike rating on your Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate ability which acts as your main spender of Combo Points while leveling.

For your Major Glyph slots we recommend Glyph of Fan of Knives Icon Glyph of Fan of Knives which increases the radius of our Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives ability allowing us to deal AoE damage much more easily. The next Glyph we choose will be spent in Evasion Icon Evasion which increases the duration of one of our strongest cooldowns when it comes to mitigating incoming Physical damage. The last Glyph slot should be dedicated to Glyph of Sprint Icon Glyph of Sprint which makes our Sprint Icon Sprint ability increase our movement speed by an additional 30%, Sprint should be used as often as possible to get around and maximize your uptime.

For your Minor Glyphs we recommend Glyph of Blurred Speed Icon Glyph of Blurred Speed which allows you to walk on water with Sprint Icon Sprint active. The next Glyph we recommend is Glyph of Safe Fall Icon Glyph of Safe Fall which greatly reduces the damage taken from fall damage. And last is Glyph of Distract Icon Glyph of Distract which increases the range of your Distract Icon Distract ability.

4.

Leveling Rotation

  1. Melee.
  2. Use Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike to generate Combo Points and deal damage.
  3. Use Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate to spend your Combo Points and deal damage. This ability is best used with five Combo Points.
  4. Use Stealth Icon Stealth to approach your enemies.
  5. Use Ambush Icon Ambush exit Stealth.
  6. Use Evasion Icon Evasion to mitigate incoming Physical damage, use this any time you are fighting more than one enemy at once that is attacking you.
  7. Apply and keep Instant Poison Icon Instant Poison active on your weapons.
  8. Use Recuperate Icon Recuperate as needed to heal yourself, this ability is best used with five Combo Points but in any situation where you need to self-sustain it should be used.
  9. Use Kick Icon Kick to interrupt any enemy spell casting.
  10. Use Gouge Icon Gouge as an impromptu interrupt or as a way to incapacitate your enemy for a short period of time.
  11. Use Sprint Icon Sprint early and often to get around and maximize your uptime against enemies. Remember you can use this to cross water thanks to Glyph of Blurred Speed Icon Glyph of Blurred Speed.
  12. Apply and maintain Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice as much as possible to maximize your outgoing Auto Attacks.
  13. Use Vanish Icon Vanish to quickly re-stealth should you find yourself in danger. This ability will reset any mob you are engaged with if you are the only one on their aggro table. If you have someone else to take aggro do not hesitate to use this to refresh your Find Weakness Icon Find Weakness buff on longer fights.
  14. Use Cheap Shot Icon Cheap Shot if you are in Stealth and need to stun your target.
  15. Use Hemorrhage Icon Hemorrhage to deal damage and generate Combo Points.
  16. Use Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot as needed to stun your target and minimize incoming damage, while most of your combo points should be spent on Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate or Recuperate Icon Recuperate do not hesitate to Kidney Shot if you need to stop incoming damage or interrupt.
  17. Use Blind Icon Blind to disorient your target for up to a minute, this can be used to disengage from an enemy or can even be used as an impromptu interrupt should you find yourself in danger.
  18. Use Premeditation Icon Premeditation to generate an additional Combo Point on the target in Stealth Icon Stealth before opening with Ambush Icon Ambush.
  19. Apply and keep Instant Poison Icon Instant Poison active on your main-hand weapon and Deadly Poison Icon Deadly Poison on your off-hand.
  20. Use Cloak of Shadows Icon Cloak of Shadows to stop incoming Magic damage or become immune to incoming Magic effects.
  21. Use Deadly Throw Icon Deadly Throw to deal damage to enemies you will not be able to otherwise reach or are fleeing. Keep in mind this ability can only be used with a throwing weapon equipped.
  22. Use Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance on cooldown to deal maximum damage. While it will be difficult to use Ambush Icon Ambush while soloing consider using Cheap Shot Icon Cheap Shot or a high Combo Point Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot and move behind the boss to Ambush while Shadow Dance is active to refresh your Find Weakness Icon Find Weakness buff.
  23. Use Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives when fighting three or more enemies, keep in mind this ability can only be used with a throwing weapon equipped.
  24. Use Combat Readiness Icon Combat Readiness to mitigate incoming Physical damage when being attacked.
  25. Use Redirect Icon Redirect to move your Combo Points from a target that using a finishing move would be overkill on.
5.

Continue Improving at Level 85

Congratulations on hitting Level 85 in Cataclysm! Now that your leveling process is over, you can learn more about Level 85 SubtletySubtlety Rogue gameplay by reading our fully detailed guide below.