Combat Rogue Leveling Guide From 1 to 70 for TBC Classic

Last updated on May 22, 2021 at 11:57 by Nemo 9 comments

On this page, you will find our Combat Rogue leveling guide for TBC Classic, with tips on talents, rotation, and everything else you may need to know about the leveling process.

For those of you that wish to level with another specialisation, you can always check out our Subtlety Leveling guide instead.

Make sure to use the slider to adapt the guide to your current level.


Your first talent point unlocks at Level 10. From here on out, this guide will give you an overview of recommended talent point spending for leveling, as well as some alternatives depending on gameplay preference.

  • Levels 10 to 11 — 2 points in Improved Sinister Strike IconImproved Sinister Strike
  • Levels 12 to 14 — 3 points in Improved Gouge IconImproved Gouge
  • Levels 15 to 19 — 5 points in Deflection IconDeflection

All of your first 10 talent points here are very important. Improved Sinister Strike IconImproved Sinister Strike is one of your strongest abilities as you will be using this ability as your main combo point builder. Improved Gouge IconImproved Gouge can be interchanged for Lightning Reflexes IconLightning Reflexes, but it is recommended you keep Gouge for the utility. Deflection IconDeflection is very important to get up early, given that it unlocks Riposte IconRiposte at Level 20. This will also give you 5% avoidance against physical attacks.

  • Level 20 — 1 point in Riposte IconRiposte
  • Levels 21 to 25 — 5 points in Precision IconPrecision
  • Level 26-29 — 4 points in Dual Wield Specialization IconDual Wield Specialization

Riposte IconRiposte will be one of your favorite abilities leveling up. This ability costs only 10 Energy and is usable after a parry. It also disarms the enemy so it is all around very strong. From here, you start putting points into Precision IconPrecision and also Dual Wield Specialization IconDual Wield Specialization.

  • Level 30 — 1 point in Blade Flurry IconBlade Flurry
  • Levels 31 — 1 point in Dual Wield Specialization IconDual Wield Specialization
  • Level 32-34 — 3 points in Improved Slice and Dice IconImproved Slice and Dice
  • Level 35-36 — 2 points in Weapon Expertise IconWeapon Expertise
  • Level 37-39 — 3 points in Aggression IconAggression

In this level range you start to get extremely powerful offensive talents, such as Blade Flurry IconBlade Flurry and Weapon Expertise IconWeapon Expertise. Blade Flurry IconBlade Flurry allows for you to cleave mutliple mobs down, allowing you to do multi-mob pulls.

  • Level 40 — 1 point in Adrenaline Rush IconAdrenaline Rush
  • Levels 41-42 — 2 points in Vitality IconVitality
  • Level 43-44 — 2 points in Endurance IconEndurance
  • Level 45-49 — 5 points in Combat Potency IconCombat Potency

In this level range, you get your strongest offensive ability, Adrenaline Rush IconAdrenaline Rush. This increases Energy regeneration rate by 100%, granting you 40 Energy every 2 seconds rather than 20. Paired with Blade Flurry, you can DPS almost anything down quickly. Something to note is that, if you have weapons lined up in advance while leveling and are not relying on quest rewards or random drops, then you can opt to put in to Sword Specialization IconSword Specialization or another weapon specialization over Vitality IconVitality and Endurance IconEndurance.

  • Level 50 — 1 point in Surprise Attacks IconSurprise Attacks
  • Levels 51-55 — 5 points in Malice IconMalice
  • Level 56-58 — 3 points in Ruthlessness IconRuthlessness
  • Level 59-60 — 2 points in Murder IconMurder

Here you will get no huge talents except for Surprise Attacks IconSurprise Attacks. This talent gives a strong boost to your Sinister Strike IconSinister Strike damage, as well as make it undodgeable.

  • Level 61 — 1 point in Relentless Strikes IconRelentless Strikes
  • Levels 62-66 — 5 points in Lethality IconLethality
  • Level 67-70 — 3 points in Vile Poisons IconVile Poisons

Your most notable talents here are Relentless Strikes IconRelentless Strikes and Lethality IconLethality. Relentless Strikes IconRelentless Strikes is very useful for every time you use a finishing move. Lethality IconLethality is just a nice overall damage increase.


Standard Rotation

  1. Cheap Shot IconCheap Shot
  2. 2 combo point Slice and Dice IconSlice and Dice
  3. Sinister Strike IconSinister Strike to build combo points
  4. Kidney Shot IconKidney Shot if you do not want the mob to run away or if it deals high damage. Eviscerate IconEviscerate if the mob is expected to die quickly. Rupture IconRupture should only be used leveling on high HP mobs that are expected to live a long time.
  5. Use Adrenaline Rush IconAdrenaline Rush and Blade Flurry IconBlade Flurry when available. Preferrably hold them for multi-mob pulls.

AoE Rotation

  1. Cheap Shot IconCheap Shot
  2. 2 combo point Slice and Dice IconSlice and Dice
  3. Blade Flurry IconBlade Flurry and Adrenaline Rush IconAdrenaline Rush. Add in Evasion IconEvasion if the mobs deal high damage.
  4. Sinister Strike IconSinister Strike to build combo points.
  5. Eviscerate IconEviscerate while Blade Flurry is still active to hit both targets.

Notable New Abilities in TBC Classic for Combat Rogues

  • Level 61Garrote IconGarrote - At Level 61, Garrote IconGarrote finally gains more utility. It silences the target for 3 seconds, making it a very powerful opener against Mages in PvP so they cannot Blink or against spellcasting mobs.
  • Level 62Envenom IconEnvenom - This ability hits much harder than Eviscerate, but should only be used with heavy stacks of Deadly Poison and if the mob you are fighting is near death.
  • Level 66Cloak of Shadows IconCloak of Shadows - Cloak of Shadows is one of your strongest defensive abilities. It clears all magic debuffs from you and provides a 90% chance to resist all spells for 5 seconds.
  • Level 70Shiv IconShiv - This ability instantly strikes, applying a poison with your off-hand. It is useful for keeping up Deadly stacks to 5 if it is about to fall off or in PvP, when you need to stack Wound or apply Crippling Poison to a target quickly.

You might also want to check out our full class guides, which teach you how to play your class at the new Level 70 cap!



  • 22 May 2021: Page added.
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