WotLK Classic Assassination Rogue Guide

Last updated on Jan 18, 2023 at 12:00 by Simonize and Valks 3 comments

Welcome to our Assassination Rogue guide for WotLK 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.

1.

Introduction

Rogues, for the most part, bring a very useful set of tools to parties and raid groups alike and are desirable for almost all content throughout the Wrath of the Lich King expansion.

Assassination uses a combination of Poisons and hard-hitting finisher moves to ensure a constant flow of single-target damage output, as well as bringing the Master Poisoner IconMaster Poisoner debuff to the raid, which increases the Critical Strike chance of everyone's attacks on any enemy you have poisoned. Alongside this debuff, they also bring Tricks of the Trade IconTricks of the Trade, which will greatly boost the threat of their target, as well as increase their damage.

For a better understanding of where Rogues are in regards to other classes and specializations in Wrath Classic, you can check out our PvE DPS rankings below. However, ultimately, you should not let these lists dissuade you from playing what you enjoy.

2.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Brings Master Poisoner IconMaster Poisoner to the raid.
  • +Extremely high single-target sustained damage.
  • +Does not require as much gear as Combat.
  • +Brings Tricks of the Trade IconTricks of the Trade to the raid.
X Weaknesses
  • -Low damage when switching targets.
  • -AoE situations are more difficult for Assassination than Combat.
  • -No burst damage.
3.

Best Races for Assassination Rogue

For the most part, the choice of race for Assassination Rogues depends entirely on the faction you choose, as for Alliance players, it makes little to no difference for PvE.

3.1.

Alliance

For Alliance players, the choice of race comes down entirely to the utility of Humans and Gnomes, with Will to Survive IconWill to Survive and Escape Artist IconEscape Artist.

If you wish to choose based on an absolutely minimal DPS increase, you could choose Night Elf, but the different is only in their base stats when compared to other races, and the difference is truly tiny.

3.2.

Horde

Horde is where the difference between races shines slightly more for Rogues, with Troll and Orc pulling ahead, but for Assassination, Troll reigns as the best choice for the whole of Wrath Classic.

4.

Best Professions for Assassination Rogue

Engineering grants the most damage-increasing benefits of any profession for Rogues and should definitely be taken as one of your choices. With the glove enchantment granting massive Haste rating, their consumable bombs, and more benefits available, Engineering is simply the top output profession by far.

Jewelcrafting is the best pairing with Engineering due to the gems you can use, such as Bright Dragon's Eye Icon Bright Dragon's Eye, but it is worth noting that Tailoring is very close behind with its Attack Power buff on the cloak. The two are nearly on par with one another and you can choose which to use based on your preferences and the economy of your server for gold-making.

5.

Changelog

  • 18 Jan. 2023 (enchants page): Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
  • 18 Jan. 2023 (pre-raid gear page): Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
  • 18 Jan. 2023 (spells page): Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
  • 18 Jan. 2023 (talents page): Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
  • 18 Jan. 2023 (gear page): Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
  • 18 Jan. 2023 (rotation page): Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
  • 18 Jan. 2023 (stats page): Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
  • 18 Jan. 2023 (this page): Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
  • 18 Oct. 2022 (pre-raid gear page): Page added.
  • 27 Sep. 2022 (enchants page): Updated recomendation for elixirs.
  • 27 Sep. 2022 (talents page): Added 51/18/2 build.
  • 27 Sep. 2022 (gear page): Updated sources for multiple items.
  • 27 Sep. 2022 (stats page): Updated required hit rating for live values.
  • 22 Sep. 2022 (talents page): Page added.
  • 22 Sep. 2022 (gear page): Page added.
  • 22 Sep. 2022 (this page): Page added.
  • 22 Sep. 2022 (stats page): Page added.
  • 22 Sep. 2022 (spells page): Page added.
  • 22 Sep. 2022 (rotation page): Page added.
  • 22 Sep. 2022 (enchants page): Page added.
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