WotLK Classic Assassination Rogue Spell Summary
On this page, we present you with all spells and procs that you need to understand as a Assassination Rogue in WotLK Classic.
Combo Point Generators
Assassination uses Mutilate as its main generator, a talent obtained in the Assassination tree. It requires you to have a dagger in both hands and is one of the highest Energy cost abilities you have.
Assassination also has access to Backstab, Sinister Strike, and Ambush, but rarely uses them.
Combo Point Spenders
The main spenders for Assassination are Envenom, which is used most often, and Slice and Dice.
Envenom consumes your Poison stacks and deals damage to an enemy, but Assassination has the talent Master Poisoner, which takes away this downside to it, no longer consuming your stacks.
Slice and Dice increases your attack speed and has the highest damage increase of all spenders, but is automatically refreshed as an Assassination Rogue, making it a fairly rarely used one beyond your opener.
Expose Armor reduces the Armor of the target by 20%, but is generally not used by Rogues if there is a Warrior in the group, as they can apply Sunder Armor.
Rupture is sometimes used as Assassination if there is nobody else applying bleed effects to proc your Hunger For Blood.
Kidney Shot, Deadly Throw, and Eviscerate are very rarely used in PvE as Assassination.
Cheap Shot, which stuns your enemy for a short period, and Garrote, which places a bleed on the enemy and silences them, are rarely used in PvE as Assassination.
Sap can be useful to help control adds before a pull or deal with particularly dangerous trash pulls by incapacitating an enemy for up to 45 seconds.
The only real cooldown available to Assassination is Cold Blood, a talent that increases the damage of your next ability by giving it 100% Critical Strike chance.
Utility and Defensives
Rogues have a number of abilities available to them that not only help the raid or group in some way, but also personally grant them immunity to both mechanics and damage at times.
Tricks of the Trade is a massively important buff for Rogues, granting an ally a damage increase, as well as more threat over its duration, which allows other DPS to fully use their openers without worrying about pulling threat.
Cloak of Shadows removes all negative spell effects, as well as granting you an extremely high chance to resist incoming spells for its duration. It can be extremely powerful in completely avoiding certain mechanics on fights.
Evasion grants the Rogue a much higher chance to dodge incoming Physical attacks, as well as reducing the chance ranged attacks will hit them.
Vanish allows the Rogue to quickly go back into Stealth while in combat, which would trigger Overkill as Assassination.
Distract makes PvE enemies stand still for up to 10 seconds, allowing you to stall patrols and let your raid or group through tight spots and skips.
Kick interrupts the current spell being cast and locks the user out of that school for a period of time.
Sprint greatly increases your movement speed for a period of time.
Shiv and Gouge are rarely used in PvE.
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