Assassination Rogue Leveling Guide From 1 to 80 for WotLK Classic

Last updated on Sep 25, 2022 at 10:13 by Simonize and Sellin 2 comments

On this page, you will find our Level by Level Assassination Rogue leveling guide for Wrath Classic. Make sure to use the slider to make the guide adapt to your level.

For more general leveling information, please refer to our Rogue leveling guide. We also have a Combat Rogue leveling guide and a Subtlety Rogue leveling guide.


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Leveling Talent Tree and Build for Assassination Rogue

The information on this page is only for Level 50 and above. We have opted not to include information for below Level 50, as Assassination struggles massively compared to the other specializations until it obtains its signature generator, Mutilate IconMutilate.

Up to Level 59, you should assign your points in the following order:

  1. — 2 points in Opportunity IconOpportunity
  2. — 2 points in Remorseless Attacks IconRemorseless Attacks
  3. — 3 points in Malice IconMalice
  4. — 3 points in Puncturing Wounds IconPuncturing Wounds
  5. — 2 points in Malice IconMalice
  6. — 5 points in Lethality IconLethality
  7. — 4 points in Improved Poisons IconImproved Poisons
  8. — 1 point in Vile Poisons IconVile Poisons
  9. — 2 points in Fleet Footed IconFleet Footed
  10. — 1 points in Cold Blood IconCold Blood
  11. — 2 points in Quick Recovery IconQuick Recovery
  12. — 2 points in Murder IconMurder
  13. — 3 points in Seal Fate IconSeal Fate
  14. — 1 point in Overkill IconOverkill
  15. — 2 points in Seal Fate IconSeal Fate
  16. — 2 points in Vile Poisons IconVile Poisons
  17. — 3 points in Focused Attacks IconFocused Attacks
  18. — Respec and follow the priority above without Opportunity IconOpportunity
  19. — 2 points in Find Weakness IconFind Weakness
  20. — 1 point in Mutilate IconMutilate
  21. — 2 points in Opportunity IconOpportunity
  22. — 1 points in Find Weakness IconFind Weakness
  23. — 3 points in Master Poisoner IconMaster Poisoner
  24. — 3 points in Cut to the Chase IconCut to the Chase

By respeccing at Level 50, you will immediately have access to Mutilate IconMutilate, which makes the leveling process far smoother for Assassination. If you do not wish to respec, you can grab it at Level 52, after putting 2 points in Find Weakness IconFind Weakness, but those 2 extra levels will be noticeably slower.

  1. Level 60 to 61 — 2 points in Cut to the Chase IconCut to the Chase
  2. Level 62 to 63 — 1 point in Hunger For Blood IconHunger For Blood
  3. Levels 63 to 67 — 5 points in Dual Wield Specialization IconDual Wield Specialization
  4. Level 68 to 69 — 2 points in Precision IconPrecision

Once you reach Level 62, you will have access to all of your major kit, making the leveling process far, far smoother. With Envenom IconEnvenom, Hunger For Blood IconHunger For Blood, and Mutilate IconMutilate, as well as the Master Poisoner IconMaster Poisoner buff to Envenom, you will find it much easier to maintain your damage.

  1. Levels 70 to 72 — 3 points in Precision IconPrecision
  2. Levels 73 to 77 — 5 points in Close Quarters Combat IconClose Quarters Combat/
  3. Levels 78 to 80 — 3 points in Lightning Reflexes IconLightning Reflexes

Leveling Rotation

If you choose to level as Assassination before Level 50, you will use Backstab IconBackstab as your main damage dealer, but it can only be used if you are behind the target. Use your CC, such as Kidney Shot IconKidney Shot to stun enemies and get behind them or Gouge IconGouge.

Once you have Mutilate IconMutilate, your rotation is fairly simple. Maintain your Slice and Dice IconSlice and Dice buff while using Mutilate and Eviscerate IconEviscerate to generate and spend your Combo Points.

Envenom IconEnvenom simplifies your rotation even further, especially when coupled with the fully talented Cut to the Chase IconCut to the Chase. Your Envenom will now refresh your Slice and Dice IconSlice and Dice, meaning all you now have to do is use your Mutilate IconMutilate and Envenom IconEnvenom spells.

You can use Garrote IconGarrote as an opener to allow you to use Hunger For Blood IconHunger For Blood for additional damage.


List of Trainer Skills to Buy

It is important to buy all abilities as you level as they are cheap and Rogues have quite a few abilities that are extremely powerful in certain situations.

The most important ability to buy is Envenom IconEnvenom at Level 62.


Rogue Macros and Addons

Setting up an user interface and macros early on you will greatly improve the quality of your leveling experience. Check out the Rogue Macros and Addons guides in the links below for the full list.


How to Continue to Improve Your Assassination Rogue at Level 80

Once you achieve Level 80, we suggest checking out our Assassination Rogue Guide, which goes more in detail of how to play your Level 80 Rogue.



  • 25 Sep. 2022: Corrected talent tree point allocation.
  • 23 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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