WotLK Classic Combat Rogue Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities
On this page, you will learn how to optimize the rotation of your Combat Rogue in both single-target and multiple-target PvE situations in WotLK Classic. We also have advanced sections about cooldowns, procs, etc. in order to minmax your DPS.
Overview of Combat Rogue Rotation
If you have not already, please read the Spell Summary page. Knowing how each spell and ability works in detail will greatly increase your understanding of the topics discussed on this page.
Single-Target Rotations for Combat Rogue
Your rotation will vary slightly depending on whether you have a Warrior in your group or not.
If you have any additional Combo Points and do not need to refresh Rupture, and are in a rare situation where you do not have energy to spend on Sinister Strike but you should rarely be using Eviscerate.
If you do not have anyone else to apply the Armor debuff, you will need to simply maintain the buff and use your Combo Points on it rather than Rupture or Eviscerate if it is going to fall off. Ideally, if you do not have the glyph, you should use it and maintain it with 4 or 5 Combo Points, but if the buff is about to drop and you have fewer, you should use it anyway.
If you have the glyph for Expose Armor, you should apply it with 1 or 2 Combo Points.
Multi-Target (AoE) Rotations for Combat Rogues
If you are fighting 3 or more enemies, or 2+ enemies if you are using the Glyph of Fan of Knives, you should use Fan of Knives, and should use almost all of your Energy on this. The only other thing you should aim to maintain is Slice and Dice, but do not try to keep 5 Combo Point versions of it active. Simply refresh the buff when you can, regardless of the number of Combo Points available.
Cooldowns for Combat Rogues
The most important cooldown for Combat, at least in cleave situations, is Blade Flurry (BF) and the timing of it.
In most other situations, such as single-target fights, you simply want to bundle your cooldowns together for higher burst potential.
When you use Killing Spree, you will not be able to use any other abilities for the next two seconds. If you use it as the same time as Adrenaline Rush, you may reach maximum Energy and potentially waste Energy regeneration. A good cooldown sequence is Blade Flurry, followed by Killing Spree, and then Adrenaline Rush.
- 09 Sep. 2023: Updated for Phase 4
- 18 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
- 27 Sep. 2022: Added additional Expose Armor information.
- 22 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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