WotLK Classic Combat Rogue Spell Summary

Last updated on Sep 24, 2023 at 12:00 by Simonize and Sellin 1 comment

On this page, we present you with all spells and procs that you need to understand as a Combat Rogue in WotLK Classic.


Combo Point Generators

Combat uses Sinister Strike IconSinister Strike as its main generator. It is one of the first spells you learn and is far cheaper than Mutilate IconMutilate.

Combat also has access to Backstab IconBackstab and Ambush IconAmbush, but rarely uses them, unless you are playing the dagger variant of Combat which is considerably weaker than the Sinister Strike IconSinister Strike variant of the spec.


Combo Point Spenders

The main spenders for Combat are Eviscerate IconEviscerate, Rupture IconRupture, and Slice and Dice IconSlice and Dice.

Slice and Dice IconSlice and Dice increases your attack speed and has the highest damage increase of all spenders.

Rupture IconRupture is a bleed that is maintained on your main target, dealing damage over time.

Eviscerate IconEviscerate is used when the rest of your combo point spending abilities are already active, it deals instant damage per Combo Point spent.

Expose Armor IconExpose 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 IconSunder Armor.

Kidney Shot IconKidney Shot and Deadly Throw IconDeadly Throw are very rarely used in PvE as Combat.


Stealth Abilities

Cheap Shot IconCheap Shot, which stuns your enemy for a short period, and Garrote IconGarrote, which places a bleed on the enemy and silences them, are rarely used in PvE as Combat.

Sap IconSap 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.


Damage Cooldowns

Adrenaline Rush IconAdrenaline Rush increases your Energy regeneration rate by 100% for a period of time and is a massively powerful cooldown on a mere 3-minute timer.

Blade Flurry IconBlade Flurry increases your attack speed by 20% while also making all of your single-target attacks strike another target for its duration.

Killing Spree IconKilling Spree, a Combat talent, rapidly attacks targets within range repeatedly over its duration.


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 IconTricks of the Trade is a massively important buff for Rogues, it can be used to grant a damage buff to a friendly damage dealer, or used on a tank to help them generate threat and keep other damage dealers safe.

Cloak of Shadows IconCloak 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 IconEvasion grants the Rogue a much higher chance to dodge incoming Physical attacks, as well as reducing the chance ranged attacks will hit them.

Vanish IconVanish allows the Rogue to quickly go back into Stealth IconStealth while in combat, which would trigger Overkill IconOverkill as Assassination.

Distract IconDistract 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 IconKick interrupts the current spell being cast and locks the user out of that school for a period of time.

Sprint IconSprint greatly increases your movement speed for a period of time.

Shiv IconShiv and Gouge IconGouge are rarely used in PvE.



  • 09 Sep. 2023: Updated for Phase 4
  • 18 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
  • 22 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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