Combat Rogue Leveling Guide From 1 to 80 for WotLK Classic

Last updated on Sep 25, 2022 at 10:13 by Simonize and Sellin 1 comment

On this page, you will find our Level by Level Combat 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 Assassination Rogue leveling guide and a Subtlety Rogue leveling guide.


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Level: 70

Leveling Talent Tree and Build for Combat Rogue

After reaching Level 10, you will get your first talent point to assign. For Levels 10 to 19, you should assign your talent points as follows:

  1. — 2 points in Improved Sinister Strike IconImproved Sinister Strike
  2. — 5 points in Dual Wield Specialization IconDual Wield Specialization
  3. — 3 points in Deflection IconDeflection

At Level 20, you will get a very useful defensive spell in the form of Riposte IconRiposte. For Levels 20 to 29, you should assign your talent points as follows:

  1. — 1 point in Riposte IconRiposte
  2. — 2 points in Precision IconPrecision
  3. — 2 points in Endurance IconEndurance
  4. — 3 points in Lightning Reflexes IconLightning Reflexes
  5. — 2 points in Improved Slice and Dice IconImproved Slice and Dice

At Level 30, you gain access to Blade Flurry IconBlade Flurry, a massively important and useful AoE tool and general DPS cooldown. For Levels 30 to 39, you should assign your talent points as follows:

  1. — 1 point in Blade Flurry IconBlade Flurry
  2. — 5 points in Hack and Slash IconHack and Slash (swords and axes are easiest to find)
  3. — 2 points in Weapon Expertise IconWeapon Expertise
  4. — 2 points in Blade Twisting IconBlade Twisting

At Level 40, you will get another strong cooldown in the form of Adrenaline Rush IconAdrenaline Rush. For Levels 40 to 49, you should assign your talent points as follows:

  1. — 1 point in Adrenaline Rush IconAdrenaline Rush
  2. — 3 points in Vitality IconVitality
  3. — 1 point in Precision IconPrecision
  4. — 5 points in Combat Potency IconCombat Potency

At Level 50, picking up Surprise Attacks IconSurprise Attacks is a nice quality of life boost, no longer allowing your finishers to be dodged. For Levels 50 to 59, you should assign your talent points as follows:

  1. — 1 point in Surprise Attacks IconSurprise Attacks
  2. — 2 points in Unfair Advantage IconUnfair Advantage
  3. — 2 points in Savage Combat IconSavage Combat
  4. — 5 points in Prey on the Weak IconPrey on the Weak

At Level 60, you will get your final damage cooldown, Killing Spree IconKilling Spree. Beyond Level 60, your talent points can be allocated as you wish. You can either go back and grab talents from the Combat tree that you missed or expand into other trees.

In the Combat tree, Aggression IconAggression is a good choice, while on the Assassination tree, talents such as Remorseless Attacks IconRemorseless Attacks, Malice IconMalice, and Ruthlessness IconRuthlessness are all good choices.


Leveling Rotation

The rotation while leveling as a Combat Rogue stays fairly static. You will continue to use Sinister Strike IconSinister Strike and Eviscerate IconEviscerate all the way to Level 80 as your generator and spender. The only thing you have to pay attention to is your Slice and Dice IconSlice and Dice buff, which should be maintained at all times.


Blade Flurry

Blade Flurry IconBlade Flurry should be used whenever possible to take on larger packs of enemies. It will duplicate your damage to another enemy and allows you to cleave down packs, but beware of pulling too much. Keep an eye on its duration and make sure you are not stuck without the buff with multiple enemies still alive. Without Blade Flurry, you will have no real AoE to deal with them.


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.


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 Combat Rogue at Level 80

Once you achieve Level 80, we suggest checking out our Combat 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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