WotLK Classic Subtlety 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 Subtlety Rogue in WotLK Classic.


Combo Point Generators

Subtlety uses Hemorrhage IconHemorrhage as its main generator, a talent obtained in the Subtlety tree. It is cheap and applies a unique debuff that increases the damage taken by the target from all Physical attacks by a flat amount.

Subtlety also has access to Backstab IconBackstab, Sinister Strike IconSinister Strike, and Ambush IconAmbush, but sticks with Hemorrhage IconHemorrhage as its main generator.

The exception to this is during Shadow Dance IconShadow Dance, where you will use Ambush IconAmbush to generate CPs.


Combo Point Spenders

The main spenders for Subtlety 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 your main filler spender, dealing instant damage per Combo Point.

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 Subtlety.


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 Subtlety.

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

Shadow Dance IconShadow Dance allows you to use abilities that would normally require Stealth IconStealth to be active. This is your main damage-boosting cooldown as Subtlety.


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.

Shadowstep IconShadowstep is a Subtlety talent that allows you to teleport behind your current target and increases your movement speed, as well as the damage of your next ability.

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 Master of Subtlety IconMaster of Subtlety as Subtlety.

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.



  • 18 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
  • 27 Sep. 2022: Updated with mention of Ambush in generator section.
  • 22 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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