Subtlety Rogue Leveling Guide From 1 to 80 for WotLK Classic

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

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

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Level: 70
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Leveling Talent Tree and Build for Subtlety 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 (Combat)
  2. — 5 points in Relentless Strikes IconRelentless Strikes
  3. — 3 points in Camouflage IconCamouflage

Once you get Ghostly Strike IconGhostly Strike, you will want to start using it whenever it is ready, as it deals a large amount of damage. For your points between Levels 20 and 29, you should allocate them as follows:

  1. — 2 points in Opportunity IconOpportunity
  2. — 1 point in Ghostly Strike IconGhostly Strike
  3. — 3 points in Serrated Blades IconSerrated Blades
  4. — 2 points in Elusiveness IconElusiveness
  5. — 2 points in Initiative IconInitiative

At Level 30, you will want to reset your talents so that you can get Hemorrhage IconHemorrhage and get rid of the Improved SS talent, as you will no longer use Sinister Strike IconSinister Strike. After resetting, follow the same priority, but exclude Improved Sinister Strike IconImproved Sinister Strike, instead opting to fill Initiative IconInitiative and take 1 point in Improved Ambush IconImproved Ambush. For Levels 30 to 39, you should assign your talent points as follows:

  1. — 1 point in Hemorrhage IconHemorrhage
  2. — 2 points in Dirty Deeds IconDirty Deeds
  3. — 1 point in Preparation IconPreparation
  4. — 1 point in Improved Ambush IconImproved Ambush
  5. — 5 points in Deadliness IconDeadliness

At Level 40, you will get a strong cooldown in the form of Premeditation IconPremeditation, which will allow for you to generate 2 CPs on each enemy you engage from Stealth IconStealth. For Levels 40 to 49, you should assign your talent points as follows:

  1. — 1 point in Premeditation IconPremeditation
  2. — 3 points in Master of Subtlety IconMaster of Subtlety
  3. — 1 point in Cheat Death IconCheat Death
  4. — 5 points in Sinister Calling IconSinister Calling

At Level 50, picking up Shadowstep IconShadowstep is a nice quality of life boost, allowing you to jump to enemies, as well as giving a solid damage increase to your next attack. For Level 50 to 59, you should assign your talent points as follows:

  1. — 1 point in Shadowstep IconShadowstep
  2. — 3 points in Honor Among Thieves IconHonor Among Thieves
  3. — 1 point in Cheat Death IconCheat Death
  4. — 5 points in Slaughter from the Shadows IconSlaughter from the Shadows

At Level 60, you will pick up Shadow Dance IconShadow Dance, an excellent tool for helping to burst down priority targets. Beyond Level 60, your talent points can be allocated as you wish. You can either go back and grab talents from the Subtlety tree that you missed or expand into other trees.

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Leveling Rotation

Subtlety benefits the most from starting fights from Stealth IconStealth. You should aim to open with Backstab IconBackstab at lower levels, eventually changing to Ambush IconAmbush or Cheap Shot IconCheap Shot, depending on the situation.

At lower levels, you will use Sinister Strike IconSinister Strike as your CP generator and Eviscerate IconEviscerate as your spender. Make sure to maintain your Slice and Dice IconSlice and Dice buff at all times.

After taking Hemorrhage IconHemorrhage in the Subtlety tree, you will use it as your CP generator and Eviscerate IconEviscerate as your spender. Make sure to maintain your Slice and Dice IconSlice and Dice buff at all times.

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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.

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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.

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How to Continue to Improve Your Subtlety Rogue at Level 80

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

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Changelog

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