WoW Classic Best Rogue Weapons Guide

Last updated on Feb 27, 2020 at 14:34 by Abyssalwave 4 comments

Weapons are your primary piece of gear to upgrade, meaning you want to focus on upgrading your weapon as frequently as possible. Your weapon as a Rogue also will determine the attacks you will be able to do. With a Dagger you can use Ambush Icon Ambush and Backstab Icon Backstab and with Swords you will be able to use Garrote Icon Garrote. This also means that the weapon will heavily influence what talents you will be taking. This means it is the slot of gear that is the most important to keep upgrading as you level.


Rogue Weapon Skills in WoW Classic

Rogues start their journey through Azeroth knowing how to use Daggers and Thrown Weapons. They can also learn Swords, Crossbows, Fist Weapons, and Bows from Weapon Masters around the world.

Weapon Master location Weapon Skills available
Learned by default Daggers, Thrown Weapons
Darnassus (around 57,46) Fist Weapons, Bows
Ironforge (around 62,89) Maces, Fist Weapons, Guns
Stormwind (around 57,57) Swords, Crossbows
Orgrimmar (around 81,19) Bows, Fist Weapons
Undercity (57,32) Swords, Crossbows
Thunder Bluff (around 41, 62) Mace, Gun

Daggers for WoW Classic Rogues

Daggers are what you will start off with when you first make your Rogue. Daggers are required for certain abilities as a Rogue such as Ambush Icon Ambush and using Daggers is a very strong choice if you choose to PvP while you level.


Swords for WoW Classic Rogues

Swords are one of the most popular choices for leveling since you will get the talent Sword Specialization Icon Sword Specialization later into your leveling tree. Swords are especially strong if you are a Human Rogue since you have the racial Sword Specialization Icon Sword Specialization which is a significant DPS increase when using Swords.


Maces for WoW Classic Rogues

There are many Maces that can be upgrades for you while leveling so it is recommended that you train Maces so you will be able to equip one if it is an upgrade.


Thrown Weapons for WoW Classic Rogues

You will start with the ability to use Thrown Weapons and 200 Thrown Weapons. This is a great way to initiate combat without pulling multiple enemies so make sure that you always have Thrown Weapons available if you are not using Bows or Crossbows.


Bows for WoW Classic Rogues

Bows are a great upgrade over Thrown Weapons since they also can provide you with stats even if you aren't using the bow to attack. This is also a great way to initiate combat without body pulling multiple targets.


Crossbows for WoW Classic Rogues

Crossbows are also a great upgrade over Thrown Weapons since they also like the bows can provide stats. Crossbows are some of the best end game gear but it is recommended that you train both Crossbows and Bows and just use the best one available while leveling.


Guns for WoW Classic Rogues

Guns are the third alternative to Thrown Weapons that can also offer stats. Make sure to train all 3 (Bows, Crossbows, and Guns) so you can equip any upgrades that you get.


Leveling Weapons for Rogues in WoW Classic

  • Try to get to Undercity and buy Sword Weapon Skills for 10 silver since the best Leveling build for Rogue uses Swords.
  • Wingblade Icon Wingblade or Night Watch Shortsword Icon Night Watch Shortsword (Horde) and Cruel Barb Icon Cruel Barb (Alliance) are great options that will last you for quite a few levels. Wingblade is a quest reward from Wailing Caverns making it a consistent option while Night Watch Shortsword is a world drop BoE, so you can buy it on the Auction House. Cruel Barb is a drop from Edwin Vancleef in Deadmines meaning you can farm for it.
  • Spirit of the Faerie Dragon Icon Spirit of the Faerie Dragon (Alliance/Horde) or Gryphon Rider's Stormhammer Icon Gryphon Rider's Stormhammer (Alliance) are both quest rewards making them consistent and powerful options.
  • Thrash Blade Icon Thrash Blade is a strong choice for leveling and is a quest reward from Maraudon from the quest Corruption of Earth and Seed that you can get at level 45. Dimensional Blade is also a strong option and is a BoE that can roll random stats, try to find one with either "of Monkey" for survivability or "of Tiger" for damage.
  • If you can afford it or are fortunate enough to find one, Krol Blade Icon Krol Blade is one of the best swords you can get until you get the Dal Rends set from Upper Blackrock Spire.

End-Game Weapons for Rogues in WoW Classic

  • Chromatically Tempered Sword Icon Chromatically Tempered Sword is currently the best Swords Main-Hand Weapon with Maladath, Runed Blade of the Black Flight Icon Maladath, Runed Blade of the Black Flight being the best Off-Hand Sword.
  • Perdition's Blade Icon Perdition's Blade is still the best Main-Hand Dagger with Dragonfang Blade Icon Dragonfang Blade being the best Off-Hand Dagger.
  • Striker's Mark Icon Striker's Mark is still the best Ranged Weapon for Rogues.
  • Dal'Rend's Sacred Charge Icon Dal'Rend's Sacred Charge and Dal'Rend's Tribal Guardian Icon Dal'Rend's Tribal Guardian are the best 2 weapons that you get can since they have a set bonus when both are equipped for Pre-Raid gear. They drop from Rend Blackhand in Upper Blackrock Spire, so getting the set of 2 can take some time.
  • Thrash Blade Icon Thrash Blade from Maraudon is a strong end game option that not only provides a good damage range but also a very powerful effect.
  • Masterwork Stormhammer Icon Masterwork Stormhammer is a BoE from Blacksmithing that is also a good choice, if you cannot get a group for Maraudon to get the Thrash Blade. It does require Level 57, however.

PvP Weapons for Rogues in WoW Classic

While Rank 14 weapons (Grand Marshal's Longsword Icon Grand Marshal's Longsword) are among the best currently in game for Rogues, they are very difficult to obtain. Here are some other notable PvP weapons that you can get on your way to Rank 14.

  • Electrified Dagger Icon Electrified Dagger is obtained at Alterac Valley Revered and is a strong choice for Pre-Raid Gear PvP.
  • Glacial Blade Icon Glacial Blade is also obtained at Alterac Valley Revered and is also a strong choice for Pre-Raid Gear PvP. The difference between these 2 weapons is the type of elemental damage that they deal with their Procs. They have the same base damage so choose whichever weapon you want.

For more information about end-game gearing for Rogues in general, please refer to our gearing guide.



  • 27 Feb. 2020: Added Phase 3 Weapons.
  • 02 Oct. 2019: Page added.
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