Classic Rogue Leveling Guide 1-60

Last updated on Jun 20, 2019 at 13:50 by Abyssalwave 4 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Classic leveling guide for Rogues. Here, you will learn how to efficiently level your Rogue all the way to Level 60.

1. Introduction

This guide will aim to provide you with a clear skill and gear path to max level in WoW Classic. While detailing every single quest and the optimal leveling routes is beyond its scope, we will provide some information on your class-specific quests and some general leveling tips.

2. Leveling 1-60 as a Rogue

2.1. General Leveling Tips

Because the travel times between quests can be long, and the experience gained by doing quests alone is not always enough to get you to the next zone, you should aim to kill every enemy close to your level that you travel by.

The experience you get for each kill quickly, and drastically, drops as you level past the enemies you are killing. It is also much more difficult to kill enemies past your level, because you often miss and your attacks glance off of them, due to a mismatch of weapon and defense skills.

Also, to reduce travel times as much as possible, you should aim to save enough gold to buy your first mount right after you hit Level 40. To help towards this goal, you want to buy only the most impactful skills from your trainer (we will provide a list ahead).

Finally, as WoW Classic leveling can be long and arduous, we would like to recommend that you befriend people who are also leveling in your zone as you go by, as leveling in a pair (large groups are not advised due to problems with quest item drop rates and experience splitting) can not only make things faster and safer, but will also provide you with someone to chat with.

2.1.1. Professions

Learning professions early on is very useful, as you can naturally level them as you go, avoiding extra work at max level. This is especially true for gathering professions, but crafting professions compensate by giving you extra tools to level with.

We recommend that you learn First Aid as soon as possible for easy self-healing. Herbalism and Skinning are great primary professions for a leveling Rogue, allowing you to make extra gold, or accumulate materials that you can use to level crafting professions later. There is also a case to be made for leveling Engineering early on, since its crafts can allow you to immediately solo quests that would otherwise have to wait for later levels.

2.1.2. Gear Options

While leveling, one of the most important things to look for is weapon upgrades. As a Rogue, a large chunk of your damage comes from auto attacks and some of your important abilities scale off of weapon damage, such as Backstab Icon Backstab and Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate.

The best stat for Rogues is Agility/Strength for damage, since they both increase your attack power, however Agility also increases Critical Strike Chance and Dodge as well. Spirit is also a very useful stat while leveling, especially since it increases your health regeneration out of combat.

2.1.3. Dungeons

There is no Dungeon Finder in Classic WoW, so you will have to either find a group using people you know or look for groups in town. Dungeons can take a while to get to and a group wipe can set you back a lot of time, since you spawn at the closest graveyard outside of the dungeon and have to run back in. They do offer some of the best gear and dungeon quests give much more XP than normal quests, with some dungeons offering multiple quests for you to do. This is covered more in-depth in our Dungeon section.

2.2. Specialization Choices for Leveling Rogues

Rogues have three talent trees: Assassination, Combat, and Subtlety.

When leveling as a Rogue, Swords are better for solo play, while Daggers are better for group play. Playing with Daggers will lead to higher DPS in groups, butb when it comes to solo playb it is much more difficult to play if "Frontstabbing" does not work in Classic.

A Combat and Assassination hybrid is the recommended leveling build, due to the access to 2 powerful cooldowns, as well as supporting choices, such as Relentless Strikes Icon Relentless Strikes, and strong passives. The strongest build for leveling uses swords in both your Main hand and Off-hand.

3. Rogue Level by Level Rotation, Talents, and Trainer Skills

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3.1. Talent Tree for Leveling up as a Sword Rogue

Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.

Combat Rogue Talents Level 10 to 19 Combat Rogue Talents Level 20 to 29 Combat Rogue Talents Level 30 to 39 Combat Rogue Talents Level 40 to 49 Combat Rogue Talents Level 50 to 60

You can choose to talent into Improved Eviscerate Icon Improved Eviscerate instead of Murder Icon Murder, as the choice between the 2 is fairly close; Murder is, however, slightly more niche of a choice. Improved Slice and Dice Icon Improved Slice and Dice is also something that can be swapped out and you can use both Murder and Improved Eviscerate together in the place of Improved Slice and Dice, if you do not plan on doing dungeons and instead plan on world leveling.

3.2. Rotation for Leveling up as a Sword Rogue

You start with Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike, Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate, and Throw Icon Throw, with the ability to buy Stealth Icon Stealth from your class trainer when you get 10 copper (which you can choose to wait with until Level 4).

  1. Maintain the Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice buff.
  2. Use Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate at 5 combo points.
  3. Use Garrote Icon Garrote to initiate combat whenever possible and you are stealthed.
  4. Use Backstab Icon Backstab to initiate combat whenever possible until you get Garrote Icon Garrote or until you get Weapon Mastery.
  5. Use Gouge Icon Gouge whenever you can in order to minimize the damage that you will take. You can pool Energy, use Gouge, then go behind your target to Backstab Icon Backstab them.
  6. Use Vanish Icon Vanish if your threat is too high and you are in danger of pulling aggro.
  7. Use Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike to build combo points.

3.2.1. Multi-Target Sword Rogue Rotation

As a Rogue, you have limited AoE. Your 2 ways to do AoE are either the talent Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry or the explosives from the Engineering skill.

3.3. Summary of Trainer Skills for Sword Rogue

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3.4. Talent Tree for Leveling up as a Dagger Rogue

Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.

Dagger Rogue Talents Level 10 to 19 Dagger Rogue Talents Level 20 to 29 Dagger Rogue Talents Level 30 to 39 Dagger Rogue Talents Level 40 to 49 Dagger Rogue Talents Level 50 to 60

3.5. Rotation for Leveling up as a Dagger Rogue

The main difference in the Dagger Rotation is the fact that Backstab Icon Backstab and Ambush Icon Ambush require a Dagger, meaning you have access to these 2 abilities.

3.6. Rotation for Leveling up as a Dagger Rogue

You start with Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike, Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate, and Throw Icon Throw, with the ability to buy Stealth Icon Stealth from your class trainer when you get 10 copper (which you can choose to wait with until Level 4).

  1. Maintain the Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice buff.
  2. Use Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate at 5 combo points.
  3. Use Ambush Icon Ambush to initiate combat whenever possible and you are stealthed.
  4. Use Backstab Icon Backstab to initiate combat and to build combo points.
  5. Use Gouge Icon Gouge whenever you can in order to minimize the damage that you will take. You can pool Energy, use Gouge, then go behind your target to Backstab Icon Backstab them.
  6. Use Vanish Icon Vanish if your threat is too high and you are in danger of pulling aggro.
  7. Use Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike to build combo points if you cannot get behind your target.

For the cooldowns Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry and Adrenaline Rush Icon Adrenaline Rush, use them as often as possible and, if you can, try to gain as much benefit from the cleave effect of Blade Flurry by pulling an extra mob.

3.6.1. Multi-Target Dagger Rogue Rotation

As a Rogue, you have limited AoE. Your 2 ways to do AoE are either the talent Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry or the explosives from the Engineering skill.

3.7. Summary of Trainer Skills for Dagger Rogue

Using abilities like Gouge Icon Gouge, Cheap Shot Icon Cheap Shot, and Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot is useful on mobs as well as players. It is highly recommended that you buy these abilities if you are on a PvP server.

3.8. Rogue Leveling Weapons

The most effective leveling build for a Rogue is with Swords, however you do not have the ability to use swords when you first make your character, only Daggers. In order to gain the ability to use Swords, you need to purchase Weapon Skills from the Weapon Master in certain major cities for 10 silver.

Weapons are by far the most impactful pieces of gear you can get while leveling, so upgrading your weapon as much as you can is very beneficial and can make your leveling experience much easier.

Weapon Master location Weapon Skills available
Stormwind (around 57,57) Crossbows, Daggers, Swords, Polearms, Staves
Undercity (57,32) Crossbows, Daggers, Swords, Polearms
  • White weapons sold by Weapon Vendor NPCs, such as the Stiletto Icon Stiletto, or the Cutlass Icon Cutlass at Level 10, can be great weapons if you do not have any green weapons to use.
  • For Horde players, the Wingblade Icon Wingblade is a very good sword option, since it is a quest reward, as well as the Outlaw Sabre Icon Outlaw Sabre. For Alliance players, the Relic Blade Icon Relic Blade is a very good dagger option. At Level 10, you will get a quest from the class trainer that rewards a green dagger, Blade of Cunning Icon Blade of Cunning.

3.9. Congratulations!

Congratulations on reaching Level 60! Now that you are max level, we recommend looking at our Talents section and the rest of the guide in order to learn how to play at max level.

4. Changelog

  • 20 Jun. 2019: Page added.
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