WoW Classic Dagger Rogue Leveling Talent Build from 1 to 60

Last updated on Nov 05, 2019 at 09:30 by Abyssalwave 33 comments

On this page, you will find our Level by Level Dagger Combat Rogue leveling guide for WoW 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 Sword Rogue leveling guide.

1.

Dagger Rogue Level by Level Rotation, Talents, and Trainer Skills

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Level: 1
1.1.

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 10 to 19
Dagger Rogue Talents Level 20 to 29
Dagger Rogue Talents Level 20 to 29
Dagger Rogue Talents Level 30 to 39
Dagger Rogue Talents Level 30 to 39
Dagger Rogue Talents Level 40 to 49
Dagger Rogue Talents Level 40 to 49
Dagger Rogue Talents Level 50 to 60
Dagger Rogue Talents Level 50 to 60
  1. Levels 10 & 11 — 2 points in Improved Sinister Strike Icon Improved Sinister Strike
  2. Levels 12 to 14 — 3 points in Improved Gouge Icon Improved Gouge
  3. Levels 15 to 19 — 5 points in Opportunity Icon Opportunity

Improved Sinister Strike Icon Improved Sinister Strike is a very powerful talent that also helps reduce the Energy cost of Sinister Strike from 45 to 40 (when you have 2 points in the talent). Improved Gouge Icon Improved Gouge increases your Gouge Icon Gouge duration from 4 seconds to 5.5, which is fantastic when you want to stun the target and bandage yourself or pool energy while maintaining a healthy life amount. Opportunity Icon Opportunity is a major damage increase for Dagger Rogue since you will be opening on targets with Ambush Icon Ambush and trying to Backstab Icon Backstab as much as you can.

  1. Levels 20 to 22 — 3 points in Improved Backstab Icon Improved Backstab
  2. Levels 23 to 27 — 5 points in Precision Icon Precision
  3. Levels 28 & 29 — 2 points in Improved Sprint Icon Improved Sprint

Improved Backstab Icon Improved Backstab buffs your main combo point generator (except when solo questing where you are unable to get behind the target). Precision Icon Precision is a staple in nearly all Rogue builds since Hit is one of your strongest stats. Improved Sprint Icon Improved Sprint makes your Sprint Icon Sprint remove all movement impairing effects when it has 2 points in the talent. This can be very helpful when questing, especially when you are playing on a PvP server and have to deal with the other faction.

  1. Levels 30 to 34 — 5 points in Dual Wield Specialization Icon Dual Wield Specialization
  2. Levels 35 to 39 — 5 points in Dagger Specialization Icon Dagger Specialization

Dual Wield Specialization Icon Dual Wield Specialization is a staple in nearly all Rogue builds since your white damage from Auto Attacks is very strong and makes up a large chunk of your damage. Dagger Specialization Icon Dagger Specialization synergizes well with Lethality Icon Lethality, which you will be picking up later.

  1. Level 40 — 1 point in Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry
  2. Levels 41 & 42 — 2 points in Weapon Expertise Icon Weapon Expertise
  3. Levels 43 & 44 — 2 points in Endurance Icon Endurance
  4. Levels 45 — 1 point in Adrenaline Rush Icon Adrenaline Rush
  5. Levels 46 to 49 — 4 points in Malice Icon Malice

Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry is a major cooldown that allows you to AoE and is your only means of AoE as a Rogue. Weapon Expertise Icon Weapon Expertise is a staple in both the Sword and Dagger builds for Rogue since Weapon Skill is very important for hitting targets consistently. Endurance Icon Endurance is a strong talent but also a means to unlock the talent Adrenaline Rush Icon Adrenaline Rush. Adrenaline Rush Icon Adrenaline Rush increases your energy generation rate from 20 to 40 energy every 2 seconds. This is your strongest DPS cooldown and something that you want to utilize with Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry and multiple mobs for maximum damage.

  1. Level 50 — 1 point in Malice Icon Malice
  2. Levels 51 to 53 — 3 points in Improved Slice and Dice Icon Improved Slice and Dice
  3. Levels 54 & 55 — 2 points in Murder Icon Murder
  4. Levels 56 to 60 — 5 points in Lethality Icon Lethality

We will start by finishing up Malice Icon Malice by putting 1 point into it. Improved Slice and Dice Icon Improved Slice and Dice significantly increases the duration of Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice, which is a very strong buff that you will try to maintain as much as possible. Murder Icon Murder is a strong talent but also a means to unlock Lethality Icon Lethality. You will finish out the tree by putting the rest of your points into Lethality Icon Lethality, since it is incredibly powerful.

1.2.

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.

1.3.

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.

1.3.1.

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.

1.4.

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.

2.

Rogue Quests and Weapons

While leveling, you will want to always be on the lookout for ranged upgrades. Most of your damage will dome from Auto Attacks and certain abilities will scale off of your weapon damage, meaning a weapon upgrade will increase your kill speed by substantially more than any other upgrade. Rogues also get a huge power spike when they complete their level 20 class quest and get access to Poisons and Thistle Tea, which will be very strong for leveling. Below are links to our guides on Weapons and Class Quests for Rogues.

3.

How to advance as a Rogue at Level 60

Well done on hitting maximum level in WoW Classic! Now that leveling is over, you can learn more about level 60 gameplay by reading our DPS Rogue Guide, which covers every facet of gameplay at 60 in detail.

The best individual pages to read through are as follows.

  • The DPS Rogue Talent builds guide has the best builds for Level 60 covered. We propose builds for all specializations, with a focus on Combat for raiding.
  • Our PvP Rogue guide is where you can find the best PvP builds for Rogue.
  • Goldmaking Guide for Rogues is a page with details on where / how to farm gold quickly as a Rogue when you are Level 60.
  • The DPS Rogue Rotation guide is where you can read on how to optimize your PvE damage and how to prioritize your abilities.
  • DPS Rogue Stats guide contains detailed information on all Rogue stats, including a list of their priority for damage dealing.
  • Our Gear guide for DPS Rogues lists all the optimal pieces of gear that you will want to farm at Level 60, in order to optimize your damage with a pre-BiS list for those trying to gear up for raiding.
4.

Changelog

  • 05 Nov. 2019: Typo fixes in the rotation.
  • 23 Oct. 2019: Added further notes on Improved Sprint.
  • 02 Oct. 2019: Page added.
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