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Classic Rogue DPS Guide

Last updated on Feb 11, 2020 at 00:20 by Abyssalwave 30 comments

Welcome to our Rogue DPS guide for WoW Classic, tailored for PvE content. Here, you will learn how all you need to know to play the Rogue class as DPS. Click the links below to navigate the guide or read this page for a short introduction.


Viability of Rogues in Groups

Rogues have a lot of CC abilities such as Gouge Icon Gouge, Sap Icon Sap, Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot, and Blind Icon Blind, as well as Crippling Poison Icon Crippling Poison and Mind-numbing Poison Icon Mind-numbing Poison, which makes them incredibly useful in groups, especially dungeons. Rogues also have an ability called Expose Armor Icon Expose Armor, which is very useful in a group where either your Warrior tank is not using Sunder Armor Icon Sunder Armor or your group does not have a Warrior tank at all. If you are talented into Improved Expose Armor Icon Improved Expose Armor, then Expose Armor will reduce more armor than Sunder Armor.


Rogue Strengths

  • Has Lockpicking, which is a fantastic way to make gold without worrying about combat or survivability.
  • Very powerful burst in PvP, thanks to Stealth allowing you to open on a target at your own discretion.
  • Amazing CC abilities (Blind Icon Blind, Sap Icon Sap, Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot).
  • High base damage on moves such as Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate makes them strong even when undergeared.
  • Stealth allows safer exploration of areas.

Rogue Weaknesses

  • Can be very difficult to level due to lack of self healing.
  • Rogues are not able to do much AoE damage beyond Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry's cleave effect.
  • Rogue abilities have long cooldowns that are very impactful, such as Vanish Icon Vanish, Evasion Icon Evasion, and Sprint Icon Sprint.
  • Some abilities require reagents, which also take up inventory slots, such as Blind Icon Blind, Vanish Icon Vanish and poisons.

Best Races for DPS Rogues

To find out which races are the best for DPS Rogues in WoW Classic, please refer to the dedicated pages we wrote for Alliance and Horde.


Rogue Poisons

For more information about Rogue poisons, please refer to our guide.



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