Assassination Rogue Patch 9.1 Changes Analysis

Last updated on Jan 15, 2024 at 15:00 by Seliathan 65 comments
General Information

On this page, we tell you how the Patch 9.1 changes for Assassination Rogue affect the spec and what the current state of theorycrafting is.


Assassination Rogue in Patch 9.1 and 9.1.5: Chains of Domination

This page contains information on all the new additions that affect Assassination Rogues for Shadowlands Patch 9.1 and Patch 9.1.5. This is not a comprehensive list of all changes, and instead focuses on changes that directly affect our PvE performance.

For a specific list of changes for the entire patch you can check out the Patch 9.1 and Patch 9.1.5 overview pages below.


Assassination Rogue Changes for 9.1.5

  • Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives and Crimson Tempest Icon Crimson Tempest are no longer maximum target capped and instead deal reduced damage to 9 or more targets.
  • The Night Fae Covenant Legendary Toxic Onslaught Icon Toxic Onslaught was changed to now grant Adrenaline Rush Icon Adrenaline Rush and Shadow Blades Icon Shadow Blades for 10 seconds after Sepsis Icon Sepsis expires.
  • The Septic Shock Icon Septic Shock Conduit was buffed by 50%.

Assassination Rogue Changes for 9.1

  • Feint Icon Feint duration increased from 5-seconds to 6-seconds.
  • Shiv Icon Shiv now always removes Enrage effects, even when using Crippling Poison Icon Crippling Poison as your non-lethal poison.

Assassination Rogue Talents in 9.1

No talents have been changed in Patch 9.1, and the remaining changes do not affect our current talent choices.


Assassination Rogue Legendaries in 9.1

None of the new covenant-specific legendaries manage to beat Zoldyck Insignia Icon Zoldyck Insignia or Doomblade Icon Doomblade. Obedience Icon Obedience, the new Venthyr legendary, might see some play due to it reducing the cooldown on Flagellation Icon Flagellation to ~60 seconds which might line up well with certain boss-DPS burst requirements.


Assassination Rogue Covenant changes in 9.1

Serrated Bone Spike Icon Serrated Bone Spike bleed effect can now critically strike.


Conduit and Soulbind Changes for Patch 9.1

Cloaked in Shadows Icon Cloaked in Shadows absorb is now 50% larger, only lasts for 4-seconds but no longer decays while out of Stealth Icon Stealth.

All Soulbind Trees for all Covenants will be getting new tiers added with new Soulbind abilities. These can have a significant impact on the best Soulbind, or even the best Covenant overall.

We have listed all of the abilities with a relevant impact below.

  • NiyaBonded Hearts Icon Bonded Hearts — Causes your constantly-generated Grove Invigoration Icon Grove Invigoration stacks to grant 50% increased Mastery if you are close to non-Night Fae allies when they are generated.
  • DreamweaverDream Delver Icon Dream Delver — This is essentially just a 3% DPS buff to your current target.
  • DreamweaverWaking Dreams Icon Waking Dreams — When you take damage below 80% HP, you gain a shield for 30% of the damage amount, lasting 3 seconds. This is far too powerful currently and will likely be changed before going live.
  • KoraynWild Hunt Strategem Icon Wild Hunt Strategem — When you hit a target above 75% health, you gain a 1-minute buff. If you then attack an enemy below 35% health, this buff will be consumed and increase your damage to sub-35% targets by 5% for 10 seconds.
  • Forgelite Prime MikanikosSoulglow Spectrometer Icon Soulglow Spectrometer — Causes you to build a damage buff on the target you are hitting which stacks by 1% every 3 seconds, up to 5%. You cannot start another buff on a new target until you have expired one on the previous target.
  • Forgelite Prime MikanikosEffusive Anima Accelerator Icon Effusive Anima Accelerator — Causes your Kindred Spirits Icon Kindred Spirits to instantly deal Arcane damage, split between all enemies within 12 yards. For every target hit, the cooldown of Kindred Spirits is reduced by 4 seconds, up to a maximum of 20 seconds at 5 or more targets hit.
  • PelagosBetter Together Icon Better Together — Gives you a 52 Mastery buff for 1 minute when you move close to an ally. You can only be affected by one buff at a time. This will pretty much be up all of the time.
  • PelagosNewfound Resolve Icon Newfound Resolve — Occasionally spawns a "Doubt" unit near you while in combat. Facing it grants you 12% increased Agility and Stamina for 15 seconds. Depending on proc rate, this could be very strong.
  • KleiaLight the Path Icon Light the Path — Causes your Valiant Strikes Icon Valiant Strikes Soulbind Ability buff to also grant 0.25% Critical Strike per stack. It also causes its heal effect to grant you 5% Critical Strike for 12 seconds. Given the 1-minute limit on Valiant Strikes, this is a bit weak.
  • EmeniPustule Eruption Icon Pustule Eruption — Causes Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft to grant you 9 pustule stacks. When you take damage or get healed, they blow up for 48% AP of damage on nearby enemies. This is quite a significant amount of damage making it pretty powerful for us.
  • Bonesmith HeirmirCarver's Eye Icon Carver's Eye — Grants you a Mastery buff when you hit a target above 90% health which lasts 5 seconds and stacks to 5, but refreshes its duration when you generate a new stack. There is a 10-second forced gap between initial applications of this buff.
  • Bonesmith HeirmirMnemonic Equipment Icon Mnemonic Equipment — Causes your attacks on targets below 35% health to deal 3% extra damage over 5 seconds.
  • Plague Deviser MarilethKevin's Oozeling Icon Kevin's Oozeling — Causes your Adaptive Swarm Icon Adaptive Swarm to spawn an Oozeling to attack your target. You also deal 2% increased damage to whatever he is targeting. He is up roughly 40-45% of the time.
  • Nadjia the MistbladeFatal Flaw Icon Fatal Flaw — Enhances Thrill Seeker Icon Thrill Seeker by giving you a Critical Strike/Versatility buff when its Haste buff ends.
  • Theotar the Mad DukeParty Favors Icon Party Favors — Gives you a 3% primary or secondary stat buff for 1 hour each day.
  • General DravenBattlefield Presence Icon Battlefield Presence — Increases your damage done and reduces damage taken by 1% for every enemy within 5 yards of you, up to 3%.


  • 02 Nov. 2021: Added 9.1.5 changes.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Page added.
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