Assassination Rogue Best Corruptions and Corrupted Items — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on May 25, 2020 at 11:27 by Seliathan 71 comments
General Information

On this page, you will learn what the best corruptions and the best corrupted items are for an Assassination Rogue in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. We also tell you how to handle corruption effects.



Corruption is a new Patch 8.3 feature (see our guide on Corrupted Items). It replaces Warforging and Titanforging for all gear in the patch. It gives items a type of affix, as well as an amount of Corruption. Corruption is a stat that negatively impacts your character the more of it that you have, but the more Corruption you have, the more powerful the affixes will be. Some Affixes are a lot more powerful than others, and you can see a guideline ranking for them below.


What Corruption Powers to Buy for Assassination Rogues

Echoes of Ny'alotha can now be used to buy specific corruption powers from MOTHER, in the Chamber of the Heart in Silithus.

This allows you to optimize the corruptions on your gear without any RNG involved, as long as you have enough Echoes to buy the corruptions you need.

You can learn all about this new system in our specialized guide for Echoes of Ny'alotha below.

What corruptions you will want to buy depends on the type of content you want to engage in.

If you primarily want to gear for raiding, you will want to buy as many Expedient Icon Expedient as you can. After the nerf to Gushing Wound Icon Gushing Wound, Expedient outperforms every other corruption by a significant margin.

If you are more focused on Mythic Plus, you will want to buy Severe Icon Severe and Strikethrough Icon Strikethrough. Try to keep them at an even ratio, i.e. if you already have three Severe pieces, buy three Strikethrough corruptions next and vice versa.


How Much Corruption Should I Run As An Assassination Rogue

Generally speaking, anything below 40 is considered safe and can be used in almost all situations. At low Corruption values, it is quite simple to move out of the Eye of Corruption, but some encounters require you to have very static positioning. You will be taking a lot of extra damage in these situations.

Going above 40 Corruption is almost never recommended. While we have a lot of abilities that can theoretically be used to deal with the Thing from Beyond, most of these are better used elsewhere or are part of our DPS rotation.

We do not recommend ever running above 60 Corruption in any kind of content.


Tips for Dealing With Corruption Effects

Once your Legendary Cloak, Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve Icon Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve, reaches Rank 6, it will gain a special on-use effect that clears all Corruption effects from you. Use this as a last resort to get rid of an unwanted Thing from Beyond or when you get multiple Eyes of Corruption within quick succession. The damage you take from these can stack up quickly when the stack gets refreshed.

  • The Slow effect from the Grasping Tendril is barely noticeable at low Corruption values. Using Shadowstep Icon Shadowstep or Sprint Icon Sprint to get to your target quickly is usually enough. Remember to use your Legendary Cloak if neither of these are available to you and you desperately need to get to your destination faster.
  • The Eye of Corruption that spawns from Eye of Corruption Icon Eye of Corruption can be dealt with quite easily by just repositioning yourself. If you absolutely have to stand in it, make sure to use Crimson Vial Icon Crimson Vial to counteract the damage you will take from it. Getting multiple Eyes one after another might require you to use your Legendary Cloak. You can also use Cloak of Shadows Icon Cloak of Shadows to negate the damage for 5 seconds while also removing the stacking debuff.
  • Dealing with the Thing from Beyond from Grand Delusions Icon Grand Delusions can be done in multiple ways. Blind Icon Blind is the best option, however its cooldown is too high to deal with all of them. Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot can be used, but due to the melee requirement of the ability, you might get hit regardless. You can use Vanish Icon Vanish to despawn this add, but it is part of our DPS rotation. Cloak of Shadows Icon Cloak of Shadows can be used to immune the damage it deals, and is best held onto until you get multiple Things from Beyond at the same time. Your Legendary Cloak can serve as a last resort to remove an add immediately.

Most of the tools we have to deal with Grand Delusions and the spawning Thing from Beyond are either on a high cooldown, unreliable, or abilities we would rather use as part of our DPS rotation or for crucial situations in an encounter. This is the reason it is recommended to stay below 40 Corruption unless you are willing to take the risk of using your utility to deal with Things from Beyond or getting hit by two or three of them in quick succession.


Picking Corruption items

The best way to determine which of your Corrupted items to use, is by using Raidbots Top Gear. You should set a maximum Corruption value that you are comfortable with, and simply simulate the highest DPS set.

Below we will have some guidance to help you pick effects, but ultimately it comes down to the amount of Corruption the item has versus the DPS it gives you (DPS per Corruption point), and how much Corruption you are willing to have on your gear.

Gushing Wound Icon Gushing Wound only has 1 tier, but it is the best DPS per corruption on pure single-target. When you have more Corruption resistance, and you are still below your maximum Corruption threshold, you can consider dropping Gushing Wound for an effect with slightly lower DPS per Corruption point, but more overall DPS, provided you stay below the Corruption threshold you want to meet.

Infinite Stars Icon Infinite Stars is one of the highest-simming single-target Corruptions. Sadly, it is too unreliable and loses a lot of value on any encounter that is not pure single-target, therefore it is recommended to avoid this Corruption, despite its high simulation results.

Expedient Icon Expedient, Severe Icon Severe, and Strikethrough Icon Strikethrough are our best options if you do not have any Gushing Wound pieces. Which one of these is best for you depends on your gear, trinkets, essences and Azerite, so it is highly recommended to use the aforementioned top-gear comparison to figure out which one is best for you. Strikethrough and Severe have natural synergy, so try to aim for multiple of these whenever possible. They are also our best options for Mythic +.

Twisted Appendage Icon Twisted Appendage is one of the better Corruptions for pure single-target, but is also highly RNG-dependant. It is the corruption we get from our Ny'alotha Corrupted Weapon, Shard of the Black Empire Icon Shard of the Black Empire. Due to the higher ilvl on this weapon, this corruption is one of the better ones, despite its inconsistent proc-rate.

Twilight Devastation Icon Twilight Devastation is another good Corruption for Mythic+, but suffers from the same issues as Infinite Stars and Twisted Appendage. The proc-rate is very low and this inconsistency does not work very well with a Spec that otherwise deals very consistent sustained DPS on both single-target and AoE. Running one of these in Mythic+ is still one of the best choices, if you do not have multiple Severe or Strikethrough Corruptions to fill your Corruption Budget.


Corruption Effects Simulations

There are 2 types of simulations that can be done for the Corruption effects, namely: DPS per point of Corruption, and DPS per effect. Generally speaking, DPS per point of Corruption is more important than DPS per total effect, since you only have a limited amount of Corruption you can comfortably use in a raid setting. Below, we have listed both types of simulations:


DPS per Point of Corruption

For the complete simulation results, check out

DPS per Effect

For the complete simulation results, check out


  • 25 May 2020: Updated page for MOTHER Corruption vendor.
  • 09 Apr. 2020: Page added.
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