Assassination Rogue DPS Easy Mode — Dragonflight 10.2.7

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Seliathan 65 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Assassination Rogue in World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.7, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.



If you are new to the class or spec, it is best advised to start slow by starting with a straightforward build to get a better handle on the core mechanics and interactions. This build might be only slightly worse and easier to play than the most optimal way to play the spec, so there is no need to worry at all about potentially lacking behind fellow Rogue players while you get to know the foundations of Assassination.


The Basics for Assassination Rogue

Assassination primarily focuses on maintaining damage-over-time effects for potent sustained damage and cleave. In this section, we will be focusing on a setup that minimizes the number of buttons and reactivity necessary without unduly compromising overall damage output.

If you are completely new to Assassination and need more information on the abilities and talents available to you, you can check out our Spell Summary page.


Talent Choice for Assassination Rogue

This build is the currently highest simming single-target build for Assassination. While there are some minutiae to the build that need optimizing to get the most out of each of the chosen talents, the DPS difference to alternative builds that do not play Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance is simply too big. This build can easily swap in Caustic Spatter Icon Caustic Spatter instead of Internal Bleeding Icon Internal Bleeding for great cleave potential.

Be sure to use the 'Copy Export String' button on our calculator below to import our build ingame!:

For a more in-depth analysis of each of the talent choices and the reasoning behind the aforementioned build as the go-to for ease of use, check out the Talent section below.


Stat Choice for Assassination Rogue

Currently, you will want to prioritize secondary stats as follows for both Raiding and Mythic+:

  1. Agility;
  2. Mastery;
  3. Critical Strike;
  4. Haste;
  5. Versatility.

Agility is by far the most important stat, meaning any item level increase is typically an upgrade, regardless of secondary stats. The secondary stat priorities shift and change as you acquire new gear, and we highly recommend simming yourself in order to find out what stat is best for you specifically. You can learn more about what each stat does for you and which stats are the best for each situation by heading to our stats page.

If you are wondering how to sim yourself and find out about the best upgrades for you, you can learn more about it on our Simulations page as well!


Basic Rotational Priority for Assassination Rogue

Always make sure to have Deadly Poison Icon Deadly Poison, Amplifying Poison Icon Amplifying Poison and your choice of non-lethal Poisons applied for maximum DPS.

  • Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate as your single-target builder, and Envenom Icon Envenom as your single-target spender. Use Ambush Icon Ambush instead of Mutilate Icon Mutilate when available.
  • Use Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives as your AoE builder, and maintain Crimson Tempest Icon Crimson Tempest as your AoE spender (if talented into it). Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate or Ambush Icon Ambush once every 10 seconds on AoE if talented into Caustic Spatter Icon Caustic Spatter.
  • Maintain Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice, Rupture Icon Rupture, Garrote Icon Garrote at all times.
  • Use Kingsbane Icon Kingsbane, Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance, Vanish Icon Vanish, and Deathmark Icon Deathmark on cooldown.
  • UseĀ Thistle Tea Icon Thistle Tea to avoid overcapping charges. Do not overcap Energy when using Thistle Tea.
  • Try to sync as many of your cooldowns as possible, so they all benefit from each other.

This priority list is a very basic priority list, and some of the finer details to get the most damage out of the spec are missing. By following the link, you will be able to find a more detailed version of this priority list for both single-target and AoE, as well as a deeper explanation of some of the core concepts of Assassination gameplay. If you would like to know more about how to pool Energy properly and what your opener should look like, check out the Rotation section of this guide.


Tips and Tricks

  • Refresh Rupture Icon Rupture and Garrote Icon Garrote before activating Deathmark Icon Deathmark and Shiv Icon Shiv, so you do not have to cast these abilities while it is active.
  • Always cast finishers at 4+ Combo Points.
  • Macro together Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance and Kingsbane Icon Kingsbane so you get to snapshot the Nightstalker Icon Nightstalker damage buff.
  • Hold onto both Shiv Icon Shiv charges for your Kingsbane, do not use them at any other point.
  • Maintain Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice by using Envenom Icon Envenom. Cut to the Chase Icon Cut to the Chase will automatically extend your Slice and Dice duration.
  • Try to cast Envenom Icon Envenom with 4+ Combo Points at least twice during each Shiv Icon Shiv.
  • Deathmark Icon Deathmark duplicates the currently active bleeds. If these are buffed through something like Improved Garrote Icon Improved Garrote, the duplicated bleeds will also benefit from these effects.
  • When using Rogue Assassination 10.2 Class Set 4pc Icon Rogue Assassination 10.2 Class Set 4pc, make sure to cast Envenom while a previous Envenom is still active, or you lose out on the 4-piece bonus effect.


  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Page has been reviewed and updated for Dragonflight Season 4.
  • 21 Mar. 2024: Page has been reviewed and updated for Patch 10.2.6.
  • 15 Jan. 2024: Page has been reviewed and updated for Patch 10.2.5.
  • 14 Nov. 2023: Updated with newly optimized Assa single-target priority during Deathmark and Dance.
  • 06 Nov. 2023: Page updated for the Patch 10.2 Rogue rework.
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Page was reviewed for Patch 10.1.7 and no changes were necessary.
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Page was reviewed for Patch 10.1.5 and no changes were necessary as Assassination received no changes for the Patch.
  • 06 Jun. 2023: Updated for Sepsis build, removed Exsanguinate while it is bugged.
  • 01 May 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1. Simplified rotational priorities.
  • 20 Mar. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.0.5 changes.
  • 04 Jan. 2023: Updated talent build.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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