Assassination Rogue DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 23, 2020 at 16:40 by Seliathan 1 comment
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Assassination Rogue in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2, 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 is only marginally worse 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 amount 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 available to you, you can check out our Spell Summary page.


Talent Choice for Assassination Rogue

These choices are optimized for ease of use. While some talents can be better in certain situations, this build works very well in all types of content while being not nearly as punishing for unfamiliarity with the core principles of the spec.

For more in-depth analysis on 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.


Best Covenant, Soulbind and Conduits for Assassination Rogue

We recommend selecting Night Fae as your Covenant and Niya as your Soulbind. Night Fae is a solid Covenant choice that further boosts your mobility and provides strong bonuses to your damage for single-target, cleave and AoE. It is good for both raids and Mythic+.

Choose these Conduits for your Assassination Rogue:

You can find out more about all four Covenants, as well as all Soulbinds and Conduits in our comprehensive Covenant section:


Stat Choice for Assassination Rogue

Currently, you will want to prioritize secondary stats as follows:

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

For Mythic+, you will want to prioritize stats as follows:

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

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.


Legendary Choices for Assassination Rogue

Here are some of the top legendary powers to go for:

  1. Zoldyck Insignia Icon Zoldyck Insignia does well in all types of content.
  2. Mantle of the Master Assassin Icon Mantle of the Master Assassin is a good alternative if you plan on playing multiple specs or simply want more burst damage.

For more information on other legendary powers and a more detailed explanation as to why these are the best legendary powers available to Assassination, check out our dedicated legendary page:


Basic Rotational Priority for Assassination Rogue

  1. Keep Rupture Icon Rupture and Garrote Icon Garrote applied to the main target at all times.
  2. Maintain Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice at all times.
  3. Use Vendetta Icon Vendetta on cooldown.
  4. Use your Covenant ability on cooldown.
  5. Activate Vanish Icon Vanish on cooldown and reapply Garrote Icon Garrote.
  6. Use Shiv Icon Shiv on cooldown.
  7. Cast Envenom Icon Envenom to dump Combo Points.
  8. Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate to generate Combo Points on 1 target. Use Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives to generate Combo Points on 4+ targets.

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 deeper explanation into some of the core concepts of Assassination gameplay. If you'd like to know more about how to pool energy properly or how different talents require a different opener, check out the Rotation section of this guide.


Tips and Tricks

  • Refresh Rupture Icon Rupture and Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice before activating Vendetta Icon Vendetta, so you do not have to cast these abilities while it is active.
  • Always cast finishers at 4-5 Combo Points.
  • Try to cast Envenom Icon Envenom with 4-5 Combo Points atleast twice during each Shiv Icon Shiv.


  • 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands release, added Covenant, Legendary and Conduit recommendations.
  • 28 Oct. 2020: Updated stat priority.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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