Assassination Rogue DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Seliathan 39 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Assassination Rogue in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5, 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

All Covenants are viable choices for Assassination Rogue. We recommend selecting Venthyr as your Covenant and Nadjia the Mistblade as your Soulbind for the best overall performance. The Venthyr Covenant offers the highest single-target damage out of all the covenant choices. Necrolord remains the best choice for cleave and sustained AoE encounters.

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. Mastery;
  4. Versatility.

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

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

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

As you complete the chapters of the new Quest Campaign in 9.2, you will eventually unlock the ability to wear two legendaries thanks to Unity Icon Unity. Unity will always grant you the benefit of your covenant specific legendary power.

Which legendary to play also depends on whether or not you have already gained access to new Grudge Match Icon Assassination Rogue 2-Piece and Grudge Match Icon Assassination Rogue 4-Piece bonuses.

Both Unity and the set bonuses might not be immediately available to you, so make sure to adjust your choice of talents, covenant and legendary power.


Single Legendary Powers

When not running the new set bonus, you will be playing Obedience Icon Obedience as Venthyr, Dashing Scoundrel Icon Dashing Scoundrel when playing Kyrian and Doomblade Icon Doomblade when playing Night Fae or Necrolord.

Once you acquire your 4-piece set bonus, you will be playing Duskwalker's Patch Icon Duskwalker's Patch for every covenant.

For Mythic+ you will be playing Zoldyck Insignia Icon Zoldyck Insignia regardless of covenant choice.


Double Legendary Powers

Since you will always be using Unity Icon Unity as one of your two Legendaries, we will not mention them here specifically.

Without a set bonus, you will be running Dashing Scoundrel Icon Dashing Scoundrel as Venthyr and Kyrian, and Doomblade Icon Doomblade as Night Fae or Necrolord.

Once you have acquired the 4-piece set bonus, you will be playing Duskwalker's Patch Icon Duskwalker's Patch for every covenant.

In Mythic+ you will have to decide between Zoldyck Insignia Icon Zoldyck Insignia for more AoE damage, or Duskwalker's Patch Icon Duskwalker's Patch for higher priority target and single-target 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

Always make sure to have Deadly Poison Icon Deadly Poison applied.

  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 and extend Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice.
  8. Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate to generate Combo Points on 1-3 targets. Use Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives to generate Combo Points on 4+ targets. Use Ambush Icon Ambush instead of Mutilate whenever you are able to.

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



  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 22 Feb. 2022: Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 07 Nov. 2021: Added Theotar recommendation for Venthyr Rogues.
  • 02 Nov. 2021: Updated Domination Shard recommendation and recommended secondary stats.
  • 06 Aug. 2021: Added Shards of Domination section.
  • 08 Jul. 2021: Updated Covenant recommendation to Venthyr.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Updated Covenant recommendation, Mythic+ stat priority, and Legendary recommendations.
  • 24 Dec. 2020: Added Poison recommendation.
  • 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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