Assassination Rogue DPS Easy Mode — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 14, 2020 at 13:50 by Seliathan 71 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Assassination Rogue in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.



This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.


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.


Talent Choice for Assassination Rogue

These choices are optimized for ease of use. Although some talents might offer marginally higher gains when played perfectly, these same talents often result in damage losses when utilized by many players. The talents recommended here aim to present the best setup that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.


Stat Choice for Assassination Rogue

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

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

Essence Choice for Assassination Rogue

Here are some of the top Essences to go for:


Basic Rotational Priority for Assassination Rogue

  1. Keep Rupture Icon Rupture and Garrote Icon Garrote applied to the main target at all times.
  2. Use Vendetta Icon Vendetta on cooldown.
  3. Activate Vanish Icon Vanish on cooldown and reapply Garrote Icon Garrote.
  4. Cast Envenom Icon Envenom to dump Combo Points.
  5. 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.

Tips and Tricks

  • Refresh/apply your bleeds before activating Vendetta Icon Vendetta.
  • Always cast finishers at 4-5 Combo Points.

Azerite Traits

Azerite Traits play an important role for Assassination Rogue. This means you need to decide which Azerite items you should choose. The traits are very close to each other in power, though, so we recommend our Azerite page for more details.



  • 14 Jan. 2020: Page updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Nov. 2019: Updated stat-weights and rotation.
  • 12 Jul. 2019: Updated for the release of Eternal Palace.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 21 Jan. 2019: Updated for Season 2.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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