Assassination Rogue DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.1
On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Assassination Rogue in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.1.
If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic DPS Rogue gear and best in slot.
The Best in Slot list on this page represents the best combination of gear obtainable from regular dungeons in Shadowlands and serves as a guideline for characters that have just hit Level 60. Because not everyone is a Mythic raider, PvP Gladiator, or clears Mythic+15 every week, this list is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out when clearing Heroic and Mythic dungeons.
Due to the large amount of possible item combinations and the randomness to the gearing process, using a BiS list for the best possible gear will more often than not lead to bad gearing decisions. We strongly recommend using Raidbots instead, to sim the items you actually have available to you, in order to find the best combination of gear for your character. Raidbots also allows you to sim all the different choices you might see in your Great Vault, allowing you to quickly choose the one with the biggest DPS upgrade for you.
Gearing a Assassination Rogue
This section will cover everything you need to know about equipping your character correctly.
If you have a new piece of gear that you need gems and enchants advice for, you can find everything you need on our dedicated page below.
Best Domination Sockets for Assassination Rogue
Patch 9.1 adds a new type of socket, Domination Sockets, to the game. Items with these sockets, as well as the corresponding Shards, will only drop from bosses in the new raid Sanctum of Domination and the new World Boss. They are available on 5 different pieces: Helmet, Shoulders, Chest, Gloves, and Boots. You will want to avoid crafting or will have to re-craft a Legendary if it covers any of these slots.
Chests, Shoulders, and Helmets will provide a special bonus when three Shards of the same type are socketed into your gear. In order to gain the benefit of three Unholy Shards, the best DPS option, you will need a helmet with a Domination Socket and bonus.
The Domination Shards will drop within the Sanctum of Domination as well and they can be switched without being destroyed once you have bought the Soulfire Chisel from Bonesmith Heirmir in Korthia. They can also be upgraded to higher ranks with the new currency Stygian Ember that drops from any raid encounter and a few select trash mobs in SoD.
Your best in slot setup will look something like this:
- Shard of Zed as one of your three Unholy shards.
- Shard of Dyz as one of your three Unholy shards.
- Shard of Oth as one of your three Unholy shards.
- Shard of Cor as one of your extra shards.
- Shard of Bek as one of your extra shards.
You will want to socket all three Unholy shards as soon as possible to benefit from the set bonus Chaos Bane. The set bonus will only be active if you have a helmet with a Domination Socket equipped. Any additional sockets should be slotted with Shard of Cor and Shard of Bek for a very minor DPS increase. All the other Frost and Blood Shards do not have any DPS benefit at all.
Winds of Winter at Higher Gear Levels
The Frost Set bonus, Winds of Winter, can outperform Chaos Bane once you reach a certain item level and achieve high amounts of Critical Strike chance (above 35-40%). The set is particularly potent when you have access to temporary Critical Strike buffs from Soulbinds or Trinkets.
It is highly recommended to sim yourself to figure out which set is stronger for you, as Stygian Embers are rare and it will take some time to switch to a different set of the same rank. If you expect to be progressing through Mythic Sanctum of Domination, we recommend upgrading your Frost Shards and gearing accordingly.
Gearing your Assassination Rogue
There are some significant changes to the gearing process in Shadowlands:
- Warforging and Titanforging are no more;
- Corruption no longer exists;
- Valor Points allow you to upgrade items you acquired from dungeons and Mythic+;
- Crafted items can now be acquired with specific stats;
- World quest item level rewards no longer exclusively scale with your characters item level, but also your Renown level;
- Socket slots can only proc onto specific pieces of gear.
As you try to gear up before the release of Sanctum of Domination, there are a few avenues available to you to prepare as best as you can.
World Quests and Covenant-Specific Gear
World quest rewards scale with both your item level, as well as the Renown level you hold with your Covenant. That means that even if your average item level does not increase, you will eventually be offered better rewards for completing a World Quest as you gain more Renown with your Covenant.
Covenant gear can be acquired at certain reputation levels with your Covenant. These can be bought from your Covenant's Quartermaster.
Professions and Crafted Gear
Professions serve as a great way to gear up with your optimal secondary stats, as it is now possible to generate specific secondary stat combinations when adding special items to the crafting process. For example, a leather belt crafted with Missive of Critical Strike and Missive of Haste will always generate a leather belt with those two secondary stats present. Combined with the Crafter's Mark II, you will be able to craft high-level items with perfect stats much more frequently.
Valor Points can be acquired by completing Covenant Callings or finishing Mythic+ dungeons. They can be used to upgrade the item level of any item you received in a dungeon. The maximum item level that you can upgrade an item to is limited by your success in timing Mythic+ Keystones. As such, you will need to achieve the Shadowlands Keystone Conqueror: Season Two or Shadowlands Keystone Master: Season Two achievements to unlock further upgrade ranks.
You can find out more about this new upgrade system on our dedicated Valor Point page.
Honor and Conquest Gear
Honor is now a seasonal currency that can be used to buy items. This currency is also used to upgrade these PvP items to higher item level. Some of the higher item level upgrades are locked behind certain Renown levels.
In order to receive Honor, you simply have to partake in any PvP activity, whether it is fighting in arenas or battlegrounds, or finishing PvP-related world quests or killing hostile players.
Conquest will function in the exact same way once the PvP season has started.
In 9.1, PvP items will have a lower item level in any non-PvP scenario. Due to this change, they will be much less useful in PvE content, but can still be used to fill slots where you have not yet received higher item level items.
Legendary Powers and Items
One of the main features of Shadowlands is the return of Legendary items. These are items imbued with Legendary Powers that you can find all over the world. In order to craft these, you will first have to find a Legendary essence that you will then need to bring to the Runecarver inside Torghast, Tower of the Damned. For more information on this process, a list of Legendary powers as well as where to acquire individual Legendary Powers you should check out our dedicated guides.
The Importance of "Simming Yourself" as a Assassination Rogue
With all the different layers of gearing that are currently available to players it pretty much impossible to cover all edge cases and individual recommendations in a guide. We therefore highly recommend simming your own character by using Raidbots. This website allows for highly specific and individualized recommendations that take into account your exact talents, gear, trinket and all the other layers of gearing that the game has to offer. Learning to use this tool is essential to maximizing your potential, as it is the only reliable way to get information on which piece of gear, enchant, gem or trinket is the best for your character.
The Droptimizer feature from Raidbots lets you identify which dungeons and Raid Bosses you should spend your Bonus Rolls on. It simulates all of the potential upgrades in a raid or a dungeon, and lists the bosses/dungeons by rank order of how much DPS you can expect to gain from bonus rolling on it. We have a guide for it that you can access using the link below.
We generally recommend simming yourself. You can find out more on how to do that on our dedicated simulations page. As more testing and improvements are available, you will also be able to find generalized versions of simulations in the dedicated sections.
Assassination Rogue BiS Legendary Power
You should try to acquire the Zoldyck Insignia Legendary power and craft it onto the leg-slot, ideally with a Haste and Critical Strike missive.
Alternatively, you can craft Mark of the Master Assassin on a Ring as it is useful for all three specializations, albeit worse than Zoldyck for Assassination.
Doomblade is another viable choice for single-target, as it provides slightly better DPS overall. Zoldyck Insignia has the advantage of being better in most progression scenarios, as boss fights tend to be the hardest during the last stage of the fight. While Doomblade might provide a higher DPS, Zoldyck will allow for better progression on most raid bosses. Doomblade should be used whenever there is no benefit from the higher execute damage. If you decide to craft Doomblade, it should go on the Cloak, with a Missive of Critical Strike and Missive of Haste.
For more information on what Legendary Powers are the best for Assassination and their situational benefits, you can head over to our dedicated Legendary section of this guide.
Adding Sockets to Gear
Which gems to use heavily depends on your current stat priority. As previously mentioned this priority can shift and change whenever you acquire new gear, so simming yourself to figure out the best use of your newly acquired socket is highly recommended. For general information on the stat priority for Assassination Rogues you can take a look at our stat priority section of this guide.
Assassination Rogue BiS Pre-Raiding Gear
The list below shows the best piece of gear for each individual slot that can be acquired in dungeons before Sanctum of Domination opens. It does not take into account any items from other sources. Furthermore, the below pieces are considered ideal for raiding, and not necessarily for doing dungeons or other types of content.
Dungeon Trinket List for Assassination Rogue
Assuming equal item levels:
- Phial of Putrefaction
- Infinitely Divisible Ooze
- Decanter of Anima-Charged Winds
- Bottled Flayedwing Toxin
- Blood-Spattered Scale
- Overcharged Anima Battery
- 06 Aug. 2021: Updated Shards of Domination section to recommend Frost Set at higher gear and Critical Strike levels.
- 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
- 09 Mar. 2021: Added Valor section and updated Legendary recommendation.
- 15 Jan. 2021: Rewrote gear disclaimer.
- 07 Dec. 2020: Added new trinket recommendation.
- 26 Nov. 2020: Updated with newest trinket simulation results.
- 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands release, added gear acquisition overview and dungeon BiS list.
- 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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