Assassination Rogue DPS Guide — Shadowlands 9.2.5

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

Welcome to our Assassination Rogue guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5. Here, you will learn how to play as an Assassination Rogue in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic DPS Rogue guide.

1.

Assassination Rogue Overview

Assassination Rogues deal damage through the application and empowerment of poison and bleed effects. The damage toolkit of Assassination is somewhat limited, mainly focusing on dealing single target damage over a long period. As with the other Rogue specializations, Assassination sports phenomenal defensive abilities that allow them to soak and survive mechanics that most other classes cannot.

2.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses
  • -Lack of burst damage, since most abilities deal damage over time.
  • -No AoE cooldowns, with Vendetta Icon Vendetta only applying to a single target.
  • -Utility cooldowns act as DPS cooldowns in Mythic+, forcing you to choose between DPS and supporting your group.
3.

Patch 9.2.5 Changes for Rogues

We are maintaining a list of changes for Rogues, so you can see what changes with every patch of Shadowlands. Be sure to also check out Assassination's specific changes from the previous patch, 9.2, to hear our thoughts on the tier set bonuses that arrived at that time.

3.1.

Mage Tower Challenge

From Patch 9.1.5 onward, both Legion Timewalking and the Mage Tower have returned. As such we have created a separate guide detailing what you can expect from the Mage Tower challenge available to Assassination Rogues.

Patch 9.2 brings no new changes to Assassination Rogue itself, instead we gain two new systems that alter the way we set up and play our Rogue.

The re-introduction of set bonsues adds Grudge Match Icon Assassination Rogue 2-Piece and Grudge Match Icon Assassination Rogue 4-Piece to our toolkit. Acquiring these drastically changes the way we play our Vendetta Icon Vendetta burst windows, as we are required to refresh our bleeding effets much more frequently. Coupled with the Duskwalker's Patch Icon Duskwalker's Patch we are able to use Vendetta every ~60 seconds instead of every 2 minutes, which allows us to deal solid and consistent single-target burst.

You will also be able to gain access to your Covenant specific Legendary power as well as a class or spec specific one. This acquisition happens after finishing Chapter 7 of the new Quest Campaign, which will be unlocked in Week 5 after the Patch goes live. Unity Icon Unity will always grant you either Resounding Clarity Icon Resounding Clarity, Deathspike Icon Deathspike, Obedience Icon Obedience or Toxic Onslaught Icon Toxic Onslaught.

The new set bonuses and the ability to use two legendaries also shift the direction towards a new covenant that has not seen a lot of play for Assassination Rogues in Shadowlands yet. Night Fae will overtake Venthyr as the strongest single-target Covenant once you have gained access to the set bonuses as well as the Unity Legendary power.

4.

Leveling an Assassination Rogue

If you want to leveling a new Rogue in the Shadowlands you should check out our leveling guide to help you on your journey.

If at any point you feel like you would like to customize your user interface or have been wondering if there are any useful macros or addons that might further your enjoyment and performance on your Rogue, you should check out our Addon section.

5.

Basics of Assassination Rogue Gameplay

Assassination Rogue is a spec that utilizes a Combo Point system and spreads its damage over time effects to generate additional resources, while maintaining a couple of high-impact buffs and debuffs to deal strong sustained DPS.

Generating additional resources is core to the spec, so making sure to maintain both Garrote Icon Garrote and Rupture Icon Rupture at all times is of vital importance due to Venomous Vim Icon Venomous Vim. Combo Points are generated by using either Mutilate Icon Mutilate on single-target or Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives on AoE. Excess Combo Points that are not used on Rupture can be spent on Envenom Icon Envenom to increase the passive damage your poisons provide. Shiv Icon Shiv offers some minor burst-damage potential on a low cooldown.

For more information on the basics of the spec you can check out the Spell Summary to get a good idea of the abilities you will be using while playing Assassination. If you are completely new to playing Assassination Rogue, we suggest taking a look at the Easy Mode page below to get a general idea on how to setup your new character.

If you already have some experience playing a Rogue or have familiarized yourself with the basics of the Spec you can also read up more information on how to optimize your Rotation and the individual strengths of the different Talents.

6.

Assassination Rogue in Shadowlands

Shadowlands allows for extra customization by letting you choose one of four Covenants, craft a specific Legendary and pick from one of three Soulbinds, depending on Covenant.

Once you have chosen your Covenant you will gain access to two new abilities: one Covenant-specific one that improves either your survivability or mobility, as well as an active damaging ability. While this choice can be reverted and changed, doing so will require some catching-up so making an informed decision is highly recommended. You can find out more about the four Covenants and each of their benefits in our comprehensive Covenant section.

Once you have taken your first steps into the Shadowlands, you will also be able to craft multiple Legendary items that provide specific benefits to you. Some of these bonuses are specific to Assassination, while other work in all three specs. To find out more about which Legendaries we recommend for you, head over to our Legendary section of this guide.

7.

How to Gear Up as an Assassination Rogue

With all the different gearing options that are available to you, you might ask yourself what gear is worth chasing after. Since a lot of the decisions and variables depend on the gear that you are already wearing right now we strongly recommend "simming" yourself. You can find more information on how to do that, as well as a list of the current Best in Slot gear for newly-leveled characters and advice on wearing two legendaries and the tier-set on our dedicated gearing page.

After gearing up your character, the next step is to apply the appropriate enchants and gems, as well as preparing the best potions, flasks and buff food. Which consumables are the best for you depends on your stat priority, which might change depending on your gear, talents and the type of content you are about to tackle. The following two sections of the guide address all questions about consumables as well as the shifting stat priorities for Assassination Rogues.

8.

End-Game as an Assassination Rogue

The gameplay of your Assassination Rogue will change drastically once you start getting access to better and higher itemlevel gear. Once you feel that you are ready to tackle some of the most difficult content the game has to offer you should check out the dedicated pages for each type of content below. You will find helpful tips and tricks, recommendations on your talents and equipment as well as general information on mechanics and guidance on what to look out for as you make your way to the top.

9.

Improving as an Assassination Rogue

Once you have your gear in order and are looking to improve not just your character itself but also your gameplay, you can check out these helpful sections as a first step into analyzing your own performance in more detail.

10.

Changelog

  • 31 May 2022 (how to improve page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (simulations page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (spells page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (Legendaries): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (talents page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (Torghast): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (rotation page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (mythic+ page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (this page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (stats page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (easy mode page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (FAQ page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (enchants page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (addons page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (gear page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 30 Mar. 2022 (Sepulcher of the First Ones page): Updated boss tips.
  • 28 Feb. 2022 (Sepulcher of the First Ones page): Page added.
  • 22 Feb. 2022 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 22 Feb. 2022 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 22 Feb. 2022 (gear page): Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 22 Feb. 2022 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 22 Feb. 2022 (stats page): Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 22 Feb. 2022 (this page): Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 22 Feb. 2022 (Legendaries): Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 22 Feb. 2022 (FAQ page): Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 22 Feb. 2022 (talents page): Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 22 Feb. 2022 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 22 Feb. 2022 (simulations page): Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 22 Feb. 2022 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 15 Jan. 2022 (Patch 9.2 Analysis): Page added with initial thoughts and information.
  • 14 Nov. 2021 (gear page): Added Lower Gear Level section for Domination Shards.
  • 07 Nov. 2021 (easy mode page): Added Theotar recommendation for Venthyr Rogues.
  • 07 Nov. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Venthyr Soulbind recommendation to Theotar.
  • 07 Nov. 2021 (talents page): Added Marked for Death recommendation for Venthyr Rogues.
  • 02 Nov. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Added 9.1.5 changes.
  • 02 Nov. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated Toxic Onslaught description for Patch 9.1.5 and rephrased Legendary recommendations.
  • 02 Nov. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 02 Nov. 2021 (FAQ page): Updated for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 02 Nov. 2021 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 02 Nov. 2021 (simulations page): Updated the simulation overview.
  • 02 Nov. 2021 (gear page): Updated Domination Shard recommendations.
  • 02 Nov. 2021 (addons page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 02 Nov. 2021 (enchants page): Updated Domination Shard recommendation.
  • 02 Nov. 2021 (stats page): Updated stat priorities for single-target.
  • 02 Nov. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Updated Mythic difficulty tips.
  • 02 Nov. 2021 (mythic+ page): Added Legion Timewalking Affix, Infernal.
  • 02 Nov. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 02 Nov. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 02 Nov. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 02 Nov. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated Domination Shard recommendation and recommended secondary stats.
  • 02 Nov. 2021 (this page): Added 9.1.5 target cap changes and Night Fae Covenant changes.
  • 02 Nov. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Added Covenant information for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 25 Aug. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Updated Talent recommendations.
  • 25 Aug. 2021 (talents page): Updated talent recommendations.
  • 25 Aug. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated to better reflect current Legendary rankings.
  • 06 Aug. 2021 (mythic+ page): Added Tormented Affix information.
  • 06 Aug. 2021 (enchants page): Added Shards of Domination information and link.
  • 06 Aug. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Added Mythic difficulty tips.
  • 06 Aug. 2021 (easy mode page): Added Shards of Domination section.
  • 06 Aug. 2021 (gear page): Updated Shards of Domination section to recommend Frost Set at higher gear and Critical Strike levels.
  • 15 Jul. 2021 (simulations page): Updated the Covenant and Soulbind simulation overview.
  • 13 Jul. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Added tips for Sylvanas and a few other bosses.
  • 13 Jul. 2021 (talents page): Updated War Mode talent recommendations.
  • 08 Jul. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated Covenant recommendation to Venthyr.
  • 07 Jul. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Added disclaimer for Obedience Legendary.
  • 07 Jul. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Page added.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (simulations page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (gear page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Page added.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (stats page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (FAQ page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Torghast): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (this page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (spells page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (addons page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Apr. 2021 (rotation page): Updated Sample Openers.
  • 29 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Added Shiv in Utility section.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Added Valor section and updated Legendary recommendation.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (simulations page): Updated the simulations for Legendaries and Covenants.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Updated chest enchant.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated Covenant recommendation, Mythic+ stat priority, and Legendary recommendations.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (FAQ page): Updated Covenant and stat recommendations.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (spells page): Updated Slice and Dice and Venomous Wounds with Patch 9.0.5's changes; added Cut to the Chase.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): Updated Anima Power recommendations.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Added Shadowlands Patch 9.0.5 disclaimer; updated Venthyr and Necrolord descriptions.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Updated recommendation on most bosses to use Subterfuge instead of Master Assassin.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated single-target Legendary rankings for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Updated Conduit and Talent suggestions for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Updated stat priorities for Mythic+.
  • 07 Mar. 2021 (addons page): Page has been reviewed for Shadowlands patch 9.0.5.
  • 13 Feb. 2021 (rotation page): Improved Poison section.
  • 15 Jan. 2021 (gear page): Rewrote gear disclaimer.
  • 15 Jan. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Added tips and tricks for most of the fights on Mythic Difficulty.
  • 15 Jan. 2021 (rotation page): Removed outdated disclaimer.
  • 24 Dec. 2020 (easy mode page): Added Poison recommendation.
  • 09 Dec. 2020 (rotation page): Updated single-target priority list and sample Subterfuge opener.
  • 07 Dec. 2020 (mythic+ page): Added Legendary and Covenant sections.
  • 07 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added Talent and Legendary recommendations, as well as tips and tricks for individual encounters.
  • 07 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Added new trinket recommendation.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (simulations page): Updated with newest simulations.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
  • 26 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Updated with newest trinket simulation results.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Updated with new Augment Runes.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Page added.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release, added Covenant ability to rotation.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release, with added links to Covenant, Legendary and Torghast pages.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release, added new Mythic+ affixes and opener sequence.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release, added Covenant, Legendary and Conduit recommendations.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Updated gem, enchant and consumable recommendations for the Shadowlands release.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release, added gear acquisition overview and dungeon BiS list.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands expansion release.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Guide added.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 28 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Updated gem and enchant recommendations.
  • 28 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority.
  • 23 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release; updated descriptions for new and upgraded abilities.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 14 Nov. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Removed disclaimer, updated talent and gameplay recommendations, added Mythic Zaqul section.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added tips for all bosses.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Guide added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 08 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added further boss tips.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 23 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Minor updates.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added Assassination Rogue advice for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 07 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added boss spec-specific tips.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added (placeholder for now).
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