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Assassination Rogue DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Feb 04, 2018 at 09:35 by Furty 471 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Assassination Rogues in World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

The other pages of our Assassination Rogue guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Future. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Perfecto, an Outlaw/Assassination Rogue who raids in Method.

1. Talent Choices

Level Choices
15 Master Poisoner Master Poisoner Elaborate Planning Elaborate Planning Hemorrhage Hemorrhage
30 Nightstalker Nightstalker Subterfuge ? Subterfuge Shadow Focus Shadow Focus
45 Deeper Stratagem Deeper Stratagem Anticipation Anticipation Vigor Vigor
60 Leeching Poison ? Leeching Poison Elusiveness ? Elusiveness Cheat Death Cheat Death
75 Thuggee Thuggee Prey on the Weak ? Prey on the Weak Internal Bleeding Internal Bleeding
90 Toxic Blade Toxic Blade Alacrity ? Alacrity Exsanguinate Exsanguinate
100 Venom Rush Venom Rush Marked for Death ? Marked for Death Death from Above Death from Above

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2. Talent Cheat Sheets

2.1. Poison Build

The poison build is the standard choice for most encounters, empowering your poisons further and focusing on dealing high and sustained single target damage.

2.2. Bleed Build

The bleed build is inferior in overall damage, but delivers superior burst and priority damage.

3. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Master Poisoner Master Poisoner Elaborate Planning Elaborate Planning Hemorrhage Hemorrhage

Tier 1 talents offer playstyle choices that have strong synergy with other talents.

  • Master Poisoner Icon Master Poisoner increases your poison damage by 40% and their non-damaging effects by 20%.
  • Elaborate Planning Icon Elaborate Planning grants 12% damage for 5 seconds after using a finishing move.
  • Hemorrhage Icon Hemorrhage is an ability that applies a bleed for 20 seconds that also increases bleed damage by 25% for the duration.

Master Poisoner Icon Master Poisoner is the best choice when using a poison build.

Elaborate Planning Icon Elaborate Planning is the best choice when using a bleed build.

Hemorrhage Icon Hemorrhage is currently below par regardless of your build.

4. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Nightstalker Nightstalker Subterfuge ? Subterfuge Shadow Focus Shadow Focus

Tier 2 talents improve your Stealth Icon Stealth functionality.

  • Nightstalker Icon Nightstalker increases movement speed by 20% and damage by 50% while Stealth Icon Stealth is active.
  • Subterfuge Icon Subterfuge allows abilities requiring Stealth to be used for an additional 3 seconds after Stealth breaks. Garrote Icon Garrote also has no cooldown when used from Stealth and deals 125% additional damage while Subterfuge or Stealth is active.
  • Shadow Focus Icon Shadow Focus reduces the Energy cost of abilities by 75% when used from Stealth.

Nightstalker Icon Nightstalker is the best option for virtually all situations when using Tier 21 bonuses.

Subterfuge Icon Subterfuge falls slightly behind Nightstalker Icon Nightstalker when using Tier 21 bonuses, but is roughly equal otherwise. Subterfuge is the superior choice on The Coven of Shivarra, as you can apply two Garrote Icon Garrotes on the pull and each time Vanish Icon Vanish is available thereafter.

Shadow Focus Icon Shadow Focus is currently not a viable option.

5. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Deeper Stratagem Deeper Stratagem Anticipation Anticipation Vigor Vigor

Tier 3 talents augment your resource systems.

  • Deeper Stratagem Icon Deeper Stratagem increases maximum Combo Points to 6, allows finishing moves to consume 6 combo points, and increases the damage of finishing moves by 5%.
  • Anticipation Icon Anticipation increases maximum Combo Points to 10, but finishing moves still consume 5 combo points.
  • Vigor Icon Vigor increases your maximum Energy by 50 and increases Energy regeneration by 10%.

Vigor Icon Vigor is the best choice when using a poison build and offers great ease and flexibility of play.

Deeper Stratagem Icon Deeper Stratagem is the best choice when using a bleed build, allowing for longer Rupture Icon Ruptures and therefore granting more damage from Exsanguinate Icon Exsanguinate.

Anticipation Icon Anticipation is currently inferior to its sister talents, regardless of your build.

6. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Leeching Poison ? Leeching Poison Elusiveness ? Elusiveness Cheat Death Cheat Death

Tier 4 talents improve your personal survivability.

  • Leeching Poison Icon Leeching Poison grants 10% leech to your damage.
  • Elusiveness Icon Elusiveness causes Feint Icon Feint to also grant 30% reduced damage taken from all sources.
  • Cheat Death Icon Cheat Death causes fatal damage to instead reduce you to 7% of your maximum health and grant 85% reduced damage taken for 3 seconds. Cheat Death cannot save you from damage great that double your maximum health. It has a 6-minute cooldown.

Cheat Death Icon Cheat Death is the default choice for most encounters. The extra safety net will often be invaluable and can even be used to soak certain mechanics.

Elusiveness Icon Elusiveness is situational, however, it can offer unparalleled damage reduction on the right encounters. Feint Icon Feint requires Energy to be maintained, however, meaning the benefit of this talent often comes at the cost of some DPS.

Leeching Poison Icon Leeching Poison is great for daily content or leveling up, though it is not used at all in dungeons or raids.

7. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Thuggee Thuggee Prey on the Weak ? Prey on the Weak Internal Bleeding Internal Bleeding

Tier 5 talents improve your crowd control utility.

Thuggee Icon Thuggee is the default choice for most encounters, allowing you to use Garrote Icon Garrote on priority targets without fear of cooldown locking yourself. You can also gain a nice chunk of damage, if timed correctly, raising your uptimes.

Prey on the Weak Icon Prey on the Weak is the best choice if your raid needs to incapacitate and eliminate a priority add quickly.

Internal Bleeding Icon Internal Bleeding does not offer the same damage potential as the other talents in any situation.

8. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Toxic Blade Toxic Blade Alacrity ? Alacrity Exsanguinate Exsanguinate

Tier 6 talents alter your playstyle significantly.

  • Toxic Blade Icon Toxic Blade stabs the enemy, dealing heavy Nature damage and increasing the damage your poisons against the target by 35% for 9 seconds. Generates 1 Combo Point.
  • Alacrity Icon Alacrity causes finishing moves to have a 20% chance per Combo Point to grant 2% haste for 20 seconds, stacking 10 times.
  • Exsanguinate Icon Exsanguinate is a new ability that causes your bleed effects to bleed out 100% faster when activated.

Toxic Blade Icon Toxic Blade is the best choice when using a poison build. Due to its relatively short window of 9 seconds, it is ideal to have Combo Points ready for Envenom Icon Envenom before use, then pile as many additional Envenom casts into the window as possible to maximize damage.

Exsanguinate Icon Exsanguinate is the best choice when using a bleed build, and should always be paired with Deeper Stratagem Icon Deeper Stratagem.

Alacrity Icon Alacrity is theoretically the best talent for target swapping, however, it is virtually never used in the current tier.

9. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Venom Rush Venom Rush Marked for Death ? Marked for Death Death from Above Death from Above

Tier 7 talents offer some additional damage utility.

  • Venom Rush Icon Venom Rush causes Venomous Wounds Icon Venomous Wounds to grant 3 additional Energy every time it procs.
  • Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death marks a target and instantly generates 5 Combo Points. The cooldown is reset if the marked target dies.
  • Death from Above Icon Death from Above is a two-part finishing move with a short cooldown that ends with an automatic cast of a 50% stronger Envenom Icon Envenom.

Venom Rush Icon Venom Rush is the best choice in every end-game situation.

Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death is the talent of choice for leveling.

Death from Above Icon Death from Above is not used by Assassination.

10. ChangeLog

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  • 04 Feb. 2018: Added a note to Subterfuge about use on Coven of Shivarra.
  • 12 Jan. 2018: Fully updated talents page.
  • 30 Nov. 2017: Updated Tier 2 & 3 talents.
  • 28 Aug. 2017: Updated talents for Patch 7.3.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Updated for Patch 7.2.5 (Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 6).
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 13 Feb. 2017: Minor update to talent descriptions.
  • 14 Jan. 2017: Minor update to talents; Alacrity for multitarget.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Dec. 2016: Updated talent tiers (T1/T2/T3/T6) to include further details and references to legendaries and Mythic+.
  • 02 Nov. 2016: Updated Raid Encounters build to include a reference to Exsanguinate for players with lower item levels/Mastery levels.
  • 05 Oct. 2016: Updated talent build.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Made Thuggee an alternative to Prey on the Weak in Tier 5.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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