Assassination Rogue PvP Guide (Shadowlands 9.0.5)

Last updated on Apr 06, 2021 at 06:35 by Shadenox 11 comments
General Information

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, PvP talents, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Rogue PvP guide.


Assassination Rogues in the Current Meta

Assassination Rogues have high consistent damage thanks to their bleeds as well as powerful burst damage with Vendetta Icon Vendetta. They also have improved poisons, allowing them to have a strong slow and a strong healing reduction effect. They provide less control than other Rogue specializations but their damage and their silence effect, Garrote Icon Garrote, make up for it.


Strengths of Assassination Rogues

  • Great burst
  • Good sustained damage
  • Decent control
  • Powerful defensive cooldowns

Weaknesses of Assassination Rogues

  • No defensive abilities when stunned
  • Long cooldown on defensive abilities
  • Reliant on teammates to stay alive
  • Predictable burst damage

Content of the Guide

This guide ended up being very long, so we decided to split it in different pages.



  • 06 Apr. 2021: Rewritten by Shadenox and further updated for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 10 Mar. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 29 Nov. 2020: Removed old Azerite mentions and updated gear page.
  • 27 Nov. 2020: Added Covenant page.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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