Assassination Rogue PvP Stat Priority, Gear, and Trinkets (Shadowlands / 9.0.5)

Last updated on Apr 06, 2021 at 06:30 by Shadenox 11 comments

Choosing your gear carefully is important for your Assassination Rogue in PvP. We give you a stat priority to help you choose items with the right stats, followed by advice on how to choose your gear and your trinkets.

This page is part of our Assassination Rogue PvP Guide.


Stat Priority for Assassination Rogues in PvP

The stat priority for Assassination Rogues in PvP is as follows:

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

Agility is the best stat in all situations. Versatility is the strong secondary stat at all times, due to it increasing your damage and reducing the damage you take. Haste is the next strongest secondary stat as it increases the tick rate of your bleeds, giving you more damage but also more energy through the passive Venomous Wounds Icon Venomous Wounds. Mastery is a flat damage increase to bleeds and Poisons.


Gear Recommendations


General Guidelines

The most important thing regarding gear is to have the highest item level possible while having Versatility on all of your items. Ideally, you want Haste on every item too. Luckily for us Assassination Rogues, in Shadowlands Season 1 the PvP vendor sells items with both Haste and Versatility in almost all slots. This is what your gear should look like.


Note: it is important to be wearing 2 PvP trinkets. This will increase the damage increase provided by Versatility, making you more deadly.

Sinful Gladiator's Medallion Icon Sinful Gladiator's Medallion is a mandatory trinket to have equipped at all times. This allows you to remove any crowd control on yourself. You will use this trinket if you are stunned and will die in this stun, or on any form of CC if one of your teammates will die and you can save them. Note, if you play a Human, Sinful Gladiator's Relentless Brooch Icon Sinful Gladiator's Relentless Brooch is often a better option as your Human racial, Will to Survive Icon Will to Survive, allows you to break free of stuns already.

Sinful Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity Icon Sinful Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity is a powerful burst trinket. It gives you Agility and has a fairly short cooldown, allowing you to use it in your burst often.

Sinful Gladiator's Emblem Icon Sinful Gladiator's Emblem increases your maximum health when used. This gives you an additional defensive when you are the target. This trinket is extremely powerful, and underrated by most. The health increase is gigantic and will very often save your live if you use it when the enemy team is using cooldowns on you and your healer is in crowd control.


Gems and Enchants

Here are the best enchants and gems for a Subtlety Rogue:

Four of your gems should be Versatile Jewel Cluster Icon Versatile Jewel Cluster, one of your gems should be Straddling Sage Agate Icon Straddling Sage Agate, and the last one should be Straddling Jewel Doublet Icon Straddling Jewel Doublet. With these two speed gems and the cloak enchant, plus the passive Fleet Footed Icon Fleet Footed, you will move a lot faster, making it easier to kite or to reach a target. If you play a Night Elf you can reach 131% movement speed at all times.



  • 06 Apr. 2021: Rewritten by Shadenox and further updated for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 12 Mar. 2021: Updated Gearing section.
    • Updated Best Trinkets.
  • 29 Nov. 2020: Removed outdated Traits and Essences.
    • Removed outdated gear.
    • Added gems section.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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