Assassination Rogue PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / 9.0.2)

Last updated on Oct 14, 2020 at 21:18 by Mysticall 9 comments

Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as an Assassination Rogue and gives you the best combinations you can take.

This page is part of our Assassination Rogue PvP Guide.


Regular Talents for Assassination Rogues

Level Choices
15 Master Poisoner Master Poisoner Elaborate Planning Elaborate Planning Blindside Blindside
25 Nightstalker Nightstalker Subterfuge Subterfuge Master Assassin Master Assassin
30 Vigor Vigor Deeper Stratagem Deeper Stratagem Marked for Death Marked for Death
35 Leeching Poison Leeching Poison Cheat Death Cheat Death Elusiveness Elusiveness
40 Internal Bleeding Internal Bleeding Iron Wire Iron Wire Prey on the Weak Prey on the Weak
45 Venom Rush Venom Rush Alacrity Alacrity Exsanguinate Exsanguinate
50 Poison Bomb Poison Bomb Hidden Blades Hidden Blades Crimson Tempest Crimson Tempest

While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.


Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Master Poisoner Icon Master Poisoner is the best choice in this tier. As most of your damage comes from your poisons, this talent greatly increases your overall damage output.


Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents

Subterfuge Icon Subterfuge is the best choice in this tier. This talent gives you more control when you leave Stealth Icon Stealth. You can use multiple Cheap Shot Icon Cheap Shots or Garrote Icon Garrotes on enemy teams. Garrote Icon Garrote will not have a cooldown and an 80% increase in damage.


Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents

Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death is the best choice in this tier. This is a very versatile talent and crucial for your utility. This talent can be used in multiple situations. For example, you can use Marked for Death for an instant Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot on an enemy. If you want to be even more aggressive with it, you can use it on an Envenom Icon Envenom.


Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents

Elusiveness Icon Elusiveness is an all-around solid choice, and the best talent in this tier. Just make sure to use Feint Icon Feint before you think you are about to get stunned or when the enemy team uses their burst cooldowns.


Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents

Internal Bleeding Icon Internal Bleeding is the best choice in this tier. This gives you an additional Bleed and makes Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot a very crucial stun to use on your main target.


Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents

Venom Rush Icon Venom Rush is the best choice in this tier. This will make it so you will rarely run out of Energy, as you should always be hitting an enemy that has poisons on them. This will result in more sustained damage output.


Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents

Poison Bomb Icon Poison Bomb is the best choice in this tier. Although you cannot control the proc from this talent, you will be using Envenom Icon Envenom and Rupture Icon Rupture often and will see it often. This is a solid talent to increase your sustained and burst damage.


PvP Talents for Assassination Rogues

You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful, but can be replaced with other PvP talents, depending on your team's goal.


Mandatory PvP Talents

Smoke Bomb Icon Smoke Bomb creates a cloud around you. Enemy players who are outside the cloud will not be able to target anyone inside of it. This talent is mandatory for multiple reasons. The first is to land a kill while your target is stunned without a trinket. The enemy healer will not be able to heal and you will easily secure a kill while Smoke Bomb is active. The second is to stop incoming spells. This is not done often, but you can use Smoke Bomb on your healer to prevent enemies from crowd controlling them. It all depends on the situation, which is why this PvP talent is so good.

System Shock Icon System Shock reduces the enemy's movement speed by 45% when you use an Envenom Icon Envenom with 5 Combo Points on a target with Garrote Icon Garrote, Rupture Icon Rupture, or any lethal poisons. This is great for keeping a mobile target from kiting your damage or to peel for teammates that are in trouble. This is also a good choice to play when your main target is the enemy healer.


Situational PvP Talents

Maneuverability Icon Maneuverability makes Sprint Icon Sprint suppress all movement-impairing effects for 4 seconds when used. This is a great talent versus teams with multiple slows. You should take this versus classes like Mages and Death Knights.

Mind-Numbing Poison Icon Mind-Numbing Poison causes your Deadly Poison Icon Deadly Poison and Wound Poison Icon Wound Poison to also apply Mind Numbing Poison. This will cause the enemy to take damage every time they cast a spell. This should be taken when your primary target is a caster. You should replace Maneuverability Icon Maneuverability with this PvP talent.

Death from Above Icon Death from Above is an interesting PvP talent choice. Although the damage might not be the greatest, it makes you immune to crowd control when you use it. Versus teams with multiple stuns when they are trying to kill you, this is a talent that should be considered.



  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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