Outlaw Rogue DPS Easy Mode — Dragonflight 10.2
On this page, we explain how to easily play Outlaw Rogue in World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.
Disclaimer: With the vast amount of changes to Rogue and Outlaw talents and abilities in Patch 10.2, we expect more findings and optimizations to surface as the Theorycrafting community continues their efforts to find the best possible way to play the spec. As a result, information on this page might receive frequent updates after Patch 10.2 hits live servers.
If you are new to the class or spec, it is best advised to start slow by starting with a straightforward build to get a better handle on the core mechanics and interactions. This build is only marginally worse than the most optimal way to play the spec, so there is no need to worry at all about potentially lagging behind fellow Rogue players while you get to know the foundations of Outlaw.
The Basics for Outlaw Rogue
Outlaw is a specialization that revolves around the management of several personal buffs and cooldowns. You will use generator abilities to build Combo Points to unleash in powerful and bursty finishers. In this section, we will be focusing on a setup that minimizes the number of buttons and reactivity necessary without unduly compromising overall damage output.
If you are completely new to Outlaw Rogue and need more information on the abilities available to you, you can check out our Spell Summary page.
Talent Choice for Outlaw Rogue
These choices are optimized for ease of use. While some talents can be better in certain situations, this build works very well in all types of content while being not nearly as punishing for unfamiliarity with the core principles of the spec. For many players, this build will be the highest-performing build, although changes can potentially be made depending on the gear you have available. You can opt to pick up Acrobatic Strikes if you do not want to miss out on the additional melee-range, and simply drop the point in Lethality for it.
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For a more in-depth analysis of each of the talent choices and the reasoning behind the aforementioned build as the go-to for ease of use, check out the Talent section below.
Stat Choice for Outlaw Rogue
Currently, you will want to prioritize stats as follows:
- Critical Strike;
Critical Strike and Haste are very close in value to one another. Agility is by far the most important stat, meaning any itemlevel increase is typically an upgrade, regardless of secondary stats. The secondary stat priorities shift and change as you acquire new gear, and we highly recommend simming yourself in order to find out what stat is best for you specifically. You can learn more about what each stat does for you and which stats are the best for each situation by heading to our stats page.
If you are wondering how to sim yourself and find out about the best upgrades for you, you can learn more about it on our Simulations page as well!
Basic Rotational Priority for Outlaw Rogue
Always make sure to have Instant Poison applied.
- Use Blade Flurry before the pull. Refresh it, if it drops off.
- Use Sinister Strike as your main builder. Use Ambush when it is available to cast, and Pistol Shot when you have an Opportunity proc, at either 0-1 CP, or when you are in Shadow Dance.
- Use Dispatch as your main finisher.
- Use Between the Eyes on cooldown, if it is available. During Shadow Dance, Vanish or Subterfuge, only use BtE.
- Use Roll the Bones on cooldown, if you only have 1 buff, or only 2 buffs AND Loaded Dice is active.
- Use Adrenaline Rush, Blade Rush, Ghostly Strike, and Shadow Dance on cooldown.
- Use Shadow Dance and Vanish at maximum Combo Points, and with Between the Eyes ready.
- Maintain Slice and Dice at all times.
You will want to use finishing moves at 6+ Combo Points or higher, or 5+ if you are in Subterfuge or Shadow Dance. Try to hold your Fan the Hammer procs for your Shadow Dance windows. Do not use Between the Eyes unless the cooldown on your Vanish is 45 seconds, and your Shadow Dance is over 15 seconds.
By following the link, you will be able to find a more detailed version of this priority list for both single-target and AoE, as well as a deeper explanation of some of the core concepts of Outlaw gameplay. If you would like to know more about how to pool energy properly or how different talents require a different opener, check out the Rotation section of this guide.
- 06 Nov. 2023: Page updated for the Patch 10.2 Rogue rework.
- 04 Sep. 2023: Page was reviewed for Patch 10.1.7 and no changes were necessary.
- 16 Jul. 2023: Updated RtB prio for HO build.
- 10 Jul. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1.5, added BF conditional to rotation while GM is active.
- 01 May 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1. Simplified rotational priorities and talent build.
- 20 Mar. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.0.7.
- 24 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
- 18 Jan. 2023: Clarified rotational priorities, updated recommended talent build.
- 04 Jan. 2023: Updated information on rotational priorities, RtB buffs and talent build.
- 11 Dec. 2022: Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
- 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
- 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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