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Outlaw Rogue Essences — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Apr 23, 2020 at 04:25 by Seliathan 62 comments
General Information

On this page, we go over the Essence system in Patch 8.3 of World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth, and we tell you which are the best essences to use as Outlaw Rogue, both for minor and major powers. Please refer to our Patch 8.3 Essence Guide for more information about the new essences introduced in Patch 8.3 and to our Essence guide for more general information about the Essence system and where Essences can be obtained from.


Azerite Essences for Outlaw Rogues

Introduced in Patch 8.2, Essences are unique items that drop from various forms of content. They are activated through your Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth, and they buff your character in various ways, depending on the Essences that are currently active.

For more information about essences, please check out the following:

What follows on this page will relate directly to how Essences affect this spec, since generic information is beyond the scope of this guide.


Choosing Essences as an Outlaw Rogue

Based on the content or encounter type you are engaging with, whether it is Mythic+, Worldquesting or Raiding, you will want to make sure that your Essence setup is best suited to your and your groups needs. What follows on this page is a short summary on what essences to pick, and further down below you will find detailed explanations for all of the important Essences.


Essence Setup Summary


Major Essences


Minor Essences


Notable Essences for Outlaw Rogues

Worldvein Resonance occasionally spawns a shard next to you that provides a flat amount of Agility. Other players in your group that play the same Essence, as well as their shards, will benefit everyone who plays this Essence. With Patch 8.3, the Major Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance has received a significant buff that puts this Essence ahead of all other options.

The Crucible of Flame (Concentrated Flame Icon Concentrated Flame) is the second best option for pure single-target with its 30-second cooldown nuke. Until you get access to Rank 3 of Condensed Life-Force this should be your Major Essence.

Breath of the Dying is a very strong contender for one of your three Minor Essence slots. Its Minor effect Lethal Strikes Icon Lethal Strikes deals a decent amount of damage, and the Corruption Resistance allows you to wear more corrupted items. The benefit from this resistance increase varies based on your corrupted gear. Its Major effect Reaping Flames Icon Reaping Flames provides a low-cooldown on-demand burst both during the start of a fight as well as during the execute phase of any encounter. Due to this usefulness below 30% HP of your target, this Essence might see some niche use even as a Major.

Essence of the Focusing Iris (Focused Azerite Beam Icon Focused Azerite Beam) is very potent for AoE burst situations, with the channel being usable as a pre-cast, and the cast time being reduced by Haste. The Minor (Focused Energy Icon Focused Energy) provides Haste, which is not the best possible bonus, but still decent. Use this on AoE whenever your Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry is recharging one of its charges.

Blood of the Enemy (Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy) is great in single target and AoE due to its synergy with Between the Eyes Icon Between the Eyes. The Minor (Blood-Soaked Icon Blood-Soaked) is a passive stackable secondary buff, which is not very interesting, but does provide additional damage. When using Blood of the Enemy, always use it before your next Between the Eyes Icon Between the Eyes. You do not have to roll for a specific buff before doing so.

Memory of Lucid Dreams (Lucid Dreams Icon Lucid Dreams) is your strongest Minor Essence option. It will provide you with a lot of extra energy, making your rotation more fluid by lowering the amount of times where you are starving energy.

Vision of Perfection (Strive for Perfection Icon Strive for Perfection) is one of the more interesting Essences for Outlaw, and helps further boost the uptime on Adrenaline Rush Icon Adrenaline Rush. Due to the number of various cooldown-reducing mechanics on Outlaw, this can end up being very potent, but only when run in one of the Minor Essence slots.


Essence Comparison Simulations for Outlaw Rogues

As with all simulations provided in our guides, they only provide a very rough guideline, and you should not rely on them for making decisions on your own gear. Always use Raidbots.com to sim your own character.


Major Essences

For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com

Minor Essences

For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com


  • 23 Apr. 2020: Updated Essence recommendations.
  • 14 Jan. 2020: Page updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 11 Dec. 2019: Added Condenses Life-Force, Lucid and Crucible essences. Updated description for Visions/Focusing Iris.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: Page added.
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