Outlaw Rogue DPS Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Apr 07, 2021 at 18:28 by Seliathan 43 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Outlaw Rogue guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.5. Here, you will learn how to play as a Outlaw Rogue in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

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

1.

Outlaw Rogue Overview

Ahoy! Outlaw Rogue is a specialization that centers around managing resources while sustaining high damage to stacked targets. As in previous expansions, Outlaw is a fantastic jack of all trades that can comfortably handle any situation or fight type. Between the three Rogue specializations, Outlaw is the most effective in situations involving heavy cleave or burst-AoE.

2.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses
  • -Variance in damage output depending on Roll the Bones Icon Roll the Bones outcome and Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike procs.
  • -Relies entirely on Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry to deal AoE damage. While it has a high uptime, mistakes on using it are severely punished.
3.

Shadowlands Changes for Rogues

We are maintaining a list of changes for Rogues, so you can see what changes with every patch of Shadowlands.

Patch 9.0.5 offers very few changes to Outlaw Rogue. Outside of two major changes to the Venthyr and Necrolord Covenants, it only offers a few Legendary buffs as well as a bug fix to our Potency Conduit Count the Odds Icon Count the Odds. These changes will slightly improve Outlaw's DPS output, and make the spec a little bit smoother to play.

4.

Leveling an Outlaw Rogue

If you want to prepare for Shadowlands by leveling a new Rogue you should check out our leveling guide to help you on your journey.

If at any point you feel like you would like to customize your user interface or have been wondering if there are any useful macros or addons that might further your enjoyment and performance on your Rogue, you should check out our Addon section.

5.

Basics of Outlaw Rogue Gameplay

Outlaw Rogue is a spec that is heavily centered around the maintenance of its buffs and cooldowns. The decision to either re-roll Roll the Bones Icon Roll the Bones whenever it comes off cooldown, or sticking with the current buff you have and waiting for its expiration, will depend on each individual buff and the current situation you find yourself in.

Playing around Roll the Bones will quickly become second nature as you watch out for not wasting any of your resources or sitting on cooldowns for too long. Most of your cooldowns do not have a static cooldown-timer, since Restless Blades Icon Restless Blades will constantly lower all your cooldowns whenever you spend Combo Points. Utilizing this cooldown reduction is key to playing Outlaw Rogue efficiently.

For more information on the basics of the spec you can check out the Spell Summary to get a good idea of the abilities you will be using while playing Outlaw. If you are completely new to playing Outlaw Rogue, we suggest taking a look at the Easy Mode page below to get a general idea on how to setup your new character.

If you already have some experience playing a Rogue or have familiarized yourself with the basics of the Spec you can also read up more information on how to optimize your Rotation and the individual strengths of the different Talents.

6.

Outlaw Rogue in Shadowlands

Shadowlands allows for extra customization by letting you choose one of four Covenants, craft a specific Legendary and pick from one of three Soulbinds, depending on Covenant.

Once you've chosen your Covenant you will gain access to two new abilities: one Covenant-specific one that improves either your survivability or mobility, as well as an active damaging ability. While this choice can be reverted and changed, doing so will require some catching-up so making an informed decision is highly recommended. You can find out more about the four Covenants and each of their benefits in our comprehensive Covenant section.

Once you have taken your first steps into the Shadowlands, you will also be able to craft multiple Legendary items that provide specific benefits to you. Some of these bonuses are specific to Outlaw, while other work in all three specs. To find out more about which Legendaries we recommend for you, head over to our Legendary section of this guide.

7.

How to Gear Up as an Outlaw Rogue

With all the different gearing options that are available to you, you might ask yourself what gear is worth chasing after. Since a lot of the decisions and variables depend on the gear that you are already wearing right now we strongly recommend "simming" yourself. You can find more information on how to do that, as well as a list of the current Best-in-Slot gear for newly-leveled characters on our dedicated gearing page.

After gearing up your character, the next step is to apply the appropriate enchants and gems, as well as preparing the best potions, flasks and buff food. Which consumables are the best for you depends on your stat priority, which might change depending on your gear, talents and the type of content you are about to tackle. The following two sections of the guide address all questions about consumables as well as the shifting stat priorities for Outlaw Rogues.

8.

End-Game as an Outlaw Rogue

The gameplay of your Outlaw Rogue will change drastically once you start getting access to better and higher item level gear. Once you feel that you are ready to tackle some of the most difficult content the game has to offer you should check out the dedicated pages for each type of content below. You will find helpful tips and tricks, recommendations on your talents and equipment as well as general information on mechanics and guidance on what to look out for as you make your way to the top.

9.

Improving as an Outlaw Rogue

Once you have your gear in order and are looking to improve not just your character itself but also your gameplay, you can check out these helpful sections as a first step into analyzing your own performance in more detail.

10.

Changelog

  • 07 Apr. 2021 (mythic+ page): Updated talent list.
  • 29 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Updated MA+KS rotation, added Shiv for Utility abilities.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): Updated Necrolord Anima Power section.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Page reviewed for Shadowlands patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Added Patch 9.0.5 disclaimer; updated Venthyr and Necrolord descriptions.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated Covenant recommendation.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (FAQ page): Updated Covenant recommendation.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (simulations page): Added patch 9.0.5 Covenant simulations.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated descriptions for Blunderbuss and Deathly Shadows.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Added Valor section and updated Legendary recommendation.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Updated chest enchant.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 13 Feb. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Soulbind progression and trees for Night Fae and Kyrian.
  • 13 Feb. 2021 (stats page): Updated stat priority.
  • 13 Feb. 2021 (rotation page): Updated rotational priorities, added Ghostly Strike information.
  • 13 Feb. 2021 (FAQ page): Stats updates.
  • 13 Feb. 2021 (talents page): Updated single-target and AoE talent recommendations.
  • 13 Feb. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated Legendaries, Conduits and rotational priorities.
  • 13 Feb. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated Legendary recommendations and descriptions.
  • 13 Feb. 2021 (mythic+ page): Updated page with Killing Spree+Master Assassin instructions.
  • 13 Feb. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Updated talent recommendations for all bosses.
  • 15 Jan. 2021 (gear page): Rewrote gear disclaimer.
  • 15 Jan. 2021 (rotation page): Updated sample opener.
  • 15 Jan. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Added tips and tricks for most of the fights on Mythic Difficulty.
  • 24 Dec. 2020 (rotation page): Updated Roll the Bones priorities.
  • 24 Dec. 2020 (easy mode page): Updates Roll the Bones priorities, added poison recommendation.
  • 21 Dec. 2020 (rotation page): Added Poison section.
  • 07 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added Talent and Legendary recommendations, as well as tips and tricks for individual encounters.
  • 07 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Added new trinket recommendation.
  • 07 Dec. 2020 (mythic+ page): Added Legendary and Covenant sections.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (rotation page): Updated rotational priorities and re-roll logic.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated stat priority.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated introduction to Outlaw for Mythic+.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Updated food recommendation.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (talents page): Updated talent recommendations for Marked for Death.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Updated legendary slot recommendation.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (stats page): Updated stat priority.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (simulations page): Updated with newest simulations.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (Legendaries): Updated Legendary slot recommendation.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated talent recommendations and stat priorities.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
  • 26 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Updated with newest trinket simulation results.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Updated with new Augment Runes.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Page added.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release; updated section on how to use procs.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Updated gem, enchant and consumable recommendations for the Shadowlands release.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release, updated stat priority.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release; added new Mythic+ affixes and updated talent recommendations.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release, updated Roll the Bones and rotational priorities, added rotational switches.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release, updated talent recommendations and descriptions.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release, updated descriptions for new and upgraded abilities.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release, added Covenant, Legendary and Conduit recommendations, updated talent and stat suggestions.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands release, with added links to Covenant, Legendary and Torghast pages.
  • 21 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 28 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Updated talent and azerite recommendations.
  • 28 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority and Essence recommendation.
  • 28 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Updated stat priority.
  • 28 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Updated gem and enchant recommendations.
  • 28 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Updated sections on how to manage cooldowns, procs and Blade Flurry.
  • 24 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated talent recommendations based on newest simulations and theorycrafting research.
  • 24 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Updated rotational and Roll the Bones priorities.
  • 24 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Updated talent recommendations based on newest simulations and theorycrafting research.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 11 Dec. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated tips for all bosses.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added tips for all bosses.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Guide added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 08 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added further boss tips.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 23 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Minor updates.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added Outlaw Rogue advice for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added boss spec-specific tips.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added (placeholder for now).
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