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Outlaw Rogue in Battle for Azeroth (BfA)

Last updated on Jun 07, 2018 at 16:25 by GrayHound 327 comments

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General Information

On this page, you will find information on how to play your Outlaw Rogue in Battle for Azeroth. Because the new expansion is still in beta, this guide is simply here to help you perform better in the beta or to give you a sneak peek into what the new expansion has in store for your class.

The other pages of our Outlaw Rogue guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Gray_Hound, a Subtlety Rogue and theorycrafter who raids in Strawberry Puppy Kisses. You can find him on Twitch and Twitter.

1. Foreword

This page is an introduction to the Outlaw Rogue in Battle for Azeroth, going over the abilities, mechanics, and baseline rotation. Since the Outlaw specialization is still being worked on by the developers, this page may receive frequent updates.

In Battle for Azeroth, Outlaw remains fairly similar on single target, with some adjustments against multiple targets, closer to the Wrath of the Lich King playstyle. The most noticeable change is the loss of the artifact's active ability, which reduces the burst potential somewhat.

2. Basic Mechanics & Abilities Changes for Outlaw Rogue in BfA

  • Saber Slash Icon Saber Slash is renamed to Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike, and its extra hit proc does not generate additional Combo Points, thus making Combo Points generation smoother.
  • Pistol Shot Icon Pistol Shot procs from Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike are not free, and instead give 50% Energy cost discount.
  • Roll the Bones Icon Roll the Bones' Critical Strike buff (Ruthless Precision Icon Ruthless Precision) grants extra Critical Strike specifically to Between the Eyes Icon Between the Eyes, thus changing your rotation slightly for the duration that it is up.
  • Roll the Bones Icon Roll the Bones' Energy regeneration buff (Buried Treasure Icon Buried Treasure) grants a flat 4 Energy per second, instead of a percentage buff.
  • Bribe Icon Bribe has been removed.
  • Feint Icon Feint now has a cooldown period, thus preventing you from maintaining 100% uptime on it.
  • Grappling Hook Icon Grappling Hook is now a baseline ability on a longer cooldown.
  • Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry is no longer a toggle, instead working as a cooldown with multiple charges. However, now it has a flat Energy cost (15) instead of Energy generation reduction.

3. The BfA Outlaw Rogue Talent Tree

BfA Outlaw Talent Tree

While Outlaw has not received a lot of changes, its multi-target rotation has received changes which are noticeable in gameplay, and there are a few new to talents that enhance it.

3.1. Level 15 (Generator Tier)

  • Weaponmaster Icon Weaponmaster is a rename of Swordmaster Icon Swordmaster with the same functionality.
  • Quick Draw Icon Quick Draw received no changes.
  • Ghostly Strike Icon Ghostly Strike now has a cooldown (35 seconds), which before reduction is a lot greater than its duration (10 seconds). As such, this will be more difficult to use in high frequency target swap fights (or against multiple targets).

3.2. Level 30 (Mobility Tier)

3.3. Level 45 (Finisher Tier)

3.4. Level 60 (Defensive Tier)

3.5. Level 75 (Crowd Control — PvP Utility Tier)

3.6. Level 90 (Upkeep-Finisher Tier)

  • Loaded Dice Icon Loaded Dice is a new talent, replicating the functionality of the lost artifact trait, guaranteeing at least two buffs on the first Roll the Bones Icon Roll the Bones cast when used after Adrenaline Rush Icon Adrenaline Rush.
  • Alacrity Icon Alacrity now stacks up to 5 times (down from 10), but grants 3% Haste per stack (up from 2%).
  • Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice has been moved to this tier, and grants a 60% attack speed increase (down from 125%).

3.7. Level 100 (Ability Tier)

  • Dancing Steel Icon Dancing Steel is a new talent, increasing the duration and damage transfer of Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry.
  • Blade Rush Icon Blade Rush is a new cooldown talent, which charges you towards the target, additionally damaging all of nearby enemies, and generates 25 Energy over 5 seconds. While Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry is active, it will increase the AoE component by 100%.
  • Killing Spree Icon Killing Spree now does damage over the course of 2 seconds (down from 3), reducing your chance of dying due to ground mechanics). While Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry is active, it will also hit all nearby enemies for 100% of the damage.

4. Azerite Traits for Outlaw Rogue

Legion Artifact traits have been replaced in Battle for Azeroth by the Azerite system. These bonuses can be activated in three armor slots (helmet, chest, and shoulders) and generally provide multiple types of bonuses, such as: damage, defensive, and utility. Currently, they have very low impact on your gameplay, however we have not seen all of them yet.

5. The Base Rotation for Outlaw Rogue in BfA

In Battle for Azeroth, the single target rotation does not change drastically from Legion.

  1. Cast Adrenaline Rush Icon Adrenaline Rush on cooldown.
  2. Maintain Roll the Bones Icon Roll the Bones or Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice on yourself.
  3. Use Pistol Shot Icon Pistol Shot when you get a half-cost proc.
  4. Use Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike to generate Combo Points.
  5. Use Between the Eyes Icon Between the Eyes to spend your Combo Points when at maximum, if you have Ruthless Precision Icon Ruthless Precision buff.
  6. Use Dispatch Icon Dispatch to spend your Combo Points when at maximum.
  7. Use Vanish Icon Vanish on cooldown and use Ambush Icon Ambush.

6. Multiple Target Rotation for Outlaw Rogue in BfA

Due to the changes to Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry, you can no longer keep it up 100% of the time on longer multiple target fights. Since with 2 charges it takes 50 seconds to refresh them to full, you will want to start saving its uses before the priority multiple target engagement. With its recharge, you will be able to maintain it fully for 36 (45 with Dancing Steel Icon Dancing Steel) seconds before having to wait for the cooldown. It is important to maximise the use of Blade Rush Icon Blade Rush or Killing Spree Icon Killing Spree during this time, as they will deal significantly more damage. Outside of that, you will maintain same rotation as against a single target.

7. Leveling in Battle for Azeroth as Outlaw Rogue

BFA Outlaw leveling Talent
  Tree

This build is suggested for leveling, as it improves mobility and open world survivability, while maximizing the effectiveness of cooldowns due to downtime between different enemies.

8. ChangeLog

  • 07 Jun. 2018: Page added.
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