Outlaw Rogue DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Dec 02, 2020 at 03:22 by Seliathan 29 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out the best talents for each tier for your Outlaw Rogue in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2. We also have default talent lists for various types of content, such as raiding or Mythic+. If you play with Warmode on, we have your PvP talents covered as well.

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

1.

Talent Choices for Outlaw Rogue

Level Choices
15 Weaponmaster Weaponmaster Quick Draw Quick Draw Ghostly Strike Ghostly Strike
25 Acrobatic Strikes Acrobatic Strikes Retractable Hook ? Retractable Hook Hit and Run Hit and Run
30 Vigor Vigor Deeper Stratagem ? Deeper Stratagem Marked for Death Marked for Death
35 Iron Stomach Iron Stomach Cheat Death Cheat Death Elusiveness ? Elusiveness
40 Dirty Tricks Dirty Tricks Blinding Powder Blinding Powder Prey on the Weak Prey on the Weak
45 Loaded Dice Loaded Dice Alacrity Alacrity Dreadblades Dreadblades
50 Dancing Steel ? Dancing Steel Blade Rush Blade Rush Killing Spree Killing Spree

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Still Mind Icon Tome of the Still Mind and Codex of the Still Mind Icon Codex of the Still Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2.

Talent Cheat Sheets for Outlaw Rogue

Optimizing talents on a contextual basis is the highly recommended method of setting up your build, as many talents offer unique strengths in the right situation. We have decided to list a "cheat sheet" of sorts below, however, to help with a quick set-up that should be just fine for most encounters. If you want to fully optimize your ability to play this specialization, we recommend reading the entire talents section here to gain additional insight on when swapping your talents would be beneficial.

2.1.

Single Target

The build is the standard choice for most encounters, focusing on dealing high and sustained single target damage.

2.2.

AoE/Cleave

The build is specifically used in any content that requires prolonged AoE damage like Mythic+ dungeons or encounters with a lot of add spawns throughout the encounter.

2.3.

Raiding

The two builds suggested above are generalized versions that do not account for individual encounters in the current raid tier. We have a boss-by-boss breakdown of talent choices as well as tips and tricks only Outlaw can pull off on our dedicated Raid page.

2.4.

Mythic+

Mythic+ oftentimes requires a very specific talent setup that mixes single-target and AoE to perform well on both bosses and trash. If you want advice that is specific to Mythic+, you can find more information in our Mythic+ section.

2.5.

How To Use Outlaw Rogue Talents

Once you have selected all your talents you might wonder how some of these change your rotation or when best to use certain cooldowns. Answers to these questions can be found by heading over the our section that is specifically addressing all questions regarding your DPS rotation.

3.

Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents for Outlaw Rogue

Weaponmaster Weaponmaster Quick Draw Quick Draw Ghostly Strike Ghostly Strike

Tier 1 talents focus on improving Combo Point generation.

  • Weaponmaster Icon Weaponmaster causes your Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike to have a 10% increased chance to strike an additional time.
  • Quick Draw Icon Quick Draw causes Opportunity Icon Opportunity procs to generate 1 additional Combo Point and deal 50% additional damage when consumed.
  • Ghostly Strike Icon Ghostly Strike strikes an enemy, dealing Physical damage and causing the target to take 10% increased damage from your abilities for 10 seconds. Awards 1 Combo Points. Has a 30 second cooldown, which gets reduced by your finishers.

Quick Draw Icon Quick Draw is the best choice for DPS for both single-target and AoE.

Weaponmaster Icon Weaponmaster is simply inferior to Quick Draw in terms of raw DPS.

Ghostly Strike Icon Ghostly Strike is incredibly situational. It is only useful on encounters with temporary damage increases that it can be lined up with.

4.

Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents for Outlaw Rogue

Acrobatic Strikes Acrobatic Strikes Retractable Hook ? Retractable Hook Hit and Run Hit and Run

Tier 2 talents focus on improving your mobility.

This tier is largely a matter of personal preference, or is specific to the encounter at hand.

Acrobatic Strikes Icon Acrobatic Strikes is a good choice on cleave encounters as it also extends the length of your Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry. It essentially increases the radius of your Blade Flurry by 3 yards, which more than doubles the size of the area where enemies can be hit with Blade Flurry. It can also allow you to stay in range of your enemy and avoid melee-based abilities by outranging them.

Retractable Hook Icon Retractable Hook is a decent alternative if the repeated use of the hook allows for higher uptime on your main targets, or whenever it can be used to avoid knockback effects.

Hit and Run Icon Hit and Run is only good for kiting or moving between targets.

5.

Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents for Outlaw Rogue

Vigor Vigor Deeper Stratagem ? Deeper Stratagem Marked for Death Marked for Death
  • Vigor Icon Vigor increases your maximum Energy by 50 and increases Energy regeneration by 10%.
  • Deeper Stratagem Icon Deeper Stratagem increases maximum Combo Points to 6, allows finishing moves to consume 6 Combo Points, and increases the damage of finishing moves by 5%.
  • Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death marks a target and instantly generates 5 Combo Points. The cooldown is reset if the marked target dies.

Vigor Icon Vigor is the simplest to use while being slightly worse than Deeper Stratagem.

Deeper Stratagem Icon Deeper Stratagem leads to a slightly slower rotation (as compared to Vigor Icon Vigor) but your finishers will gain increased effectiveness and damage.

Even without cooldown resets Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death is the highest damage option, in particular on AoE.

6.

Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents for Outlaw Rogue

Iron Stomach Iron Stomach Cheat Death Cheat Death Elusiveness ? Elusiveness

Tier 4 talents improve your personal survivability.

  • Iron Stomach Icon Iron Stomach increases the healing received from Crimson Vial Icon Crimson Vial, healing potions, and Healthstones by 30%.
  • Elusiveness Icon Elusiveness causes Feint Icon Feint to also grant 30% reduced damage taken from all sources.
  • Cheat Death Icon Cheat Death causes fatal damage to instead reduce you to 7% of your maximum health and grant 85% reduced damage taken for 3 seconds. Cheat Death cannot save you from damage greater than double your maximum health. It has a 6-minute cooldown.

Elusiveness Icon Elusiveness is technically the best talent in most situations, but requires you to be extremely proficient with Feint Icon Feint usage and very aware of incoming damage.

Cheat Death Icon Cheat Death is a good choice for players in a raid environment, as it is entirely passive and great for soaking raid mechanics when needed. Generally, Cheat Death is best for learning encounters and soaking high damage mechanics, whereas Elusiveness is great for soaking frequently occurring mechanics.

Iron Stomach Icon Iron Stomach is by far the best choice for leveling and solo content, as it improves your self-sustainability noticeably. Iron Stomach does not have much potential in a raid environment.

7.

Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents for Outlaw Rogue

Dirty Tricks Dirty Tricks Blinding Powder Blinding Powder Prey on the Weak Prey on the Weak

Tier 5 talents focus on improving your crowd control utility.

Prey on the Weak Icon Prey on the Weak is the strongest option in this tier, as it allows you to increase everyone's damage by 10% for 6 seconds, on stunnable enemies. While many enemies are immune, this is still the best of all available options.

Blinding Powder Icon Blinding Powder can be useful, if you need to hard crowd-control some mobs, as it gives you more range for it, and lowers the cooldown. However, there are generally better crowd control abilities available from other classes.

Dirty Tricks Icon Dirty Tricks has practically no instance PvE usage as you are unlikely to use any of the abilities it affects during the fight.

8.

Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents for Outlaw Rogue

Loaded Dice Loaded Dice Alacrity Alacrity Dreadblades Dreadblades

Tier 6 talents offer finisher modifiers.

  • Loaded Dice Icon Loaded Dice makes activating Adrenaline Rush Icon Adrenaline Rush cause your next Roll the Bones Icon Roll the Bones to grant at least two buffs.
  • Alacrity Icon Alacrity causes finishing moves to have a 20% chance per Combo Point to grant 2% Haste for 20 seconds, stacking 5 times.
  • Dreadblades Icon Dreadblades is a buff that allows you to genereate maximum Combo Points with a single finisher while draining health whenever you use a finishing move.

Alacrity Icon Alacrity is the best choice in raids and dungeons, provided you are able to consistently maintain your stacks for most of the encounters.

While Loaded Dice Icon Loaded Dice does help reduce the random aspect of Roll the Bones Icon Roll the Bones a bit, it currently lags too far behind Alacrity Icon Alacrity to be competitive for damage.

Dreadblades Icon Dreadblades is a solid option due to the amount of burst damage you can deal during its duration, but still performs worse than Alacrity Icon Alacrity.

9.

Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents for Outlaw Rogue

Dancing Steel ? Dancing Steel Blade Rush Blade Rush Killing Spree Killing Spree

Tier 7 talents focus on shifting the playstyle in new directions.

  • Dancing Steel Icon Dancing Steel increases the duration of Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry by 3 seconds and its damage by 5%.
  • Blade Rush Icon Blade Rush charges you towards the target, damaging all of nearby enemies, and generating 25 Energy over 5 seconds. While Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry is active, it will increase the damage of the AoE component by 100%.
  • Killing Spree Icon Killing Spree teleports you to your target and attacks 6 times over 2 seconds. Killing Spree is affected by Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry and will hit nearby enemies for 100% of the damage during it.

Killing Spree Icon Killing Spree is mediocre in damage and the forced movement can put you in perilous situations however, so use it with care.

Blade Rush Icon Blade Rush is the best for both single-target and AoE, and its AoE component does not have a target cap.

Dancing Steel Icon Dancing Steel is only helpful for ease of use, as you should already be able to maintain close to 100% uptime on Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry. If you struggle with your Blade Flurry uptime in Mythic+, this talent is a good alternative, but should never be required.

10.

PvP Talents (War Mode)

In Shadowlands, there will be the option to go into "War Mode". Enabling War Mode provides the following benefits:

  • PvP talents enabled in the outdoor world.
  • 10% increase in World Quest rewards at maximum level.
  • 10% more experience gained while leveling.
  • Earn Conquest Points which can reward gear every week.

With the benefits of enabling War Mode for leveling and PvE content, it is recommended to enable the feature to maximize your leveling and rewards at maximum level. However, you will make yourself available for open world PvP, and the possibility to be "ganked" while leveling or doing World Quests exists.

10.1.

Outlaw Rogue War Mode Talents

In this section we will rank the PvP talents best for leveling and doing solo / small group PvE content. Below is a ranking of both General PvP Talents and Outlaw Rogue-specific PvE talents.

10.1.1.

Outlaw Rogue PvP Talents

  1. Take Your Cut Icon Take Your Cut causes you and allies within 8 yards to gain 15% Haste for 8 seconds after you use Roll the Bones Icon Roll the Bones. It is fairly good, since it acts as a mini-Adrenaline Rush Icon Adrenaline Rush and has decent uptime when you are questing in the open world.
  2. Boarding Party Icon Boarding Party makes Between the Eyes Icon Between the Eyes increase the movement speed of all friendly players within 10 yards by 30% for 5 seconds. Movement speed is always nice while world-questing, so this highly recommended.
  3. Maneuverability Icon Maneuverability makes your Sprint Icon Sprint suppress all movement impairing effects, thus helping out a bit with mobility.
  4. Cheap Tricks Icon Cheap Tricks reduces the cost of your Pistol Shot Icon Pistol Shot by 100% for 5 seconds after using Between the Eyes Icon Between the Eyes. You can use Pistol Shot repeatedly to generate Combo Points while this buff is active if you are low on Energy.
11.

Changelog

  • 02 Dec. 2020: Updated talent recommendations for Marked for Death.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands release, updated talent recommendations and descriptions.
  • 24 Oct. 2020: Updated talent recommendations based on newest simulations and theorycrafting research.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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