Outlaw Rogue DPS Spell Summary — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Seliathan 61 comments
General Information

On this page, we present you with all spells and procs that you need to understand as a Outlaw Rogue in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic DPS Rogue spells.


Outlaw Rogue Spell Summary

If you are new to Outlaw, it is recommended you read this before proceeding! In this section we will discuss what abilities you have, what they are used for within the specialization, and how they interact with important cooldowns. If you have played this spec before or have already achieved a level of comfort playing this spec in a practical environment, it is recommended you skip this section and move on to the rest of the guide.


Main Resources for Outlaw Rogue

Energy is the main resource of Outlaw Rogues. Energy is generated passively, the rate of which can be increased by Haste, active abilities, talents, and procs.

Combo Points are another primary resource utilized by Outlaw Rogues. Some of your abilities generate Combo Points, while finishing moves spend them, dealing increased damage per Combo Point. You can generate additional Combo Points through passives and Roll the Bones Icon Roll the Bones buffs. Combo Point management is very important to maintaining your abilities and maximizing burst.


Unlocking Abilities

This page lists all the abilities that are available to you on a max level character. If you have just started your journey by leveling a new Rogue, you can head over to our leveling section to learn more about when you get access to these abilities on your way to max level.


Basic Abilities for Outlaw Rogue

These abilities are available no matter what talents you chose, and form the bread and butter of this specialization.

Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike is your main filler and Combo Point generator. It deals moderate damage and generates 1 Combo Point each time it strikes. It has a 35% chance to strike an additional time, which grants 1 additional Combo Point and also procs Opportunity Icon Opportunity.

Dispatch Icon Dispatch is your main damaging finishing move. It consumes Combo Points and has increased damage per point.

Between the Eyes Icon Between the Eyes is your secondary damaging finishing move which has a 20-yard range. It has a 45-second cooldown and it increases your critical strike chance against the target by 20%. Critical Strikes with this ability deal 400% additional damage, and the duration of the critical strike chance increase scales with the amount of Combo Points used.

Roll the Bones Icon Roll the Bones is a 45-second cooldown ability that grants you one or multiple spec-specific buffs. The buffs are explained in greater detail in the rotation section of the guide. You should maintain a Roll the Bones buff at all times.

Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice is a finishing move that increases your attack speed by 50%. This increases the damage of your melee attacks as well as giving you more poison and Combat Potency Icon Combat Potency procs on your main-target.

Pistol Shot Icon Pistol Shot is a ranged ability that deals weak damage, slows the target by 50%, and generates 1 Combo Point. It should only be used when you have an Opportunity Icon Opportunity proc.

Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry deals minor AoE damage and causes all your single-target abilities and auto attacks to cleave for 40% of their damage to targets around you, at the cost of 15 Energy. It is on a 30-second cooldown..

Stealth Icon Stealth lets you move around the battlefield unseen. You will start every fight from Stealth Icon Stealth.

Ambush Icon Ambush can only be used from Stealth Icon Stealth and deals strong damage, generating 2 Combo Points.

For more information on how to use these abilities together in your rotation, please read our rotation page.


Important Procs for Outlaw Rogue

Opportunity Icon Opportunity procs off of extra Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike strikes and grants a 50% energy cost reduction on the use of Pistol Shot Icon Pistol Shot. This is the only time you should use Pistol Shot as a part of the regular rotation.

Ruthlessness Icon Ruthlessness causes finishing moves to have a 20% chance per Combo Point consumed to return a Combo Point.

Mastery: Main Gauche Icon Mastery: Main Gauche gives your main-hand attacks a chance to trigger an attack with your off-hand.

Combat Potency Icon Combat Potency gives your off-hand attacks a chance to generate energy.

Restless Blades Icon Restless Blades causes finishing moves to reduce cooldown on many of your abilities by 1 second per Combo Point spent.


DPS Cooldowns for Outlaw Rogue

Adrenaline Rush Icon Adrenaline Rush increases Energy regeneration by 60%, attack speed by 20% and your maximum Energy by 50 for 20 seconds, on a 3-minute cooldown. This should be used on cooldown for increased burst.

Vanish Icon Vanish allows you to enter Stealth Icon Stealth instantly. This can be used on cooldown to get an Ambush Icon Ambush whenever it is available.

Dreadblades Icon Dreadblades deals initial damage and applies a buff to you that allows all your Combo Point builders to generate the maximum amount of Combo Points in a single hit while consuming 5% of your current health whenever you use a finishing move. It immediately generates maximum Combo Points when used.

Killing Spree Icon Killing Spree causes you to strike a target that is close to you 5 times over the course of 2 seconds. This ability will teleport you every time you hit, following your target even when they try to move away from you.

For more information on Talent choices and which ones to pick you can head over to the Talents and Builds section of this Guide.


Defensive Cooldowns for Outlaw Rogue

  • Feint Icon Feint reduces AoE damage taken by 40% for 6 seconds, for only 35 Energy. When talented into Elusiveness Icon Elusiveness, it also reduces all other damage by 30%. Feint is fantastic for dealing with predictable raid damage, even if it has a 15-second cooldown now.
  • Cloak of Shadows Icon Cloak of Shadows provides magic immunity for 1 second, followed by 4 seconds where all spells will miss you. Cloak of Shadows has a variety of uses, both pre-emptive and reactive, such as solo soaking mechanics or clearing debuffs that would force you out of melee range.
  • Evasion Icon Evasion increases your Dodge chance by 100% for 10 seconds. This can be useful if you have to tank some adds or the boss for a few seconds. Successfully doding an attack will trigger Mastery: Main Gauche Icon Mastery: Main Gauche.


  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 02 Nov. 2021: Updated Dreadblades description for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands release, updated descriptions for new and upgraded abilities.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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