Outlaw Rogue PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / Patch 9.0.5)

Last updated on Mar 27, 2021 at 10:59 by Mysticall 4 comments

Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as an Outlaw Rogue and gives you the best combinations you can take.

This page is part of our Outlaw Rogue PvP Guide.


Talent Choices for Outlaw Rogues

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

While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.


Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Quick Draw Icon Quick Draw is the best talent in this tier. That talent is strong for multiple reasons. It helps with generating additional Combo Points and for random bursts of damage.


Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents

Retractable Hook Icon Retractable Hook is the best talent in this tier. This not only lets Rogues push into other teams or chase down targets, but it also allows us to get behind a pillar quickly if we are in trouble. It adds even more mobility to the Outlaw spec. However, if you do not plan on using Retractable Hook for crowd control or you will not be focused, Acrobatic Strikes Icon Acrobatic Strikes is the best choice. This will allow you to stay out of range of some melee AoE abilities or attack enemies even when rooted/slowed.


Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents

Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death is the best choice in this tier. This is a very versatile talent and crucial for your utility. This talent can be used in multiple situations. For example, you can use Marked for Death for an instant Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot on an enemy.


Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents

Elusiveness Icon Elusiveness is an all-around solid choice, and the best talent in this tier. Just make sure to keep using Feint Icon Feint when the enemy team is targeting you.


Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents

If your team's goal is to kill an enemy in a stun, Prey on the Weak Icon Prey on the Weak is the best choice in this tier. This talent is crucial if your team is not crowd control based and just focusing on targeting person.

If your team's goal is to relentlessly crowd control the enemy healer, Blinding Powder Icon Blinding Powder is the best choice. Blind Icon Blind will now have a 90 second cooldown. This means that even if the healer trinkets the first Blind, they will not have a trinket for the second.


Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents

Dreadblades Icon Dreadblades is the best choice in this tier. This gives you another strong burst cooldown. Alacrity Icon Alacrity can be used if you do not have a lot of hast on your gear, but Dreadblades is the better option.


Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents

Killing Spree Icon Killing Spree is the best choice in this tier. Similar to Dreadblades, this gives you another strong burst cooldown that can be used when the enemy healer is in crowd contro. Blade Rush Icon Blade Rush is good versus mobile targets, but does not do as much damage as Killing Spree.


PvP Talents for Outlaw Rogues

You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful, but can be replaced with other PvP talents depending on your team's goal.


Mandatory PvP Talents

Control is King Icon Control is King is crucial for your sustained damage. If you are playing with a Mage and they Polymorph Icon Polymorph an enemy, you will have 3 seconds of Adrenaline Rush Icon Adrenaline Rush. This not only gives you additional damage, but it saves you from pressing an additional button while you are doing damage.

Smoke Bomb Icon Smoke Bomb creates a cloud around you. Enemy players who are outside the cloud will not be able to target anyone inside of it. This talent is strong for multiple reasons. The first is to land a kill while your target is stunned without a trinket. The enemy healer will not be able to heal and you will easily secure a kill while Smoke Bomb is active. The second is to stop incoming spells. This is not done often, but you can use Smoke Bomb on your healer to prevent enemies from crowd controlling them. It all depends on the situation.


Situational PvP Talents

Thick as Thieves Icon Thick as Thieves is just a great damage increase for both you and your DPS partner. Replace Plunder Armor Icon Plunder Armor for this PvP talent if you just want an increase in damage for both you and your teammate.

Plunder Armor Icon Plunder Armor is another offensive cooldown that is important for your burst roation. If your team's goal is solely based around killing an enemy as fast as possible in a stun, you will want to use this PvP talent.

Dismantle Icon Dismantle disarms an enemy for 6 seconds. This is a defensive PvP talent and works well in situations where you can disarm an enemy while they are using their burst cooldowns. For example, you can use Dismantle on a Death Knight after they used Icebound Fortitude Icon Icebound Fortitude.



  • 27 Mar. 2021: No updates needed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 29 Nov. 2020: Removed outdated Traits and Essences.
  • 04 Nov. 2020: Updated Talent Table.
    • Updated Tiers 3, 6, and 7 Regular Talents.
    • Updated PvP Talents.
  • 16 Feb. 2020: Updated Talent Table.
    • Updated Tier 7 Regular Talent.
    • Updated PvP Talents.
  • 20 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for Patch 8.3 and no update was deemed necessary.
  • 05 Jan. 2020: Page added.
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