Outlaw Rogue PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / Patch 9.0.2)
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
|15||✘ Weaponmaster||✔ Quick Draw||✘ Ghostly Strike|
|25||✔ Acrobatic Strikes||✔ Retractable Hook||✘ Hit and Run|
|30||✘ Vigor||✘ Deeper Stratagem||✔ Marked for Death|
|35||✘ Iron Stomach||✘ Cheat Death||✔ Elusiveness|
|40||✘ Dirty Tricks||✔ Blinding Powder||✔ Prey on the Weak|
|45||✘ Loaded Dice||✘ Alacrity||✔ Dreadblades|
|50||✘ Dancing Steel||✘ Blade Rush||✔ 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 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 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 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 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 on an enemy.
Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents
Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents
If your team's goal is to kill an enemy in a stun, 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 is the best choice. 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
Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents
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 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 is crucial for your sustained damage. If you are playing with a Mage and they Polymorph an enemy, you will have 3 seconds of 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 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
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 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.
- 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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