Outlaw Rogue PvP Talents and Builds (Dragonflight / Patch 10.0.7)
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
Blind, Sap, Cloak of Shadows, Evasion, and Shadowstep are core abilities that you need to pick to play the class. These abilities are your CC, defensive cooldowns, and mobility.
Elusivenessis a powerful talent that allows you to have a lot of damage mitigation in combination with the talent Float Like a Butterfly. Cheat Death is also a great option in specific match-ups, such as when facing Rogue/Mage.
Find Weakness and Shadow Dance are great ways to enhance your damage. Find Weakness reduces the armor of the target, increasing all your damage since every ability Outlaw has deals Physical damage, and Shadow Dance gives access to Ambush, which is one of the main damaging spells of this build. It also enables you to CC a bit more with Cheap Shot.
Gouge is a handy ability to have. You can still use it to set up CC on a target with no DoTs or interrupt casts when you don't have your Kick. You can even use it on your target when the stun DR is a few seconds away from fading so that the target can't move and pre-use an ability before your Kidney Shot.
Deeper Stratagem is a great pick for Outlaw, as multiple talents focus on finisher damage. Also since Outlaw sometimes randomly generates Combo points. A higher cap makes it easier not to waste any, increasing overall damage.
Combat Potency and Fatal Flourish are what allow Outlaw to regenerate energy. They are a must-have.
Grappling Hook, alongside the Shadowstep from the Rogue Tree, gives you very high mobility.
Restless Blades allows you to reduce the cooldown of most of your abilities for every Combo Point spent. It is a must-have.
Roll the Bones gives you combat buffs that greatly enhance your effectiveness in combat. It is a must-have, as the spec is built around these buffs.
Adrenaline Rush is your main burst cooldown and, therefore, a must-have.
Float Like a Butterfly is key whenever facing a melee DPS or a Hunter. This will allow you to reset the cooldown of your Evasion through Restless Blades, making you extremely durable.
Hidden Opportunity and Audacity are key talents as they are the ones that allow Ambush to be useable outside of Stealth and deal serious damage.
Blinding Powder reduces the cooldown of your Blind by 30s, allowing you to have it more often than enemy trinkets. This greatly helps to land kills.
Devious Stratagem is a great pick for Outlaw, as multiple talents focus on finisher damage. Also since Outlaw sometimes randomly generates Combo points. A higher cap makes it easier not to waste any, increasing overall damage.
Greenskin's Wickers increases your burst damage. It can be deadly when paired with your other abilities that buff your damage on your goes.
PvP Talents for Outlaw Rogues
You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents; each has 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
Enduring Brawler is a mighty talent. It gives you a lot more damage by increasing the chance for Sinister Strike to hit an additional time by up to 15%. That means you will have a 50% chance for Sinister Strike to hit an additional time, dealing twice the damage, giving you two Combo Points instead of one, and giving you an Opportunity proc. This, in turn, will allow your next Pistol Shot to deal double damage at half cost.
Situational PvP Talents
Dismantle is a strong PvP talent that allows you to disarm an enemy for 6 seconds every 45 seconds. Disarming an enemy can delay their next kill attempt or stop it entirely if they have pulled the trigger. It is a great pick against Warrior, Rogue, and Marksmanship Hunter. It is also helpful against other Hunter specs. However, they can still use many threatening abilities while disarmed, and the same goes for Retribution Paladin and Death Knight. One thing to note is that you can use Dismantle offensively against Death Knight and Warrior, as being disarmed prevents the use of Death Strike and Die by the Sword.
Smoke Bomb creates a smoke cloud around you. Enemy players who are outside the cloud will not be able to target anyone inside it. This talent is strong for multiple reasons. Firstly, it can help you land a kill by stunning a target when they have no trinket. By using Smoke Bomb right after a stun, you will prevent the healer from saving their teammate. Secondly, you can use it defensively to save yourself or an ally from a lethal cast about to go off, such as Greater Pyroblast. And lastly, you can use it to prevent incoming crowd control on you or your team if such crowd control would result in you losing a game, such as a Polymorph or Repentance on your healer when they have no trinket, and you are low on health.
Take Your Cut is a decent pick. Giving 15% Haste to your team now and then is powerful. You may pick this when you need better options.
Thick as Thieves is a very situational PvP talent that can sometimes surprise the enemy team if you play with a teammate with high burst damage, such as a Night Fae Restoration Shaman in 2v2. By giving 15% more damage to your ally on their burst, you can land a kill if the enemy team has already used their defensives on your cooldowns. Alternatively, you can force defensives with the burst of your teammate, further amplified by Thick as Thieves. Then your cooldowns will close the game. The downside of this talent is that it requires you to spend a point on Tricks of the Trade, something that is rarely done in most Rogue Trees.
Maneuverability is a powerful PvP talent versus teams with multiple slows. You can take this so you can maximize your uptime on your target. It also removes any root on you when you use it so that you may escape a Frost Nova or a Steel Trap with it as well.
Control is King is a talent that will make your opener, and your goes with Kidney Shot a bit more bursty. This would be a decent option when playing double DPS comps, but that is not the strong point of Outlaw at the moment.
You will always pick Enduring Brawler. The second and third slots will be Dismantle if you are against melee DPS that relies on a weapon, Maneuverability, if you need a root breaker, or Smoke Bomb otherwise. You can consider Take Your Cut if you have a spare slot, but it will rarely happen.
- 21 Mar. 2023: Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.0.7.
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- 01 Jul. 2022: Changed T1 Talent.
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- 23 Feb. 2022: Updated for Patch 9.2.
- 10 Nov. 2021: Already up to date with Patch 9.1.5.
- 25 Jul. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
- 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.
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- 16 Feb. 2020: Updated Talent Table.
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- 05 Jan. 2020: Page added.
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