Rogue Leveling Guide 1-120 Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

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1. General Battle for Azeroth Leveling Tips

Welcome! While this leveling guide is specifically made for the class and specialization(s) listed, we also have a general Battle for Azeroth leveling guide that focuses on the specific features of the Battle for Azeroth expansion including preparation of your mission table that will be used to unlock new areas, progressing on your faction's War Effort to save time at Level 120, and a reminder to keep ALL of the gear you find for the Scrap-o-Matic 1000 or Shred-Master Mk1, which will greatly increase your resource generating capabilities. Please visit our 110 to 120 leveling guide for this information and more (including Heirloom and War Mode advice that also applies to players who are not yet Level 110.

2. Leveling 1-120 as an Outlaw Rogue

2.1. Gear Options

When leveling up, you should always choose the piece of loot with the highest item level. The only exception to this rule is if you have a Ring or Necklace with a slightly lower item level, but 2 secondary stats on it instead of 1.

2.2. Level by Level Rotation and Talents

Move the slider below to make the guide update to your level!

Level: 110

2.2.1. Talents to Level Up as an Outlaw Rogue

Your first talent row unlocks at Level 15.

Your talent set up should be as follows.

2.2.2. Rotation to Level Up as an Outlaw Rogue

Cast Stealth Icon Stealth if you want to get to to quest objective without fighting all enemies, while it does not offer any combat benefit for some time, it is still very useful for leveling.

Starting at Level 1, you only have one main attack ability: Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike.

  1. Cast Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate once you have 4+ Combo Points to spend them.
  2. Use Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike to build up Combo Points.
  1. Use Adrenaline Rush Icon Adrenaline Rush when it is available. Ideally you want to try and pull multiple enemies when it is up, so that you do not waste its uptime on running between enemies.
  2. Use Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death to generate 5 Combo Points. Ideally you want to mark the lowest health enemy so you can quickly kill it and reset the cooldown, if you are fighting more than one enemy.
  3. When fighting more than one enemy, use Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry.
  4. Cast Ambush Icon Ambush when you can open from Stealth Icon Stealth.
  5. Cast Roll the Bones Icon Roll the Bones to spend your Combo Points and maintain your buffs. It is important to remember that the buff has a decent duration, so instead of finishing a low-health mob with Dispatch Icon Dispatch, it might be more beneficial to kill it slowly to building up Combo Points and refresh your Roll the Bones. This way, it will be up for the next pack.
  6. Cast Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice to spend your Combo Points and maintain the buff. Note that you can perfectly choose to Alacrity Icon Alacrity instead of Slice and Dice, in order to keep playing with Roll the Bones Icon Roll the Bones, if you feel comfortable doing so.
  7. Cast Dispatch Icon Dispatch once you have 4+ Combo Points to spend them.
  8. Cast Blade Rush Icon Blade Rush on cooldown. It generates Energy and allows you to close in on enemies. Remember that this has good synergy with Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry when fighting more than one enemy.
  9. Cast Pistol Shot Icon Pistol Shot when you get an Opportunity Icon Opportunity proc, unless it will cause you to overcap Combo Points.
  10. Cast Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike unless you have 4+ Combo Points.

2.2.3. General PvP Talents

  • Adaptation Icon Adaptation is likely your most passive choice, since it will automatically remove loss of control effects over 5 seconds. It is recommended for leveling to take this PvP talent.
  • Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is an on-use ability that removes all movement impairing effects and all loss of control effects.
  • Relentless Icon Relentless is also a passive ability but it does not automatically remove crowd control effects, but instead reduces their duration.

2.2.4. Outlaw Rogue PvP Talents for Leveling

  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 (or Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice). 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. It is useful when fighting mobs that get "scared" and run away at low health, as you can stun them and catch up to them quickly.
  3. Death from Above Icon Death from Above empowers your Dispatch Icon Dispatch, and makes you leap to the target, making it somewhat useful, albeit not as powerful as Legion's PvE version of that spell.

Cheap Tricks Icon Cheap Tricks, Control is King Icon Control is King, Dismantle Icon Dismantle, Drink Up Me Hearties Icon Drink Up Me Hearties, Honor Among Thieves Icon Honor Among Thieves, Maneuverability Icon Maneuverability, Plunder Armor Icon Plunder Armor, Shiv Icon Shiv, Smoke Bomb Icon Smoke Bomb, Thick as Thieves Icon Thick as Thieves, and Turn the Tables Icon Turn the Tables all have very limited uses in PvE due to either not being a damage increase or having too rare of an activation condition, i.e.: "Critical hits by allies within 15 yards", or "Enemy player within 40 yards are Stunned, Silenced or Polymorphed". This makes them tuned to be useful against players rather than large groups of enemies.

2.3. Legendary Options

If you are just coming out of Level 110, you will probably have a number of different Legendary items to choose from. Your Legendaries' special effects will stop working at Level 116, but until then they can be a very powerful addition to help you level up quickly. These are our Legendary recommendations for leveling as an Outlaw Rogue in Battle for Azeroth:

  • Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret is superb, as it grants you increased movement speed and you are able to easily proc its effect with Between the Eyes Icon Between the Eyes, giving you even more movement. It is also a fairly solid damage legendary.
  • The Sentinel's Eternal Refuge Icon The Sentinel's Eternal Refuge is very good for overall mobility, as you gain a great deal of speed, if you can quickly kill enemies, thus greatly increasing your leveling speed.
  • Mantle of the Master Assassin Icon Mantle of the Master Assassin is more powerful for leveling than it is for raid or dungeons. Indeed, you can enter Stealth a lot more often while leveling, which greatly increases the power of this Legendary. With good gear, you can generally kill most enemies before the Critical Strike bonus wears off.
  • Cinidaria, the Symbiote Icon Cinidaria, the Symbiote is normally on the weaker end of the spectrum. While leveling, however, it becomes extremely powerful, especially when combined with Mantle of the Master Assassin Icon Mantle of the Master Assassin. This is because enemies in the open world have generally low health, so they will die in a few hits. In these conditions, having your first hit receive a 30% damage boost is a very nice bonus.

2.4. Quest Rewards

You should equip new quest rewards when their item level starts beating out your previous set of gear. If you are currently wearing Tier 21 gear, you can replace them, as the bonuses are more beneficial for longer fights, and are not as good in quick leveling ones. With that said, you will unlock Azerite pieces early on, which are worth using over Tier gear in most circumstances.

If possible, we recommend holding on to all Quest Rewards you do not use. They can be scrapped at Level 120 for material resources for profession crafting.

2.5. Consumables

There are several consumable items that can be purchased that will help you with your leveling speed.

  • Skystep Potion Icon Skystep Potion increases your movement speed by 150% (more than a mount!) for 8 seconds. It has a 1-minute cooldown. This is extremely useful and should be used often and aggressively for any travel that is more than ~100 yards long.
  • Gunshoes Icon Gunshoes are an Engineering item that increase your movement speed by 200% for 25 seconds. These will make you almost as fast as a Flying mount. We recommend having a lot of these, and using them whenever you are traveling more than ~250 yards.
  • Goblin Glider Kit Icon Goblin Glider Kit is very useful for covering long distances from high places.

2.5.1. Gunshoes Macro

The Gunshoes will not let you stop moving as long as they are active. Using this macro twice will click the buff off and allow you to stop.

  • #showtooltip
  • /use Gunshoes
  • /cancelaura Gunshoes

2.6. Congratulations!

Congratulations on reaching Level 120! Now that you have hit Level 120 we recommend looking at our Easy mode page and Talents section to learn how to play at max level. To get yourself prepared for the end-game content ahead, we strongly recommend this Battle for Azeroth Raiding Lexicon/Spreadsheet by Medivh. It is a gold trove of information that will help you when gearing up in Battle for Azeroth and more.

3. Leveling 1-120 as a Subtlety Rogue

Note that Outlaw is our recommended leveling spec especially for 1-110, but Subtlety can be extremely strong for 110-120 if you have access to The Dreadlord's Deceit Icon The Dreadlord's Deceit and AoE damage trinkets such as Umbral Moonglaives Icon Umbral Moonglaives or Void Stalker's Contract Icon Void Stalker's Contract.

3.1. Gear Options

When leveling up, you should always choose the piece of loot with the highest item level. The only exception to this rule is if you have a Ring or Necklace with a slightly lower item level, but 2 secondary stats on it instead of 1.

3.2. Level by Level Rotation and Talents

Move the slider below to make the guide update to your level!

Level: 110

3.2.1. Talents to Level Up as a Subtlety Rogue

Your first talent row unlocks at Level 15.

Your talent set up should be as follows.

3.2.2. Rotation to Level Up as a Subtlety Rogue

Cast Stealth Icon Stealth if you want to get to to quest objective without fighting all enemies, while it does not offer any combat benefit for some time, it is still very useful for leveling.

Starting at Level 1, you only have one main attack ability: Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike.

  1. Cast Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate once you have 4+ Combo Points to spend them.
  2. Use Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike to build up Combo Points.
  1. Use Shadow Blades Icon Shadow Blades when you are fighting elites and other boss enemies.
  2. Cast Nightblade Icon Nightblade when you are fighting elites and other boss enemies. Do not bother using it on regular mobs unless you are sure that they will live for the full duration of the debuff.
  3. Use Symbols of Death Icon Symbols of Death to gain a damage increase buff. You should use this on cooldown when leveling and preferably pulling multiple mobs whenever it is up.
  4. Cast Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death after your initial opener, preferably on low health mobs. If you pull multiple mobs, finish them off one by one and cast Marked for Death on each one of them.
  5. Cast Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance whenever you have available charges.
  6. Cast Secret Technique Icon Secret Technique once you have 4+ Combo Points to spend them. Secret Technique does quite a lot of AoE damage so aim to pull multiple mobs whenever it is ready.
  7. Cast Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate once you have 4+ Combo Points to spend them.
  8. Cast Shuriken Storm Icon Shuriken Storm when you are fighting multiple enemies (2+) at the same time to generate Combo Points.
  9. Cast Shadowstrike Icon Shadowstrike from Stealth Icon Stealth and when Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance is active.
  10. Cast Shadowstrike Icon Shadowstrike from Stealth Icon Stealth and when Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance is active. Note that after reaching level 42, Shadowstrike will teleport you to the target when cast from Stealth, giving you a lot of mobility.
  11. Cast Backstab Icon Backstab unless you have 4+ Combo Points.
  12. At 54 you will unlock Deepening Shadows Icon Deepening Shadows which causes your finishing moves to reduce the remaining cooldown on Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance.
  13. At 70 you will unlock Shuriken Combo Icon Shuriken Combo, which causes your Shuriken Storm Icon Shuriken Storm to increase the damage of your next Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate by 8% for each enemy hit beyond the first, stacking up to 5 times. Shuriken Combo gives you a hefty damage boost when you are able to pull multiple mobs at the same time.

3.2.3. General PvP Talents

  • Adaptation Icon Adaptation is the recommended PvP talent for leveling, since it will automatically remove loss of control effects over 5 seconds.
  • Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is an on-use ability that removes all movement impairing effects and all loss of control effects.
  • Relentless Icon Relentless is also a passive ability but it does not automatically remove crowd control effects, but instead reduces their duration.

3.2.4. Subtlety Rogue PvP Talents for Leveling

  1. Phantom Assassin Icon Phantom Assassin increases your Critical Strike chance by 35% while Stealth Icon Stealth or Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance is active. This talent is great in combination with Enveloping Shadows Icon Enveloping Shadows.
  2. Cold Blood Icon Cold Blood causes your next Shadowstrike Icon Shadowstrike or Cheap Shot Icon Cheap Shot deal up to 10% of the target's total health in Shadow damage.
  3. Honor Among Thieves Icon Honor Among Thieves causes your and your party members' Critical Strikes to grant you a Combo Point; this effect can only occur once every 2 seconds.

Veil of Midnight Icon Veil of Midnight, Shadowy Duel Icon Shadowy Duel, Silhouette Icon Silhouette, Smoke Bomb Icon Smoke Bomb, Maneuverability Icon Maneuverability, Dagger in the Dark Icon Dagger in the Dark, Thief's Bargain Icon Thief's Bargain, and Shiv Icon Shiv have limited use in PvE content when leveling due to them not providing damage increases. Death from Above Icon Death from Above can be a good option instead of Honor Among Thieves Icon Honor Among Thieves to burst down high health enemies such as Elites.

3.3. Legendary Options

If you are just coming out of Level 110, you will probably have a number of different Legendary items to choose from. Your Legendaries' special effects will stop working at Level 116, but until then they can be a very powerful addition to help you level up quickly. These are our Legendary recommendations for leveling as a Subtlety Rogue in Battle for Azeroth:

  1. The Dreadlord's Deceit Icon The Dreadlord's Deceit gives you the AoE damage that Subtlety lacks otherwise. When you have max stacks, you should be able to finish off a large pack of mobs with a single Shuriken Storm Icon Shuriken Storm making this Legendary item a very solid choice for leveling.
  2. The Sentinel's Eternal Refuge Icon The Sentinel's Eternal Refuge is very good for overall mobility, as you gain a great deal of speed, if you can quickly kill enemies, thus greatly increasing your leveling speed.
  3. Mantle of the Master Assassin Icon Mantle of the Master Assassin is more powerful for leveling than it is for raid or dungeons. Indeed, you can enter Stealth a lot more often while leveling, which greatly increases the power of this Legendary. With good gear, you can generally kill most enemies before the Critical Strike bonus wears off.
  4. Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret is a fine choice, as it grants you increased movement speed but you do not have an easy way to proc it as Subtlety, therefore we recommend The Sentinel's Eternal Refuge Icon The Sentinel's Eternal Refuge instead as a movement speed legendary.

3.4. Quest Rewards

You should equip new quest rewards when their item level starts beating out your previous set of gear. If you are currently wearing Tier 21 gear, you can replace them, as the bonuses are more beneficial for longer fights, and are not as good in quick leveling ones. With that said, you will unlock Azerite pieces early on, which are worth using over Tier gear in most circumstances.

If possible, we recommend holding on to all Quest Rewards you do not use. They can be scrapped at Level 120 for material resources for profession crafting.

3.5. Consumables

There are several consumable items that can be purchased that will help you with your leveling speed.

  • Skystep Potion Icon Skystep Potion increases your movement speed by 150% (more than a mount!) for 8 seconds. It has a 1-minute cooldown. This is extremely useful and should be used often and aggressively for any travel that is more than ~100 yards long.
  • Gunshoes Icon Gunshoes are an Engineering item that increase your movement speed by 200% for 25 seconds. These will make you almost as fast as a Flying mount. We recommend having a lot of these, and using them whenever you are traveling more than ~250 yards.
  • Goblin Glider Kit Icon Goblin Glider Kit is very useful for covering long distances from high places.

3.5.1. Gunshoes Macro

The Gunshoes will not let you stop moving as long as they are active. Using this macro twice will click the buff off and allow you to stop.

  • #showtooltip
  • /use Gunshoes
  • /cancelaura Gunshoes

3.6. Congratulations!

Congratulations on reaching Level 120! Now that you have hit Level 120 we recommend looking at our Easy mode page and Talents section to learn how to play at max level. To get yourself prepared for the end-game content ahead, we strongly recommend this Battle for Azeroth Raiding Lexicon/Spreadsheet by Medivh. It is a gold trove of information that will help you when gearing up in Battle for Azeroth and more.

4. Changelog

  • 23 Aug. 2018: Added Subtlety leveling guide.
  • 12 Aug. 2018: Overhaul of the page for BfA.
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