Subtlety Rogue Shadowlands Leveling Guide From 1 to 60

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Ashine 11 comments

On this page, you will find our Level by Level Subtlety Rogue leveling guide for Shadowlands Make sure to use the slider to make the guide adapt to your level. For more general leveling information, please refer to our Rogue leveling guide.


Gear Options

When leveling up, it is always better to equip the higher item level pieces. 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.


Level by Level Rotation and Talents

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Level: 1

Subtlety Rogue Talents as you level up

Talents can be either passives that enhance your gameplay in some way or active completely different abilities.

Your first talent row unlocks at Level 15.

Here are our recommended talents.

Premeditation Icon Premeditation seems to be bugged on lower levels. It might still be better than Weaponmaster Icon Weaponmaster when leveling even with this accounted for, but right now we recommend Weaponmaster as the talent choice.


Rotation to Level Up as an Subtlety Rogue

Cast Stealth Icon Stealth whenever you are looking for a quest objective but do not need to fight any enemies.

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. Make sure you always have Instant Poison Icon Instant Poison applied.
  2. Use Shadow Blades Icon Shadow Blades on bosses or elite enemies.
  3. Use Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death on enemies. If you are fighting multiple targets at once, make sure to finish the one Marked for Death first, and then re-cast it. A good way to deal with mobs is to cast two Shadowstrike Icon Shadowstrikes into an Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate, then casting Marked for Death into another Eviscerate.
  4. Use Combo Points to keep up Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice at all times. You can use this ability while Stealthed.
  5. Cast Shadowstrike Icon Shadowstrike once from Stealth Icon Stealth.
  6. Cast Shadowstrike Icon Shadowstrike from Stealth Icon Stealth and whenever you haveShadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance active and you are low on Combo Points.
  7. Cast Shadowstrike Icon Shadowstrike from Stealth Icon Stealth and whenever you have either Subterfuge Icon Subterfuge or Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance active and you are low on Combo Points.
  8. Cast Symbols of Death Icon Symbols of Death on cooldown when fighting enemies.
  9. Use Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate to spend excess Combo Points.
  10. Use Secret Technique Icon Secret Technique on cooldown instead of Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate.
  11. Use Black Powder Icon Black Powder instead of Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate when fighting 6 or more targets.
  12. Use Black Powder Icon Black Powder instead of Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate when fighting 3 or more targets.
  13. Use Sinister Strike Icon Sinister Strike unless you have 4+ Combo Points.
  14. Use Backstab Icon Backstab unless you have 4+ Combo Points.
  15. Use Backstab Icon Backstab when you do not have Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance available to you and you are low on Combo Points.
  16. Use Shuriken Storm Icon Shuriken Storm when fighting 2 or more targets instead of Backstab Icon Backstab and Shadowstrike Icon Shadowstrike.

Subtlety Rogue Defensive Abilities while Leveling

Subtlety Rogues have a ton of tools available to them that makes fighting multiple enemies at once easier, or just simply getting away from a sticky situation.

  • Kick Icon Kick allows you to interrupt an enemy that is casting a spell. Use this whenever possible to interrupt enemies to take less damage while leveling.
  • Crimson Vial Icon Crimson Vial lets you heal 20% of your max Health over 4 seconds. Use this is if your Health is dropping low or between mob pulls.
  • Sap Icon Sap lets you control any Humanoid, Beast, Demon or Dragon for up to 60 seconds. Use this to keep a single enemy from joining the fight before you open on a group of enemies from stealth. This crowd control breaks when the enemy takes damage. To avoid breaking your Sap either lure the other enemies away or do not use any AoE spells.
  • Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot can be used to stun a single opponent for up to 6 seconds. Use this to interrupt a dangerous cast or to simply not take damage from an enemy. Some NPCs might be immune to stuns.
  • Evasion Icon Evasion increases your chance to dodge incoming melee and ranged attacks by 100% for 10 seconds. Use this to your advantage by doing larger pulls whenever Evasion is ready. Note that you can only dodge if you are facing the enemy.
  • Vanish Icon Vanish removes you from sight. This resets combat with everything that you were currently fighting, making it a strong cooldown when leveling. Whether it is just to escape certain death or to get rid of pesky enemies that you do not want to deal with, make sure to use Vanish to your advantage.
  • Blind Icon Blind allows you to control an enemy for up to 60 seconds. This can be used from stealth or outside of it. The crowd- control breaks when you deal damage like Sap does, so make sure to lure enemies away or avoid using area-of-effect abilities.
  • Cloak of Shadows Icon Cloak of Shadows removes and makes you immune to magical effects for 5 seconds. This allows you to potentially remove damage over time effects that could break your Stealth Icon Stealth, allow you to take less damage or simply avoid certain crowd control or damaging effects.

Subtlety Rogue War Mode Talents for Leveling

In this section we will rank the PvP talents best for leveling and doing solo / small group PvE content. Below is a ranking of Subtlety Rogue-specific PvE talents.


Subtlety Rogue PvP Talents for Leveling

  1. Dagger in the Dark Icon Dagger in the Dark — Whenever Stealth is active, you apply a debuff to a nearby enemies that causes them to take additional 10% damage from your next Shadowstrike. Stacks up to 10 times. This is nothing special but still a slight damage boost.
  2. Thief's Bargain Icon Thief's Bargain — Reduces the cooldown of your Vanish Icon Vanish, Shadow Blades Icon Shadow Blades, and Feint Icon Feint by 33%, but using one reduces your damage by 10% for 6 seconds.
  3. Death From Above Icon Death From Above — Finishing move that leaps you up in the air and casts an Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate that deals 10% more damage.


Congratulations on reaching Level 60! Now that you have hit Level 60 we recommend looking at our Easy mode page and Talents section to learn how to play at max level.



  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 05 May 2022: Updated recommended Honor Talents.
  • 25 Feb. 2022: Updated Thief's Bargain's description.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 04 Nov. 2020: Shifted order of Honor Talents due to level requirements.
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