Subtlety Rogue Essences — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2

Last updated on Jul 08, 2019 at 15:57 by Ashine 73 comments
General Information

On this page, we go over the new Essence system in Patch 8.2 of World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth, and we tell you which are the best essences to use as Subtlety Rogue, both for minor and major powers. Please refer to our Patch 8.2 Guide to Essences for more information about the Essence system and where Essences can be obtained from.

1. Azerite Essences for Subtlety Rogues

Introduced in Patch 8.2, Essences are unique items that drop from various forms of content. They are activated through your Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth, and they buff your character in various ways, depending on the Essences that are currently active.

Our Essence Guide has a full list of all the Essences, together with their descriptions and explanations on how they work.

What follows on this page will relate directly to how Essences affect this spec, since generic information is beyond the scope of this guide.

Disclaimer: Please note that at the moment, simulations and general theorycrafting around Essences is a work in progress, and as a result, most of the recommendations made here are subject to change.

2. Single-Target Essence DPS Ranking for Subtlety Rogues

Currently, Essences are being hotfixed quite frequently, so this is only a cursory look at the power of each Essence in each of the slots.

This ranking is based on Rank 3 Essences and 55 Neck Level, where you unlock your first Minor slot.

2.1. Major Essences

  1. Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force
  2. The Crucible of Flame Icon The Crucible of Flame
  3. Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy
  4. Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams
  5. Essence of the Focusing Iris Icon Essence of the Focusing Iris (great on AoE, mediocre on single target)
  6. Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance (when 5+ people in the raid have it)
  7. Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection
  8. The Unbound Force Icon The Unbound Force
  9. Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol
  10. Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife
  11. Ripple in Space Icon Ripple in Space
  12. Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance (when nobody else has it)

2.2. Minor Essences

Note that this ranking assumes you are only using it in the Minor slot.

  1. Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams
  2. Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance (when 5+ people in the raid have it)
  3. The Crucible of Flame Icon The Crucible of Flame
  4. Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force
  5. Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife
  6. Essence of the Focusing Iris Icon Essence of the Focusing Iris
  7. Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy
  8. The Unbound Force Icon The Unbound Force
  9. Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance (when nobody else has it)
  10. Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol
  11. Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection
  12. Ripple in Space Icon Ripple in Space

3. Essence Comparison Simulations

As with all simulations provided in our guides, they only provide a very rough guideline, and you should not rely on them for making decisions on your own gear. Always use Raidbots.com to sim your own character.

This section will be updated in the future when more robust simulations are available for Essence rankings.

4. Full Essence Descriptions for Subtlety Rogues

4.1. The Crucible of Flame

The Crucible of Flame Icon The Crucible of Flame is the first Essence you unlock and you get Rank 1 as part of the questline of Nazjatar. You get Rank 2 via a quest when your Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth reaches Level 54. Rank 3 comes at Level 60.

This Essence's Major Power, Concentrated Flame Icon Concentrated Flame, is an ability that deals heavy damage on a 30-second cooldown. At higher Ranks, it gains an additional charge. Use it on cooldown. When it gets a second charge, you can try and use it when you have a high Critical Strike chance from procs like Unstable Flames Icon Unstable Flames and more, just to squeeze a bit more damage out of each use.

This Essence's Minor Power, Ancient Flame Icon Ancient Flame, gives your spells a small chance to either deal a small amount of Fire damage to your target, or heal an ally.

4.2. Blood of the Enemy

Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy is an Essence unlocked by earning Honor through PvP content. The first Rank is unlocked by winning a PvP Island Expedition, a Normal Battleground, and an Epic Battleground. Rank 2 is unlocked by earning 15000 Honor through PvP and Rank 3 is unlocked with 50000.

This Essence's Major Power, Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy, is an ability with a 1.5-minute cooldown that deals AoE damage around you and then increases your Critical Strike chance against them by 25% for 10 seconds. At higher Ranks, it also gives you a 5-second Critical Strike Damage buff. Use the Major Power on as many targets as possible and line it up with cooldowns like Symbols of Death Icon Symbols of Death.

This Essence's Minor Power, Blood-Soaked Icon Blood-Soaked, causes your Critical strikes to stack a buff called Blood-Soaked Icon Blood-Soaked, which increases your Critical Strike chance further by a small amount. When it reaches 40 stacks, it consumes all the stacks and gives you a large Haste proc for 8 seconds. At higher Ranks, it has a 25% chance of only consuming 30 stacks.

4.3. The Unbound Force

The Unbound Force Icon The Unbound Force is an Essence unlocked by earning Reputation with your faction's Nazjatar faction, either the Waveblade Ankoan for Alliance or The Unshackled for the Horde. Rank 1 is unlocked at Honored, Rank 2 at Revered, and Rank 3 at Exalted.

This Essence's Major Power is an ability that deals a bit of damage on a 1-minute cooldown. The ability does 300% more damage if it crits. Higher Ranks lower the cooldown to 45 seconds and causes crits to make the ability hit more times.

This Essence's Minor Power, The Unbound Force Icon The Unbound Force, has good synergy with the Major power. Whenever you do not Critical Strike, your spells have a chance to give you stacks of Reckless Force Icon Reckless Force. It does nothing on its own, but when it reaches 20 stacks, it will give you a 4-second buff (Reckless Force Icon Reckless Force) that increases your Critical Strike chance by 70%.

You should be using the Major Power when you have this 4-second buff, to ensure it does 300% more damage every time.

4.4. Worldvein Resonance

Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance is an Essence unlocked by doing Island Expedition content. The first Rank is unlocked by doing a weekly Azerite cap. Rank 2 is unlocked by gathering 15 Fragment of Zem'lan's Lost Treasure Map Icon Fragment of Zem'lan's Lost Treasure Map items in Expeditions and doing the mission that it grants you with your Mission Table Followers. Rank 3 is unlocked by doing the same with 3 Worldvein Intelligence Reports Icon Worldvein Intelligence Reports items.

This Essence's Major Power, Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance, is an ability with a 1-minute cooldown that spawns Lifeblood Shards to erupt around you, which grants you and nearby allies using the same Essence a small primary stat bonus. You can benefit from 4 Shards at most at the same time. Use it when you are going to benefit from the Shards for a while and it is wise to have an idea of who else is using it in your raid, so that you can share each other's Lifeblood Shards.

This Essence's Minor Power, Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood, gives your attacks a chance to spawn Lifeblood Shards with similar effects to the Major Power — this gives you and nearby allies with the same Essence a small primary stat bonus.

*The Worldvein Resonance Essence is only a good choice if there are at least 5 other raid members using the Worldvein Resonance Essence in the raid that you are able to share Lifeblood Shards with. If you are alone, or in Mythic+, it will be a lot worse.

4.5. Purification Protocol

Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol is an Essence unlocked by gaining reputation with the Mechagon faction, the Rustbolt Resistance. Rank 1 is unlocked at Honored, Rank 2 is unlocked at Revered, and Rank 3 is unlocked at Exalted.

This Essence's Major Power, Purifying Blast Icon Purifying Blast, is an ability with a 1-minute cooldown that lets you choose an area on the ground where a beam will blast down for 6 seconds, dealing heavy AoE damage to all enemies in the blast. At higher ranks, it has a chance to instantly kill enemies in this blast. Also, at higher ranks, if an enemy dies in the blast, you gain 10% damage done for 8 seconds. This Essence is well-suited for Mythic+ content, so while it is low on the list for single-target applications, you should not overlook this trait for dungeon content. Use it on large packs when there are targets in it that are within 6 seconds of dying.

This Essence's Minor Power, Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol, gives your attacks a chance to deal AoE fire damage. At higher ranks, it also heals you. This does 50% increased damage against Aberrations.

4.6. Vision of Perfection

Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection is an Essence that drops from King Mechagon, the final boss in the Operation: Mechagon dungeon. Rank 2 can be crafted in the Mechagon Junkyard with items you earn from doing Mechagon Island content. Rank 3 is unlocked by killing King Mechagon multiple times to gather Progression Sprocket Icon Progression Sprockets.

This Essence's Major Power, Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection, gives your spells a chance to activate Shadow Blades Icon Shadow Blades for 25% of its normal duration, or 35% at higher Ranks. At higher Ranks, it also gives you and 2 allies a small Haste buff.

This Essence's Minor Power, Strive for Perfection Icon Strive for Perfection, reduces the cooldown of Shadow Blades Icon Shadow Blades by 15%, and this percentage is increased at higher Ranks. At higher Ranks, it also grants you a passive Versatility bonus and gives you a 5% self-heal when you activate Shadow Blades.

4.7. Memory of Lucid Dreams

Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams is an Essence unlocked early on by doing the initial quest line to the Nazjatar zone. The higher ranks are unlocked by gaining Experience with certain NPCs.

This Essence's Major Power, Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams, is an ability on a 2-minute cooldown that increases your Energy regeneration rate by 100% for 12 seconds. At higher Ranks, this lasts for 15 seconds, and it also gives you a bit of Leech.

This Essence's Minor Power, Lucid Dreams Icon Lucid Dreams, causes your abilities to have a chance to refund 50% of their Energy cost, and also heal you for a small amount. At higher ranks, it also gives you a small amount of passive Versatility.

4.8. Condensed Life Force

Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force is unlocked by farming and combining Aqueous Reliquary Icon Aqueous Reliquary which drop from Radiance of Azshara, The Queen's Court and Queen Azshara in the Eternal Palace.

This Essence's Major Power, Guardian of Azeroth Icon Guardian of Azeroth summons a powerful Guardian of Azeroth for 30 seconds on a 3-minute cooldown. At rank 2, the Guardian gains an AoE ability. At rank 3, you gain 2% Haste whenever the Guardian casts a spell, stacking up to 5 times and lasts while the Guardian is up.

This Essence's Minor Power, Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force causes your spells and abilities have a chance to cast an Azerite Spike at your target. Rank 2 increases the damage of the spikes and Rank 3 causes the spikes to apply a debuff to your target which makes it take 5% extra damage.

4.9. Essence of the Focusing Iris

Essence of the Focusing Iris Icon Essence of the Focusing Iris is unlocked via completing a 4 or higher Mythic+ dungeon in Season 3 and looting the chest. Rank 2 is obtained from 7 or higher and Rank 3 by combining 15 Focused Life Anima Icon Focused Life Anima which you get from your weekly Mythic+ cache.

This Essence's Major Power, Focused Azerite Beam Icon Focused Azerite Beam is burst AoE spell with a 1.75-second cast, 3-second channel with a 1.5-minute cooldown. Rank 2 reduces cast time to 1.25 seconds and Rank 3 allows you to cast and move while channeling the ability.

This Essence's Minor Power, Focused Energy Icon Focused Energy causes your spells and abilities to give you a Haste buff for 4 seconds, stacking up to 10 times. If you switch targets, your stacks will reset to 0. Rank 2 increases the Haste granted by 50% and Rank 3 causes you to instantly gain 3 stacks when switching targets.

4.10. Conflict and Strife

Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife is unlocked via various things related to Rated PvP. Rank 1 is obtained by acquiring 500 Conquest in Season 3, Rank 2 from getting 1000 Rating and opening your next weekly PvP cache and Rank 3 will be unlocked by combining 15 Burgeoning Battlefield Furor Icon Burgeoning Battlefield Furor which you will get from your weekly PvP Cache.

This Essence's Major Power, Conflict Icon Conflict allows you to use the PvP Talent Maneuverability Icon Maneuverability in PvE situations. Rank 2 doubles the damage reduction effect of your Versatility when stunned and Rank 3 causes your Crowd Control and Interrupt abilities to grant you a stack of the minor power Strife Icon Strife and doubles the Versatility gained for 5 seconds.

This Essence's Minor Power, Strife Icon Strife causes your spells and abilities to have a chance to grant Versatility for 8 seconds, stacking up to 5 times. Being Crowd Controlled always gives you a stack. Rank 2 increases the duration of the buff to 14 seconds and Rank 3 increases the maximum number of stacks to 8.

4.11. Ripple in Space

Ripple in Space Icon Ripple in Space is obtained by completing a quest in Nazjatar which requires you to kill 25 players of the opposing faction. Rank 2 is obtained from completing Fighting on Two Fronts Icon Fighting on Two Fronts achievement and Rank 3 is acquired via combining Call to Arms Distinction Icon Call to Arms Distinction which you get from completing weekly world PvP Call to Arms quests.

This Essence's Major Power, Ripple in Space Icon Ripple in Space spawns an Azerite Beacon at the targeted location and after 4 seconds you get teleported to it and deal damage to all nearby enemies. It has 1-minute cooldown and 25-yard range. Rank 2 reduces activation time to 2 seconds and Rank 3 causes you to take 10% less damage for 10 seconds after teleporting.

This Essence's Minor Power, Reality Shift Icon Reality Shift grants you Agility for 15 seconds whenever you move more than 25 yards within 4 seconds. This proc has a 30-second cooldown. Rank 2 increases the duration of the buff to 20 seconds and Rank 3 grants you 5% movement speed at all times.

5. Changelog

  • 08 Jul. 2019: Page updated with Essence rankings and added descriptions.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: Page added.
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