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Subtlety Rogue DPS Gear and Best in Slot in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Sep 04, 2018 at 13:40 by Ashine 67 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

This page is a gear reference for Subtlety Rogues. It lists your best items, with an emphasis on trinkets, and gives you gearing advice.

The other pages of our Subtlety Rogue guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Ashine, European Champion of the second Mythic Dungeon Invitational and a member of two top 60 guilds, Wiping as Intended and Group Therapy. He is regarded as one of the top Subtlety Rogues in the world and contributes a fair bit to the spec's theorycrafting. You can watch him play on Twitch.

1. Best in Slot Items for Subtlety Rogue from Uldir

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Raid Item Source
Helm Cowl of Dark Portents Icon Cowl of Dark Portents Mythrax the Unraveler
Shoulders Usurper's Bloodcaked Spaulders Icon Usurper's Bloodcaked Spaulders Zul
Cloak Cloak of Rippling Whispers Icon Cloak of Rippling Whispers Zul
Chest Tunic of the Sanguine Deity Icon Tunic of the Sanguine Deity G'huun
Wrists Wristwraps of Coursing Miasma Icon Wristwraps of Coursing Miasma Vectis
Gloves Antiseptic Specimen Handlers Icon Antiseptic Specimen Handlers Uldir BoE
Belt Replicated Chitin Cord Icon Replicated Chitin Cord Zek'voz
Legs Pathogenic Legwraps Icon Pathogenic Legwraps M.O.T.H.E.R.
Boots Striders of the Putrescent Path Icon Striders of the Putrescent Path G'huun
Ring #1 Rot-Scour Ring Icon Rot-Scour Ring M.O.T.H.E.R.
Ring #2 Ring of the Infinite Void Icon Ring of the Infinite Void Zek'voz
Trinket #1 Frenetic Corpuscle Icon Frenetic Corpuscle Fetid Devourer
Trinket #2 Construct Overcharger Icon Construct Overcharger Taloc
Weapons Latticework Scalpel Icon Latticework Scalpel M.O.T.H.E.R.

2. Azerite Gear for Subtlety Rogue

For information about what Azerite traits to choose and what the best items are, see our Azerite page.

3. Trinkets

This trinket list compares all current trinkets at various equal item levels, meant as a guideline to help prioritize upgrades, so care should be taken when asssessing your own pieces should they vary in item level or bonuses. As always, simming your own gear is recommended.

3.1. Single-Target

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3.2. Single-Target with Add Waves

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4. Gearing Up for Raiding

4.1. Heroic Dungeons

This trinket list compares all current trinkets at various equal item levels,

Heroic dungeons are a good source of gear early-on. Items that drop are relatively low (325) with the ability to titanforge, but there are no lockouts. Apart from the very early parts of the expansion, it is recommended to only do Heroic dungeons after you are done with all other methods that award gear.

4.2. World Quests

World quest rewards scale with your item level, up to 325+ base. While not as high as Mythic dungeon gear, world quests are relatively low effort and can be completed quickly. On top of that, trinkets from world quests are exceptionally powerful, so if you manage to get one at a high item level, you are very likely to wear it going into the Uldir raid.

Emissary caches also occasionally award 340 item level Azerite pieces, which can be massive upgrades if you are not lucky with getting them from Mythic dungeons.

4.3. Professions

As a Subtlety Rogue, you will want to pick up Leatherworking, because you will be able to craft yourself two 355 item level items (Legs and gloves), with the ability to upgrade them to 385 as you get reagents from the Uldir raid.

4.4. Reputation

Reputations can help you fill out the gear slots that you did not manage to get an upgrade for from anywhere else. Factions reward you with a 335 item at Revered and 350 item at Exalted.

Champions of Azeroth is the most important faction as Friendly, Honored, Revered and Exalted all upgrade your Heart of Azeroth by 15 item levels, giving massive secondary stat boost. You will want to aim to complete every Champion of Azeroth world quest possible.

The Honorbound (Horde) and 7th Legion (Alliance) unlock War Campaign story chapters and two Mythic dungeons, The Siege of Boralus (for Horde) and King's Rest (for Alliance).

4.5. Dungeon Trinkets

  • Galecaller's Boon Icon Galecaller's Boon is the best performing trinket from dungeons, but comes with a drawback; the ward on the ground, when used, is rather small and does not leave much room for movement. Therefore, you should think in advance of how to get maximum efficiency out of it. It drops from Tidesage Council in Shrine of the Storm.
  • Harlan's Loaded Dice Icon Harlan's Loaded Dice proc trinket that performs well on single-target and AoE. Drops from the Harlan Sweete in Freehold.
  • Lustrous Golden Plumage Icon Lustrous Golden Plumage a standard on-use trinket. Strong and simple to use. Drops from the Golden Serpent in King's Rest.
  • Dead-Eye Spyglass Icon Dead-Eye Spyglass procs a debuff on your target, which then gives you stacks that increase your Critical Strike. It is a strong trinket on single-target, but loses value if you happen to get an unfortunate proc and have to switch off your target. This drops from Dread Captain Lockwood in Siege of Boralus.

4.6. World Quest Trinkets

4.7. Raid and World Boss Trinkets

World Quest trinkets, especially if titanforged, are very strong. Therefore, you should try to complete every World Quest that rewards one.

Note that Uldir and World Bosses will not be available for the first 3 weeks of Battle for Azeroth.

5. Pre-Raid Azerite Gear

As Azerite gear comes with set traits, we can identify the best Azerite gear for a given item level. However, due to how many combinations of different traits you can have, it is recommended to always simulate yourself when you are unsure if a gear piece is an upgrade. Certain traits gain value the more of the same trait you have, while some other traits lose value when stacking them. Make sure to check the Azerite page for more accurate information regarding traits.

Below are the best standalone Azerite gear pieces from dungeons.

5.1. Azerite Helms

  1. Flashpowder Hood Icon Flashpowder Hood from Tol Dagor. Choose Inevitability Icon Inevitability and Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call.
  2. Hood of the Slithering Loa Icon Hood of the Slithering Loa from Temple of Sethraliss. Choose Blade In The Shadows Icon Blade In The Shadows and Azerite Globules Icon Azerite Globules.
  3. Irontide Captain's Hat Icon Irontide Captain's Hat from Freehold. Choose Gutripper Icon Gutripper and Dagger in the Back Icon Dagger in the Back.

5.2. Azerite Shoulders

  1. Gold-Tasseled Epaulets Icon Gold-Tasseled Epaulets from Freehold. Choose Inevitability Icon Inevitability and Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call.
  2. Mantle of Fastidious Machinations Icon Mantle of Fastidious Machinations from Atal'Dazar. Choose Blade In The Shadows Icon Blade In The Shadows and Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call.
  3. Tentacle-Laced Spaulders Icon Tentacle-Laced Spaulders from Shrine of the Storm. Choose Secrets of the Deep Icon Secrets of the Deep and Gutripper Icon Gutripper.

5.3. Azerite Chests

  1. Spymaster's Wrap Icon Spymaster's Wrap from Atal'Dazar. Choose Inevitability Icon Inevitability and Earthlink Icon Earthlink.
  2. Cephalohide Jacket Icon Cephalohide Jacket from Siege of Boralus. Choose Blade In The Shadows Icon Blade In The Shadows andUnstable Flames Icon Unstable Flames.
  3. Vest of Reverent Adoration Icon Vest of Reverent Adoration from King's Rest. Choose Rezan's Fury Icon Rezan's Fury andGutripper Icon Gutripper.

6. ChangeLog

  • 04 Sep. 2018: Updated page for Uldir launch.
  • 23 Aug. 2018: Updated best Azerite gear and their traits.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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