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Subtlety Rogue DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 13, 2020 at 19:53 by Ashine 73 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Subtlety Rogue in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS Rogue gear and best in slot.


Best in Slot Items for Subtlety Rogue from Ny'alotha

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 Gibbering Maw Icon Gibbering Maw Ra-den the Despoiledin Ny'alotha
Shoulders Pauldrons of the Great Convergence Icon Pauldrons of the Great Convergence N'Zoth the Corruptorin Ny'alotha
Cloak Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve Icon Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve See our Legendary Cloak guide
Chest Darkheart Robe Icon Darkheart Robe Vexionain Ny'alotha
Wrists Wristwraps of Volatile Power Icon Wristwraps of Volatile Power Shad'har the Insatiablein Ny'alotha
Gloves Chitinspine Gloves Icon Chitinspine Gloves The Hivemindin Ny'alotha
Belt Cord of Anguished Cries Icon Cord of Anguished Cries Dark Inquisitor Xaneshin Ny'alotha
Legs Macabre Ritual Pants Icon Macabre Ritual Pants The Prophet Skitrain Ny'alotha
Boots Corpuscular Leather Greaves Icon Corpuscular Leather Greaves Carapace of N'Zothin Ny'alotha
Ring #1 Ichorspine Loop Icon Ichorspine Loop Drest'agathin Ny'alotha
Ring #2 Void-Etched Band Icon Void-Etched Band Shad'har the Insatiablein Ny'alotha
Trinket #1 Writhing Segment of Drest'agath Icon Writhing Segment of Drest'agath Drest'agathin Ny'alotha
Trinket #2 Humming Black Dragonscale Icon Humming Black Dragonscale Wrathion, the Black Emperorin Ny'alotha
Weapons Destroyer's Shadowblade Icon Destroyer's Shadowblade, or Shard of the Black Empire Icon Shard of the Black Empire, if the Corruption is not a problem. Wrathion, the Black Emperor or Carapace of N'Zothin Ny'alotha

Adding Sockets to Gear

8.3 added the Gouged Eye of N'Zoth Icon Gouged Eye of N'Zoth as a reward from Corrupted Mementos Icon Corrupted Mementos, after you have finished the We Have the Technology Icon We Have the Technology achievement. Once finished, you should get a Gouged Eye about once every two weeks, assuming you are doing all of your Horrific Visions with 5 masks active. Your best candidate would be a very powerful Corrupted item.

More information about Corrupted Mementos Icon Corrupted Mementos can be found at our Horrific Visions Hub.


Corrupted Effects for Subtlety Rogue

Replacing Warforging and Titanforging, is a system that instead applies a more unique buff or effect, in exchange for various negative effects that proc occasionally. For more information, check out our Corrupted Items Guide.

The effects themselves are still being actively tuned, and the simulations being updated as caveats are discovered, so all the below recommendations will most likely change in the future. Check back to this page regularly to see up to date recommendations.


Corruption Effect Simulations

There are 2 types of simulations that can be done for the Corrupted effects. DPS per Corruption, and overall DPS gain. In theory, DPS per Corruption is more important early on, due to there being an upper limit on how much Corruption you can effectively wield without getting yourself killed by your own effects. Later, or as you become comfortable dealing with Corruption's negatives, you should pay more attention to the overall DPS sims. Below we have listed both types of simulations:


DPS per Corruption on Single Target

For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com

Overall DPS from Corruption on Single Target

For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com

Azerite Gear for Subtlety Rogues

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



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 assessing your own pieces should they vary in item level or bonuses. As always, simming your own gear is recommended.



For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com

Single-Target with Add Waves

For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com


  • 13 Jan. 2020: Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 17 Sep. 2019: Updated BiS Azerite.
  • 12 Jul. 2019: Added Mechagon items.
  • 08 Jul. 2019: Page updated for the release of the Eternal Palace.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 15 Apr. 2019: This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms and no changes are necessary.
  • 21 Jan. 2019: Updated BiS for Battle for Dazar'alor
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 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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