Subtlety Rogue DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5

Last updated on Sep 17, 2019 at 20:10 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) 8.2.5.


Best in Slot Items for Subtlety Rogue from The Eternal Palace

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 Helm of the Inexorable Tide Icon Helm of the Inexorable Tide Abyssal Commander Shivara
Shoulders Tidal Drifter's Shoulders Icon Tidal Drifter's Shoulders Orgozoa
Cloak Drape of the Hatcher Icon Drape of the Hatcher Orgozoa
Chest Blackwater Shimmerscale Vest Icon Blackwater Shimmerscale Vest Blackwater Behemoth
Wrists Cultured Pearl Armbands Icon Cultured Pearl Armbands Lady Ashvane
Gloves Gloves of Incomparable Beauty Icon Gloves of Incomparable Beauty Queen Azshara
Belt Beloved Monarch's Waistwrap Icon Beloved Monarch's Waistwrap Queen Azshara
Legs Leggings of the Stormborn Icon Leggings of the Stormborn Queen Azshara
Boots Ardent Worshipper's Boots Icon Ardent Worshipper's Boots The Queen's Court
Ring #1 Cursed Lover's Ring Icon Cursed Lover's Ring Queen Azshara
Ring #2 Ring of the Highborne Courtier Icon Ring of the Highborne Courtier The Queen's Court
Trinket #1 Ashvane's Razor Coral Icon Ashvane's Razor Coral Lady Ashvane
Trinket #2 Dribbling Inkpod Icon Dribbling Inkpod Orgozoa
Weapons Court Dagger of Sentencing Icon Court Dagger of Sentencing The Queen's Court

Benthic Gear for Subtlety Rogues

Benthic gear is a unique type of gear introduced in Patch 8.2. It comes in the form of gear tokens for each item slot that have a chance to become one of several unique items per slot. Some of them have special effects that provide extra damage, which makes them relevant for raiding and Mythic+ content. When you buy a Benthic Token, you can right-click the token in your inventory to identify the item. Benthic items can have sockets on them.

Using Prismatic Manapearls, which are found in Nazjatar from doing various content, you can upgrade Benthic Pieces from their baseline item level of 385, up to 430.

Note that Benthic effects only work in Nazjatar and The Eternal Palace. Below we have a list of the strong damage increase Benthic pieces that you should aim for:



  1. Ori's Tidal Wristwraps Icon Ori's Tidal Wristwraps gives you a single target Frost damage proc.
  2. Neri's Wavebreaker Bindings Icon Neri's Wavebreaker Bindings gives you an AoE Physical damage proc.
  3. Fathomstalker Wristwraps Icon Fathomstalker Wristwraps gives you a chance to spawn a pufferfish that explodes and deals damage to enemies within 8 yards of you.


  1. Poen's Deepsea Grips Icon Poen's Deepsea Grips gives you a chance on spells and abilities to spawn droplets that either heal allies or damage enemies.


  1. Fathomstalker Waistband Icon Fathomstalker Waistband increases the damage you deal to Aberrations by 2%.
  2. Vim's Scalecrusher Clasp Icon Vim's Scalecrusher Clasp gives you a Physical damage proc.


  1. Akana's Reefstrider Footwraps Icon Akana's Reefstrider Footwraps increases your Critical Strike damage by 3%.

Finally, we do not recommend upgrading Benthic pieces that do not have sockets.


Operation: Mechagon Gear

Mechagon and Operation: Mechagon have a couple of interesting items:

  • Pocket-Sized Computation Device Icon Pocket-Sized Computation Device - This trinket is customizable using Punchcards that are obtained from various content. The best Red card is currently Cyclotronic Blast Icon Cyclotronic Blast. The Yellow cards contain flat secondary stat bonuses. The Blue cards have unique utility or flavor effects that do not affect combat performance.
  • The Logic Loop/Bit Band ring combinations provide minor bonus effects, some of which are good, if they are obtained at competitive item levels. Strong combinations for Subtlety include Logic Loop of Division Icon Logic Loop of Division and Shorting Bit Band Icon Shorting Bit Band/ Overclocking Bit Band Icon Overclocking Bit Band.

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.



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  • 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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