Subtlety Rogue DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on Jul 30, 2022 at 00:05 by Ashine 48 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 Shadowlands 9.2.5.

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


Gearing a Subtlety Rogue

Welcome to our Gearing Page for Subtlety Rogue, this section will help you to find out which item pieces aim for to maximize DPS.

This page does not refer to enchants, gems or consumables so in case you need help with getting the most out of your newly acquired item, make sure to check out what enchants and gems are the best for Subtlety Rogues in the page below.


Legendary Powers

This section will briefly list the Legendaries that are good for Subtlety Rogues. For more in-depth information on them and how to craft them (through Runecarving), make sure to check our dedicated Legendary Powers page, as well as our Runecarving guide:

  1. Obedience Icon Obedience (Best single-target and AoE Legendary for Venthyr Subtlety Rogues)
  2. Resounding Clarity Icon Resounding Clarity (Best single-target Legendary for Kyrian Subtlety Rogues)
  3. Finality Icon Finality (Best for multi-target situations and decent on single-target)
  4. Akaari's Soul Fragment Icon Akaari's Soul Fragment (Good for single-target, falls off on AoE)

The Importance of "Simming Yourself" as a Subtlety Rogue

At this stage in the game, and despite the stat priority, there are so many variables and so many layers of optimization that you can apply to your character, that there is no way for a guide or anything else to tell you exactly what gear you should wear. This is why we always recommend simulating your own character using Raidbots. The website can help you choose optimal gear such as Legendaries trinkets and combinations thereof in a way that is tailored completely to your specific character. Learning to use this tool is essential to maximizing your potential, as there is simply no other way to take all the variables into account.



The Droptimizer feature from Raidbots lets you identify which dungeons and Raid Bosses you should spend your Bonus Rolls on. It simulates all of the potential upgrades in a raid or a dungeon, and lists the bosses/dungeons by rank order of how much DPS you can expect to gain from bonus rolling on it. We have a guide for it that you can access using the link below.


As part of Shadowlands Season 4, all three raids of the expansion — Castle Nathria, Sanctum of Domination, and Sepulcher of the First Ones — will be dropping higher item level gear and be brought up accordingly in their tuning. However, only one of these "Fated Raids" will be active per week. Because of this, there are multiple tables featuring gear from each raid that you may wish to seek out — simply select the button for the current week's raid to display it! Remember, however, that these are general recommendations. It is highly likely that any piece featuring a higher item level than your current gear will remain an upgrade for your character, and you should consider simulating your character using Raidbots when optimizing for offense.

It should also be noted that the Creation Catalyst in Zereth Mortis is still available with all of its accumulated charges. This will be very useful as a way to upgrade your Tier Set, given that the individual tokens will still only be dropping from bosses in Sepulcher of the First Ones.

Finally, be aware that items from Sanctum of Domination no longer feature Domination Sockets for use with Shards of Domination, so their relative value is purely based on stats.


Best in Slot Items for Subtlety Rogue from Fated Raids

Slot Raid Item Source
Helm Sadist's Sinister Mask Icon Sadist's Sinister Mask (Creation Catalyst) Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Neck Weathered Talisman of the Shadowmoon Icon Weathered Talisman of the Shadowmoon Remnant of Ner'zhul in Sanctum of Domination
Shoulders Wicked Flanker's Gorget Icon Wicked Flanker's Gorget (Creation Catalyst) or Spaulders of the Crooked Confidant Icon Spaulders of the Crooked Confidant (Creation Catalyst) Stone Legion Generals in Castle Nathria or Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Cloak Crest of the Legionnaire General Icon Crest of the Legionnaire General Stone Legion Generals in Castle Nathria
Chest Soulblade Leathers Icon Soulblade Leathers or Witherheart Studded Breastplate Icon Witherheart Studded Breastplate (Creation Catalyst) Rygelon in Sepulcher of the First Ones or Sylvanas Windrunner in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Wrists Clasps of the Unfortunate Troubadour Icon Clasps of the Unfortunate Troubadour The Tarragrue in Sanctum of Domination
Gloves Soulblade Grasps Icon Soulblade Grasps (Creation Catalyst) Lords of Dread in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Belt Runecarver's Twisted Ward Icon Runecarver's Twisted Ward (Creation Catalyst) or Windrunner's Baldric Icon Windrunner's Baldric (Creation Catalyst) The Jailer in Sepulcher of the First Ones or Sylvanas Windrunner in Sanctum of Domination
Legs Elite Aranakk Breeches Icon Elite Aranakk Breeches (Creation Catalyst) Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Boots Treads of Titanic Curiosity Icon Treads of Titanic Curiosity Rygelon in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Ring #1 Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Icon Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Sylvanas Windrunner in Sanctum of Domination
Ring #2 Oscillating Ouroboros Icon Oscillating Ouroboros Fatescribe Roh-Kalo in Sanctum of Domination
Trinket #1 Salvaged Fusion Amplifier Icon Salvaged Fusion Amplifier Guardian of the First Ones in Sanctum of Domination
Trinket #2 Stone Legion Heraldry Icon Stone Legion Heraldry Stone Legion Generals in Castle Nathria
Weapon #1 Edge of Night Icon Edge of Night Sylvanas Windrunner in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Weapon #2 Edge of Night Icon Edge of Night Sylvanas Windrunner in Sepulcher of the First Ones

Best in Slot Items for Subtlety Rogue from Dungeons

Due to the large number of similar loot pieces present within them, Grimrail Depot and Iron Docks are currently excluded from this table.

Slot Dungeon Item Source
Helm Rakishly Tipped Tricorne Icon Rakishly Tipped Tricorne Tazavesh: So'Leah's Gambit
Neck Ornately Engraved Amplifier Icon Ornately Engraved Amplifier Tazavesh: So'Leah's Gambit
Shoulders Unending Horizon Spaulders Icon Unending Horizon Spaulders Upper Karazhan
Cloak Drape of Shame Icon Drape of Shame Lower Karazhan
Chest So'azmi's Fractal Vest Icon So'azmi's Fractal Vest Tazavesh: So'Leah's Gambit
Wrists Wraps of Electrostatic Potential Icon Wraps of Electrostatic Potential Operation: Mechagon - Junkyard
Gloves Custodian's Soothing Touch Icon Custodian's Soothing Touch Upper Karazhan
Belt Mad King's Sporran Icon Mad King's Sporran Operation: Mechagon - Workshop
Legs Anomalous Starlit Breeches Icon Anomalous Starlit Breeches Tazavesh: So'Leah's Gambit
Boots Ooey-Gooey Galoshes Icon Ooey-Gooey Galoshes Operation: Mechagon - Junkyard
Ring #1 Logic Loop of Division Icon Logic Loop of Division Operation: Mechagon - Junkyard
Ring #2 Overclocking Bit Band Icon Overclocking Bit Band Operation: Mechagon - Workshop
Trinket #1 So'leah's Secret Technique Icon So'leah's Secret Technique Tazavesh: So'Leah's Gambit
Trinket #2 Eye of Command Icon Eye of Command Upper Karazhan
Weapons Apex Perforator Icon Apex Perforator Lower Karazhan

Puzzling Cartel Dinar Purchases

As part of Fated Raids in Season 4 of Shadowlands, you will have the opportunity to acquire up to three Puzzling Cartel Dinar Icon Puzzling Cartel Dinars. With these special coins, you can purchase weapons or trinkets from any of the raids for one Dinar each. Since your exact purchases may vary depending on what loot you are able to naturally obtain while acquiring the Dinars, the following is a list of recommended items to pick up with this special form of "bad luck protection".

If you would like to learn more about acquiring Puzzling Cartel Dinar Icon Puzzling Cartel Dinars or how to further upgrade gear from Fated Raids, please see our overview of this new system below.


Upgrading Your Gear with Valor Points

Valor Points can be acquired by completing Covenant Callings or finishing Mythic+ dungeons. They can be used to upgrade the item level of any item you have received in a dungeon. The maximum item level that you can upgrade an item to is limited by your success in timing Mythic+ Keystones. If you have completed 2000 Mythic+ rating, the maximum item level is 298.

In Season 4, Valor will be uncapped instantly.

You can find out more about this new upgrade system on our dedicated Valor page.


Tier Set Acquisition

The Class specific tier sets from Patch 9.2 can be acquired through three different sources:

  • Sepulcher of the First Ones bosses can drop tokens that you convert into the respective tier piece.
  • Tier pieces can drop in The Great Vault and the item level of those pieces depend on the difficulty of the content you did, similar to regular items.
  • Any Season 3 item can be converted into a tier piece using the Creation Catalyst with Cosmic Flux Icon Cosmic Flux.

Subtlety Rogue Tier Set


Subtlety Rogue Tier Set Analysis and Deeper Thoughts

The Immortal Technique Icon Subtlety Rogue 2-Piece provides us with very high uptime (roughly around 50-60%) on Shadow Blades Icon Shadow Blades which feels great to play with. The set bonus is very self-explanatory, but getting a new proc on top of existing Shadow Blades buff extends the duration up to 20 seconds of Shadow Blades.

The Immortal Technique Icon Subtlety Rogue 4-Piece gives us good amount of extra Combo Points, especially on AoE situations. Each Shadowstrike Icon Shadowstrike gives Combo Points and it works with Shadow Blades Icon Shadow Blades and Weaponmaster Icon Weaponmaster. The tier set proc Shadowstrikes do not, however, apply Find Weakness Icon Find Weakness.

Overall the Subtlety tier set feels really fun, providing us with extra Combo Points which in turn leads into more Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dances which, once again, gives us more resources.

The Subtlety tier set is very strong, resulting in roughly 18% DPS increase on single-target.

The best set piece to ignore is Gloves as the tier Gloves for Subtlety Rogues have very mediocre stats.


Subtlety Rogue Tier Set Rotational Changes

The Subtlety Rogue tier set does not impact our playstyle much apart from gaining increased resources means that you will sometimes be using Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dances without pairing it up with Symbols of Death Icon Symbols of Death to avoid overcapping on charges.



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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  • 30 Jul. 2022: Page Updated for Season 4 of Shadowlands.
  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 22 Mar. 2022: Updated BiS lists to reflect new simulations.
  • 22 Feb. 2022: Added Dungeon and Sepulcher of the First Ones Best in Slot lists.
  • 02 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 06 Jul. 2021: Best in Slot updated for Sanctum of Domination.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 10 Mar. 2021: Added Valor section.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated page for Shadowlands release with gearing recommendations.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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