Subtlety Rogue PvP Stat Priority, Gear, and Trinkets (Shadowlands / 9.1)

Last updated on Jul 30, 2021 at 14:55 by Shadenox 23 comments

Choosing your gear carefully is important for your Subtlety Rogue in PvP. We give you a stat priority to help you choose items with the right stats, followed by advice on how to choose the rest of your gear and your trinkets.

This page is part of our Subtlety Rogue PvP Guide.


Stat Priority for Subtlety Rogues in PvP

The stat priority for Subtlety Rogue in PvP is as follows:

  1. Agility;
  2. Versatility;
  3. Mastery;
  4. Critical Strike;
  5. Haste.

Agility is the best stat in all situations. Versatility is the strong secondary stat at all times, due to it increasing your damage and reducing the damage you take. Mastery is the next strongest secondary stat. Your Mastery is important as it increases the damage of your finishing moves. This will increase your sustained and burst damage.


Gear Recommendations


General Guidelines

The most important thing regarding gear is to have the highest Item Level possible while having Versatility on all of your items. That means you want to use PvP items exclusively as the iLvL scales up in PvP combat. Ideally, you want Mastery on every item too. However the PvP vendor doesn't offer Versatility/Mastery items on every slot, so you will pick Versatility/Critical Strike items when you can't get Versatility/Mastery. This is what your gear should look like.


Note: it is important to be wearing 2 PvP trinkets. This will increase the damage increase provided by Versatility, making you more deadly.

Unchained Gladiator's Medallion Icon Unchained Gladiator's Medallion is a mandatory trinket to have equipped at all times. This allows you to remove any crowd control on yourself. You will use this trinket if you are stunned and will die in this stun, or on any form of CC if one of your teammates will die and you can save them. Note, if you play a Human, Unchained Gladiator's Relentless Brooch Icon Unchained Gladiator's Relentless Brooch is often a better option as your Human racial, Will to Survive Icon Will to Survive, allows you to break free of stuns already.

Unchained Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity Icon Unchained Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity is a powerful burst trinket. It gives you Agility and has a fairly short cooldown, allowing you to use it in your burst often.

Unchained Gladiator's Emblem Icon Unchained Gladiator's Emblem increases your maximum health when used. This gives you an additional defensive when you are the target. This trinket has been nerfed compared to its Season 1 power level but it remains powerful, and underrated by most. The health increase is significant and will very often save your live if you use it when the enemy team is using cooldowns on you and your healer is in crowd control.

Unchained Gladiator's Shackles Icon Unchained Gladiator's Shackles, the new PvP trinket added with Patch 9.1, is a very solid choice. Upon use you will channel over 4s on your target, dealing damage every second and stacking a healing absorption effect. Using this on an enemy DPS that is low on health during or after a Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot can deny any incoming healing from their healer and secure a kill. It works the same way on the healer after a Kidney Shot when they need to heal your burst damage. You can also coordinate with your teammates to use several of these trinkets back-to-back, as this is extremely hard to deal with, and will often result in a kill unless the enemy team can stop your channeling. There are a few things that are important to know about this trinket:

  • The healing absorption effect stacks up over 4s during which the user of the trinket has to channel it. Both the healing absorption effect and the debuff caused by the channel are magical effects. Any dispel will remove the healing absorption effect and break the channel if it is still going.
  • The trinket goes on cooldown when pressed, even if the caster got CC'ed before the channel part started. If you see an enemy casting it and can stop it before the channel begins, then do so. Be sure that when you use it yourself, the enemy cannot CC you.
  • Outranging the effect breaks the channel immediately. Be sure that you only use the trinket when the enemy cannot line you with a pillar.
  • If the target uses Shadowmeld Icon Shadowmeld, the channel breaks. If your target is a Night Elf try to use it when they are in CC and cannot use Shadowmeld, or wait until they have already used it.

Gems and Enchants

Here are the best enchants and gems for a Subtlety Rogue:

Four of your gems should be Versatile Jewel Cluster Icon Versatile Jewel Cluster, one of your gems should be Straddling Sage Agate Icon Straddling Sage Agate, and the last one should be Straddling Jewel Doublet Icon Straddling Jewel Doublet. With these two speed gems and the cloak enchant, plus the passive Fleet Footed Icon Fleet Footed, you will move a lot faster, making it easier to kite or to reach a target. If you play a Night Elf you can reach 131% movement speed at all times.



  • 30 Jul. 2021: Updated the Shackle trinket due to a recent hotfix.
  • 21 Jul. 2021: Added the new PvP trinket.
  • 04 Jul. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Mar. 2021: Rewritten by Shadenox and updated for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 18 Mar. 2021: Updated Recommended Gear and Trinkets sections.
  • 17 Dec. 2020: Updated Stat Priority description.
  • 29 Nov. 2020: Removed outdated Traits and Essences.
    • Removed outdated gear.
    • Added gems section.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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