Assassination Rogue PvE Guide

PvE Guide
Patch: 8.3.7
Author: Wowmeta
Class: Rogue
Specialization: Assassination
Last updated on: Aug 20, 2020

Welcome to our World of Warcraft Assassination Rogue DPS Guide for Battle of Azeroth Patch 8.3 and latest Raid - Ny'alotha. Here you can explore the optimal choices of Talents, Stats, Gear (BiS), Gems, Azerite Powers & Azerite Essences, Races, Consumables, Rotation. We constantly check our guides to be up-to-date and make changes if needed.

You can use this guide as a solid starting point for building your character, while eventually, you might tweak things according to your gameplay preferences.

1. Talents

15
Master Poisoner
Elaborate Planning
Blindside
30
Nightstalker
Subterfuge
Master Assassin
45
Vigor
Deeper Stratagem
Marked for Death
60
Leeching Poison
Cheat Death
Elusiveness
75
Internal Bleeding
Iron Wire
Prey on the Weak
90
Venom Rush
Toxic Blade
Exsanguinate
100
Poison Bomb
Hidden Blades
Crimson Tempest

2. Stats

Critical Strike > Haste > Versatility

3. Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
> >
Head
> >
Legs
> >
Neck
Ring
> >
Chest
Hands
> >
Waist
> >
Wrist
> >
Trinket
> >
Main Hand
>
Shoulders
> >

4. Azerite essence

Azerite Essence
> >

5. Gem

Gem
> >

6. Azerite powers

Azerite Power
> >

7. Races

Race
Blood Elf > Troll > Night Elf

8. Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
>
>
Healing Potion

9. Rotation

Note: Question marks should be tapped/hovered over with mouse.

? Use Potion
? If you ever get out of combat (like between pulls in mythic+)
? Use at start of fight or even 10-15 seconds before it starts
? Out of Stealth
? With Subterfuge up if the duration of Garrote on the target is less than 18 seconds. Do not cast Garrote back to back, use one ability between the two Garrote casts.
? If Rupture is not on the target and you have 2+ Combo Points
? Use when your Rupture is up on the target. Delay for up to 15 seconds if Vanish will be ready soon.
? Use Potion: Use potions with Vendetta up or if the fight will end soon
? Use Racial Active Buff: Use Racial Buffs with Vendetta
? Use Trinkets: Use trinkets during Vendetta if possible.
? Use when you have enough Energy for Garrote and Garrote is in the 30% refresh window (less than 5.4 seconds left)
? Try to use this on targets that are close to dying whenever possible and gain at least 4 Combo Points.
? Use 5 Combo Point Ruptures whenever you are in the 30% refresh window (less than 7.2 seconds left). If Rupture is accelerated by Exsanguinate, wait until right before it drops off. Use Rupture on as many targets as possible if they will live long enough to take a few ticks.
? Use at 4+ Combo Points. Delay Envenom if Rupture will be in the 30% refresh window soon, but not if you would be close to capping Energy.
? Refresh in the 30% refresh window (less than 5.4 seconds left). If Garrote is accelerated by Exsanguinate, wait until right before it drops off. Use Garrote on as many targets as possible if they will live long enough to take a few ticks.
? Use if you won't waste the Combo Point gain. Wait until Rupture is up during your opener.
? Use if you need at least 1 Combo Point

Frequently Asked Questions

🧐 How is this Guide useful?

The goal of our guides is to show you the overall "optimal" options for building your character. If you do not wish to dig through walls of text then you may like our visual "cut to the chase" approach.

📚 Where do you get this data from?

We use algorithms to parse big data chunks from Top 1% Raiders using various public World of Warcraft sources such as the official Blizzard API and WarcraftLogs. We believe that statistics is a very reliable method for determining solid choices for end-game optimization.

😸 Why do you show different recommendations for each boss?

There is usually a slight divergence in optimal choices for each given boss, so we decided to cover that in our guides. However, we also provide you with the 'All Stars' option which is the summary of most popular choices for all bosses together, in case you want the 'set it and forget it' approach (even though in some cases you might end up sacrificing a bit of your performance).