Assassination Rogue Quick Start Guide
This Assassination Rogue Guide is intended for new players just trying out the spec, casually raiding or working on max-level quests like class mounts, or for someone who hasn't played the spec in awhile and wants a quick brush up on what to do. If you are looking for more in-depth information, check out the other guide sections listed on the right-hand side of this page, or the
Rotation & Abilities
Macros & Addons
Here are some simple builds for new Assassination Rogues. These are good all-around builds, but a more in-depth look at talents, as well as more niche recommendations for advanced situations, can be found on the
Assassination Talent Guide
This build is focused primarily on raiding.
Mythic + / Questing
This build is focused on Mythic + and Open World Content.
Haste (about half the weight of other 3 stats)
More in-depth information about stats can be found
Fresh 110s in Legion can gear up pretty quickly (~880 ilvl) between World Quests, Dauntless and Relinquished Tokens from Nethershards, Heroic Dungeons, and PvP. Give our
Legion Gearing Before Raids
guide a read to learn which avenue of acquiring gear sounds the most interesting for you. Any gear can proc Warforged or Titanforged ilvl gains, so gear from any source can be a huge upgrade for new players.
Legendaries are difficult to distill into a simple recommendation, and multiple are useful, so check out the
Assassination Gear Guide
for more details.
Thanks to Artifact Knowledge catch-up mechanisms added in 7.2, you'll be able to empower your artifact fairly quickly even if this is your first 110, acquiring the first three golden traits with little effort.
For Assassination Rogues the current recommended artifact path is this:
(The rest of the traits can be taken in any order.)
After that you can pick any trats you want, as they won't change much.
empower your weapon
(requires unlocking the Broken Shore, reaching AK 26, and completing a short questline):
Other traits are significantly weaker, and thus can be chosen by personal preference.
Learn about the catch-up mechanisms in our
Tips for Alts Guide
. If you already have a main at 110 and AK 30 or higher, just send the BoA Artifact book
over to your alt so they'll instantly hit AK 25.
Don't forget to complete the Class Hall questline for the
third Artifact Relic
, which was nerfed in Patch 7.2 to have faster missions and fewer requirements. Acquiring the third relic will greatly increase the item level of your weapon and give you another free trait rank.
Important: it is assumed that you have either
on as your Lethal Poison at all times.
from stealth. Refresh when
is at 6 or less seconds remaining,
at four or less combo points.
at five or more combo points. Refresh when
has 8 seconds or less remaining,
at five or more combo points, when you have 80 or more energy, the
buff is not up, and
(if you take it) has less than one second remaining. Clipping either buff is fine if you're in danger of energy capping however.
Depending on Trinkets and Legendaries your cooldown usage might change, but generally you will use
when they become available.
As you level up your weapon and unlock
will line up better.
Cleave damage (damage to secondary targets)
Two Target Rotation: Maintain your regular rotation, but maintain a five combo point
and poison on each target.
Three Targets or More: Replace use of
, maintain Rupture on multiple targets, and weave
AoE Damage (damage to all targets)
In situations where you have 5+ targets that will not live for long, plan ahead of time, pool 5+ Combo Points and 80+ Energy, and use
, followed by
spam. Using this method, you can turn AOE damage into effective single target damage due to
granting an additional combo point for each mob your
If there are AoE situations with 5+ targets that will be alive for a significant amount of time, maintain the 3+ target rotation as described above.
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