Rogue guide leveling 1-60 - Vanilla / Classic WoW

Check out our rogue leveling guide 1-60 on Wowisclassic to help you leveling faster. You'll find the best spec, best gear, addons, to be the first rogue to reach lvl 60!

1. Rogue class overview in Classic WoW

Posté le 06/03/2019

Leveling as a rogue is not really quick, you’ll have some hard times but you’ll enjoy the END game content as a Rogue.

Indeed, rogue is one of the best classes for solo PVP (World PVP) thanks to the stealth ability.

However, In PvP, Rogues have an incredibly high skill cap, so be prepared to spend a lot of time mastering it.

In PVE, you are the 2nd TOP DPS class in raids, but you’ll face a lot of competition because rogue is generally the most played class in vanilla wow, so.. be patient and you'll get gear eventually.

rogue wow classic leveling 1-60

Rogue strengths

  • Stealth if the best spell in the game.
  • Skip all the mobs for quick questing
  • Very fun to play.
  • Best class 1v1 in world pvp (stealth for choosing when to start the fight)
  • 2nd best DPS class in PVE
  • 3 different and very good specs.
  • Undead rogue is the way to go for PVP with the racial skill for breaking fear.

Rogue weaknesses

  • A little bit squishy when solo leveling or when you don’t start the fight in PVP
  • Like warrior, it’s an overpopulated class so a lot of competition for gear and spots in groups.
  • High skill celling, hard to master.

2. Best race for rogue in WoW Classic

Here is our selection of the best rogue races in wow classic for PvE or PvP.

Alliance PvE : Human

Passif racial  / Spécialisation Masse : Must have to increase your hit chance and reduce dodge / block ...
Detection fufu : Very good vs rogues to initiate the fight.

Alliance PvP : Gnome

Skill : Very powerful for melee DPS in PvP to avoid getting kited.

Horde PvE & PvP : Orc

 Blood Fury - Burst burst burst ! Can use it with trinkets.
 Hardiness - One of the best PvP racial skills, one resist can change a fight!

Horde PvP : Undead

 Volonté des reprouvés : One of the best PvP Racial, you'll be the nightmare of warlock / priest.
Canibal : Free food! Serve yourself.

3. General Tips for leveling as a rogue

Here are some tips to progress quickly during your leveling as rogue in classic wow.

  • Efficient use of your finishers :
    • Don’t waste your combo point and don’t use your 5 points finished on a 5% hp target for example.
    • Be sure to be efficient with your combo points and learn to use it wisely.
  • Gouge + Bandage is your only self healing during combat, use it vs strong targets or in PVP.
  • Don’t use Slice and dice until rank 2 (lvl 42)

Tips LVL 31 : Sword Specialization

At level 31 you will get your first point in Sword Specialization. This Extra Attack Proc will reset your swing timer so if you are about to attack again naturally and this procs the benefit will be wasted.

sword spec

Let’s say you are auto attacking normally every 2.0 seconds. Your Sinister Strike normally doesn’t interfere with your auto attacks but due to this talent they can now proc the additional sword hit which would reset your swing timer potentially clipping into your normal auto attack cycle.

For this reason, from the point you get Sword Spec onwards you need to use Sinister Strike only after your main hand strike animation. This make it so if it procs off SS you won’t have much of a reset loss if anything at all.

Use the addon “Swing Timer” to be efficient with the talent Sword Specialization at lvl 31

Astuce : TODO

4. Rogue poisons

You will learn how to craft poison at lvl 20. This ability allow rogues to coat their weapon, both on Mainhand and OffHand with poisons.

Instant Poison:
This is your DEFAULT Poison apply to both Weapons while leveling.

Deadly Poison:
More Damage > Instant Over Time, but DoT will take up a Debuff Slot.

Mind Numbing Poison:
Offhand in PvP against Casters.

Crippling Poison:
Use on both for PvP.

Notes About Poisons:
Faster Weapons do not always increase the rate at which you apply Poisons.
Instant and Wound Poison use a Proc Per Minute System (PPM).
This means that regardless of your weapon speed you will be doing the same damage with Poisons.

5. Rogue addons

Swing Timer <- Click for Link to Addon

Tracks both your swing timer and your enemies swing timer. This is vitally important to effectively “Earthbind Kiting”.

addons

Energy Tracker<- Click for Link to Addon

Addon that tracks ticks in your energy regeneration.

addons

XP / Hr  Tracker <- Click for Link to Addon 

Track your leveling efficiency with precision. Use a tool that can share insights such as EPH and EPM and Average XP per kill.

addons

Outfitter <- Click for Link to Addon Addon allows you to swap gear back and forth easily.

This is useful for swapping back and forth a spirit set.

addons

6. Best spec for leveling as a rogue

The best spec for leveling as a rogue 1-60 is the Sword spec :

More Practical. Decent in PvP. Less APM Intensive (Actions per Minute). Better Weapon Progression.

Sword Spec : 20/31/0

Assassination
Improved Eviscerate

Improved Eviscerate

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Increases the damage done by your Eviscerate ability by 5%.

Increases the damage done by your Eviscerate ability by 5%.

Next level:

Increases the damage done by your Eviscerate ability by 10%.

Increases the damage done by your Eviscerate ability by 10%.

Next level:

Increases the damage done by your Eviscerate ability by 15%.

Increases the damage done by your Eviscerate ability by 15%.

Remorseless Attacks

Remorseless Attacks

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After killing an opponent that yields experience or honor, gives you a 20% increased critical strike chance on your next Sinister Strike, Backstab, Ambush, or Ghostly Strike. Lasts 20 sec.

After killing an opponent that yields experience or honor, gives you a 20% increased critical strike chance on your next Sinister Strike, Backstab, Ambush, or Ghostly Strike. Lasts 20 sec.

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After killing an opponent that yields experience or honor, gives you a 40% increased critical strike chance on your next Sinister Strike, Backstab, Ambush, or Ghostly Strike. Lasts 20 sec.

After killing an opponent that yields experience or honor, gives you a 40% increased critical strike chance on your next Sinister Strike, Backstab, Ambush, or Ghostly Strike. Lasts 20 sec.

Malice

Malice

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Increases your critical strike chance by 1%.

Increases your critical strike chance by 1%.

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Increases your critical strike chance by 2%.

Increases your critical strike chance by 2%.

Next level:

Increases your critical strike chance by 3%.

Increases your critical strike chance by 3%.

Next level:

Increases your critical strike chance by 4%.

Increases your critical strike chance by 4%.

Next level:

Increases your critical strike chance by 5%.

Increases your critical strike chance by 5%.

Ruthlessness

Ruthlessness

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Gives your finishing moves a 20% chance to add a combo point to your target.

Gives your finishing moves a 20% chance to add a combo point to your target.

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Gives your finishing moves a 40% chance to add a combo point to your target.

Gives your finishing moves a 40% chance to add a combo point to your target.

Next level:

Gives your finishing moves a 60% chance to add a combo point to your target.

Gives your finishing moves a 60% chance to add a combo point to your target.

Murder

Murder

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Increases all damage caused against Humanoid, Giant, Beast and Dragonkin targets by 1%.

Increases all damage caused against Humanoid, Giant, Beast and Dragonkin targets by 1%.

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Increases all damage caused against Humanoid, Giant, Beast and Dragonkin targets by 2%.

Increases all damage caused against Humanoid, Giant, Beast and Dragonkin targets by 2%.

Improved Slice and Dice

Improved Slice and Dice

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Increases the duration of your Slice and Dice ability by 15%.

Increases the duration of your Slice and Dice ability by 15%.

Next level:

Increases the duration of your Slice and Dice ability by 30%.

Increases the duration of your Slice and Dice ability by 30%.

Next level:

Increases the duration of your Slice and Dice ability by 45%.

Increases the duration of your Slice and Dice ability by 45%.

Relentless Strikes

Relentless Strikes

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Your finishing moves have a 20% chance per combo point to restore 25 energy.

Your finishing moves have a 20% chance per combo point to restore 25 energy.

Improved Expose Armor

Improved Expose Armor

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Increases the armor reduced by your Expose Armor ability by 25%.

Increases the armor reduced by your Expose Armor ability by 25%.

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Increases the armor reduced by your Expose Armor ability by 50%.

Increases the armor reduced by your Expose Armor ability by 50%.

Lethality

Lethality

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Increases the critical strike damage bonus of your Sinister Strike, Gouge, Backstab, Ghostly Strike, and Hemorrhage abilities by 6%.

Increases the critical strike damage bonus of your Sinister Strike, Gouge, Backstab, Ghostly Strike, and Hemorrhage abilities by 6%.

Next level:

Increases the critical strike damage bonus of your Sinister Strike, Gouge, Backstab, Ghostly Strike, and Hemorrhage abilities by 12%.

Increases the critical strike damage bonus of your Sinister Strike, Gouge, Backstab, Ghostly Strike, and Hemorrhage abilities by 12%.

Next level:

Increases the critical strike damage bonus of your Sinister Strike, Gouge, Backstab, Ghostly Strike, and Hemorrhage abilities by 18%.

Increases the critical strike damage bonus of your Sinister Strike, Gouge, Backstab, Ghostly Strike, and Hemorrhage abilities by 18%.

Next level:

Increases the critical strike damage bonus of your Sinister Strike, Gouge, Backstab, Ghostly Strike, and Hemorrhage abilities by 24%.

Increases the critical strike damage bonus of your Sinister Strike, Gouge, Backstab, Ghostly Strike, and Hemorrhage abilities by 24%.

Next level:

Increases the critical strike damage bonus of your Sinister Strike, Gouge, Backstab, Ghostly Strike, and Hemorrhage abilities by 30%.

Increases the critical strike damage bonus of your Sinister Strike, Gouge, Backstab, Ghostly Strike, and Hemorrhage abilities by 30%.

Vile Poisons

Vile Poisons

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Increases the damage dealt by your poisons by 4% and gives your poisons an additional 8% chance to resist dispel effects.

Increases the damage dealt by your poisons by 4% and gives your poisons an additional 8% chance to resist dispel effects.

Next level:

Increases the damage dealt by your poisons by 8% and gives your poisons an additional 16% chance to resist dispel effects.

Increases the damage dealt by your poisons by 8% and gives your poisons an additional 16% chance to resist dispel effects.

Next level:

Increases the damage dealt by your poisons by 12% and gives your poisons an additional 24% chance to resist dispel effects.

Increases the damage dealt by your poisons by 12% and gives your poisons an additional 24% chance to resist dispel effects.

Next level:

Increases the damage dealt by your poisons by 16% and gives your poisons an additional 32% chance to resist dispel effects.

Increases the damage dealt by your poisons by 16% and gives your poisons an additional 32% chance to resist dispel effects.

Next level:

Increases the damage dealt by your poisons by 20% and gives your poisons an additional 40% chance to resist dispel effects.

Increases the damage dealt by your poisons by 20% and gives your poisons an additional 40% chance to resist dispel effects.

Improved Poisons

Improved Poisons

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Increases the chance to apply poisons to your target by 2%.

Increases the chance to apply poisons to your target by 2%.

Next level:

Increases the chance to apply poisons to your target by 4%.

Increases the chance to apply poisons to your target by 4%.

Next level:

Increases the chance to apply poisons to your target by 6%.

Increases the chance to apply poisons to your target by 6%.

Next level:

Increases the chance to apply poisons to your target by 8%.

Increases the chance to apply poisons to your target by 8%.

Next level:

Increases the chance to apply poisons to your target by 10%.

Increases the chance to apply poisons to your target by 10%.

Cold Blood

Cold Blood

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Instant
3 min cooldown

When activated, increases the critical strike chance of your next Sinister Strike, Backstab, Ambush, or Eviscerate by 100%.

When activated, increases the critical strike chance of your next Sinister Strike, Backstab, Ambush, or Eviscerate by 100%.

Improved Kidney Shot

Improved Kidney Shot

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While affected by your Kidney Shot ability, the target receives an additional 3% damage from all sources.

While affected by your Kidney Shot ability, the target receives an additional 3% damage from all sources.

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While affected by your Kidney Shot ability, the target receives an additional 6% damage from all sources.

While affected by your Kidney Shot ability, the target receives an additional 6% damage from all sources.

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While affected by your Kidney Shot ability, the target receives an additional 9% damage from all sources.

While affected by your Kidney Shot ability, the target receives an additional 9% damage from all sources.

Seal Fate

Seal Fate

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Your critical strikes from abilities that add combo points have a 20% chance to add an additional combo point.

Your critical strikes from abilities that add combo points have a 20% chance to add an additional combo point.

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Your critical strikes from abilities that add combo points have a 40% chance to add an additional combo point.

Your critical strikes from abilities that add combo points have a 40% chance to add an additional combo point.

Next level:

Your critical strikes from abilities that add combo points have a 60% chance to add an additional combo point.

Your critical strikes from abilities that add combo points have a 60% chance to add an additional combo point.

Next level:

Your critical strikes from abilities that add combo points have a 80% chance to add an additional combo point.

Your critical strikes from abilities that add combo points have a 80% chance to add an additional combo point.

Next level:

Your critical strikes from abilities that add combo points have a 100% chance to add an additional combo point.

Your critical strikes from abilities that add combo points have a 100% chance to add an additional combo point.

Vigor

Vigor

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Increases your maximum Energy by 10.

Increases your maximum Energy by 10.

Combat
Improved Gouge

Improved Gouge

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Increases the effect duration of your Gouge ability by 0.5 sec.

Increases the effect duration of your Gouge ability by 0.5 sec.

Next level:

Increases the effect duration of your Gouge ability by 1 sec.

Increases the effect duration of your Gouge ability by 1 sec.

Next level:

Increases the effect duration of your Gouge ability by 1.5 sec.

Increases the effect duration of your Gouge ability by 1.5 sec.

Improved Sinister Strike

Improved Sinister Strike

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Reduces the Energy cost of your Sinister Strike ability by 3.

Reduces the Energy cost of your Sinister Strike ability by 3.

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Reduces the Energy cost of your Sinister Strike ability by 5.

Reduces the Energy cost of your Sinister Strike ability by 5.

Lightning Reflexes

Lightning Reflexes

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Increases your Dodge chance by 1%.

Increases your Dodge chance by 1%.

Next level:

Increases your Dodge chance by 2%.

Increases your Dodge chance by 2%.

Next level:

Increases your Dodge chance by 3%.

Increases your Dodge chance by 3%.

Next level:

Increases your Dodge chance by 4%.

Increases your Dodge chance by 4%.

Next level:

Increases your Dodge chance by 5%.

Increases your Dodge chance by 5%.

Improved Backstab

Improved Backstab

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Increases the critical strike chance of your Backstab ability by 10%.

Increases the critical strike chance of your Backstab ability by 10%.

Next level:

Increases the critical strike chance of your Backstab ability by 20%.

Increases the critical strike chance of your Backstab ability by 20%.

Next level:

Increases the critical strike chance of your Backstab ability by 30%.

Increases the critical strike chance of your Backstab ability by 30%.

Deflection

Deflection

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Increases your Parry chance by 1%.

Increases your Parry chance by 1%.

Next level:

Increases your Parry chance by 2%.

Increases your Parry chance by 2%.

Next level:

Increases your Parry chance by 3%.

Increases your Parry chance by 3%.

Next level:

Increases your Parry chance by 4%.

Increases your Parry chance by 4%.

Next level:

Increases your Parry chance by 5%.

Increases your Parry chance by 5%.

Precision

Precision

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Requires Melee Weapon

Increases your chance to hit with melee weapons by 1%.

Increases your chance to hit with melee weapons by 1%.

Next level:

Increases your chance to hit with melee weapons by 2%.

Increases your chance to hit with melee weapons by 2%.

Next level:

Increases your chance to hit with melee weapons by 3%.

Increases your chance to hit with melee weapons by 3%.

Next level:

Increases your chance to hit with melee weapons by 4%.

Increases your chance to hit with melee weapons by 4%.

Next level:

Increases your chance to hit with melee weapons by 5%.

Increases your chance to hit with melee weapons by 5%.

Endurance

Endurance

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Reduces the cooldown of your Sprint and Evasion abilities by 45 sec.

Reduces the cooldown of your Sprint and Evasion abilities by 45 sec.

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Reduces the cooldown of your Sprint and Evasion abilities by 1.5 min.

Reduces the cooldown of your Sprint and Evasion abilities by 1.5 min.

Riposte

Riposte

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10 Energy
5 yd range
Instant
6 sec cooldown

A strike that becomes active after parrying an opponent's attack. This attack deals 150% weapon damage and disarms the target for 6 sec.

A strike that becomes active after parrying an opponent's attack. This attack deals 150% weapon damage and disarms the target for 6 sec.

Improved Sprint

Improved Sprint

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Gives a 50% chance to remove all movement impairing effects when you activate your Sprint ability.

Gives a 50% chance to remove all movement impairing effects when you activate your Sprint ability.

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Gives a 100% chance to remove all movement impairing effects when you activate your Sprint ability.

Gives a 100% chance to remove all movement impairing effects when you activate your Sprint ability.

Improved Kick

Improved Kick

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Gives your Kick ability a 50% chance to silence the target for 2 sec.

Gives your Kick ability a 50% chance to silence the target for 2 sec.

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Gives your Kick ability a 100% chance to silence the target for 2 sec.

Gives your Kick ability a 100% chance to silence the target for 2 sec.

Dagger Specialization

Dagger Specialization

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Increases your chance to get a critical strike with Daggers by 1%.

Increases your chance to get a critical strike with Daggers by 1%.

Next level:

Increases your chance to get a critical strike with Daggers by 2%.

Increases your chance to get a critical strike with Daggers by 2%.

Next level:

Increases your chance to get a critical strike with Daggers by 3%.

Increases your chance to get a critical strike with Daggers by 3%.

Next level:

Increases your chance to get a critical strike with Daggers by 4%.

Increases your chance to get a critical strike with Daggers by 4%.

Next level:

Increases your chance to get a critical strike with Daggers by 5%.

Increases your chance to get a critical strike with Daggers by 5%.

Dual Wield Specialization

Dual Wield Specialization

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Increases the damage done by your offhand weapon by 10%.

Increases the damage done by your offhand weapon by 10%.

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Increases the damage done by your offhand weapon by 20%.

Increases the damage done by your offhand weapon by 20%.

Next level:

Increases the damage done by your offhand weapon by 30%.

Increases the damage done by your offhand weapon by 30%.

Next level:

Increases the damage done by your offhand weapon by 40%.

Increases the damage done by your offhand weapon by 40%.

Next level:

Increases the damage done by your offhand weapon by 50%.

Increases the damage done by your offhand weapon by 50%.

Mace Specialization

Mace Specialization

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Increases your skill with Maces by 1, and gives you a 1% chance to stun your target for 3 sec with a mace.

Increases your skill with Maces by 1, and gives you a 1% chance to stun your target for 3 sec with a mace.

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Increases your skill with Maces by 2, and gives you a 2% chance to stun your target for 3 sec with a mace.

Increases your skill with Maces by 2, and gives you a 2% chance to stun your target for 3 sec with a mace.

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Increases your skill with Maces by 3, and gives you a 3% chance to stun your target for 3 sec with a mace.

Increases your skill with Maces by 3, and gives you a 3% chance to stun your target for 3 sec with a mace.

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Increases your skill with Maces by 4, and gives you a 4% chance to stun your target for 3 sec with a mace.

Increases your skill with Maces by 4, and gives you a 4% chance to stun your target for 3 sec with a mace.

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Increases your skill with Maces by 5, and gives you a 6% chance to stun your target for 3 sec with a mace.

Increases your skill with Maces by 5, and gives you a 6% chance to stun your target for 3 sec with a mace.

Blade Flurry

Blade Flurry

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25 Energy
Instant
2 min cooldown

Increases your attack speed by 20%. In addition, attacks strike an additional nearby opponent. Lasts 15 sec.

Increases your attack speed by 20%. In addition, attacks strike an additional nearby opponent. Lasts 15 sec.

Sword Specialization

Sword Specialization

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Gives you a 1% chance to get an extra attack on the same target after dealing damage with your Sword.

Gives you a 1% chance to get an extra attack on the same target after dealing damage with your Sword.

Next level:

Gives you a 2% chance to get an extra attack on the same target after dealing damage with your Sword.

Gives you a 2% chance to get an extra attack on the same target after dealing damage with your Sword.

Next level:

Gives you a 3% chance to get an extra attack on the same target after dealing damage with your Sword.

Gives you a 3% chance to get an extra attack on the same target after dealing damage with your Sword.

Next level:

Gives you a 4% chance to get an extra attack on the same target after dealing damage with your Sword.

Gives you a 4% chance to get an extra attack on the same target after dealing damage with your Sword.

Next level:

Gives you a 5% chance to get an extra attack on the same target after dealing damage with your Sword.

Gives you a 5% chance to get an extra attack on the same target after dealing damage with your Sword.

Fist Weapon Specialization

Fist Weapon Specialization

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Increases your chance to get a critical strike with Fist Weapons by 1%.

Increases your chance to get a critical strike with Fist Weapons by 1%.

Next level:

Increases your chance to get a critical strike with Fist Weapons by 2%.

Increases your chance to get a critical strike with Fist Weapons by 2%.

Next level:

Increases your chance to get a critical strike with Fist Weapons by 3%.

Increases your chance to get a critical strike with Fist Weapons by 3%.

Next level:

Increases your chance to get a critical strike with Fist Weapons by 4%.

Increases your chance to get a critical strike with Fist Weapons by 4%.

Next level:

Increases your chance to get a critical strike with Fist Weapons by 5%.

Increases your chance to get a critical strike with Fist Weapons by 5%.

Weapon Expertise

Weapon Expertise

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Increases your skill with Sword, Fist and Dagger weapons by 3.

Increases your skill with Sword, Fist and Dagger weapons by 3.

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Increases your skill with Sword, Fist and Dagger weapons by 5.

Increases your skill with Sword, Fist and Dagger weapons by 5.

Aggression

Aggression

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Increases the damage of your Sinister Strike and Eviscerate abilities by 2%.

Increases the damage of your Sinister Strike and Eviscerate abilities by 2%.

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Increases the damage of your Sinister Strike and Eviscerate abilities by 4%.

Increases the damage of your Sinister Strike and Eviscerate abilities by 4%.

Next level:

Increases the damage of your Sinister Strike and Eviscerate abilities by 6%.

Increases the damage of your Sinister Strike and Eviscerate abilities by 6%.

Adrenaline Rush

Adrenaline Rush

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Instant
5 min cooldown

Increases your Energy regeneration rate by 100% for 15 sec.

Increases your Energy regeneration rate by 100% for 15 sec.

Subtlety
Master of Deception

Master of Deception

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Reduces the chance enemies have to detect you while in Stealth mode.

Reduces the chance enemies have to detect you while in Stealth mode.

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Reduces the chance enemies have to detect you while in Stealth mode. More effective than Master of Deception (Rank 1).

Reduces the chance enemies have to detect you while in Stealth mode. More effective than Master of Deception (Rank 1).

Next level:

Reduces the chance enemies have to detect you while in Stealth mode. More effective than Master of Deception (Rank 2).

Reduces the chance enemies have to detect you while in Stealth mode. More effective than Master of Deception (Rank 2).

Next level:

Reduces the chance enemies have to detect you while in Stealth mode. More effective than Master of Deception (Rank 3).

Reduces the chance enemies have to detect you while in Stealth mode. More effective than Master of Deception (Rank 3).

Next level:

Reduces the chance enemies have to detect you while in Stealth mode. More effective than Master of Deception (Rank 4).

Reduces the chance enemies have to detect you while in Stealth mode. More effective than Master of Deception (Rank 4).

Opportunity

Opportunity

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Increases the damage dealt when striking from behind with your Backstab, Garrote, or Ambush abilities by 4%.

Increases the damage dealt when striking from behind with your Backstab, Garrote, or Ambush abilities by 4%.

Next level:

Increases the damage dealt when striking from behind with your Backstab, Garrote, or Ambush abilities by 8%.

Increases the damage dealt when striking from behind with your Backstab, Garrote, or Ambush abilities by 8%.

Next level:

Increases the damage dealt when striking from behind with your Backstab, Garrote, or Ambush abilities by 12%.

Increases the damage dealt when striking from behind with your Backstab, Garrote, or Ambush abilities by 12%.

Next level:

Increases the damage dealt when striking from behind with your Backstab, Garrote, or Ambush abilities by 16%.

Increases the damage dealt when striking from behind with your Backstab, Garrote, or Ambush abilities by 16%.

Next level:

Increases the damage dealt when striking from behind with your Backstab, Garrote, or Ambush abilities by 20%.

Increases the damage dealt when striking from behind with your Backstab, Garrote, or Ambush abilities by 20%.

Sleight of Hand

Sleight of Hand

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Reduces the chance you are critically hit by melee and ranged attacks by 1% and increases the threat reduction of your Feint ability by 10%.

Reduces the chance you are critically hit by melee and ranged attacks by 1% and increases the threat reduction of your Feint ability by 10%.

Next level:

Reduces the chance you are critically hit by melee and ranged attacks by 2% and increases the threat reduction of your Feint ability by 20%.

Reduces the chance you are critically hit by melee and ranged attacks by 2% and increases the threat reduction of your Feint ability by 20%.

Elusiveness

Elusiveness

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Reduces the cooldown of your Vanish and Blind abilities by 45 sec.

Reduces the cooldown of your Vanish and Blind abilities by 45 sec.

Next level:

Reduces the cooldown of your Vanish and Blind abilities by 1.5 min.

Reduces the cooldown of your Vanish and Blind abilities by 1.5 min.

Camouflage

Camouflage

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Increases your speed while stealthed by 3% and reduces the cooldown of your Stealth ability by 1 sec.

Increases your speed while stealthed by 3% and reduces the cooldown of your Stealth ability by 1 sec.

Next level:

Increases your speed while stealthed by 6% and reduces the cooldown of your Stealth ability by 2 sec.

Increases your speed while stealthed by 6% and reduces the cooldown of your Stealth ability by 2 sec.

Next level:

Increases your speed while stealthed by 9% and reduces the cooldown of your Stealth ability by 3 sec.

Increases your speed while stealthed by 9% and reduces the cooldown of your Stealth ability by 3 sec.

Next level:

Increases your speed while stealthed by 12% and reduces the cooldown of your Stealth ability by 4 sec.

Increases your speed while stealthed by 12% and reduces the cooldown of your Stealth ability by 4 sec.

Next level:

Increases your speed while stealthed by 15% and reduces the cooldown of your Stealth ability by 5 sec.

Increases your speed while stealthed by 15% and reduces the cooldown of your Stealth ability by 5 sec.

Initiative

Initiative

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Gives you a 25% chance to add an additional combo point to your target when using your Ambush, Garrote, or Cheap Shot ability.

Gives you a 25% chance to add an additional combo point to your target when using your Ambush, Garrote, or Cheap Shot ability.

Next level:

Gives you a 50% chance to add an additional combo point to your target when using your Ambush, Garrote, or Cheap Shot ability.

Gives you a 50% chance to add an additional combo point to your target when using your Ambush, Garrote, or Cheap Shot ability.

Next level:

Gives you a 75% chance to add an additional combo point to your target when using your Ambush, Garrote, or Cheap Shot ability.

Gives you a 75% chance to add an additional combo point to your target when using your Ambush, Garrote, or Cheap Shot ability.

Ghostly Strike

Ghostly Strike

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40 Energy
5 yd range
Instant
20 sec cooldown

A strike that deals 125% weapon damage and increases your chance to dodge by 15% for 7 sec. Awards 1 combo point.

A strike that deals 125% weapon damage and increases your chance to dodge by 15% for 7 sec. Awards 1 combo point.

Improved Ambush

Improved Ambush

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Increases the critical strike chance of your Ambush ability by 15%.

Increases the critical strike chance of your Ambush ability by 15%.

Next level:

Increases the critical strike chance of your Ambush ability by 30%.

Increases the critical strike chance of your Ambush ability by 30%.

Next level:

Increases the critical strike chance of your Ambush ability by 45%.

Increases the critical strike chance of your Ambush ability by 45%.

Setup

Setup

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Gives you a 15% chance to add a combo point to your target after dodging their attack or fully resisting one of their spells.

Gives you a 15% chance to add a combo point to your target after dodging their attack or fully resisting one of their spells.

Next level:

Gives you a 30% chance to add a combo point to your target after dodging their attack or fully resisting one of their spells.

Gives you a 30% chance to add a combo point to your target after dodging their attack or fully resisting one of their spells.

Next level:

Gives you a 45% chance to add a combo point to your target after dodging their attack or fully resisting one of their spells.

Gives you a 45% chance to add a combo point to your target after dodging their attack or fully resisting one of their spells.

Improved Sap

Improved Sap

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Gives you a 30% chance to return to stealth mode after using your Sap ability.

Gives you a 30% chance to return to stealth mode after using your Sap ability.

Next level:

Gives you a 60% chance to return to stealth mode after using your Sap ability.

Gives you a 60% chance to return to stealth mode after using your Sap ability.

Next level:

Gives you a 90% chance to return to stealth mode after using your Sap ability.

Gives you a 90% chance to return to stealth mode after using your Sap ability.

Serrated Blades

Serrated Blades

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Causes your attacks to ignore 0 of your target's Armor and increases the damage dealt by your Rupture ability by 10%. The amount of Armor reduced increases with your level.

Causes your attacks to ignore 0 of your target's Armor and increases the damage dealt by your Rupture ability by 10%. The amount of Armor reduced increases with your level.

Next level:

Causes your attacks to ignore 0 of your target's Armor and increases the damage dealt by your Rupture ability by 20%. The amount of Armor reduced increases with your level.

Causes your attacks to ignore 0 of your target's Armor and increases the damage dealt by your Rupture ability by 20%. The amount of Armor reduced increases with your level.

Next level:

Causes your attacks to ignore 0 of your target's Armor and increases the damage dealt by your Rupture ability by 30%. The amount of Armor reduced increases with your level.

Causes your attacks to ignore 0 of your target's Armor and increases the damage dealt by your Rupture ability by 30%. The amount of Armor reduced increases with your level.

Heightened Senses

Heightened Senses

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Increases your Stealth detection and reduces the chance you are hit by spells and ranged attacks by 2%.

Increases your Stealth detection and reduces the chance you are hit by spells and ranged attacks by 2%.

Next level:

Increases your Stealth detection and reduces the chance you are hit by spells and ranged attacks by 4%. More effective than Heightened Senses (Rank 1).

Increases your Stealth detection and reduces the chance you are hit by spells and ranged attacks by 4%. More effective than Heightened Senses (Rank 1).

Preparation

Preparation

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Instant
10 min cooldown

When activated, this ability immediately finishes the cooldown on your other Rogue abilities.

When activated, this ability immediately finishes the cooldown on your other Rogue abilities.

Dirty Deeds

Dirty Deeds

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Reduces the Energy cost of your Cheap Shot and Garrote abilities by 10.

Reduces the Energy cost of your Cheap Shot and Garrote abilities by 10.

Next level:

Reduces the Energy cost of your Cheap Shot and Garrote abilities by 20.

Reduces the Energy cost of your Cheap Shot and Garrote abilities by 20.

Hemorrhage

Hemorrhage

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35 Energy
Melee range
Instant
Requires Melee Weapon

An instant strike that damages the opponent and causes the target to hemorrhage, increasing any Physical damage dealt to the target by up to 3. Lasts 30 charges or 15 sec. Awards 1 combo point.

An instant strike that damages the opponent and causes the target to hemorrhage, increasing any Physical damage dealt to the target by up to 3. Lasts 30 charges or 15 sec. Awards 1 combo point.

Deadliness

Deadliness

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Increases your Attack Power by 2%.

Increases your Attack Power by 2%.

Next level:

Increases your Attack Power by 4%.

Increases your Attack Power by 4%.

Next level:

Increases your Attack Power by 6%.

Increases your Attack Power by 6%.

Next level:

Increases your Attack Power by 8%.

Increases your Attack Power by 8%.

Next level:

Increases your Attack Power by 10%.

Increases your Attack Power by 10%.

Premeditation

Premeditation

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20 yd range
Instant
2 min cooldown

When used, adds 2 combo points to your target. You must add to or use those combo points within 10 sec or the combo points are lost.

When used, adds 2 combo points to your target. You must add to or use those combo points within 10 sec or the combo points are lost.

Rogue
0 / 0 / 0
Level required: -

Start with combat spec until 31 points with this order, then continue with Assassination:

rogue leveling 1-60

7. DPS Rotation for leveling as a rogue

Here are a few tips to level up your rogue as fast as you can.

LvL 1-10

  • Pick up First Aid ASAP
  • Pick up Skinning ASAP (Don’t Sell on AH just vendor)
  • Upgrade Your Weapons at Vendors ASAP
  • Use Throwing Weapons to ensure safe pulls.
  • You get Dual Wield at Lvl 10
  • You get Backstab & Pickpocket at Lvl 4
  • Use Pick Pocket Often. Usable on Yellows or Mobs that other Players are fighting.
  • Pick Pocket has its own loot table. Some mobs don’t have Pockets to pick such as Beasts.
  • Buy All Ranks of Skills in this Bracket
rogue rotation 1-60

LvL 10-20

rogue rotation 1-60

LvL 20-40

rogue rotation 1-60

LvL 40-60

  • Start using Slice and Dice when you get Rank 2.
  • Use Blade Flurry as soon as you get the CD back to pull big pack of mobs.
  • Keep prioritizing Riposte > All when it procs.
rogue rotation 1-60

8. Best gear for leveling as a rogue

You can focus on the green “Monkey” gear Set with agility + Stam or “Tiger set” with Agility + STR

Agility -> Strength = Stamina -> Spirit -> Intellect

Strength (often abbreviated STR) has the following effects:

  • Increases attack power with melee weapons, Rogues gain 1 melee attack power per point of strength.

Agility (often abbreviated AGI) has the following effects:

  • Increases attack power with both melee and ranged weapons by 1 for each point of Agility.
  • Increases chance to score a critical hit with a weapon.
  • You gain 1% critical chance increased for each 29 points of agility.
  • Also increase your Armor and Chance to Dodge.

Intellect: Increases the rate at which you level up weapon skill.

Spirit: Increases your Out of Combat Health Regeneration rate.

9. Alliance Sword Progression

Gladius - 3.8 DPS - Lvl 4 - White Weapon Sold by Vendors in Ironforge, Stormwind, STV, Darnassus

Cutlass - 6.8 DPS - Lvl 10 - White Weapon Sold by Vendors in Ironforge, Stormwind, STV, Darnassus

Daryl’s Shortsword - 8.7 DPS - Lvl 14 - Quest Reward “A Hunter’s Challenge” Loch Modan

Solid Shortblade - 9.2 DPS - Lvl 15 - Quest Reward “Red Silk Bandanas” Westfall

Butcher’s Slicer - 11.6 DPS - Lvl 18 - 45% Drop off Razorclaw the Butcher in Shadowfang Keep

Longsword - 12.2 DPS - Lvl 21 - White Weapon Sold by Vendors in Ironforge, Stormwind, STV, Darnassus

Cruel Barb - 15.5 DPS - Lvl 19 - 20% Drop off Edwin Van Cleef in The Deadmines

Electrocutioner’s Leg - 22.1 DPS - Lvl 29 - 33% Drop off Electrocutioner 6000 in Gnomeregan

Sword of Serenity - 30.0 DPS - Lvl 34 - Dungeon Quest Reward “In the Name of the Light” Scarlet Monastery

Vanquisher’s Sword - 30.0 DPS - Lvl 37 - Dungeon Quest Reward “Bring the Light” Razorfen Downs

Linken’s Sword of Mastery - 33.3 DPS - Lvl 47 - Quest Reward “It’s Dangerous to Go Alone” Un’goro Crater

Valiant Shortsword - 34.5 DPS - Lvl 51 - Quest Reward “Mission Accomplished” Western Plaguelands

Thrash Blade - 35.2 DPS - Lvl 45 - Dungeon Quest “Corruption of Earth and Seed” Maraudon

Blade of Reckoning - 35.8 DPS - Lvl 53 - Dungeon Quest Reward “Jail Break!” Blackrock Depths

Enchanted Azsharite Felbane Sword - 35.8 DPS - Lvl 55 - Quest Reward “Azsharite Weaponry” STV

Lord General’s Sword - 36.9 DPS - Lvl 51 - 20% Drop off General Angerforge Blackrock Depths

9.1 Horde Sword Progression

Gladius - 3.8 DPS - Lvl 4 - White Weapon Sold by Vendors in Orgrimmar, Undercity, Thunderbluff

Cutlass  - 6.8 DPS - Lvl 10 - White Weapon Sold by Vendors in Orgrimmar, Undercity, Thunderbluff

Elegant Shortsword - 10.0 DPS - Lvl 14 - Quest Reward “Serena Bloodfeather” The Barrens

Wingblade - 15.7 DPS - Lvl 20 - Dungeon Quest “Leaders of the Fang” Wailing Caverns

Sword of the Hammerfall - 23.0 DPS - Lvl 30 - Quest Reward “The Real Threat” Arathi Highlands

Sword of Omen - 29.7 DPS - Lvl 33 - Dungeon Quest Reward “Into The Scarlet Monastery” SM

Vanquisher’s Sword - 30.0 DPS - Lvl 37 - Dungeon Quest Reward “Bring the Light” Razorfen Downs

Thrash Blade - 35.2 DPS - Lvl 45 - Dungeon Quest “Corruption of Earth and Seed” Maraudon

Blade of Reckoning - 35.8 DPS - Lvl 53 - Dungeon Quest Reward “Jail Break!” Blackrock Depths

Lord General’s Sword - 36.9 DPS - Lvl 51 - 20% Drop off General Angerforge Blackrock Depths

10. Alliance Dagger Progression

Stiletto - 3.3 DPS - Lvl 3 - White Weapon Sold by Vendors in Ironforge, Stormwind, STV, Darnassus

Blade of Cunning - 6.8 DPS - Lvl 10 - Rogue Lvl 10 Class Quest

Poniard - 8.5 DPS - Lvl 14 - White Weapon Sold by Vendors in IF, SW, Wetlands, Stonetalon,  STV, Darnassus

Thornblade - 10.0 DPS - Lvl 18 - Quest Reward “ A Dark Threat Looms” Loch Modan

Bite of Serra’kis - 17.7 DPS - Lvl 23 - 30% Drop Old Serra’kis in Blackfathom Deeps

Toxic Revenger - 20.5 DPS - Lvl 27 - 33% Chance off Viscous Fallout in Gnomeregan

Swinetusk Shank - 23.0 DPS - Lvl 33 - 40% Drop off Agathelos the Raging in Razorfen Kraul

Rondel - 24.1 DPS - Lvl 39 - White Weapon Sold by Vendors in Orgrimmar, Undercity, Thunderbluff

Ceremonial Elven Blade - 26.7 DPS - Lvl 42 - Quest Reward “A Hero’s Welcome” Feralas

Gahz’rilla Fang - 28.1 DPS - Lvl 42 - 50% Drop off Gahz’Rilla in Zul Farrak

Black Menace - 29.7 DPS - Lvl 34 - Dungeon Quest Reward “In the Name of The Light” Scarlet Monastery

Satyr’s Lash - 33.2  DPS - Lvl 45 - 33% Chance Drop off Lord Vyletongue in Maraudon

Barman Shanker - 36.5 - Lvl 50 - Soloable*** 8% Drop off Plugger Spazzring in Blackrock Depths

Dire Nail - 36.7 DPS - Lvl 51 - 28% Drop off Shade of Eranikus in Sunken Temple

Keris of Zul’Serak - 39.4 DPS - Lvl 55 -20% Drop off War Master Voone Blackrock Spire

Distracting Dagger - 40.8 DPS - Lvl 57 - 19% Drop off Prince Tortheldrin in Dire Maul

10.1 Horde Dagger Progression

Stiletto - 3.3 DPS - Lvl 3 - White Weapon Sold by Vendors in Orgrimmar, Undercity, Thunderbluff

Compact Fighting Knife - 6.0 DPS - Lvl 6 - Quest Reward “Supervisor Fizsprocket” Mulgore

Blade of Cunning - 6.8 DPS - Lvl 10 - Rogue Lvl 10 Class Quest

Kris of Orgrimmar - 9.0 DPS - Lvl 13 - Quest Reward “Hidden Enemies” Orgrimmar.

Tail Spike - 11.1 DPS Lvl 17 - 50% Drop off Skum in Wailing Caverns

Bite of Serra’kis - 17.7 DPS - Lvl 23 - 30% Drop Old Serra’kis in Blackfathom Deeps

Silent Hunter - 23.1 DPS - Lvl 33 - Quest Reward “Call to Arms” Arathi Highlands

Rondel - 24.1 DPS - Lvl 39 - White Weapon Sold by Vendors in Orgrimmar, Undercity, Thunderbluff

Tok’Kar’s Murloc Shanker - 25.0 DPS - Lvl 40 - Quest Reward “Threat from the Sea” Swamp of Sorrows

Fiendish Skiv - 26.6 DPS - Lvl 40 - Quest Reward “Challenge Overlord Mok’Morokk” Dustwallow Marsh

Gahz’rilla Fang - 28.1 DPS - Lvl 42 - 50% Drop off Gahz’Rilla in Zul Farrak

Black Menace - 29.7 DPS - Lvl 34 - Dungeon Quest Reward “In the Name of The Light” Scarlet Monastery

Coldrage Dagger - 29.7 DPS - Lvl 39 - 20% Drop off Amnennar the Coldbringer in Razorfen Downs

Satyr’s Lash - 33.2  DPS - Lvl 45 - 33% Chance Drop off Lord Vyletongue in Maraudon

Blade of Eternal Darkness - 34.4 DPS - Lvl 49 - 4% Drop off Princess Theradras Maraudon

Beasthunter Dagger -  35.6 DPS - Lvl 53 - Quest Reward “Shy-Rotam” Winterspring

Enchanted Azsharite Felbane Dagger - 35.7 DPS - Lvl 55 - Quest Reward “Azsharite Weaponry” STV

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