By Dinaer

You’re a sneaky murderer who destroys your opponents from behind with your quick-hitting daggers and powerful poisons.  You’re an assassination rogue.

You’ve leveled to 85 and have run a bunch of heroics to upgrade your gear.  Its time to put on the big boy pants and hit the raids.

Lets look at what you need to check.

#1 – Spec

You probably want to spec into something like this… 31/2/8.  There is some room to play with a few of those points without taking a hit to your damage, but the main talents are there.

#2 – Gems

You want to match all socket colors if the socket bonus is +Agility.  If the socket bonus is anything else, then it is probably worthwhile to use the Delicate Inferno Ruby instead and forgo the socket bonus.

#3 – Enchants

#4 – Reforging

  • First, gem your gear.  Then check to see if you are at the poison hit cap.
  • If you are not at the poison hit cap then start reforging your weaker stats (crit first, then haste) into hit rating
  • Once you are at the poison cap, then reforge the rest of your pieces to reduce crit or haste and add mastery

#5 – Glyphs

See this post

#6 – Consumables

#7 – Rotation

If you are fortunate to have a boss that stands still and lets you stab him, you can settle into a nice rotation.  It goes like this:

  1. Get SnD started
  2. Mutilate to 4+ combo points
  3. Rupture if its about to expire, Envenom otherwise.  Do not let Rupture fall off.  Your Venomous Wounds keeps energy flowing.  Without Rupture ticking you’ll be energy starved.
  4. At 35% health, switch to backstab as a combo point builder.  Continue to use Envenom/Rupture as finishers

None of this makes you a good rogue.  It does, however, make you a well-prepared rogue and gives you the best chance to have a good showing in your raids.  Good luck, and rock those damage meters!  Remember that a dead rogue does no dps!


12 Responses to “Ready to Raid – Assassination Rogue”


  1. December 21, 2010 at 10:59 am

    You sure that one should reforge all haste to master? Wont that hurt Energy replenish?

    /Hermed @ Tarren Mill

    Awesome blog btw :)

    • December 21, 2010 at 11:22 am

      You won’t be able to reforge all of your haste to mastery. You can’t reforge to a stat that is already on the gear. If a piece of gear has haste and mastery, then you cannot change the haste to more mastery.

      However, mastery does give more dps to assassination rogues than haste, even including the energy regen factor. So reforging some of the haste to mastery will help.

      Mostly you’ll want to reforge crit to mastery, though.

  2. 3 Cryptiç
    January 1, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Thanks for the post, it’s been really helpful for my switch from Combat to Assassination (which is much for fun imo) Keep up the good work and awesome blog!

    Cryptiç – Area 52

  3. January 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Hello so what is the poison hit cap. About how much haste do need to be in the range to have and how much mastery. My stats for my rogue is running 15% hit 12% mastery and 11% haste. I throw away crit because its no good in cata.

  4. January 1, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    btw my rogues name is Ninjagaiden US server Undermine

  5. January 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Thanks you very much for that post. So i need to run 17% hit. So lets say i have a piece of gear with haste and hit. should i dump haste and get mastery. I mean i saw that mastery is more dps than having alot of haste should i have a certain % of haste just to have a solid foundation also should i just keep staking mastery.

    • January 3, 2011 at 1:18 am

      Mastery and haste are very close in dps value. I generally don’t reforge haste to mastery. If a piece of gear has haste on it I leave it. I just reforge my crit and hit since I am over the spell hit cap.

      Purely mathematically you will improve your damage by moving haste to mastery, but its not very much.

      If you ever switch to combat you’ll want less mastery, as it is not good for combat spec.

  6. 9 Ëien
    January 7, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Hi there, i’ve based my rogue almost entirely on your guide and i think this is a good guide! Just a question about the leg enchantment, you suggested dragonscale leg armor, may i know why that instead of charscale leg armor?


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