Naxxramas Guide for Rogues – Complete

Now that I have finished writing all of the rogue guides for Naxx bosses (finally!) this is a repost of the main dissemination page that I had at the start of the series.  I’ve gone through and edited the guides to clean them up and incorporate suggestions made in the comments.  Thanks to everyone who contributed.


This is a series of posts covering the role of a rogue (or any melee dps) in the Naxxramas boss fights.

Hopefully rogues are getting their shot at raiding Naxx. I haven’t seen as many rogues as I’d expect in raids. We are not the kings of single-target dps the way we used to be pre-Wrath, but we are definitely serviceable. There are no fights in Naxx that require our interrupts (like Shade did, back in Karazhan). With the new AoE tanking style of raiding, we are not being asked to stun or sap at all during this instance. Our AoE with Blade Flurry (if you are combat spec) and Fan of Knives is just enough to keep us effective on trash pulls.

What we do bring is Tricks of the Trade. This is the new Misdirect. Its not done from range, like the hunter MD, so we don’t use it to do pulls. However, it does give the tank a huge amount of frontloaded threat so there is no need to pause at the start of a fight to wait for aggro.

Also, don’t forget that TotT gives a 15% damage buff to its target. During dps checks like Patchwerk and Thaddius, it is vital to use it whenever it is off cooldown. Our own personal dps is amazing on those bosses, too, since they are stand-and-kill fights.

Naxxramas has five wings, listed below with links to the boss fight posts.

Arachnid Quarter (Spider Wing)

Plague Quarter

Construct Quarter

Military Quarter

Frostwyrm Lair

9 Responses to “Naxxramas Guide for Rogues – Complete”

  1. 1 Phil
    April 5, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Well done, just in time for everyone to leave for Ulduar.

  2. April 5, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I know. It took me forever to do the last parts because my guild was having trouble with them and I didn’t feel comfortable writing guides until I had run them several times each. I’ll do the Ulduar one faster.

  3. April 6, 2009 at 9:42 am

    congratulations on finishing the guides. i use them as my only reference since they specialize on what a rogue should be doing, making them more useful than the general ones out there (though they’re not too shabby either).

  4. 4 Hamacus
    April 6, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Thank Din! Great guide. Phil, while a lot of us have been through Naxx let’s not forget the folks that have not. Further more those of us that have alts as I do, (80 Rogue for one), will find this information very useful as I am sure no one is going to just walk in to Ulduar without getting gear and experience from Naxx.

  5. 5 Chris
    April 7, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Dinaer, just a heads up, but some of the links are broken. It seems the url pathname (i.e. “a-rogue-in-naxxramas-boss-name”) of a few links are doubled, the longer ones shortened with ellipses. The broken links are: Anub’Rekhan, Grand Widow Faerlina, Loatheb, Patchwerk, Grobbulus, and Gluth.

    Keep up the great work, love the blog!

  6. 6 Cat
    April 25, 2009 at 2:20 am

    Links broken for me too. Partly duplicated.

    Thanks for the guides, will definitely come in handy.

  7. April 25, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Fixed the links. Sorry ’bout that.

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