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WoW Classic: Assassination Rogue Guide

WoW Classic: Assassination Rogue Guide

For WoW Classic Patch 1.12, we present the complete guide to the Assassination Rogue spec. Here, we explain Talents, Rotation, Statistics, Equipment and Professions.

WoW Classic: Assassination Rogue Guide

The Assassination Rogue in WoW Classic is a ruthless poison master who coats their daggers with a variety of deadly poisons

Tier B (PvE) Tier A (PvP)

The Assassination Rogue is moderately good at PvE, like the Subtlety specialization, but excels at PvP. Although some more or less viable Assassination builds exist in PvE, there is no real reason to play them as long as they remain weak.

In PvP, however, you'll be the caster killer. Opponents at distance have no chance against them unless they are very experienced, making Assassination a formidable opponent. On the other hand, they're very weak against melee, in particular, the Plate wearers like the Warrior and the Paladin, so look to avoid them in solo combat.

Great v casters in PvP
Great at world PvP
Great as part of a group
Poor in PvE compared to Combat
Lack of self-healing
Bad v melee
Vulnerable to CC


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Stat priority

Editor's note: We do not have in mind the best statistics for the SPEC Rogue at the time, we are working to recover them. Of course, if some of you remember it, do not hesitate to let us know in the comments, we thank you in advance.

Rotation and main skills

Important note: There is no real rotation in PvP. However, in most cases following the one presented below should guarantee you almost certainly the victory against players with no trinket or those uncomfortable in PvP. The rule is simple in PvP: Improvise, adapt, overcome.

  1. Ambush ,
  2. Backstab,
  3. Gouge (wait until you have enough energy, stop attacking your target),
  4. Kidney Shot,
  5. Backstab,
  6. Backstab,
  7. Cold blood,
  8. Eviscerate.


Vanish is the iconic spell of the Rogue giving them that feeling of being a real ninja. Engage your target, reduce his hit points, and then disappearing into a cloud of smoke to return to Stealth and re-engage your target to end them. Formidable.

Cold Blood

Cold Blood

Cold Blood is one of the key talents of Sub Rogue since it simply allows you to destroy a target with Eviscerate having twice the normal chances to inflict a critical hit. Simple, effective, the Rogue in all its splendor.



Evasion is an excellent defensive CD as it greatly increases your chances of dodging attacks from in front of you. Be careful though, only melee attacks from a radius of about 180 degrees in front of you can be dodged, and being stunned or any other CC makes you vulnerable even under Evasion.


Poisons are one of the many unique aspects of the Rogue. Here are our recommendations:

  • Instant Poison: The poison you must choose by default in most situations. Apply it on your two weapons in PvE during short to medium duration battles, and almost permanently in PvP,
  • Deadly Poison: This poison is more effective in long or very long combat and is therefore only useful in high-level PvE,
  • Crippling Poison: Although theoretically very interesting in PvP, it is actually rare because you kill your target before it escapes in most cases, so you will not have to slow it down. Very situational in PvP nearly useless PvE,
  • Mind-numbing Poison: Useless in PvE, it has a real strength in PvP against casters (in particular the Mage which is likely to be a problem), however, it's not a must-have to overcome them. Very situational in PvP, useless in PvE,
  • Wound Poison: Useless in most situations in PvE, has its utility in BG or World PvP group. In solo, it is to be avoided except rare situations. Situational in PvP, useless in PvE.

Best Race For Assassination Rogue



The Orc is great in PvE as in PVP thanks to its racial Blood Fury. Finally, Hardness gives them a clear advantage over other races in PvP.


The real interest of the Undead, besides his incredible style, is the Will of the Forsaken which is excellent in PvP. Apart from that, Cannibalism is interesting in levelling. The only interest they have in PvE is that they have a base of slightly more points of Intelligence and Spirit than other races.


Night Elf

In addition to Quickness giving them a slight gain in survival, Rogue benefits from being Night Elf especially thanks to its Shadowmeld in the shade allowing them to greatly improve the effectiveness of his Stealth.


The Dwarf's Stoneform is a serious asset in PvP, especially against Rogues. Frost Resistance is also great against your nemesis: the Frost Mage.

WoW Classic: Race Tier List

World of Warcraft: Classic has a number of races to choose from, and making that choice has long-term consequences. You don't want to regret your choice later, so we've broken down the races in our tier list for WoW: Classic.



If you follow our advice for the choice of trades, Skinning is an excellent choice because if you choose Leatherworking you can be almost self-sufficient. And, even if you do not choose Leatherworking, it allows you to farm components for high-level craftable armour.


The Engineer is the best choice by default as it's great in both PvE and PvP. From Goblin Sapper Charge to the Arcanite Dragonling to the Dense Dynamite, everything about this role will always be useful!


The real interest of Leatherworking is in the craftingof high-level pre-raid armour, including the Devilsaur Armour set.

WoW Classic: Profession Tier List

World of Warcraft: Classic has a number of professions to choose from, from crafting armour with Blacksmithing and Leatherworking to farming materials with Herbalism and Minning. With something for everyone, here is our Classic Profession tier list.

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