Here is an overview of what talents to use as you level your Rogue along with some level 70 talent builds. The best guide to playing a Rogue I’ve found is at Killer Guides. You can always make your Rogue better by getting a lot of gold and buying the best gear, to do that I strongly recommend using Valkor’s Gold Guide for farming massive amounts of gold.
- Leveling a Rogue
- Level 70 Talent Builds
The Rogue is probably the most played and underutilized class in the game. It is enormously attractive to new players because of its ability to stealth and the deception that Rogues are all button mashers. Rogues can deal a tremendous amount of damage in a very short amount of time; in just a few seconds they can take out most unsuspecting cloth and leather armor wearers or leave them so crippled that there isn’t anything they can do to escape. They have the ability to vanish out of battle, blind their enemies, and stun them to run away to come back at a later time when killing you is most convenient to them. Rogues are good in groups because they can incapacitate their enemies, opened locked treasure chests, and make instance runs shorter by opening locked doors. There are also several poisons they can augment their weapons with that can snare, damage, or weaken their enemies with.
Leveling a Rogue
If you really want to blaze through the levels check out either Brian Kopp’s 1-70 Guide (Alliance) or Joana’s 1-70 Guide (Horde)
Depending on the Rogue weapon setup there are a few variations to efficient leveling. The most common way to level in the beginning is to dual-wield non-dagger weapons and focus on melee talents. This will allow the Rogue to cause a consistent amount of damage and be able to take some damage with its talent abilities. It’s a straight forward way to efficiently level. To create more fun and variation in leveling, it is recommended that dual daggers be wielded and a Subtlety talent structure used so the Rogue can open with Ambush and possibly nearly kill an opponent in one hit.
The talents below will help you break in your Rogue as a dagger Rogue. It will set you up as a very efficient killer, sneak up on your opponents and open up with Ambush every battle. Camouflage will make this possible, at level 28 continue down the Assassination tree and then pick out a level 70 build and setup a transition to it.
|Levels 10-14||5/5 Opportunity|
|Levels 15-19||5/5 Camouflage|
|Levels 20-22||3/3 Improved Ambush|
|Levels 23-27||5/5 Malice|
Swords and Maces
If you don’t use a dagger in your main hand or you can’t stealth around effectively you’ll want to focus on eviscerating. Use the below skills for effective Sinister Strikes/Eviscerate build that, when combined with a Stun Lock build later, will make you a dangerous combat Rogue. Once you reach level 30 you can start investing in the combat tree as you feel fit, eventually getting Blade Fury, which will make your Rogue a very effective at soloing.
|Levels 10-11||2/2 Improved Sinister Strike|
|Levels 12-16||5/5 Malice|
|Levels 17-19||3/3 Improved Eviscerate|
|Levels 20-21||2/3 Ruthlessness|
|Levels 22-26||5/5 Lethality|
|Level 27||1/1 Relentless Strikes|
|Levels 28-29||2/2 Ruthlessness|
Level 70 Talent Builds
Mutilate Dagger Build 41/0/20
This is a favorite PvP build for dagger Rogues that leads to high DPS. Open with Cheap Shot and lay on Mutilate, which is pretty much a double backstab with twice the chance to crit.
Sword/Fist/Mace Combat Build 17/44/0
This build requires a fast offhand but can work for swords, fists, or maces. Just specialize in fists or maces instead of swords, as seen in the build.