Rogue 101: Rogue Builds, Rotations and You!

So you’ve got you Rogue to 80!!! Congrats!!! and now you want to know what to spec your rogue for maximum DPS in 25-man, 10-man, and heroic… well here are a few rogue builds and tips for you!!!

There are two viable trees to specialize in when you are spec’ing your Rogue for maximum dps, and that is Assassination and Combat.

First, let’s look at COMBAT rogue builds and rotations.

A Combat Rogue is a pure damage dealer with an emphasis on single-target damage. He uses typically uses Fist Weapons, Swords, Axes, and Maces.

The Combat Rogue spec highly depends on what weapons are available to you.

If you have Fist Weapons or a MH Fist/OH Dagger you will want a build like this 15/51/5 (LINK) – the 5pts in Close Quarters Combat (or CQC) is essential for this build.

If you have Swords, Axes, or a combination of the two you will want a build like this 15/51/5 (LINK) – just like CQC was essential for the last build, Hack and Slash (or HnS) is essential for this one.

If you have Maces or a MH Mace/OH other weapon, you will want a build like this 15/51/5 (LINK) – the same as the other two builds but spec into Mace Specialization.

There are a few other combat specs that deal with a few tweaks here and there, but they also depend on gear & gear set bonuses.

OK, Now for Combat Rogue Tips & Rotations!!!

  • Use Wound Poison on the MH weapon and Deadly Poison on the OF Weapon.
  • You want a slow MH (2.5-2.6) and a fast OH (1.5-1.7)
  • The default attack is Sinister Strike. Get Slice and Dice going as soon as possible, then try to never let it drop. If you don’t need to refresh Slice and Dice, use Rupture….Your typical rotation is as follows:
  1. Sinister Strike to 5 Combo Points, then Slice and Dice
  2. Sinister Strike to 5 Combo Points, then Rupture
  3. Sinister Strike to 5 Combo Points
  4. If you have less than 12 seconds remaining on Slice and Dice, Slice and Dice again, and repeat from step 2
  5. Otherwise, Eviscerate, and repeat from step 1

 

Now let’s look at the other popular build, and that would me MUTILATE.

A Mutilate Rogue is a pure damage dealer with an emphasis on single-target damage. They use two Daggers (fast in speed) and Poisons to maximize damage.

A Mutilate Rogue is most effective by keeping up poisons on the target and using abilities like Envenom to do their damage.

The most popular and effective Mutilate build would be 51/13/7 (LINK)

OK, Now for Mutilate Rogue Tips & Rotations!!!

  • Use Instant Poison on the MH and Deadly Poison on the OH
  • You want both your daggers to be fast (1.5-1.7)
  • The default attack is Mutilate.  A Mutilate Rogue’s goal is to keep Rupture up, use Envenom, and to refresh Slice and Dice… Your typical rotation is as follows:
  1. In stealth, open up however you want, I use Garrote
  2. If you used Garrote, activate Hunger for Blood and Mutilate to 4+ combo points… If you did NOT use Garrote, then Mutilate to 4+ combo points
  3. Slice and Dice
  4. Mutilate to 4+ combo points
  5. Rupture
  6. Refresh or Activate Hunger For Blood
  7. Mutilate to 4+ combo points
  8. If Rupture has finished, Rupture.  Otherwise Envenom (NOTE: Using Envenom BEFORE you SnD timer runs out REFRESHES the SnD)
  9. Repeat from step 4

For an indepth analysis on rogues visit The Rogue Forum on ElitistJerks.com

OR Email me at gnomendagger@gmail.com

~Giggidee Of Velen~

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~ by giggidee2157 on November 7, 2009.

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