The first choice players will face in character creation is that of race, and a few racial options come with ability bonuses that suit a rogue perfectly. Light foot halflings also have a great dexterity bonus and a little built-in luck of their own, so the only real drawback to choosing them would be the lack of dark vision.
It's mandatory regardless of the build, and attack bonuses, damage, AC, and initiative go up with every ability score increase as well. Now it's time to pick the subclass, of which there are six options: thief, mastermind, swashbuckler, scout, arcane trickster, and assassin.
When playing a swashbuckler, persuasion also becomes a critical skill to have mastered, and arcane tricksters might place higher importance on arcane. Beyond those, if there's still room for a couple more skills, deception and insight are always nice, since conning people and discerning someone's true motivations are right up the rogue's alley.
A rogue's high number of skill and tool proficiencies alone make them characters that the party will unfailingly and consistently rely upon. We also explain the best Races and Specs to choose from with the Rogue Class, you can find links to each full build with gear stats and other useful information.
Since Rogues are best used in PVP the best races ranking below is heavily influenced by this, because of this Orc, Dwarves and Undead Racial Traits the remove or reduce CC is wonderful. Gnomes are also a solid choice, whereas Troll and Night Elf are alright but are not recommended or considered the best by us.
Combat Rogue is one of the best DPS Classes in Classic WoW, losing only to Warrior when it comes to pure numbers. However, in very long fights, Rogue might be forced to reapply his poisons as they have limited charges.
He has access to two solid threat-management tools in a form of Vanish and Feint, so he is able to deal steady damage without any real risk of gaining Boss's unwanted attention (for as long as he pays attention to his Threat meter, of course). Unlike some other Classes/Specs, Combat Rogue performs at the top level throughout all the content Phases, which makes him a solid DPS choice for any Raid Tier.
His Sword Specialization gives him a considerable edge over other available allied races. It decreases your chance to miss an attack, reduces enemy's chance to dodge, block, and parry, and most of all reduces glancing blow (glancing blows deal damage reduced in proportion to the difference between Target's defense skill and Attacker's weapon skill) penalty, which is huge for DPS.
All in all, Orc wins (and he is great for PVP as well), but not as clearly as Human on Alliance's side. It gives you access to powerful explosives that increase your AOE and Single-Target DPS.
On top of that, it lets you create and use Gnomish Battle Chicken Trinket that summons a Guardian Chicken that fights at your side and has a chance on hit to cast a “Battle Squawk” which boosts Melee attack speed of all Party members by 5%, making it a must-have in every competitive group. The fact that Engineering is also considered the best PVP profession is an added benefit to its power in Eve environment.
At the start, you should pick Mining to supplement your Engineering Skill, you can always switch it to another profession of your liking later on. Against level 63 Boss, who has 315 Defense skill, you need 9% Hit Rating to never miss a special attack.
This means that getting 9% Hit Rating is paramount for a Raiding Rogue and should be your first goal when gearing up. This is your primary stat, and you should look for it on all item upgrades after covering Hit Rating and Weapon Skill.
Proper Talent allocation is essential for maximizing Damage output. Here, we will describe the most optimal spec and lead you through the Talent Trees level-by-level to explain some choices.
Swords variant wins on DPS, but one might opt for Daggers setup, as it makes getting solid PVP weapons in Raids much easier. The second one is based on the Seal Fate Talent from the Assassination Tree and requires a lot of Critical Strike chance (~30%) to work properly, which is not really achievable before Phase 5 without dropping below 9% Hit Cap, which is unacceptable.
Proper enchants and consumables will greatly increase your Damage output. While getting enchants is a one-time-deal, farming consumables might be a real chore, but it is still worth it as numbers clearly show.
Reward from a reputable Quest available from NPC Witch Doctor MAU'ARI, Overlook, Winter spring. Drop from Winter fall Furlongs in Wintering (this is an alternative for Just Might, as the effects don't stack).
Created by Cooking, Recipe can be obtained from “Alien's Tower” Rogue Quest. Created by Cooking, Raw Squids can be fished, but only during Winter. In Classic, Rogue follows more of a priority list than a strict rotation.
On top of that, the list changes slightly depending on the Weapon (and build) you are currently using) Note: most of the time, you'll want to use your Cooldowns at the start of combat, so that you'll get a second (and a third in long encounters) charge before the fight ends.
You should always try to use your Finishing Moves with 5 Combo Points in order to maximize efficiency. Please do note that this is an early version of our guide, and we will be happy to receive constructive criticism, that will help us improve it, so leave your suggestions in the comments section below.