World of Warcraft Beginner PVP Guide – Rogues

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Rogues are a powerful PVP (Player versus Player) class with many PVP oriented abilities. They are able to hold their own and even dominate some classes, especially if played right. Having the proper talent point spec has a great bearing on a Rogues ability to battle other classes in PVP.


Assassination Rogues are all about killing quick, fast and in a hurry, making it a prime PVP spec. Lethality, Puncturing Wounds, Cold Blood, Seal Fate and Vigor are all necessary talents to invest in. Opportunity and Improved Ambush from the Subtlety tree also go along way in helping the Assassination Spec. Daggers are almost necessary in playing this spec, as Backstab and Ambush are primary sources of damage.

Combat Rogues forget stealth and subtlety and go straight for the throat. Sinister Strike is the main damage dealer in this spec, and lots of it. For this reason, weapons with high top end damage are far preferred to daggers. Maces and swords are especially popular, as well as high end fist weapons. Blade Flurry is important and used often, as non-ability melee damage is just as important with high damage weapons as Sinister Strike damage.

Subtlety Rogues are all about Hemorrhage. This low energy cost ability is able to used almost constantly and deals a large amount of damage and combo points. This allows for finishing moves like Kidney Shot and Eviscerate to be used much more frequently. Ambush is a great opener with the Waylay talent.


Rogues must duel every class differently. Crippling Poison is an absolute must in every duel and should not be forgotten. Generally against Priests and Mages, Ambush is the suggested opener. Their low armor allows Ambush to hit big. For all other races, Cheap Shot is the way to go, especially Warriors. For Warriors, Paladins and Death Knights, Expose Armor is important to allow your attacks to get through their thick plate.

Almost all classes will immediately go into a frenzy trying to detect Rogues as soon as they stealth. Many times they will waste cooldowns and mana doing this. Rogues should wait for the opportune moment to strike. Haste is not what this is about. If detected before performing an opening move, the battle immediately turns to favor the opponent.

World PVP

In World PVP, Rogues have a much more distinct advantage. Their almost constant state of stealth makes them invisible, especially against enemies fighting against other players or monsters. Battles can be over as quickly as they begin by a quick execution of Ambush, Backstab, and an Eviscerate. Most enemies won’t know they’re being attacked until they’re dead.

This is very much the opposite case if the Rogue is attacking an NPC and a player attacks them. DoT (Damage over Time) spells, Polymorph spells and movement speed impairing spells can present an insurmountable obstacle to overcome. Vanish and Sprint are important here to regain stealth and get close to the enemy. They will know a Rogue is around and will attempt to detect them.


Almost all Rogues in battlegrounds have the same agenda. Sneak to the back of a large group of enemies and find a nice, low health player to pick off. This helps in numerous ways, including thinning down the number of enemies, making the enemies paranoid of Rogue attacks and thus not being focused on the rest of the enemies on the other side.

Rogues are also able to stealth behind the enemies and capture flags or nodes behind unsuspecting players. Rogues may very decent flag runners in Warsong Gulch. They’re Sprint, Evasion and Vanish abilities are all very useful for such. Vanish should be used in moderation and only in dire straits, as it will cause the flag to drop. Rogues who use Vanish should only use it to break movement impairing effects and immediately begin right clicking the flag to pick it back up.

This post is part of the series: WoW Beginner PvP Class Guides

Beginner player vs. player guides for the various classes of World of Warcraft.

  1. World of Warcraft Beginner PVP Guide – Druids
  2. World of Warcraft Beginner PVP Guide – Paladins
  3. World of Warcraft Beginner PVP Guide – Warriors
  4. World of Warcraft Beginner PVP Guide – Shamans
  5. World of Warcraft Beginner PVP Guide – Rogues
  6. World of Warcraft Beginner PVP Guide – Hunters
  7. World of Warcraft Beginner PVP Guide – Warlock
  8. World of Warcraft Beginner PVP Guide – Mage