DPS Rotation & Cooldowns (5.4.8)

Maintaining a proper Rotation and using the right Cooldowns is essential to maximizing your Assassination Rogue. Use this guide to optimize your single target and AoE rotations while learning how to get the most out of your cooldowns.

Single Target Rotation

Poison: Use the following poisons on your weapons.

Combo Point Builders: Follow this priority to generate Combo Points.

  1. Ambush Whenever possible.
  2. Dispatch Target below 35% Health or Blindside procs.
  3. Mutilate Target above 35% Health.

Finishing Moves: Follow this priority to spend Combo Points.

  1. Slice And Dice Apply once with 2 CP. Refresh with Envenom.
  2. Rupture Apply and refresh with 5 CP.
  3. Envenom Use with >= 4 CP.

First, you should start every fight in Stealth and use Ambush + Rupture to get Venomous Wounds up as soon as possible. After this, your priority is to apply and maintain Slice And Dice and Rupture. Never let Slice And Dice or Rupture expire and refresh them with < 5 Combo Points if necessary to prevent them from dropping. From here, follow the Combo Point building priority by casting Mutilate and Dispatch. Use Dispatch when your target is below 35% health or when Blindside procs. Use Mutilate when Dispatch is unavailable. Spend excess Combo Points on Envenom and to refresh Rupture.

Thanks to Anticipation your Combo Point management is much easier. Seal Fate CP procs will almost never to go to waste and you can execute the single target priority without fear of losing valuable Combo Points.

AoE Rotation

Poison: Deadly Poison

AoE Abilities:

At 2+ targets, use Fan of Knives as your primary Combo Point builder, but continue to spend CP using the single target priority. With 3+ targets, switch to Fan of Knives + Crimson Tempest spam, but continue to maintain Slice And Dice and Rupture on your primary target.

Effective Cooldowns

These effective cooldowns are available if you chose them in your talent build.

  • Shadowstep Use to quickly close the gap to new targets.

These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate into most all encounters.