DPS Rotation & Cooldowns (5.4.8)

Maintaining a proper Rotation and using the right Cooldowns is essential to maximizing your Combat 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. Revealing Strike Maintain debuff.
  3. Sinister Strike Build CP.

Finishing Moves: Follow this priority to spend Combo Points.

  1. Slice And Dice Maintain at all times.
  2. Rupture Apply and refresh with 5 CP.
  3. Eviscerate Use with >= 4 CP.

Your main source of Combo Point generation is Sinister Strike. You will spam this ability while keeping Slice And Dice and Rupture active. When neither of those need to be refreshed, use Eviscerate to spend your Combo Points. Only use Revealing Strike as needed to maintain the debuff it provides. Always try to keep your Energy below 85 so that procs from Combat Potency are not wasted.

AoE Rotation

Poison: Deadly Poison

AoE Abilities:

At > 1 targets activate Blade Flurry and use Fan of Knives as your primary Combo Point builder, but continue to spend CP using the single target priority. With 6+ targets, use Fan of Knives + Crimson Tempest spam and deactivate Blade Flurry.

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.

Combat Rogues must pay extra attention to their cooldowns as many of them have their cooldown time reduced with each Combo Point spent thanks to Restless Blades.