Level 100 Subtlety Rogue Guide [PvE]

A World of Warcraft Class Guide, Updated to Patch 7.0.3

DPS Rotation & Cooldowns for Subtlety Rogue in PvE | Latest Patch 7.0.3

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The following rotation guide was developed through extensive simulations and play testing with the goal of keeping the guide as simple as possible without sacrificing performance. This guide also included AoE rotations and provides details on when to use special talents and cooldowns.

Single Target Rotation

DPS Priority: Execute the following priority for optimal DPS.

  1. Symbols of Death to maintain the buff.
  2. Nightblade maintained with >= 5 Combo Point refreshes.
  3. Shadow Dance with 2 or more charges.
  4. Eviscerate to dump excess Combo Points.
  5. Shadowstrike when available to build Combo Points.
  6. Backstab to build Combo Points.

The Subtlety Rogue DPS rotation revolves around maintaining Symbols of Death and Nightblade while dumping excess Combo Points into Eviscerate.

To build Combo Points, you should use Shadowstrike when possible and then use Backstab as needed. To spend Combo Points, you should maintain Nightblade with 5 Combo Points at all times. Finally, dump excess Combo Points into Eviscerate.

Shadow Dance is a key ability to the Subtlety rotation and should be used whenever it hits 2 or more charges. Try not to burn through all charges until you need to peform burst damage. Watch for additional chargs of Shadow Dance when you use a finishing move thanks to Deepening Shadows.

AoE Rotation

AoE Abilities:

Your AoE DPS priority is similar to the single target rotation with the notable exception of using Shuriken Storm to generate Combo Points instead of Backstab. Continue to maintain Nightblade on as many targets as possible and dump an excess Combo Points via Eviscerate.


Information on how to incorporate the selected talents from this guide into your rotation is currently being re-worked for 7.0.3. Check back later!

    Effective Cooldowns

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

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