Combat Rogue PvE Guide - Cataclysm Classic

These guides are based on simulation data, tools, and theorycrafting from original Cataclysm. We'll be sure to update them when modern sims are finished. Rotations are likely to get optimized via sims, but it should already give you a very strong starting point.

Introduction

    Combat Rogues bring 4% Physical Damage taken with
    Savage Combat
    to raids, and can also bring an Armor debuff with
    Expose Armor
    if required to.

Cataclysm Classic Combat Rogue Rotation

    Combat Rogues have a simple rotation, and can even remove
    Rupture
    from the rotation entirely and still do slightly less DPS for an even simpler rotation. Proper Combo Points and Energy management is still the name of the game. Using
    Adrenaline Rush
    and
    Killing Spree
    optimially will be important for maximizing DPS. Both of these cooldowns will be up more often thanks to
    Restless Blades
    .

Single Target

  1. Use
    Instant Poison
    on Main-hand,
    Deadly Poison
    on Off-hand, and
    Wound Poison
    on Thrown weapon.
  2. Maintain
    Slice and Dice
    .
  3. Maintain
    Rupture
    at 5 Combo Points.
  4. Use
    Killing Spree
    at low Energy and 30%
    Bandit's Guile
    unless delaying it would result in less casts throughout the fight.
  5. Use
    Adrenaline Rush
    as long as you wont cap on Energy.
  6. Use
    Tricks of the Trade
    .
  7. Use
    Revealing Strike
    if it's not active and you will
    Rupture
    or
    Eviscerate
    within 15 seconds.
  8. Use
    Gouge
    if you are at 4 Combo Points and
    Revealing Strike
    is already active.
  9. Use
    Eviscerate
    at 5 Combo Points. Make sure doing this does not reduce uptime on
    Slice and Dice
    and
    Rupture
    .
  10. Use
    Eviscerate
    if the target will die before a 5 Combo Point
    Rupture
    runs for its full duration.
  11. Use
    Sinister Strike
    to generate Combo Points.

AoE

    2 - 3 targets:

  1. Use
    Blade Flurry
    .
  2. Proceed with single target rotation, but no longer cast
    Rupture
    .
  3. For large pulls:

  4. Use
    Fan of Knives
    .

Cataclysm Classic Combat Rogue Talents

Standard Build

0
Assassination
0
Combat
0
Subtlety

Cataclysm Classic Combat Rogue Glyphs

  1. Prime:
    Adrenaline RushAdrenaline Rush
    ,
    Slice and DiceSlice and Dice
    ,
    Sinister StrikeSinister Strike
  2. Major:
    Tricks of the TradeTricks of the Trade
    ,
    Blade FlurryBlade Flurry
    ,
    FeintFeint
  3. Minor:
    Safe FallSafe Fall
    ,
    Blurred SpeedBlurred Speed
    ,
    PoisonsPoisons

Cataclysm Classic Combat Rogue Best Consumables

Flasks and Elixirs

    Best:
  • Flask of the Winds

Food

    Best:
  • Seafood Magnifique Feast
    ,
  • Skewered Eel
    ,
  • Fortune Cookie
    Alternatives:
  • Broiled Dragon Feast
    ,
  • Tender Baked Turtle

Potions

    Best:
  • Potion of the Tol'vir

Cataclysm Classic Combat Rogue Best Races

Alliance

  1. Worgen:
    Viciousness
    and
    Darkflight
  2. Gnome:
    Shortblade Specialization
  3. Human:
    Sword Specialization
    and
    Mace Specialization
  4. Dwarf:
    Mace Specialization

Horde

  1. Troll:
    Berserking
  2. Orc:
    Blood Fury
  3. Goblin:
    Time is Money
    ,
    Rocket Barrage
    , and
    Rocket Jump
  4. Blood Elf:
    Arcane Torrent

Cataclysm Classic Combat Rogue Best Professions

  1. Engineering:
    Synapse Springs
    .
  2. The rest of the professions are very close in power, with Blacksmithing becoming better with epic gems in T13.