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Assassination Rogue DPS Spec, Builds, Talents, and Glyphs (WoW 4.3.4)

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In this article, we present you with various talent trees for Assassination Rogues (WoW 4.3) that you can use in specific situations. We also give you pointers for customising your talent tree and adapting it to a particular boss. The other articles of our Assassination Rogue guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the left.

1. Standard Talent Build↑top

The following build takes all the necessary DPS talents for an Assassination Rogue. As we will see in the next section, a few talent points can be invested in different optional utility talents.

2. Customising Your Build↑top

The talent build that we listed above will yield the best DPS results. There is little room for customisation (other than moving talent points between survival talents), as we explain in the following sections.

2.1. Talents

In the following image, the fixed talents have been hightlighted in green, while the optional talents have been hightlighted in red:

Customising Assassination Rogue Standard Build

As you can see, there are 5 talent points that can be freely spent (though 3 of them must be spent in the Assassination tree). We advise you to invest them in the following talents:

  • Quickening Icon Quickening, which increases healing effects on you by 10% or 20%, depending on whether you choose to invest 1 or 2 points in it, and increases your movement speed;
  • Deadly Brew Icon Deadly Brew, which gives your poisons a chance to also apply Crippling Poison Icon Crippling Poison;
  • Deadened Nerves Icon Deadened Nerves, which reduces the damage you take;
  • Precision Icon Precision, which increases your chances to hit with melee attacks and poisons, meaning that you will need less Hit Rating to reach the hit cap. This turns into a DPS gain, as you will need to reforge less valuable offensive stats into Hit Rating. Even if you have enough Hit Rating on your gear to reach the hit cap without reforging, you should still invest points in Precision, so that you can reforge your extra Hit Rating into valuable offensive statistics.

The most common variations with these talents are:

2.2. Glyphs

Choosing your Glyphs as an Assassination Rogue is extremely straightforward.

2.2.1. Prime Glyphs

Your Prime Glyphs should be:

2.2.2. Major Glyphs

Your Major Glyphs should be:

If you will not be using Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives, then you should replace Glyph of Fan of Knives with Glyph of Sprint, which increases your movement speed while using Sprint Icon Sprint.

2.2.3. Minor Glyphs

Your Minor Glyphs should be:

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