Best items outside of raids for Rogue

This list of items includes all the gear I personally think is the best to get, before you start raiding the 10 man or 25 man instances as a rogue. This guide is meant to be an overview of the available items. They are listed based on their Maximum DPS value.

The Item List:

Head - updated




The Item List By Source:
I've tried to list the instances by the complexity.

Utgarde Keep

The Nexus
The Violet Hold
The Culling of Stratholme
  • Hand: Bile-Cured Gloves (The Culling of Stratholme Heroic, Meathook)
  • Finger: Mobius Band (The Culling of Stratholme Heroic, Chrono-Lord Epoch)
  • MH Fist: Greed (The Culling of Stratholme Heroic, Mal'Ganis)
Drak'Tharon Keep
  • nothing interesting
Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom
Utgarde Pinnacle
Halls of Stone
Halls of Lightning
The Oculus

Emblems of Heroism
I recommend the purchase in that order.

Honor Points - new

Wintergrasp Marks of Honor




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Needs an update

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I'm stuck with poor DPS

Inspite that I have some nice gear.
I was wondering if you could add talents and perhaps the best DPS button combos. Cause I'm at around 1.5k. and refuse to enter Naxx with that.
Or is that a whole new guide?


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That would probably need to

That would probably need to be a new guide.

As of 3.1: - You don't need

As of 3.1:
- You don't need anymore arena points nor rating for: .
- For Waist: gives a huge lot of hit rating and would be perfect to make you reach the hit cap for raid instances.
- For Legs: That's, this time, a huge lot of expertise rating, along with the awesome stats: critical rating AND attack power. You have to hope people gets lucky with their T8...

Craftable Items (would even be rarer than the legs I quoted...):
- : belt, hit/crit/AP + blue and red socket
- : feet, hit/crit/AP + blue and red socket again

We can also note that if you're doing some Arenas, you'll probably look up for the iLvl213 head.

Brilliant list; I'd been

Brilliant list; I'd been wondering where to get some of this gear, for when the rogue I'm leveling hits 80.

Rep Rewards

In the end you have the same legs as reward from Kirin Tor and Frenzyheart.

Nice work

Nice work. Neat and organized. Looks like you put some time into it. Couple of suggestions/questions.

1. In the intro

This guide is meant to be an overview of the available items wich listed in accordance with Maximum DPS value.

The sentence seems to be a bit of a run on. Did you mean to say "which" instead of "wich"? Maybe it would sound better if you made it into two sentences.

This guide is meant to be an overview of the available items. They are listed based on their Maximum DPS value.

2. In the section "The Item List by Source", Azjol-Nerub has no items listed. Is that intentional?



thanks for the help! 1.

thanks for the help!

1. guide updated Smiling
2. yes, it is

Well, that's a quite nice

Well, that's a quite nice guide.
However, you're missing out one of the honor points "award" that gives more important stats than the Wintergrasp one (the armor penetration is replaced by attack power).
Also, there's some places where expertise-giving items are missing. A lot of assassination rogues really like the comfort of not failing any finishing move (energy generation, more damage, etc.) which requires 315 hit rating and a 26 expertise (214 expertise rating).
You're also currently missing the best-in-slot-before-raids (for assassination rogues) in head slot: the Mask of the Watcher ( ) because of the fact it's giving firstly a meta gem, secondly a enormous amount of expertise (that'll made you able to get real upgrades in other slots). However, I admit this is a quite difficult to get item.

Also, concerning the weapon enchants: Berserker, Mongoose and Icebreaker are really expensive. I'll recommand for people that doesn't have much money to spend (as naxxramas-10/25 isn't currently that hard) some +22 agility enchants, who give a quite nice boost for not that much money. Smiling
Berserker, Mongoose and Icebreaker will become a nice option after you've started raid, but when doing heroics or normal quests, you shouldn't spend too much money on enchants however because your weapons are much likely to change fast.

thanks for the nice comment!

guide updated Smiling


Great guide dude!

Go Browns!