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WoW Classic Rogue Leveling Guide

Rogue Leveling Guide

Playing as a Rogue in WoW Classic is undoubtedly super fun and exciting. It’s fascinating to sneak up on your enemies and take them down before they even realize what hit them. But how do you level one? Well, with this WoW Classic Rogue leveling guide, you won’t have to wonder!

Races Best Suited for Rogues

Several great races make for an excellent Rogue character – 2 for Alliance and 2 for Horde players. And here they are:



Gnome characters are tiny, making them hard to spot and click on. But Gnomes have another trick up their sleeve. It’s called Escape Artist, and this ability is excellent for PvP scenarios as it’ll help you not get kited.


Humans make for great PvE Rogues due to several reasons. First, if you pick a Human character, you’ll benefit from Sword Specialization and Mace Specialization racial abilities. But you also get Perception, which is decent for PvP as it lets you easily see hidden enemies.



Orcs are fantastic for both PvP and PvE Rogues. On one hand, you’ll have Blood Fury that you can stack with various trinkets. On the other, you get Hardiness dramatically increases your chance of resisting a Stun.


As an Undead Rogue, you’ll have access to a great PvP racial ability called Will of the Forsaken, which works wonders against Priests and Warlocks. On top of that, you get Cannibalize to help you reduce the time between fights.

The Most Optimal Talent Spec Build for Leveling A Rogue

The most efficient and easy-to-use spec for leveling is the 20/31/0 Sword spec. This build is excellent for both PvP and PvE, but above all – it’s convenient for leveling purposes. You start by spending all your talent points under the Combat talent tree until you hit level 31. Then, you spend the rest of the 20 talent points on Assassination until you hit level 60.

Here’s the exact order of how and where to spend your talents as you level up:

Combat (31 Talent Points)

  • Improved Sinister Strike – 2/2
  • Improved Gouge – 3/3
  • Deflection – 5/5
  • Riposte – 1/1
  • Precision – 5/5
  • Dual-Wield Specialization – 4/5
  • Blade Flurry – 1/1
  • Dual-Wield Specialization – 5/5
  • Sword Specialization – 4/5
  • Weapon Expertise – 2/2
  • Sword Specialization – 5/5
  • Aggression – 1/3
  • Adrenaline Rush – 1/1

Assassination (20 Talent Points)

  • Remorseless Attacks – 2/2
  • Malice – 5/5
  • Murder – 2/2
  • Improved Slice And Dice – 1/3
  • Lethality – 5/5
  • Improved Poisons – 5/5

What Gear Stat to Focus On While Leveling Up

The most crucial stat to focus on as you level up your Rogue is undoubtedly Agility. This particular stat is crucial for your character as it increases your attack power and critical chance. Moreover, it also improves your armor value and dodge rate, which is effective against melee attackers.

The order of importance of the stats for your Rogue as you level up following our WoW Classic Rogue leveling guide is:

  • Agility -> Strength / Stamina -> Spirit -> Intellect

Apart from Agility, you should also utilize Strength and Stamina gear. Strength gives you extra attack power, while more Stamina will increase your health points.

The Best Profession Combo

Since Rogues use Leather armor, the best Profession type combo would be Skinning and Leatherworking. This way, you’ll be able to craft plenty of decent gear to help you level up even faster.

Also, Leatherworking lets you craft two pre-raid BiS items:

  • Devilsaur Gauntlets
  • Devilsaur Leggings

Alternatively, some Rogue players opt for Herbalism as their gathering profession for two main reasons. First, you can craft Blinding Powder that you need for your Blind ability. And second, Herbalism lets you gather the Swiftthistle herb needed for one of the most valuable consumables for a Rogue – the Thistle Tea.

WoW Classic Rogue Leveling Guide – FAQ

  • What weapons can a Rogue use?

In Classic WoW, Rogues can wield five different melee weapons – 1H Swords, 1H Maces, 1H Axes, fist weapons, and daggers. On top of that, they can also use the following ranged weapons: Guns, Bows, and Crossbows.

  • What level do Rogues get Stealth?

Rogues can learn the Stealth ability at level 1. This means that in Classic, you can begin using Stealth as soon as you enter the starting zone of your race. Simply head over to your class trainer and get this ability at the affordable cost of 10 copper.

  • Can you reset Talents in WOW Classic?

Yes, you can reset your talents in WoW as much as possible. However, this comes at a price, as each reset will cost you gold. Your first reset will cost one gold, and every next reset adds another five gold until it reaches 50. Note that the reset cost is decreased by five gold each month, although it can never go lower than 15 gold once you max out.

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