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Dragonflight Talent Previews - Hunter and Rogue

Dragonflight Talent Previews - Hunter and Rogue

Dragonflight contains major updates to World of Warcraft classes, centering on the re-introduction of talent trees. In this preview, we take a first look at the prototype trees for the Hunter and Rogue classes. These and all the other trees still have a lot of work to be done, but we want to share what we can to start collecting detailed feedback at this early stage.

Some of our biggest goals in a class and talent revamp are to increase player agency over your character’s progression and build, provide meaningful rewards while leveling, and reinforce your character’s connection to both their class and their spec. In addition, we felt we had to retain many features of modern World of Warcraft specializations. Specializations have many unique abilities, some of which might be central to the identity of the spec. They have a wide variety of optional bonuses that have been created at various times over the years. This all led us back to talent trees— a concept familiar to people who played WoW before the Mists of Pandaria expansion.

Visually, trees are still an intuitive way to represent the different paths one could follow while making many choices about a character. Trees also communicate dependencies and magnitude intuitively, without a lot of added rules. For example, talents higher in the tree are expected to be more commonly chosen, while talents lower in the tree are more optional and more geared towards shaping max-level builds.

Dragonflight talent trees have some significant differences from previous versions of talent trees in World of Warcraft. First, you have not one tree, but two. This is due to the combined importance of class wide and specialization-specific themes for current WoW characters. The class tree contains a core set of abilities available to all specs in a class and has a higher proportion of utility choices. It’s a place where you can, among other things, choose some abilities or passives that draw from the identity of other specializations to give your character some hybrid flavor, or simply to grab something particularly useful for certain content. The specialization tree is predominantly focused on bonuses that enhance your power in your main role. Keeping these separate is one way of ensuring that you have some choices in both areas without, for example, feeling compelled to give up all your utility or off-spec buttons in order to maximize main role performance.

Another fundamental change is that much more of your class is represented in the tree, instead of being awarded automatically while leveling up. Other than the starting abilities you obtain before you access the system at level 10, the vast majority of abilities are obtained via the tree. This gives rise to some of the most important questions and challenges of the new system. Exploring a world where many more things are optional has a lot of advantages but requires a lot of care.

Here are just some answers to questions and answers that we know you might be wondering about:

  • “Some abilities are critical to my rotation—will that mean I always have to build a certain way?”
    • No. The most basic building blocks of your rotation will tend to be either learned from levels 1-10, awarded automatically in the class tree, or placed at the top of your spec tree as a first point spent in that tree. In other cases, major abilities that we expect to be a part of most builds will be near the start of a tree, or on an easily accessible path so that they don’t constrain your other choices.
  • “A certain piece of utility is important in certain content (for example, interrupts in Mythic+), does this limit my choices?”
    • Similarly, the more likely something is to be all but required for some players, the more we must place it in the tree in an appropriate location— one that still leaves the rest of your build choices very open.
  • “Does this mean it’s possible to make very ‘bad’ builds?”
    • In short, yes. There are limits and guardrails here, such as those abilities that are automatically given. And furthermore, our goal in designing the trees is not to trap players in complicated choices in order to make a functional build; in fact, it’s the opposite—it's to set up the trees with intuitive paths that lead you to reasonable builds. But a key philosophy of this rework is to keep the player in the driver’s seat of their character’s growth within their class.
  • “Does this mean that some of my points are spent on somewhat ‘obvious’ choices, and aren’t likely to be moved?”
    • Often, yes. 61 points is drastically more than the 7 that players currently have in Shadowlands. And it would probably be a mistake if all 61 points were always heavily in play— this is part of how we maintain the balance alluded to above, where it’s not overwhelming to make and analyze builds. The tree contains a spectrum of more basic abilities all the way to comparatively advanced ones, and one of the advantages of this system is letting you draw that line.
  • “Doesn’t this all mean that I will use some of my points to re-buy some things that were baseline in Shadowlands?”
    • For all the reasons mentioned above, making a huge swath of abilities open to player decision-making requires this. We hear this feedback as primarily a concern about having much less “stuff” than you had in Shadowlands. After starting with your basic class and spending 61 points in a tree, will you feel “pruned”? Openly, our goal is that you don’t. We’ll be watching for feedback on this. Our goal is for a Dragonflight character to feel like it has a similar amount of power and complexity—which can be hard to quantify—as a Shadowlands character. The main difference is you getting to choose which active buttons and passive bonuses make up that toolset, and potentially having combinations that were previously impossible.

One other set of questions is around what abilities are still awarded automatically outside of the tree. There are few broad categories:

  • Abilities learned before 10, the most basic elements of what starts to make you into your class (Moonfire, Death Strike).
  • Buttons whose impact is primarily non-combat and non-power related (Teleport: Moonglade, Path of Holy, Revive).
  • Nonstacking group buffs or spells, where a group virtually always wants exactly one person with the ability (Raise Ally, Rebirth, Mark of the Wild).

There are a lot of case-by-case calls to be made around all of this, but by and large we are pushing ourselves to leave it to players to explore in the trees how to build out their class from levels 10 to 70.

A Few Nuts and Bolts

The experience of using the tree will be more intuitive when you play with the system in-game, but we want to provide some explanation here for those who want to analyze the current draft trees in detail. Please bear in mind, these are all subject to change as we continue development.

  • Your first class tree point is awarded at level 10, and your first specialization tree point at level 11, alternating between the two from there. At level 70, you will have 31 available class points and 30 specialization points.
  • Certain basic abilities in the class tree, are given automatically to people of particular specializations. These do not cost any points.
  • Most talents have prerequisites (these will be indicated by arrows in the final UI). If a talent has any arrows leading to it, you must have fully purchased at least one of those previous talents to access it. For clarity, arrows always point downwards or diagonally downwards in current drafts.
  • Every tree has certain rows that you can’t advance past until you’ve spent a certain number of talent points (unlike in pre-Mists of Pandaria trees, this is not the case for every row). In the prototype Hunter and Rogue trees, you cannot buy talents in the fifth row and beyond until you’ve spent eight points in the tree, and you cannot buy talents in the eighth row and beyond until you’ve spent twenty points in the tree.
  • In octagonal “choice” nodes, you may obtain one of the two choices at a time.

With the new talent system in Dragonflight, we wanted to give Hunters new choices to mix and match talents all while retaining the core identity of each individual specialization. Some previously spec-specific abilities are being moved into the core tree, such as Serpent Sting and Explosive Shot, while other abilities like Wailing Arrow from Rae’shalare, Sylvanas’ Legendary Bow, and Fury of the Eagle from Survival Hunter’s Artifact Weapon, Talonclaw, are making a more permanent appearance in the specialization trees. We’re happy with how Hunters as a whole are currently playing, and hope that the new options allow you to really emphasize and build your character around what skills are most important to you while playing the game.


Hunter Talent Trees (click or tap to enlarge)


Hunter Ability and Talent Tooltips

Below you'll find a list of all baseline abilities and Talents available for Hunters, including class-shared and specialization-specific Talents.

Baseline Hunter Abilities

All maximum level Hunters will have access to these abilities. They are earned through leveling and do not require you to spend talent points to have them.

Arcane Shot: A quick shot that causes Arcane damage.

Aspect of the Cheetah: Increases your movement speed by 90% for 5 sec, and then by 30% for another 9 sec.

Aspect of the Turtle: Deflects all attacks and reduces all damage you take by 30% for 8 sec, but you cannot attack.

Call Pet (1-5): Call an active Pet to your side.

Disengage: Leap backwards.

Eagle Eye: Changes your viewpoint to the targeted location for 1 min. Only usable outdoors.

Exhilaration: Heals you for 30% of maximum health.

Eyes of the Beast: Take direct control of your pet and see through its eyes for 1 min.

Feign Death: Feign death, tricking enemies into ignoring you. Lasts up to 6 minutes.

Flare: Exposes all hidden and invisible enemies within the targeted area for 20 sec.

Freezing Trap: Hurls a frost trap to the target location that incapacitates the first enemy that approaches it for 1 min. Damage will break the effect. Limit 1. Trap will exist for 1 min.

Hunter Tracking: Shows the location of nearby creature types on the minimap.

Hunter’s Mark: Apply Hunter’s Mark to the target, causing the target to always be seen and tracked by the Hunter. Only one Hunter’s Mark can be applied at a time.

Pet Utility: A variety of tools to help you manage your pet.

Steady Shot: A steady shot that causes Physical damage. Usable while moving.

Wing Clip: Maims the target, reducing movement speed by 50% for 15 sec.

Hunter Class Talents. [NNF] denotes a talent that has a temporary, not yet final name.


Row 1

Kill Command: Give the command to kill, causing your pet to savagely deal Physical damage to the enemy.

  • Given by default when selecting Beast Mastery or Survival Specialization.

Concussive Shot: Dazes the target, slowing movement speed by 50% for 6 sec. Steady Shot will increase the duration of Concussive Shot on the target by 3.0 sec.

Kill Shot: You attempt to finish off a wounded target, dealing Physical damage. Only usable on enemies with less than 20% health.

  • Granted by default when selecting Marksmanship Specialization.

Row 2

Trailblazer: Your movement speed is increased by [15/30]% anytime you have not attacked for 3 seconds. Two Rank Talent.

Posthaste: Disengage also frees you from all movement impairing effects and increases your movement speed by [25/50]% for 4 sec. Two Rank Talent.

Improved Kill Shot: Kill Shot's critical damage is increased by 25%.


Row 3

Thick Hides: Increases your pet's total health by [5/10]%. Two Rank Talent.

Counter Shot: Interrupts spellcasting, preventing any spell in that school from being cast for 3 sec.

  • For Survival Specialization, Counter Shot talent is replaced by Muzzle: Interrupts spellcasting, preventing any spell in that school from being cast for 3 sec.

Natural Mending: Every [25/12] Focus you spend reduces the remaining cooldown on Exhilaration by 1.0 sec. Two Rank Talent.


Row 4

Tar Trap: Hurls a tar trap to the target location that creates a 8 yd radius pool of tar around itself for 30 sec when the first enemy approaches. All enemies have 50% reduced movement speed while in the area of effect. Trap will exist for 1 min.

Misdirection: Misdirects all threat you cause to the targeted party or raid member, beginning with your next attack within 30 sec and lasting for 8 sec.

Tranquilizing Shot: Removes 1 Enrage and 1 Magic effect from an enemy target.


Row 5

Improved Mend Pet [NNF]: Mend Pet heals for an additional [25/50/75]% of your pet's health over its duration. Three Rank Talent.

Improved Exhilaration [NNF]: Exhilaration also heals your pet for [50/100]% of maximum health. Two Rank Talent.

Fogged Crystal: Your pet takes [45/90]% reduced damage while under the effect of your Misdirection. Two Rank Talent.

Improved Tranquilizing Shot [NNF]: When Tranquilizing Shot successfully dispels an effect, gain [5/10] Focus. Two Rank Talent.

Choice Node:

  • Scatter Shot: A short-range shot that deals 5 damage, removes all harmful damage over time effects, and incapacitates the target for 4 sec. Any damage caused will remove the effect. Turns off your attack when used.
  • Binding Shot: Fires a magical projectile, tethering the enemy and any other enemies within 5 yards for 10 sec, rooting them in place for 8 sec if they move more than 5 yards from the arrow.

Row 6

Scare Beast: Scares a beast, causing it to run in fear for up to 20 sec. Damage caused may interrupt the effect. Only one beast can be feared at a time.

Choice Node:

  • Intimidation: Commands your pet to intimidate the target, stunning it for 5 sec.
  • Hi-Explosive Trap: Hurls a fire trap to the target location that explodes when an enemy approaches, causing Fire damage and knocking all enemies away. Trap will exist for 1 min.

Camouflage: You and your pet blend into the surroundings and gain stealth for 1 min. While camouflaged, you will heal for 2% of maximum health every 1 secs.

Born To Be Wild: Reduces the cooldowns of Aspect of the Eagle, Aspect of the Cheetah, and Aspect of the Turtle by [7/14/21]%. Three Rank Talent.


Row 7

Improved Traps [NNF]: The cooldown of Tar Trap and Freezing Trap is reduced by [2.5/5] sec. Two Rank Talent.

Binding Shackles: Targets knocked back by Explosive Trap or stunned by Intimidation deal [10/20]% less damage to you for 8 sec after the root or stun effect ends. Two Rank Talent.

Agile Movement: Movement speed increased by [2/4/6]%. Three Rank Talent.


Row 8

Beast Master: Pet damage increased by [3/6/9]%. Three Rank Talent.

Keen Eyesight: Critical strike chance increased by [2/4/6]%. Three Rank Talent.

Barrage: Rapidly fires a spray of shots for 3 sec, dealing Physical damage to all nearby enemies in front of you. Usable while moving. Deals reduced damage beyond 8 targets.

Serpent Sting: Fire a shot that poisons your target, causing them to take a small amount of Nature damage instantly and additional Nature damage over 18 sec.


Row 9

Improved Kill Command [NNF]: Kill Command damage increased by [5/10]%. Two Rank Talent.

Stampede: Summon a herd of stampeding animals from the wilds around you that deal damage to your enemies for 12 sec.

Nesingwary's Trapping Apparatus: Whenever you successfully Freezing Trap an enemy, gain [15/30/45] Focus and increase all Focus gained by [33/66/100]% for 5 sec. Three Rank Talent.

Chimaera Shot: A two-headed shot that hits your primary target for Nature damage and another nearby target for Frost damage.

Master Marksman: Your ranged special attack critical strikes cause the target to bleed for an additional [7/15]% of the damage dealt over 6 sec. Two Rank Talent.

Choice Node:

  • Latent Poison Injectors: Serpent Sting's damage applies Latent Poison to the target, stacking up to 10 times. Barbed Shot/Aimed Shot/Raptor Strike consumes all stacks of Latent Poison, dealing Nature damage to the target per stack consumed.
  • Viper's Venom: Barbed Shot/Aimed Shot/Raptor Strike has a chance to make your next Serpent Sting cost no Focus and deal an additional 250% initial damage.

Row 10

Choice Node:

  • Killer Instinct: Kill Command deals 50% increased damage against enemies below 35% health.
  • Alpha Predator: Kill Command now has 2 charges, and deals 30% increased damage.

Steel Trap: Hurls a Steel Trap to the target location that snaps shut on the first enemy that approaches, immobilizing them for 20 sec and causing them to bleed over 20 sec. Damage other than Steel Trap may break the immobilization effect. Trap will exist for 1 min. Limit 1.

Choice Node:

  • Chakrams: Throw a pair of chakrams at your target, slicing all enemies in the chakrams' path for Physical damage. The chakrams will return to you, damaging enemies again. Your primary target takes 100% increased damage.
  • Death Chakram: Throw a deadly chakram at your current target that will rapidly deal Shadow damage 7 times, bouncing to other targets if they are nearby. Enemies struck by Death Chakram take 10% more Physical damage from you and your pet for 10 sec. Each time the chakram deals damage, its damage is increased by 15% and you generate 3 Focus.

Explosive Shot: Fires an explosive shot at your target. After 3 sec, the shot will explode, dealing Fire damage to all enemies within 8 yards. Deals reduced damage beyond 5 targets.

Beast Mastery Hunter Talents. [NNF] denotes a talent that has a temporary, not yet final name.


Beast Mastery Hunter Baseline Abilities

Exotic Beasts: You master the art of beast training, teaching you the ability to tame Exotic Beasts.


Beast Mastery Row 1

Barbed Shot: Fire a shot that tears through your enemy, causing them to bleed over 8 sec. Sends your pet into a frenzy, increasing attack speed by 30% for 8 sec, stacking up to 3 times.


Beast Mastery Row 2

Pack Tactics: Passive Focus generation increased by 100%.

Multi-Shot: Fires several missiles, hitting all nearby enemies within 8 yards of your current target for Physical damage. Deals reduced damage beyond 5 targets.

Cobra Shot (replaces Steady Shot): A quick shot causing Physical damage. Reduces the cooldown of Kill Command by 1 sec.


Beast Mastery Row 3

Aspect of the Beast: Increases the damage and healing of your pet's abilities by [15/30]%. Increases the effectiveness of your pet's Predator's Thirst, Endurance Training, and Pathfinding passives by [50/100]%. Two Rank Talent.

Loaded Quiver: Barbed Shot has 1 additional charge.

Kindred Spirits: Increases your maximum Focus and your pet's maximum Focus by [10/20]. Two Rank Talent.

Training Expert: All pet damage dealt increased by [5/10]%. Two Rank Talent.


Beast Mastery Row 4

Animal Companion: Your Call Pet additionally summons the first pet from your stable. This pet will obey your Kill Command, but cannot use pet family abilities.

Beast Cleave: After you Multi-Shot, your pet's melee attacks also strike all nearby enemies for [25/50/75]% as much for the next 4 sec. Deals reduced damage beyond 8 targets. Three Rank Talent.

Killer Command: Kill Command damage increased by [10/20]%. Two Rank Talent.

Flamewaker's Cobra Sting: Cobra Shot has a [25/50]% chance to make your next Kill Command consume no Focus. Two Rank Talent.


Beast Mastery Row 5

Sharp Barbs: Barbed Shot damage increased by [5/10]%. Two Rank Talent.

Thrill of the Hunt: Barbed Shot increases your critical strike chance by 3% for 8 sec, stacking up to [1/2/3] time(s). Three Rank Talent.

Kill Cleave: While Beast Cleave is active, Kill Command now also strikes nearby enemies for 50% of damage dealt.

Dire Beast: Summons a powerful wild beast that attacks the target and roars, increasing your Haste by 5% for 8 sec.

Cobra Senses: Cobra Shot reduces the cooldown of Kill Command by 1.0 sec.


Beast Mastery Row 6

A Murder of Crows: Summons a flock of crows to attack your target, dealing Physical damage over 15 sec. If the target dies while under attack, A Murder of Crows' cooldown is reset.

Bestial Wrath: Sends you and your pet into a rage, instantly dealing Physical damage to its target, and increasing all damage you both deal by 25% for 15 sec. Removes all crowd control effects from your pet.

Wild Call: Your auto shot critical strikes have a [10/20]% chance to reset the cooldown of Barbed Shot. Two Rank Talent.


Beast Mastery Row 7

In for the Kill: Kill Command has a [3/6]% chance to reset the cooldown of Kill Shot, and causes your next Kill Shot to be usable on any target, regardless of the target's health. Two Rank Talent.

Bloodshed: Command your pet to tear into your target, causing your target to bleed for 18 sec and increase all damage taken from your pet by 15% for 18 sec.

Aspect of the Wild: Grants you and your pet 5 Focus per sec and 10% increased critical strike chance for 20 sec.

One with the Pack: Wild Call has a [5/10] % increased chance to reset the cooldown of Barbed Shot. Two Rank Talent.


Beast Mastery Row 8

Wailing Arrow: Fire an enchanted arrow, dealing Shadow damage to your target and additional Shadow damage to all enemies within 8 yds of your target. Targets struck by a Wailing Arrow are silenced for 5 sec.

Stomp: When you cast Barbed Shot, your pet stomps the ground, dealing Physical damage to all nearby enemies. Two Rank Talent, ranks increase Physical damage dealt.

Scent of Blood: Activating Bestial Wrath grants [1/2] charge(s) of Barbed Shot. Two Rank Talent.

Barbed Wrath: Barbed Shot reduces the cooldown of Bestial Wrath by [6/12] sec and the cooldown of Aspect of the Wild by [4/8] sec. Two Rank Talent.

Qa'pla, Eredun War Order: Barbed Shot deals [5/10]% increased damage, and applying Barbed Shot has a [50/100]% chance to reset the cooldown of Kill Command. Two Rank Talent.


Beast Mastery Row 9

Dire Command: Kill Command has a [10/20/30]% chance to also summon a Dire Beast to attack your target. Three Rank Talent.

Call of the Wild: You sound the call of the wild, summoning 2 of your active pets for 20 sec. During this time, a random pet from your stable will appear every 4 sec to assault your target for 6 sec.


Beast Mastery Row 10

Dire Pack: Summoning a Dire Beast increases the damage of your Steady Shot and Multi-shot by 10% for 8 sec.

Choice Node:

  • Killer Cobra: While Bestial Wrath is active, Cobra Shot resets the cooldown on Kill Command.
  • Rylakstalker's Piercing Fangs: While Bestial Wrath is active, your pet's critical damage dealt is increased by 35%.

Choice Node:

  • Wild Instincts: While Call of the Wild is active, Barbed Shot has a 25% chance to gain a charge any time Focus is spent.
  • Bloody Frenzy: While Call of the Wild is active, Barbed Shot affects all of your summoned pets.

Marksmanship Hunter Talents. [NNF] denotes a talent that has a temporary, not yet final name.



Marksmanship Row 1

Aimed Shot: A powerful aimed shot that deals Physical damage. Max 2 charges.


Marksmanship Row 2

Improved Arcane Shot [NNF]: Arcane Shot Focus cost reduced by [10/20]. Two Rank Talent.

Improved Steady Shot [NNF]: Steady Shot now generates 10 Focus.

Precise Shots: Aimed Shot causes your next 1/2 Arcane Shots or Multi-Shots to deal [35/75]% more damage. Two Rank Talent.


Marksmanship Row 3

Rapid Fire: Shoot a stream of 7 shots at your target over 2 sec, dealing Physical damage. Usable while moving.

Killing Blow: Kill Shot critical strike chance increased by [10/20]%. Two Rank Talent.

Focused Aim: Aimed Shot damage increased by [5/10]%. Two Rank Talent.


Marksmanship Row 4

Careful Aim: Aimed Shot deals [25/50]% bonus damage to targets who are above 70% health. Two Rank Talent.

Multi-Shot: Fires several missiles, hitting your current target and all enemies within 10 yards for Physical damage. Deals reduced damage beyond 5 targets.

Hunter’s Knowledge: Aimed Shot critical strike chance increased by [5/10]%. Two Rank Talent.


Marksmanship Row 5

Streamline: Rapid Fire's damage is increased by [7/15]%, and Rapid Fire also causes your next Aimed Shot to cast [15/30]% faster. Two Rank Talent.

Bullseye: When your abilities damage a target below 20% health, you gain 1% increased critical strike chance for 6 sec, stacking up to [15/30] times. Two Rank Talent.

True Aim: Arcane Shot and Multi-Shot damage increased by 25%.

Bursting Shot: Fires an explosion of bolts at all enemies in front of you, knocking them back, snaring them by 50% for 6 sec, and dealing Physical damage.


Marksmanship Row 6

Improved Rapid Fire [NNF]: Each shot of Rapid Fire now generates 1 Focus.

Choice Node:

  • Lethal Shots: Arcane Shot and Multi-Shot have a 30% chance to reduce the cooldown of Rapid Fire by 5.0 sec.
  • Surging Shots: Rapid Fire deals 35% additional damage, and Aimed Shot has a 15% chance to reset the cooldown of Rapid Fire.

Trick Shots: When Multi-Shot hits 3 or more targets, your next Aimed Shot or Rapid Fire will ricochet and hit up to 5 additional targets for 55% of normal damage.

Deathblow: Aimed Shot has a 10% chance to grant a charge of Kill Shot, and cause your next Kill Shot to be usable on any target regardless of their current health.

Quick Load: When you fall below 40% heath, Bursting Shot's cooldown is immediately reset. This can only occur once every 30 seconds.


Marksmanship Row 7

Volley: Rain a volley of arrows down over 6 sec, dealing Physical damage to any enemy in the area, and gain the effects of Trick Shots for as long as Volley is active.

Salvo: When the Trick Shots effect fades or is consumed, your next Multi-Shot will deal [100/200] % additional damage. Two Rank Talent.

Steady Focus: Using Steady Shot twice in a row increases your Haste by [7/15]% for 15 sec. Two Rank Talent.

Lone Wolf: Increases your damage by 10% when you do not have an active pet.

Quick Shot: Kill Shot causes Aimed Shot to recharge [20/40/60]% faster for 3 sec. Three Rank Talent.


Marksmanship Row 8

Sharpshooter: Critical strike damage increased by [2/4]%. Two Rank Talent.

Trueshot: Reduces the cooldown of your Aimed Shot and Rapid Fire by 60%, and causes Aimed Shot to cast 50% faster for 15 sec. While Trueshot is active, you generate 50% additional Focus.

Serpentstalker's Trickery: Aimed Shot has a [50/100]% chance to also fire a Serpent Sting at the primary target. Two Rank Talent.

Dead Eye: Kill Shot has two charges.


Marksmanship Row 9

Choice Node:

  • Heavy Ammo: Trick Shots now ricochets to 2 fewer targets, but each ricochet deals an additional 25% damage.
  • Light Ammo: Trick Shots now causes Aimed Shot and Rapid Fire to ricochet to 2 additional targets.

Calling the Shots: Casting Arcane Shot or Multi-Shot reduces the cooldown of Trueshot by [1.5/3] sec. Two Rank Talent.

Lock and Load: Your ranged auto attacks have a 8% chance to trigger Lock and Load, causing your next Aimed Shot to cost no Focus and be instant.

Legacy of the Windrunners: Aimed Shot has a chance to coalesce [3/6] extra Wind Arrows that also shoot your target. Two Rank Talent.


Double Tap: Your next Aimed Shot will fire a second time instantly at 100% power without consuming Focus, or your next Rapid Fire will shoot 100% additional shots during its channel.

Choice Node:

  • Eagletalon's True Focus: Trueshot lasts an additional 3.0 sec and reduces the Focus cost of all of your abilities by 25%.
  • Unerring Vision: While Trueshot is active you gain 13 Critical Strike every sec, stacking up to 10 times.

Wailing Arrow: Fire an enchanted arrow, dealing Shadow damage to your target and additional Shadow damage to all enemies within 8 yds of your target. Targets struck by a Wailing Arrow are silenced for 5 sec.

Windrunner's Guidance: Bonus Wind Arrows from Aimed Shot have a [5/10/15]% increased critical strike chance and deal [5/10/15]% increased critical strike damage. Three Rank Talent.

Survival Hunter Talents. [NNF] denotes a talent that has a temporary, not yet final name.


Survival Row 1

Raptor Strike: A vicious slash dealing Physical damage.


Survival Row 2

Ferocity: All damage done by your pet is increased by [5/10]%. Two Rank Talent.

Harpoon: Hurls a harpoon at an enemy, rooting them in place for 3 sec and pulling you to them.


Survival Row 3

Wildfire Bomb: Hurl a bomb at the target, exploding for Fire damage in a cone and coating enemies in wildfire, scorching them for additional Fire damage over 6 sec.

Predator: Kill Command has a [8/16/25]% chance to immediately reset its cooldown. Three Rank Talent.

Improved Harpoon [NNF]: The cooldown of Harpoon is reduced by [5/10] sec. Two Rank Talent.


Survival Row 4

Bloodseeker: Kill Command causes the target to bleed over 8 sec. You and your pet gain 10% attack speed for every bleeding enemy within 12 yds.

Tip of the Spear: Kill Command increases the damage of your next Raptor Strike by [8/16/25]%, stacking up to 3 times. Three Rank Talent.

Terms of Engagement: Harpoon deals Physical damage and generates 20 Focus over 10 sec. Killing an enemy resets the cooldown of Harpoon.


Survival Row 5

Guerrilla Tactics: Wildfire Bomb now has 2 charges, and the initial explosion deals 100% increased damage.

Choice Node:

  • Carve: A sweeping attack that strikes all enemies in front of you for Physical damage. Deals reduced damage beyond 5 targets.
  • Butchery: Attack all nearby enemies in a flurry of strikes, inflicting Physical damage to each. Deals reduced damage beyond 5 targets. Max 3 charges.

Mongoose Bite (Replaces Raptor Strike): A brutal attack that deals Physical damage and grants you Mongoose Fury.

  • Mongoose Fury increases the damage of Mongoose Bite by 15% for 14 sec, stacking up to 5 times. Successive attacks do not increase duration.

Survival Row 6

Improved Wildfire Bomb: Wildfire Bomb deals [8/16/25]% additional damage. Three Rank Talent.

Lunge: Range of your melee attacks and abilities increased by [1/2/3] yd. Three Rank Talent.

Frenzy Strikes: Carve reduces the remaining cooldown on Wildfire Bomb by 1 sec for each target hit, up to 5.

Flanking Strike: You and your pet leap to the target and strike it as one, dealing Physical damage. Generates 30 Focus for you and your pet.

Spear Focus: Raptor Strike and Mongoose Bite damage increased by [5/10]%. Two Rank Talent.


Survival Row 7

Explosives Expert: Kill Shot reduces the cooldown of Wildfire Bomb by [2.5/5/7.5] sec. Three Rank Talent.

Sharp Edges: Critical damage dealt increased by [2/4/6]%. Three Rank Talent.

Sweeping Spear: Raptor Strike, Mongoose Bite, Butchery, and Carve damage increased by [5/10/15]%. Three Rank Talent.

Tactical Advantage: Damage of Flanking Strike and Wildfire Bomb increased by [10/20]%. Two Rank Talent.

Killer Companion: Kill Command damage increased by [5/10]%. Two Rank Talent.


Survival Row 8

Wildfire Infusion: Lace your Wildfire Bomb with extra reagents, randomly giving it an enhancement each time you throw it.

Energetic Ally: You and your pets maximum Focus is increased by [10/20]. Two Rank Talent.

Aspect of the Eagle: Increase the range of your Raptor Strike and Mongoose Bite to 40 yards for 15 sec.

Coordinated Assault: You and your pet charge your enemy, striking them for Physical damage. You and your pet's bond is then strengthened for 20 seconds, causing your pet's Basic Attack to empower your next spell cast:

  • Carve: Reduces the cooldown of your Wildfire Bomb by an additional 1 sec.
  • Kill Shot: Applies Bleeding Gash to your target.

Precision: You and your pets have [2/4/6]% increased critical strike chance. Three Rank Talent.


Survival Row 9

Deadly Duo: When Kill Command's cooldown is reset, you have a [5/10/15]% chance to reset the cooldown of Kill Shot, and your next Kill Shot can be used on any target, regardless of the target's health. Three Rank Talent.

Coordinated Kill: Your next Kill Command has a [33/66/100]% increased critical strike chance after resetting while Coordinated Assault is active.


Survival Row 10

Fury of the Eagle: Furiously strikes all enemies in front of you, dealing Physical damage over 4 sec. Kill Command cooldown resets reduce the cooldown of Fury of the Eagle by 3.0 sec.

Birds of Prey: Attacking your pet's target with Raptor Strike or Carve extends the duration of Coordinated Assault by 1.5 sec.

Spearhead: You and your pet charge your enemy, striking them for Physical damage. You then become one with your pet for 12 sec. While active, your pet damage is increased by 25%, Raptor Strike and Mongoose Bite deal an additional 35% damage over 4 sec, and Kill Command has a 20% increased chance to reset.

The Dragonflight talent update provides a foundation upon which we can reimagine what options are available to players that define the fantasy for any class and spec, with a goal that it will result in variable gameplay that players can customize to match their preferences and activities as they adventure throughout Azeroth. With all of that in mind, we’re excited to dive into this preview of the Rogue talents with you! There are tons of combinations of abilities and effects that were previously not possible, both by making some former spec-only abilities available to all Rogues in the core class tree and by providing more opportunity for specialization within any given Rogue spec. To that end, there are many familiar current and historic Rogue abilities and effects returning as available options, sourced from former talents, legendaries, conduits, Azerite, and more. Some of them have been modified or reimagined to fit in the new framework, and even beyond that there are a handful of brand new talents to explore that further emphasize an aspect of each Rogue spec’s fantasy and gameplay.

Note: Players familiar with the Assassination spec will notice Vendetta is not among the available talents or level-learned abilities. The skill “Deathmark” in the Assassination talent tree is the new major cooldown replacing Vendetta, and hits at a similar fantasy while hopefully having more impact and mechanical interest than just a generic damage amplification.

Everything you see here is a work in progress and subject to change, so we hope you Rogues will enjoy this preview and won’t hesitate to unstealth and provide feedback about your opinions, evaluations, and experiences with the new talents starting now and then again when you get to test them out in-game!


Rogue Talent Trees (click or tap to enlarge)


Rogue Ability and Talent Tooltips

Below you'll find a list of all baseline abilities and Talents available for Rogues, including class-shared and specialization-specific Talents.

Baseline Rogue Abilities

All maximum level Rogues will have access to these abilities. They are earned through leveling and do not require you to spend talent points to have them.

Ambush: Ambush the target, causing Physical damage. Awards 2 combo points. Requires Stealth.

Cheap Shot: Stuns the target for 4 sec. Awards 1 combo point. Requires Stealth.

Crimson Vial: Drink an alchemical concoction that heals you for 20% of your maximum health over 4 sec.

Distract: Throws a distraction, attracting the attention of all nearby monsters for 10 seconds. Usable while stealthed.

Eviscerate: Finishing move that disembowels the target, causing damage per combo point.

Kick: A quick kick that interrupts spellcasting and prevents any spell in that school from being cast for 5 sec.

Kidney Shot: Finishing move that stuns the target. Lasts longer per combo point.

Pick Lock: Allows opening of locked chests and doors that require a skill level.

Pick Pocket: Pick the target’s pocket.

Poisons: Apply potent venom to your weapons.

  • Instant Poison
  • Crippling Poison
  • Wound Poison

Shroud of Concealment: Extend a cloak that shrouds party and raid members within 30 yards in shadows, providing stealth for 15 sec.

Sinister Strike: Viciously strike an enemy, causing 381 Physical damage. Awards 1 combo point.

Slice and Dice: Finishing move that consumes combo points to increase attack speed by 50%. Lasts longer per combo point.

Sprint: Increases your movement speed by 70% for 8 sec. Usable while stealth.

Stealth: Conceals you in the shadows until cancelled, allowing you to stalk enemies without being seen.

Vanish: Allows you to vanish from sight, entering stealth while in combat. For the first 3 sec after vanishing, damage and harmful effects received will not break stealth. Also breaks movement impairing effects.

Safe Fall: Reduces damage from falling.

Rogue Class Talents. [NNF] denotes a talent that has a temporary, not yet final name.


Row 1

Garrote: Garrote the enemy, causing Bleed damage over 18 sec.

  • Granted by default when selecting Assassination Specialization.

Blind: Blinds the target, causing it to wander disoriented for 1 min. Damage will interrupt the effect. Limit 1.

  • Granted by default when selecting Outlaw Specialization.

Sap: Incapacitates a target not in combat for 1 min. Only works on Humanoids, Beasts, Demons, and Dragonkin. Damage will revive the target. Limit 1.

  • Granted by default when selecting Subtlety Specialization.

Row 2

Evasion: Increases your dodge chance by 100% for 10 sec.

Feint: Performs an evasive maneuver, reducing damage taken from area-of-effect attacks by 40% for 6 sec.

Cloak of Shadows: Provides a moment of magic immunity, instantly removing all harmful spell effects. The cloak lingers, causing you to resist harmful spells for 5 sec.


Row 3

Master Poisoner: Increases the non-damaging effects of your weapon poisons by 20%.

Numbing Poison: Coats your weapons with a Non-Lethal Poison that lasts for 1 hour. Each strike has a 50% chance of poisoning the enemy, clouding their mind and slowing their attack and casting speed by 15% for 10 sec.

Nimble Fingers: Energy cost of Feint and Crimson Vial reduced by 5.

Gouge: Gouges the eyes of an enemy target, incapacitating for 4 sec. Damage will interrupt the effect. Must be in front of your target. Awards 1 combo point.

Rushed Setup: The Energy costs of Kidney Shot, Cheap Shot, Sap, and Distract are reduced by 20%.

Tricks of the Trade: Redirects all threat you cause to the targeted party or raid member, beginning with your next damaging attack within the next 30 sec and lasting 6 sec.

Shadowrunner: While Stealth or Shadow Dance is active, you move 20% faster.


Row 4

Improved Wound Poison [NNF]: Wound Poison can now stack 2 additional times.

Fleet Footed: Movement speed increased by 15%.

Iron Stomach: Increases the healing you receive from Crimson Vial, healing potions, and healthstones by 25%.

Improved Sprint [NNF]: Reduces the cooldown of Sprint by 60 sec.

Prey on the Weak: Enemies disabled by your Cheap Shot or Kidney Shot take 10% increased damage from all sources for 6 sec.

Shadowstep: Grants 1 charge of Shadowstep. Step through the shadows to appear behind your target and gain 70% increased movement speed for 2 sec.

Subterfuge: Your abilities requiring Stealth can still be used for 3 sec after Stealth breaks.


Row 5

Improved Garrote [NNF]: Garrote Silences the target for 3 sec when used from Stealth.

Recuperator: Slice and Dice heals you for up to 1% of your maximum health per 2 sec.

Improved Sap: Energy cost of Sap reduced by 100%.


Row 6

Deadly Precision: Increases the critical strike chance of your attacks that generate combo points by [5/10]%. Two Rank Talent.

Virulent Poisons: Increases the damage of your weapon poisons by [10/20]%. Two Rank Talent.

Versatility Bonus [NNF]: Versatility increased by [2/4]%. Two Rank Talent.

Improved Ambush: Ambush has a [50/100]% chance to generate 1 additional combo point. Two Rank Talent.

Tight Spender: Energy cost of finishing moves reduced by [8/15]%. Two Rank Talent.

Nightstalker: While Stealth is active, your abilities deal [10/20]% more damage. Two Rank Talent.


Row 7

Cold Blood: Increases the critical strike chance of your next damaging ability by 100%. 45 second cooldown.

Acrobatic Strikes: Increases the range of your melee attacks by 3 yds.

Marked for Death: Marks the target, instantly generating 5 combo points. Cooldown reset if the target dies within 1 min.


Row 8

Leeching Poison: Adds a Leeching Poison effect to your Deadly Poison and Wound Poison, granting you 12% Leech.

Lethality: Critical strike chance increased by [1/2/3]%. Critical strike damage bonus of your attacks that generate combo points increased by 1[0/20/30]%. Three Rank Talent.

Elusiveness: Feint also reduces all damage you take from non-area-of-effect attacks by 30% for 6 sec.

Alacrity: Your finishing moves have a [7/14/20]% chance per combo point to grant 2% Haste for 20 sec, stacking up to 5 times. Three Rank Talent.

Cheat Death: Fatal attacks instead reduce you to 7% of your maximum health. For 3 sec afterward, you take 85% reduced damage. Cannot trigger more often than once per 6 min.


Row 9

Seal Fate: When you critically strike with a melee attack that generates combo points, you have a [50/100]% chance to gain an additional combo point per critical strike. Two Rank Talent.

Vigor: Increases your maximum Energy by 50 and your Energy regeneration by 15%.

Echoing Reprimand: Deal Arcane damage to an enemy, extracting their anima to Animacharge a combo point for 45 sec. Damaging finishing moves that consume the same number of combo points as your Animacharge function as if they consumed 7 combo points. Awards 2 combo points.

Deeper Stratagem: Gain 1 additional max combo point. Your finishing moves that consume more than 5 combo points have increased effects.

Find Weakness: Your Stealth abilities reveal a flaw in your target's defenses, causing all your attacks to bypass [20/40]% of that enemy's armor for 10 sec. Two Rank Talent.


Row 10

Thistle Tea: Restore 100 Energy. Max 3 Charges. 1 minute cooldown.

Resounding Clarity: Echoing Reprimand Animacharges [1/2] additional combo points. Two Rank Talent.

Shadow Dance: Grants 1 charge of Shadow Dance. Allows use of all Stealth abilities and grants all the combat benefits of Stealth for 9 sec, and increases damage by 10%. Effect not broken from taking damage or attacking.

Assassination Rogue Talents. [NNF] denotes a talent that has a temporary, not yet final name.


Assassination Rogue Baseline Abilities

Mutilate (replaces Sinister Strike): Attack with both weapons, dealing Physical damage. Awards 2 combo points.

Envenom (replaces Eviscerate): Finishing move that drives your poisoned blades in deep, dealing instant Nature damage and increasing your poison application chance by 30%. Damage and duration increased per combo point.

Poisoned Knife: Throws a poison-coated knife, dealing damage and applying your active Lethal and Non-Lethal Poisons.


Assassination Row 1

Deadly Poison: Coats your weapons with a Lethal Poison that lasts for 1 hours. Each strike has a 30% chance to poison the enemy for Nature damage over 12 sec. Subsequent poison applications will instantly deal Nature damage.


Assassination Row 2

Fan of Knives: Sprays knives at all enemies within 10 yards, dealing Physical damage and applying your active poisons at their normal rate. Deals reduced damage beyond 8 targets. Awards 1 combo point.

Stealth Poisons [NNF]: While Stealth is active, your attacks always apply your active Lethal and Non-Lethal Poisons.

Shadowstep: Grants 1 charge of Shadowstep. Step through the shadows to appear behind your target and gain 70% increased movement speed for 2 sec.


Assassination Row 3

Cut to the Chase: Envenom extends the duration of Slice and Dice by up to [1/2] sec per combo point spent. Two Rank Talent.

Elaborate Planning: Your finishing moves grant [4/8]% increased damage done for 4 sec. Two Rank Talent.

Improved Poison Chance [NNF]: Increases the application chance of your poisons by [10/20]%. Two Rank Talent.

Bloody Mess: Garrote and Rupture damage increased by [10/20]%. Two Rank Talent.

Internal Bleeding: Kidney Shot also deals Bleed damage over 6 sec, based on combo points spent. Two Rank Talent, ranks increased Bleed damage.


Assassination Row 4

Poisoned Katar: Fan of Knives's damage is increased by 15%, and it has a 5% increased critical strike chance.

Shiv: Attack with your poisoned blades, dealing Physical damage, dispelling all enrage effects and applying a concentrated form of your active Non-Lethal poison.

Atrophic Poison: Coats your weapons with a Non-Lethal Poison that lasts for 1 hour. Each strike has a 30% chance of poisoning the enemy, reducing their damage by 3% for 10 sec.

Improved Garrote: Garrote deals 50% increased damage and has no cooldown when used from Stealth and for 3 sec after breaking Stealth.

Intent to Kill: Shadowstep's cooldown is reduced by 33% when used on a target afflicted by your Garrote.


Assassination Row 5

Crimson Tempest: Finishing move that slashes all enemies within 10 yards, dealing instant damage and causing victims to bleed for additional damage. Deals reduced damage beyond 8 targets. Lasts longer per combo point.

Improved Shiv: Shiv now also increases your Nature damage done against the target by 20% for 9 sec.

Master Assassin: While Stealth is active and for 3 sec after breaking Stealth, your critical strike chance is increased by 30%.

Exsanguinate: Twist your blades into the target's wounds, causing your Bleed effects on them to bleed out 100% faster.


Assassination Row 6

Flying Daggers: Fan of Knives' radius is increased to 15 yds and deals 15% more damage when it strikes 5 or more targets.

Vicious Venoms: Your Mutilate and auto-attacks deal [25/50]% of their damage as Nature against targets affected by at least one of your weapon poisons. Two Rank Talent.

Deathmark: Carve a deathmark into an enemy, dealing Bleed damage over 15 sec. While marked your Garrote, Rupture, and Lethal poisons applied to the target are duplicated. 2 minute cooldown.

Lethal Dose: Deal [1/2]% increased damage to targets for each of your Poison and Bleed effects on them. Two Rank Talent.

Iron Wire: Increase the duration of Garrote's silence effect by 3 sec.


Assassination Row 7

Maim, Mangle: Garrote increases the damage of your Mutilate on the target by 30%.

Amplifying Poison: Coats your weapons with a Lethal Poison that lasts for 1 hour. Each strike has a 30% chance to poison the enemy, dealing Nature damage and applying Amplification for 10 sec. Envenom can consume 15 stacks of Amplification to deal 30% increased damage. Max 20 stacks.

Twist the Knife: Envenom duration increased by 3 sec.

Doomblade: Mutilate deals an additional 30% Bleed damage over 8 sec.


Assassination Row 8

Blindside: Ambush and Mutilate have a 20% chance to make your next Ambush free and usable without Stealth. Chance increased to 40% if the target is under 30% health.

Venom Rush: Mutilate refunds 8 Energy when used against a poisoned target.

Poison Bomb: Envenom and Rupture have a 4% chance per combo point spent to smash a vial of poison at the target's location, creating a pool of acidic death that deals Nature damage over 2 sec to all enemies within it.

Venomous Wounds: You regain 5 Energy each time your Garrote, Rupture, or Internal Bleeding deal Bleed damage to a poisoned target.

Sepsis: Infect the target's blood, dealing Nature damage over 10 sec. If the target survives its full duration, they suffer additional damage and you gain 1 use of any Stealth ability for 5 sec. Cooldown reduced by 30 sec if Sepsis does not last its full duration. Awards 1 combo point.


Assassination Row 9

Zoldyck Recipe: Your Poisons and Bleeds deal [10/20/30]% increased damage to targets below 30% health. Three Rank Talent.

Dashing Scoundrel: Envenom also increases the critical strike chance of your poisons by [5/10/15]%, and their critical strikes generate 1 Energy. Three Rank Talent.

Scent of Blood: Rupture increases your Agility based on your character level. You may gain this benefit for each enemy suffering from your Rupture. Three Rank Talent, ranks increase Agility gained.


Assassination Row 10

Tiny Toxic Blade: Shiv deals 500% increased damage and no longer costs Energy.

Dragon-Tempered Blades: You may apply 1 additional Lethal and Non-Lethal Poison to your weapons.

Indiscriminate Carnage: Your next Garrote and your next Rupture also apply to all enemies within 10 yards of the target, dealing reduced damage beyond 8 targets. 1.5 minute cooldown.

Outlaw Rogue Talents. [NNF] denotes a talent that has a temporary, not yet final name.


Outlaw Rogue Baseline Abilities

Improved Sinister Strike [NNF]: The energy cost of Sinister Strike is reduced by 5.

Dispatch (replaces Eviscerate): Finishing move that dispatches the enemy, dealing damage per combo point.

Pistol Shot: Draw a concealed pistol and fire a quick shot at an enemy, dealing Physical damage and reducing movement speed by 30% for 6 sec. Awards 1 combo point.


Outlaw Row 1

Opportunity: Sinister Strike has a 35% chance to hit an additional time, making your next Pistol Shot half cost and double damage.

Blade Flurry: Strikes up to nearby 5 targets for Physical damage, and causes your single target attacks to also strike up to 4 nearby enemies for 60% of normal damage for 12 sec.


Outlaw Row 2

Grappling Hook: Launch a grappling hook and pull yourself to the target location.

Adrenaline Rush: Increases your Energy regeneration rate by 60%, your maximum Energy by 50, and your attack speed by 20% for 20 sec.

Between the Eyes: Finishing move that deals damage with your pistol, increasing your critical strike chance against the target by 20%.


Outlaw Row 3

Retractable Hook: Reduces the cooldown of Grappling Hook by 15 sec, and increases its retraction speed.

Improved Evasion [NNF]: Dodging an attack while Evasion is active will trigger Mastery: Main Gauche.

Weaponmaster: Sinister Strike has a 10% increased chance to strike an additional time.

Roll the Bones: Roll the dice of fate, providing a random combat enhancement for 30 sec.

Ambidexterity: Main Gauche has an additional 5% chance to strike while Blade Flurry is active.

Ace Up Your Sleeve: Between the Eyes has a 4% chance per combo point spent to grant 4 combo points.

Hit and Run: Movement speed increased by 15%.


Outlaw Row 4

Blinding Powder: Reduces the cooldown of Blind by 30 sec and increases its range by 5 yds.

Ruthlessness: Your finishing moves have a 20% chance per combo point spent to grant a combo point.

Loaded Dice: Activating Adrenaline Rush causes your next Roll the Bones to grant at least two matches.

Restless Blades: Finishing moves reduce the remaining cooldown of many Rogue skills by 1 sec per combo point spent. Affected skills: Adrenaline Rush, Between the Eyes, Blade Flurry, Grappling Hook, Keep it Rolling, Roll the Bones, Sepsis, Shadow Dance, Sprint, and Vanish.

Sleight of Hand: Roll the Bones has a 10% increased chance of granting additional matches.

Quick Draw: Half-cost uses of Pistol Shot granted by Sinister Strike now generate 1 additional combo point, and deal 50% additional damage.

Dirty Tricks: Cheap Shot, Gouge, and Sap no longer cost Energy.


Outlaw Row 5

Heavy Hitter: Ambush Supercharges 1 combo point for 45 sec. Finishing moves that consume the same number of combo points as your Supercharge function as if they consumed 7 combo points.

Ghostly Strike: Strikes an enemy, dealing Physical damage and causing the target to take 10% increased damage from your abilities for 10 sec.

Improved Slice and Dice [NNF]: Slice and Dice grants an additional 3% attack speed per combo point spent.

Float Like a Butterfly: Restless Blades now also reduces the remaining cooldown of Evasion and Feint by 0.5 sec per combo point spent.

Combat Stamina: Stamina increased by 10%.

Dreadblades: Strike at an enemy, dealing Physical damage and empowering your weapons for 10 sec, causing your Sinister Strike, Ambush, and Pistol Shot to fill your combo points, but your finishing moves consume 5% of your current health.

Long Arm of the Outlaw: Increases the range of your melee attacks by 3 yards while Blade Flurry is active.


Outlaw Row 6

Audacity: Half-cost uses of Pistol Shot have a 35% chance to cause your next Ambush to be usable without Stealth. Chance to trigger this effect matches the chance for your Sinister Strike to strike an additional time.

Deeper Stratagem: Gain 1 additional max combo point. Your finishing moves that consume more than 5 combo points have increased effects.

Combat Potency: Increases your Energy regeneration rate by 30%.

Fatal Flourish: Your off-hand attacks have a 75% chance to generate 10 Energy.

Dancing Steel: Blade Flurry strikes 3 additional enemies and its duration is increased by 3 sec.


Outlaw Row 7

Triple Threat: Sinister Strike has a [10/20]% chance to strike with both weapons after it strikes an additional time. Two Rank Talent.

Count the Odds: Ambush and Dispatch have a [10/20]% chance to grant you a Roll the Bones combat enhancement buff you do not already have for 5 sec. Duration and chance tripled while Stealthed. Two Rank Talent.

Improved Main Gauche: Main Gauche has an additional 5%/10% chance to strike. Mastery increased by [5/10]%. Two Rank Talent.


Outlaw Row 8

Sepsis: Infect the target's blood, dealing Nature damage over 10 sec. If the target survives its full duration, they suffer additional damage and you gain 1 use of any Stealth ability for 5 sec. Cooldown reduced by 30 sec if Sepsis does not last its full duration. Awards 1 combo point.

Blade Rush: Charge to your target with your blades out, dealing Physical damage to the target and a lesser amount of Physical damage to all other nearby enemies. While Blade Flurry is active, damage to non-primary targets is increased by 100%. Generates 25 Energy over 5 sec.

Restless Crew: Restless Blades also affects party members within 40 yds, reducing the remaining cooldown of a major offensive ability by 0.2 sec per combo point spent.

Killing Spree: Teleport to an enemy within 10 yards, attacking with both weapons for Physical damage over 2 sec. While Blade Flurry is active, also hits up to 4 nearby enemies for 100% damage.

Precise Cuts:Blade Flurry damage is increased by an additional 3% per missing target below its maximum.


Outlaw Row 9

Take 'em by Surprise: Haste increased by [10/20]% while Stealthed and for 12 sec after leaving Stealth. Two Rank Talent.

Dispatcher: When your Dispatch consumes 5 or more combo points, Dispatch deals 5% increased damage and costs 5 less energy for 6 sec. Max [3/6] stacks. Two Rank Talent.

Fan the Hammer: Sinister Strike has a 5% increased chance to strike an additional time. When it does, gain [1/2] additional stack(s) of the buff that grants a half-cost use of Pistol Shot. Max 6 stacks. Two Rank Talent.


Outlaw Row 10

Hidden Opportunity: Effects that grant a chance for Sinister Strike to strike an additional time also apply to Ambush.

Keep it Rolling: Increase the remaining duration of your active Roll the Bones combat enhancements by 30 sec. 5 minute cooldown.

Greenskin's Wickers: Between the Eyes has a 20% chance per Combo Point to increase the damage of your next Pistol Shot by 300%.

Subtlety Rogue Talents. [NNF] denotes a talent that has a temporary, not yet final name.


Subtlety Rogue Baseline Abilities

Backstab (replaces Sinister Strike): Stab the target, causing Physical damage. Damage increased by 20% when you are behind your target. Awards 1 combo point.

Shadowstrike (replaces Ambush): Strike the target, dealing Physical damage. While Stealthed, you strike through the shadows and appear behind your target up to 25 yds away, dealing 25% additional damage. Awards 2 combo point.

Shuriken Toss: Throws a shuriken at an enemy target dealing Physical damage. Awards 1 combo point.


Subtlety Row 1

Improved Backstab [NNF]: Backstab has a 15% increased chance to critically strike. When you are behind your target, Backstab critical strikes now also expose a flaw in their defenses, applying Find Weakness for 10 sec.

Shadowstep: Grants 1 charge of Shadowstep. Step through the shadows to appear behind your target, increasing your movement speed by 70% for 2 sec.

Shuriken Storm: Sprays shurikens at all enemies within 10 yards, dealing Physical damage. Deals reduced damage beyond 8 targets. Awards 1 combo point per target hit.


Subtlety Row 2

Weaponmaster: Shadowstrike and Backstab have a 15% chance to hit the target twice each time they deal damage.

Shadow Focus: Abilities cost 20% less Energy while Stealth is active.

Quick Decisions: Shadowstep's cooldown is reduced by 20%, and its range is increased by 20%.

Veil Touched: Your abilities deal 10% increased magic damage.

Relentless Strikes: Your finishing moves generate 6 Energy per combo point spent.


Subtlety Row 3

Shot in the Dark: After entering Stealth or Shadow Dance, your next Cheap Shot is free.

Premeditation: After entering Stealth, your next Shadowstrike grants up to 10 sec of Slice and Dice, and generates 2 additional combo points if Slice and Dice is active.

Shadow Dance: Grants 1 charge of Shadow Dance. Allows use of all Stealth abilities and grants all the combat benefits of Stealth for 9 sec, and increases damage by 10%. Effect not broken from taking damage or attacking.

Black Powder: Finishing move that launches explosive Black Powder at all nearby enemies dealing Physical damage. Deals reduced damage beyond 8 targets.

Night Terrors: Shuriken Storm reduces enemies' movement speed by 50% for 6 sec.


Subtlety Row 4

Gloomblade (Replaces Backstab): Punctures your target with your shadow-infused blade dealing Shadow damage, bypassing armor. Awards 1 combo point.

Shadow Techniques: Your auto attacks have a chance to generate 1 combo point and 8 Energy.

Shadow Blades: Draws upon surrounding shadows to empower your weapons, causing your combo point generating abilities to generate 1 additional combo point and deal 30% additional damage as Shadow for 20 sec.

Improved Shuriken Storm [NNF]: Shuriken Storm has an additional 15% chance to crit, and its critical strikes apply Find Weakness for 6 sec.

Secret Technique: Finishing move that creates shadow clones of yourself. You and your shadow clones each perform a piercing attack on all enemies near your target, dealing Physical damage to the primary target and reduced damage to other targets.


Subtlety Row 5

Symbols of Death: Invoke ancient symbols of power, generating 40 Energy and increasing your damage done by 10% for 10 sec.

Master of Shadows: Gain 25 Energy over 3 sec when you enter Stealth or activate Shadow Dance.

Deepening Shadows: Your finishing moves reduce the remaining cooldown on Shadow Dance by 1 sec per combo point spent.

The First Dance: Activating Shadow Dance generates 4 combo points.

Replicating Shadows: Rupture deals an additional 30% damage as Shadow and applies to 1 additional enemy within 8 yds.


Subtlety Row 6

Shrouded in Darkness: Shroud of Concealment increases the movement speed of all party and raid members within its radius by 50%.

Planned Execution: Symbols of Death also increases your critical strike chance by [5/10]%. Two Rank Talent.

Stiletto Staccato: Shadow Techniques now also reduces the remaining cooldown of Shadow Blades by [1/2] sec. Two Rank Talent.

Shadowed Finishers: Eviscerate and Black Powder deal an additional [20/40]% damage as Shadow to targets with your Find Weakness active. Two Rank Talent.

Dark Brew: Increases the damage of your weapon poisons by 30%. Rogue abilities that deal Nature damage now deal Shadow instead.


Subtlety Row 7

Inevitability: Backstab and Shadowstrike extend the duration of Symbols of Death by 0.5 sec.

Without a Trace: Vanish has 1 additional charge.

Fade to Nothing: Movement speed increased by 20% and damage taken reduced by 10% for 8 sec after gaining Stealth, Vanish, or Shadow Dance.

Cloaked in Shadows: Vanish grants you a shield for 6 sec, absorbing damage equal to 30% of your maximum health.

Deeper Daggers: Eviscerate and Black Powder increase your Shadow damage dealt by 15% for 8 sec.


Subtlety Row 8

Sepsis: Infect the target's blood, dealing Nature damage over 10 sec. If the target survives its full duration, they suffer additional damage and you gain 1 use of any Stealth ability for 5 sec. Cooldown reduced by 30 sec if Sepsis does not last its full duration. Awards 1 combo point.

Perforated Veins: Shadowstrike increases the damage of your next Backstab by 35%, stacking up to 3 times.

Dark Shadow: Shadow Dance increases damage by an additional 15%.

Deeper Stratagem: You have 1 additional maximum combo point. Your finishing moves may consume 1 additional combo point, increasing their effects.

Shuriken Tornado: Focus intently, then release a Shuriken Storm every sec for the next 4 sec. 1 minute cooldown.


Subtlety Row 9

Invigorating Shadowdust: Vanish reduces the cooldown of your other Rogue abilities by [10/20] sec. Two Rank Talent.

Lingering Shadow: After Shadow Dance ends, Backstab deals an additional [50/100]% damage as Shadow, fading by 2% per sec. Two Rank Talent.

Finality: Eviscerate, Rupture, and Black Powder increase the damage of the next use of the same finishing move by [15/30]%. Lasts 6 sec. Two Rank Talent.


Subtlety Row 10

The Rotten: After activating Symbols of Death, your next Shadowstrike or Backstab deals 50% increased damage, generates 4 additional combo points, and is guaranteed to critically strike.

Shadow Mist: Gaining Stealth, Vanish, or Shadow Dance expels Shadow Mist nearby. Walking through Shadow Mist refreshes the cooldown of Shadowstep and Supercharges a combo point. Damaging finishing moves that consume the same number of combo points as your Supercharge function as if they consumed 7 combo points.

Flagellation: Lash the target for Shadow damage, causing each combo point spent within 12 sec to lash for an additional damage. Dealing damage with Flagellation increases your Haste by 1%, persisting 12 sec after their torment fades.

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