Outlaw Rogue playstyle and rotation guide

Patch 10.1 Last Updated: 2nd May, 2023
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Playstyle & Rotation

General Rotation:

  1. Adrenaline Rush on cooldown.
  2. Roll the Bones if you have no combat enhancements active.
  3. Blade Flurry when missing with 2 or more targets in range.
  4. Slice and Dice if at max, or -1 from maximum combo points with Broadside or Opportunity active, if missing or has has 12 or less seconds remaining.
  5. Between the Eyes on cooldown if at max, or -1 from maximum combo points with Broadside or Opportunity active.
  6. Dispatch if at max, or -1 from maximum combo points with Broadside or Opportunity active.
  7. Vanish followed by Ambush if you won't overcap combo points and wait until you have at least 50 energy.
  8. Shadow Dance at or below 3 combo points, and do not have Audacity or Opportunity active and wait until you have at least 80 energy. While active Ambush becomes your highest priority builder.
  9. Blade Rush if missing 50 or more energy and do not have Flagellation, Dreadblades or Shadow Dance active.
  10. Ghostly Strike if not on the target or is about to expire.
  11. Ambush if you have 3 or less stacks of fan the hammer, and Audacity active, or are in Shadow Dance at 5 or less combo points.
  12. Pistol Shot if you have an Opportunity proc at 5 or less combo points, or Fan the Hammer stacks.
  13. Sinister Strike if you at 5 or less combo points.

Opener:

Single Target

  1. Make sure Instant Poison will last the duration of the encounter
  2. Enter Stealth
  3. Adrenaline Rush
  4. Roll the Bones
  5. Ambush
  6. Proceed with Normal Rotation

Multi Target:

  1. Make sure Instant Poison will last the duration of the encounter
  2. Enter Stealth
  3. Adrenaline Rush
  4. Roll the Bones
  5. Blade Flurry
  6. Ambush
  7. Proceed with Normal Rotation

Playstyle

Outlaw Rogue at a fundamental level is a spec that is focused on a priority system. The goal is to use your cooldowns in order of priority, making sure to minimize overcapping of resources and making sure to use your cooldowns on cooldown as Restless Blades puts a huge premium on making sure your cooldowns are always rolling.

Cooldowns

Outlaw has a lot of cooldowns to keep track of, thankfully there are no complicated rules compared to most specs when it comes to optimizing this. The most important thing to not get baited into doing is holding cooldowns. The goal of outlaw is to maximize your cooldowns.

Survivability & Mobility

Outlaw is loaded to the brim mobility and survivability in Dragonflight make sure to take advantage of it. Cheat Death makes you incredibly tanky in raid encounters. Make sure to use Feint as it makes you effectively immune to any aoe damage. Having access to Sprint and Grappling Hook on Restless Blades easily makes you as mobile as Demon Hunters while in combat. In addition you also have Shadowstep if neither are up. Cloak of Shadows is the last exceptionally strong defensive Rogues have. Its short cooldown and full spell immunity makes it amazing for progression and pushing high end content in general.