WoW Classic – Rogue Leveling Tips
Rogue Leveling Tips
- -As a melee class, you’ll want to be on the lookout for the absolute best weapons you can get for your level. Other stats and gear always come second. Always. Even purchasing common-tier weapons from vendors can improve the speed and efficiency at which you level, so always check at vendors when at town, look for quests that offer weapon rewards, or – if you have money to spare – browse the Auction House. If playing with friends or in a guild, don’t be afraid to have them be on the lookout for weapon drops you can use that aren’t Bind on Pickup.
- -As a general rule of thumb, you’ll want to either focus on swords or daggers as you level up, and your talent specialization should reflect that. Swords are generally considered the easier route as there is much less positioning involved, but it may also feel a little stagnant. Daggers will require a bit more thought – using Backstab whenever possible – which means you’ll have to put a lot more work in, but if you plan to play with friends, daggers are considered much more versatile when used in groups.
- -Rogues learn Pickpocket at a very early level, and can prove extremely valuable in terms of farming gold. Remember that you can only pickpocket from enemies that have pockets (no animals) – and at higher levels, you’ll begin to find junkboxes that can be lockpicked to reveal random contents that can further boost the rate at which you make gold.
- -Always make sure you have full stacks of Blind Powder, Vanish Powder, and Poisons on hand before leaving town to quest or grind. A rogue is nothing without their tools, and being able to control the fight or escape at a moment’s notice is how you’ll survive. Utilize attacks like Gouge and Blind to nullify additional enemies while you focus on your main target, or distract a group before sprinting away to Vanish to fight another day.
- -Stealth allows you to bypass certain well-defended areas and head straight for your target. While it’s generally recommended that you kill everything in your path while questing to maximize experience gained, know that in a pinch you can bypass problem areas that have too many guards at close range, or if a quest demands it – quickly assassinate a high-profile quest target, loot, and Vanish before adds come to ruin the fun.
- -If you’re not racing to 60, Stealth also allows you to fully explore dangerous areas to access loot that would otherwise be too troublesome to get to. Herbalism and Mining nodes lying behind groups of mobs are now possible, and using Blind or Gouge can let you loot items and open chests that would normally be much harder to reach.
- -It goes without saying, but leveling with a friend can make the journey all the more quicker. Leveling with a healer like a Shaman or Paladin can be a huge boon, as you can benefit from a Windfury Totem or the Blessing of Might to take down targets all the more faster, and heal out of dangerous situations.
- -Since Rogues can have a hard time taking on enemies only a level or two above them, it can be more worthwhile to take advantage of multiple zones in the same level-range, and hop between them when you encounter quests that start to outpace your own level. In most all cases, the experience you gain from quests will be better than simply grinding in an area until you can complete a pesky quest.
- -Quest over Grind – unless you’re carving a path to a quest target, you should try to avoid mindlessly grinding monsters just to level up. Questing offers much better rewards at a quicker pace with more experience, and also readies you for dungeons should you choose to find a group, allowing you to bank even more experience along with better quest rewards. You’ll also gain reputation with other factions which should not be overlooked.