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It didn’t take long to get from Thunder Bluff to the Echo Isles – Ankona took advantage of a wyvern so she could think and plan before getting to her destination. She had information to confirm with the spirits – was Gromnor dead? Was he really in the northern part of the Eastern Kingdoms, somewhere […]

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Things I have learned in 30+ levels of Rogueing
comment 10 Written by on September 5, 2010 – 11:44 pm

Stealth is Awesome! *sneak sneak sneak*
Corollary: You must actually hit “Stealth” to sneak past things. Even really dumb looking Gnolls. And even then sometimes stuff will roll to disbelieve, and win. Like the entirety of Scarlet Monastery Cathedral…

Vanish is Awesome! *bamf* …except when it’s on cooldown.
Corollary: Vanish is always on cooldown when you accidentally pull 5 murlocs at once.

There’s a good bit of low level Rogue leather, if you’re willing to scout around to find it. Some of it is even black!
Corollary: The rest of it is really, really ugly. And if it’s on the Auction House, it’ll be both really ugly and three times as expensive as everything else.

Interrogator Vishas will Rip the Secrets from your Flesh.
Corollary: He will do so without the use of his Torturing Poker, as he seems to have lost it. Or at least, I can’t find it after I kill him.

There are a good number of easily accessible Rogue talents for leveling.
Corollary: None of them are in the same tree. As such, your spec will look like it was put together by an arithmetically challenged primate.

Being a Rogue is a good bit similar to being a Feral Druid.
Corollary: Except the part with the heals and the removing poisons. Oh, and that poison is too high level for your anti-venom.

Going back through my favorite low level zones is fun, especially with a horse at level 20. It’s even been possible to level primarily in Defias and Syndicate areas (for in-character reasons).
Corollary: The Legend of Stalvan is still a pain in the ass. Oh, and if you level entirely in Eastern Kingdoms zones, getting to Desolace to do one of two Alliance-side Scarlet Monastery quests is a pain in the ass too.

I imagine as I get through the next 30+ levels, I will learn much, much more…


All in all, Roguery is a lot of fun, and Annata is a lot of fun too. It’s been nice to have a project when not working on other things (like getting stuff ready for Cataclysm and going on random 10 man runs for nerd points achievements), and doubly nice when the in-game stuff helps with the ficlets that I’ve been writing!

Do you all have any projects running right now?

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10 Responses to “Things I have learned in 30+ levels of Rogueing”

  1. I’m actually levelling a rogue myself! A gnome. Mattie (short for Chromatic, and she hates her mother deeply for that) is going to be, in a level, a subtlety rogue. Assassination by way of sneaking in and stabbinating.

    My main project, of course, is levelling my Paladin (currently level 67) to 80, but Mattie’s a nice side project. (incidentally, she is also on Feathermoon, I’ll wave if I see you around!)

  2. I was just doing the Legend of Stalvan, and yes, it is a pain. In fact, a lot of the scary woods (… Duskwood? XD) quests are a pain since they involve a lot of running around. I can’t imagine doing them without a mount!

    Right now I’m doing The Missing Diplomat. Maybe I’ll get all the way through it sometime!

    I agree about rogue talents. A lot of ‘necessary’ ones are often in the tree you aren’t in.

    And I tend to chant ‘I’ll rip the secrets from your flesh!’ when I run graveyard. And that pops a lot in the random dungeons once you get to 30.

  3. Also, stealth breaks if you do stuff like walk through fire.

    I have done Scarlet Monastery roughly 50 times. That’s roughly at least 50 times. I have never, ever seen the Torturing Poker drop, even when clearing the place with level 80s, just for grins. Never. Ever. At all. Vapor loot, IMO.

  4. @Steve – Stealth ALSO breaks if some pissant Dark Iron Rifleman up in Dun Modr shoots a mortar at you while you’re trying to sneak past all the bad guys to pick a Bruiseweed… not that I have personal experience or anything…

  5. @Mishaweha – you should totally finish the Missing Diplomat, and the follow up stuff in Theramore/Dustwallow! Theramore’s quest zones are really good now for Alliance, and I am looking forward to doing that zone again after I finish Southshore and the parts of Arathi I can do before 35. It’s definitely a 35-42 area, but the Defias quests there are pretty cool, as are the various Tauren and Dragon quests. I’m a big fan of Dustwallow (especially now that there’s a flight point in the western area at the Goblin town I can’t remember the name of).

    @Apple – Right now Annata is specced 5/10/8. Eventually going towards Mutilate – she’s a master poisoner, so I figured the Assassination tree was a good fit. Of course, I don’t have many Assassination TALENTS yet, but I’ll get there. And you should definitely wave if you see me around!

  6. Corrollary to first corrollary: Sap works much better from stealth. Sap ALSO works much better if one does not accidentally hit the button for Shoot Gun while one is sneaking up on the intended target. Not that I’ve ever, y’know, done something like that. No way. Not me.

    Corrollary to third corrollary: Sometimes, an upgrade in stats is just not work the expense to your pride. Case in point: anything sharing a model with Cabalist Leggings of Whatever (http://www.wowhead.com/item=7528). In a game so (in)famous for its chainmail and plate bikinis, Black Mageweave Garter Belt, etc., it’s astonishing how downright unflattering most of the skimpier leather armor pieces are. It works out rather nicely that the most aesthetically attractive pieces of rogue leather also tend to be more functional in design (i.e., they actually cover the bits they’re meant to protect).

    By Corise on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply
  7. Also, I can’t even remember what talents I had when I was leveling Corise, way back in the vanilla WoW days. I think the talent trees were even more of a mess back then, and I had no clue what I was doing, so I imagine her leveling spec was pretty awful.

    By Corise on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply
  8. Hmmm…imagine those leggings on an orc. The green material fades into the green skin, so it looks like you’re wearing nothinig but leather straps. It is Really Not So Good Actually.

  9. @Tam: ….

    *shakes head, etch-a-sketch style*

  10. Yeah, Vishas were definitely in a “brass knuckles” mood when Jinnik were visiting him every day couple weeks ago.

    @Tam – What’s wrong with just wearin’ leather straps?

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