It is very unlikely that you will run out of things to do in Classic TBC after you reach level 70; arguably, the real journey begins after that point. In this guide we examine the options available to you to gear up your Rogue, improving your damage output and survivability for PvE or PvP. Gearing your character is the most important contributor to improving overall gameplay and achieving better results in Classic TBC. Rogue is not exactly the first choice for Dungeon groups or Raids; nevertheless, in this guide, we are going to take a look at how you can prepare your character after you hit 70 so that you can maximize your chances of getting invited and performing well…

Gear Stats Calculation

Before we examine items that improve your gameplay as a Rogue, we discuss how items are compared amongst themselves. This is important for the way you will be playing regardless of the goals you set for yourself. If you intend to focus on PvP by doing Arenas, Battlegrounds, Duels or World PvP, then the prioritization of your stats will be calculated with the AEP formula which stands for Agility Equivalence Points. If you are PvE Player and you are aiming to do Dungeons, Heroics and Raids, then the prioritization of your stats will be calculated with the MAEP formula which stands for Maximum Agility Equivalence Points or Maximum DPS AEP in short.

AEP vs. MAEP

According to A Brief History and Explanation of the AEP System from the Shadowpanther website: “AEP formulas were developed over the years to provide a good way to compare items between each other. With the AEP/MAEP system, each stat is given a different weight when compared to Agility. MAEP, or Maximum DPS AEP is designed to compare gear for PvE and specifically raiding”.
As many of you already know, being a Rogue in PvP means not only having significant damage potential but also great survivability chances to dodge, resist or parry attacks and survive longer with a lot of stamina and resilience. But as PvE Rogue, your main focus is having the best possible damage output to deal maximum DPS as a Melee Class.

In this guide, we are going to use AEP and MAEP score values to compare certain items for specific gameplay types. If you are mainly focusing on PvP then check AEP score values and pick the right items. If you are mainly focusing on PvE then check MAEP score values and pick the right items for you. Note that weapons are compared differently from other types of armor items. We are going to take a look on which weapons are good for specific hand types (Main-Hand, One-Hand, Off-Hand and Dagger Main-Hand). If you are looking for more information about the values used in formulas for the calculation of AEP or MAEP item score, then take a look at this AEP Balance chart from shadowpanther.net.

Be aware that not all items mentioned down below could be accessible from server launch and we are not going to cover the exact steps to get those items!

Quest rewards

Good gear is not available only from high level Heroic Dungeons, Raids, or Battlegrounds. In Classic TBC, Outland offers a lot of zones that have quests with great rewards at the beginning that can be used for PvE or PvP. If you skipped those quests while leveling, then you should consider completing them and grab gear upgrades. You can also get more gold from quests if completed at level 70.

HEADAEPMAEP
Helm of the Claw143126
Stealther’s Helmet of Second Sight11698
Energized Helm8876
NECKAEPMAEP
Shattrath Choker of Power5423
Choker of Bloodied Feathers5333
Grom’tor’s Pendant of Conquest5234
Insignia of the Mag’hari Hero (Horde)5245
Talon Lord’s Collar5143
Natasha’s Choker4850
Earthen Mark of Razing4450
SHOULDERSAEPMAEP
Expedition Scout’s Epaulets (Alliance)7280
Junior Technician 3rd Grade Shoulders6552
Azurestrike Shoulders5653
CHESTAEPMAEP
Illidari Lord’s Tunic10789
Hauberk of Karabor10487
Mag’hari Scout’s Tunic (Horde)9983
Protectorate Assassin’s Tunic8979
Auchenai Monk’s Tunic7988
WAISTAEPMAEP
Socrethar’s Girdle (Scryers)8173
Shadowstalker’s Sash7544
Naaru Belt of Precision6367
Feralfen Skulker’s Belt6139
B.O.O.M. Operative’s Belt6047
Eva’s Strap5658
LEGSAEPMAEP
X-52 Pilot’s Leggings10466
Shadowstalker’s Leggings10263
Leggings of Unending Assault10265
Oilcloth Breeches9086
Clefthoof Hide Leggings8892
Eco-Dome Leggings8870
Shattrath Leggings8175
FEETAEPMAEP
Felboar Hide Shoes7864
Sure-Step Boots6441
Farahlite Studded Boots6360
Wrangler’s Boots4947
WRISTAEPMAEP
Brightdawn Bracers4933
Spymistress’s Wristguards4846
Nightstalker’s Wristguards4545
Ferocious Bands4237
Aged Leather Bindings3938
HANDSAEPMAEP
Drake Tamer’s Gloves7855
Gloves of the Nether-Stalker6857
Precise Gloves of Alacrity5756
Dire Wolf Handler Gloves5554
Flesh Handler’s Gauntlets5952
FINGERAEPMAEP
Kaylaan’s Signet (Aldor)5453
Slayer’s Mark of the Redemption5453
Conquerer’s Band (Horde)5233
Naliko’s Revenge (Alliance)5233
Band of Anguish5251
Leafbeard Ring4446
Overseer’s Signet3742
Warden’s Ring of Precision3640
TRINKETAEPMAEP
Core of Ar’kelos5543
Mark of Conquest4739
Ogre Mauler’s Badge4636
Uniting Charm4636
Bladefist’s Breadth3840
Ancient Draenei War Talisman3536
Terokkar Tablet of Precision2837
BACKAEPMAEP
Deathwing Brood Cloak of the Bandit6038
Delicate Green Poncho5446
Dark Cloak of the Marsh5233
Perfectly Balanced Cape5032
Dawnstrike’s Cloak4545
Crystalweave Cape4143
Consortium Cloak of the Quick3945
THROWNAEPMAEP
Mark V’s Throwing Star2824
Scout’s Throwing Knives2213
Balanced Stone Dirk2110
Fitz’s Throwing Axe2128
WEAPONS Main-HandType / SpeedAEPMAEP
Illidari-Bane BroadswordSword / 2.7555559
ThunderfurySword / 1.9517562
Ripfang Paw Fist / 2.7501489
Mag’hari Fury BrandFist / 2.5497489
Master Smith’s HammerMace / 2.6474470
Sporeling ClawFist / 2.5447444
WEAPONS Main-Hand DaggersSpeedAEPMAEP

Crystal-Infused Shiv

Note that this item is not available upon launch.

1.8582579

Claw of the Netherwing Flight

Note that this item is not available upon launch.

1.8550565
Twin-Bladed Ripper1.8548549
Borak’s Reminder1.8542542
Illidari-Bane Dagger1.8536543
Ceremonial Warmaul Blood-blade1.7489482
WEAPONS Off-HandType / SpeedAEPMAEP
Ashtongue BladeDagger / 1.4298286
Crystal-Infused ShivDagger / 1.8277288
ThunderfurySword / 1.9277264

Claw of the Netherwing Flight

Note that this item is not available upon launch.

Dagger / 1.8274288
Twin-Bladed RipperDagger / 1.8269269
Hungering Bone CudgelMace / 1.6266251
Borak’s ReminderDagger / 1.8263262
Vibro ShankerDagger / 1.4262266
Dib’Muad’s CrysknifeDagger / 1.4257259
Whistling SwordSword / 1.6248240

Dungeon instances

You should look to clearing normal dungeons early on after you have acquired useful quest rewards. Not only will you get significant gear upgrades, but also reputation gains which will prove useful for accessing heroic dungeons later on. In this guide, we use abbreviations to indicate dungeons, of which heroics are marked with “H”.

HEAD Instance AEP MAEP
Wastewalker Helm OHF-H 136 117
Helm of Assassination ARC / ARC-H 124 105
Savage Mask of the Lynx Lord UB-H 106 85
Darkguard Face Mask AC 101 85
NECK Instance AEP MAEP

Amulet of Bitter Hatred
Note that this item is available with Midsummer event.

SP-H 71 64
Bone Chain Necklace UB-H 63 54
Traitor’s Noose SP-H 56 49
Adamantine Chain of the Unbroken SP-H 54 44
Tarren Mill Vitality Locket OHF-H 49 0
Blood Guard’s Necklace of Ferocity SHH-H 46 42
SHOULDERS Instance AEP MAEP
Shoulderpads of Assassination SH 89 67
Wastewalker Shoulderpads AC-H 87 81
Mantle of Shadowy Embrace BF-H 84 60
Sun-Gilded Shouldercaps BM 84 69
Mantle of Perenolde OHF 78 76
CHEST Instance AEP MAEP
Wastewalker Tunic BF-H 118 68
Skystalker’s Tunic of the Bandit Mana Tombs-H 110 70
Tunic of Assassination Mech 107 85
Vest of Vengeance BF 101 91
Chestguard of the Prowler Ramparts – H 105 89
WAIST Instance AEP MAEP
Girdle of the Deathdealer BM-H 96 82
Dunewind Sash UB-H 87 66
Epoch’s Whispering Cinch OHF-H 78 67
Liar’s Cord SP-H 68 52
Belt of the Raven Lord SH-H 71 49
Shifting Sash of Midnight Ramparts 67 49
LEGS Instance AEP MAEP
Midnight Legguards SP-H 122 103
Wastewalker Leggings ManaTomb-H 113 97
Leggings of the Unrepentant BF-H 113 84
Leggings of Assassination SL 105 92
Mennu’s Scaled Leggings SP-H 97 74
Forestwalker Kilt ManaTomb-H 95 80
FEET Instance AEP MAEP
Shadowstep Striders ARC-H 87 62
Silent-Strider Kneeboots Ramparts-H 86 55
Boots of the Unjust AC-H 79 65
WRIST Instance AEP MAEP
Nightfall Wristguards BM-H 69 50
Shackles of Quagmirran SP-H 59 42
Armwraps of Disdain UB-H 50 37
HANDS Instance AEP MAEP
Gloves of the Unbound ARC / ARC-H 88 62
Handgrips of Assassination BM / BM-H 85 72
Wastewalker Gloves SHH 84 62
Master Thief’s Gloves SL-H 83 55
Deft Handguards SP 73 54
Predatory Gloves ManaTomb-H 67 65
FINGER Instance AEP MAEP
Eye of the Stalker UB-H 61 30
Averinn’s Ring of Slaying Ramparts-H 59 43
Ravenclaw Band SH 58 52
Ring of the Exarchs AC 56 36
Longstrider’s Loop ManaTomb 54 46
Nexus-Prince’s Ring of Balance ManaTomb-H 53 32
Ring of Umbral Doom Botanica 51 38
Shaffar’s Band of Brutality ManaTomb-H 50 60
Ring of the Shadow Deeps UB-H 47 46
TRINKET Instance AEP MAEP
Hourglass of the Unraveller BM / BM-H 59 59
Abacus of Violent Odds MECH 55 54
Fetish of the Fallen AC 46 38
Icon of Unyielding Courage BF-H 33 50
Hand of Justice BRD 33 30
Argussian Compass UB-H 31 6
BACK Instance AEP MAEP
The Frost Lord’s War Cloak
Note that this item is available with MidSummer event
SP 70 50
Auchenai Death Shroud AC-H 59 54
Cloak of Malice SHH 58 42
Cloak of Impulsiveness OHF 57 40
Cloak of the Inciter SL 51 50
Perfectly Balanced Cape BF 50 32
THROWN Instance AEP MAEP
Sethekk Feather-Darts SH 30 29
Nightstrike MT 25 26
Needle Shrike UB 23 25
Nethershrike MECH 22 16
WEAPONS Main-Hand Instance AEP MAEP
The Bladefist SHH-H 663 692
Reflex Blades ARC 595 588
Demonblood Eviscerator  SHH 578 577
Edge of the Cosmos  MECH 577 571
Bloodskull Destroyer  OHF-H 574 572
Claw of the Watcher AC-H 563 567
WEAPONS Main-Hand Daggers Instance AEP MAEP
Vileblade of the Betrayer ARC-H 626 620
Whispering Blade of Slaying SL 605 589
Terror Flame Dagger Ramparts-H 582 579
Hungering Spineripper ARC 575 567
WEAPONS Off-Hand Instance AEP MAEP
Feltooth Eviscerator Ramparts-H 327 328
Latro’s Shifting Sword BM / BM-H 305 311
Timeslicer OHF-H 302 297
Talon of Anzu
Note that this item is not available upon launch.
SH-H 301 293
Blackout Truncheon SL 300 316
Twinblade of Mastery ManaTomb-H 292 296
Hungering Spineripper ARC 270 261
Scimitar of the Nexus-Stalkers ManaTombs 261 258

Reputation & Other vendors

Leveling up your standing with Reputation Factions is a big part of Classic TBC that should be prioritized as soon as possible. Not only can you get gear upgrades, but also profession patterns and enchants for your Head and Shoulders that will accompany you until the end of the expansion. You raise your reputation by completing quests and grinding dungeons. 

There are also other types of vendors that can sell you gear pieces for a certain price like honor points from PvP battles.

 

HEADVendorAEPMAEP
Opportunist’s Leather Helm (Honored)
Note that this item is not available upon launch.
Zangarmarsh14391
Grand Marshal’s Leather Helm (Alliance)PvP14391
High Warlord’s Leather Helm (Horde)PvP14391
Exorcist’s Leather Helm (18 Spirit Shards)Terrokar Forest12691
NECKVendorAEPMAEP
Choker of Vile Intent (25 Badge of Justice)Shattrath City7164
SHOULDERSVendorAEPMAEP
Opportunist’s Leather Spaulders (Honored)
Note that this item is not available upon launch.
CoT9054
Grand Marshal’s Leather Spaulders (Alliance)PVP9054
High Warlord’s Leather Spaulders (Horde)PVP9054
Blackened Leather Spaulders (Revered)Nagrand7574
Talbuk Hide Spaulders (Revered)Nagrand7574
CHESTVendorAEPMAEP
Vestments of Hibernation (75 Badge of Justice)Shattrath City12398
Opportunist’s Leather Tunic (Honored)
Note that this item is not available upon launch.
Lower City11868
Grand Marshal’s Leather Tunic (Alliance)PVP11868
High Warlord’s Leather Tunic (Horde)PVP11868
Warden’s Hauberk (Honored)Zangarmarsh9375
LEGSVendorAEPMAEP
Opportunist’s Leather Legguards (Honored)
Note that this item is not available at fresh launch.
Sha’tar11358
Grand Marshal’s Leather Legguards (Alliance)PVP11358
High Warlord’s Leather Legguards (Horde)PVP11358
Nomad’s Leggings (Revered)Consortium11070
Retainer’s Leggings (Scryers Revered)Shattrath City9576
HANDSVendorAEPMAEP
Opportunist’s Leather Gloves (Honored)
Note that this item is not available upon launch.
Thrallmar13046
Grand Marshal’s Leather Gloves (Alliance)PvP13046
High Warlord’s Leather Gloves (Horde)PvP13046
WRISTVendorAEPMAEP
Master Assassin Wristwraps (35 Badge of Justice)Shattrath City8671
FINGERVendorAEPMAEP
Band of the Exorcist (50 Spirit Shards)Terrokar Forest6643
Lightwarden’s Band (Aldor Revered)Shattrath City6239
Shapeshifter’s Signet (Lower City Revered)Lower City5153
TRINKETVendorAEPMAEP
Medallion of the AlliancePvP1201
Medallion of the HordePvP1201
Timelapse Shard (Exalted Keepers of Time)CoT431
WEAPONS – ALL TYPESVendorAEPMAEP
Vindicator’s Brand (Aldor Exalted)Shattrath City645654
Riftmaker (Keepers of Time Exalted)CoT650651
Guile of Khoraazi (Consortium Exalted)Consortium593609
Retainer’s Blade (Scryers Exalted)Shattrath City555571
Pulse DaggerNetherstorm256268

Professions

Through professions, one can obtain not only items that are very good during the expansion’s early content but also best in slot at the endgame stage. Check our guide about choosing professions for more information on this topic.
In this case, AEP/MAEP score values can be used to determine whether an item is suitable for PvP or PvE since we do not apply item categorization in this section.

Item (BoE stands for Bind on Equip)ProfessionAEPMAEP
Deathblow X11 Goggles (Head)Engineering187152
Cobrascale Hood (Head – BoE)Leatherworking12699
Cogspinner Goggles of the Bandit (Head – BoE)Engineering10466
Necklace of the Deep (Neck – BoE)Jewelcrafting5745
Thick Felsteel Necklace (Neck – BoE)Jewelcrafting535
Primalstrike Vest (Chest)Leatherworking143110
Primalstrike Belt (Waist)Leatherworking9765
Fel Leather Boots (Feet – BoE)Leatherworking7183
Primalstrike Bracers (Wrist)Leatherworking7149
Cobrascale Gloves (Hands – BoE)Leatherworking8471
Fel Leather Gloves (Hands – BoE)Leatherworking7180
Windslayer Wraps (Hands – BoE)Leatherworking6960
Figurine – Nightseye Panther (Trinket)Jewelcrafting5438
Figurine – Felsteel Boar (Trinket)Jewelcrafting4939
Alchemist’s Stone (Trinket)Alchemy4030
Goblin Rocket Launcher(Trinket)Engineering375
Vengeance Wrap (Cloak – BoE)Tailoring6058
Cloak of Darkness (Cloak – BoE)Leatherworking5844
Felsteel Whisper Knives (Thrown – BoE)Blacksmithing2732
Dragonstrike  (Mace)Blacksmithing812825
Dragonmaw (Mace)Blacksmithing755728
Drakefist Hammer (Mace)Blacksmithing695722
Runic Hammer (Mace)Blacksmithing611610
Dirge (Dagger – BoE)Blacksmithing541581
Blazefury (Sword)Blacksmithing348341
Blazeguard (Sword)Blacksmithing331325

Interesting BoE Items

Some of the items discussed above are BoE, meaning you do not have to have the respective profession to acquire them. 

In this section, we examine items that are rare and can be dropped from dungeon and world NPCs, and also they are not soulbound when you pick them up. BoE stands for Bind on Equip. That basically means that they can be bought from Auction House or upon trading them with another player…
TIP: Farm gold and take a look at Auction House offers! 

Item Level Range or Location AEP MAEP
The Night Watchman (Head) 69-71 113 84
Mask of Veiled Death (Head) 66-68 83 89
Demon Hide Spaulders (Shoulders) 61-63 63 54
Skystalker’s Cord of the Bandit (Waist) Elites in Terrokar 84 53
Dragonhawk Belt of the Bandit (Waist) 71-72 74 47
Sash of Silent Blades (Waist) 58-61 54 59
Dragonhawk Pants of the Bandit (Legs) 71-72 98 62
The Master’s Treads (Feet) 67-68 83 69
Dragonhawk Boots of the Bandit (Feet) 71-72 74 47
Skystalker’s Bracers of the Bandit (Wrist) Elites in Terrokar 60 38
Dragonhawk Bands of the Bandit (Wrist) 71-72 55 34
Dragonhawk Gloves of the Bandit (Hands) 71-72 74 47
Amber Band of the Bandit (Finger) 71-72 55 34
The 2 Ring (Finger) 1% Fishing Drop 52 37
Pathfinder’s Band (Finger) 67-68 47 45
Amber Cape of the Bandit (Back) 71-72 55 34
Assassin’s Shuriken of the Bandit (Back) 71-72 32 20
Blinkstrike (Sword) 70 (World) 639 643
Iron Skull Sword of the Bandit (Sword) 71-72 528 517
Knight’s War Hammer of the Bandit (Mace) 71-72 528 517
Fist of Reckoning (Mace) 60-62 443 450
The Night Blade (Dagger) 68-71 624 625
Ced’s Carver (Dagger) 69-72 575 567
Crystalblade of the Draenei (Sword) 65-67 242 230

Conclusion : what is the optimal gear ?

In the first part of Gearing the Rogue series, we covered options for improving your character’s gear using Quest Rewards, Dungeon Instances, Reputation (Aldor etc.) & other types of vendors, professions, and interesting items that are BoE from random world drops. There are so many options and items to choose from to improve your gear. 

If you asked me which items are optimal for PvP or PvE from the item list that we covered above then I would respond with the list found below… It always depends on the choice of your professions and gaming type (hardcore/casual etc…). Absent a good group or a guild that will help you clear everything, you will have a hard time getting those items. Some items are also expensive, which is the reason why the list has a lot of alternatives to choose from.

PvP Optimal Gear List

Head

Gear Requirements:

Engineering Prof.
Leatherworking Prof.

Gear Benefits:

Head Bonus:
+1 level Stealth

Primalstrike Set:
+ 40 Attack Power

S0 2x Set Bonus:
+35 Resilience

Hands (Gloves)

Deathblow X11 Goggles (if available at launch)
or
Helm of Claw

High Warlord’s Leather Gloves
or
Grand Marshal’s Leather Gloves
NeckWaist
Choker of Vile IntentPrimalstrike Belt
ShouldersLegs
High Warlord’s Leather Spaulders
or
Grand Marshal’s Leather Spaulders
Midnight Legguards
CloakBoots (Feet)
Deathwing Brood Cloak of the BanditShadowstep Striders
ChestFinger – 1
Primalstrike VestBand of the Exorcist
ShirtFinger – 2
Lightwarden’s Band
TabardTrinket – 1
Core of Ar’kelos
WristTrinket – 2
Primalstrike BracersMedallion of the Horde
or
Medallion of the Alliance
Main-HandOff-HandRanged
The BladefistFeltooth EvisceratorFelsteel Whisper Knives

PvE Optimal Gear List

Head

Gear Requirements:

Engineering Prof.
Leatherworking Prof.

Gear Benefits:

Head Bonus:
+1 level Stealth

Primalstrike Set:
+40 Attack Power

Wastewalker set:
+ 35 Hit Rating

Sword Spec.

Hands (Gloves)
Deathblow X11 Goggles (if available at launch)
or
Helm of Claw
Fel Leather Gloves
NeckWaist
Choker of Vile IntentPrimalstrike Belt
ShouldersLegs
Wastewalker ShoulderpadsWastewalker Leggings
CloakBoots (Feet)
Vengeance WrapFel Leather Boots
ChestFinger – 1
Primalstrike VestKaylaan’s Signet (Aldor)
or
Shapeshifter’s Signet
ShirtFinger – 2
Slayer’s Mark of the Redemption
TabardTrinket – 1
Hourglass of the Unraveller
WristTrinket – 2
Primalstrike BracersAbacus of Violent Odds
or
Icon of Unyielding Courage
Main-HandOff-HandRanged
Vindicator’s BrandLatro’s Shifting SwordFelsteel Whisper Knives

In Part two of Gearing the Rogue series, we will take a look at how we can improve our gear using PvP Season 1 and PvE Tier 4  items.