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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…

HEAD AEP MAEP
Helm of the Claw 143 126
Stealther’s Helmet of Second Sight 116 98
Energized Helm 88 76
NECK AEP MAEP
Shattrath Choker of Power 54 23
Choker of Bloodied Feathers 53 33
Grom’tor’s Pendant of Conquest 52 34
Insignia of the Mag’hari Hero (Horde) 52 45
Talon Lord’s Collar 51 43
Natasha’s Choker 48 50
Earthen Mark of Razing 44 50
SHOULDERS AEP MAEP
Expedition Scout’s Epaulets (Alliance) 72 80
Junior Technician 3rd Grade Shoulders 65 52
Azurestrike Shoulders 56 53
CHEST AEP MAEP
Illidari Lord’s Tunic 107 89
Hauberk of Karabor 104 87
Mag’hari Scout’s Tunic (Horde) 99 83
Protectorate Assassin’s Tunic 89 79
Auchenai Monk’s Tunic 79 88
WAIST AEP MAEP
Socrethar’s Girdle (Scryers) 81 73
Shadowstalker’s Sash 75 44
Naaru Belt of Precision 63 67
Feralfen Skulker’s Belt 61 39
B.O.O.M. Operative’s Belt 60 47
Eva’s Strap 56 58
LEGS AEP MAEP
X-52 Pilot’s Leggings 104 66
Shadowstalker’s Leggings 102 63
Leggings of Unending Assault 102 65
Oilcloth Breeches 90 86
Clefthoof Hide Leggings 88 92
Eco-Dome Leggings 88 70
Shattrath Leggings 81 75
FEET AEP MAEP
Felboar Hide Shoes 78 64
Sure-Step Boots 64 41
Farahlite Studded Boots 63 60
Wrangler’s Boots 49 47
WRIST AEP MAEP
Brightdawn Bracers 49 33
Spymistress’s Wristguards 48 46
Nightstalker’s Wristguards 45 45
Ferocious Bands 42 37
Aged Leather Bindings 39 38
HANDS AEP MAEP
Drake Tamer’s Gloves 78 55
Gloves of the Nether-Stalker 68 57
Precise Gloves of Alacrity 57 56
Dire Wolf Handler Gloves 55 54
Flesh Handler’s Gauntlets 59 52
FINGER AEP MAEP
Kaylaan’s Signet (Aldor) 54 53
Slayer’s Mark of the Redemption 54 53
Conquerer’s Band (Horde) 52 33
Naliko’s Revenge (Alliance) 52 33
Band of Anguish 52 51
Leafbeard Ring 44 46
Overseer’s Signet 37 42
Warden’s Ring of Precision 36 40
TRINKET AEP MAEP
Core of Ar’kelos 55 43
Mark of Conquest 47 39
Ogre Mauler’s Badge 46 36
Uniting Charm 46 36
Bladefist’s Breadth 38 40
Ancient Draenei War Talisman 35 36
Terokkar Tablet of Precision 28 37
BACK AEP MAEP
Deathwing Brood Cloak of the Bandit 60 38
Delicate Green Poncho 54 46
Dark Cloak of the Marsh 52 33
Perfectly Balanced Cape 50 32
Dawnstrike’s Cloak 45 45
Crystalweave Cape 41 43
Consortium Cloak of the Quick 39 45
THROWN AEP MAEP
Mark V’s Throwing Star 28 24
Scout’s Throwing Knives 22 13
Balanced Stone Dirk 21 10
Fitz’s Throwing Axe 21 28
WEAPONS Main-Hand Type / Speed AEP MAEP
Illidari-Bane Broadsword Sword / 2.7 555 559
Thunderfury Sword / 1.9 517 562
Ripfang Paw  Fist / 2.7 501 489
Mag’hari Fury Brand Fist / 2.5 497 489
Master Smith’s Hammer Mace / 2.6 474 470
Sporeling Claw Fist / 2.5 447 444
WEAPONS Main-Hand Daggers Speed AEP MAEP
Crystal-Infused Shiv

Note that this item is not available upon launch.

1.8 582 579
Claw of the Netherwing Flight

Note that this item is not available upon launch.

1.8 550 565
Twin-Bladed Ripper 1.8 548 549
Borak’s Reminder 1.8 542 542
Illidari-Bane Dagger 1.8 536 543
Ceremonial Warmaul Blood-blade 1.7 489 482
WEAPONS Off-Hand Type / Speed AEP MAEP
Ashtongue Blade Dagger / 1.4 298 286
Crystal-Infused Shiv Dagger / 1.8 277 288
Thunderfury Sword / 1.9 277 264
Claw of the Netherwing Flight

Note that this item is not available upon launch.

Dagger / 1.8 274 288
Twin-Bladed Ripper Dagger / 1.8 269 269
Hungering Bone Cudgel Mace / 1.6 266 251
Borak’s Reminder Dagger / 1.8 263 262
Vibro Shanker Dagger / 1.4 262 266
Dib’Muad’s Crysknife Dagger / 1.4 257 259
Whistling Sword Sword / 1.6 248 240

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

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.

HEAD Vendor AEP MAEP
Opportunist’s Leather Helm (Honored)
Note that this item is not available upon launch.
Zangarmarsh 143 91
Grand Marshal’s Leather Helm (Alliance) PvP 143 91
High Warlord’s Leather Helm (Horde) PvP 143 91
Exorcist’s Leather Helm (18 Spirit Shards) Terrokar Forest 126 91
NECK Vendor AEP MAEP
Choker of Vile Intent (25 Badge of Justice) Shattrath City 71 64
SHOULDERS Vendor AEP MAEP
Opportunist’s Leather Spaulders (Honored)
Note that this item is not available upon launch.
CoT 90 54
Grand Marshal’s Leather Spaulders (Alliance) PVP 90 54
High Warlord’s Leather Spaulders (Horde) PVP 90 54
Blackened Leather Spaulders (Revered) Nagrand 75 74
Talbuk Hide Spaulders (Revered) Nagrand 75 74
CHEST Vendor AEP MAEP
Vestments of Hibernation (75 Badge of Justice) Shattrath City 123 98
Opportunist’s Leather Tunic (Honored)
Note that this item is not available upon launch.
Lower City 118 68
Grand Marshal’s Leather Tunic (Alliance) PVP 118 68
High Warlord’s Leather Tunic (Horde) PVP 118 68
Warden’s Hauberk (Honored) Zangarmarsh 93 75
LEGS Vendor AEP MAEP
Opportunist’s Leather Legguards (Honored)
Note that this item is not available at fresh launch.
Sha’tar 113 58
Grand Marshal’s Leather Legguards (Alliance) PVP 113 58
High Warlord’s Leather Legguards (Horde) PVP 113 58
Nomad’s Leggings (Revered) Consortium 110 70
Retainer’s Leggings (Scryers Revered) Shattrath City 95 76
HANDS Vendor AEP MAEP
Opportunist’s Leather Gloves (Honored)
Note that this item is not available upon launch.
Thrallmar 130 46
Grand Marshal’s Leather Gloves (Alliance) PvP 130 46
High Warlord’s Leather Gloves (Horde) PvP 130 46
WRIST Vendor AEP MAEP
Master Assassin Wristwraps (35 Badge of Justice) Shattrath City 86 71
FINGER Vendor AEP MAEP
Band of the Exorcist (50 Spirit Shards) Terrokar Forest 66 43
Lightwarden’s Band (Aldor Revered) Shattrath City 62 39
Shapeshifter’s Signet (Lower City Revered) Lower City 51 53
TRINKET Vendor AEP MAEP
Medallion of the Alliance PvP 120 1
Medallion of the Horde PvP 120 1
Timelapse Shard (Exalted Keepers of Time) CoT 43 1
WEAPONS – ALL TYPES Vendor AEP MAEP
Vindicator’s Brand (Aldor Exalted) Shattrath City 645 654
Riftmaker (Keepers of Time Exalted) CoT 650 651
Guile of Khoraazi (Consortium Exalted) Consortium 593 609
Retainer’s Blade (Scryers Exalted) Shattrath City 555 571
Pulse Dagger Netherstorm 256 268

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.

Item (BoE stands for Bind on Equip) Profession AEP MAEP
Deathblow X11 Goggles (Head) Engineering 187 152
Cobrascale Hood (Head – BoE) Leatherworking 126 99
Cogspinner Goggles of the Bandit (Head – BoE) Engineering 104 66
Necklace of the Deep (Neck – BoE) Jewelcrafting 57 45
Thick Felsteel Necklace (Neck – BoE) Jewelcrafting 53 5
Primalstrike Vest (Chest) Leatherworking 143 110
Primalstrike Belt (Waist) Leatherworking 97 65
Fel Leather Boots (Feet – BoE) Leatherworking 71 83
Primalstrike Bracers (Wrist) Leatherworking 71 49
Cobrascale Gloves (Hands – BoE) Leatherworking 84 71
Fel Leather Gloves (Hands – BoE) Leatherworking 71 80
Windslayer Wraps (Hands – BoE) Leatherworking 69 60
Figurine – Nightseye Panther (Trinket) Jewelcrafting 54 38
Figurine – Felsteel Boar (Trinket) Jewelcrafting 49 39
Alchemist’s Stone (Trinket) Alchemy 40 30
Goblin Rocket Launcher(Trinket) Engineering 37 5
Vengeance Wrap (Cloak – BoE) Tailoring 60 58
Cloak of Darkness (Cloak – BoE) Leatherworking 58 44
Felsteel Whisper Knives (Thrown – BoE) Blacksmithing 27 32
Dragonstrike  (Mace) Blacksmithing 812 825
Dragonmaw (Mace) Blacksmithing 755 728
Drakefist Hammer (Mace) Blacksmithing 695 722
Runic Hammer (Mace) Blacksmithing 611 610
Dirge (Dagger – BoE) Blacksmithing 541 581
Blazefury (Sword) Blacksmithing 348 341
Blazeguard (Sword) Blacksmithing 331 325

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

In the first part of our gearing guides, 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 us which items are optimal for PvP or PvE from the item list that we covered above then we’d 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 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.