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#1 Jan 10 2012 at 9:26 PM Rating: Good
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Finally stayed with a toon long enough to level him out and start playing with the big kids. Still plenty to do, but figure maybe its time to give some gas to my alt. That one's an L22 rogue created mostly as an auction agent and useful mail box for holding stuff.

The difference this time is that I'm thinking of using one of the leveling guides instead of freelancing this one.

1) Current professions are skinning and enchanting, secondary fishing and first aid. Specialization is assassination. But its not too late to change any of it. For example, I was thinking about mining and jewelcrafting.

The primary, **** ONLY limitation is that I play at least 98% solo when not running in dungeon PUGs.

So..... Anyone care to offer advice about the best skill set for a solo rogue? And does anyone have a particular leveling guide they'd recommend?
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#2 Jan 11 2012 at 12:52 AM Rating: Excellent
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Ollamnh wrote:
Current professions are skinning and enchanting, secondary fishing and first aid. Specialization is assassination. But its not too late to change any of it. For example, I was thinking about mining and jewelcrafting.

Jewelcrafting is cool and convenient to have at max level but it's expensive to level and it takes FOREVER to get all the higher level gem cuts. Mining is definitely the thing to pair it with though.

Also, there's no limit to the number of secondary professions you can have. There's no reason you can't do all four if you want. You don't have to do all four of course, but you can if you want. There's nothing stopping you.

Ollamnh wrote:
So..... Anyone care to offer advice about the best skill set for a solo rogue?

While leveling you're best going with Combat or Subtlety. Combat tends to do better damage while Subtlety has better mobility. Personal preference really.

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And does anyone have a particular leveling guide they'd recommend?

I wouldn't bother with a leveling guide. There's no point. Just follow the bulletin board to a new area when the quest in your current zone turn green. Besides, IMO it's more important to have fun while leveling than to just blast through as if it were an annoying chore.
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#3 Jan 11 2012 at 6:40 AM Rating: Excellent
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Using a guide can sometimes increase the gaming experience. I've used one several times before Cataclysm because the guide would pick up all or most of the quests in the zone and do them in the most efficient sequence, meaning I didn't have to run around everywhere just to run back around everywhere for a follow-up quest. Cataclysm did a lot to make the lower level zones linear, but sometimes you just want to make sure you didn't miss any quests.

Unfortunately, the guide I'd recommend has not been fully updated to Cataclysm yet, so I'll link to the main page and you can choose what you want. There's even an addon for those guides in case you don't have a second monitor, or just don't want to Alt-Tab every time.

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When looking up leveling guides, be aware of some things:

1. Never, ever pay money for a leveling guide. It's a waste of money, especially since most of those guides are just blatant copy-pastes from another, usually free, guide.

2. Never, ever pay money for a leveling add-on (or any add-on). Not only is it silly to pay for an add-on, but it's also not allowed by Blizzard. Add-on developers can request donations, but they can't limit their add-ons to payers - it has to be free for all.

3. Be careful when googling "leveling guide" as a lot of those sites are malware infested cesspools created for the sole purpose of luring in newbies so that they can get various malware onto their computers. If you suspect you've visited such a site, run your anti-malware programs.

And always use common sense when browsing the internet and downloading stuff. If you get a bad vibe from the site, close it. Don't ever type in your password or account information on a website that isn't Blizzard's official website. You don't need to log in anywhere to download an add-on. Never click links you don't know the destination of and never let a website run a program you're not familiar with.
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#4 Jan 13 2012 at 10:23 AM Rating: Decent
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I am currently leveling up a Rogue, and I am an engineer... I LOVE it. The bombs you get a lot level provide a quick and dirty stun that helps me a LOT.
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#5 Jan 14 2012 at 12:51 AM Rating: Good
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Moonkissed wrote:
I am currently leveling up a Rogue, and I am an engineer... I LOVE it. The bombs you get a lot level provide a quick and dirty stun that helps me a LOT.


What do you pair it with - mining? I'm a strong believer that everybody should start with a gathering profession just to avoid living your first fifty levels in abject poverty.
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#6 Jan 14 2012 at 2:19 AM Rating: Good
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Yeah. Engineering pairs up with mining.

Personally I love engineering. It's my favorite profession. The gadgets and bombs and stuff are just so much fun. (plus, the BC goggles make the best transmog helms ever.)
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#7 Jan 20 2012 at 11:20 AM Rating: Excellent
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Remember to get the heirloom helm and cloak from the guild vendor. You may also have enough other points to pick up the heirloom chest and shoulders. If you have to mix PVP and PVE gear, remember that you aren't necessarily trying for perfect gear, you're going to level too fast. Unless you have lots of extra points, don't worry about heirloom weapons. The new quests and LFD will keep you fairly well covered.

To level quicker, start with herbalism and mining. Both of them will give you significant XP per node and taking both will let you build up cash to power level something like JC later. Don't forget that Archaeology can also add a fair chunk of XP.

Check the AH and see if you can get cheap Fiery enchants for that stretch from the 30-45. Those may show up reasonably cheap for the DPS boost they give. Other enchants may be useful, but go cheap because you'll be moving through content quickly.

These things will probably give you enough of an XP advantage that guides will not be able to help you pick the most efficient leveling path. Go to Wowhead and read the zone information, check quest rewards and maximize your benefits by cherry picking your quests. For example, fill your trinket slots as early as you can.

See if you can get support from your guild on skills you don't have covered. For example, you may be able to trade some herbs or ore for glyphs.

Good luck!

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#8 Jan 20 2012 at 2:06 PM Rating: Decent
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i would take skinning and mining for your proffessions and then i would get all the bind on account gear that you can get your hands on then, i would run battle grounds to level him in and while you wait for the bg's you can run around and skin and mine and make some money on the side. the plus to leveling in bg's is that you learn real fast how to play your rogue right. so if you ever do decide to take him into a dungeon or raid it is alot easier. and with runing bg's you can jump on whenever you have the chance and get 2 bgs done in 30 minutes easily, and the exp is really good. i hope you enjoy your rogue just remember to stay in the shadows and have fun sticking your dagger inside someones back.
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