Rogue Runes & Locations – Season of Discovery (SoD)

Rogue Runes & Locations in Season of Discovery (SoD)

Rune Engraving is a new system for Season of Discovery. It allows each class to tailor their gameplay experience by unlocking new unique abilities! In this guide you’ll find all of the runes that are currently available for Rogues in Phase 4 of SoD. You can also see them all in our Season of Discovery Talent Calculator.

Phase 4 Rogue Runes

Slot
Rune
Description
Cloak
Cloak
Cloak

Rogue Skill Books

In addition to runes, there are also skill books in the game that will teach you new spells. Here are the skill books that are available for Rogues in Season of Discovery.

Skill Book
Spell
Discovery

Phase 3 Rogue Runes

Here are the new runes for Rogues in Phase 3 of Season of Discovery, sorted by the gear slot they can be applied to.

Slot
Rune
Discovery
Bracers
Bracers
Bracers
Helm
Helm
Helm

Phase 2 Rogue Runes

These runes for Druids were added in Phase 2 of Season of Discovery.

Slot
Rune
Discovery
Belt
Belt
Belt
Boots
Boots
Boots

Master of Subtlety Rune

Master of Subtlety is a Rogue Rune for the Boots slot. Here’s how to get it:

  • Speak with Wendel Mathers inside a cage in the tower at Kurzen Compound in northeast Stranglethorn Vale (44.2, 8.0).
  • Use Pick Pocket on Kurzen Elites inside the nearby cave to loot the Compound Cage Key.
  • In the same cave, use Pick Lock on a Kurzen Supply Crate to loot a Kurzen Fighter’s Uniform (requires 125 Lockpicking skill).
  • Free Wendel Mathers and he will run away.
  • Speak with Captain Aransas in the lower area of Booty Bay (27.6, 76.6) to get the rune.

Poisoned Knife Rune

Poisoned Knife is a Rogue Rune for the Belt slot. Here’s how to get it:

  • Pick up the quest Highway Robbery from an Extinguished Campfire near the Kodo Graveyard in Desolace (47, 54).
  • Speak with Bibbly F’utzbuckle at the northern crossroads in Desolace (63, 39) to progress the quest to On the Lam.
  • Speak with Tokal inside the inn at Booty Bay in Stranglethorn Vale (27, 77) to pick up the quest Cherry for Your Thoughts?.
  • Buy a Cherry Grog from the nearby vendor, Nixxrax Fillamug, and bring it to Tokal to get the quest No Honor Among Thieves.
  • Use the boat on the southern shore of Arathi Highlands near the bridge (53, 91) to travel to the east coast.
  • Speak to Illari Duskfeather and either agree with her (Alliance only) or fight her to get Illari’s Key.
  • Use the key to open the nearby Jewel-Encrusted Box to loot the rune.

Rolling With the Punches Rune

Rolling with the Punches is a Rogue Rune for the Boots slot. Here’s how to get it:

  • Lockpick a chest inside a large tent in Camp E’Thok in northwest Thousand Needles (18.5, 20.9).
  • You’ll find another chest inside that you can lock pick, and another, and so on.
  • Open the fifth chest to get the rune.

Shadowstep Rune

Shadowstep is a Rogue Rune for the Belt slot. Here’s how to get it:

  • Reach level 30 and receive a letter in the mail from someone named C.
  • Open the chest in the small house next to the entrance to Pyrewood Village in Silverpine Forest (47.1, 71.1) to start the quest.
  • Open a chest in the stables near the entrance to Scarlet Monastery to get a disguise.
  • Enter the Scarlet Monastery Graveyard dungeon alone and use Pick Pocket on a Scarlet Scryer to get a key.
  • Enter the Scarlet Monastery Library dungeon alone and open the Scryer Box near he final boss to loot a note.
  • Return to the Monastery Graveyard dungeon and type /sit near two benches that are between statues, then progress the dialogue that appears.
  • Open a chest in the northern mausoleum to loot a Reliquary Key.
  • Return to the Scarlet Monastery Library dungeon and open a Reliquary Chest near the middle of the instance.
  • Return to the chest in the small house outside Pyrewood Village to turn in the quest.
  • Return to a city and check your mail for another letter from C.
  • Head back to the chest near Pyrewood Village to get the rune.

Shuriken Toss Rune

Shuriken Toss is a Rogue Rune for the Belt slot. Here’s how to get it:

  • Go around a Dart Trap on a tree in the north of Swamp of Sorrows (41, 30) and use Disarm Trap to disable it.
  • Loot the nearby chest to get the rune.

Waylay Rune

Waylay is a Rogue Rune for the Boots slot. Here’s how to get it:

  • Speak with the Dalaran Agent at Ariden’s Camp in the northeast of Deadwind Pass (52, 36) to get Ariden’s Sigil.
  • Equip Ariden’s Sigil and look for locations where you get the Dark Presence buff:
    • Arathi Highlands (60, 40)
    • Badlands (58, 54)
    • Deadwind Pass (43, 29)
    • Desolace (65, 25)
    • Duskwood (23, 47)
    • Swamp of Sorrows (69, 28)
    • The Barrens (52, 36)
  • In each of the above locations, use Ariden’s Sigil to summon a Dark Rider, a level 41 elite, and kill it to loot a relic.
  • When you have all seven relics, return to the Dalaran Agent to trade them in for your rune.

Phase 1 Rogue Runes

Here are the Rogue runes that were released with Phase 1 of Season of Discovery. We have detailed walkthroughs for where and how to find each one!

Slot
Rune
Discovery
Chest
Chest
Chest
Chest
Gloves
Gloves
Gloves
Gloves
Gloves
Pants
Pants
Pants

Starting Locations & Level Requirements

The table below can help you plan your route or simply see if you’ve acquired all of the runes in your current zone. Levels with a single asterisk (*) are runes that have a specific level requirement while those with a double asterisk (**) are our recommendations based on the level of enemies in the area or other factors such as abilities that will make the process easier.

Rune
Starting Locations
Level
Wow Alliance Crest Dun Morogh, Elwynn Forest, Teldrassil
Durotar, Tirisfal Glades
2*
Wow Alliance Crest Dun Morogh, Elwynn Forest, Teldrassil
Durotar, Tirisfal Glades
6**
Wow Alliance Crest Dun Morogh, Elwynn Forest, Teldrassil
Durotar, Tirisfal Glades
8**
Wow Alliance Crest Dun Morogh, Elwynn Forest, Teldrassil
Durotar, Tirisfal Glades
10**
Wow Alliance Crest Ironforge, Stormwind City, Teldrassil
Orgrimmar, Tirisfal Glades
10**
[Reputation Required]
10**
The Barrens
10**
Wow Alliance Crest Darkshore, Loch Modan, Westfall
The Barrens
14**
Wow Alliance Crest Darkshore, Loch Modan, Westfall
Silverpine Forest, The Barrens
16**
Hillsbrad Foothills
20**
Silverpine Forest
20*/22**
Duskwood
25**
* – Required level, such as unable to accept quest or spell requires a certain level to train
** – Recommended level, based upon NPCs needed to kill, zone, etc
.

Between the Eyes Rune

Between the Eyes is a Rogue Rune for the Pants slot. Here’s how to get it:

Cities:

  • Open a Dusty Chest in any of these locations to loot the rune:
    • Ironforge: near the Rogue Trainer in the Forlorn Cavern (52, 13).
    • Orgrimmar: near the Herbalism Trainer in the Drag (56, 45).
    • Stormwind City: Upstairs in a house in Cutthroat Alley in the Dwarven District.
  • Some level 10 Cut-throat Muggers will spawn when you open the chest. You’ll either need to kill them or loot the chest quickly and run away to avoid combat.

Teldrassil:

Tirisfal Glades:

Blade Dance Rune

Blade Dance is a Rogue Rune for the Pants slot. Here’s how to get it:

Darkshore:

Loch Modan:

The Barrens:

Westfall:

Cutthroat Rune

Cutthroat is a Rogue Rune for the Gloves slot. Here’s how to get it:

Deadly Brew Rune

Deadly Brew is a Rogue Rune for the Chest slot. Here’s how to get it:

  • Reach level 20 and receive a letter in the mail, “An Offer” from someone named C.
  • Open the chest in the small house next to the entrance to Pyrewood Village in Silverpine Forest (47.1, 71.1) to start the quest The Horn of Xelthos.
  • Speak with Veenix, a goblin on the western side of Windshear Crag in Stonetalon Mountains (58.2, 51.7).
  • Use Pick Pocket on Venture Co. goblins on the scaffolding across the lake to get a Venture Co. Work Order
  • Bring the work order back to Veenix to get a Breaching Charge.
  • Enter the Shadowfang Keep dungeon alone and sneak to the door that leads to the courtyard. Use the Breaching Charge to open it.
  • Continue sneaking through the dungeon and use Pick Pocket on Gemela in the dining hall to loot a Sister’s Half-Key.
  • Sneak up the stairs and go to the right and use Pick Pocket on Gefell to loot a Brother’s Half-Key.
  • Sneak back to the stables and combine Sister’s Half-Key and Brother’s Half-Key into a Twin Key.
  • Loot the chest in the stables to get Horn of Xelthos.
  • Return to the chest in the small house outside Pyrewood Village to turn in the Horn of Xelthos.
  • Return to a city and check your mail for another letter from C.
  • Head back to the chest near Pyrewood Village to get the rune.

Envenom Rune

Envenom is a Rogue Rune for the Pants slot. Here’s how to get it:

  • Purchase a Hot Tip from Kris Legace behind the large ruined building in Durnholde Keep in Hillsbrad Foothills (80.2, 38.8) for 75 silver.
  • Open the Hot Tip to get a map and a Safe Combination.
  • Follow the river north through Alterac Mountains until you reach a waterfall in Western Plaguelands (59.3, 84.6).
  • Open the Rusty Safe at the bottom of the waterfall to loot the rune.

Just a Flesh Wound Rune

Just a Flesh Wound is a Rogue Rune for the Chest slot. Here’s how to get it:

  • Hand in Waylaid Supplies crates until you reach Friendly reputation with Wow Alliance Crest Azeroth Commerce Authority or  Durotar Supply and Logistics.
  • Purchase the rune from a Supply Officer. Supply Officers can be found near the Auction House in each major city.

Main Gauche Rune

Main Gauche is a Rogue Rune for the Gloves slot. Here’s how to get it:

  • Visit Grizzby inside the inn at Ratchet in The Barrnes.
  • Purchase a Rune of Main Gauche from him for 3 gold and use it to get the rune.

Mutilate Rune

Mutilate is a Rogue Rune for the Gloves slot. Here’s how to get it:

Dun Morogh:

Durotar:

  • Use Pick Pocket on Burning Blade cultists in the canyon north of Razor Hill to get Note from Ba’so.
  • Speak with Ba’so, a troll who is stealthed south of Razor Hill (51, 58), to get the rune.

Elwynn Forest:

Teldrassil:

  • Kill Lord Melenas, a level 8 satyr at Fel Rock, the cave just north of Dolanaar.
  • Loot the rune.

Tirisfal Glades:

Quick Draw Rune

Quick Draw is a Rogue Rune for the Chest slot. Here’s how to get it:

Dun Morogh:

Durotar:

Elwynn Forest:

Teldrassil:

Tirisfal Glades:

Saber Slash Rune

Saber Slash is a Rogue Rune for the Gloves slot. Here’s how to get it:

Darkshore:

  • Loot a mound of dirt at the lighthouse near Auberdine (32.8, 37.1) to get the rune.

Loch Modan:

  • Loot a Stonemason’s Toolbox on the ledge at the back of the Stonewrought Dam (46.4, 12.7) to get the rune.

Silverpine Forest:

  • Start on the bridge in front of the Shadowfang Keep entrance and jump to a small platform to your left using Sprint.
  • Loot the chest there to get the rune.

The Barrens:

  • Start at the stable near the main gate in Northwatch Hold. Go around to the right and jump down onto the roof.
  • Loot the chest there to get the rune (requires 80 Lockpicking skill).

Westfall:

  • Use Pick Pocket on a Defias Scout behind the inn at Sentinel Hill to get the rune. You’ll have to carefully approach in stealth or you’ll spook them.

Shadowstrike Rune

Shadowstrike is a Rogue Rune for the Gloves slot. Here’s how to get it:

Dwarf or Gnome:

  • Reach level 2 and pick up the quest Thrice Stolen from Solm Hargrin, the Rogue Trainer at Anivlmar in Coldridge Valley in Dun Morogh (28.4, 67.5).
  • Open the Frostmane Loot Cache at the back of the cave to the south (30.8, 80.1) to loot the rune.

Orc or Troll:

  • Reach level 2 and pick up the quest Atop the Cliffs from Rwag, the Rogue Trainer in the Valley of Trials in Durotar (41.3, 68.2).
  • Go around to the north and head through the gap in the hills to reach the area above the Den.
  • Open the Hidden Cache on the cliff (43.2, 69.6) to loot the rune.

Human:

  • Reach level 2 and pick up the quest Thrice Stolen from Jorik Kerridan, the Rogue Trainer at Northshire Valley in Elwynn Forest (50.3, 39.9).
  • Open the Defias Stashbox in the south of the Northshire Vineyards (52.5, 51.9) to loot the rune.

Night Elf:

  • Reach level 2 and pick up the quest Second-Story Work from Frahun Shadewhisper, the Rogue Trainer at Shadowglen in Teldrassil (59.6, 38.7).
  • Open the Idol on a ledge on the southernmost roof of the building (59.7, 42,6) to loot the rune.

Undead:

Slaughter from the Shadows Rune

Slaughter from the Shadows is a Rogue Rune for the Chest slot. Here’s how to get it:

Dun Morogh:

  • Climb around the inn at Kharanos to get onto the roof and then jump down onto the large keg (46.9, 52.0).
  • Loot the chest there to get the rune.

Durotar:

  • Open the Rusty Lockbox above the tunnel that leads into the Drygulch Ravine (54.0, 27.4) to get the rune.
  • You may need to use Sprint to make it across to the ledge where you’ll find the chest.

Elwynn Forest:

  • Climb some stacked crates beside the house northeast of the inn in Goldshire to get onto the roof.
  • Loot the chest there to get the rune.

Teldrassil:

  • Open Gnarlpine Caches inside Ban’ethil Barrow Den to loot the rune.

Tirisfal Glades:

  • Kill undead at the Agamand Family Crypt (52, 26) to loot a Agamand Relic Coffer Key.
  • Open the Relic Coffer in the crypt to loot the rune.

 

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Luxrah

I've been playing World of Warcraft on and off since vanilla, usually as a healer or caster and often as a guild leader. I play both retail and classic. I also love RPGs, sandboxes, and sims.
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dev
dev
8 months ago

aoe tanking really going to struggle without FoK

Jelkek
Jelkek
8 months ago

I have to agree with Mick here, with all the other classes getting a plethora of damage over time AoE effects, playing a rogue is going to feel pretty bad without cloak of shadows. I’m going to be spending most of my gold on restorative pots and hoping they allow me to vanish after a few ticks.

Haniaav
Haniaav
8 months ago

If mutilate is not only for daggers a combination of SaD, Mutilate, deadly brew and envenom when possible would be insane for a single target.

About aoe tanking ye, i guess it’ll be terrible, i think it’ll work more like an off-tank for boss fight

akumetsu
akumetsu
8 months ago

Would have preferred a thrown weapon variant for these ranged attacks as I prefer the sneaky assassin to just “gun” , I do wonder what level we are going to get these at since the level cap is 25 BUTT with that said I will be rolling a rogue first

Freeret
Freeret
8 months ago

Does mutilate require daggers? Cause it doesn’t say it does.

LlamaCub
LlamaCub
8 months ago

As someone else mentioned, it looks like we’ll be lacking some AoE dmg for tanking, but what concerns equally is how combo points work in classic. We wont even be able to tab target without losing our combo points every time we change target. I’m still planning to play rogue, because who knows what we’ll get in the lvl 40 phase, and who knows if we’ve even seen everything. I’m liking the idea of playing a “poison combat” build 🙂

Mick
Mick
8 months ago

Holyyyyy
These are absolutely terrible and underwhelming….

zeddo
zeddo
Reply to  Mick
8 months ago

The reduction to ambush and backstab cost could be big. Main issue with dagger specc in vanilla was the high energy cost

Sezsion
Sezsion
Reply to  zeddo
8 months ago

Also piqued my interest as a pure dagger rogue through entire classic,
A little curious how the runes will be applied and the interchangability, between them.

Also, could be funny if you bring alot of flex-tanks, each having their niche specialty.
Rogues obviously being worst at trash tanking, but perhaps with avoidance cap being the strongest 1-2 target tanks in the game.

Wilshire
Wilshire
Reply to  Mick
8 months ago

What else do you recommend them doing to the class that is already the absolute GOAT at classic pvp?

Mick
Mick
8 months ago

Why no real Shadowstep, Cloak of Shadows, or FoK? Did anyone really fkin like being a Pirate in Legion?
Who asked for Envenom?? I see other classes getting stuff they may have asked for, or useful reworks to provide new tools and ways to interact with opponents.
Feel like we got stuffed, again.

Passion
Reply to  Mick
8 months ago

Similar things will likely come in future Phases. Shadow Strike is effectively a Stealth only Shadowstep, which fits a lot better into the Classic style of things. Additionally, Rogues will likely be able to reach obscene levels of evasion, forcing them to be single-target only tanks will give them a specific niche, which seems to be the idea for all of the new tanks.

Ryzot
Ryzot
Reply to  Mick
5 months ago

Um, yes, the retail combat spec is fucking awesome. It fits perfectly. Envenom is amazing. It’s more like you’re stuffing yourself and everyone else loves it.

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