This guide deals with poisons and poison-related things, it is NOT a total assassination resource. For that, go here: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/1658707015
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The rogue formally known as the rogue formally known as Cloaked is now Ekidna of Terrokar! WHOAAAAAA HOLD THE PHONE, now it's Hebisa of Hydraxis! BUT NOW IT'S CLOAKED AGAIN. PROBREM?
Sup guys! n_n This is a quick reference to either inform or affirm us rogues of what poisons do, how they work and when they should be used. Any tips are more than welcome! desu desu
*This guide is mostly PvE-related, as PvP is very fickle and not nearly as uniform.
2. Poison List with explanations
3. Talents that affect poisons
6. Poison usage
1/27/12 - BACK IN BUSINESS!
12/12/10 - Quick fixes like combat's poison choices and mutilate's dagger choices.
11/23/10 – FINALLY updated, for 4.0.3a.
- Poison ranks completely removed
- Wound poison healing reduction cut to a mere 10%
- New talents and mastery added1). FAQ
Q: What are poisons?
A: Poisons are temporary weapon imbuements available only to rogues (and hunters via snake trap), similar to those of shamans (i.e. windfury weapon, flametongue weapon) that are used for a variety of things from dealing damage to dispelling. All poisons that deal damage deal nature damage, which is considered magic damage, but scales with your attack power. When your weapon hits an enemy, through either white attacks or specials, the poison has a chance to apply itself. These "chances" are either chance on hit or PPM (procs per minute). Q: PPM? What's that?
A: I'm glad you asked! PPM is mechanic that presets the amount something is applied or procs, poisons in this case, based off of the weapon speed only, being set before haste calculations. This applies to auto attacks only; the speed of your weapon determines the chance of the PPM-based poison to apply on instant attacks as well. Instant attacks, however, are not included in the PPM count, but are based off of the PPM chance, which is why slow weapons are preferable with PPM poisons. The opposite, chance on hit, has a chance to apply each time you strike an enemy. Valtieri explains it better than Cloaked can:
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To further explain: Instant and Wound poisons operate on a Proc Per Minute (PPM) rather than a static % to proc, so it is worthwhile to understand how the PPM system works. Here's a really oversimplified example: Lets say that Wound poison is set at 5 PPMs. This means that, over a 1 minute interval, using ONLY auto-attack swings, Wound would theoretically proc 5 times. With a weapon speed of 2.0, you would have 30 weapon swings over 1 minute. So, Wound poison would have a 16.66% chance (or, 5 procs out of 30 swings, 5/30) to proc. With a 1.0 speed weapon, you would have 60 auto-attacks over a 1 minute period. To keep Wound down to 5 PPM, the chance of application per swing would be lowered to 8.33% (or, 5 procs out of 60 swings, 5/60). Now, this ONLY takes into account auto attacks. Realistically, rogues are constantly using instant attacks. Lets say you do 10 sinister strikes, in addition to your 30 auto-attacks with a 2.0 weapon. Now, we're up to 40 strikes over a 1 minute period. HOWEVER... because of PPM, every attack retains a 16.66% chance to proc poisons, because PPM "chance percentage" is based solely on auto-attack speed. This is why, on a PPM system, slower weapons will generate more poison procs... they have an inherently higher base proc chance due to their slower speed.
________________________________________Q: What's mastery? Is mastery good? Should I reforge to mastery? I want to be a Pokémon master!
A: All of this is explained in the mastery section, except how to catch Deoxys. Godspeed.
Q: What is Starfish Heat?
A: Prepare yourselves, for I, the great Cloaked, have hidden adorable little starfish carvings all over the thread. Now now, I made more than enough for everyone so there's no need to panic just yet; however, the truly-devoted starfish collectors had better be prepared to search hard! The starfish carvings with my autograph are especially well-hidden.
Q: Can I mix & match poisons?
A: Absolutely! This is usually most efficient; in fact, deadly poison compliments the poison on the other hand. More details at 11.
Q: What types of poisons are there?
A: This is a question deserving of a list.