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Shadow Panther's Powerleveling Guide for Rogues

A Brief History and Explanation of the AEP System

Around May of 2005, Ming started a thread on the Rogue forums where he was devising an Agility comparison system for comparing gear using the formula 10 Agility = 10 Stamina = 20 Strength = 20 Attack Power = 1% Crit. One of the first people who responded to the thread coined the phrase "Agility Equivalence Points" and his formula has been know as AEP ever since.

I had just started working on my first armor chart at that time (after having already made a Maces chart) and I liked the simplicity of the formula. So I incorporated a modified version of it into my charts.

Since then, I've made numerous changes and additions to the formula and have developed additional formulas based upon that formula.

AEP vs. MAEP

With the AEP/MAEP system, each stat is given a different weight when compared to Agility. In raiding situations (MAEP), Stamina and Resilience have little to no value when compared to DPS stats, so they're weighted at just a fraction of Agility (for tie-breaking purposes mostly.) However, in PVP, Stamina and Resilience provide necessary defense and survivability, so their AEP values are rated higher than their MAEP weightings.

When looking for gear upgrades, determine what your goal is, then use the chart that works best for you. If your goal is to maximize your PVP gear, then pick items that will give you the largest AEP upgrade. If your goal is to maximize your raid DPS, then select items that will give you the most MAEP.


Listed below are the current level 90 AEP/MAEP weights used in my charts:

PVP Assasination AEP


1 Strength = .37 AEP
1 Agility = 1 AEP
1 Stamina = .60 AEP
1 Hit Rating = .66 AEP
1 Crit Rating = .36 AEP
1 Resilience = 1.10 AEP
1 Haste Rating = .38 AEP
1 Expertise Rating = .40 AEP
1 Mastery Rating = .38 AEP
1 PvP Power = .50 AEP
1 Attack Power = .37 AEP
1 Blue Socket = 282 AEP
1 Red Socket = 256 AEP
1 Yellow Socket = 352 AEP
1 Meta Socket = 275 AEP
.1 MH Dagger Speed = -20 AEP per .1 faster than 1.8
1 MH Dagger DPS = 0.5 AEP
1 OH Dagger DPS = 1 AEP
1 MH Dagger Average Damage = 0.5 AEP

PVP Combat AEP


1 Strength = .36 AEP
1 Agility = 1 AEP
1 Stamina = .60 AEP
1 Hit Rating = .90 AEP
1 Crit Rating = .39 AEP
1 Resilience = 1.10 AEP
1 Haste Rating = .59 AEP
1 Expertise Rating = .84 AEP
1 Mastery Rating = .43 AEP
1 PvP Power = .50 AEP
1 Attack Power = .36 AEP
1 Blue Socket = 320 AEP
1 Red Socket = 310 AEP
1 Yellow Socket = 352 AEP
1 Meta Socket = 275 AEP
.1 MH Weapon Speed = +20 AEP per .1 slower than 2.5
1 MH Weapon DPS = 0.5 AEP
1 OH Weapon DPS = 1 AEP
1 MH Weapon Average Damage = 1 AEP

PVP Subtlety AEP


1 Strength = .27 AEP
1 Agility = 1 AEP
1 Stamina = .60 AEP
1 Hit Rating = .42 AEP
1 Crit Rating = .32 AEP
1 Resilience = 1.10 AEP
1 Haste Rating = .36 AEP
1 Expertise Rating = .34 AEP
1 Mastery Rating = .32 AEP
1 PvP Power = .50 AEP
1 Attack Power = .27 AEP
1 Blue Socket = 256 AEP
1 Red Socket = 256 AEP
1 Yellow Socket = 352 AEP
1 Meta Socket = 275 AEP
.1 MH Weapon Speed = +20 AEP per .1 slower than 2.5
.1 MH Dagger Speed = -20 AEP per .1 faster than 1.8
1 Sword/Mace/Fist MH DPS = 0.5 AEP
1 MH Dagger DPS = 0.5 AEP
1 OH Weapon DPS = 1 MAEP
1 Sword/Mace/Fist MH Average Damage = 1 AEP
1 MH Dagger Average Damage = 0.5 AEP

PVE Assasination MAEP


1 Strength = .37 MAEP
1 Agility = 1 MAEP
1 Stamina = .01 MAEP
1 Hit Rating = .66 MAEP
1 Crit Rating = .36 MAEP
1 Resilience = 0 MAEP
1 Haste Rating = .38 MAEP
1 Expertise Rating = .40 MAEP
1 Mastery Rating = .38 MAEP
1 PvP Power = 0 MAEP
1 Attack Power = .37 MAEP
1 Blue Socket = 282 MAEP
1 Red Socket = 256 MAEP
1 Yellow Socket = 352 MAEP
1 Meta Socket = 275 MAEP
.1 MH Dagger Speed = -30 MAEP per .1 faster than 1.8
1 MH Dagger DPS = 1.5 MAEP
1 OH Dagger DPS = 0.5 MAEP

PVE Combat MAEP


1 Strength = .36 MAEP
1 Agility = 1 MAEP
1 Stamina = .01 MAEP
1 Hit Rating = .90 MAEP
1 Crit Rating = .39 MAEP
1 Resilience = 0 MAEP
1 Haste Rating = .59 MAEP
1 Expertise Rating = .84 MAEP
1 Mastery Rating = .43 MAEP
1 PvP Power = 0 MAEP
1 Attack Power = .36 MAEP
1 Blue Socket = 320 MAEP
1 Red Socket = 310 MAEP
1 Yellow Socket = 352 MAEP
1 Meta Socket = 275 MAEP
.1 MH Weapon Speed = +30 MAEP per .1 slower than 2.5
1 MH Weapon DPS = 1.5 MAEP
1 OH Weapon DPS = 0.5 MAEP

PVE Subtlety MAEP


1 Strength = .27 MAEP
1 Agility = 1 MAEP
1 Stamina = .01 MAEP
1 Hit Rating = .42 MAEP
1 Crit Rating = .32 MAEP
1 Resilience = 0 MAEP
1 Haste Rating = .36 MAEP
1 Expertise Rating = .34 MAEP
1 Mastery Rating = .32 MAEP
1 PvP Power = 0 MAEP
1 Attack Power = .27 MAEP
1 Blue Socket = 256 MAEP
1 Red Socket = 256 MAEP
1 Yellow Socket = 352 MAEP
1 Meta Socket = 275 MAEP
.1 Sword/Mace/Fist MH Speed = +30 MAEP per .1 slower than 2.5
.1 MH Dagger Speed = -30 MAEP per .1 faster than 1.8
1 Sword/Mace/Fist MH DPS = 1.5 MAEP
1 MH Dagger DPS = 1.5 MAEP
1 OH Weapon DPS = 0.5 MAEP

I'm constantly tweaking these formulas to make my charts as useful as possible. As always, if you don't like the formulas I use in my charts, you're welcome to use the downloadable spreadsheets I've provided here.