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Retribution Paladin DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 14, 2016 at 17:57 by Vlad 143 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Retribution Paladins. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.

The other pages of our Retribution Paladin guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewers

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Fardion, a top Retribution Paladin. You can follow him on Twitter, and you can also reach him on the official Paladin Discord channel if you have any questions about the spec.

1. Artifact Progression

We currently recommend a straightforward artifact progression path that will lead you to the  Icon Ashes to Ashes trait (which is very important).

Artifact Progression
  1.  Icon Wake of Ashes
  2.  Icon Blade of Light
  3.  Icon Deliver the Justice
  4.  Icon Sharpened Edge
  5.  Icon Wrath of the Ashbringer
  6.  Icon Highlord's Judgment
  7.  Icon Endless Resolve
  8.  Icon Might of the Templar
  9.  Icon Ashes to Ashes
  10.  Icon Deflection
  11.  Icon Echo of the Highlord
  12.  Icon Embrace the Light
  13.  Icon Divine Tempest
  14.  Icon Righteous Blade
  15.  Icon Unbreakable Will,  Icon Protector of the Ashen Blade, and  Icon Healing Storm (in any order)
  16.  Icon Ashbringer's Light

2. Relic Choice

When choosing which relics to use, always take the one that grants you the highest item level, regardless of the benefit it offers. When having to choose between relics that grant the same item level, use the following priority of enhanced traits to choose.

  1.  Icon Wrath of the Ashbringer
  2.  Icon Highlord's Judgment
  3.  Icon Deliver the Justice
  4.  Icon Sharpened Edge

Note that the  Icon Wrath of the Ashbringer relic is worth 24 relic item levels more than other relics. Namely, an item level 800 Wrath of the Ashbringer-enhancing relic is the equivalent of a different relic being item level 824 (relic item levels, and not item level bonus from the relic).

Improving your  Icon Might of the Templar and  Icon Righteous Blade is also preferable when faced with traits that do not increase your damage.

The above priorities were provided by Mserrano, a Retribution theorycrafter on the Retribution Paladin Discord.

3. ChangeLog

  • 14 Nov. 2016: Removed the artifact path that suggested resetting your artifact, as it is no longer relevant.
  • 31 Oct. 2016: Added a mention of the value of the Wrath of the Ashbringer-enhancing relics.
  • 20 Sep. 2016: Updated the amount of Artifact Power you should save up before resetting to 64,000 (down from 67,000).
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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