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Retribution Paladin DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 17, 2017 at 17:04 by Vlad 185 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 7.1.5.

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, you will usually want to take the one that grants you the highest item level, regardless of the benefit it offers. The only exception to this has to do with relics enhancing  Icon Wrath of the Ashbringer, which are so valuable that it is acceptable to sacrifice some item levels for. The list below shows the order of the best relics.

  1.  Icon Wrath of the Ashbringer
  2.  Icon Deflection
  3.  Icon Might of the Templar
  4.  Icon Highlord's Judgment
  5.  Icon Deliver the Justice
  6.  Icon Sharpened Edge

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

  • 17 Jan. 2017: Updated the introduction to the relic priority to mention that relics that improve Wrath of the Ashbringer are preferable even if they provide a lower item level.
  • 13 Jan. 2017: Removed a mention of how different relic item level bonuses can influence your choice (particularly with regards to Wrath of the Ashbringer).
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Updated the relic priority.
  • 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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