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Retribution Paladin DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Sep 20, 2016 at 20:10 by Vlad 117 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 7.0.3.

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.

1. Artifact Progression

There is currently a single recommended artifact progression strategy for Retribution Paladins, but it is quite complex as it involves a trait reset for maximum efficiency. We provide an alternative way to reach your goals, in case you do not wish to go for the reset.

The main idea of the strategy is to rush to the  Icon Ashes to Ashes trait on the shortest path possible, and then save up 64,000 Artifact Power. Once you have this amount, you should reset your traits and re-take Ashes to Ashes via a different route (which skips out on a number of traits that are not useful to your DPS output), before going on to take a few important traits. If you do not wish to reset your traits, then simply go for the post-reset path from the beginning.

This strategy is recommended on the Retribution Paladin Discord, and we take no credit for it.

1.1. Pre-Reset Path

Artifact Progression - Before Reset

Your first goal is to rush to  Icon Ashes to Ashes on the shortest possible path.

  1.  Icon Wake of Ashes
  2.  Icon Blade of Light
  3.  Icon Righteous Blade
  4.  Icon Unbreakable Will
  5.  Icon Protector of the Ashen Blade
  6.  Icon Ashes to Ashes

1.2. Reset

Artifact Progression

Once you have saved up 64,000 Artifact Power, you should reset your traits and choose your traits in the following order.

  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

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

  • 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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