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Retribution Paladin DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 19, 2017 at 09:49 by Vlad 167 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Retribution Paladins. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

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. Best in Slot List

As of Tier 19 raiding, the following items constitute your "best in slot" list. Be sure to read on to find more details about trinket choice and set bonus items. Credit for this list goes to Solsacra and Mserrano.

Slot Item Source
Helm Helmet of the Highlord Icon Helmet of the Highlord Grand Magistrix Elisande
Neck Brooch of the Astral Scryer Icon Brooch of the Astral Scryer Star Augur Etraeus
Shoulders Pauldrons of the Highlord Icon Pauldrons of the Highlord Tichondrius
Chest Breastplate of the Remembered King Icon Breastplate of the Remembered King Gul'dan
Cloak Greatmantle of the Highlord Icon Greatmantle of the Highlord Trilliax
Wrists Eternally Recurring Bracers Icon Eternally Recurring Bracers Grand Magistrix Elisande
Gloves Bridgebreaker Gauntlets Icon Bridgebreaker Gauntlets Krosus
Belt Goresmeared Abyssal Waistplate Icon Goresmeared Abyssal Waistplate Tichondrius
Legs Legplates of the Highlord Icon Legplates of the Highlord Gul'dan
Boots Sabatons of Unchanging Fate Icon Sabatons of Unchanging Fate Star Augur Etraeus
Ring #1 Ring of Braided Stems Icon Ring of Braided Stems High Botanist Tel'arn
Ring #2 Ring of Exclusive Servitude Icon Ring of Exclusive Servitude Tichondrius

The best trinkets for you are, in order:

  1. Eye of Command Icon Eye of Command
  2. Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish
  3. Faulty Countermeasure Icon Faulty Countermeasure
  4. Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal
  5. Claw of the Crystalline Scorpid Icon Claw of the Crystalline Scorpid (for cleaving fights)
  6. Memento of Angerboda Icon Memento of Angerboda (this also procs from players' deaths)
  7. Draught of Souls Icon Draught of Souls

A notable mention as far as non-trinket slots are concerned is the Chestplate of Impenetrable Darkness Icon Chestplate of Impenetrable Darkness chest from Nightbane in Return to Karazhan. This chest buffs the effect of trinkets from Return to Karazhan by 30%, making it a considerably DPS boost should you be using such trinkets. If you have the chest, then the Eye of Command Icon Eye of Command is the best trinket to use with it.

These trinket recommendations were provided by Thordros, a Retribution theorycrafter on the Retribution Paladin Discord.

2. Tier 19 Set Bonuses

Both the 2-piece and 4-piece Tier 19 Set Bonuses are very good and worth going for. The best 4 pieces to try to obtain are the helm, shoulders, cloak, and legs. If you have the legendary cloak or shoulders, then use that and use the tier hands instead.

3. Legendary Items

Legendary items have a high item level of 910, which makes them extremely strong. They are so strong, in fact, that a legendary item is always going to be worth equipping over any other item you might have in that slot.

However, there is a limitation on the number of legendary items you can have equipped at any one time (by default 1, but by now most players should be able to equip 2). Since some legendary items are better than others, if you have more items than the limit, you will have to choose which ones to equip.

Below, we will do our best to guide you through this process, as well as provide any other relevant information.

The top 6 legendary items to use, in order, are:

  1. Chain of Thrayn Icon Chain of Thrayn
  2. Whisper of the Nathrezim Icon Whisper of the Nathrezim
  3. Ashes to Dust Icon Ashes to Dust
  4. Liadrin's Fury Unleashed Icon Liadrin's Fury Unleashed
  5. Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus
  6. Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret

The other considerably worse, and if you have to choose between one of them, simply choose based on personal preference.

4. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Demon Hunters, Holy/Protection Paladins, Priests, and Warlocks
Plate Armor Death Knights, Holy/Protection Paladins, and Warriors
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Everyone
Trinkets Frost/Unholy Death Knights and Arms/Fury Warriors

5. ChangeLog

  • 19 Jan. 2017: Removed Convergence of Fates from the trinket list and updated the order slightly.
  • 17 Jan. 2017: Added a Best in Slot section.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Further updated trinket and legendary recommendations.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Updated trinket and legendary item recommendations.
  • 12 Dec. 2016: Removed Aran's Relaxing Ruby from the trinket list following its nerf.
  • 27 Nov. 2016: Updated the trinket list slightly (moved Swarming Plaguehive to number 2 in the list).
  • 22 Nov. 2016: Re-added Aran's Relaxing Ruby to the trinket list (but in a different place than it was previously).
  • 20 Nov. 2016: Removed Aran's Relaxing Ruby from the trinket list as it no longer works for Retribution Paladins.
  • 14 Nov. 2016: Removed the Best in Slot list as it does not make sense given the highly variable stat weights. Added suggestion to use Simcraft instead. Also updated trinket recommendations slightly.
  • 03 Nov. 2016: Moved Eye of Command in the trinket order to second place.
  • 31 Oct. 2016: Added Eye of Command to the trinket list.
  • 28 Oct. 2016: Added Swarming Plaguehive to the list of trinkets.
  • 12 Oct. 2016: Added Horn of Valor to the "other good trinket" paragraph.
  • 08 Oct. 2016: Revamped the trinket recommendations and slightly updated the legendary item ranking.
  • 24 Sep. 2016: Replaced Ravaged Speed Pod trinket with Ursoc's Rending Paw.
  • 08 Sep. 2016: Added Gronntooth War Horn to the list of good trinkets.
  • 07 Sep. 2016: Added BiS recommendation.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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