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Retribution Paladin DPS Guide (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 28, 2016 at 15:17 by Vlad 143 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

Welcome to our Retribution Paladin DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Retribution Paladin in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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. Class Overview

In single target DPS, the Retribution specialisation is currently performing well, compared to most other classes. While it is not at the top of the DPS rankings, it is certainly worth bringing to raids.

In AoE DPS, Retribution does decently, but does not shine.

2. Significant Legion Changes

The Retribution specialisation has not changed very much from Warlords of Draenor and the rotation remains similar, but a few significant abilities have been removed. We list the most important changes below.

  • Seals have been removed.
  • Exorcism and Hammer of Wrath have been removed.
  • Judgment Icon Judgment now applies a debuff to the target causing them to take increased damage from Holy Power spenders (through Mastery: Divine Judgment Icon Mastery: Divine Judgment). The rotation now revolves around using Holy Power spenders during this debuff period.

3. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 7 pages:

4. ChangeLog

  • 28 Nov. 2016 (enchants page): Added a mention that Versatility can be a worthy alternative to Critical Strike, depending on your simulation results.
  • 27 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Updated the trinket list slightly (moved Swarming Plaguehive to number 2 in the list).
  • 27 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the Holy Power section of the guide and removed mentions to some talents that are never recommended.
  • 22 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Re-added Aran's Relaxing Ruby to the trinket list (but in a different place than it was previously).
  • 20 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Fixed a typo.
  • 20 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Removed Aran's Relaxing Ruby from the trinket list as it no longer works for Retribution Paladins.
  • 16 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the Greater Blessing of Might recommendation since the previous recommendation was made invalid.
  • 14 Nov. 2016 (gear page): 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.
  • 14 Nov. 2016 (stats page): Added a mention about the importance of using Simcraft to find out your own stat weights.
  • 14 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Added a mention about using Greater Blessing of Might.
  • 14 Nov. 2016 (artifact page): Removed the artifact path that suggested resetting your artifact, as it is no longer relevant.
  • 03 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Moved Eye of Command in the trinket order to second place.
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Added Eye of Command to the trinket list.
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Added a mention of the value of the Wrath of the Ashbringer-enhancing relics.
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the opening rotation.
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Improved the Blade of Wrath section.
  • 28 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Added Swarming Plaguehive to the list of trinkets.
  • 28 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Reworked the tier 4 talent discussion.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated Blade of Wrath and Holy Wrath descriptions to account for Patch 7.1 changes.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the page to account for the change of Blade of Wrath into a passive talent.
  • 22 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated the Virtue's Blade discussion slightly.
  • 22 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Fixed a typo and emphasised that Critical Strike, Haste, and Versatility are close in value to each other.
  • 16 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated tier 7 talent discussion.
  • 12 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Added Horn of Valor to the "other good trinket" paragraph.
  • 12 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated tier 4 talent (Virtue's Blade) evaluation.
  • 09 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated the Haste breakpoints mentioned on the page to 20-22% Haste.
  • 09 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Further updated the page to change the Haste breakpoint to 20-22%.
  • 08 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Clarified the importance of Strength/item level, and modified the Haste breakpoint to 25%-30%.
  • 08 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Revamped the trinket recommendations and slightly updated the legendary item ranking.
  • 03 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Replaced the neck enchant with Mark of the Hidden Satyr.
  • 29 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Updated tier 1 and 5 talent discussions (to reflect that Consecration and Justicar's Vengeance are no longer worth taking for raiding).
  • 29 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Removed Justicar's Vengeance from the rotation, since this talent is no longer viable for progression content.
  • 24 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Replaced Ravaged Speed Pod trinket with Ursoc's Rending Paw.
  • 22 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Replaced Potion of Deadly Grace with Potion of the Old War.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (artifact page): Updated the amount of Artifact Power you should save up before resetting to 64,000 (down from 67,000).
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Removed Mark of the Hidden Satyr from the recommendations.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Added a mention that it is not worth sacrificing Strength in order to reach the 30% Haste goal.
  • 15 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Updated tier 1 talent descriptions to revisit the value of Execution Sentence.
  • 15 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Removed Execution Sentence from the rotation, since this talent is no longer viable.
  • 09 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Added further recommendations in case you have 30% Haste.
  • 08 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Added more details to Holy Wrath usage.
  • 08 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Added Mark of the Hidden Satyr as a recommended neck enchant if you have 30% Haste.
  • 08 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added Gronntooth War Horn to the list of good trinkets.
  • 07 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added BiS recommendation.
  • 04 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Fixed a small error in the description of Shield of Vengeance.
  • 30 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Added a clarification that Justicar's Vengeance should no longer be used once you have the Echo of the Highlord artifact trait.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 06 Aug. 2016 (addons page): Removed CLCRet add-on since it is no longer being maintained up to date.
  • 04 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Added Cavalier talent in place of Divine Steed.
  • 30 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Added a mention that Crusade is the best tier 7 choice for encounters that last less than 1 minute.
  • 29 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added a mention that Justicar's Vengeance is a Holy Power spender that benefits from the Judgment debuff.
  • 28 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Removed Haste breakpoint as Haste remains valuable even after that time.
  • 23 Jul. 2016 (this page): Added a mention that the rotation revolves around the debuff applied by Judgment.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Added a mention that Consecration is worth taking against Shadow-Lord Iskar and Mannoroth.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Added an explanation for the reason behind the 30% Haste breakpoint.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Fixed a few minor inconsistencies regarding Holy Power pooling and spending (does not affect rotation).
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Made Blinding Light the best tier 3 talent.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Removed Divine Shield cancelaura macro, since it is no longer needed.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Completely revamped the single target rotation and added an opening rotation.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated various talent discussions, most notably placing Blade of Wrath, Justicar's Vengeance, and Divine Purpose as the best talent choices in their respective tiers.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated the recommendations for Haste to account for a change in the stat priority.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Fixed an error with the stat priority which listed Mastery as the best secondary stat, when it is in fact last.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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