Retribution Paladin DPS Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities (WoD 6.0.3)

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General Information

On this page, we list your Retribution Paladin core abilities and how they should be used together (rotation) in World of Warcraft WoD 6.0.3. We also explain when to use your various cooldowns. Then, we go deeper and present all the subtleties that you will need to know if you want to excel at playing a Retribution Paladin.

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

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1. Single Target Rotation↑top

The single target rotation for Retribution Paladins follows a priority system.

We assume in all sections that you are using Final Verdict Icon Final Verdict as your tier 7 talent, given its superiority. If you are not using this talent, for whatever reason, simply replace Final Verdict with Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict in the priorities.

  1. Cast Final Verdict Icon Final Verdict (when you have 5 Holy Power).
  2. Cast Execution Sentence Icon Execution Sentence.
  3. Cast Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath on cooldown
    • It is only available when the target is below 35% health or when Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath is active.
  4. Cast Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike on cooldown (it generates Holy Power).
  5. Cast Judgment Icon Judgment on cooldown (it generates Holy Power).
  6. Cast Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm if you have the 4-Part Tier 16 Set Bonus, and you have a Divine Storm proc from it.
  7. Cast Exorcism Icon Exorcism on cooldown (it generates Holy Power).
  8. Cast Final Verdict Icon Final Verdict (when you have 3 Holy Power).

In order to better understand this rotation, you must understand the subtleties related to Holy Power. Please read our section that deals with Holy Power.

1.1. Seal

You should use Seal of Truth Icon Seal of Truth. Against 4 or more enemies which survive for 30+ seconds, you should use Seal of Righteousness Icon Seal of Righteousness.

2. Multiple Target Rotation↑top

The multiple target (AoE) rotation is based on the same priority system as the single target one. As the number of targets you are facing increases, certain changes occur, as follows:

If you have the 4-Part Tier 16 Set Bonus, you must be on the look-out for the Divine Storm procs, since they are very important.

You should switch targets between your enemies constantly in order to benefit from Glyph of Double Jeopardy Icon Glyph of Double Jeopardy, and to maintain full Censure stacks (from Seal of Truth Icon Seal of Truth) on each target.

Against 4 or more enemies, Seal of Righteousness Icon Seal of Righteousness is better than Seal of Truth, but only in case you manage to switch the seal during a moment of down-time, or if the targets will live for a long time.

3. Cooldown Usage↑top

As a Retribution Paladin, you only have one DPS cooldowns by default, Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath. It should be used as many times as possible during the encounter. You can delay using this ability slightly in order to stack with Heroism Icon Heroism/Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Time Warp Icon Time Warp or a phase of the fight where the boss takes increased damage.

Your talents can provide you with a few other important abilities. We cover them in a subsequent section.

4. Optional Read: Mastering Your Retribution Paladin↑top

In this section, we will give you more details about how to execute your rotation based on the priorities mentioned above.

4.1. Holy Power Subtleties

4.1.1. Pooling Holy Power

You can have up to a maximum of 5 Holy Power at one time. However, no ability that consumes Holy Power can consume more than 3. This means two things:

  • You do not need to dump your Holy Power as soon as it reaches 3 charges, and you can continue to use Holy Power-generating abilities at 3 charges (this is explained in greater detail in the sections below).
  • You can pool Holy Power to deliver a greater burst of damage (two Final Verdict Icon Final Verdicts in quick succession).

4.1.2. Generating Holy Power

The following abilities generate Holy Power:

The abilities that cost Holy Power are:

Remember that no ability can consume more than 3 Holy Power, and that you have a maximum capacity of 5 Holy Power. In order to maximise your Holy Power gains, you should always prioritise a Holy Power-generating ability over one that consumes Holy Power, unless you have 5 Holy Power. This general rule can be detailed further.

4.1.3. At 5 Holy Power

When you are at 5 Holy Power, you should never use a Holy Power-generating ability. Instead, you should do one of the following things:

4.1.4. At 3 Holy Power

In order to maximise your Holy Power gains, you should use your Holy Power-generating abilities on cooldown. If all of them are on cooldown, then you should use an ability that consumes Holy Power.

4.1.5. Below 3 Holy Power

When you are below 3 Holy Power you should use Holy Power-generating abilities. If all Holy Power-generating abilities are on cooldown, then simply wait for them to become available.

4.2. Alternative Look at the Rotation

A different way to look at the rotation, which may help you put into practical use better, is as follows:

  1. Cast Execution Sentence Icon Execution Sentence. This is your top priority.
  2. Generate Holy Power until 5 (but not more than 5 since it would be wasted, using the following abilities, in order of priority:
    1. Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath;
    2. Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike;
    3. Judgment Icon Judgment;
    4. Exorcism Icon Exorcism.
  3. Cast Final Verdict Icon Final Verdict when you have 5 Holy Power, or 3-4 Holy Power and no Holy Power generator available.

4.3. Abilities and Cooldowns from Talents

4.3.1. Tier 5 Talents

Sanctified Wrath Icon Sanctified Wrath has two implications on your rotation:

Holy Avenger Icon Holy Avenger should be used as a DPS cooldown, and stacked with Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath whenever possible. While Holy Avenger is active, your DPS rotation will probably be:

Finally, Divine Purpose Icon Divine Purpose will produce its effects passively. However, you must watch out for its procs, and be prepared for abilities not to consume Holy Power. If you are not careful, you can end up capping your Holy Power. Having a means of tracking this buff, and instantly using its procs on either Final Verdict Icon Final Verdict or Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm.

4.3.2. Tier 6 Talents

Execution Sentence Icon Execution Sentence should be used on cooldown, against your main target. This is your highest priority ability. It is important to note that Execution Sentence deals damage based on your Strength at the time when it was cast (even though it deals damage over time).

If you chose Light's Hammer Icon Light's Hammer, simply place the hammer down at a location where the adds you want to damage are. This is also your highest priority, in case you chose it over Execution Sentence.

If you chose Holy Prism Icon Holy Prism, then you will cast it on a raid member who is near to the adds you want to damage.

4.3.3. Tier 7 Talents

As we have mentioned above, Final Verdict Icon Final Verdict will be your talent of choice at level 100, and this ability will simply replace Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict in your rotation.