Cataclysm Classic Retribution Paladin Leveling

Last updated on May 12, 2024 at 00:00 by Sellin

On this page, you will find our level-by-level Retribution Paladin leveling guide for WoW Cataclysm Classic.

1.

Level by Level Rotation and Talents

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Level: 1
2.

Leveling Talent Tree & Build

your first talent unlocks at Level 10.

Crusade Icon Crusade increases the damage dealt by your Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike ability which will be your highest priority damage button due to the damage it deals and the fact it generates Holy Power which is required to cast Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict.

Crusade Icon Crusade increases the damage dealt by your Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike ability which will be your highest priority damage button due to the damage it deals and the fact it generates Holy Power which is required to cast Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict. Pursuit of Justice Icon Pursuit of Justice is incredibly powerful as a Paladin we struggle greatly with mobility so any added movement speed will greatly increase your leveling speed.

Crusade Icon Crusade increases the damage dealt by your Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike ability which will be your highest priority damage button due to the damage it deals and the fact it generates Holy Power which is required to cast Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict. Pursuit of Justice Icon Pursuit of Justice is incredibly powerful as a Paladin we struggle greatly with mobility so any added movement speed will greatly increase your leveling speed. Communion Icon Communion increases the damage dealt by everyone in your party/raid by 3% while also increasing your own damage by an additional 2%. It also causes your Judgement Icon Judgement ability to grant Replenishment Icon Replenishment.

Crusade Icon Crusade increases the damage dealt by your Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike ability which will be your highest priority damage button due to the damage it deals and the fact it generates Holy Power which is required to cast Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict. Pursuit of Justice Icon Pursuit of Justice is incredibly powerful as a Paladin we struggle greatly with mobility so any added movement speed will greatly increase your leveling speed. Communion Icon Communion increases the damage dealt by everyone in your party/raid by 3% while also increasing your own damage by an additional 2%. It also causes your Judgement Icon Judgement ability to grant Replenishment Icon Replenishment. Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm is a great way to deal AoE damage and will act as your primary Holy Power generator when fighting 4 or more enemies.

Crusade Icon Crusade increases the damage dealt by your Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike ability which will be your highest priority damage button due to the damage it deals and the fact it generates Holy Power which is required to cast Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict. Pursuit of Justice Icon Pursuit of Justice is incredibly powerful as a Paladin we struggle greatly with mobility so any added movement speed will greatly increase your leveling speed. Communion Icon Communion increases the damage dealt by everyone in your party/raid by 3% while also increasing your own damage by an additional 2%. It also causes your Judgement Icon Judgement ability to grant Replenishment Icon Replenishment. Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm is a great way to deal AoE damage and will act as your primary Holy Power generator when fighting 4 or more enemies. The Art of War Icon The Art of War gives your auto attacks a chance to make the next Exorcism Icon Exorcism cast instant and deal 100% bonus damage, making it a much easier ability to use.

Crusade Icon Crusade increases the damage dealt by your Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike ability which will be your highest priority damage button due to the damage it deals and the fact it generates Holy Power which is required to cast Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict. Pursuit of Justice Icon Pursuit of Justice is incredibly powerful as a Paladin we struggle greatly with mobility so any added movement speed will greatly increase your leveling speed. Communion Icon Communion increases the damage dealt by everyone in your party/raid by 3% while also increasing your own damage by an additional 2%. It also causes your Judgement Icon Judgement ability to grant Replenishment Icon Replenishment. Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm is a great way to deal AoE damage and will act as your primary Holy Power generator when fighting 4 or more enemies. The Art of War Icon The Art of War gives your auto attacks a chance to make the next Exorcism Icon Exorcism cast instant and deal 100% bonus damage, making it a much easier ability to use. Seals of Command Icon Seals of Command causes your Seal of Righteousness Icon Seal of Righteousness to hit all enemies within Melee range of your target.

Repentance Icon Repentance is an instant cast that will incapacitate your target for a minute or until it takes any damage. This can also be used as an impromptu interrupt but keep in mind it is only able to be used on Humanoids, Dragonkin, Giants, Demons, and Undead.

Repentance Icon Repentance is an instant cast that will incapacitate your target for a minute or until it takes any damage. This can also be used as an impromptu interrupt but keep in mind it is only able to be used on Humanoids, Dragonkin, Giants, Demons, and Undead. Inquiry of Faith Icon Inquiry of Faith increases the duration of your Inquisition Icon Inquisition ability making it much easier to maintain and also increases the damage dealt by your Seal of Truth Icon Seal of Truth.

Repentance Icon Repentance is an instant cast that will incapacitate your target for a minute or until it takes any damage. This can also be used as an impromptu interrupt but keep in mind it is only able to be used on Humanoids, Dragonkin, Giants, Demons, and Undead. Inquiry of Faith Icon Inquiry of Faith increases the duration of your Inquisition Icon Inquisition ability making it much easier to maintain and also increases the damage dealt by your Seal of Truth Icon Seal of Truth. Zealotry Icon Zealotry is one of your strongest DPS cooldowns, causing your Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike to generate three Holy Power. Using this ability on cooldown is recommend as it will greatly increase your kill speed while active.

Repentance Icon Repentance is an instant cast that will incapacitate your target for a minute or until it takes any damage. This can also be used as an impromptu interrupt but keep in mind it is only able to be used on Humanoids, Dragonkin, Giants, Demons, and Undead. Inquiry of Faith Icon Inquiry of Faith increases the duration of your Inquisition Icon Inquisition ability making it much easier to maintain and also increases the damage dealt by your Seal of Truth Icon Seal of Truth. Zealotry Icon Zealotry is one of your strongest DPS cooldowns, causing your Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike to generate three Holy Power. Using this ability on cooldown is recommend as it will greatly increase your kill speed while active. Judgements of the Pure Icon Judgements of the Pure increases your Melee haste by 9% which paired with Sanctity of Battle Icon Sanctity of Battle reduces the cooldown of your Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike ability considerably.

Repentance Icon Repentance is an instant cast that will incapacitate your target for a minute or until it takes any damage. This can also be used as an impromptu interrupt but keep in mind it is only able to be used on Humanoids, Dragonkin, Giants, Demons, and Undead. Inquiry of Faith Icon Inquiry of Faith increases the duration of your Inquisition Icon Inquisition ability making it much easier to maintain and also increases the damage dealt by your Seal of Truth Icon Seal of Truth. Zealotry Icon Zealotry is one of your strongest DPS cooldowns, causing your Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike to generate three Holy Power. Using this ability on cooldown is recommend as it will greatly increase your kill speed while active. Judgements of the Pure Icon Judgements of the Pure increases your Melee haste by 9% which paired with Sanctity of Battle Icon Sanctity of Battle reduces the cooldown of your Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike ability considerably. Blazing Light Icon Blazing Light greatly increases the damage dealt by your Exorcism Icon Exorcism which scales incredibly with talents found while leveling.

3.

Leveling Glyphs

In your Prime Glyphs we recommend Glyph of Crusader Strike Icon Glyph of Crusader Strike, Glyph of Judgement Icon Glyph of Judgement and Glyph of Templar's Verdict Icon Glyph of Templar's Verdict All three of these Glyphs act as passive damage increases to abilities we will already be using in your DPS rotation so they do not require you to do anything differently but will greatly increase your kill speed.

For your Major Glyph slots we recommend Glyph of the Ascetic Crusader Icon Glyph of the Ascetic Crusader, Glyph of Divine Plea Icon Glyph of Divine Plea and Glyph of Hammer of Wrath Icon Glyph of Hammer of Wrath much like your Prime Glyphs these are all passive increases the reduce the Mana Cost of abilities we would typically be using or increase the mana return effects so we can maintain higher uptime.

For your Minor Glyphs we recommend Glyph of Righteousness Icon Glyph of Righteousness, Glyph of Truth Icon Glyph of Truth, and Glyph of Blessing of Might Icon Glyph of Blessing of Might these three Glyphs all reduce the Mana cost of abilities we will be using allowing you more mana to minimize the amount of time you will spend out of combat regenerating.

4.

Leveling Rotation

  1. Melee.
  2. Use Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike on cooldown to deal damage and maximize your Holy Power gained.
  3. Use Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict to spend your Holy Power, ideally with three Holy Power.
  4. Keep Seal of Righteousness Icon Seal of Righteousness active.
  5. Use Judgement Icon Judgement on cooldown to deal damage.
  6. Keep Devotion Aura Icon Devotion Aura active.
  7. If you need to be healed use Holy Light Icon Holy Light when not being attacked or out of combat to maximize uptime.
  8. If you at risk of dying use Word of Glory Icon Word of Glory to heal yourself, ideally with three Holy Power.
  9. Use Hammer of Justice Icon Hammer of Justice to stun your enemy or interrupt spell casting, use this ability early and often to minimize the damage you take to increase your uptime.
  10. Use Flash of Light Icon Flash of Light if you need to heal yourself or an ally who would otherwise die. This heal is quick but incredibly inefficient.
  11. Use Lay on Hands Icon Lay on Hands in an emergency to heal yourself or an ally that would otherwise die.
  12. Use Exorcism Icon Exorcism with any The Art of War Icon The Art of War procs or if an enemy is out of Melee range.
  13. Keep Blessing of Kings Icon Blessing of Kings active.
  14. Use Consecration Icon Consecration when fighting three or more enemies or you do not have any other DPS ability available.
  15. Use Holy Wrath Icon Holy Wrath to deal damage if Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike and Judgement Icon Judgement are on cooldown.
  16. Use Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm instead of Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike when fighting fyour or more enemies.
  17. Use Divine Plea Icon Divine Plea early and often to maximize your Mana available to minimize downtime.
  18. Use Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath any time the enemy is below 20% or you have Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath active.
  19. Use Rebuke Icon Rebuke to interrupt any spell casting to mitigate incoming damage.
  20. Keep Blessing of Might Icon Blessing of Might active.
  21. Use Zealotry Icon Zealotry early and often to maximize your Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict casts and deal more damage.
  22. Use Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath early and often to maximize your damage. The quicker you are able to kill enemies the less damage they are able to deal to you.
  23. Keep Inquisition Icon Inquisition active as Holy Power allows.
5.

Continue Improving at Level 85

Congratulations on hitting Level 85 in Cataclysm! Now that your leveling process is over, you can learn more about Level-85 RetributionRetribution Paladin gameplay by reading your fully detailed guide below.