TBC Classic Retribution Paladin Spec, Builds, and Talents

Last updated on May 25, 2021 at 10:39 by Sellin 13 comments

On this page, you will find out the best PvE talent choices and builds for your Retribution Paladin in TBC Classic.


Talent Builds for Retribution Paladin

Retribution Paladin talents focus on maximizing damage and sustaining the Mana you need to be able to use your abilities throughout an entire boss fight no matter the duration.


Leveling Builds

If you were looking for a leveling-oriented build, please refer to our Paladin leveling guide.


Talent Build

Retribution Paladin talents are very straightforward and only offers a few opportunities to deviate because of how powerful many of the talents available in the Retribution tree are. I do not consider any of these talent choices as optional except for possibly taking the point out of Blessing of Kings IconBlessing of Kings if you are certain you will be playing with another Paladin.


Important Retribution Paladin Talents


Retribution Tree

The Retribution section of the Paladin talent tree focuses on increasing your damage and sustaining Mana to be able to continuously use your spells and abilities.

Benediction IconBenediction reduces the cost of your Seals and Judgement ability. These are two of the spells you will cast the most so the Mana cost reduction is very noticeable.

Improved Seal of the Crusader IconImproved Seal of the Crusader turns an already powerful personal debuff on the mob into something that benefits the entire party by making critical strikes more likely against mobs effected by this debuff.

Seal of Command IconSeal of Command is a powerful tool to have not only for Seal Twisting if you decide to try that but in any situation where there is a large amount of incoming damage and Seal of Blood IconSeal of Blood/Seal of the Martyr IconSeal of the Martyr may not be practical to use.

Pursuit of Justice IconPursuit of Justice gives a small chance you will completely avoid some spells as well as increasing your movement speed, one of Paladin's largest weaknesses is their lack of mobility so any added movement speed is huge.

Crusade IconCrusade is a flat damage increase against Humanoids, Demons, Undead and Elementals which covers almost every mob you will encounter in Outland.

Sanctity Aura IconSanctity Aura becomes your go-to aura because of the massive increase it does to your holy damage. If you are with a Protection Paladin this aura also drastically increases their damage and threat as a result of the increased damage.

Improved Sanctity Aura IconImproved Sanctity Aura increases the damage dealt by all sources to any target effected by this aura, providing a flat damage increase to all your allies.

Vengeance IconVengeance increases your physical damage and holy damage by 5%, stacking up to 3 times all the way to 15% every time you crit, this synergizes extremely well with other talents we have taken that increase the crit chance of our abilities.

Sanctified Judgement IconSanctified Judgement causes your Judgement to return 80% of its Mana cost greatly increasing your incoming Mana during an encounter. Making Judgement nearly free is huge because it is one of your most used abilities, combined with Benediction IconBenediction you will barely see your Mana bar move when casting Judgement.

Repentance IconRepentance incapacitates your target for 6 seconds, this is a powerful crowd control effect but can only be used against Humanoids and breaks on damage.

Fanaticism IconFanaticism increases the crit chance of judgements by 15% and reduces all threat generated by 30%.

Crusader Strike IconCrusader Strike deals 110% of your weapon damage on a short cooldown and is a key part of your damage rotation but also refreshes all judgements active on the target greatly aiding other Paladins that may not be casting judgement as often.


Protection Tree

The Protection tree offers an excellent buff in Blessing of Kings IconBlessing of Kings and some other strong utility on the way to get it.

Guardian's Favor IconGuardian's Favor reduces the cooldown of your Blessing of Protection IconBlessing of Protection and Blessing of Freedom IconBlessing of Freedom spells.

Blessing of Kings IconBlessing of Kings is a powerful buff that benefits some classes and specs more than any other blessing Paladins are able to offer.


Holy Tree

Divine Strength IconDivine Strength increases your total strength giving you a lot of attack power and making each point of strength even more valuable.



  • 25 May 2021: Guide added.
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