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Classic Retribution Paladin DPS Gear and Best in Slot

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On this page, you will find the best PvE gear and best in slot items for your Retribution Paladin DPS in WoW Classic.


Gearing Strategy for Retribution Paladins

While a clear best in slot (BiS) list is always available in WoW Classic, the items contained might be extremely hard or expensive to get. Thus, we will try to give at least one alternative, for most slots in the list, so that you can pick where and how to farm them.


WoW Classic Phases

As stated by Blizzard, WoW Classic will have six phases, starting with Molten Core, Onyxia's Lair, and Maraudon, and ending with Naxxramas and the Scourge Invasion.

We will be linking best in slot gear lists for every raid tier in this guide, which can be helpful in order to understand how to progress from hitting Level 60, to getting pre-raid best in slot and from then to clearing all raid tiers.


Retribution Paladin Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for Phase 5 (Ahn'Qiraj)

This is the gear we recommend for Retribution Paladins in the AQ40 patch.

AQ 40 is an excellent raid for Retribution Paladins for one reason: the tier 2.5 Avenger's Battlegear. This tier set is extremely powerful, and will serve as your ultimate BiS set throughout the rest of WoW Classic. This set is also great because of the low competition for the tier tokens needed to acquire it, due to most of the other classes sharing your tier token not wanting their own sets. Getting all 5 pieces of the set should be one of your top priorities in the new raid.

Slot Item Source
  • Avenger's Crown Icon Avenger's Crown
  • Tier 2.5 piece found in AQ40
  • Onyxia Tooth Pendant Icon Onyxia Tooth Pendant
  • Reward from the quest given by the Head of Onyxia Icon Head of Onyxia that drops when you kill Onyxia in Onyxia's Lair
  • Avenger's Pauldrons Icon Avenger's Pauldrons
  • Tier 2.5 piece found in AQ40
  • Cloak of Concentrated Hatred Icon Cloak of Concentrated Hatred
  • Avenger's Breastplate Icon Avenger's Breastplate
  • Tier 2.5 piece found in AQ40
  • Hive Defiler Wristguards Icon Hive Defiler Wristguards
  • Gauntlets of the Righteous Champion Icon Gauntlets of the Righteous Champion
  • Ossirian's Binding Icon Ossirian's Binding
  • Avenger's Legguards Icon Avenger's Legguards
  • Tier 2.5 piece found in AQ40
  • Avenger's Greaves Icon Avenger's Greaves
  • Tier 2.5 piece found in AQ40
  • Band of Accuria Icon Band of Accuria
  • Signet Ring of the Bronze Dragonflight Icon Signet Ring of the Bronze Dragonflight
  • Heart of Wyrmthalak Icon Heart of Wyrmthalak
  • Darkmoon Card: Maelstrom Icon Darkmoon Card: Maelstrom
  • Overlord Wyrmthalak in Lower Blackrock Spire
  • Reward from Elementals Deck Icon Elementals Deck, but the components can be purchased from the Auction House
  • Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros Icon Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros
  • Dark Edge of Insanity Icon Dark Edge of Insanity
Libram Libram of Fervor Icon Libram of Fervor BoE world drop, bought off the Auction House

Alternative Gear for Retribution Paladins

Slot Item Source
  • Lionheart Helm Icon Lionheart Helm
  • Field Marshal's Lamellar Faceguard Icon Field Marshal's Lamellar Faceguard
  • Judgement Crown Icon Judgement Crown
  • Helm of Endless Rage Icon Helm of Endless Rage
  • Onyxia Tooth Pendant Icon Onyxia Tooth Pendant
  • The Eye of Hakkar Icon The Eye of Hakkar
  • Drake Talon Pauldrons Icon Drake Talon Pauldrons
  • Field Marshal's Lamellar Pauldrons Icon Field Marshal's Lamellar Pauldrons
  • Truestrike Shoulders Icon Truestrike Shoulders
  • Defiler's Plate Spaulders Icon Defiler's Plate Spaulders
  • Cloak of Draconic Might Icon Cloak of Draconic Might
  • Puissant Cape Icon Puissant Cape
  • Deathguard's Cloak Icon Deathguard's Cloak
  • Savage Gladiator Chain Icon Savage Gladiator Chain
  • Field Marshal's Lamellar Chestplate Icon Field Marshal's Lamellar Chestplate
  • Gorosh the Dervish in Blackrock Depths
  • Rank 13 PvP set
  • Berserker Bracers Icon Berserker Bracers
  • Wristguards of Stability Icon Wristguards of Stability
  • Exalted with the Warsong Gulch reputation
  • Several bosses in Molten Core
  • Flameguard Gauntlets Icon Flameguard Gauntlets
  • Marshal's Lamellar Gloves Icon Marshal's Lamellar Gloves
  • Onslaught Girdle Icon Onslaught Girdle
  • Therazane's Link Icon Therazane's Link
  • Legguards of the Fallen Crusader Icon Legguards of the Fallen Crusader
  • Marshal's Lamellar Legplates Icon Marshal's Lamellar Legplates
  • Cloudkeeper Legplates Icon Cloudkeeper Legplates
  • Chromatic Boots Icon Chromatic Boots
  • Marshal's Lamellar Boots Icon Marshal's Lamellar Boots
  • Circle of Applied Force Icon Circle of Applied Force
  • Quick Strike Ring Icon Quick Strike Ring
  • Hand of Justice Icon Hand of Justice
  • Drake Fang Talisman Icon Drake Fang Talisman
  • Blackhand's Breadth Icon Blackhand's Breadth
  • Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood Icon Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood
  • Grand Marshal's Claymore Icon Grand Marshal's Claymore
  • The Untamed Blade Icon The Untamed Blade
  • Zin'rokh, Destroyer of Worlds Icon Zin'rokh, Destroyer of Worlds
Libram Libram of Hope Icon Libram of Hope Isalien in Dire Maul East, the boss is summoned for a quest in your tier 0.5 questline

Retribution Paladin PvP Best in Slot Gear

You can find our recommended gear for PvPing as a Retribution Paladin in the link below.


Fire Resistance Gear for Retribution Paladins

While not a massive concern for Paladins, a little bit of Fire Resistance can sometimes be helpful. Read this guide to figure out where and which pieces to wear!


Nature Resistance Gear for Retribution Paladins

This is not a normal set that you would ever wear, but is required for some classes in AQ 40 when fighting Princess Huhuran. It will be up to your guild or raid group if this is a required set or not.


Retribution Paladin Weapons

Since weapons are such a broad topic, we have written a full guide about Paladin weapons.


Special gear for Retribution Paladins

Some items, which are not powerful enough to be in the best in slot list, have special properties that make them very valuable to acquire for specific encounters or as a weapon swap mid-fight. We will list the most notable special items for the current phase, and their effects and application below.

  • Gnomish Battle Chicken Icon Gnomish Battle Chicken summons a chicken that attacks your enemies for 1.5 minutes, with a cooldown of 30 minutes. The chicken scales with your Engineering skill (Level 60 at 300 skill), and buffs your group with 5% increased Attack Speed through Battle Squawk. This is what makes it well worth using while grouped.
  • Arcanite Dragonling Icon Arcanite Dragonling summons a dragon that attacks your enemies for up to 1 minute, with a cooldown of one hour. The dragon scales with your Engineering skill (Level 60 at 300 skill) and causes a stacking debuff that increases Fire damage taken, which makes it worth using in later raids to boost Fire Mage damage.
  • Skull of Impending Doom Icon Skull of Impending Doom is given as a quest reward from completing Forbidden Knowledge in the Badlands. While generally undesirable, if you need to run somewhere fast, it can be a useful item to have.
  • Furbolg Medicine Pouch Icon Furbolg Medicine Pouch is sold by Gorn One Eye when you reach Honored status with Timbermaw Hold. This is a great item that you can swap during combat to provide you with a significant 1000 heal over 10 seconds. For comparison's sake, Heavy Runecloth Bandage Icon Heavy Runecloth Bandage heals you for 2000 over 8 seconds, but requires you to channel it, and you cannot take any sort of damage in the channel duration.
  • Tidal Charm Icon Tidal Charm allows you to instantly stun an enemy for 3 seconds. It has a 50% drop chance from Prince Nazjak, who spawns around 25,84 in Arathi Highlands. Due to his very high respawn timer it might be hard to get this trinket, but the stun it provides is a life saver and duel winner.
  • Linken's Boomerang Icon Linken's Boomerang allows you to potentially disarm or stun an enemy when used, which makes it useful in certain scenarios, especially in PvP. Its rewarded from the Un'Goro Crater quest It's Dangerous to Go Alone.
  • Luffa Icon Luffa removes a bleed effect, such as Garrote Icon Garrote, from yourself when used. You get this item from the Searing Gorge quest Incendosaurs? Whateverosaur is More Like It.
  • The Alliance-only Crystal of Zin-Malor Icon Crystal of Zin-Malor allows you to kill yourself easily, and you do not get durability loss if you die from its effect. This can occasionally be useful, such as when you regret getting on a fly path after you are already flying or if you need to talk with the Blackrock Depths key ghost NPC. You get it from starting the quest Tormented By the Past.

Best in Slot for Retribution Paladins Pre-Ahn'Qiraj


Retribution Paladin Pre-Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List

In order to get ready for raiding, it is recommended that you follow this guide in order to learn which gear to gather for maximizing DPS before ever setting foot in raids, and probably also before getting your first epic loot. Even so, expect to get a few pieces that you will have a hard time replacing, such as Blackhand's Breadth Icon Blackhand's Breadth and Hand of Justice Icon Hand of Justice.


Retribution Paladin Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for Molten Core / Onyxia's Lair

Molten Core and Onyxia's Lair are the first raids in WoW Classic, and will probably award you with your first pieces of epic gear! While the tier set is not great, there are many pieces of gear and weapons that you will be using for multiple phases out of Molten Core.



  • 06 Aug. 2020: Reworked for Phase 5 BiS with alternatives.
  • 26 Jul. 2020: Updated with Librams.
  • 21 Jul. 2020: Added BiS for AQ.
  • 14 Apr. 2020: Updated with Zul'Gurub gear.
  • 13 Mar. 2020: Updated with Arathi Basin gear.
  • 23 Feb. 2020: Updated for P3.
  • 10 Dec. 2019: Added link to PvP gear and BiS page.
  • 09 Nov. 2019: Updated with Raid BiS.
  • 22 Oct. 2019: This page has been reviewed and no updates were necessary for the release of Dire Maul.
  • 16 Aug. 2019: Page added.
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