Classic Retribution Paladin DPS Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Dec 02, 2020 at 00:45 by Impakt 20 comments

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

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Retribution Paladin gear and best in slot.

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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.

2.

Season of Mastery Lists

As WoW Classic's Season of Mastery consists of Phases that are separate from the regular branch of Classic, we have created unique gear lists for its pre-raid and Phases. In addition, you may find it useful to look over our Fire Resistance Gear guide for your specialization, which is applicable for either version of Classic.

3.

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.

4.

Naxxramas Retribution Paladin BiS

This is the gear we recommend for Retribution Paladins in the Naxxramas patch. Naxxramas is the final destination of the original World of Warcraft, and as such carries the best gear and the most difficult bosses.

Paladins Tier 3, Redemption Armor is perhaps one of the most iconic Paladin sets of all time, but is unfortunately very poor for Retribution Paladins. You will not be using any of the T3 pieces in your BiS set.

Slot Item Source
Helm
  • Avenger's Crown Icon Avenger's Crown
  • Tier 2.5 piece found in AQ40
Neck
  • Stormrage's Talisman of Seething Icon Stormrage's Talisman of Seething
Shoulder
  • Avenger's Pauldrons Icon Avenger's Pauldrons
  • Tier 2.5 piece found in AQ40
Back
  • Shroud of Dominion Icon Shroud of Dominion
Chest
  • Avenger's Breastplate Icon Avenger's Breastplate
  • Tier 2.5 piece found in AQ40
Wrists
  • Wristguards of Vengeance Icon Wristguards of Vengeance
Gloves
  • Gauntlets of Annihilation Icon Gauntlets of Annihilation
Belt
  • Girdle of the Mentor Icon Girdle of the Mentor
Legs
  • Avenger's Legguards Icon Avenger's Legguards
  • Tier 2.5 piece found in AQ40
Boots
  • Avenger's Greaves Icon Avenger's Greaves
  • Tier 2.5 piece found in AQ40
Rings
  • Circle of Applied Force Icon Circle of Applied Force
  • Band of Unnatural Forces Icon Band of Unnatural Forces
Trinkets
  • Slayer's Crest Icon Slayer's Crest
  • Hand of Justice Icon Hand of Justice
  • Sapphiron in Naxxramas
  • General Angerforge in Blackrock Depths
Weapons
  • Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros Icon Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros
  • Might of Menethil Icon Might of Menethil
Libram Libram of Fervor Icon Libram of Fervor BoE world drop, bought off the Auction House
5.

Alternative Gear for Retribution Paladins

Slot Item Source
Helm
  • 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
Neck
  • Onyxia Tooth Pendant Icon Onyxia Tooth Pendant
  • The Eye of Hakkar Icon The Eye of Hakkar
Shoulders
  • 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
Back
  • Cloak of Concentrated Hatred Icon Cloak of Concentrated Hatred
  • Cloak of Draconic Might Icon Cloak of Draconic Might
  • Puissant Cape Icon Puissant Cape
  • Deathguard's Cloak Icon Deathguard's Cloak
Chest
  • 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
Wrists
  • Hive Defiler Wristguards Icon Hive Defiler Wristguards
  • Berserker Bracers Icon Berserker Bracers
  • Wristguards of Stability Icon Wristguards of Stability
Hands
  • Gauntlets of the Righteous Champion Icon Gauntlets of the Righteous Champion
  • Flameguard Gauntlets Icon Flameguard Gauntlets
  • Marshal's Lamellar Gloves Icon Marshal's Lamellar Gloves
Waist
  • Ossirian's Binding Icon Ossirian's Binding
  • Onslaught Girdle Icon Onslaught Girdle
  • Therazane's Link Icon Therazane's Link
Legs
  • 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
Feet
  • Chromatic Boots Icon Chromatic Boots
  • Marshal's Lamellar Boots Icon Marshal's Lamellar Boots
Rings
  • Band of Accuria Icon Band of Accuria
  • Signet Ring of the Bronze Dragonflight Icon Signet Ring of the Bronze Dragonflight
  • Circle of Applied Force Icon Circle of Applied Force
  • Quick Strike Ring Icon Quick Strike Ring
Trinkets
  • Drake Fang Talisman Icon Drake Fang Talisman
  • Blackhand's Breadth Icon Blackhand's Breadth
  • Heart of Wyrmthalak Icon Heart of Wyrmthalak
  • Darkmoon Card: Maelstrom Icon Darkmoon Card: Maelstrom
Weapons
  • Dark Edge of Insanity Icon Dark Edge of Insanity
  • 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
6.

Retribution Paladin PvP Best in Slot Gear

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

7.

Frost Resistance Gear for Retribution Paladins

In order to smooth out the Sapphiron encounter, it is advised that most players use a good amount of Frost Resistance gear, in order to reduce the high raid damage intake to manageable levels. We made a list with good options for almost every slot, so that you can face down the undead dragon while prepared:

8.

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.

9.

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.
10.

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.

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Changelog

  • 02 Dec. 2020: Updated for Phase 6.
  • 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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