Season of Discovery Retribution Paladin DPS Leveling

Last updated on Mar 30, 2024 at 10:00 by Sellin 9 comments

Welcome to our leveling guide for DPS Retribution Paladin. Here, you will learn how to efficiently level your Paladin in Classic - Season of Discovery.



Retribution Paladin is one of the strongest leveling classes in the game thanks to both their incredible soloing abilities, but also the amount of utility they bring to a group. In Season of Discovery they are made even more powerful with the addition of great tools that mitigate many of the shortcomings the class faced during Classic, such as the addition of Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm which is a great way to deal damage to multiple enemies, and Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike which returns a ton of mana while filling out what was once a very empty DPS rotation.


Retribution Paladin DPS Talents

The talents highlighted in the build above focus on dealing as much damage as possible. While leveling either inside of a dungeon or out in the world soloing, the best way to maximize your uptime is increasing the rate at which you kill enemies. The quicker you kill an enemy, the less health and mana are consumed, allowing you to maximize your time spent gaining experience and lessening your time regenerating.


Leveling Runes

  • Chest — Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm
  • Hands — Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike
  • Legs — Exorcist Icon Exorcist
  • Waist — Sheath of Light Icon Sheath of Light
  • Feet — The Art of War Icon The Art of War
  • Helm — Wrath Icon Wrath
  • Wrist — Purifying Power Icon Purifying Power

Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm deals a considerable amount of cleave damage to enemies within melee range as well as providing a small amount of self healing. While solo leveling or in a dungeon, it is rarely faster to fight one enemy at a time, so maximizing the amount of cleave you are able to do will greatly increase your leveling speed.

Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike deals damage to a target and fills what would otherwise be a very empty rotation. This also returns 5% of your max mana which is likely to be your most limiting resource while leveling.

Exorcist Icon Exorcist allows you to cast Exorcism Icon Exorcism on any kind of enemy, adding another damaging button. This synergizes great with another Rune we have chosen, The Art of War Icon The Art of War. This will allow you to cast Exorcism more often and minimize the amount of time you spend without an ability to cast.

Sheath of Light Icon Sheath of Light greatly increases the potency of your damaging and healing abilities.

The Art of War Icon The Art of War on melee critical strike resets the cooldown of your Exorcism Icon Exorcism ability, a key rotational skill that deals a considerable amount of our damage.

Wrath Icon Wrath allows your Consecration Icon Consecration ability to crit as well as making your Exorcism Icon Exorcism and Holy Wrath Icon Holy Wrath abilities more likely to crit as they double dip with your melee crit chance.

Purifying Power Icon Purifying Power greatly reduces the cooldown of your Exorcism Icon Exorcism, which is one of your primary damage abilities while also enabling Holy Wrath Icon Holy Wrath to be able to be used against all mob types.

If you are unsure where to find these Runes or are just curious what other options may be available, feel free to check out our Paladin Rune guide listed included below to get a better idea of how to plan this all out in your leveling journey.


Leveling Rotation

  1. Ensure you have an Aura active.
  2. Ensure you have a Blessing active.
  3. Keep Seal of Righteousness Icon Seal of Righteousness/Seal of Command Icon Seal of Command up.
  4. Use Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike on cooldown.
  5. Use Exorcism Icon Exorcism on cooldown.
  6. Use Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm on cooldown.
  7. Use Consecration Icon Consecration on cooldown, as mana allows.
  8. Use Judgement Icon Judgement on cooldown if you have the Mana for it, keeping in mind that you will need to reapply your seal after.
  9. Melee.

Do your class quest to get Redemption Icon Redemption as soon as possible, while this does not benefit you solo leveling its crucial to have for 5 man dungeons as no matter how skilled or careful your group you are likely to have a death or two.

At level 20 is the point where you will have enough talent points to be able to pick up Seal of Command Icon Seal of Command. You will either use Seal of Command or Seal of Righteousness Icon Seal of Righteousness while leveling depending on your weapons speed, with weapons slower than (>3.5) you use Command, and with weapons faster than (<3.5) you use Righteousness.


Retribution Paladin Leveling Stats

Strength is king while leveling your Retribution Paladin, as the more Strength you have the quicker you will kill mobs. Other stats such as Spirit, Intellect and Stamina are also essential to maximize your time spent fighting and minimize down time as much as possible.

  1. Strength
  2. Spirit
  3. Agility
  4. Intellect
  5. Stamina

Each point of Strength will increase the damage dealt by nearly all of your abilities. Prioritizing this as much as possible is key to killing mobs quickly.

Spirit and Intellect are both great stats for your Retribution Paladin while leveling, Spirit increases your out of combat health and mana regeneration though the goal is to spend as much time fighting as possible this will decrease the amount of time you have to spend regenerating between pulls. Intellect increases your mana pool allowing for more uses of your abilities before having to stop and drink.

Each point of Stamina will give you 10 health points. The more health you have, the more mobs you can pull at once, enabling you to continuously fight for longer. Agility is both a DPS and avoidance stat, as it will give you a small amount of Crit and Dodge. While this is something that certainly benefits your Paladin, it should not be prioritized over Strength.



Leveling Professions at the same time as leveling your character's actual level can slow down you down if you are in a rush to hit level cap. However, working towards leveling them while you are out in the level appropriate zone will generally save you more time in the long run if you level as you go. This is especially true with Gathering Professions such as Herbalism, Skinning and Mining. These can be used both to create supplies for the crafting profession of your choosing or simply to supplement your income by selling the material on the Auction House to help pay for things like new abilities and even a mount at level 40.

First Aid is incredible, even as a class that can self heal. The fact that you can quickly heal yourself at no mana cost can sometimes be the difference between surviving an encounter or dying.


Paladin Leveling Weapons

Retribution Paladin benefits greatly from Weapon upgrades are most of their abilities are tied to your weapons damage. Prioritize seeking out weapon upgrades as often as possible.



  • 30 Mar. 2024: Updated for Phase 3.
  • 11 Feb. 2024: Updated for Phase 2.
  • 16 Dec. 2023: Guide updated.
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