Season of Discovery Retribution Paladin DPS Talents and Runes

Last updated on Feb 03, 2024 at 10:00 by Sellin 7 comments

On this page, you will find out the best PvE talents for your DPS Retribution Paladin in WoW Classic — Season of Discovery, as well as advised runes.


Retribution Paladin DPS Talent Build

At level 40 Retribution Paladin unlocks some of its most powerful talents in the form of Vengeance Icon Vengeance and Sanctity Aura Icon Sanctity Aura the only downside to this being how deep they are found in the Retribution tree so it is unlikely you will have many if any points to spend outside of it.


Gloves — Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike

Pants — Exorcist Icon Exorcist

Chest — Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm

Waist — Sheath of Light Icon Sheath of Light

Feet — The Art of War Icon The Art of War

Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike is the default choice for your Glove slot as the other options available do not offer much as a damage dealer. We do not cast many if any healing abilities so Beacon of Light Icon Beacon of Light offers little to no benefit, and while Retribution Paladin tanking has become quite popular Hand of Reckoning Icon Hand of Reckoning should only really be considered in a situation where you are the primary tank in a run.

While Exorcist Icon Exorcist is by far the best DPS option found in the pants slot there are quite a few possible choices depending on the situation you find your raid group in but do consider that losing the ability to cast Exorcism Icon Exorcism on non-demon/undead is a massive dps loss. Rebuke Icon Rebuke can be taken in a situation where your group is in dire need of additional interrupts. Divine Sacrifice Icon Divine Sacrifice greatly reduces incoming damage to your party so its a great tool if you find your group constantly struggling with a high incoming damage section of a fight. Even Inspiration Exemplar Icon Inspiration Exemplar is a strong choice if you find yourself in an encounter with a ton of Fearing/Sleeping effects and your group is otherwise not able to keep up.

Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm is the single largest DPS increase of the runes available in the chest slot and the utility offered by other Runes found are not strong enough to warrant the DPS loss. This being a core rotational ability vastly outweighs the damage added by other effects such as Seal of Martyrdom Icon Seal of Martyrdom or Horn of Lordaeron Icon Horn of Lordaeron.

Sheath of Light Icon Sheath of Light will greatly increase the damage of abilities such as Exorcism Icon Exorcism due to its ability to double dip from both the benefits of Attack Power and Spell Damage. Due to how much of the damage dealt by Retribution Paladin is physical the value of the spell hit added by Enlightened Judgements Icon Enlightened Judgements is unfortunately quite negligible.

The Art of War Icon The Art of War is the only purely damage focused Rune in the Feet slot and the chance of having a core rotational ability like Exorcism Icon Exorcism reset is a massive DPS increase. It also makes Critical Strike rating even more valuable and synergizes incredibly with talents like Conviction Icon Conviction and Vengeance Icon Vengeance.

More engravings are likely to come out as we reach higher level caps so make sure to checkout our general Runes guide to get a better understanding of what all tools you have available to your Paladin.


Notable Retribution Paladin Talents

The Retribution tree is filled with passive damage increases that bolster your ability to deal not only Physical but also Holy Damage. These talents synergize incredibly well with many of the Runes added in Season of Discovery due to their emphasis on passive effects while Runes added in Season of Discovery put a focus on new rotational abilities.

Improved Seal of the Crusader Icon Improved Seal of the Crusader While will typically only cast Seal of the Crusader Icon Seal of the Crusader once in an encounter to apply the debuff, the benefits of this talent make an already essential ability even stronger and even increases the benefits of Runes such as Sheath of Light Icon Sheath of Light that increases both your Attack Power and Spell damage.

Conviction Icon Conviction Increases your critical strike chance with melee weapons by 1% per point, Critical Strike is an incredibly powerful stat for Retribution paladin as it increases the up time of the powerful Vengeance Icon Vengeance buff in addition to the increased damage dealt by critical attacks.

Sanctity Aura Icon Sanctity Aura is a flat increase of Holy Damage to any party member effected by the aura. A massive amount of damage dealt as Retribution is Holy damage so this is a huge DPS increase for a single talent point.

Vengeance Icon Vengeance gives you a 15% bonus to Physical and Holy Damage dealt after hitting a Critical Strike at max rank. This buff greatly increases the value of Critical Strike rating and makes item upgrades even more beneficial.

Repentance Icon Repentance instantly incapacitates a Humanoid target for 6 seconds, this is a great way to either close the gap to a fleeing target, allow you the ability to cast a heal uninterrupted or even potentially interrupt a spell cast on a hostile target.



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