Season of Discovery Retribution Paladin DPS Talents and Runes
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 and 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.
Recommended Rune Engravings
Gloves — Crusader Strike
Pants — Exorcist
Chest — Divine Storm
Waist — Sheath of Light
Feet — The Art of War
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 offers little to no benefit, and while Retribution Paladin tanking has become quite popular Hand of Reckoning should only really be considered in a situation where you are the primary tank in a run.
While 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 on non-demon/undead is a massive dps loss. Rebuke can be taken in a situation where your group is in dire need of additional interrupts. 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 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 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 or Horn of Lordaeron.
Sheath of Light will greatly increase the damage of abilities such as 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 is unfortunately quite negligible.
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 reset is a massive DPS increase. It also makes Critical Strike rating even more valuable and synergizes incredibly with talents like Conviction and 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 While will typically only cast 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 that increases both your Attack Power and Spell damage.
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 buff in addition to the increased damage dealt by critical attacks.
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 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 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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