Retribution Paladin Dragonflight Leveling Guide From 1 to 70 (Dragonflight 10.0.2)

Last updated on Nov 28, 2022 at 12:20 by Urthearso 4 comments

On this page, we will go over everything you need to know to Level up your Retribution Paladin to get ready for Dragonflight end game content. If you are looking for more generic leveling guide you can refer to our Paladin leveling guide.


Gear Options

In most cases, you will want to prioritize item level as you are going through the leveling process. This means selecting whatever has the highest item level. There is one exception to this rule and that is when you have a ring or neck with only 1 secondary stat instead of having 2. In these rare cases, selecting the item with the lower item level is acceptable.


Level by Level Rotation and Talents

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Level: 60

Talents to Level Up as an Retribution Paladin

This is our recommended talent tree up to level 70.


Rotation to Level Up as a Retribution Paladin

When you first create your Paladin, you will only have one ability available to you: Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike. It is your first Holy Power generator. At level 2 you will unlock Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous, your first Holy Power spender. At level 3 you gain Judgment Icon Judgment. Consecration Icon Consecration is unlocked at level 6. At Level 9, you learn the class ability Hand of Reckoning Icon Hand of Reckoning, which is a 30-yard range taunt on a 8-second cooldown. Make extensive use of this long range taunt to pull more mobs when you no longer have any long range damage abilities available. At level 10 you can officially spec into Retribution and gain access to Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict. From now you need to switch to a Two-Handed weapon, otherwise you will not be able to use your new abilities. Say goodbye to Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous, because you will never waste Holy Power on it again.

  1. Cast Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike on cooldown as long as you have 4 or less Holy Power.
  2. Cast Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous once you have 3 or more Holy Power generated.
  3. Cast Judgment Icon Judgment on cooldown.
  4. Cast Consecration Icon Consecration.

Starting at Level 10, you are able to queue for dungeons with the in-game group finder. Always queue as DPS, so you have the correct training environment to practice your Retribution kit at your given level in a dungeon situation. In order to understand in-depth how to use this Retribution kit, especially when reaching higher levels, check out our rotation page, but we have added a short summary below:

  1. Cast Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath off cooldown.
  2. Cast Avenging Wrath: Might Icon Avenging Wrath: Might off cooldown.
  3. Cast Shield of Vengeance Icon Shield of Vengeance when taking damage to reflect it back around you once it explodes when it got consumed or runs out.
  4. Follow the priority list below until you have 3 or more Holy Power.
  • Once you reached 3 or more Holy Power, you want to switch to the second priority list below, which is used to spend Holy Power and use cooldowns that buff your Holy Power spenders.
      1. Cast Final Reckoning Icon Final Reckoning off cooldown.
      2. Cast Divine Toll Icon Divine Toll with 1 free Holy Power per nearby enemy.
      3. Cast Exorcism Icon Exorcism off cooldown.
      4. Cast Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm against 2 or more targets.
      5. Cast Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict against a single target.
      6. Cast Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm (Empyrean Power Icon Empyrean Power).

      Summary of Unlocked Abilities for Retribution Paladin

      To prevent cluttering the guide with a lot of the same information, we recommend you take a look at our dedicated spell page which will provide you with more in-depth information on Retribution Paladin spells.


      Retribution Paladin War Mode Talents for Leveling

      Here you will find information on the best PvP talents for both leveling and doing solo / small group PvE content.


      Retribution Paladin PvP Talents for Leveling

      1. Unbound Freedom Icon Unbound Freedom is excellent at all times for leveling. It provides you with an additional mobility cooldown from a very low level.
      2. Divine Punisher Icon Divine Punisher gives you 3 extra Holy Power every second time you cast Judgment Icon Judgment on the same target.
      3. Lawbringer Icon Lawbringer to apply Lawbringer to initial targets hit for 1 minute. Casting Judgment Icon Judgment causes all enemies with your Lawbringer effect to suffer up to 10% of their maximum Health in Holy damage.

      Best Heirloom Items for Retribution Paladin Leveling

      When making the decision of which heirlooms to purchase or use, you will want to target items that offer the most Strength. Choosing item pieces with Haste can help you killing enemies fast and more consistent, as the overall time until you gain enough Holy Power to use your Spender, which usually acts as your finishing move, is reduced with more Haste.


      Quest Rewards

      You should equip new quest rewards when their item level starts beating out your previous set of gear.



      There are several consumable items that can be purchased that will help you with your leveling speed.

      • Gunshoes Icon Gunshoes are a mandatory item for leveling. They provide an extremely large movement speed increase. It is a bonus comparable to what you get when flying. It is highly recommended you stock up on these shoes when leveling in Dragonflight.
      • Goblin Glider Kit Icon Goblin Glider Kit can be a life-saver when jumping off large cliffs or when you want to cover a long distance.

      Gunshoes Macro

      The Gunshoes will not let you stop moving as long as they are active. Using this macro twice will click the buff off and allow you to stop.

      • #showtooltip
      • /use Gunshoes
      • /cancelaura Gunshoes


      Congratulations on reaching Level 70! Now that you have hit Level 70 we recommend looking at our Easy mode page and Talents section to learn how to play at max level.



      • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
      • 24 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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