Retribution Paladin Shadowlands Leveling Guide From 1 to 60

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Urthearso 3 comments

On this page, we will go over everything you need to know to Level up your Retribution Paladin to get ready for Shadowlands end game content. Make sure to use the slider to make the guide adapt to your level. 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: 50

Talents to Level Up as an Retribution Paladin

Your first talent row unlocks at Level 15.

Your talent set up should be as follows.


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. At level 2 you will unlock Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous and at level 3 you gain Judgment Icon Judgment. 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 Judgment Icon Judgment on cooldown.
  2. Cast Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike on cooldown as long as you have 4 or less Holy Power.
  3. Cast Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict once you have 3 Holy Power generated.
  4. If you are fighting multiple targets, you can choose to drop Consecration Icon Consecration.

At Level 14, 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.

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 practise 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 Final Reckoning Icon Final Reckoning 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.
  5. 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.

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 Shadowlands.
  • 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 60! Now that you have hit Level 60 we recommend looking at our Easy mode page and Talents section to learn how to play at max level.



  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 11 Nov. 2020: Updated level requirement for the dungeon finder.
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