Retribution Paladin Patch 9.1 Changes Analysis — Shadowlands 9.1
On this page, we tell you how the Patch 9.1 changes for Retribution Paladin affect the spec and what the current state of theorycrafting is.
Retribution Paladin in Patch 9.1: Chains of Domination
This page will go over how the changes currently on the Patch 9.1 Public Test Realm (PTR) will affect Retribution Paladins, specifically how the changes impact the playstyle, best Legendaries, Covenants, etc. If you are simply interested in what the current changes are for Retribution Paladin on the 9.1 PTR, you can instead read our full list of changes to the entire Paladin class on our dedicated page below. For an additional list of content coming in Patch 9.1, you can also check out our Patch 9.1 Overview page.
Due to the nature of testing and ongoing development, any changes to Retribution Paladins on the PTR are likely to be incomplete and/or not final. Make sure to keep checking this page over time for additional changes, and we highly recommend reviewing our Retribution Paladin guide once 9.1 goes live for definitive thoughts on what changed and its impact on gameplay.
Baseline Changes in Patch 9.1 for Retribution Paladin
There have been no baseline changes for Retribution Paladin thus far on the PTR.
Talent Changes in Patch 9.1 for Retribution Paladin
Legendary Changes in Patch 9.1 for Retribution Paladin
With Patch 9.1 we gain four new Legendaries — one for each Covenant. Those Covenant-specific Legendaries interact with their respective Covenant abilities in various ways to further enhance their respective strengths or mitigate their weaknesses.
- Kyrian: Divine Resonance will throw an un-buffed Judgment at your current target once every 5 seconds after casting Divine Toll for 30 seconds (6 Judgments) against a single target, or 35 seconds (7 Judgments) if Divine Toll hits multiple targets with the initial hit. Currently, this would be a stronger choice than our current top-performer — Final Verdict — for single-target situations. While it is better for single-target, it also retains some cleave potential which makes it a versatile pick in mixed situations.
- Venthyr: Radiant Embers increases the duration of Ashen Hallow to 45 seconds, but once you go out of its area it will disappear. Once you make the circle disappear, it will reduce your Ashen Hallow cooldown by a certain amount depending on how long it was up. The cooldown reduction curve is not linear. Notably, if you leave the circle after 20 seconds, it reduces the remaining cooldown of Ashen Hallow to 130 seconds, which allows you to properly stack Ashen Hallow with Avenging Wrath every single time. This versatile Legendary allows you to choose how you want to split your Ashen Hallow uptime. The baseline ability's fixed 4-minute cooldown can be hard to properly time and fit into many situations, which is one of its main weaknesses. This effect seems more like a quality-of-life improvement that the baseline ability should include to retain its potential for various fight durations, whereas as a pure throughput Legendary it does not perform as well as the current top-performer: The Mad Paragon.
- Night Fae: Seasons of Plenty empowers the middle 10 seconds of the 30-second buff of each season in Blessing of the Seasons. Blessing of Spring doubles both healing done and healing recieved, Blessing of Winter doubles the damage proc, and Blessing of Autumn doubles its cooldown reduction. Currently Blessing of Summer is a exception where its effectiveness is quadrupled instead of doubled, because both the proc rate and damage are doubled. Seasons of Plenty further enhances on the Night Fae fantasy of buffing allies, and this Legendary certainly does not hold back in this regard. It will become the default Legendary option for most situations as long as you are aligning with the baseline values of a Night Fae Paladin.
- Necrolord: Duty-Bound Gavel adds a second charge to Vanquisher's Hammer and one additional Divine Storm trigger per charge. It is very underperforming compared to all other Legendaries.
- 20 May 2021: Page filled with preliminary information.
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