Retribution Paladin DPS Azerite Traits/Powers and Armor in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

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General Information

You will find the necessary information to help choose Azerite traits for a Retribution Paladin in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, Patch 8.0.1, below. You will need to have obtained the Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth to use the traits, which you can read about in our Heart of Azeroth guide.

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This guide has been written by Urthearso, theorycrafter for Retribution Paladins. If you have any questions about the spec you can reach him on the official Paladin Discord, on Twitter, and during his streams on Twitch.

1. Choosing Azerite Gear as a Retribution Paladin

Some of your Azerite traits can have a big impact on the way you play the game, select your gear, and even affect talent choices. This is mostly the case for Outer Ring traits, typically the most powerful ones. It is important to understand how they work with each other and on their own.

  • To compare 2 Azerite Gear pieces with no item level difference, compare the relative strength of your best Outer Ring and Middle Ring traits.
  • To compare 2 Azerite Gear pieces with a item level difference, first check if any of your new Outer Ring traits is listed in the relative strength chart below for your single-target or cleave usage situation. The general rule is that if an item is a 15+ item level upgrade over the old item and one of the Outer Ring traits is listed in the top relative strength charts below, then on average it should be an upgrade. Take note that some Outer Rings can be completely useless for single-target situations. In those situations all Outer Ring traits are either for AoE only or the worst ones for single target, barely increasing your damage output at all. Even a 45 item level difference can not make those bad extreme cases useful for single-target situations.

Below, you will find a few comparisons of popular Azerite items to help you decide.

For accurate Azerite Gear comparisons for your individual character, we recommend to simulate using Raidbots. There are simply too many different variables that are impossible to take into account to make accurate choices with the general rule. The recommended tool for this is the Raidbots topgear feature.

It is worth noting that if the difference between 2 Azerite Gear pieces is very small, then the higher item level pick will be more desirable. Azerite Gear pieces have a high amount of Stamina, increasing your maximum Health.

2. Choosing Azerite Traits as a Retribution Paladin

Below we have listed the relative strength of the Azerite traits available to Retribution Paladins. The list below is purely a guideline, the best way to choose your traits and what pieces of gear to use is by simulating your own individual character.

2.1. Single Target Azerite Traits Comparison for Retribution Paladin

2.1.1. Outer Ring

The Outer Ring traits are the first ones you unlock, and they are the most important from a DPS perspective. Those include generic, Paladin-specific and Retribution-specific traits. The full list of Outer Ring traits and what they do can be found below.

Here we have listed a ranking for the Outer Ring traits in terms of single-target DPS. Because of the sheer amount of Azerite traits, we have only listed the best 25.

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2.1.2. Middle Ring

The Middle Ring traits are shared for all classes and specs. For Retribution you should always pick among the DPS options and ignore the defensive or heal options for PvE. The full list of Middle Ring DPS traits and what they do can be found below.

Here we have listed a ranking for Middle Ring traits in terms of DPS for single-target situations.

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2.2. AoE/Cleave Azerite Traits Comparison for Retribution Paladin

2.2.1. Outer Ring

Here we have listed a ranking for the Outer Ring traits in terms of DPS for AoE/Cleave situations. Because of the sheer amount of Azerite traits, we have only listed the best 10.

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2.2.2. Middle Ring Trait Comparisons for Retribution Paladin on AoE/Cleave

Here we have listed a ranking for Middle Ring traits in terms of DPS for AoE/Cleave situations.

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2.3. Inner Ring Trait Comparisons for Retribution Paladin

Since the Inner Ring traits are either defensive or mobility traits, they are mostly up to personal preference, and depend a lot on the raid encounter or dungeon. The full list of Inner Ring traits and what they do can be found below.

2.3.1. Inner Ring Traits for Raiding

Gallant Steed Icon Gallant Steed and Longstrider Icon Longstrider are the only traits that can improve your dps by increasing your uptime. In raid-situations you should always go for those two, since you have more than one healer to take care of you, and plenty of own tools to keep yourself alive. Note that Gallant Steed Icon Gallant Steed only stacks the cooldown reduction once.

  1. Gallant Steed Icon Gallant Steed (1x max)
  2. Longstrider Icon Longstrider
  3. Personal Absorb-o-Tron Icon Personal Absorb-o-Tron
  4. Impassive Visage Icon Impassive Visage
  5. Auto-Self-Cauterizer Icon Auto-Self-Cauterizer
  6. Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection

2.3.2. Inner Ring Traits for Raiding for Mythic+

  1. Personal Absorb-o-Tron Icon Personal Absorb-o-Tron
  2. Impassive Visage Icon Impassive Visage
  3. Bulwark of the Masses Icon Bulwark of the Masses
  4. Auto-Self-Cauterizer Icon Auto-Self-Cauterizer
  5. Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection
  6. Gemhide Icon Gemhide

3. Azerite Gear Comparison for Retribution Paladin

Here we have listed multiple relative comparisons for the Azerite Gear pieces, split between single-target and cleave situations. Because of the sheer amount of Azerite Gear pieces, we have only listed the best 10 for each situation. To check out the full ranking, open the link below each chart.

3.1. Head Slot

3.1.1. Single Target

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3.1.2. AoE/Cleave

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3.2. Shoulder Slot

3.2.1. Single Target

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3.2.2. AoE/Cleave

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3.3. Chest Slot

3.3.1. Single Target

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3.3.2. AoE/Cleave

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4. Azerite Traits Details and Rotation Changes for Retribution Paladin

Take the value of Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power with a grain of salt, as the trait loses value if you take any damage while the buff is active. If you take damage with a high frequency (auto attacks, dots, or constant AoE), you should consider checking out your other trait choices for that situation.

The value of Expurgation Icon Expurgation is highly dependant on your Critical Strike chance. It is important to simulate this trait for your own character before using it to replace another trait.

The Relentless Inquisitor Icon Relentless Inquisitor and Zealotry Icon Zealotry buffs should optimally never expire, make sure to refresh them in time. If you notice yourself dropping the buffs frequently, you should consider checking out your other trait choices for that situation.

The Indomitable Justice Icon Indomitable Justice trait requires you to have a higher Health percentage than your target to get any DPS gain. If you find yourself in a situation where that sometimes does not apply, you should consider checking out your other trait choices for that situation.

Starting at 2 stacked Divine Right Icon Divine Right traits, you gain DPS from using Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm against a single target. It is important that you only cast Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm once to refresh the Strength buff right before it runs out.

5. Outer Ring Traits for Retribution Paladin

5.1. Retribution Paladin specific Outer Ring Traits

5.2. Generic Outer Ring Traits

  • Anduin's Dedication Icon Anduin's Dedication / Sylvanas' Resolve Icon Sylvanas' Resolve causes your spells to have a chance to increase your primary stat for 10 seconds. If an ally dies nearby you also instantly gain this effect. Note that this is a PvP trait.
  • Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans is an Uldir-specific trait. It gives you a small primary stat buff every 5 seconds which stacks up to 20 times. Stacks only decay when out of combat. It also gives the Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array buff, which you should always aim to have active while raiding in Uldir.
  • Barrage Of Many Bombs Icon Barrage Of Many Bombs gives you a chance to fire a clusterbomb at your current target. When the bomb gets close, it explodes into smaller bombs which do AoE damage when they hit the ground.
  • Battlefield Focus Icon Battlefield Focus / Battlefield Precision Icon Battlefield Precision gives your abilities a chance to apply stacks of a debuff to the target. This debuff causes them to take more damage from all raid members. Note that this is a PvP trait.
  • Blightborne Infusion Icon Blightborne Infusion causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Critical Strike for 14 seconds.
  • Blood Rite Icon Blood Rite causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Haste for 15 seconds. Killing enemies refreshes this effect.
  • Champion of Azeroth Icon Champion of Azeroth gives your abilities a chance to increase all your secondary stats for a minute, stacking up to 4 times. Getting a new proc will refresh the duration, so you will keep this at 4 stacks throughout an entire fight.
  • Collective Will Icon Collective Will / Stand As One Icon Stand As One causes your spells to have a chance to increase your primary stat and maximum health. This effect is also applied to up to 4 nearby allies. Note that this is a PvP trait.
  • Combined Might Icon Combined Might / Stronger Together Icon Stronger Together gives you and 4 allies a bonus to one of your secondary stats or to your Spellpower / Attackpower (depending on your role), chosen at random, for 10 seconds. Note that this is a PvP trait.
  • Dagger in the Back Icon Dagger in the Back gives your abilities a chance to shoot a dagger at your target, applying a damage over time effect for 12 seconds, stacking up to 4 times. If you shoot this dagger when behind the target, it will apply 2 stacks.
  • Filthy Transfusion Icon Filthy Transfusion gives your damaging ability a chance to do damage over 6 seconds to the target, healing you for the damage done.
  • Glory in Battle Icon Glory in Battle / Liberator's Might Icon Liberator's Might causes your spells to have a chance to grant Critical Strike and Haste for 10 seconds. Note that this is a PvP trait, and attacking a member of the opposing faction significantly increases this chance, making these traits are much stronger in PvP content.
  • Incite the Pack Icon Incite the Pack causes you to occasionally increase your Mastery and that of up to two nearby allies for 20 seconds.
  • Laser Matrix Icon Laser Matrix causes your spells to have a chance to unleash a barrage of lasers which deal damage and heal injured allies for a small amount which is further split among them. It also gives the Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array buff, which you should always aim to have active while raiding in Uldir.
  • Last Gift Icon Last Gift / Retaliatory Fury Icon Retaliatory Fury causes your spells and abilities to have a chance to grant Mastery and an absorb shield . Note that this is a PvP trait; also, taking damage from a member of the opposite faction has a chance to activate this effect, making these traits much strong in PvP content.
  • Liberator's Might Icon Liberator's Might gives your abilities a chance to give you Haste, and even more Critical Strike for 10 seconds.
  • Meticulous Scheming Icon Meticulous Scheming causes you to gain a buff for 8 seconds that transforms into a 20-second Haste buff after you cast 3 different spells while it is active.
  • Relational Normalization Gizmo Icon Relational Normalization Gizmo causes your spells to have a chance to grant you a primary stat and maximum health buff or Haste and 50% movement speed for 10 seconds. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles (AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Icon AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles) that cannot be upgraded past item level 340.
  • Retaliatory Fury Icon Retaliatory Fury gives your abilities a chance to give you a Mastery buff and a shield for 10 seconds.
  • Rezan's Fury Icon Rezan's Fury causes your damaging abilities to have a chance to summon a Child of Rezan, which deals Physical damage to your target and causes them to bleed for additional damage over 12 seconds.
  • Ricocheting Inflatable Pyrosaw Icon Ricocheting Inflatable Pyrosaw causes your spells to have a chance to heal up to 4 allies for a large amount. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles (AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Icon AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles) that cannot be upgraded past item level 340.
  • Ruinous Bolt Icon Ruinous Bolt gives your abilities a chance to summon a Soul (pet) by your side for 14 seconds. The Soul deals Shadow damage to a random nearby target.
  • Secrets of the Deep Icon Secrets of the Deep causes your spells to have a chance to spawn a Surging Droplet nearby, which you can collect to increase your primary stat for 18 seconds. Rarely, a Void Droplet will be created instead, which increases your primary stat for twice as much as Surging Droplet's when collected.
  • Swirling Sands Icon Swirling Sands causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Critical Strike for 12 seconds. This duration can be extended by landing Critical Strikes up to a maximum of 18 seconds.
  • Synaptic Spark Capacitor Icon Synaptic Spark Capacitor gives your abilities a chance to put a debuff on your target. This debuff will deal damage to enemies within 8 yards of the target with the debuff, and causes them to do 5% less damage to you. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles (AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Icon AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles) that cannot be upgraded past item level 340.
  • Thunderous Blast Icon Thunderous Blast gives your damaging abilities a chance blast the target for extra Nature damage, and cause the target to take 20% more damage from your next blast. When the bonus damage reaches 100%, the next blast will Critically Strike, and reset the bonus damage back to 0%.
  • Tidal Surge Icon Tidal Surge gives your damaging abilities a chance to deal some Frost damage to the target and slow it by 20%.
  • Tradewinds Icon Tradewinds causes your spells to have a chance to grant you Mastery for 15 seconds. When this buff expires, it jumps once to a nearby ally at half duration and amount.
  • Unstable Catalyst Icon Unstable Catalyst causes your spells and abilities to have a chance to create a zone standing in which increases your primary stat.

Note that when using at least 1 Uldir trait inside the Uldir raid, Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array grants you a buff that increases your highest secondary stat every 5 seconds, stacking up to 10. This power increases over time, in order to make Uldir raiding easier.

6. Middle Ring Traits for Retribution Paladin

  • Azerite Globules Icon Azerite Globules gives your damaging abilities a chance to apply a debuff to your target. This debuff stacks up to 3 times, and when it reaches 3, the target explodes, doing AoE damage.
  • Blood Siphon Icon Blood Siphon passively increases your Mastery and Leech.
  • Earthlink Icon Earthlink increases your primary stat, with the exact amount cycling between a minimum value and maximum value every 6 seconds.
  • Elemental Whirl Icon Elemental Whirl causes your damaging spells to have a chance to increase one of your secondary stats for 10 seconds.
  • Gutripper Icon Gutripper gives your damaging abilities a chance to deal additional Physical damage. This bonus damage occurs more often when the target is below 30% Health.
  • Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call gives your damaging abilities a chance to deal additional Nature damage to the target, and a smaller amount of damage to nearby targets.
  • Lifespeed Icon Lifespeed passively increases your Haste and Avoidance.
  • On My Way Icon On My Way passively increases your Versatility and Speed.
  • Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power causes your damaging spells to have a chance to increase your Haste. The amount of Haste granted decreases every second or whenever you take damage.
  • Unstable Flames Icon Unstable Flames causes your damaging spells to have a chance to grant a Critical Strike buff for 5 seconds, stacking up to 5 times.

7. Inner Ring Traits for Retribution Paladin

  • Auto-Self-Cauterizer Icon Auto-Self-Cauterizer grants you a chance, when taking damage, to self-heal for a large amount and remove most bleed effects as well as slowing nearby enemies by 30% for 5 seconds. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles (AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Icon AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles) that cannot be upgraded past item level 340 .
  • Azerite Fortification Icon Azerite Fortification heals you when you are stunned, immobilized, or knocked back.
  • Bulwark of the Masses Icon Bulwark of the Masses causes you to gain a moderate absorb shield when surrounded by 4 or more enemies, but can only occur once every 15 seconds.
  • Gallant Steed Icon Gallant Steed causes Divine Steed Icon Divine Steed to grant speed to yourself and nearby allies for 5 seconds. Additionally it sets Divine Steeds cooldown to 40 seconds. This is a must trait if you are in need of more mobility, and entirely in your control.
  • Gemhide Icon Gemhide causes you to gain Avoidance and Armor for 10 seconds when you take damage that exceeds 10% of your maximum health.
  • Impassive Visage Icon Impassive Visage heals you when you take damage. It can not occur more often than every 6 seconds.
  • Longstrider Icon Longstrider increases your movement speed by a percentage of your highest secondary stat, with a maximum movement speed gain limit.
  • Personal Absorb-o-Tron Icon Personal Absorb-o-Tron grants you a chance, when taking damage, to gain a large absorb shield for up to 1 minute. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles (AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Icon AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles) that cannot be upgraded past item level 340.
  • Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection causes you to gain an absorb shield every 30 seconds.
  • Self Reliance Icon Self Reliance causes you to be healed every 3 seconds while no enemies are within 20 yards of you.
  • Stalwart Protector Icon Stalwart Protector causes Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield to grant an absorb shield to nearby allies for 15 seconds.
  • Vampiric Speed Icon Vampiric Speed causes you to self-heal and gain Speed for 6 seconds whenever an enemy you damaged dies.

8. Find Azerite Armor By Trait/Power

In the table below, you can see all of the Azerite gear available to your Retribution Paladin. By using the + button located next to each item, you can expand the list of Azerite powers that this item possesses (to collapse the list, simply click the - button).

If you want to filter items according to the powers that they offer, you can use the filters below.

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9. Changelog

  • 12 Nov. 2018: Added Azerite Gear piece rankings for head, shoulders, and chest.
  • 21 Oct. 2018: Reconstructed the page and updated Divine Right duration.
  • 07 Sep. 2018: Increased Relentless Inquisitor duration after hotfix.
  • 27 Aug. 2018: Updated rankings.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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