Retribution Paladin Best Corruptions and Corrupted Items — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3
On this page, you will learn what the best corruptions and the best corrupted items are for a Retribution Paladin in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. We also tell you how to handle corruption effects.
Corruption is a new Patch 8.3 feature (see our guide on Corrupted Items). It replaces Warforging and Titanforging for all gear in the patch. It gives items a type of affix, as well as an amount of Corruption. Corruption is a stat that negatively impacts your character the more of it that you have, but the more Corruption you have, the more powerful you will become. Some Affixes are a lot more powerful than others, and you can see a guideline ranking for them below.
What Corruption Powers to buy on a Retribution Paladin
Echoes of Ny'alotha can now be used to buy specific corruption powers from MOTHER, in the Chamber of the Heart in Silithus.
This allows you to optimize the corruptions on your gear without any RNG involved, as long as you have enough Echoes to buy the corruptions you need.
You can learn all about this new system in our specialized guide for Echoes of Ny'alotha below.
Please read the next section. The best corruptions listed there are the ones you should buy.
Best Corruptions for Retribution Paladin
We have provided simulations below for all the different Corruptions, but we still feel the need to explain why some Corruptions are good and so on, as simulations rarely tell the full story.
- Gushing Wound is the most efficient single-target Corruption, even after the 35% nerf. On top of its rarity, this Corruption increases in damage per item Level, so you need to get this Corruption on high item level gear to make it better than others. For low item level drops, you need to simulate your character to find out if it already beats your other Corruptions.
- Infinite Stars is a strong alternative, but it is very random for Retribution Paladins and it heavily diminishes in value if there is more than one target around you, even if you do not actively attack it yourself. Additionally, it has a high ramp-up time, so it is not recommended for short fights. On top of all these downsides, this Corruption has the same item Level requirements as Gushing Wound, and low item Level drops need to be simulated.
- Masterful increases the Mastery gained from all sources and synergizes extremely well with Vision of Perfection, in combination with the Avenger's Might and Light's Decree Azerite traits. Stacking this corruption is viable for reliable single-target damage, but if a character does not have a lot of Mastery on his gear, then one can not only stack Masterful, but has to mix in Honed Mind corruptions. The balance between those 2 corruptions depends on your own character, and has to be simulated.
- Ineffable Truth is a proc that increases your overall Holy Power generation, which will increase the amount of Templar's Verdicts you can cast. It is a good filler if you cannot get the Gushing Wound Corruption. This corruption properly stacks, but doing so will not perform as well as stacking other corruptions for Retribution Paladin.
- Masterful increases the Mastery gained from all sources and synergizes extremely well with Vision of Perfection, in combination with the Avenger's Might and Light's Decree Azerite traits.
- Honed Mind is a Mastery buff that lasts 10 seconds. With a couple of Masterful traits, this buff becomes the strongest choice to fill your corruption cap. How many of these you want depends on how many Masterful traits you already have and needs to be simulated for an exact answer for each character.
- Ineffable Truth is a proc that increases your overall Holy Power generation, which will increase the amount of Divine Storms you can cast, and therefore it increases the amount of damage you can do with Light's Decree. It works similarly to Empyrean Power for us. This corruption stacks, but doing so will not perform as good as stacking other corruptions for Retribution Paladin.
- Twilight Devastation is a AoE damage proc based on your maximum Health. It will hit 5 enemies for full damage, 5 additional ones for 50% of the damage, and then it will disappear. This is a good corruption alternative if you cannot get the Mastery corruptions, but it is still not as good as them due to its random nature.
Corruption Weapon for Retribution Paladin
Devastation's Hour is one of two Ny'alotha Corruption Weapons for Retribution Paladins. It always comes with the Twilight Devastation Corruption, which is good for multi-target damage, particularly in Mythic+ dungeons. In most situations, you will need to cleanse this Weapon, but that does not downgrade the value of this Weapon. The Mythic Version of this Weapon in particular is exceedingly good, due to its very high 485 item Level.
Sk'shuul Vaz has the Obsidian Destruction effect, primarily designed for Blood Death Knight tanks. This effect can be used as a Retribution Paladin, but the DPS per Corruption ratio is not good, so you need to cleanse this weapon if you already have any better Corruption.
Corruption Simulations for Retribution Paladin
Single-Target DPS per Corruption Point
The top chart is more generally useful. Corruption is a resource that we want to minimize wherever we can, and the top chart provides you an idea of which Corruption affixes provide the most DPS for the Corruption they add to your gear. The bottom chart is more of a showcase of the DPS potential of the Corruptions.
Single-Target Corruption DPS Overall
We do not recommend making choices based off of the overall charts. We recommend using the "DPS per Corruption Point" charts instead.
Cleave DPS per Corruption Point
Cleave Corruption DPS Overall
Tips for Dealing With Corruption Effects
- Blessing of Freedom will negate the effects of the Grasping Tendrils slow.
- Hammer of Justice and Hand of Hindrance can be used to crowd control the Thing From Beyond, which is spawned by Grand Delusions.
Your Legendary Cloak, Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve, gains a special on-use effect at Rank 6 which clears all Corruption effects from you. While it can be used to negate any negative Corruption effect, in dungeons and raids the best time to use it will often to remove Grasping Tendrils, as being slowed at the wrong time is often much more dangerous than taking a hit from the Thing From Beyond or Eye of Corruption.
How Much Corruption Should I Run as a Retribution Paladin
Generally speaking, anything below 40 is considered safe and can be used in all situations. Between 40 and 59 causes the Thing from Beyond to spawn, which based on difficulty and fight can be hard to deal with. If you have the confidence to deal with the Thing from Beyond, the highest you should run is 59. We do not recommend to run more than that in any kind of competitive environment.
- 20 May 2020: Updated for Gushing Wounds nerf and corruption vendor.
- 02 May 2020: Added Corruption Page.
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