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Retribution Paladin DPS Easy Mode

Last updated on Nov 27, 2017 at 22:13 by Vlad 301 comments

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This page is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialisation without being overwhelmed by the numerous subtleties and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

1. The Basics of Retribution Paladins

Retribution Paladins are a melee DPS specialisation that has a relatively easy to grasp playstyle. While the damage they deal is viable, they are not exceptionally strong in either single target or AoE DPS.

Throughout the fight, you will need to manage your Holy Power generation and expenditure to maximise your damage output. Critically, you will have to make the most of the periods of time during which enemies take increased damage from your Holy Power spenders.

2. Talent Choice for Retribution Paladins

The following talent choices result in damage output that is close to that of the most optimal talent choices, although the recommendations here lead to considerable ease-of-play.

3. Stat Choice for Retribution Paladins

Currently, you will want to prioritise secondary stats as follows:

  1. Mastery ~= Haste;
  2. Versatility ~= Critical Strike.

4. Basic Rotation for Retribution Paladins

The single target rotation for Retribution Paladins revolves around dealing as much damage with your Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict (and Execution Sentence Icon Execution Sentence, if using this talent) as possible to the target while they are debuffed by your Judgment Icon Judgment.

  1. Generate Holy Power
  2. Cast Judgment Icon Judgment.
    • This debuffs the target to take increased damage from your Holy Power spenders for 8 seconds.
  3. During the Judgment Icon Judgment debuff, cast Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict and use Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike if you need to generate more Holy Power.

During Judgment Icon Judgment, you will have to generate additional Holy Power in order to use as many spenders as possible. If you have the  Icon Ashes to Ashes golden Artifact trait, then you should use  Icon Wake of Ashes at this time, as it generates 5 Holy Power.

When facing multiple enemies, you will be using mostly the same rotation as above, except that you should replace Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict with Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm against 3 or more enemies (or against 2+ enemies if you have a fully unlocked Artifact weapon).

5. Cooldowns for Retribution Paladins

Crusade Icon Crusade should be used as many times as possible during the encounter. The best time to use it is while the debuff applied by Judgment Icon Judgment is active and you are using your Holy Power spenders.

About Our Reviewers

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Fardion, a top Retribution Paladin. You can follow him on Twitter, and you can also reach him on the official Paladin Discord channel if you have any questions about the spec.

6. ChangeLog

  • 27 Nov. 2017: Updated the page to account for various changes to the guide (notable talents and stat priority).
  • 31 Aug. 2017: Updated tier 1 and 2 talent recommendations and stat priority.
  • 16 Aug. 2017: Added Zeal as a recommended talent with the 4-piece Tier 20 Set Bonus.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Updated talent cheatsheet slightly.
  • 09 Mar. 2017: Changed tier 1 talent recommendation to Final Verdict.
  • 31 Jan. 2017: Made a small tweak to the multiple target playstyle (using Divine Storm against 2+ targets if you have a fully unlocked weapon).
  • 26 Jan. 2017: Added easy mode page.
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