Retribution Paladin DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 17:34 by Urthearso 24 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Retribution Paladin in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.5, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.



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 straight-forward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous subtleties and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.


The Basics of Retribution Paladins

Retribution is a melee DPS specialization that has a relatively easy to grasp playstyle. Retribution excels at single-target and AoE burst DPS, but the trade-off is that their DPS outside of cooldowns is weak in comparison.

If you just started out learning about your Retribution Paladin abilities, you can check out our Spell Summary page for more information.

Throughout the fight, you will need to manage your Holy Power generation and expenditure to maximise your damage output.


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 use.

If you do not care about the ease of use and simply want to play with the best Retribution Paladin talents, you can check our full talents page below.


Stat Choices for Retribution Paladins

Currently, you will want to prioritise stats as follows:

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

The general recommendation for the stat priority will not change in the full guide, but for the best results, you need to check the in-depth details about the stats themselves. You can check our full stats page below.


Basic Rotation for Retribution Paladins

The single target rotation consists of Holy Power generators and Holy Power spenders.

  1. Cast Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath with 3 or more Holy Power.
  2. Generate Holy Power by using following priority:
    1. Cast Wake of Ashes Icon Wake of Ashes.
    2. Cast Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath.
    3. Cast Blade of Justice Icon Blade of Justice.
    4. Cast Judgment Icon Judgment.
    5. Cast Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike.
  3. Spend Holy Power by casting Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict once you are either at the 5 Holy Power cap, or when there are only Holy Power generators left that would over-cap your Holy Power.
  4. Cast Consecration Icon Consecration if nothing else is available.

When facing multiple enemies, you mostly use the same rotation as above, except that you should replace Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict with Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm against 2 or more enemies.

For more detailed information about the priority system and using all the other talents, you can check our full rotation page below.



  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 04 Mar. 2021: Increased Hammer of Wrath priority.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 13 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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