Retribution Paladin Essences — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3
On this page, we go over the Essence system in Patch 8.3 of World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth, and we tell you which are the best essences to use as Retribution Paladin, both for minor and major powers. Please refer to our Patch 8.3 Essence Guide for more information about the new essences introduced in Patch 8.3 and to our Essence guide for more general information about the Essence system and where Essences can be obtained from.
Azerite Essences for Retribution Paladins
Introduced in Patch 8.2, Essences are unique items that drop from various forms of content. They are activated through your Heart of Azeroth, and they buff your character in various ways, depending on the Essences that are currently active.
For more information about essences, please check out the following:
- our Essence Guide, with all the essences and how to get them;
- our article on the new essences from Patch 8.3;
- our list of Patch 8.3 essence changes.
What follows on this page will relate directly to how Essences affect this spec, since generic information is beyond the scope of this guide.
Essence Comparison Simulations for Retribution Paladins
As with all simulations provided in our guides, they only provide a very rough guideline, and you should not rely on them for making decisions on your own gear. Always use Raidbots.com to sim your own character.
This section will have some basic comparisons when the Essences are implemented properly in the simulation tools we use.
Essence Rotation Changes for Retribution Paladins
Use Breath of the Dying's Reaping Flames only when Avenging Wrath or Crusade are not active. At Rank 1 priorize targets which are below 20% Health. Starting at Rank 2 and higher you can additionally priorize targets which are above 80%. At Rank 3 you want to priorize targets which are about to die within the next 5 seconds over targets that are below 20% Health or above 80% Health.
Use Essence of the Focusing Iris's Focused Azerite Beam only when Avenging Wrath or Crusade are not active. Delay its use if Blade of Justice or Judgment become usable in the next 3 global cooldowns. This means on pull you want to use it just after Blade of Justice and Judgment, but before Avenging Wrath or Crusade. Also delay if adds are spawning in the next 30 seconds. Make sure to position yourself in a safe position where you also hit as many enemies as possible before starting to cast at Rank 1 and 2. Rank 3 allows you can move during the entire cast and channel time.
Use Condensed Life-Force's Guardian of Azeroth on cooldown. If Avenging Wrath or Crusade is ready, use Condensed Life-Force just before. In combination with Vision of Perfection's Strive for Perfection as the minor Essence, align every second Condensed Life-Force with Avenging Wrath or Crusade.
Use The Crucible of Flame's Concentrated Flame as a filler when there are no Holy Power builders ready other than the 2 charges of Crusader Strike, and you do not have enough Holy Power to use any spender.
Use Memory of Lucid Dreams's Memory of Lucid Dreams only during Avenging Wrath or Crusade (at 10 stacks). Additionally, you want to use it when you have 3 or less Holy Power (use a spender first in case you have 4 or 5 Holy Power and then use it). Always use Memory of Lucid Dreams just before using Execution Sentence. During Memory of Lucid Dreams you want to spend your Holy Power as soon as possible, which results in a pattern where you alternate every global cooldown between building and spending Holy Power. It is fine to overcap 1 Holy Power with Blade of Justice, just use it when you have 2 Holy Power even if it builds 4. Make sure to stick with the default Holy Power builder priority and use Crusader Strike as little as possible. The minor Essence will sometimes refund half of the Holy Power spender cost, but because 1.5 is an uneven number, it will alternate between refunding 2 and 1 Holy Power instead.
Use The Unbound Force's The Unbound Force only directly at the beginning of the fight and then delay to it use it together with the Reckless Force buff. The minor Essence stacks the buff Reckless Force up to 20 stacks, one at a time when you do not land a Critical Strike with an ability. At 20 stacks you get the short 4-second buff Reckless Force (a massive Critical Strike chance buff), during which you want to use The Unbound Force.
Use Purification Protocol's Purifying Blast on cooldown. Also delay if adds are spawning in the next 30 seconds.
- 14 Jan. 2020: Updated for Patch 8.3.
- 10 Jul. 2019: Added sims for powers.
- 24 Jun. 2019: Created the page.
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