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Retribution Paladin DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Nov 27, 2017 at 22:17 by Vlad 301 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Retribution Paladins. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Retribution Paladin guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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.

1. Recommended Gear

Slot Item Source
Helm Helmet of the Hidden Sanctuary Icon Helmet of the Hidden Sanctuary Eonar the Life-Binder
Neck Vulcanarcore Pendant Icon Vulcanarcore Pendant Portal Keeper Hasabel
Shoulders Light's Vanguard Shoulderplates Icon Light's Vanguard Shoulderplates The Coven of Shivarra
Cloak Light's Vanguard Greatcloak Icon Light's Vanguard Greatcloak Antoran High Command
Chest Light's Vanguard Breastplate Icon Light's Vanguard Breastplate Eonar the Life-Binder
Wrists Vambraces of Life's Assurance Icon Vambraces of Life's Assurance Eonar the Life-Binder
Gloves Light's Vanguard Gauntlets Icon Light's Vanguard Gauntlets Kin'garoth
Belt Grond-Father Girdle Icon Grond-Father Girdle Aggramar
Legs Light's Vanguard Legplates Icon Light's Vanguard Legplates Imonar the Soulhunter
Boots Burning Coven Sabatons Icon Burning Coven Sabatons The Coven of Shivarra
Ring #1 Loop of the Life-Binder Icon Loop of the Life-Binder Eonar the Life-Binder
Ring #2 Sullied Seal of the Pantheon Icon Sullied Seal of the Pantheon Argus the Unmaker

The best trinkets for you are the following.

  1. Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish
  2. Aman'Thul's Vision Icon Aman'Thul's Vision
  3. Seeping Scourgewing Icon Seeping Scourgewing
  4. Khaz'goroth's Courage Icon Khaz'goroth's Courage
  5. Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal (item level 910+)
  6. Eye of Command Icon Eye of Command
  7. Haste/MasteryVersatility stat sticks
  8. Gorshalach's Legacy Icon Gorshalach's Legacy

2. Tier 21 Set Bonuses for Retribution Paladins

The 2-piece Tier 21 Set Bonus is great, and it can be used very well together with the 4-piece Tier 20 Set Bonus until you obtain higher item level Antorus pieces to enable the use of the 4-piece bonus. That said, the 4-piece Tier 21 Set Bonus is great, but only when the pieces are of a higher item level than your Tier 20 4-piece items.

3. Legendary Items for Retribution Paladins

Legendary items have a high item level of 1000, which makes them extremely strong. They are so strong, in fact, that a legendary item is always going to be worth equipping over any other item you might have in that slot.

However, there is a limitation on the number of legendary items you can have equipped at any one time (by default 1, but by now most players should be able to equip 2). Since some legendary items are better than others, if you have more items than the limit, you will have to choose which ones to equip.

Below, we will do our best to guide you through this process, as well as provide any other relevant information.

The top legendary items to use, in order, are:

  1. Whisper of the Nathrezim Icon Whisper of the Nathrezim
  2. Soul of the Highlord Icon Soul of the Highlord
  3. Chain of Thrayn Icon Chain of Thrayn
  4. Liadrin's Fury Unleashed Icon Liadrin's Fury Unleashed
  5. Ashes to Dust Icon Ashes to Dust
  6. Scarlet Inquisitor's Expurgation Icon Scarlet Inquisitor's Expurgation
  7. Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish

Any combination of Whisper of the Nathrezim Icon Whisper of the Nathrezim, Liadrin's Fury Unleashed Icon Liadrin's Fury Unleashed, Chain of Thrayn Icon Chain of Thrayn, and Soul of the Highlord Icon Soul of the Highlord is good.

The other legendaries considerably worse, and if you have to choose between one of them, simply choose based on personal preference. That said, simming your character to find out the best combination for you is always recommended.

4. Loot Competition for Retribution Paladins

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Demon Hunters, Holy/Protection Paladins, Priests, and Warlocks
Plate Armor Death Knights, Holy/Protection Paladins, and Warriors
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Frost/Unholy Death Knights and Arms/Fury Warriors

5. ChangeLog

  • 27 Nov. 2017: Updated the page to account for Antorus gear being available (Set Bonus recommendations, BiS list, trinket and legendary rankings).
  • 12 Sep. 2017: Slightly updated legendary ranking.
  • 31 Aug. 2017: Slightly improved the Convergence of Fates recommendation.
  • 28 Aug. 2017: Updated trinket and legendary rankings slightly.
  • 16 Aug. 2017: Updated the legendary ranking.
  • 24 Jun. 2017: Updated the legendary ranking to mention that Liadrin's Fury Unleashed is only the top legendary with the Tier 20 4-piece Set Bonus, and updated the source of the tier chest.
  • 15 Jun. 2017: Updated Tier 20 recommendations to account for the fact that the Set Bonuses were switched.
  • 13 Jun. 2017: Added a mention of simming your character.
  • 13 Jun. 2017: Updated the legendary list slightly.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Updated BiS and legendary lists and trinket and set bonus recommendations to account for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 11 May 2017: Updated trinket list.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 13 Feb. 2017: Updated the trinket analysis link.
  • 31 Jan. 2017: Added the Claw of the Crystalline Scorpid trinket to the list.
  • 26 Jan. 2017: Updated trinket list.
  • 24 Jan. 2017: Updated BiS list and added a spreadsheet for trinket recommendations.
  • 19 Jan. 2017: Removed Convergence of Fates from the trinket list and updated the order slightly.
  • 17 Jan. 2017: Added a Best in Slot section.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Further updated trinket and legendary recommendations.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Updated trinket and legendary item recommendations.
  • 12 Dec. 2016: Removed Aran's Relaxing Ruby from the trinket list following its nerf.
  • 27 Nov. 2016: Updated the trinket list slightly (moved Swarming Plaguehive to number 2 in the list).
  • 22 Nov. 2016: Re-added Aran's Relaxing Ruby to the trinket list (but in a different place than it was previously).
  • 20 Nov. 2016: Removed Aran's Relaxing Ruby from the trinket list as it no longer works for Retribution Paladins.
  • 14 Nov. 2016: Removed the Best in Slot list as it does not make sense given the highly variable stat weights. Added suggestion to use Simcraft instead. Also updated trinket recommendations slightly.
  • 03 Nov. 2016: Moved Eye of Command in the trinket order to second place.
  • 31 Oct. 2016: Added Eye of Command to the trinket list.
  • 28 Oct. 2016: Added Swarming Plaguehive to the list of trinkets.
  • 12 Oct. 2016: Added Horn of Valor to the "other good trinket" paragraph.
  • 08 Oct. 2016: Revamped the trinket recommendations and slightly updated the legendary item ranking.
  • 24 Sep. 2016: Replaced Ravaged Speed Pod trinket with Ursoc's Rending Paw.
  • 08 Sep. 2016: Added Gronntooth War Horn to the list of good trinkets.
  • 07 Sep. 2016: Added BiS recommendation.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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