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Retribution Paladin DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.3.2)

Last updated on Sep 12, 2017 at 21:07 by Vlad 279 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. Best in Slot List

As of Tier 20 raiding, the following items constitute your "best in slot" list. Be sure to read on to find more details about trinket choice and set bonus items. Credit for this list goes to Solsacra and Mserrano.

Slot Item Source
Helm Armet of the Rotten Mind Icon Armet of the Rotten Mind The Desolate Host
Neck String of Extracted Incisors Icon String of Extracted Incisors Demonic Inquisition
Shoulders Radiant Lightbringer Shoulderguards Icon Radiant Lightbringer Shoulderguards Fallen Avatar
Cloak Cape of Mindless Fury Icon Cape of Mindless Fury Fallen Avatar
Chest Radiant Lightbringer Breastplate Icon Radiant Lightbringer Breastplate Maiden of Vigilance
Wrists Bonemeal-Crusted Armplates Icon Bonemeal-Crusted Armplates Demonic Inquisition
Gloves Radiant Lightbringer Gauntlets Icon Radiant Lightbringer Gauntlets Harjatan
Belt Soul-Render's Greatbelt Icon Soul-Render's Greatbelt Kil'jaeden
Legs Radiant Lightbringer Greaves Icon Radiant Lightbringer Greaves Mistress Sassz'ine
Boots Spiked Terrorwake Greatboots Icon Spiked Terrorwake Greatboots Trash BoE
Ring #1 Seal of the Second Duumvirate Icon Seal of the Second Duumvirate Kil'jaeden
Ring #2 Yathae's Thumb Ring Icon Yathae's Thumb Ring Sisters of the Moon

The best trinkets for you are the following. We do not list them in order because, essentially, the item level of the actual item will make all the difference. Simming your character will yield the best results.

These trinket recommendations were provided by Thordros, a Retribution theorycrafter on the Retribution Paladin Discord. You can check this analysis for a more detailed look.

2. Tier 20 Set Bonuses

The 2-piece Tier 20 Set Bonus is simply decent, while the 4-piece Set Bonus is extremely strong. That said, you will want to use even the 2-piece Bonus for the high item level of its items (as illustrated in the BiS list above).

3. Legendary Items

Legendary items have a high item level of 970, 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. Chain of Thrayn Icon Chain of Thrayn
  3. Liadrin's Fury Unleashed Icon Liadrin's Fury Unleashed
  4. Soul of the Highlord Icon Soul of the Highlord
  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

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
Everyone
Trinkets Frost/Unholy Death Knights and Arms/Fury Warriors

5. ChangeLog

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  • 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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