Retribution Paladin DPS Guide — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jul 16, 2021 at 10:41 by Urthearso 30 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Retribution Paladin guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1. Here, you will learn how to play as a Retribution Paladin in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Retribution Paladin guide.

1.

Retribution Paladin Overview

Retribution Paladin is a very cooldown reliant melee-DPS spec. Their greatest strength is the high versatility in available burst types, be it single-target, close-range cleave, or AoE. The defensive utility is very good as well, as it offers a damage reduction aura, a strong single-target damage reduction cooldown for others, massive off-heals, and the best immunity in the game.

2.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses
  • -Low mobility.
  • -Uptime-reliant.
3.

Patch 9.1 Changes for Paladins

We are maintaining a list of changes for Paladins, so you can see what changes with every patch of Shadowlands. Be sure to also check out Retribution's specific changes this patch.

3.1.

Significant Patch 9.1 Retribution Changes

3.1.1.

New Legendary Powers

Divine Resonance Icon Divine Resonance is the new best Kyrian Paladin Legendary Power, casting a Judgment Icon Judgment on your current target once every 5 seconds, over 15 seconds.

Radiant Embers Icon Radiant Embers is the new Venthyr Paladin Legendary Power, increasing Ashen Hallow Icon Ashen Hallow's duration by 50%. Leaving the area will end the effect and reduce the cooldown up to 50% proportional to its remaining duration. Running out of the circle early mainly desynchronizes Ashen Hallow from your cooldowns, while staying inside does not provide more throughput than other Legendary Power options.

Seasons of Plenty Icon Seasons of Plenty is the new Night Fae Paladin Legendary Power. It empowers each of your Night Fae blessings once they were up for 10 seconds for the next 10 seconds. Blessing of Autumn Icon Blessing of Autumn, Blessing of Winter Icon Blessing of Winter, and Blessing of Spring Icon Blessing of Spring have their effectiveness doubled, while Blessing of Summer Icon Blessing of Summer has its effectiveness quadrupled (by having both its proc chance and proc amplification doubled).

Duty-Bound Gavel Icon Duty-Bound Gavel is the new Necrolord Paladin Legendary Power, adding a second charge to Vanquisher's Hammer Icon Vanquisher's Hammer and a second empowered Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict per Vanquisher's Hammer cast.

3.1.2.

New Conduits

Condensed Anima Sphere Icon Condensed Anima Sphere is a new Endurance Conduit that, once you take any damage, will heal you for X% of your maximum Health. This can only occur once every 10 seconds. The new World Boss Mor'geth, Tormentor of the Damned drops this Conduit.

3.1.3.

Conduit Changes

Virtuous Command Icon Virtuous Command now refreshes from consecutive Judgment Icon Judgment casts, which is a noticeable buff thanks to its synergy with the new Divine Resonance Icon Divine Resonance Legendary Power for Kyrian Paladins.

Truth's Wake Icon Truth's Wake now does the correct amount of damage implied by the tooltip. This change alongside the new Potency Conduit slot finally allows us to utilize the Potency Conduit in Mythic+.

3.1.4.

Night Fae Changes

Blessing of Winter Icon Blessing of Winter now can be applied to multiple targets at the same time.

4.

Leveling a Retribution Paladin

If you want to play a Retribution Paladin, but currently do not have one at max level, you can check out our leveling guide for tips on your crusade.

Once you reach max level, it can be somewhat overwhelming to completely change the way you play by suddenly implementing a large number of addons in a short space of time, especially if they have a heavy visual impact on your UI. We recommend using some of the more basic addons recommended on our Addons page below while leveling, so that you have more time to get used to them during the easier phases of playing your class.

5.

Basics of Retribution Paladin Gameplay

Retribution Paladin is a spec about buffing yourself, managing cooldowns, and handling resource management all at the same time. The fundamental idea of the rotation is simple, you are building and spending Holy Power, while mixing in cooldowns to maximize the effectiveness of your Holy Power abilities.

At all times, you will be figuring out which Holy Power generator you should prioritize over your others while not overcapping Holy Power, and then figure out the best Holy Power spender to use in your current situation. You will also regularly be using your main cooldown, Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath.

If you are an absolute beginner to the spec, but would like to learn the basic fundamentals of the class, we recommend looking through the Spell Summary first, as well as the Easy Mode page linked below.

If you are already somewhat familiar with Retribution Paladin, you can head straight to the Talents and Rotation pages to jump right into the more complex, detailed information.

6.

How to Gear Up as a Retribution Paladin

Despite the fact that gearing has become more challenging, due to the huge number of variables that depend on your character, you can find information on how best to gear as Retribution on our dedicated gearing page.

Once you have started to gear up, you will need to make sure that you have the appropriate consumables, gems, enchants, and more. We have a dedicated page for exactly this, as shown below, as well as the stats page, where you can find more information on the possibility of a changing stat priority and the necessary changes you may need to make for consumables.

7.

End-Game as a Retribution Paladin

Starting off as Retribution Paladin can look very different from the absolute end-game raiding and progression as one. Our Mythic+, Raiding, and PvP guides can guide you to performing as well as possible, regardless of your focus in end-game content.

8.

Improving as a Retribution Paladin

If you are finding your performance lacklustre, but are not sure where you are going wrong, you can check out the pages below for potential tips, or answers to questions you may have.

9.

Changelog

  • 14 Jul. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Updated with retail information.
  • 14 Jul. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Partly updated for Mythic raid opening.
  • 07 Jul. 2021 (mythic+ page): Updated for Shadowlands Season 2 launch.
  • 07 Jul. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Page added.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (this page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (FAQ page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Torghast): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (stats page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (addons page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (gear page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (simulations page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 16 Jun. 2021 (gear page): Updated recommended Jaithys consume level to 5/5 and Domination Gem upgrade order.
  • 14 Jun. 2021 (gear page): Updated recommended Jaithys consume level to 4/5.
  • 20 May 2021 (rotation page): Updated Consecration priority.
  • 20 May 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Page filled with preliminary information.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (addons page): Added notes about stopcasting and cancelqueuedspell.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Updated for the Vanquisher's Hammer change.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated Legendary Power recommendations.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Updated Legendary Power recommendations.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Covenant recommendations for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Updated for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Added Relentless Inquisitor Legendary Power note.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 04 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Increased Hammer of Wrath priority.
  • 04 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Updated talent recommendations for the Seraphim update.
  • 04 Mar. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): All boss talents updated for Seraphim update & added more boss tips.
  • 04 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Increased Hammer of Wrath priority.
  • 04 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Updated cloak enchant to Fortified Avoidance.
  • 04 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Updated talent recommendations for Seraphim update.
  • 04 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): Updated talent recommendations for Seraphim update.
  • 16 Jan. 2021 (talents page): Updated talent recommendations for Kyrian Paladins.
  • 16 Jan. 2021 (mythic+ page): Added Kyrian talent notes.
  • 16 Jan. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated recommended Covenants and Conduits after SimulationCraft updates.
  • 16 Jan. 2021 (rotation page): Added Divine Toll Holy Power note.
  • 16 Jan. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated Magistrates Judgement info.
  • 16 Jan. 2021 (Torghast): Added Eye for an Eye as viable talent.
  • 16 Jan. 2021 (enchants page): Moved Strength gems to gems sim paragraph.
  • 16 Jan. 2021 (gear page): Added trinket options.
  • 18 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added Mythic Shriekwing + Altimor tips and talents.
  • 11 Dec. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Expurgation Conduit moved to A-Tier for single-target.
  • 07 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Updated for Castle Nathria Normal/Heroic opening.
  • 07 Dec. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for Shadowlands Mythic+ Season 1 start.
  • 03 Dec. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for Castle Nathria.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Page added.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Updated best legendary for Torghast.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (this page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added.
  • 10 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for Execution Sentence and Final Reckoning changes.
  • 10 Nov. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for Execution Sentence and Final Reckoning changes.
  • 10 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for Execution Sentence and Final Reckoning changes.
  • 10 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for Execution Sentence and Final Reckoning changes.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 11 Apr. 2020 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated talent and essence recommendations.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 05 Aug. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated for Mythic.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added Mythic notes.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Inquisition has been added as a viable Talent.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): Inquisition has been added as a viable Talent.
  • 11 Mar. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1.5 and no changes are necessary.
  • 17 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added Mythic recommendations.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Adjustments to talent advice for N'Zoth and Zul.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for 8.1.
  • 12 Nov. 2018 (Uldir page): Added Uldir Mythic talent recommendations and tips. Updated a few Normal/Heroic boss talent recommendations.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added content for Uldir release.
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