Retribution Paladin DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Nov 22, 2018 at 18:41 by Urthearso 50 comments

Welcome to our Retribution Paladin guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1. 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.

1. Retribution Paladin Overview

In single-target DPS, the Retribution specialisation is currently performing very well, compared to most other classes. The sustained AoE performance on the other side is rather weak.

2. Patch 8.0.1 Changes for Retribution Paladins

  • Mastery: Hand of Light Icon Mastery: Hand of Light increases all Holy damage done by our abilities. Note that this does not affect Racials and Trinket effects.
  • Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath and Shield of Vengeance Icon Shield of Vengeance are now affected by the global cooldown.
  • Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath now grants 20% increased damage, healing, and Critical Strike chance.
  • Judgment Icon Judgment now generates 1 Holy Power and causes the target to take 25% increased damage from your next Holy Power spender.
  • Art of War Icon Art of War is a new passive, giving us the Legion version of Blade of Wrath with half proc rate at 2 procs per minute.
  • Shield of Vengeance Icon Shield of Vengeance's absorb shield now equals 30% of your maximum Health. It will burst when the shield is consumed, or after 15 seconds, and deal Holy damage equal to the absorbed amount divided to nearby enemies. The absorb shield and damage do not get increased by any damage modifiers.
  • Retribution Icon Retribution's duration has been halved to 10 seconds.
  • Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike's cooldown has been increased to 6 seconds, up from 4.5.

3. Strengths of Retribution Paladin

4. Weaknesses of Retribution Paladin

  • Low sustained AoE damage
  • Low mobility
  • Uptime-reliant

5. Retribution Paladin Viability in the Current Patch

Retribution Paladin is doing fine in Uldir so far, but that is only as far as melee are concerned. When there is only a very small amount of melee slots available, other melee specs are preferred over Retribution for their raid-wide class buffs. Currently, Retribution is not filling a specific niche, so there is no hard requirement or situation where you have to bring one into the raid. Retribution still lacks an instantaneous gap closer mobility tool to deal with certain raid mechanics as efficiently as most of the other melee can. In dungeons, Retribution can make use of its utility kit to support the healer, but lacks in output. Overall, the spec is probably sitting in the middle of the pack so it could be better, but also worse.

6. Changelog

  • 22 Nov. 2018 (this page): Added viability section.
  • 12 Nov. 2018 (simulations page): Updated all simulation results.
  • 12 Nov. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Azerite Gear piece rankings for head, shoulders, and chest.
  • 12 Nov. 2018 (bosses page): Added Uldir Mythic talent recommendations and tips. Updated a few Normal/Heroic boss talent recommendations.
  • 12 Nov. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated all simulation results.
  • 21 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Reconstructed the page and updated Divine Right duration.
  • 19 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated to adjust Geti'ikku value.
  • 19 Sep. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated all simulation results for the recent tuning pass.
  • 19 Sep. 2018 (simulations page): Updated all simulation results for the recent tuning pass.
  • 12 Sep. 2018 (simulations page): Updated all simulation results for Uldir Mythic opening.
  • 12 Sep. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated all simulation results for Uldir Mythic opening.
  • 07 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Increased Relentless Inquisitor duration after hotfix.
  • 06 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Geti'ikku change.
  • 06 Sep. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Geti'ikku change.
  • 05 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Updated potion for Uldir.
  • 05 Sep. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated talents for Uldir.
  • 05 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Updated tier 1, 2, 4, and 5 talent sections slightly.
  • 05 Sep. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated all simulation results for Uldir.
  • 05 Sep. 2018 (simulations page): Updated all simulation results for Uldir.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Major update to the page.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (bosses page): Added content for Uldir release.
  • 27 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated all simulation results.
  • 27 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Added Azerite Gear rankings.
  • 27 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated rankings.
  • 27 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated all simulation results.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Added Battle Potion of Strength recommendation for cleave.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (spells page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 02 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated Wake of Ashes + Divine Purpose opener.
  • 25 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Removed Blade of Wrath note.
  • 25 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Fixed Divine Punisher description.
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (enchants page): Updated Haste food.
  • 21 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Updated Wake of Ashes + Inquisition and Wake of Ashes + Crusade opener.
  • 21 Jul. 2018 (easy mode page): Changed recommended targets for Divine Storm to 3.
  • 21 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Removed Divine Storm at 2 targets recommendation with Divine Judgment.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (addons page): Added War Mode talent macros.
  • 19 Jul. 2018 (addons page): Added Consecration + Wake of Ashes macro.
  • 18 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Fixed some typos.
  • 18 Jul. 2018 (enchants page): Removed Strength gem.
  • 17 Jul. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 17 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 17 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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