Retribution Paladin DPS Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 17:34 by Urthearso 24 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Retribution Paladin guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.5. 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 WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Retribution Paladin DPS 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.

Shadowlands Changes for Paladins

We are maintaining a list of changes for Paladins, so you can see what changes with every patch of Shadowlands.

3.1.

Significant Patch 9.0.5 Retribution Changes

3.1.1.

Kyrian Changes

Ringing Clarity Icon Ringing Clarity no longer releases all the extra Judgment Icon Judgment procs immediately, but instead releases them one after another after casting Divine Toll Icon Divine Toll. There is about a 0.7-second delay between releases. This new release process allows you to cast Divine Toll Icon Divine Toll with more Holy Power than previously without wasting any and you can consume multiple Judgment debuffs (since each release applies it anew) as long as you are spending Holy Power on your primary target in between the Judgment releases.

This GIF shows how the new release for Ringing Clarity Icon Ringing Clarity procs.

This GIF, on the other hand, shows how Ringing Clarity Icon Ringing Claritys Judgment Icon Judgment debuffs get applied again after consuming it during the release of the procs.

3.2.

Legendary Changes

Final Verdict Icon Final Verdict now does 15% more damage than Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict, whereas previously it did the exact same damage.

Of Dusk and Dawn Icon Of Dusk and Dawn's damage buff now lasts 12 seconds, up from 8 seconds. The defensive buff now grants 4% damage reduction, up from 3%.

Vanguard's Momentum Icon Vanguard's Momentum now increases Holy damage done by 4%, up from 3%. The duration was increased to 10 seconds, up from 8 seconds.

The Magistrate's Judgment Icon The Magistrate's Judgment has been indirectly buffed for Kyrian Paladins. Ringing Clarity Icon Ringing Clarity's new delayed Judgment Icon Judgment can each trigger this Legendary Power, which makes it more consistent.

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

  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Updated Legendary Power recommendations.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Covenant recommendations for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Updated for the Vanquisher's Hammer change.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Updated for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated Legendary Power recommendations.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (addons page): Added notes about stopcasting and cancelqueuedspell.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Added Relentless Inquisitor Legendary Power note.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 04 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Increased Hammer of Wrath priority.
  • 04 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Updated talent recommendations for Seraphim update.
  • 04 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Updated talent recommendations for the Seraphim update.
  • 04 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): Updated talent recommendations for Seraphim update.
  • 04 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Updated cloak enchant to Fortified Avoidance.
  • 04 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Increased Hammer of Wrath priority.
  • 04 Mar. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): All boss talents updated for Seraphim update & added more boss tips.
  • 16 Jan. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated Magistrates Judgement info.
  • 16 Jan. 2021 (enchants page): Moved Strength gems to gems sim paragraph.
  • 16 Jan. 2021 (Torghast): Added Eye for an Eye as viable talent.
  • 16 Jan. 2021 (mythic+ page): Added Kyrian talent notes.
  • 16 Jan. 2021 (rotation page): Added Divine Toll Holy Power note.
  • 16 Jan. 2021 (gear page): Added trinket options.
  • 16 Jan. 2021 (talents page): Updated talent recommendations for Kyrian Paladins.
  • 16 Jan. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated recommended Covenants and Conduits after SimulationCraft updates.
  • 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 (FAQ page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (this page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 10 Nov. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for Execution Sentence and Final Reckoning changes.
  • 10 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for Execution Sentence and Final Reckoning changes.
  • 10 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for Execution Sentence and Final Reckoning changes.
  • 10 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for Execution Sentence and Final Reckoning changes.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (this 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 (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.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms 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 (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.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 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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