Retribution Paladin DPS Mythic+ Tips — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on May 24, 2020 at 00:00 by Urthearso 70 comments
General Information

In this guide, you will find tips and advice to tackle Mythic+ dungeons with your Retribution Paladin in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.


Retribution Paladin in Mythic+

Retribution Paladin is a decent melee DPS specializations for Mythic+ in Battle for Azeroth. A Retribution Paladin brings good single-target damage & very good AoE damage, as well as a good amount of utility through talents and the baseline kit. The main issue is the lacking mobility.

If you are unfamiliar with Mythic+ and its associated general mechanics, you can read more about it on our dedicated Mythic+ page below.


Retribution Paladin Mythic+ Rotation

Both the single target and multi-target rotations do not change in Mythic+ content. For more information about the Retribution Paladin DPS rotation, refer back to the Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities page.

Pool Holy Power towards the end of every trash pull, so that you can start spending Holy Power faster. Holy Power does not decay in combat and, once you leave combat, it takes about 20 seconds before it starts to decay.


Retribution Paladin Utility

Retribution Paladin provides support for the group through damage, healing, and other additional effects listed below.

  • With a 5-second duration, Wake of Ashes Icon Wake of Ashes is a very potent AoE stun, but it only works against Demon and Undead enemies.
  • Hammer of Justice Icon Hammer of Justice is a single target stun with a very long 6-second duration. Use it often to stun casting mobs that you cannot interrupt with Rebuke Icon Rebuke. The talent Fist of Justice Icon Fist of Justice allows you to use it more frequently.
  • Repentance Icon Repentance can be used to incapacitate a single Humanoid, Demon, Undead, Dragonkin, or Giant type enemy within 30 yards until you attack it. Cast it if you want to move around or delay dealing with a particularly dangerous mob. Incapacitating the leader of a patrolling group will also stop the entire group from moving. Keep in mind that you pull aggro and enter combat if you move too close to the incapacitated target.
  • Blinding Light Icon Blinding Light can be used to disorient enemies within 10 yards. This can be used either to take enemies out of combat for a short duration, or to AoE interrupt crowd-controllable, casting enemies.
  • Cleanse Toxins Icon Cleanse Toxins can be used to remove all Poison and Disease effects from a group member.
  • Blessing of Protection Icon Blessing of Protection removes bleeds and other Physical damage effects. Additionally, it grants your target immunity to Physical damage and harmful effects for 10 seconds. It is often used on group members who pulled aggro from the tank via damage or healing.
  • Blessing of Freedom Icon Blessing of Freedom removes and prevents movement-impairing effects for 8 seconds.
  • Word of Glory Icon Word of Glory heals a friendly target and the 2 most injured group members within 30 yards of you for a great amount.
  • Lay on Hands Icon Lay on Hands heals a friendly target for an amount equal to your maximum Health.

Mythic+ Talents

Below are the suggested talents for Mythic+ and are recommended for all groups and keys at the current time.

Level Choices
15 Zeal Zeal Righteous Verdict Righteous Verdict Execution Sentence Execution Sentence
30 Fires of Justice ? Fires of Justice Blade of Wrath ? Blade of Wrath Hammer of Wrath Hammer of Wrath
45 Fist of Justice Fist of Justice Repentance ? Repentance Blinding Light Blinding Light
60 Divine Judgment Divine Judgment Consecration ? Consecration Wake of Ashes Wake of Ashes
75 Unbreakable Spirit Unbreakable Spirit Cavalier ? Cavalier Eye for an Eye ? Eye for an Eye
90 Selfless Healer Selfless Healer Justicar's Vengeance Justicar's Vengeance Word of Glory Word of Glory
100 Divine Purpose Divine Purpose Crusade Crusade Inquisition ? Inquisition

We recommend to use Crusade Icon Crusade while the Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection Essence is used.


Mythic+ Affixes


Seasonal Affix

Awakened Icon Awakened replaces Beguiling as the seasonal affix for Season 4 of Battle for Azeroth. In it, obelisks exist within dungeons which will pull players into a Corrupted alternate reality inhabited by lieutenants of N'Zoth who must be defeated before the final boss, lest they ambush you in turn. Upon defeating a lieutenant, a portal is created which allows players to move back and forth between realities, avoiding enemies and creating skips that previously required special class abilities.

Unfortunately, Retribution Paladins do not have much interaction with the mechanic, though they should be aware of potential skips and how that may impact the dungeon progress route in order to effectively time cooldowns.


Essences for Mythic+

You can find a general Essence guide with all of their descriptions and power explanations on our Essence Guide. Additional information on how to use the Essences as a Retribution Paladin can be found on our Essences page.


Major Power

Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection is our mandatory major essence. The short Crusade Icon Crusade procs allows us to benefit from Light's Decree Icon Light's Decree and Avenger's Might Icon Avenger's Might more often. If we proc inside of our Crusade Icon Crusade burst window, it will extend the duration. If it procs outside, we are able to deal massive damage while Crusade Icon Crusade in on cooldown, or while we are holding it for a bigger pull.


Minor Powers


Azerite Traits for Mythic+

Right after the first Light's Decree Icon Light's Decree trait, you want to have a single Empyrean Power Icon Empyrean Power trait for M+. The first Empyrean Power Icon Empyrean Power trait gives you the most additional free cleave damage, while also providing viable single-target damage. Finally add more Light's Decree Icon Light's Decree traits and Avenger's Might Icon Avenger's Might traits to further increase our already strong burst potential.

If you stack Masterful Icon Masterful and Honed Mind Icon Honed Mind corruptions, it is possible to ignore the single Empyrean Power Icon Empyrean Power trait and opt for more burst potential. For this you require 3x Light's Decree Icon Light's Decree and 3x Avenger's Might Icon Avenger's Might traits. With this build your tank will have a harder time to keep aggro, so make sure to communicate with him beforehand.


Outer Rings Azerite Traits for Mythic+

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Middle Ring Azerite Traits for Mythic+

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Inner Ring Azerite Traits for Mythic+

  1. Personal Absorb-o-Tron Icon Personal Absorb-o-Tron
  2. Impassive Visage Icon Impassive Visage
  3. Bulwark of the Masses Icon Bulwark of the Masses
  4. Auto-Self-Cauterizer Icon Auto-Self-Cauterizer
  5. Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection
  6. Gemhide Icon Gemhide

Corrupted Gear for Mythic+


Cleave Corruptions

  • Masterful Icon Masterful increases the Mastery gained from all sources and synergizes extremely well with Strive for Perfection Icon Strive for Perfection, in combination with the Avenger's Might Icon Avenger's Might and Light's Decree Icon Light's Decree Azerite traits.
  • Honed Mind Icon Honed Mind is a Mastery buff that lasts 10 seconds. With a couple of Masterful Icon Masterful traits, this buff becomes the strongest choice to fill your corruption cap. How many of these you want depends on how many Masterful Icon Masterful traits you already have and needs to be simulated for an exact answer for each character.
  • Ineffable Truth Icon Ineffable Truth is a proc that increases your overall Holy Power generation, which will increase the amount of Divine Storm Icon Divine Storms you can cast, and therefore it increases the amount of Light's Decree Icon Light's Decree damage you can do. It works similarly to Empyrean Power Icon Empyrean Power for us. You should never have more than one Corruption of this type.
  • Twilight Devastation Icon Twilight Devastation is a AoE damage proc based on your maximum Health. It will hit 5 enemies for full damage, 5 additional ones for 50% of the damage, and then it will disappear. This is a good corruption alternative if you cannot get the Mastery corruptions, but it is still not as good as them due to its random nature.

Cleave DPS per Corruption Point

The top chart is more generally useful. Corruption is a resource that we want to minimize wherever we can, and the top chart provides you an idea of which Corruption affixes provide the most DPS for the Corruption they add to your gear. The bottom chart is more of a showcase of the DPS potential of the Corruptions.

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Cleave Corruption DPS Overall

We do not recommend making choices based off of the overall charts. We recommend using the "DPS per Corruption Point" charts instead.

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  • 24 May 2020: Added non Empyrean Power build based on Mastery corruptions.
  • 11 Apr. 2020: Updated talent and essence recommendations.
  • 14 Jan. 2020: Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 17 Jul. 2019: Added Essence recommendations and Beguiling notes.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 15 Apr. 2019: Inquisition has been added as a viable Talent.
  • 11 Mar. 2019: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1.5 and no changes are necessary.
  • 21 Jan. 2019: Updated for the opening of Battle of Dazar'alor and M+ Season 2.
  • 11 Dec. 2018: Necrotic now is a physical bleed, so you can use Blessing of Protection to remove it.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Updated for 8.1.
  • 04 Sep. 2018: Major update to the page.
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