Retribution Paladin DPS Mythic+ Tips — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jul 07, 2021 at 08:43 by Urthearso 28 comments
General Information

In this guide, you will find tips and advice to tackle Mythic+ dungeons with your Retribution Paladin in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1.

1.

Unique Challenges of Mythic+

Mythic+ Dungeons, especially high ones, are arguably the peak of WoW's competitive PvE content alongside Mythic raiding.

In Mythic Dungeons, as a Retribution Paladin, you will be personally responsible for a larger part of the group's total damage output, compared to a Mythic Raiding group, where you may only be responsible for approximately 7% of it. The skill and execution of each of the individual players in the Mythic+ group is much more important.

Next to just doing damage, in Mythic+ you will be responsible for some things to make the group's run faster and easier. Interrupting, soaking mechanics, throwing some off heals, offering some blessings, and using your stun are all much more commonplace in Mythic+ than your usual Mythic raid.

In this guide, we will talk about optimizing your Paladin for Mythic+ dungeons, including the best way to configure your character, how your rotation may change, and some tips and tricks to maximize your throughput.

If you are unfamiliar with Mythic+ and its associated general mechanics, you can read more about it on our Shadowlands Mythic+ Season 2 page below.

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

2.

Retribution Paladin Mythic+ Build

For Mythic+ Dungeons as a Retribution Paladin, your focus will be on maximizing single-target and cleave burst damage periods. The greatest strength of a Retribution Paladin is the high throughput during cooldowns, which ties into the weaker than average throughput without cooldowns.

Note that the talents recommended below are specifically for Mythic+. If you wish to see a more generalized overview of Retribution talents, you can check our full talent page below.

These are our recommended talents for Retribution Paladin in Mythic+

Level Choices
15 Zeal Zeal Righteous Verdict Righteous Verdict Execution Sentence ? Execution Sentence
25 Fires of Justice Fires of Justice Blade of Wrath Blade of Wrath Empyrean Power Empyrean Power
30 Fist of Justice Fist of Justice Repentance ? Repentance Blinding Light Blinding Light
35 Unbreakable Spirit Unbreakable Spirit Cavalier Cavalier Eye for an Eye Eye for an Eye
40 Divine Purpose Divine Purpose Holy Avenger Holy Avenger Seraphim Seraphim
45 Selfless Healer Selfless Healer Justicar's Vengeance Justicar's Vengeance Healing Hands Healing Hands
50 Sanctified Wrath Sanctified Wrath Crusade Crusade Final Reckoning Final Reckoning
2.1.

Level 15 Talents for Mythic+ as a Retribution Paladin

Zeal Zeal Righteous Verdict Righteous Verdict Execution Sentence ? Execution Sentence

Zeal Icon Zeal should always be chosen for the highest overall throughput.

Execution Sentence Icon Execution Sentence can be used for higher priority target burst at the cost of overall throughput.

2.2.

Level 25 Talents for Mythic+ as a Retribution Paladin

Fires of Justice Fires of Justice Blade of Wrath Blade of Wrath Empyrean Power Empyrean Power

Empyrean Power Icon Empyrean Power should always be chosen.

2.3.

Level 30 Talents for Mythic+ as a Retribution Paladin

Fist of Justice Fist of Justice Repentance ? Repentance Blinding Light Blinding Light

Here you need to choose based on your crowd-control requirements and group setup.

  • Fist of Justice Icon Fist of Justice offers more frequent stuns.
  • Repentance Icon Repentance offers an incapacitation tool against Humanoids, Demons, Undead, Dragonkin, and Giants.
  • Blinding Light Icon Blinding Light offers an AoE disorient crowd-control tool, where any non-Holy damage breaks the effect. This ability is also used as AoE interrupt against crowd-controllable enemies.
2.4.

Level 35 Talents for Mythic+ as a Retribution Paladin

Unbreakable Spirit Unbreakable Spirit Cavalier Cavalier Eye for an Eye Eye for an Eye

For more frequent defensive cooldowns, choose Unbreakable Spirit Icon Unbreakable Spirit. If your group keeps running ahead of you and you struggle to keep up, choose Cavalier Icon Cavalier. For a high-level Mythic+ Dungeon, we recommend the defensive option over the mobility option.

2.5.

Level 40 Talents for Mythic+ as a Retribution Paladin

Divine Purpose Divine Purpose Holy Avenger Holy Avenger Seraphim Seraphim

Seraphim Icon Seraphim is the recommended default choice for this tier.

2.6.

Level 45 Talents for Mythic+ as a Retribution Paladin

Selfless Healer Selfless Healer Justicar's Vengeance Justicar's Vengeance Healing Hands Healing Hands

Pick between Selfless Healer Icon Selfless Healer and Healing Hands Icon Healing Hands. If you do not want to spend Holy Power on Word of Glory Icon Word of Glory, always pick Selfless Healer Icon Selfless Healer.

2.7.

Level 50 Talents for Mythic+ as a Retribution Paladin

Sanctified Wrath Sanctified Wrath Crusade Crusade Final Reckoning Final Reckoning

Sanctified Wrath Icon Sanctified Wrath is the recommended default choice for this tier, as long as your enemies are alive during the majority of your Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath. All of the AoE damage is spread out during Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath's duration.

Final Reckoning Icon Final Reckoning frontloads a lot of damage, which is more valuable than Sanctified Wrath Icon Sanctified Wrath when most trash fights are very short.

For Kyrian Paladins using the Pelagos Soulbind, Final Reckoning Icon Final Reckoning in combination with Seraphim Icon Seraphim is a very competitive alternative, as they can use more Holy Power spenders during the stacked burst windows of Final Reckoning Icon Final Reckoning and Seraphim Icon Seraphim by generating a lot of Holy Power very quickly with Divine Toll Icon Divine Toll.

2.8.

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 below.

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.

2.9.

Retribution Paladin Utility

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

  • Activate Devotion Aura Icon Devotion Aura to reduce all damage taken by your group by 3%. If you have multiple Paladins, use Retribution Aura Icon Retribution Aura to get Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath if an ally dies.
  • Activate Concentration Aura Icon Concentration Aura to reduce all silence and interrupt effects, as well as all fear effects (requires Pure Concentration Icon Pure Concentration finesse conduit).
  • 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.
  • Turn Evil Icon Turn Evil fears an Undead, Aberration, or Demon target within 20 yards for up to 40 sec.
  • 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 Sacrifice Icon Blessing of Sacrifice reduces damage taken by a party member by 30%, but you suffer 100% of damage prevented. It lasts 12 seconds, or until transferred damage would cause you to fall below 20% health. Communicate with your tank and healer to plan when to use this.
  • Blessing of Freedom Icon Blessing of Freedom removes and prevents movement-impairing effects for 8 seconds.
  • Lay on Hands Icon Lay on Hands heals a friendly target for an amount equal to your maximum Health.
3.

Mythic+ Affixes

3.1.

Tormented Anima Powers for Retribution Paladin

4.

Best Mythic+ Covenant and Soulbinds for Retribution Paladin

While the recommendations here apply to Mythic+, feel free to check out our Covenant page for the full details on everything this system has to offer.

You have multiple Covenant choices:

For Kyrian Paladins, there are two very good options for Mythic+ Soulbinds. Pelagos is what we always used, it works great in combination with our 1-minute talents, and we delay our 45-second cooldowns to use them together with the 1-minute ones. After obtaining the final trait Effusive Anima Accelerator Icon Effusive Anima Accelerator, Forgelite Prime Mikanikos becomes a very strong option that allows less waiting between small burst phases by no longer having to delay them to each 1-minute mark. Compared to Pelagos, each small burst phase is less impactful and the big burst is slightly delayed to every third burst instead of second.

Covenant Soulbind Recommended Tree
Kyrian Forgelite Prime Mikanikos Mikanikos Mythic+ tree
Kyrian Pelagos Pelagos Mythic+ tree
Night Fae Korayn Korayn Mythic+ tree
Venthyr Nadjia the Mistblade Nadjia Mythic+ tree
Necrolord Bonesmith Heirmir Heirmir Mythic+ tree

Additional information on how to use each of the Covenant Abilities can be found on the rotation page linked below.

5.

Conduits for Mythic+

5.1.

Potency Conduits for Mythic+

  1. Ringing Clarity Icon Ringing Clarity (Kyrian)
  2. Expurgation Icon Expurgation
  3. Virtuous Command Icon Virtuous Command
  4. Truth's Wake Icon Truth's Wake
5.2.

Endurance Conduits for Mythic+

  1. Condensed Anima Sphere Icon Condensed Anima Sphere
  2. Shielding Words Icon Shielding Words
  3. Golden Path Icon Golden Path
5.3.

Finesse Conduits for Mythic+

  1. Light's Barding Icon Light's Barding (improved mobility)
  2. Echoing Blessings Icon Echoing Blessings (improved utility)
  3. Pure Concentration Icon Pure Concentration
6.

Best Mythic+ Legendaries for Retribution Paladin

  1. Divine Resonance Icon Divine Resonance (Kyrian)
  2. Tempest of the Lightbringer Icon Tempest of the Lightbringer
  3. The Mad Paragon Icon The Mad Paragon

Note that as a Kyrian Paladin, if you want to to prioritize cleave damage for Fortified Icon Fortified weeks, you can switch from Divine Resonance Icon Divine Resonance to Tempest of the Lightbringer Icon Tempest of the Lightbringer.

If you would like more information about Legendaries available to Retribution Paladin, you can visit our dedicated page by clicking the link button.

7.

Trinket Considerations for Retribution Paladin in Mythic+

When choosing your trinkets, we recommend simulating yourself on Raidbots. Raidbots offers you the ability to simulate trinkets for Mythic+ with the DungeonSlice Fight Style option.

You also can find good trinkets to use for Mythic+ on the Gear page linked below.

8.

Changelog

  • 07 Jul. 2021: Updated for Shadowlands Season 2 launch.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Added Relentless Inquisitor Legendary Power note.
  • 04 Mar. 2021: Updated talent recommendations for the Seraphim update.
  • 16 Jan. 2021: Added Kyrian talent notes.
  • 07 Dec. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands Mythic+ Season 1 start.
  • 10 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Execution Sentence and Final Reckoning changes.
  • 13 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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