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Retribution Paladin DPS Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 13, 2018 at 03:09 by Urthearso 41 comments

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General Information

On this page, we list your Retribution Paladin core abilities and how they should be used together (rotation) in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1. We also explain when to use your various cooldowns. Then, we go deeper and present all the subtleties that you will need to know if you want to excel at playing a Retribution Paladin.

The other pages of our Retribution Paladin guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Urthearso, theorycrafter for Retribution Paladins. If you have any questions about the spec you can reach him on the official Paladin Discord, on Twitter, and during his streams on Twitch.

1. Single Target Rotation for Retribution Paladins

The single target rotation consists of alternating Holy Power generation and Holy Power expenditure.

We begin with the priority of Holy Power generation, which you should utilize until you are either at 5 Holy Power, or until the next generator you use would put you over 5 Holy Power (thus wasting the excess).

  1. Cast Wake of Ashes Icon Wake of Ashes.
  2. Cast Blade of Justice Icon Blade of Justice.
  3. Cast Judgment Icon Judgment.
  4. Cast Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath.
  5. Cast Consecration Icon Consecration.
  6. Cast Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike at 2 charges.
  7. Cast Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike at 1 charge.
  8. Cast Arcane Torrent Icon Arcane Torrent (if Blood Elf).

To spend your Holy Power, use the following priority.

  1. Cast Inquisition Icon Inquisition with at least 2 Holy Power.
  2. Cast Execution Sentence Icon Execution Sentence.
  3. Cast Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict.

It is important to note that, when generating Holy Power, if you have only 1 Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike charge available, you should immediately stop generating Holy Power and go to the Holy Power-spending priority. Stop immediately if you have 2 Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike charges available and you are using the Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath talent, and one of the following two conditions is true:

Always cast Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath on cooldown.

1.1. Additional Notes

Spend Holy Power once you are either at the 5 Holy Power cap or when there are only Holy Power generators left that would over-cap your Holy Power. The exception is that you should spend Holy Power before using Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike at 1 charge. If you also have Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath talented, you spend Holy Power before using Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike at 2 charges during Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath or Crusade Icon Crusade, and while your target has less than 20% Health.

2. Multiple Target Rotation for Retribution Paladins

When facing multiple enemies, you will be using mostly the same rotation as above, except that you should replace Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict with Divine Storm Icon Divine Storm against 3 or more enemies.

3. Cooldown Usage for Retribution Paladins

As a Retribution Paladin, you only have one DPS cooldown by default, Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath. It should be used as many times as possible during the encounter.

It is also worth attempting to time it so that it is up during key points of the fight (when you require burst damage) such as on the pull, when the boss is taking increased damage, or when adds are spawning. You should also attempt to stack Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath with Heroism Icon Heroism/Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Time Warp Icon Time Warp.

Your talents can provide you with a few other important abilities. We cover them in a subsequent section.

In addition to this, you have an ability called Shield of Vengeance Icon Shield of Vengeance. This grants you a 15-second damage absorption shield (which absorbs up to 30% of your maximum Health), which explodes when it expires or is consumed by damage. This explosion deals Holy damage divided between all enemies within 8 yards. You can use this ability both defensively (to protect yourself from damage) and offensively (to reflect damage taken on to your enemies, even by sometimes standing in harmful effects to proc the shield).

4. Optional Read: Mastering Your Retribution Paladin

In this section, we will give you more details about how to execute your rotation based on the priorities mentioned above.

4.1. Greater Blessings

Greater Blessing of Kings Icon Greater Blessing of Kings should be placed either on a tank or on yourself, while Greater Blessing of Wisdom Icon Greater Blessing of Wisdom should be placed on a healer. It makes no real difference which healer you place Greater Blessing of Wisdom on, although you could check with your raid to see who needs the Mana regeneration most.

5. Opening Rotations for Retribution Paladins

These are the lists of sequences of abilities you should use at the start of the encounter. This depends on which talents you are using.

5.1. Inquisition

5.1.1. With Divine Judgment

  1. Prepot;
  2. Blade of Justice Icon Blade of Justice;
  3. Judgment Icon Judgment;
  4. Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike;
  5. Inquisition Icon Inquisition;
  6. Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath;
  7. Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath or Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike;
  8. Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike;
  9. Execution Sentence Icon Execution Sentence or Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict;
  10. Continue your normal rotation.

5.1.2. With Consecration

  1. Prepot;
  2. Blade of Justice Icon Blade of Justice;
  3. Judgment Icon Judgment;
  4. Consecration Icon Consecration;
  5. Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike;
  6. Inquisition Icon Inquisition;
  7. Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath;
  8. Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath or Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike;
  9. Execution Sentence Icon Execution Sentence or Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict;
  10. Continue your normal rotation.

5.1.3. With Wake of Ashes

  1. Prepot;
  2. Blade of Justice Icon Blade of Justice;
  3. Judgment Icon Judgment;
  4. Inquisition Icon Inquisition;
  5. Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath;
  6. Wake of Ashes Icon Wake of Ashes;
  7. Execution Sentence Icon Execution Sentence or Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict;
  8. Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath or Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike;
  9. Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict;
  10. Continue your normal rotation.

5.2. Crusade

5.2.1. With Divine Judgment

  1. Prepot;
  2. Blade of Justice Icon Blade of Justice;
  3. Judgment Icon Judgment;
  4. Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike;
  5. Crusade Icon Crusade;
  6. Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath;
  7. Execution Sentence Icon Execution Sentence or Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict;
  8. Continue your normal rotation.

5.2.2. With Consecration

  1. Prepot;
  2. Blade of Justice Icon Blade of Justice;
  3. Judgment Icon Judgment;
  4. Consecration Icon Consecration;
  5. Crusade Icon Crusade;
  6. Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath
  7. Execution Sentence Icon Execution Sentence or Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict;
  8. Continue your normal rotation.

5.2.3. With Wake of Ashes

  1. Prepot;
  2. Blade of Justice Icon Blade of Justice;
  3. Judgment Icon Judgment;
  4. Crusade Icon Crusade;
  5. Execution Sentence Icon Execution Sentence or Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict.
  6. Wake of Ashes Icon Wake of Ashes;
  7. Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict;
  8. Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath or Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike;
  9. Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict.

5.3. Divine Purpose

5.3.1. With Divine Judgment

  1. Prepot;
  2. Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath;
  3. Blade of Justice Icon Blade of Justice;
  4. Judgment Icon Judgment;
  5. Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath;
  6. Execution Sentence Icon Execution Sentence or Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict;
  7. Continue your normal rotation.

5.3.2. With Consecration

  1. Prepot;
  2. Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath;
  3. Blade of Justice Icon Blade of Justice;
  4. Judgment Icon Judgment;
  5. Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath;
  6. Consecration Icon Consecration;
  7. Execution Sentence Icon Execution Sentence or Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict;
  8. Continue your normal rotation.

5.3.3. With Wake of Ashes

  1. Prepot;
  2. Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath;
  3. Wake of Ashes Icon Wake of Ashes;
  4. Execution Sentence Icon Execution Sentence or Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict;
  5. Blade of Justice Icon Blade of Justice;
  6. Judgment Icon Judgment;
  7. Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict;
  8. Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath or Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike;
  9. Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict;
  10. Continue your normal rotation.

5.4. Abilities and Cooldowns from Talents

5.4.1. Level 15 Talents

If you have taken Execution Sentence Icon Execution Sentence, then you should use this ability as often as possible throughout the fight. If you do never delay it, every 4. Execution Sentence Icon Execution Sentence will align with Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath.

5.4.2. Level 30 Talents

If you have taken Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath, then you should use this ability to generate Holy Power during Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath or Crusade Icon Crusade, and while your target has less than 20% Health. You can use Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath on enemies up to 30 yards away from you that have less than 20% Health to build additional Holy Power while fighting somewhere else.

5.4.3. Level 60 Talents

If you have taken Consecration Icon Consecration, then use this ability as often as possible throughout the fight. You can delay it if you know there will be adds spawning soon. Make sure you use it when enemies are standing in one place for 6 seconds.

If you have taken Wake of Ashes Icon Wake of Ashes, then use this ability as often as possible throughout the fight. You can delay it if you know there will be adds spawning soon.

5.4.4. Level 100 Talents

If you have taken Crusade Icon Crusade, then you should use this ability as often as possible throughout the fight.

If you have taken Inquisition Icon Inquisition, then you have to make sure that the buff is up for another 20 seconds before using Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath. To refresh Inquisition, you want to use at least 2 Holy Power at 13 or less seconds left.

6. ChangeLog

  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 02 Aug. 2018: Updated Wake of Ashes + Divine Purpose opener.
  • 21 Jul. 2018: Updated Wake of Ashes + Inquisition and Wake of Ashes + Crusade opener.
  • 18 Jul. 2018: Fixed some typos.
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