Retribution Paladin DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 23, 2020 at 23:52 by Urthearso 11 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out the best talents for each tier for your Retribution Paladin in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2. We also have default talent lists for various types of content, such as raiding or Mythic+. If you play with Warmode on, we have your PvP talents covered as well.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Retribution Paladin DPS talents.

1.

Talent Choices for Retribution Paladin

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

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

1.1.

Raiding

If you wish to have a boss-by-boss breakdown of talent choices, you should check out our dedicated page below.

1.2.

Mythic+

Mythic+ can potentially require a mix of certain AoE and single-target talents, depending on affixes and other variables. If you want advice that is specific to Mythic+, you should check out our page below.

1.3.

How To Use Retribution Paladin Talents

Some talents will require you to play in a particular way to get the most out of them. You can find more information on how your rotation will look after selecting your talents on our rotation page below.

2.

Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents for Retribution Paladins

Zeal ? Zeal Righteous Verdict Righteous Verdict Execution Sentence ? Execution Sentence
  • Zeal Icon Zeal causes your Judgment Icon Judgment to buff your next 3 auto attacks, causing them to occur 30% faster and deal additional Holy damage. The Zeal buff lasts 20 seconds and can store up to 9 buffed auto attacks.
  • Righteous Verdict Icon Righteous Verdict increases Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict's damage by 15% for 6 seconds after casting Templar's Verdict.
  • Execution Sentence Icon Execution Sentence is an active ability with a 1-minute cooldown, 30-yard range, and which costs 3 Holy Power. On cast it applies a debuff, which after 8 seconds runs out and does a high amount of Holy damage + 20% of all damage taken by you during the 8-second debuff window, all in a single hit. This ability cannot critically strike.

Righteous Verdict Icon Righteous Verdict is currently the recommended choice in this tier for the highest consistent single-target damage.

Execution Sentence Icon Execution Sentence is currently the recommended choice in this tier for when single-target burst is more important than the highest consistent single-target damage of Righteous Verdict Icon Righteous Verdict.

Zeal Icon Zeal is currently the recommended choice in this tier for cleave damage. The increased auto attack speed grants more Blade of Justice Icon Blade of Justice resets via the Art of War Icon Art of War passive and therefore increases your Holy Power available to spend on more Divine Storm Icon Divine Storms.

3.

Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents for Retribution Paladins

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

Blade of Wrath Icon Blade of Wrath is currently the recommended choice in this tier for single-target. It works fine for cleave.

Empyrean Power Icon Empyrean Power is currently the recommended choice in this tier for cleave. It works fine for single-target.

Fires of Justice Icon Fires of Justice should only be used if it simulates better for your own character.

4.

Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents for Retribution Paladins

Fist of Justice Fist of Justice Repentance ? Repentance Blinding Light Blinding Light
  • Fist of Justice Icon Fist of Justice causes each Holy Power spent to reduce the remaining cooldown of Hammer of Justice Icon Hammer of Justice by 2 seconds.
  • Repentance Icon Repentance is an active ability with an 15-second cooldown. It is a form of crowd-control that incapacitates the target for up to 1 minute. Damage done will break the effect. Repentance can only be used against Humanoids, Demons, Undead, Dragonkin, and Giants.
  • Blinding Light Icon Blinding Light is an active ability with an 90-second cooldown. It disorients all enemies within a 10-yard radius around you for 6 seconds. Non-holy damage done to them will break the disorient effect.

The talents in this tier are situational and have no effect on your DPS. Blinding Light Icon Blinding Light is currently the recommended choice in this tier, due to its use as an AoE interrupt. In raids, you should choose based on the requirements of the encounter.

5.

Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents for Retribution Paladins

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

In raids, we recommend Unbreakable Spirit Icon Unbreakable Spirit as the default choice, mainly allowing you to use Shield of Vengeance Icon Shield of Vengeance more frequently, which slightly increases your damage dealt. You can switch to Eye for an Eye Icon Eye for an Eye for Physical damage heavy encounters. Lastly, if you absolutely need additional mobility for raid encounters, you can use Cavalier Icon Cavalier.

Cavalier Icon Cavalier is currently the recommended choice in this tier for dungeons.

6.

Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents for Retribution Paladins

Divine Purpose Divine Purpose Holy Avenger ? Holy Avenger Seraphim ? Seraphim
  • Divine Purpose Icon Divine Purpose causes your Holy Power spending abilities to have a 15% chance to make your next Holy Power spending ability free and deal 20% increased damage and healing.
  • Holy Avenger Icon Holy Avenger provides a 3-minute cooldown that triples all Holy Power generation for its 20-second duration.
  • Seraphim Icon Seraphim is an active ability with a 45-second cooldown and costs 3 Holy Power. It grants 8% Haste, Critical Strike, Versatility, and 12.8% Mastery for its 15-second duration.

Divine Purpose Icon Divine Purpose is currently the recommended choice in this tier for single-target and cleave damage.

For reliable on-demand single-target and on-demand cleave burst, you can pick either Seraphim Icon Seraphim or Holy Avenger Icon Holy Avenger based on your damage requirements.

7.

Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents for Retribution Paladins

Selfless Healer Selfless Healer Justicar's Vengeance Justicar's Vengeance Healing Hands Healing Hands
  • Selfless Healer Icon Selfless Healer causes Holy Power spenders to reduce the cast time of your next Flash of Light Icon Flash of Light by 25% and increase its healing done by 10%. It stacks up to 4 times.
  • Justicar's Vengeance Icon Justicar's Vengeance is an active ability that has no cooldown but costs 5 Holy Power. It deals a moderate amount of Holy damage to the target, healing you equal to the damage dealt. Against stunned targets, the damage and healing are increased by 50%.
  • Healing Hands Icon Healing Hands reduces the cooldown of Lay on Hands Icon Lay on Hands by up to 60%, based on the target's missing health. Additionally, Word of Glory Icon Word of Glory's healing is increased by up to 100%, based on target's missing health.

We recommend either Selfless Healer Icon Selfless Healer or Healing Hands Icon Healing Hands in this tier. Healing Hands Icon Healing Hands is generally more impactful, but Word of Glory Icon Word of Glory comes with a very high 3 Holy Power cost, which significantly reduces the amount of damage you can output if you use it often.

8.

Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents for Retribution Paladins

Sanctified Wrath Sanctified Wrath Crusade ? Crusade Final Reckoning ? Final Reckoning
  • Sanctified Wrath Icon Sanctified Wrath extends Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath by 25%. During Avenging Wrath, each Holy Power spend causes you to explode for Holy damage in a small AoE around yourself.
  • Crusade Icon Crusade replaces Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath. It increases your damage and Haste by 3% for 25 seconds and each Holy Power spent during Crusade increases your damage and Haste by an additional 3%, up to a maximum of 10 stacks (so a 30% increase to both damage and Haste).
  • Final Reckoning Icon Final Reckoning is a two-part ability, it has one passive and one active ability with a 1-minute cooldown, 30-yard range, and an 8-yard AoE casting circle. The active ability does a Holy damage in an area and causes a debuff that increases damage taken by your Holy Power spenders by 50%. This effect does not get consumed by Holy Power spenders. The passive effect is only active while the active ability is not on cooldown. It grants your attacks a high chance to deal Holy damage to a single target, and causes the target to take 10% increased damage taken by your Holy Power spenders. This effect does get consumed by Holy Power spenders.

Sanctified Wrath Icon Sanctified Wrath is the recommended consistent choice in this tier for both single-target and cleave damage.

Final Reckoning Icon Final Reckoning is the recommended choice in this tier while using Execution Sentence Icon Execution Sentence to maximize burst damage.

Crusade Icon Crusade should only be used if it simulates better or your own character.

9.

PvP Talents (War Mode)

In Shadowlands, there will be the option to go into "War Mode". Enabling War Mode provides the following benefits:

  • PvP talents enabled in the outdoor world.
  • 10% increase in World Quest rewards at maximum level.
  • 10% more experience gained while leveling.
  • Earn Conquest Points which can reward gear every week.

With the benefits of enabling War Mode for leveling and PvE content, it is recommended to enable the feature to maximize your leveling and rewards at maximum level. However, you will make yourself available for open world PvP, and the possibility to be "ganked" while leveling or doing World Quests exists.

9.1.

Retribution Paladin PvP Talents

  1. Aura of Reckoning Icon Aura of Reckoning is a passive ability, which grants you a stack of Reckoning if you or allies within your aura are critically hit. At 50 stacks of Reckoning, your next weapon swing deals increased damage and will critically strike. In addition, at this time you also gain Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath for 6 seconds.
  2. Divine Punisher Icon Divine Punisher causes two consecutive Judgment Icon Judgments on the same enemy to generate 3 additional Holy Power.
  3. Lawbringer Icon Lawbringer causes your Judgment Icon Judgment to apply Lawbringer to initial targets hit for 45 seconds. Casting Judgment causes all enemies with your Lawbringer effect to suffer up to 5% of their maximum Health in Holy damage.

Unbound Freedom Icon Unbound Freedom, Luminescence Icon Luminescence, Blessing of Sanctuary Icon Blessing of Sanctuary, Vengeance Aura Icon Vengeance Aura, Ultimate Retribution Icon Ultimate Retribution, Cleansing Light Icon Cleansing Light, Jurisdiction Icon Jurisdiction, and Law and Order Icon Law and Order have limited use for PvE content in terms of increasing your damage in the open world in a small group setting. For the purpose of leveling and World Quests in Battle for Azeroth, the choices above are better options.

10.

Changelog

  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 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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