Retribution Paladin DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Sep 05, 2018 at 00:00 by Urthearso 50 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Retribution Paladins in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

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. Talent Choices for Retribution Paladin

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

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.

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 30-second cooldown, 20-yard range, and which costs 3 Holy Power. It deals a moderate amount of Holy damage and causes the target to take 20% increased Holy damage for 12 seconds.

Righteous Verdict Icon Righteous Verdict currently is the best choice for single target.

Zeal Icon Zeal currently is the best choice for dungeons and AoE in general, when facing 3 or more enemies.

When frequently dropping the Righteous Verdict Icon Righteous Verdict buff in a raid encounter, use Zeal Icon Zeal instead of Righteous Verdict Icon Righteous Verdict for single-target.

3. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents for Retribution Paladins

Fires of Justice Fires of Justice Blade of Wrath Blade of Wrath Hammer of Wrath Hammer of Wrath
  • Fires of Justice Icon Fires of Justice reduces the cooldown of Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike by 15% and gives it a 15% chance to reduce the cost of your next Holy Power spender by 1.
  • Blade of Wrath Icon Blade of Wrath doubles the proc rate of Art of War Icon Art of War to 4 RPPM and increases its damage by 25%.
  • Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath is an active ability with a 7.5-second cooldown (reduced by Haste) with a 30-yard range. It deals a moderate amount of Holy damage and generates 1 Holy Power. It is only usable on enemies that have less than 20% Health or during Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath and Crusade Icon Crusade.

All three talents in this row are viable in all situations, the choice is up to you.

Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath is currently the recommended choice in this tier, because the damage is shifted towards your burst and execute phases, which is generally preferred. It excels at encounters where the boss takes additional damage at low Health. Additionally, you can build extra Holy Power from casting Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath on adds that are up to 30 yards away while they have less than 20% Health.

Blade of Wrath Icon Blade of Wrath and Fires of Justice Icon Fires of Justice are the choices in this tier if you prefer a damage gain during, as well as outside of Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath. You have to simulate which of both currently does more damage for yourself.

4. Tier 3 (Level 45) 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. In raids, you should choose based on your preference or the requirements of the encounter, although we recommend Blinding Light Icon Blinding Light as a reasonable default pick, as its AoE disorient is versatile. For dungeons, we recommend Fist of Justice Icon Fist of Justice as default pick.

5. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents for Retribution Paladins

Divine Judgment Divine Judgment Consecration Consecration Wake of Ashes Wake of Ashes
  • Divine Judgment Icon Divine Judgment builds one stack per enemy hit by your Holy Power spenders, stacking up to 15 times. Each stack increases the damage of your next Judgment Icon Judgment by 20%.
  • Consecration Icon Consecration is an active ability with a 20-second cooldown. You consecrate the land beneath you within 8 yards, dealing a moderate amount of Holy damage over 6 seconds to enemies who enter the area. It generates 1 Holy Power.
  • Wake of Ashes Icon Wake of Ashes is an active ability with a 45-second cooldown. It does a massive amount of Radiant damage to all enemies in a frontal cone within 12 yards and reduces their movement speed by 50%. Demons and Undead are also stunned for 5 seconds. It generates 5 Holy Power.

In this tier you have to choose between Wake of Ashes Icon Wake of Ashes and Consecration Icon Consecration.

Wake of Ashes Icon Wake of Ashes currently is the recommended choice for this tier.

Consecration Icon Consecration is a viable alternative choice if you require AoE damage on shorter cooldown for more consistent AoE damage over multiple add spawns or packs. This does not apply if the enemies constantly move away from your consecrated zone.

6. Tier 5 (Level 75) 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, you use Cavalier Icon Cavalier.

For dungeons, we recommend Cavalier Icon Cavalier as the default choice. Eye for an Eye Icon Eye for an Eye can be used to reduce damage taken while off-tanking if your got aggro (for example with the Skittish Icon Skittish Mythic+ Affix).

7. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents for Retribution Paladins

Selfless Healer Selfless Healer Justicar's Vengeance Justicar's Vengeance Word of Glory Word of Glory
  • 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%.
  • Word of Glory Icon Word of Glory is an active ability with 2 charges and a 1-minute recharge time. It heals a friendly target in 40 yards range and the 2 most injured friendly targets within 30 yards.

For raids, we recommend choosing either Selfless Healer Icon Selfless Healer or Word of Glory Icon Word of Glory. Between the two, the choice up to your preference.

For dungeons, we recommend Word of Glory Icon Word of Glory.

8. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents for Retribution Paladins

Divine Purpose Divine Purpose Crusade Crusade Inquisition Inquisition
  • Divine Purpose Icon Divine Purpose causes your Holy Power spenders to have a 15% chance to make your next Holy Power spender free and deal 30% increased damage and healing.
  • 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).
  • Inquisition Icon Inquisition is an active ability that has no cooldown but costs 1-3 Holy Power. It is a buff that increases your damage and Haste by 7%. The buff lasts 15 seconds per Holy Power spend.

In this tier, you have to choose between Divine Purpose Icon Divine Purpose and Inquisition Icon Inquisition. Both are viable in most situations and their value can vary for each individual character. You have to simulate to find the correct choice for your own character.

Inquisition Icon Inquisition is the recommended choice in most situations.

Divine Purpose Icon Divine Purpose is a viable alternative choice.

Inquisition Icon Inquisition is the consistent choice, but requires maintenance. Divine Purpose Icon Divine Purpose is the passive choice with a random nature.

9. PvP Talents (War Mode)

In Battle for Azeroth, 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 War Mode Talents

In this section we will rank the PvP talents best for leveling and doing solo / small group PvE content. Below is a ranking of both General PvP Talents and Retribution Paladin-specific PvE talents.

9.1.1. General PvP Talents

  1. Adaptation Icon Adaptation is likely your most passive choice, since it will automatically remove loss of control effects over 5 seconds. It is recommended for leveling to take this PvP talent.
  2. Relentless Icon Relentless is a passive ability, but it does not automatically remove crowd control abilities, but instead reduces the duration.
  3. Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is an on-use ability that removes all movement impairing effects and all loss of control effects.

9.1.2. Retribution Paladin PvP Talents

  1. Hammer of Reckoning Icon Hammer of Reckoning is an active ability with 30 yards range and a 48-second cooldown. When you or allies with your Greater Blessings take damage, your gain Reckoning. Consume 50 stacks of Reckoning to deal a massive amount of Holy damage and 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.

Luminescence Icon Luminescence, Blessing of Sanctuary Icon Blessing of Sanctuary, Seraphim's Blessing Icon Seraphim's Blessing, Vengeance Aura Icon Vengeance Aura, 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

  • 05 Sep. 2018: Updated tier 1, 2, 4, and 5 talent sections slightly.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 25 Jul. 2018: Fixed Divine Punisher description.
  • 25 Jul. 2018: Removed Blade of Wrath note.
  • 21 Jul. 2018: Removed Divine Storm at 2 targets recommendation with Divine Judgment.
  • 17 Jul. 2018: Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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