Retribution Paladin PvP Guide (Shadowlands 9.1)

Last updated on Jul 02, 2021 at 11:04 by Mysticall 21 comments
General Information

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, PvP talents, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Paladin PvP guide.


Retribution Paladins in the Current Meta

Despite its low mobility as a melee class, Retribution is a very strong specialization. Strong burst in combination with its powerful utility make it difficult to play and master. Matched with classes with strong consistent damage, like Hunters, it can be a struggle for most classes to play against.


Strengths of Retribution Paladins

  • Strong burst damage
  • Great consistent and cleave damage
  • Multiple ways to remove crowd control for teammates and themselves

Weaknesses of Retribution Paladins

  • Limited mobility
  • Target of choice for most teams
  • Very few defensive cooldowns

Content of the Guide

This guide ended up being very long, so we decided to split it in different pages.



  • 02 Jul. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 08 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 30 Nov. 2020: Added Covenant page, removed old Azerite mentions, and updated gear section.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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