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Retribution Paladin PvP Talents and Builds (BfA / Patch 8.3)

Last updated on Feb 24, 2020 at 14:44 by Mysticall 1 comment

Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as a Retribution Paladin and gives you the best combinations you can take.

This page is part of our Retribution Paladin PvP Guide.


Talent Choices for Retribution Paladins

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

While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.


Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Zeal Icon Zeal is the best choice in this tier. This talent is great for increasing your sustained damage.


Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Blade of Wrath Icon Blade of Wrath is the best choice in this tier. This proc is great for increasing your sustained damage. However, if you are playing against a team with multiple slows and you will not be able to autoattack often, Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath is the better choice. This will increase your burst damage and help kill enemies at low health.


Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Fist of Justice Icon Fist of Justice is the best choice in this tier. Hammer of Justice Icon Hammer of Justice is the strongest crowd control you have. This talent will help reduce its cooldown significantly.


Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Wake of Ashes Icon Wake of Ashes is the best choice in this tier. This talent not only provides strong cleave damage, but it also gives you 5 Holy Power. This will help with increasing your overall damage.

Important note about this talent: it stuns Demon and Undead enemies. This includes Warlock and Death Knight pets.


Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Unbreakable Spirit Icon Unbreakable Spirit is the best choice in this tier. This decreases the cooldown on many of your important abilities by a large amount. However, if you think you will be the primary focus for the enemy team or need the extra mobility to reach a target, Cavalier Icon Cavalier is also a great choice.


Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Selfless Healer Icon Selfless Healer is the best choice in this tier. This increases your survivability by a large amount. This allows you to instantly cast Flash of Light Icon Flash of Light every time you spend 4 Holy Power.


Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Inquisition Icon Inquisition is the best choice in this tier. This is a buff that grants a flat increase to your damage. This is great for your sustained damage output. However, if you can have a lot of uptime on your target, Crusade Icon Crusade is the better choice. Crusade lasts a lot less than Inquisition, but the damage increase from it is significantly larger.


PvP Talents for Retribution Paladins

The first PvP talent tier will give you a choice between Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion, Relentless Icon Relentless, and Adaptation Icon Adaptation. Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is the best choice in this tier. It is great for removing crowd control on you that your healer cannot dispel.

You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful, but can be replaced with other PvP talents, depending on your team's goal.


Mandatory PvP Talents

Blessing of Sanctuary Icon Blessing of Sanctuary removes all stun, silence, fear, and horror effects from you target. It also reduces the duration of these effects for 5 seconds. This gives you extra utility when playing against teams with several of these effects. This should be used versus teams that rely on stun setups on your healer to get crowd control.

Lawbringer Icon Lawbringer makes Judgment Icon Judgment now apply Lawbringer Icon Lawbringer to its initial target. Enemies hit by Law Bringer will lose up to 5% of their health. This talent is great versus teams that will be stacked often. Your cleave damage increases drastically versus these teams.

Law and Order Icon Law and Order is a great talent versus teams with ranged on it. More often than not, the enemy healer or DPS will have the ability to dispell your Hand of Hindrance Icon Hand of Hindrance slow. This talent makes it so you can use it more often when this happens. Blade of Justice Icon Blade of Justice will also apply this slow.


Situational PvP Talents

Hammer of Reckoning Icon Hammer of Reckoning is a very powerful damage cooldown. Whenever one of your teammates that has a Greater Blessing on them takes damage, you will gain a stack of Reckoning. At 50 stacks, you can use this ability and deal a large amount of damage.

Vengeance Aura Icon Vengeance Aura makes it so that whenever you or your partners get put into crowd control, your Holy Damage and critical strike increases. This is great versus druids with Cyclone Icon Cyclone or Mages with Polymorph Icon Polymorph. You can replace Blessing of Sanctuary Icon Blessing of Sanctuary with this PvP talent, as long as the enemy team does not have much crowd control.



  • 24 Feb. 2020: Updated Tier 1 Regular talent. Updated PvP Talents.
  • 18 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for Patch 8.3 and no update was deemed necessary.
  • 26 Dec. 2019: Page added.
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