Retribution Paladin PvP Talents and Builds (BfA / Patch 8.3)
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
|15||✔ Zeal||✘ Righteous Verdict||✘ Execution Sentence|
|30||✘ Fires of Justice||✔ Blade of Wrath||? Hammer of Wrath|
|45||✔ Fist of Justice||✘ Repentance||✘ Blinding Light|
|60||✘ Divine Judgment||✘ Consecration||✔ Wake of Ashes|
|75||✔ Unbreakable Spirit||✔ Cavalier||✘ Eye for an Eye|
|90||✔ Selfless Healer||✘ Justicar's Vengeance||✘ Word of Glory|
|100||✘ Divine Purpose||✔ Crusade||✔ 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 is the best choice in this tier. This talent is great for increasing your sustained damage.
Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents
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 is the better choice. This will increase your burst damage and help kill enemies at low health.
Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents
Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents
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 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 is also a great choice.
Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents
Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents
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 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, Relentless, and Adaptation. 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 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 makes Judgment now apply 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 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 slow. This talent makes it so you can use it more often when this happens. Blade of Justice will also apply this slow.
Situational PvP Talents
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 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 or Mages with Polymorph. You can replace 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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