Retribution Paladin PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / 9.2.5)

Last updated on Aug 01, 2022 at 09:13 by Mysticall 21 comments

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
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

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 increases your overall damage output.


Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents

Blade of Wrath Icon Blade of Wrath is the best choice in this tier. This proc is great for increasing your sustained damage and will help you generate more Holy Power.


Tier 3 (Level 30) 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. You will primarily use this to help setup crowd control on the enemy healer.


Tier 4 (Level 35) 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 5 (Level 40) Talents

Seraphim Icon Seraphim is the best choice in this tier. Seraphim lines up well with Execution Sentence Icon Execution Sentence and this also gives a boost to all of your stats. This will significantly increase your overall damage output when used.


Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents

Healing Hands Icon Healing Hands is the best choice in this tier. Without this talent, Word of Glory Icon Word of Glory does not do enough healing to keep you or your teammates alive. With this talent, you will be using Word of Glory on yourself or others to keep them alive when your healer cannot.


Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents

Final Reckoning Icon Final Reckoning is the best choice in this tier. The one use part of this talent deals damage and also makes enemies hit by the damage take additional damage from your Holy Power spells. The passive of this talent gives you a chance to deal additional damage to enemies and they will take 10% increased damage from your Holy Power spells. This is overall a large increase to your burst and sustained damage.

If you are playing against a team where you will be able to have a lot of uptime, like a melee cleave, Sanctified Wrath Icon Sanctified Wrath is the better option. This makes your burst damage much stronger and gives you a bigger kill window.


PvP Talents for Retribution Paladins

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.

Aura of Reckoning Icon Aura of Reckoning is another option if you want to increase your damage. You will gain 1 stack after you or an ally is hit with a critical strike. At 50 stacks, your next weapon swing will deal more damage and proc your Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath.


Situational PvP Talents

Unbound Freedom Icon Unbound Freedom is a mandatory talent versus teams with multiple roots, slows or snare effects. This will make it so your Blessing of Freedom Icon Blessing of Freedom increases your movement speed and you will gain Blessing of Freedom if you use it on a teammate. It also makes it undispellable.

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.

Lawbringer Icon Lawbringer makes Judgment Icon Judgment also apply the Lawbringer debuff to its initial target. Enemies hit by Lawbringer will lose up to 10% of their health. This talent is great versus teams that will be stacked often. Your cleave damage increases drastically versus these teams.

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.

Judgments of the Pure Icon Judgments of the Pure is an interesting PvP talent that dispels a Poison, Disease, and Magic effect on your teammate when you use Judgment Icon Judgment on an enemy that applied it. This gives you a way to dispel debuffs. Use this against Affliction Warlocks, Shadow Priests, and Elemental Shamans to remove their debuffs.



  • 01 Aug. 2022: Reviewed for Shadowlands Season 4.
  • 31 May 2022: Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 28 Feb. 2022: Updated for Patch 9.2.
    • Updated Talent Table.
    • Updated Tier 7 Regular Talent.
  • 10 Nov. 2021: Updated PvP Talents.
  • 02 Jul. 2021: Updated PvP Talents.
  • 08 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 17 Feb. 2021: Updated Tier 1 Regular Talents.
    • Updated PvP Talents.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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