Retribution Paladin Guide for Patch 7.3.2

Welcome to our quick start guide for your Retribution Paladin in Patch 7.3.2. Here we’re going to be covering the basic, need-to-know information for how to play your Paladin effectively. This guide covers just the facts. While extensive testing and simulation time backs our data up, it’s all been omitted to keep this guide as simple as possible. If you’re new to Retribution, if you’re coming back from a break, or you just want to get up to speed for Patch 7.3.2, this is the guide for you.

If you’d like to dig into the nuts and bolts of Retribution in Patch 7.3.2, you may want to check out our advanced guides.

What’s New in Patch 7.3.2?

Very little has changed with Retribution’s actual gameplay in Patch 7.3.2. However, the Tier 21 set bonus is a game changer. Most of how Retribution gears up—talents, enchants, stat priorities, and more—will be different once you have the new set.

What Talents Should I Choose?

These talent choices will produce the best DPS in Antorus, the Burning Throne, with the Tier 21 set bonuses. Talents not listed here are not worth considering in Patch 7.3.2.

Level 15: Final Verdict
Level 30: Greater Judgment
Level 60: Blade of Wrath
Level 90: Divine Intervention (survivability) or Cavalier (mobility)
Level 100: Crusade

Your Level 45 and Level 75 talent choices don’t affect your raid performance.

What is Retribution’s DPS Rotation?

Retribution’s basic rotation is very simple: build Holy Power, cast Judgment, spend Holy Power while the Judgment debuff is up. If you want to maximize your DPS, you need to keep in mind these simple rules:

    1. Build Holy Power using Blade of Justice and Crusader Strike (or their talent replacements).
      • Never use a Holy Power generator if you are at 5 Holy Power. It’s better to spend it immediately.
    2. Use Judgment if the following are true:
      • You have at least 3 Holy Power.
      • At least one charge of Crusader Strike is on cooldown.
    3. Use Templar’s Verdict (1 target) or Divine Storm (2 or more targets) to spend Holy Power.
    4. Continue building and spending Holy Power until the Judgment debuff falls off.

You should use Crusade as often as possible, with 3 to 5 Holy Power in reserve, right after casting Judgment. You should try to use Crusade at the same time that your raid uses Heroism or Bloodlust, but don’t delay using it so long that you lose out on a cooldown throughout the fight.

You should use Wake of Ashes on cooldown, when you have less than 2 Holy Power in reserve. You should never need to delay Wake of Ashes by more than a second or two.

What Order Should I Buy Artifact Traits In?

It doesn’t really matter anymore. If you’re leveling up a new Paladin, start off buying Deliver the Justice, Sharpened Edge, and Wrath of the Ashbringer—you’ll hit level 110 before you get this far. Everybody is granted a massive boost to Artifact Knowledge at 110, and the next one or two quests you complete will give enough artifact power for all 52 traits.

For reference, this was the original artifact progression path we used back at the start of Legion, when artifact power was scarce. This is the progression path we used for the empowered artifact traits that were added in Patch 7.2.

For a more detailed breakdown of artifact traits and progression paths, check out our Artifact and Relic Guide for Patch 7.3.2.

What Are the Best Stats for Retribution in Patch 7.3.2?

All else being equal, this is how Ret Paladins value secondary stats in Antorus:

Haste ≥ Mastery > Critical Strike ≥ Versatility

Keep in mind that all of Retribution’s secondary stats are extremely close in value. Increasing your item level in a slot is almost always an upgrade regardless of the item’s stats.

For a more detailed stats breakdown, including an Antorus, the Burning Throne “Best in Slot” list, check out the Equipment Guide for Patch 7.3.2.

What Are the Best Legendary Items for Retribution Paladins?

Whisper of the Nathrezim is our best legendary in nearly all situations. If you have one, you should almost always wear it. Otherwise, these legendaries are also great choices:

Scarlet Inquisitor’s Expurgation can be strong on very heavy cleave and AoE fights, but otherwise it is a mediocre legendary. Having a second legendary in a tier slot (in addition to the cloak) may complicate your gearing strategy, too.

Other legendary items don’t provide as significant of a DPS increase, but are still always better than any regular armor piece in the same slot.

What Are the Best Trinkets for Retribution Paladins in Antorus, the Burning Throne?

Your first trinket will always be Khaz’goroth’s Courage.

On single target fights, your second trinket should be Seeping Scourgewing. Note that this is a strict single target trinket—it is not worth equipping if you are fighting two or more targets.

On multi-target fights, your second trinket should be Gorshalach’s Legacy or Forgefiend’s Fabricator. Which trinket is better will be encounter specific.

For an overview of all trinkets at the item levels they drop at, check out our Retribution Trinket Guide for Patch 7.3.2.

For a more detailed analysis of trinkets, including Titanforged versions, and detailed usage instructions, you will want to check out our Retribution Trinket Advanced Guide for Patch 7.3.2.

What Are the Best Artifact Relics for Retribution Paladins?

Wrath of the Ashbringer relics are always your best choice. Highlord’s Judgment, Deliver the Justice, and Righteous Verdict relics are also very strong, and are much better choices than any other relics.

For a more detailed breakdown of artifact relics, including DPS deltas and relative item level values, check out our Relic and Netherlight Crucible guide for Patch 7.3.2.

What Are the Best Netherlight Crucible Traits?

Torment the Weak, Secure in the Light, Infusion of Light, Shadowbind, and Chaotic Darkness are much better than any other traits. They are even slightly better than most of Ret’s best Artifact traits.

Because of how complicated the Netherlight Crucible is, we strongly recommend you check out our Relic and Netherlight Crucible guide for Patch 7.3.2 for more detailed information.

What Enchants and Gems Should I Choose?

Enchant Neck – Mark of Trained Soldier
Enchant Cloak – Binding of Strength
Enchant Ring – Binding of Haste

All sockets should be filled with Quick Lightsphene.

What Consumables Should I Use?

Flask: Flask of the Countless Armies (or a Spirit Flask, if your raid provides them).
Food: Azshari Salad
Rune: Defiled Augment Rune (or a Lightforged Augment Rune if you’re Exalted with Army of the Light).
Potion: Potion of Prolonged Power

I’m Making a New Paladin. What Race Should I Choose?

Choose the race that you think looks the best. Human and Blood Elf are the highest DPS choices for the Alliance and Horde, but it’s a very tiny difference. About this tiny:

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Update Info

Guide Last Updated: November 28, 2017
Simulationcraft Version: SimulationCraft 730-03 (git build 6f8e1e9)

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