Retribution Paladin Relic and Netherlight Crucible Guide for Patch 7.3

In this guide we’re going to cover the best path to build your Ashbringer’s artifact traits, and detailed rankings of Retribution’s artifact relics. We’re also going to show how we came to these conclusions using Simulationcraft. This guide has been updated for Patch 7.3.

Artifact Traits

If you’re leveling up a new Paladin, start off by 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 a single AP quest will give enough artifact points for your next 30 or more traits.

(For reference, this was the original artifact progression path we used back at the start of Legion, when artifact points were scarce.)

Once you’ve purchased Ashbringer’s Light, your Ashbringer gains a new set of empowered artifact traits to invest in. This is the best order to buy them in:

Ashbringer Artifact Progression - Empowered Traits

  1. Ferocity of the Silver Hand, Righteous Verdict,
    Blessing of the Ashbringer, and Judge Unworthy
  2. Wrath of the Ashbringer
  3. Deliver the Justice
  4. Might of the Templar and Righteous Blade (in any order)
  5. Sharpened Edge and Highlord’s Judgment (in any order)
  6. Deflection
  7. Protector of the Ashen Blade and Embrace the Light (in any order)
  8. Concordance of the Legionfall

Artifact Relic Rankings

This is list of all relevant relics, ranked from best to worst DPS. This chart is a comparison between the item level a relic grants your Ashbringer, rather than the item level of the relic itself.

Relics not listed here provide no additional DPS beyond their item level.

Relic Trait

Weapon Item Level

Wrath of the Ashbringer 4.2
Deliver the Justice 3.7
Righteous Verdict 3.7
Might of the Templar 2.1
Sharpened Edge 1.5
Highlord’s Judgment 1.3
Deflection 0.8

Netherlight Crucible Traits

Shadow Trait

Weapon Item Level

Torment the Weak 6.0
Shadowbind 5.5
Chaotic Darkness 5.0
Murderous Intent 2.8
Master of Shadows 2.5
Dark Sorrows 1.5

Light Trait

Weapon Item Level

Secure in the Light 5.6
Infusion of Light 5.6
Light Speed 2.9
Shocklight 2.2

So how do I figure out which relic is the best choice now?

Not very easily! Comparing relics is now quite tricky thanks to the Netherlight Crucible. As a quick example, let’s compare two random relics:

  1. Ferocity of the DevoutChaotic Darkness and Shocklight as Shadow and Light traits – Righteous Verdict, Highlord’s Judgment, and Wrath of the Ashbringer as Tier 3 traits.
  2. Cleansing Ignition CatalystMaster of Shadows and Light Speed as Shadow and Light traits – Sharpened Edge, Deflection, and Wrath of the Ashbringer as Tier 3 traits.

To figure out the value of any given relic, we add up the weapon item levels in the above charts. For Relic 1, for example, there are four possible choices:

  1. Protector of the Ashen Blade (0), Chaotic Darkness (5.0), Righteous Verdict (3.7)
  2. Protector of the Ashen Blade (0), Chaotic Darkness (5.0), Highlord’s Judgment (1.3)
  3. Protector of the Ashen Blade (0), Shocklight (2.2), Highlord’s Judgment (1.3)
  4. Protector of the Ashen Blade (0), Shocklight (2.2), Wrath of the Ashbringer (4.2)

All we do is total up the weapon item level equivalents of each trait (along with the relic itself!), and choose the highest number. In this case, it’s trait set 1 at 76.7 weapon item level.

Here are our options for Relic 2:

  1. Might of the Templar (2.1), Master of Shadows (2.5), Sharpened Edge (1.5)
  2. Might of the Templar (2.1), Master of Shadows (2.5), Deflection (0.8)
  3. Might of the Templar (2.1), Light Speed (2.9), Deflection (0.8)
  4. Might of the Templar (2.1), Light Speed (2.9), Wrath of the Ashbringer (4.2)

In this case, the best trait loadout is Set 4, at 76.2 weapon item level.

Update Info

Guide Last Updated: September 12, 2017
Simulationcraft Version: SimulationCraft 730-02 (git build 34fd229)
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