Retribution Paladin Relic and Netherlight Crucible Guide for Patch 7.3.2

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 7.3.2.

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 4.1
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 5.8
Shadowbind 5.5
Chaotic Darkness 4.9
Murderous Intent 2.8
Master of Shadows 2.5
Dark Sorrows 2.5

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?

With the right tools, it’s not hard. And thankfully, everything you need is right here on this page.

You need to add up these five values from your relic to determine its true strength:

  1. The relic’s weapon item level.
  2. The weapon item level value of its trait (from the above table).
  3. The +5 weapon item level from Netherlight Fortification.
  4. The value of its Netherlight Crucible trait (from the above table.)
  5. The value of its bonus trait from the Crucible.

You also need to do that for each of the four paths you can take with the Netherlight Crucible. Here’s a visual aid:

How to analyze Netherlight Crucible traits.

The blue path ends up being the best choice, making the relic worth 69.9 weapon item levels (56 + 2.1 + 5 + 2.8 + 3.7).

Is there an easier way to evaluate the Netherlight Crucible?

There sure is. Just install a copy of CrucibleWeight, and head over to the Netherlight Crucible in-game. Once you’re there, there is a tray you can pull out from under the normal Crucible window. Then, press Import, and paste in this string:


Now all of your relics’ traits will have their item level weight listed right on top of them—kind of like in the graphic a few paragraphs back!

Is there a way to get Artifact and Crucible trait weights with my gear?

Also yes! It’s not quite as easy as using generic weights, but it’s also more accurate for you. You’ll need to open up SimulationCraft (or the Advanced interface at Raidbots), and follow the instructions on this spreadsheet. Big thanks to Urthearso and Skeletor over on Hammer of Wrath for building such a great tool!

Update Info

Guide Last Updated: October 24, 2017
Simulationcraft Version: SimulationCraft 730-03 (git build 1dcbef9)
Want to sim this yourself? Click here. Use Hammer of Wrath’s spreadsheet instead.
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