Retribution Paladin Dragonflight Class Guide

General Information

Welcome to our Retribution Paladin Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight. We will help you to learn and master Retribution Paladin in either Raids or Mythic Keystone Dungeons.

Last Update: 26-03-2023

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Basics of Retribution Paladin

Retribution Paladins are using Holy Power as their Energy to spend on powerful abilities for either Single-Target or Multi-Target. With many abilities and Talents which can trigger other abilities to be used, Retribution Paladin offers a fast, but also sometimes confusing, playstyle.

Stat Choice for Retribution Paladin

General Stat Priority for Retribution Paladin with our Build is:

  1. Strength
  2. Haste
  3. Mastery
  4. Critical Strike
  5. Versatility

Basic Rotation

Please read our Rotation and Cooldown section for further information. 

Table of Contents

Builds and Talents

Talent Tree Explanation

General Talent Tree
Most Notable Talents

Seal of Order, Seraphim or Sanctified Wrath, Zealot’s Paragon and all allocated bottom row talents have the biggest impact in your playstyle. Holy Avenger and Divine Purpose manipulated frequently your Holy Power generation.

Other Damage Talents

Avenging Wrath is your strong 2-minute cooldown, increasing your damage. Greater Judgement causes your Holy Power spender to deal more damage after using Judgement. and Seal of Reprisal grants passive damage increase to your main ability. 

Crowd Control & Utility

Repentance and Blinding Light either stun or disorient enemies. Turn Evil can fear an Undead, Demon or Aberration for 40 seconds. All your Blessings (Freedom, Sacrifice, Protection) are granting unique Utility abilities. Cleanse Toxins can remove debuffs from allies, and Rebuke interrupts enemies.

Defensive Talents

Most Talents on the left side are granting additional Healing to yourself and your party members, or can cause your next Word of Glory to be free-to-use.


Specialization Talent Tree
Single Target Talents
  • Final Verdict replaces Templar’s Verdict, and has a chance whenever used to make Hammer of Wrath free-to-use.
  • Execution Sentence is a new ability which deals damage to the target after 8 seconds, plus 10% of damage taken from your abilities in that time.
  • Exorcism is another ability which deals damage to the target, and leaves a periodic damage debuff.
  • Ashes to Dust grants Art of War to reset the cooldown of Wake of Ashes instead of Blade of Justice.
  • Expurgation causes your Blade of Justice critical strikes to leave a periodic damage debuff.
Multi Target Talents
  • Divine Storm is your Holy Power spender which deals damage to all targets.
  • Sanctify increases the damage enemies take from Consecration after being hit by Divine Storm.
  • Sanctification causes your Consecration to randomly grant you 1 Holy Power whenever it deals damage.
  • Divine Toll makes you cast Judgement to 5 targets at the same time.
  • Empyrean Legacy empowers your next Templar’s Verdict to trigger an automatic Divine Storm.
  • Final Reckoning deals damage to all targets in the area, and increases their damage taken by your Holy Power abilities by 50% for 8 seconds.
  • Tempest of the Lightbringer causes your Divine Storm to project an additonal wave of light, dealing 20% of its damage in a frontal cone.
  • Radiant Decree replaces Wake of Ashes, and deals damage to all enemies in front of you.

Rotation and Cooldowns

Basic Rotation for Retribution Paladin in Single Target

Basic Rotation for Retribution Paladin in Multi Target

Stat Priority

Stat Choice for Retribution Paladin

General Stat Priority for Retribution Paladin with our Build is:

  1. Strength
  2. Haste
  3. Mastery
  4. Critical Strike
  5. Versatility

Strength is your primary stat, meaning that Itemlevel is superior in most cases. Higher Itemlevel will also increase your Stamina and Armor that you gain.

Critical Strike increases the chance for your abilities and spells to deal double damage.

Haste reduces your global cooldown, your time to cast spells, and reduces the cooldown of many abilities.

Versatility grants you a flat damage increase, but also a damage decrease for half of its value.

Mastery increases your Holy damage by a certain amount.

The further we are getting into the expansion, the effects of diminishing returns start to limit your effective gain of your secondary stats. After reaching 30% (by rating) of any given stat, you will start to receive a penalty that reduces the gain from more of the same stat over this treshold.

Stat priority can differ on every character. Make sure to simulate yourself on Raidbots get the perfect results for you.

Gear and Trinkets

Best In Slot Gear for Retribution Paladin

This List shows the current Best-In-Slot Gear for Dragonflight Season 1. Many Items can be potentially substituted with any Profession Gear, especially early on into the Season.

Additionally, there is the option for Profession Gear to be crafted with additional Buffs/Perks, which can benefit your character in certain situations.

Best Trinkets for Retribution Paladin

This List shows the current Top 30 Trinkets, based on simulations for damage in a Single Target Situation.

This list might not reflect the perfect choice for your specific situation.

Trinkets can differ at any boss or in different dungeons.

To see a full overview of Trinkets – Please visit Bloodmallet


Gems, Enchants and Consumables