In this guide we’ll be covering Retribution stat priorities, including a brief explanation of important haste breakpoints, and best in slot gear from Tomb of Sargeras. We’re also going to have a brief discussion on stat weights, which will show why you’ll never be able to use an addon like Pawn to rate gear for Retribution.
This guide has been updated for Patch 7.2.5.
You want to prioritize stats in this order:
- Critical Strike or Versatility
Keep in mind that all of Retribution’s secondary stats are very close in value. Increasing your item level in a slot is almost always an upgrade regardless of the item’s stats.
Haste Breakpoints and Caps
There aren’t any reasonably attainable hard or soft caps for haste using Tomb of Sargeras gear. This may change in Patch 7.3.5 when Antorus, the Burning Throne becomes available, but you don’t need to worry about it for now.
There are two haste breakpoints you should be aware of that have some gameplay implications. Reaching these breakpoints doesn’t change what gear you’ll end up choosing, and won’t provide any increase in player power. They do, however, make managing your Judgment debuff easier.
- 12.5% Haste: This is where you gain an additional global cooldown during Judgment. You will now be able to push out multiple Holy Power spenders before the debuff expires. Playing below this level of haste is a miserable experience. Don’t do it.
- 31.25% Haste: This is where you gain a second global cooldown during Judgment. It’s also the point at which you can maintain 100% effective uptime on the Judgment debuff (where the only ability you use when Judgment isn’t up is Judgment itself). Your rotation is now greatly simplified because you rarely need to worry about whether or not you should wait to use a holy power spender until Judgment is off cooldown.
Best in Slot Tomb of Sargeras Gear
|Head||Diadem of the Highborne||BoE Trash Drop||Versatility / Critical Strike|
|Neck||String of Extracted Incisors||Demonic Inquisition||Haste / Versatility|
|Shoulders||Radiant Lightbringer Shoulderguards||Fallen Avatar||Critical Strike / Mastery|
|Back||Radiant Lightbringer Cape||The Desolate Host||Haste / Versatility|
|Chest||Radiant Lightbringer Breastplate||Maiden of Vigilance||Haste / Mastery|
|Wrists||Bonemeal-Crusted Armplates||Demonic Inquisition||Critical Strike / Versatility|
|Hands||Radiant Lightbringer Gauntlets||Harjatan||Versatility / Critical Strike|
|Waist||Soul-Render’s Greatbelt||Kil’jaeden||Critical Strike / Haste|
|Legs||Greaves of Impure Midnight||Kil’jaeden||Haste / Mastery|
|Feet||Spiked Terrorwake Greatboots||BoE Trash Drop||Haste / Versatility|
|Finger 1||Seal of the Second Duumvirate||Kil’jaeden||Haste / Critical Strike|
|Finger 2||Yathae’s Thumb Ring||Sisters of the Moon||Critical Strike / Versatility|
|Holy Relics||Boon of the Prophet||Kil’jaeden||Sharpened Edge|
|Fire Relic||Smoldering Thumbscrews||Demonic Inquisition||Wrath of the Ashbringer|
Again, keep in mind that because of Warforging and Titanforging, items that aren’t on this list may still be upgrades. Except for rings and necks, gaining 5 item levels will almost always be the right choice.
Because our secondary stats are so close in value, it’s hard to say what order they’re truly ranked in by only comparing a single piece of gear. Back in Patch 7.1.5, for example, we generated stat plots, swapped a pair of bracers the weights recommended, then ran them again. The stat weights are so variable that they completely reverse when you swap one piece of gear.
That’s not really useful. You can repeat the test at various gear levels to eventually arrive at the same conclusion we did above, but that’s not easy to put into one easily digestible sim for folks to understand.
So, we decided to brute force a solution: we fed the simulator every possible piece of gear that can drop Tomb of Sargeras, the Nighthold, and Mythic+ dungeons, then had it iterate until it couldn’t find any better combinations of gear. We repeated the exercise for Tier 19, Tier 20, and various legendary configurations, too. Every time it eventually settled on favoring haste over other stats, followed by crit and versatility, and lastly mastery.