Retribution Paladin Guide for Patch 7.2.5

Welcome to our quick start guide for your Retribution Paladin in Patch 7.2.5. 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 7.2.5, this is the guide for you.

If you’d like to dig into the nuts and bolts of Retribution in Patch 7.2.5, you may want to check out our advanced guides (coming as they are written!).

What’s New in Patch 7.2.5?

What Talents Should I Choose?

These talent choices will produce the best DPS in the Tomb of Sargeras. Talents not listed here are generally not worth considering in Patch 7.2.5.

Level 15: Final Verdict
Level 30: Zeal (single target) or The Fires of Justice (multi-target)*
Level 60: Blade of Wrath (single target) or Divine Hammer (multi-target)
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.

* This is not a typo. The Tier 20 set bonus generates enough holy power that Zeal becomes a better choice on a single target. The holy power savings from The Fires of Justice work out better on multiple targets. You should consult the (forthcoming) Talent Guide for Patch 7.2.5 for more details.

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 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?

The following artifact progression path will provide the best DPS increase for your point investment.

Ashbringer Artifact Progression

You’ll end up purchasing traits in this order:

  1. Wake of Ashes
  2. Blade of Light
  3. Deliver the Justice
  4. Sharpened Edge
  5. Wrath of the Ashbringer
  6. Highlord’s Judgment
  7. Endless Resolve
  8. Might of the Templar
  9. Ashes to Ashes
  10. Deflection
  11. Echo of the Highlord
  12. Embrace the Light
  13. Divine Tempest
  14. Righteous Blade
  15. Unbreakable Will, Protector of the Ashen Blade, and Healing Storm (in any order)
  16. Ashbringer’s Light

For a more detailed breakdown of artifact traits and progression paths, check out our Artifact and Relic Guide for Patch 7.2.5.

What Order Should I Buy the Empowered Artifact Traits In?

Once you’ve purchased Ashbringer’s Light and completed the Broken Shore intro quest, 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
  2. Righteous Verdict
  3. Blessing of the Ashbringer
  4. Judge Unworthy
  5. Wrath of the Ashbringer
  6. Deliver the Justice
  7. Might of the Templar and Righteous Blade (in any order)
  8. Sharpened Edge and Highlord’s Judgment (in any order)
  9. Deflection
  10. Protector of the Ashen Blade and Embrace the Light (in any order)
  11. Concordance of the Legionfall

For a more detailed breakdown of artifact traits and progression paths, check out our Artifact and Relic Guide for Patch 7.2.5.

What Are the Best Stats for Retribution in Patch 7.2.5?

You will want to prioritize stats in this order:

  1. Haste
  2. Critical Strike or Versatility
  3. Mastery

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.

For a more detailed stats breakdown, including a Tomb of Sargeras “Best in Slot” list, check out the Equipment Guide for Patch 7.2.5.

What Are the Best Legendary Items for Retribution Paladins?

You should choose from any two of these legendary armor pieces (in order, from best to worst):

Chain of Thrayn
Whisper of the Nathrezim
Liadrin’s Fury Unleashed
Ashes to Dust
Soul of the Highlord
Scarlet Scarlet Inquisitor’s Expurgation

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 Tomb of Sargeras?

You should use Infernal Cinders as your first trinket. Its effect is passive, and it’s strong on every boss in Tomb of Sargeras. And if multiple melee in your raid have one, it becomes the strongest trinket this tier by a very wide margin.

On single target fights, your second trinket should be Vial of Ceaseless Toxins. Use it every time Crusade reaches 15 stacks, and once again in between Crusade cooldowns.

On multi-target fights, your second trinket should be Umbral Moonglaives. Use it every time Crusade reaches 15 stacks and there are multiple targets in range, even if you have to delay its use to line both cooldowns up. Multi-target fights in Tomb of Sargeras have frequent enough adds that you should rarely have trouble lining the two up.

For an overview of all trinkets at the item levels they drop at, check out our Retribution Trinket Guide for Patch 7.2.5.

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 7.2.5.

What Are the Best Artifact Relics for Retribution Paladins?

This is list of all relevant relics, ranked from best to worst DPS. Relics not listed here should be avoided unless they are significantly higher item level.

Wrath of the Ashbringer ★★★★★
Deliver the Justice ★★★☆☆
Righteous Verdict ★★★☆☆
Sharpened Edge ★☆☆☆☆
Highlord’s Judgment ★☆☆☆☆

Righteous Blade (★★★☆☆) and Might of the Templar (★★☆☆☆) relics sim pretty well, but only affect one of your two Holy Power spenders. They aren’t as universally useful as the choices above.

For a more detailed breakdown of artifact relics, including DPS deltas and relative item level values, check out our Artifact and Relic Guide for Patch 7.2.5.

What Enchants and Gems Should I Choose?

Enchant Neck – Mark of the Hidden Satyr
Enchant Cloak – Binding of Strength
Enchant Ring – Binding of Haste

If you have any socketed items, your first gem should be a Saber’s Eye of Strength, and all other gems should be Quick Dawnlight.

What Consumables Should I Use?

Flask: Flask of the Countless Armies (or a Spirit Flask, if your raid provides them).
Food: Lavish Suramar Feast (or Azshari Salad, if your raid is too disorganized to make feasts).
Rune: Defiled Augment Rune
Potion: Potion of the Old War*

* On fights where you delay using Crusade at the start of the encounter, Potion of Prolonged Power is a better pre-pot choice.

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.

Update Info

Guide Last Updated: August 1, 2017
Simulationcraft Version: SimulationCraft 725-02 (git build 758e026)

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