So you want to be the very best. The Advanced Retribution Trinket guide is the place for you to be. All of the trinkets in this guide are run through the same simulations as in the Basic guide, with one exception: there’s a lot more of them. We’ve included most possible item level ranges up to 955–even for trinkets with extremely low base item levels. Most players will never see some of the higher item level versions of most of these trinkets. But if you lucked into an amazing Titanforged trinket, you’ll find out how good it is here.
Before we dig in, you will want to familiarize yourself with our Retribution Trinket Guide for Patch 7.2.5, since we’ll be glossing over anything already mentioned in there.
Single Target Rankings
General Usage Instructions
In general, you should try to activate on-use trinkets during Crusade—preferably when you have 15 stacks. For some trinkets it is very obvious how it should work (e.g. use Faulty Countermeasure when Crusade is up; use Umbral Moonglaives when it’ll hit the most targets, otherwise use during Crusade). For a few it isn’t so obvious, and we’ll go over them in detail in their own sections below.
You should try to avoid wearing two on-use trinkets at the same time. Activating one will trigger a short cooldown (between 10 and 30 seconds) on the other, which may make it difficult (or impossible) to use both correctly. An exception would be if the trinkets’ cooldowns sync up frequently, and aren’t necessarily always used during Crusade. For example, Umbral Moonglaives and Specter of Betrayal have cooldowns that sync up every other activation, so those two would very rarely conflict with each other after the first activation.
Anything else interesting or noteworthy will also get a trinket its own little section.
Specter of Betrayal
Specter of Betrayal is a tricky trinket to use correctly, and may not be suitable for all encounters. In order to be a top trinket choice, the fight needs to meet the following criteria:
- The boss needs to be stationary enough that you can stack up two Dread Reflections on it.
- You need to always use the trinket within 12 seconds of its cooldown coming up, in order to have both Reflections hit the boss.
- You need to line up as many of those uses with Crusade as possible.
On a stationary boss, this is easy: Use the trinket on cooldown, unless you’ve just activated Crusade, in which case you should wait up to 12 seconds for more stacks. You’ll hit the value in the graphs no problem.
If you can’t consistently stack up two specters on the boss, the trinket loses a significant portion of its power. In the worst possible scenario where you can never stack up two Dread Reflections on the boss, Specter of Betrayal loses up to 30% of its DPS. That places it firmly at the back of the pack for Tomb of Sargeras trinkets.
Infernal Cinders‘ secondary effect is interesting, since it brings an already decent trinket up to being insanely good if enough raid members also have one equipped. We’ve included on the graph a simulation of five melee all using the trinket (yourself plus four friends). In this best-case scenario, even the LFR version of the trinket is better than most other choices.
Depending on how many other classes end up using it (and how fight mechanics end up impacting Specter of Betrayal‘s usability), Infernal Cinders is a strong contender for best single target trinket this tier.
Kil’jaeden’s Burning Wish
At first blush, Kil’jaeden’s Burning Wish looks like a pretty great all-around trinket choice. But since you can only equip two legendaries, you can’t compare it straight across to other trinkets—you also have to factor in losing another high damage legendary item. You really should only be using Kil’jaeden’s if you don’t have any other high quality legendaries to choose from.
If you are going to be using Kil’jaeden’s Burning Wish, you don’t need to worry about lining its cooldown up with Crusade—its damage isn’t affected.
Draught of Souls
Draught of Souls should be used on cooldown, unless you have less than 20 seconds remaining on your Crusade cooldown. In that case, save your trinket to use when you have 15 stacks of the Crusade buff.
If one of your legendaries happens to be Whisper of the Nathrezim, you should choose a different trinket. Being incapacitated for 3 seconds will almost always force you to drop the cloak’s damage buff, which reduces its value significantly.
Eye of Command
Eye of Command performs really well on paper, since our Simulated Ret Paladin never moves or swaps targets. In practice, fights rarely work out that way. Depending on your haste, it will take between 20 and 30 seconds to re-stack the Legion’s Gaze buff from the trinket. If you can’t stick to a single target (or cleave off one target) you should probably choose a different trinket.
In the graphs above, the Chestplate of Impenetrable Darkness our test Paladin is wearing is the same item level as the rest of his equipment (930). This is an unlikely piece of gear to pick up—Nightbane isn’t included as part of Mythic+ Return to Karazhan, so the only way to get one is to get an extremely lucky Titanforge on a weekly lockout. Assuming a 1 in 3 chance of warforging, you have a 1 in 177,147 chance of getting a usable chestplate for Mythic raiding. Those aren’t great odds.
Memento of Angerboda
Although this isn’t reflected in the charts above (or even in the trinket’s tooltip), Memento of Angerboda will always activate itself when a member of your group dies—just like Retribution. Assuming your raid isn’t perfect (and it probably isn’t), the trinket will perform a bit better than the simulator says.