Retribution Paladin

Patch 8.3

Written by Narcolies Last Updated: 12th Jan, 2020

Some content in this guide is based on PTR/early data

Updates will be made after raid progress is finished and more accurate information is available.

Raid Bosses

Ny'alotha

Wrathion

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Major: Vision of Perfection

Minor: Essence Of The Focusing Iris, The Crucible Of Flame

Trinkets: Ashvane's Razor Coral, Dribbling Inkpod

In phase 1 pretty much just pop cooldowns every time they are ready, and make sure to use freedom on yourself roughly every 30 sec to reset stacks. As I said you could follow the boss during Cataclysm but it's risky. In phase 2 some adds will spawn and some pillars, make sure your wings are ready for this. If you have to delay your wings for like 20 sec or more, it's still worth it.

You can reset Creeping Madness with Freedom

You can use Divine Shield on Burning Cataclysm, if timed very well you can follow boss and bubble so you don't lose DPS.

Maut

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Major: Vision of Perfection

Minor: Essence Of The Focusing Iris, The Crucible Of Flame

Trinkets: Ashvane's Razor Coral, Dribbling Inkpod

As a DPS there really isn’t much for you to do on this fight, simply pop cooldowns when they are ready.

Also make sure to place the Devour Magic in a good spot.

You can use Divine Shield on Stygian Annihilation as a backup if you fail to make it

The Prophet Skitra

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Essences

Major: Vision of Perfection

Minor: Essence Of The Focusing Iris, The Crucible Of Flame

Trinkets: Ashvane's Razor Coral, Dribbling Inkpod

Here you could play more aoe talents such as Zeal and Blade of Wrath if you plan to spam divine storm instead of doing single target on the adds that spawn, pick what your guild requires. Hammer of Wrath is really strong since you will have higher uptime on this spell and seeing as there are alot of adds/low hp mobs overall on the fight.

Move out with Shred Psyche, these are really good to pop your shield of vengeance on since they hurt like hell, your first wings will be up when these spawn.

Dark Inquisitor Xanesh

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Essences

Major: Vision of Perfection

Minor: Essence Of The Focusing Iris, The Crucible Of Flame

Trinkets: Ashvane's Razor Coral, Dribbling Inkpod

Pretty straight forward boss if you’re not going down, simply play single target talents, pop cooldowns and follow boss.

If you get Soul Flay run out of the raid if targeted.

If you are assigned with going down with Void Ritual note here you can't do any damage so manage your cooldowns according to this.

The Hivemind

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Note these talents are based on aoe. For single target I would recommend you run 3-3-1-3-0-0-3 instead.

Essences

Major: Vision of Perfection

Minor: Essence Of The Focusing Iris, The Crucible Of Flame

Trinkets: Ashvane's Razor Coral, Dribbling Inkpod

You could also go a mix and still run Inquisition while running Zeal and Blade of Wrath.

This is the biggest aoe boss of the tier.

Roughly every 1 min a bunch of adds will spawn that you need to blast down. Here you could play Worldvein major and have a massive strength boost when they spawn, and play Vision of Perfection minor instead. But I need to test this out when the raid starts to see if it's worth it or not.

Other than just spamming aoe make sure to interrupt mind-numbing nova.

Shad'har the Insatiable

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Essences

Major: Vision of Perfection

Minor: Essence Of The Focusing Iris, The Crucible Of Flame

Trinkets: Ashvane's Razor Coral, Dribbling Inkpod

This is a pure single target boss.

The main point to look out for on this boss is simply dodging stuff on the ground and if targeted by the fixate from Living miasma then run out.

On PTR you could use Blessing of Protection to cancel Living miasma, hopefully this still works. 

You also could use Blessing of Freedom to negate the slow the targeted player gets from this.

Drest'agath

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Essences

Major: Vision of Perfection

Minor: Essence Of The Focusing Iris, The Crucible Of Flame

Trinkets: Ashvane's Razor Coral, Dribbling Inkpod

Try to time your cooldowns with picking up Void Ichor from Tentacle of Drest’agath. When fighting the Tentacle of Drest’agath be careful of the crushing slam.

As of writing this guide there are few tactics you could go for. 

One which I think most guilds are going to use is to have melee focus on Tentacle of Drest’agath while ranged focus on the Eye of Drest’agath. Other than that this is a pretty straight forward boss.

Il'gynoth

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Essences

Major: Vision of Perfection

Minor: Essence Of The Focusing Iris, The Crucible Of Flame

Trinkets: Ashvane's Razor Coral, Dribbling Inkpod

When it comes to cooldown usage on this boss, you need to make sure you have them ready for nuking down Organ of Corruption.

As a melee don’t stand next to anyone when Mind Control happens, this is because if you are attacked by an ally you will also be charmed.

Run out and ask for a dispel from Curse Pulse, but be careful to not ask for a dispel when its max size.

When nuking down an organ make sure to interrupt Pumping Blood but be careful again to not stack with anyone else.

Vexiona

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Note these talents are based on aoe. For single target I would recommend you run 3-3-1-3-0-0-3 instead.

Essences

Major: Vision of Perfection

Minor: Essence Of The Focusing Iris, The Crucible Of Flame

Trinkets: Ashvane's Razor Coral, Dribbling Inkpod

Here you could run aoe and blast the adds full time, or you could go more single target, it really all depends on how you end up playing the fight as a guild. Which will either be aoe the adds or burst the boss.

Run out if targeted by Encroaching shadows.

Playing Cavalier could be good here seeing as the flight phase has a high chance for you to fail at running, the two charges makes this very strong. Worst case you use bubble but it won't always be up.

In phase 2 be sure to always be stacked with 1 other player.

If you get the fear you could Divine Steed out fast, bubble and then return.

Ra-den the Despoiled

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Note these talents are based on aoe. For single target I would recommend you run 3-3-1-3-0-0-3 instead.

Essences

Major: Vision of Perfection

Minor: Essence Of The Focusing Iris, The Crucible Of Flame

Trinkets: Ashvane's Razor Coral, Dribbling Inkpod

If you get Unstable Vita run to either left or right side of the boss then back, make sure to soak Shadow Impacts.

It's a pretty simple boss, as a melee pretty much soak when it's your turn, stay stacked and if your raid needs you to attack the orb then do so, if not just attack adds and nuke the boss.

Carapace of N'Zoth

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Note these talents are based on aoe. For single target I would recommend you run 3-3-1-3-0-0-3 instead.

Essences

Major: Vision of Perfection

Minor: Essence Of The Focusing Iris, The Crucible Of Flame

Trinkets: Ashvane's Razor Coral, Dribbling Inkpod

This is the first time you will start to see the Sanity Bar. Pressing the extra action button will send you back to Wrathion and fill your sanity back up to 100, but you are not able to do this in phase 3 so be careful when you phase the boss.

In phase 1 Interrupt Gaze but dont instantly interrupt.

Be careful when Growth-covered Tentacle spawns to avoid getting crushed by it.

Once it hits the ground run onto it and aoe down the wounds, having Wings here would be ideal. I don't really know the timings yet but if you have to delay your Wings by approximately 20 sec then its 100% worth it.

There will also be antigen adds but they are very low priority compared to anything else in phase 1 so aoe them once you have done the rest.

In phase 2 it's pretty straight forward, move as a raid on each side and nuke down the Synthesis Growths, once you have cleared both sides reset your sanity and push boss to last phase, if you can delay regaining your sanity then do so.

Phase 3 is just a pure burst phase, this is also where you bloodlust, the main thing to look out for here is Thrashing Tentacle, this is just a tentacle slam which is easy to avoid.

N'Zoth the Corruptor

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Essences

Major: Vision of Perfection

Minor: Essence Of The Focusing Iris, The Crucible Of Flame

Trinkets: Ashvane's Razor Coral, Dribbling Inkpod

In phase 1 focus down Synapse, after around 2-3 stacks pop Wings and start blasting seeing as the Psychus takes a lot of increased damage.

Make sure when the Psychus dies to run to your body.

In phase 2 if you get paranoia, stack with your partner and don't touch anyone else.

Focus down the Corruptor Tentacle and make sure to kick Corrupted Mind, then focus down the basher tentacle which is the tank add, make sure to move around the room.

If you're inside the Mind Phase it's pretty much a copy of phase 1 make sure your Wings is ready for when you go in.

Phase 3 is the burn phase, stay with the raid and drop the big puddles together far away, make sure to stack for harvest though.

A big note on this is that blizzard did change this fight after we tested it so it's really hard to know 100% of what to do until we fight this on live.

As I said I will update this whole guide whenever we are done with mythic progression.

The Eternal Palace

Abyssal Commander Sivara

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Essence: CLF Major, Vision and Strife Minor or Blood Major depending on kill time.

Trinkets: Inkpod / Coral, and if it's a short kill time, swap to Font instead of Coral.

A purely single target fight, so make sure your essence pick is what is simming highest for you. I’d say either Condensed Life or Vision depending on your kill time. 

You can solo soak Overflowing chill or venom with Divine Shield

A good place to use Shield of vengeance is when others reset their stacks and you get hit by unstable mixture, or on your first use of wings.

Blackwater Behemoth

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Essence: CLF Major, Vision and Strife Minor or Blood Major depending on kill time.

Trinkets: Inkpod / Coral, and if it's a short kill time, swap to Font instead of Coral.

Same as the first boss. On single target, make sure you see what essence is good for you and look at kill time to pick the right one. You could also play blood of the enemy and vision minor and burst the adds in Phase 2 for padding, it is a bit worse single target but overall better. 

A quick tip is when the boss casts shock pulse your shield of vengeance will be enough to stay in it. Also, you can solo soak spike with Divine shield if needed.

Radiance of Azshara

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Essence: CLF Major, Vision and Strife Minor.

Trinkets: Inkpod / Coral, and if it's a short kill time, swap to Font instead of Coral.

Your job on this fight is either single target damage to boss and big add in transitions or AoE burst damage to adds in the transition. This means your essence choice is either AoE or single and you always have to remember the kill time. 

For single target I would say condensed life force and vision minor. For AoE, I would say blood of the enemy and vision minor. 

During the transitions you can divine shield to run through tornadoes.

Lady Ashvane

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Essence: CLF Major, Vision and Strife Minor

Trinkets: Inkpod / Coral

On this fight you need to first feel out how your raid dps is on the shield phase of the boss. If it’s low, going vision here is really good (this is what I did on progress). This will allow you to use wings on pull and on the first non shield phase when the boss takes damage. If you’re not able to do this, and the raid dps on shield phase is too good for your wings to come up, then your only option is to save wings and play with condensed life force. 

Right now, most guilds kill this boss in 2 damage phases, so that will allow you to use the 3 min essence cooldown twice on this fight. Overall your damage will be lower, but your damage on the important part will be very good. 

You can use Bubble on Briny Bubble to not get stunned, but be sure to not stand in the raid with it if you’re going to immune it.

Orgozoa

Single Target / Cleave
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Essence: Vision Major, Purification protocol and Strife Minor or CLF Major for more single target if AoE is not needed

Trinkets: Inkpod / Coral

You can either choose to go full cleave and spam divine storm on this fight which can be useful if your raid has low AoE damage, but as we get more gear that will become more useless over time and you will be forced to go more single target. 

I would suggest going single target build whilst throwing in some divine storms here and there for when it's needed. I think that Condensed life force is by far the best pick here but you could also go for vision major if you need more cleave.

Queen's Court

Multi Target
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Essence: CLF Major, Vision and Strife Minor

Trinkets: Inkpod / Coral

As a melee this is just another pure single target fight, nothing much you can do here. For essences, I would say go with condensed life force and vision minor. 

Make sure to help with charge and if somehow you get targeted by charge yourself can use bubble to solo soak.

Za’qul

Single Target / Cleave
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Essence: Vision Major, Purification protocol and Strife Minor

Trinkets: Inkpod / Coral

If you see that your guild is having problems with adds, go zeal instead of execution sentence. 

For essences I would say for single target condensed life force and vision minor. But what I feel is really strong on this fight is vision major, the random procs will give you very high cleave if it procs at the right times. But if this is not needed, then going for more pure single target might be best for you. Generally, look at what your guild needs and pick around that. 

If you time it right, you can use shield of vengeance for every dread, you just have to make sure to pre use it slightly before dread happens. 

If you have to go in as one of the 3, make sure to bubble when you come back out to remove your stacks.

Queen Azshara

Single Target / Cleave
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Essence: Blood Major, Strife and Flame Minor

Trinkets: Font/Inkpod you could use Coral but i find inkpod being better for last phase

For essences on this fight, you can either go for blood of the enemy major and flame /vision minor, which is what I played, or condensed life force and vision of flame minor. It comes down to what your guild wants you to do. If you play blood of the enemy then your job should be killing hulks in phase 1, AoE on adds in phase 2 and for phase 3 nuking the second add before she casts her shield (this is also where i used my pot). If you do this your wings will be ready when you want to use lust again; this will not give you the best overall damage by any means, but you will be top damage on what you are supposed to do. 

If you play condensed life force and vision, you’re going for the more single target heavy start. You will do way more single target in phase 2, meanwhile aoe small adds, but your damage in phase 3 might be lower seeing as your burst is not as high. This is unless your job is to wings the first add and then again on 3rd add, with a final use wings a bit later in phase 4. I just don't know fully if that will allow you to get a second condensed life force in p4 or if 1 condensed life force is better than 2x blood with wings. 

Since you are going to slowly progress this boss I would suggest seeing what your guild needs and check how long each phase lasts, then pick according to that. Starting off you could play condensed life force and vision minor and then see later on what is needed.

My approach to the fight:

When the fight starts i save wings for the Hulk and use it there, I only use 1 wings in p1.

For p2 i save my wings and blood for when the small adds come close to the boss , right before this is also when I bop the first beckon. Seeing as we push before the other add in p2 comes, I won't get another wings here. 

In p3 I could use my wings on the first add, but seeing as it was not needed I used it on the second add with a pot instead; this will allow me to also get wings ready again when we want to bloodlust.

Phase 4, as in the last phase, there is nothing much going on so you will use wings when you lust and as soon as it's ready. As a paladin, clicking the console is really good as you can click once and bubble then click 2 more times before the bubble runs out and you won't gain any stacks. 

When I used shield of vengeance it was really just to stay longer on the boss before I reset, for example in p2 i did not reset my stacks before the boss did the first AoE. Because 1 shield followed by 1 instant flash of light was enough to keep my up before the aoe came and we all had to reset anyway. In p3 i used it for spears mainly. In the last phase I pretty much used it when we moved the boss and I could not reset just yet, so i took 2-3 more stacks then found a good place to reset quickly.

A BIG thing that helps me also on this was the instant flash of light; it’s insanely strong on this boss in all phases to quickly top myself. You should also be sure to off-heal as much as you can in  intermission phases and p3.

As for trinkets on this boss, I would say Coral and ink pod, but you could also use Font trinket which is what I used for the kill. Channeling for adds in p2 and reset your stack while also channeling the trinket in p4 is insanely good.

Crucible of Storms

The Restless Cabal

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On this boss you have a few different Talent choices. Right now I would say the best choice is Zeal in the first row for this boss but i can see when Righteous Verdict being pretty much equally as good. But the big one is Crusade vs Inquisition, it really comes down to if you can get good usage of the damage buff with crusade, if not stick with Inquisition.

You can use Hand of Freedom on Crushing Doubt to remove the slow effect. There are times where you can use shield of vengeance a while before the AoE comes to keep your DPS buff throughout the AoE.

Uu'nat

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Use Wings instantly in Phase 1 and the second set of Wings will be ready when Phase 2 starts, just make sure to wait until soaks are done before you use them.

I'm not 100% sure if you could fit a 2nd set of 2 min CDs in Phase 2, it comes down to how your raid DPS is, you really want everything ready for when Phase 3 starts so if you use the 2nd set you need to be 100% sure you get them back before you start dpsing in Phase 3.

Make sure to be a team player when it comes to dealing with the adds, always look out for 1 add being higher than the others as Retribution Paladin you can throw a quick Templar's Verdict or 2 to even it out quickly.

In Phase 3, after Storm of Annihilation and soaking, use wings with bloodlust and you will get a 2nd set of CDs back up again later in Phase 3, just be careful to not use wake during MC. Also, during this phase you should really be a team player using your off heals as word of glory and flash of light is very useful here. You can afford this DPS loss because damage on this boss is not as important as dealing with the adds and having people stay alive when beams and storm happens.

You can prevent stacks of Piercing Gaze of N'Zoth with Bubble. You can use Blessing of Protection on the Tank who is being attacked by the adds, this is very useful when the tank has 2 or 3 adds on him and is out of defensive cooldowns, a BoP here is insanely strong.

Battle of Dazar'alor

Champion of the Light

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Nothing special you can do here. Either you fully nuke the boss or switch to adds at full energy and back to the boss afterwards.

If you do switch you might get a second use of wings, so keep that in mind when thinking about when you are using your second potion.

Grong, the Jungle Lord

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The most important thing on this boss is to make sure to keep Righteous Verdict up for as long as you can while moving to the adds and back.

You can soak the first slam with shield of Vengeance for free damage during wings.

Jadefire Masters

Single Target / Cleave
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You can either use wings on pull or delay it until you get the buff from multi-sided strike. If you use it instantly it has to be because your guild uses lust, if they don’t you should delay using it until multi-sided strike has finished so you can AoE down adds (Spirits of Xuen) and bomb at the same time during wings.

You can use Blessing of Protection or bubble to run over ring of peace spawned by A Flash of Hostility in the intermission.

Opulence

Single Target / Cleave
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In Phase 1 you should be able to pop wings 2 times, you should also try and soak the fire in the early rooms for you shield of vengeance.

In Phase 2 make sure you save ashes for the first adds and delay your wings until the 2nd set of adds when you lust to maximize your single target damage.

Conclave of the Chosen

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Pretty simple boss when it comes to melee in general not much special here, the main thing about this fight is helping with the adds and your usage of wings. Always make sure to help on the 2 melee adds that spawn next to the bosses on each side and I myself always use a hammer of justice.

For when you want to use wings it really depends on your guild. If you’re very fast and you wont get a 3rd wings use then make sure you use your 2nd either when there is not a lot of movement or when bloodlust is up. Whereas, if you can get 3 uses then you should use it on CD.

You can use shield of vengeance to soak the damage that comes when one boss dies for free and easy damage.

You can use Bubble or Blessing of Protection (BoP) to pre-immune the stun of Kimbul's Wrath - this will prevent the application of Bleeding Wounds.

King Rastakhan

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Phase 1 is pretty straight forward, pop wings and spam divine storm until there are only 2 targets, then swap to templar's verdict.

In Phase 2, at least in our guild, the dps is so high that I myself cant seem to get a 2nd wings out until Phase 3 when adds are up again with bloodlust. But if your guild is having problems pushing then use your second wings on cooldown and they should be ready when you bloodlust upstairs in Phase 3.

As a melee you don't often go down to Bwonsamdi in the Death Realm. But if your guild is lacking ranged and you’re forced to go down then make sure to have your wings ready for that.

High Tinker Mekkatorque

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Use your first wings on pull, second wings when they are ready and 3rd wings in phase 2 when you bloodlust.

The hardest thing about this whole fight is keeping Righteous verdict up while the boss jumps all over the place. I myself find that having 2x divine steed is very strong here as you can get bombs all the time and having the boss flying around when your verdict is about to fall off and having a horse ready to charge over and spam templar's verdict is very strong.

If you don't get Gripped on Wormhole Generator make sure to use bubble or BoP.

Stormwall Blockade

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Use wings once in Phase 1, save your second until Phase 2 (when you reach the platform) and use your 3rd with bloodlust unless you bloodlust Phase 1.

You can soak the stuff on the ground with shield of vengeance for free dps or save in case it gets tricky, but that’s up to you.

Your job on this fight is pretty simple. You dps the boss and if any adds come close to the boss then make sure to have a templar's verdict ready and swap fast to nuke it before going back to the boss. Running out to attack the adds is a waste most of the time, unless the raid leader calls for it.

Lady Jaina Proudmoore

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Make sure you go full single target traits on this boss to maximise your Phase 3 damage and not overall.

In Phase 1 pop wings on pull and depending on your raid dps you might want to save your 2nd wings for Phase 2. If the boss is around 67% and you’ve got wings ready then you want to save it, whereas if its around 71% then you could use. The fire on the ground is great to soak for shield of vengeance.

If you get avalanche you either just run to the side and bubble or run around. I personally always use bubble on the one that overlaps with the mist.

In Phase 2, if you saved wings then pop it when you find a good time early on. Your second use of wings in Phase 2 should either be saved for Phase 3 or used right before Wall of Ice comes up. I would recommend around 32% boss hp so you can pre build holy power and stacks.

There is nothing very special about Phase 2, as a melee you just stack with the group and single target the boss, whilst not baiting the glacial ray into bad places.

The most important time of the fight is Phase 3 and as I said above you should make sure you use the perfect traits for single target (execute) and not divine storm traits. If you saved your wings and did not use it on the Wall of Ice then pop your wings. It will be used right after arctic ground as a tank will die very soon so you should be able to get max stacks before that. If you used your wings for the Wall of Ice they will becomes ready around the time glacial ray will be cast and use instantly if baited good.