Retribution Paladin talents guide

Patch 9.2.5 Last Updated: 29th Aug, 2022
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Recommended Talents

Retribution Paladin Zeal Talent
Retribution Paladin Righteous Verdict Talent
Retribution Paladin Execution Sentence Talent
Retribution Paladin Fires of Justice Talent
Retribution Paladin Blade of Wrath Talent
Retribution Paladin Empyrean Power Talent
Retribution Paladin Fist of Justice Talent
Retribution Paladin Repentance Talent
Retribution Paladin Blinding Light Talent
Retribution Paladin Unbreakable Spirit Talent
Retribution Paladin Cavalier Talent
Retribution Paladin Eye for an Eye Talent
Retribution Paladin Divine Purpose Talent
Retribution Paladin Holy Avenger Talent
Retribution Paladin Seraphim Talent
Retribution Paladin Selfless Healer Talent
Retribution Paladin Justicar's Vengeance Talent
Retribution Paladin Healing Hands Talent
Retribution Paladin Sanctified Wrath Talent
Retribution Paladin Crusade Talent
Retribution Paladin Final Reckoning Talent

Recommended Single Target Talents

Retribution Paladin Zeal Talent
Retribution Paladin Righteous Verdict Talent
Retribution Paladin Execution Sentence Talent
Retribution Paladin Fires of Justice Talent
Retribution Paladin Blade of Wrath Talent
Retribution Paladin Empyrean Power Talent
Retribution Paladin Fist of Justice Talent
Retribution Paladin Repentance Talent
Retribution Paladin Blinding Light Talent
Retribution Paladin Unbreakable Spirit Talent
Retribution Paladin Cavalier Talent
Retribution Paladin Eye for an Eye Talent
Retribution Paladin Divine Purpose Talent
Retribution Paladin Holy Avenger Talent
Retribution Paladin Seraphim Talent
Retribution Paladin Selfless Healer Talent
Retribution Paladin Justicar's Vengeance Talent
Retribution Paladin Healing Hands Talent
Retribution Paladin Sanctified Wrath Talent
Retribution Paladin Crusade Talent
Retribution Paladin Final Reckoning Talent

Recommended Multi-target Talents

Retribution Paladin Zeal Talent
Retribution Paladin Righteous Verdict Talent
Retribution Paladin Execution Sentence Talent
Retribution Paladin Fires of Justice Talent
Retribution Paladin Blade of Wrath Talent
Retribution Paladin Empyrean Power Talent
Retribution Paladin Fist of Justice Talent
Retribution Paladin Repentance Talent
Retribution Paladin Blinding Light Talent
Retribution Paladin Unbreakable Spirit Talent
Retribution Paladin Cavalier Talent
Retribution Paladin Eye for an Eye Talent
Retribution Paladin Divine Purpose Talent
Retribution Paladin Holy Avenger Talent
Retribution Paladin Seraphim Talent
Retribution Paladin Selfless Healer Talent
Retribution Paladin Justicar's Vengeance Talent
Retribution Paladin Healing Hands Talent
Retribution Paladin Sanctified Wrath Talent
Retribution Paladin Crusade Talent
Retribution Paladin Final Reckoning Talent

Recommended Mythic+ Talents

Boss specific recommendations and strategy:

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Talents Discussion

Tier 1 (15)

Retribution Paladin Zeal TalentZealPassive
Retribution Paladin Righteous Verdict TalentRighteous VerdictPassive
Retribution Paladin Execution Sentence TalentExecution SentenceInstant

Zeal is a strong all–rounder that gives you faster auto-attacks (more Blade of Justice resets). It has good synergy with the divine resonance legendary and the virtuous command conduit. At this point, it’s just too strong to even consider something else because of the tier set bonuses.

Righteous Verdict – At the moment, this talent is almost never used, and I would steer away from it.

Execution sentence – Does not see any play at the moment, as it’s outclassed by Zeal/Blade of Wrath synergy, even on pure single target.

Raiding: Overall, Zeal is the best option for raiding, as it barely has any drawbacks on pure ST fights, is superior on cleave/add fights, and also removes the potential of failing the Execution Sentence’s burst window.

Mythic+: I would pick Zeal in every situation.

Tier 2 (25)

Retribution Paladin Fires of Justice TalentFires of JusticePassive
Retribution Paladin Blade of Wrath TalentBlade of WrathPassive
Retribution Paladin Empyrean Power TalentEmpyrean PowerPassive

Fires of Justice – Basically just improves your crusader strike, and is an option for ST fights, but I would never pick it, as the next option is far stronger.

Blade of Wrath – The best option for all fights at the moment, due to the 2-piece tier set bonus. It has good synergy with Zeal, the Divine Resonance legendary and naturally the tier set bonus.

Empyrean Power – A pure cleave option that gives you a divine storm proc. Previously a good pick for cleave situations and can provide some very strong burst if you save the proc for the final reckoning burst window, but at this point it’s never worth to choose over Blade of Wrath, due to tier set and final reckoning not seeing any play either.

Raiding: I would use Blade of Wrath in every encounter.

Mythic+: Blade of Wrath for every key.

Tier 3 (30)

Retribution Paladin Fist of Justice TalentFist of JusticePassive
Retribution Paladin Repentance TalentRepentance1.7 sec cast
Retribution Paladin Blinding Light TalentBlinding LightInstant

Fist of Justice – My go-to talent choice this tier/season. If you have good uptime it reduces the cooldown on hammer of justice from 1 minute to 20-30 seconds, which is good in a lot of scenarios.

Repentance – Doesn’t see much play at all, more or less similar to polymorph.

Blinding light – An AoE blind that does not break on holy damage. This means that you as a ret will be able to use almost all your abilities into the blind without it breaking. However, it does almost always break to other people hitting it if you don’t communicate properly that you’re using it beforehand.

Raiding: Mostly irrelevant, either go fist of justice for more frequent add stuns, or blinding light for the occasional interrupt on spell casts.

Mythic+: I would pick fist of justice in every situation for the best add control, or Blinding Light if the group lacks an AoE “interrupt.”

Tier 4 (35)

Retribution Paladin Unbreakable Spirit TalentUnbreakable SpiritPassive
Retribution Paladin Cavalier TalentCavalierPassive
Retribution Paladin Eye for an Eye TalentEye for an EyeInstant

Unbreakable spirit – The option that provides the most value in this row. Reduces the CD on 3 of your defensives, which is a good pick in situations where you don’t need mobility. Also provides more damage from the reduced CD on shield of vengeance.

Cavalier – A very good option this tier, especially due to the Light’s Barding conduit. Gives you 2x six seconds 100% movement speed increase.

Eye for an eye – Sort of a niche option in PvE content, sees most of its use in PvP. Can be a good pick for a fight where you take huge physical damage and need to reduce it to live, for example Sludgefist in Castle Nathria.

Raiding: I would go with cavalier in most fights. Unbreakable spirit is the best choice on fights where you don’t need mobility at all, or need the reduced cooldown on Divine Shield for soaking mechanics.

Mythic+: Unbreakable spirit for more frequent defensives.

Tier 5 (40)

Retribution Paladin Divine Purpose TalentDivine PurposePassive
Retribution Paladin Holy Avenger TalentHoly AvengerInstant
Retribution Paladin Seraphim TalentSeraphimInstant

Divine purpose – Occasionally gives you a free holy power-spender. With the implementation of tier set bonuses and Seraphim proccing for 4 seconds, it’s the go-to talent for all situations.

Holy Avenger – A big 3 min CD that triples your holy power generation, effectively making you able to press templar’s / final verdict or divine storm every other global. However, It does not line up well with ret CDs, making it a poor choice for mythic raiding. It provides a ton of burst on pull, if you’re facing a <2 minute long fight.

Seraphim – Used to be the go-to choice, as it lines up very well for ret paladins, having very strong 2 minute CDs, as well as 1 minutes. Outclassed at the moment by divine purpose because of the 2-set bonus, but it could be chosen, if you want to guarantee good damage during certain phases, for instance on Lords of Dread or Anduin Wrynn.

Raiding: Divine purpose in all situations.

Mythic+: Divine purpose in all situations.

Tier 6 (45)

Retribution Paladin Selfless Healer TalentSelfless HealerPassive
Retribution Paladin Justicar's Vengeance TalentJusticar's VengeanceInstant
Retribution Paladin Healing Hands TalentHealing HandsPassive

Selfless healer – Used to be a very good choice by giving you a free, empowered Flash of Light. It is still not terrible, but simply outvalued by healing hands. It does however, give you more healing if your goal is to not use any holy power on Word of Glory at all.

Justicar’s Vengeance – Doesn’t see any play at all, as the tuning is simply far too weak.

Healing hands – The go-to choice for most content, as it makes word of glory heal by a ton when you’re dipping low, which is when you’d want to heal. Makes you able to out-heal certain mechanics and sustain yourself with brute force.

Raiding: I would choose healing hands, as it can save you when you’re in over your head, even though it costs holy power to use. Also usable on other raid members if needed.

Mythic+: Same as for raiding, I would run healing hands for those dire situations where you need to survive or help out your healer.

Tier 7 (50)

Retribution Paladin Sanctified Wrath TalentSanctified WrathPassive
Retribution Paladin Crusade TalentCrusadeInstant
Retribution Paladin Final Reckoning TalentFinal ReckoningInstant

Sanctified wrath – The best option for all encounters at the moment, providing good damage on single target, as well as uncapped AoE damage. Works very well with Divine Purpose, as the proc triggers this talent when used.

Crusade – A personal favorite which provides a lot of damage when fully ramped up, but does lose a lot of value compared to Sanctified Wrath as soon as there is more than one target. Creeps up to Sanctified Wrath on pure single target at the moment with the right setup, but is not something I’d recommend.

Final reckoning – The former go-to talent in all scenarios. Provides very strong burst, both on ST and cleave, as well as lining up with the other 1-minute CDs. At the moment it gets outvalued by Sanctified Wrath, but could be alright in scenarios where you need strong on-demand AoE burst.

Raiding: For raiding I’d go with Sanctified wrath in every situation.

Mythic+: Sanctified wrath in all keys as well.