Introduction to the Retribution Paladin

Holy warriors of the light, Retribution Paladin’s game play and performance changes positively in almost every scenario. The only scenario where we continue to struggle are encounter where enemies are spread across the room. Ret Paladins buff their allies with Greater Blessings and can find value in their utility in both pve and pvp situations. Provides strong single target burst and moderate AE burst with decent sustain.

Below you will find a beginners guide to the Retribution Paladin, you can click on highlighted abilities, for a more in depth description of them.

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Retribution Paladin


  • Great single-target burst & sustained damage
  • High AoE burst & sustained damage
  • Can switch targets without downsides


  • Low mobility
  • Uptime-reliant


15Zeal ZealRighteous Verdict Righteous Verdict Execution Sentence Execution Sentence
30Fires of Justice Fires of JusticeBlade of Wrath Blade of Wrath Hammer of Wrath Hammer of Wrath
45Fist of Justice Fist of JusticeRepentance RepentanceBlinding Light Blinding Light
60Divine Judgment Divine JudgmentConsecration ConsecrationWake of Ashes Wake of Ashes
75Unbreakable Spirit Unbreakable SpiritCavalier CavalierEye for an Eye Eye for an Eye
90Selfless Healer Selfless HealerJusticar's Vengeance Justicar’s VengeanceWord of Glory Word of Glory
100Divine Purpose Divine PurposeCrusade CrusadeInquisition Inquisition

Rotation of the Retribution Paladin

The basic rotation of the Retribution Paladin is as follows:

You can use the recommended Addon ConRo for help with your rotation. it can be found in our Addons Guide here


  • Avenging Wrath IconAvenging Wrath increases all damage, healing, and Critical Strike chance by 20% for 20 seconds
  • Divine Shield IconDivine Shield makes you immune to all damage and loss of control effects for 8 seconds
  • Lay on Hands IconLay on Hands heals a friendly target for an amount equal to your maximum Health

Stat Priority

The stat priority for the Retribution Paladin is:

  1. Critical Strike
  2. Haste = Versatility = Mastery
  3. Strength