PVE Retribution Paladin DPS Guide WotLK 3.3.5a

Game: Wrath of the Lich King
Content Type: Gaming Guides

Welcome to the Retribution Paladin DPS guide for World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King 3.3.5a. In this guide, you will learn about playing a Retribution Paladin in a raid. The guide includes Talents, Glyphs, Gems, Enchantments, Add-ons, Gameplay & Skill rotation tips.

Below-mentioned is a standard spec that has all of the core and necessary talents in Retribution Tree, Divine Intellect, and Aura Mastery.

Retribution Paladin Talent Tree Wow 3.3.5a

Gems are situational and depend on the build and equipment. They are used to reach the required stat caps.

Relentless Earthsiege Diamond

requires at least 1 of each color to be activated. Fill other the sockets with Bold Cardinal Ruby.

Retribution Paladin does not have a solid combination of skills, though it is advised to use this priority list below:

Hammer of Wrath -> Judgement -> Crusader Strike -> Divine Storm -> Consecration -> Exorcism -> Holy Wrath

The rest of the time, use any skill which comes out of cooldown.

Hit -> Expertise -> Strength -> Critical Strike Rating -> Agility -> Haste

You will need 8% of Hit (263 hit rating) to never miss the boss with your melee attacks. Expertise reduces the chance of your attacks being parried or dodged. 26 Expertise (213 rating) is the soft cap, after which the boss won’t be able to dodge your attacks.

Strength is the primary stat of this spec, as it provides attack power and scales well with raid buffs. Stack as much as possible. Critical Strike rating is a significant component of our overall DPS. Agility also increases the critical strike rating making it an attractive secondary stat. Last on the list is Haste, which is mainly useful to increase auto-attack frequency.


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Hi, instead of Divine Intellect and Aura Mastery, you can put this 6 points into Divinity and Divine Sacrifice if your raid has already a Paladin or two with Aura Mastery, to increase survivability


I play 6k2 paladin on warmane, and all i can say that explanation of this spell rotation is poop.

Paladin has solid starter to begin with. You ALWAYS want to start combat with judgement with wings (to deal masive damage and to apply 3% crit increase debuff on boss). Next you want to keep the consetration as much under the boss as possible (you also have glyph for that and you do not deal as much damage with melee strikes with lesser eq) so put that consecration next. Then you just CS and DS. With lower gear you also have to use exorcism, if you dont have problems with expertise id suggest to glyph that. If the boss is under 20% the Hammer of Wrath is replacing CS if you are lower geared OR it replaces Exorcism (use instant casts for flash heals to ease healers role) if you have 4/4 t9 or better gear.
Divine storm (DS) does the same damage as Crusader Strike (CS) but it cleaves so every time there is add or more than one enemy DS>CS. Otherwise CS costs 4% less mana so if there is single target CS>DS
If you have 2/4 T10. You use only judgemet -> consecration -> DS -> CS (to get DS reset, if you wont just use instant exorcism/hammer of wrath)
Once you get 2/4 t10 and jar, you can literaly go oom from just DivineStorm so start the combat with Judgement (always use on CD) and then just DS>CS – It gets pretty crazy here, you will have no time to use instant exorcism or think about using hammer of wrath as you will do more damage with just melee spells and hits.

The basic Cleave strategy is to apply 5/5 vegance then swap to command and just continue to attack, also use lots of consecration and holy wrath (instead of exorcism). Remember to refresh the 5/5 debuff, as you want 100% uptime of your vegance debuff.
Also if you are skilled enough you can swap between seal of vegance and seal of Righteousness to get the most out of your dps. (with 4/4t10 its not worth to swap tho as CS and auto attacks benefit more from stacked vegance so it would result in damage loss) You also use glyph of Righteousness with this tactic. Stack vegance to 5/5 then swap to Righteousness and use judgement, DS then swap back to vegance. Trick is to keep in mind that swaping seals have 1s global cooldown, so you swap sbefore your judgement cd is off and then use it exactly on time.

For glyphs:
Of judgement – This glyph is only must have for paladin. Other glyphs are situational as spells in rotation change with every piece of EQ you change and spells you use with every boss encouter.
Other contestants:
Of consecration – Pretty usefull glyph as you use consecration untill 4/4t10. Actualy you could use it whole time but i sometimes skip it cuz of mana cost, i rather do more DS. (but i have it glyphed)
Of exorcism – this is nice if you are not strugling with expertise with lower tier eq
Of Vengeance – if you struggle with expertise (or if you have to use more than one gem to get capped, use this and gem str instead)
Of Righteousness – if you want to do seal swaps
Of Flash of Light – With 3/3 Healing light (4/5 intelect 0/2 improved BOM) can be nice help if you strugle with heals, use it only if you already skip instant exorcism in your damage rotation. Remember that you should buff only BOK in raids.


If you have t10 2 Set bonus, your spell priority will look more like this
Judgement > Divine Storm > Crusader Strike > Hammer of Wrath > Consecration > Exorcism
Never use Holy Wrath as a dps cd, its a utility. use it to stun undead as need be

Warmane Core Experience FYI incase its different on other wotlk servers




What seals, buffs, and judgements types do we want to be using?


Hi, you can use Seal of Vengeance/Corruption or Seal of Command, depending on the situation (most of the time, Seal of Command vs mobs and the other one vs bosses)
Concerning the buffs, you should use blessing of might while levelling. At lvl 80 m, blessing of kings becomes the most valuable because you will mostly play in dungeons or raids with the buffs of other classes)
About judgements, you can use Judgement of Light if you are alone or in a dungeon/raid without a Protection Paladin TANK or a Holy Paladin HEAL. If at least one of them is present, you should use Judgements of Wisdom.
About your Aura, let the protection aura to a Paladin Tank and the concentration aura to a Paladin Heal. Adapt your aura depending on your opponents and don’t underestimate the extra resistance they can give you


Hey which weapon combo is ideal? swords/maces/shields?


This is for the Retribution dps spec so only use a 2h weapon (2h axe, mace, sword and polearm)


How much need agility

wow mom

how much need strength

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