Retribution Paladin PvE Guide - Cataclysm Classic

These guides are based on simulation data, tools, and theorycrafting from original Cataclysm. We'll be sure to update them when modern sims are finished. Rotations are likely to get optimized via sims, but it should already give you a very strong starting point.

Introduction

    Retribution Paladins are 1 of 3 specializaitons to bring an All Damage increase with
    Communion
    , as well as Mana Replenishment with the same talent. All Paladins still bring
    Blessing of Might
    and
    Blessing of Kings
    for Attack Power, MP5, and Base Stat buffs. They also bring an Armor buff with
    Devotion Aura
    , and Spell Pushback reduction with
    Concentration Aura
    .

Cataclysm Classic Retribution Paladin Rotation

    Paladins gain a new mechanic Holy Power which can be used to cast spells
    Inquisition
    and
    Templar's Verdict
    . Retribution Paladins have a handful of DPS cooldowns, as well as a couple of important high priority procs with
    Divine Purpose
    and
    The Art of War
    .

Single Target

  1. Maintain your assigned Aura.
  2. Use
    Seal of Truth
    .
  3. Cast
    Guardian of Ancient Kings (Retribution)
    .
  4. Cast
    Avenging Wrath
    and
    Zealotry
    . When you combine these with
    Guardian of Ancient Kings (Retribution)
    , wait until it has been active for 10 seconds .
  5. Maintain
    Inquisition
    at 3 Holy Power.
  6. Cast
    Crusader Strike
    below 3 Holy Power.
  7. Cast
    Templar's Verdict
    with
    Divine Purpose
    proc.
  8. Cast
    Hammer of Wrath
    on targets below 20% HP or during
    Avenging Wrath
    thanks to
    Sanctified Wrath
    .
  9. Cast
    Exorcism
    with
    The Art of War
    proc.
  10. Cast
    Templar's Verdict
    at 3 Holy Power.
  11. Cast
    Judgement
    .
  12. Cast
    Holy Wrath
    .
  13. Cast
    Consecration
    .

AoE

  1. Use
    Seal of Righteousness
    because of
    Seals of Command
    .
  2. Same as single target except:
  3. Cast
    Divine Storm
    instead of
    Crusader Strike
    if at least 4 enemies will be hit by it.
  4. Consecration
    and
    Holy Wrath
    switch priority.

Cataclysm Classic Retribution Paladin Talents

Standard Build

0
Holy
0
Protection
0
Retribution

Cataclysm Classic Retribution Paladin Glyphs

  1. Prime:
    Seal of TruthSeal of Truth
    ,
    Templar's VerdictTemplar's Verdict
    ,
    ExorcismExorcism
  2. Major:
    Ascetic CrusaderAscetic Crusader
    ,
    Hammer of Wrath-cataHammer of Wrath
    ,
    Divine Protection-cataDivine Protection
  3. Minor:
    TruthTruth
    ,
    RighteousnessRighteousness
  4. Optional:
    Blessing of Might-cataBlessing of Might
    or
    Blessing of KingsBlessing of Kings

Cataclysm Classic Retribution Paladin Best Consumables

Flasks and Elixirs

    Best:
  • Flask of Titanic Strength

Food

    Best:
  • Seafood Magnifique Feast
    ,
  • Beer-Basted Crocolisk
    ,
  • Fortune Cookie
    Alternatives:
  • Broiled Dragon Feast
    ,
  • Hearty Seafood Soup

Potions

    Best:
  • Golemblood Potion

Cataclysm Classic Retribution Paladin Best Races

Alliance

  1. Draenei:
    Heroic Presence
  2. Human:
    Sword Specialization
    and
    Mace Specialization
  3. Dwarf:
    Mace Specialization

Horde

  1. Blood Elf:
    Arcane Torrent

Cataclysm Classic Retribution Paladin Best Professions

  1. Engineering:
    Synapse Springs
    .
  2. The rest of the professions are very close in power, with Blacksmithing becoming better with epic gems in T13.