Best in Slot Guide for BfA

Retribution Paladin PvP Guide

Game Patch
BfA 8.3.7
Last Updated
August 5, 2020

Welcome to our World of Warcraft Retribution Paladin PvP Guide (Arena and Battlegrounds) for Battle of Azeroth Patch 8.3. We covered best Talents, Stats, Gear (BiS), Gems, Azerite Powers & Azerite Essences, Races, Consumables, Rotation. This guide is constantly updated to show latest data for 2v2, 3v3 and RBG.

You can use this guide as a solid starting point for building your character, and later adjust things to your liking.

Ladder

Talents

15
Zeal
Righteous Verdict
Execution Sentence
30
Fires of Justice
Blade of Wrath
Hammer of Wrath
45
Fist of Justice
Repentance
Blinding Light
60
Divine Judgment
Consecration
Wake of Ashes
75
Unbreakable Spirit
Cavalier
Eye for an Eye
90
Selfless Healer
Justicar's Vengeance
Word of Glory
100
Divine Purpose
Crusade
Inquisition

PvP Talents

Talents

15
Zeal
Righteous Verdict
Execution Sentence
30
Fires of Justice
Blade of Wrath
Hammer of Wrath
45
Fist of Justice
Repentance
Blinding Light
60
Divine Judgment
Consecration
Wake of Ashes
75
Unbreakable Spirit
Cavalier
Eye for an Eye
90
Selfless Healer
Justicar's Vengeance
Word of Glory
100
Divine Purpose
Crusade
Inquisition

PvP Talents

Talents

15
Zeal
Righteous Verdict
Execution Sentence
30
Fires of Justice
Blade of Wrath
Hammer of Wrath
45
Fist of Justice
Repentance
Blinding Light
60
Divine Judgment
Consecration
Wake of Ashes
75
Unbreakable Spirit
Cavalier
Eye for an Eye
90
Selfless Healer
Justicar's Vengeance
Word of Glory
100
Divine Purpose
Crusade
Inquisition

PvP Talents

Stats

Versatility
Haste
Mastery
Critical Strike

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Stats

Versatility
Haste
Mastery
Critical Strike

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Stats

Mastery
Haste
Critical Strike
Versatility

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Races

Blood Elf
Human
Tauren

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Races

Human
Blood Elf
Tauren

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Races

Blood Elf
Human
Zandalari Troll

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Rotation

Use Potion
This can be used as a DPS increase if you can manage to take enough damage, but save it for defensive purposes as a priority.
Use Potion: With Avenging Wrath or Crusade
Use Racial Active Buff: With Avenging Wrath or Crusade
Use Trinkets: Try to use Trinkets with Avenging Wrath or Crusade
Make sure you have Inquisition up before you use Avenging Wrath
With 3 Holy Power. This refreshes with the 30% rule, so you can refresh at less than 13.5 seconds remaining with no wasted uptime.
When you have 3 or less Holy Power (1 or less with Memory of Lucid Dreams up). Prioritize using Blade of Justice so that you don't waste Art of War reset opportunities.
When you have 4 or less Holy Power (3 or less with Memory of Lucid Dreams up)
When you have 4 or less Holy Power (3 or less with Memory of Lucid Dreams)
When you have 4 or less Holy Power (3 or less with Memory of Lucid Dreams)
When you have 2 charges and 4 or less Holy Power. Not during Avenging Wrath/Crusade or in execute range for Hammer of Wrath.
When Crusade/Avenging Wrath are down
When you have 4 or less Holy Power (3 or less with Memory of Lucid Dreams)

Rotation

Use Potion
This can be used as a DPS increase if you can manage to take enough damage, but save it for defensive purposes as a priority.
Use Potion: With Avenging Wrath or Crusade
Use Racial Active Buff: With Avenging Wrath or Crusade
Use Trinkets: Try to use Trinkets with Avenging Wrath or Crusade
Make sure you have Inquisition up before you use Avenging Wrath
With 3 Holy Power. This refreshes with the 30% rule, so you can refresh at less than 13.5 seconds remaining with no wasted uptime.
When you have 3 or less Holy Power (1 or less with Memory of Lucid Dreams up). Prioritize using Blade of Justice so that you don't waste Art of War reset opportunities.
When you have 4 or less Holy Power (3 or less with Memory of Lucid Dreams up)
When you have 4 or less Holy Power (3 or less with Memory of Lucid Dreams)
When you have 4 or less Holy Power (3 or less with Memory of Lucid Dreams)
When you have 2 charges and 4 or less Holy Power. Not during Avenging Wrath/Crusade or in execute range for Hammer of Wrath.
When Crusade/Avenging Wrath are down
When you have 4 or less Holy Power (3 or less with Memory of Lucid Dreams)

Rotation

Use Potion
This can be used as a DPS increase if you can manage to take enough damage, but save it for defensive purposes as a priority.
Use Potion: With Avenging Wrath or Crusade
Use Racial Active Buff: With Avenging Wrath or Crusade
Use Trinkets: Try to use Trinkets with Avenging Wrath or Crusade
Make sure you have Inquisition up before you use Avenging Wrath
With 3 Holy Power. This refreshes with the 30% rule, so you can refresh at less than 13.5 seconds remaining with no wasted uptime.
When you have 3 or less Holy Power (1 or less with Memory of Lucid Dreams up). Prioritize using Blade of Justice so that you don't waste Art of War reset opportunities.
When you have 4 or less Holy Power (3 or less with Memory of Lucid Dreams up)
When you have 4 or less Holy Power (3 or less with Memory of Lucid Dreams)
When you have 4 or less Holy Power (3 or less with Memory of Lucid Dreams)
When you have 2 charges and 4 or less Holy Power. Not during Avenging Wrath/Crusade or in execute range for Hammer of Wrath.
When Crusade/Avenging Wrath are down
When you have 4 or less Holy Power (3 or less with Memory of Lucid Dreams)

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this Guide useful?
The goal of our guides is to show you the overall "optimal" options for building your character. If you do not wish to dig through walls of text then you may like our visual "cut to the chase" approach.
Where do you get this data from?
We use algorithms to parse big data chunks from Top 1% players from Arena and RBG leaderboards using the official Blizzard API. We believe that statistics is a very reliable method for determining solid choices for end-game optimization.