Level 100 Retribution Paladin Guide [PvE]

A World of Warcraft Class Guide, Updated to Patch 6.2.4

DPS Rotation & Cooldowns for Retribution Paladin in PvE | Latest Patch 6.2.4

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The following rotation guide was developed through extensive simulations and play testing with the goal of keeping the guide as simple as possible without sacrificing performance. This guide also included AoE rotations and provides details on when to use special talents and cooldowns.

Single Target Rotation

Buffs: Maintain these buffs at all times.

DPS Priority: Execute this priority for optimal DPS.

  1. Templars Verdict with >= 5 Holy Power.
  2. Hammer of Wrath when target is below 35% Health or with Avenging Wrath.
  3. Crusader Strike to build Holy Power.
  4. Judgment to build Holy Power.
  5. Exorcism to build Holy Power.
  6. Divine Storm with Empowered Divine Storm proc.

The Retribution Paladin rotation involves building and spending Holy Power. Build Holy Power with Hammer of Wrath, Crusader Strike, Exorcism, and Judgment. Spend Holy Power on Templars Verdict. Prioritize Holy Power builders over Templars Verdict unless you have 5 Holy Power. Also, watch for procs that reset the cooldown on Exorcism and use those procs immediately. Next, use Divine Storm with Empowered Divine Storm procs before your next Holy Power consuming ability. Finally, add Hammer of Wrath to the rotation when your target is below 35% Health.

AoE Rotation

Seal: Seal of Righteousness

The Retributio Paladin AoE rotation is very similar to the single target rotation with two exceptions. With <= 4 targets, you should continue with the single target rotation but use Divine Storm as your Holy Power spender in the place of Templars Verdict. At > 4 targets, you should use Hammer of The Righteous as your primary Holy Power generator. However, Judgment and Exorcism may still be used to build Holy Power if Hammer of The Righteous is on cooldown and you do not have enough Holy Power to cast Divine Storm.


Below is advice on how to use the performance-enhancing talents that were selected in this guide.

  • Selfless Healer is best used to cast a buffed Flash of Light on yourself or another player with low health.
  • Clemency allows you to use Hand spells back-to-back before a cooldown. The use of Hand spells is specific to each fight, but you will need to remember that you have 2 charges for each Hand ability.
  • Sanctified Wrath allows you to more frequently use Hammer of Wrath in your rotation with its decreased cooldown.
  • Execution Sentence should be used on cooldown against targets that will live long enough to withstand the full duration of the ability.
  • Seraphim should be used as often as possible and is your highest priority for spending Holy Power.

Effective Cooldowns

These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate into most all encounters.

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