This article has information on how to play paladins as DPS.
The Retribution Paladin charges their Holy Power with almost every strike until they can unleash it in even more devastatingly powerful attacks. They make for an excellent solo player, concentrating on upgrades to their weapons, with far less attention to armour and stamina. To them, the stats of their armour are infinitely more important than the actual protection level of it. The stats of their chosen armour should always be geared for strength and critical hits, in order to kill the enemy before they can kill you.
It is easy to dub the Paladin as pure melee class - the Retribution Paladin however can make good use of range attacks 'Judgement' and later, 'Exorcism'. The cooldown of these attacks is too long to fight a battle with them, but they can still be used to cause damage from a distance and charge their Holy Power even as the Paladin charges in for the fight. Alternatively they can use these abilities simply to pull one or two enemies away from mobs at a time.
Unlike Protection and Holy Paladins, the Retribution Paladin forgoes their shield option for more damaging and slower two-handed weapons. Most incapaccating moves have limited use since they can deal spell damage when disarmed, deal weapon damage when silenced, and have limited ranged spell capabilities for when they are knocked back. Additionally since they are melee in the first place, 'rooting' type attacks become much less useful unless the enemy is trying to run away.
Regardless, when fighting bosses it is always worth remembering "You can't deal damage if you're dead." As a heal spell specifically designed for use during battle, Eternal Flame is excellent for keeping your Paladin alive when soloing instances, but too much use can significantly lower DPS.
Paladin DPS AbilitiesEdit
- Retribution Aura: An Aura that deals Holy damage to anyone who attacks you.
- Communion: Increases your party and raid's damage dealt by 3% and your damage by an additional 2%. In addition, your Judgement causes Replenishment, which grants up to 10 party or raid members mana regeneration equal to 1% of the maximum mana per 5 sec and Lasts for 15 sec.
- Eye for an Eye: Gives magic attacks against you a chance to cause 30% of the damage taken back to the attacker.
- Crusade: Increases the damage of Crusader Strike, Hammer of the Righteous and Templar's Verdict and the damage and healing of your Holy Shock.
- Seals of Command: Gives Seal of Righteousness, Seal of Truth and Seal of Justice an extra 7% weapon damage each time you swing. In addition, your Seal of Righteousness hits up to 2 additional targets..
- Rule of Law: Increases the critical effect chance of Crusader Strike, Holy Shock and Word of Glory.
- Crusader Strike: An instant strike that causes 120% weapon damage and grants a charge of Holy Power.
- Consecration: Consecrates the ground for 8 seconds, dealing Holy damage to anyone who walks into it.
- Exorcism: A large damaging nuke. This spell will crit 100% of the time against Demon and Undead targets.
- Holy Wrath: Sends bolts of holy power in all directions, causing Holy damage and stunning all Undead and Demon targets within 10 yds for 3 sec.
- Hammer of Wrath: An instant-cast ranged finishing move when the target reaches 20% health. Resets your swing timer. Useful for enemies that are running. It can also add a charge of Holy Power.
- Divine Storm: An instant weapon attack that causes damage to up to 4 enemies within 8 yards. The divine storm heals up to 3 party or raid members for 25% of the damage caused.
- Templar's Verdict: An instant weapon attack that causes a percentage of weapon damage. Consumes all applications of Holy Power.
- The Art of War: Increases the damage of your Judgement, Crusader Strike and Divine Storm abilities and when your melee attacks critically hit the cast time of your next Exorcism is instant, free and causes 100% additional damage.
- Rebuke: Interrupts spellcasting and prevents any spell in that school from being cast for 4 sec.
Since Patch 4.0.1, the Retribution Paladin "rotation" is still priority based. The priority for single-target is as follows:
Inquisition (a level 81 Cataclysm skill) > Templar's Verdict > Crusader Strike > Hammer of Wrath > Exorcism > Judgement > Holy Wrath > Consecration
DPS Buff GuidanceEdit
- Retribution Aura on by default
- Blessing of Kings usually on by default
- Blessing of Might can offer more DPS if lacking Strength
- Seal of Truth For single targets
- Seal of Righteousness For multiple targets
- With undead targets/bosses adding Holy Wrath and Exorcism to the rotation will give a significant boost to DPS. New mechanics make mana regen less of a problem.
- Adding Hammer of Wrath when mob health is less than 20% substantially increases DPS.
- Blessings have been revamped so the only ones available are Kings and Might.
- Humans get 3% Expertise for 2-handed swords and maces.
- Dwarves get 3% Expertise for 1- and 2-handed maces.
- Attack Power from Strength is your primary DPS stat. Strength is preferred since it gets an increase from BoK.
- With the removal of precision your melee hit rating base should ideally be 263. Hit Rating gear should remain a very high priority. For equal leveled players in PvP only 164 total hit rating (5%) is required to be hit capped.
- Your melee critical strike chance needs to be at least 25%. After that point critical strike rating is not as much of an increase to personal DPS as straight Attack Power.
- Expertise 214 to help decreases the chance that melee attacks made by the player will be dodged or parried.
- Haste increases your attack speed.