3v3 Retribution Paladin

Retribution Paladin
Season 3
50 characters
2538 - 2879

This guide is dedicated to building a PvP Retribution Paladin equipped to prevail in 3v3 in World of Warcraft Dragonflight 10.2.5. It is based on an analysis of the top 50 characters from Season 3 across the US, EU, KR, and TW regions, including Xeniél from Illidan (US) — currently ranked as the best Retribution Paladin in 3v3.

The guide covers stat priority, the most effective races, widely used talents, the best equipment, as well as the ideal embellishments, enchantments, and gems for a Retribution Paladin. To ensure better accuracy, it checks each character's last time played, specialization usage frequency, and equipment type. Updated every 12 hours, it ensures the most current and effective builds are always at your fingertips.

Top Retribution Paladins

  1. 1
    Xeniél
    Illidan (US)
    465 ilvl
    2879
  2. 2
    Vanguards
    Tichondrius (US)
    458 ilvl
    2813
  3. 3
    Vânguards
    Tichondrius (US)
    462 ilvl
    2808
  4. 4
    Morningstâr
    Ravencrest (EU)
    485 ilvl
    2794
  5. 5
    Khyleancbum
    Sanguino (EU)
    460 ilvl
    2775

Stat Priority

Stats are crucial attributes that directly influence a character's power in World of Warcraft. They not only determine the character's strength but also define the overall feel and playstyle. Stat bonuses can be found on various pieces of equipment, in consumables created by the Alchemy profession, certain foods, some enchantments , and gems .

It's important to note that each stat experiences diminishing returns once its equipped bonus reaches +20%. This means that optimizing a character's performance involves more than just maximizing each stat; it's about finding a balanced distribution. Here is the optimal way to balance Retribution Paladin Secondary and Minor stats for 3v3.

Secondary Stats
+422
9% Critical Strike
+2118
17% Haste
+3641
32% Mastery
+7727
37% Versatility
  1. Versatility
  2. Mastery
  3. Haste
  4. Critical Strike
Minor Stats
+21
0% Avoidance
+168
1% Leech
+406
8% Speed
  1. Speed
  2. Leech
  3. Avoidance

Races

In World of Warcraft, each race comes with unique traits that enhance character abilities or improve in-game quality of life. Although these racial traits typically offer minor advantages, they can still provide a competitive edge in certain scenarios.

With Human currently being the top race for Retribution Paladins in 3v3, here are the other races that also stand out due to their advantageous traits.

  1. Human
    24
  2. Dark Iron Dwarf
    12
  3. Tauren
    12
  4. Dwarf
    1
  5. Blood Elf
    1

Class Talents

Talents are the main element defining a character's build, significantly influencing the playstyle by adding, modifying, and enhancing character abilities and behaviors. They are crucial in shaping how a character functions in battle.

Class talents represent a common tree shared across all Paladin specializations. These talents provide foundational skills and enhancements that are essential and universal to the Paladin class. They offer a range of abilities that lay the groundwork for a Paladin's overall capabilities, regardless of the chosen specialization.

The following tree reproduces the in-game class talents disposition as a heatmap. Each color represents the usage frequency and general recommendation level of the talents:

  • Legendary : Represents the most frequently used talents. These are highly recommended for optimal performance.
  • Epic : Indicates talents that are widely used but offer flexibility for alternative choices. Useful in specific scenarios or personal preference.
  • Talents without color: Talents less commonly selected. They are typically chosen to fill necessary slots for advancing to the next tier and may not offer significant value in most situations.
Lay on Hands
50
Blessing of Freedom
50
Hammer of Wrath
50
Cleanse Toxins
2
Auras of the Resolute
49
Obduracy
3
Auras of Swift Vengeance
50
Turn Evil
0
Fist of Justice
48
Divine Steed
50
Greater Judgment
50
Blinding Light
44
Cavalier
40
Seasoned Warhorse
5
Rebuke
49
Holy Aegis
40
Avenging Wrath
50
Justification
50
Punishment
0
Golden Path
0
Blessing of Sacrifice
50
Sanctified Plates
50
Blessing of Protection
29
Unbound Freedom
49
Lightforged Blessing
1
Seal of Mercy
0
Healing Hands
34
Sacrifice of the Just
45
Unbreakable Spirit
50
Improved Blessing of Protection
1
Crusader's Reprieve
50
Strength of Conviction
0
Judgment of Light
0
Seal of Might
50
Divine Purpose
2
Seal of Alacrity
49
Incandescence
0
Faith's Armor
1
Of Dusk and Dawn
50
Divine Toll
50
Seal of the Crusader
50
Seal of Order
50
Divine Resonance
50
Vengeful Wrath
49

Specialization Talents

Specialization talents constitute a specialized tree, providing Retribution Paladins with unique abilities and enhancements tailored to their combat style.

The following tree reproduces the in-game specialization talents disposition as a heatmap. Each color represents the usage frequency and general recommendation level of the talents:

  • Legendary : Represents the most frequently used talents. These are highly recommended for optimal performance.
  • Epic : Indicates talents that are widely used but offer flexibility for alternative choices. Useful in specific scenarios or personal preference.
  • Talents without color: Talents less commonly selected. They are typically chosen to fill necessary slots for advancing to the next tier and may not offer significant value in most situations.
Blade of Justice
50
Divine Storm
50
Swift Justice
49
Expurgation
46
Judgment of Justice
47
Holy Blade
38
Final Verdict
50
Light's Celerity
48
Art of War
50
Jurisdiction
50
Inquisitor's Ire
8
Shield of Vengeance
50
Vanguard's Momentum
48
Zealot's Fervor
49
Rush of Light
2
Improved Judgment
40
Crusading Strikes
50
Divine Wrath
49
Consecrated Blade
5
Empyrean Legacy
49
Vanguard of Justice
14
Heart of the Crusader
41
Highlord's Judgment
47
Crusade
46
Blessed Champion
43
Judge, Jury and Executioner
21
Adjudication
50
Aegis of Protection
50
Penitence
3
Blades of Light
50
Final Reckoning
45
Wake of Ashes
50
Burning Crusade
1
Divine Arbiter
49
Executioner's Will
17
Divine Auxiliary
4
Seething Flames
50
Truth's Wake
49
Searing Light
1

PvP Talents

PvP talents are specifically tailored for player-versus-player combat scenarios. Activated in arenas, battlegrounds, and the open world with war mode enabled, these talents are designed to optimize a Retribution Paladin's performance in PvP encounters. They provide specialized enhancements and strategies that give players an edge in combat against other players, reflecting the unique demands of PvP gameplay.

The following tree reproduces the in-game pvp talents disposition as a heatmap. Each color represents the usage frequency and general recommendation level of the talents:

  • Legendary : Represents the most frequently used talents. These are highly recommended for optimal performance.
  • Epic : Indicates talents that are widely used but offer flexibility for alternative choices. Useful in specific scenarios or personal preference.
  • Talents without color: Talents less commonly selected. They are typically chosen to fill necessary slots for advancing to the next tier and may not offer significant value in most situations.
Luminescence
20
Blessing of Sanctuary
50
Ultimate Retribution
0
Lawbringer
2
Aura of Reckoning
48
Judgments of the Pure
4
Hallowed Ground
1
Spreading the Word
0
Blessing of Spellwarding
23
Searing Glare
2

Equipment

Equipment directly determines a character's power level in World of Warcraft. These items are acquired from diverse sources: they can drop in dungeons and raids, be discovered across the world, be crafted through various professions, obtained from PvP vendors, or chosen as rewards from the Great Vault.

Each piece of equipment significantly boosts a character's overall strength and capabilities. Here are the top items for Retribution Paladins in 3v3, tailored for each equipment slot.

Head

  1. set
    Zealous Pyreknight's Barbute
    26
  2. Battle-Ready Binoculars
    19
  3. Verdant Gladiator's Plate Helm
    3
  4. Primal Molten Helm
    2

Neck

  1. Verdant Gladiator's Amulet
    44
  2. Torc of Passed Time
    2
  3. Elemental Lariat
    1
  4. Eye of the Rising Flame
    1
  5. Verdant Gladiator's Necklace
    1

Shoulders

  1. Primal Molten Pauldrons
    47
  2. set
    Zealous Pyreknight's Ailettes
    3

Back

  1. Verdant Gladiator's Shawl
    41
  2. Hellbloom Cape
    5
  3. Vibrant Wildercloth Shawl
    2
  4. Hellbloom Drape
    1
  5. Verdant Gladiator's Drape
    1

Chest

  1. set
    Zealous Pyreknight's Warplate
    44
  2. Primal Molten Breastplate
    4
  3. Verdant Gladiator's Plate Chestplate
    2

Wrist

  1. Difficult Wrist Protectors
    20
  2. Verdant Gladiator's Plate Wristguards
    20
  3. Primal Molten Vambraces
    4
  4. Verdant Gladiator's Plate Vambraces
    3
  5. Zealous Pyreknight's Flameguards
    2

Hands

  1. set
    Zealous Pyreknight's Jeweled Gauntlets
    30
  2. Verdant Gladiator's Plate Handguards
    20

Waist

  1. Verdant Gladiator's Plate Girdle
    43
  2. Primal Molten Greatbelt
    4
  3. Verdant Gladiator's Plate Greatbelt
    3

Legs

  1. set
    Zealous Pyreknight's Cuisses
    41
  2. Verdant Gladiator's Plate Tasses
    5
  3. Primal Molten Legplates
    3
  4. Verdant Gladiator's Plate Legguards
    1

Feet

  1. Infurious Warboots of Impunity
    49
  2. Primal Molten Sabatons
    1

Rings

  1. Verdant Gladiator's Signet
    40
  2. Signet of Titanic Insight
    28
  3. Verdant Gladiator's Ring
    18
  4. Ring-Bound Hourglass
    14

Trinkets

  1. set
    Verdant Gladiator's Insignia of Alacrity
    47
  2. set
    Verdant Gladiator's Medallion
    44
  3. set
    Verdant Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity
    5
  4. Pip's Emerald Friendship Badge
    1
  5. set
    Verdant Aspirant's Emblem
    1

Main Hand

  1. Verdant Gladiator's Greatsword
    41
  2. Fyr'alath the Dreamrender
    8
  3. Verdant Gladiator's Scepter
    1

Off Hand

  1. Verdant Gladiator's Bulwark
    1

Embellishments

Embellishments are unique effects that can be added to crafted items, either as predefined elements in recipes or through an optional embellishment reagent, creating embellished gear. These enhancements diversify and amplify characters' capabilities.

Given that only a maximum of 2 embellished items can be equipped at a time, here are the best embellishments for Retribution Paladins in 3v3.

  1. Mettle
    49
  2. Verdant Conduit
    46
  3. Blue Silken Lining
    2
  4. Elemental Lariat
    1
  5. Precognition
    1

Enchantments

Enchantments provide minor yet valuable enhancements to various items, including Head, Back, Chest, Wrist, Waist, Legs, Rings, Feet, Main Hand, and Off Hand.

Most enchantments are crafted via the Enchanting profession. However, Waist enchantments specifically require Blacksmithing, Legs enhancements are crafted by Leatherworkers, and Head enchantments come from the Incandescent Essence , a reward obtained through a quest in the Amirdrassil raid.

Enchantments are usually available at the auction house, making them accessible for upgrades. Here is a list of the top enchantments for Retribution Paladins in 3v3, essential for optimizing combat effectiveness.

Head

  1. Incandescent Essence
    8

Back

  1. Regenerative Leech
    29
  2. Homebound Speed
    20
  3. Graceful Avoidance
    1

Chest

  1. Sustained Strength
    25
  2. Waking Stats
    24
  3. Reserve of Intellect
    1

Wrist

  1. +200 Leech
    24
  2. +200 Speed
    23
  3. +200 Avoidance
    1

Waist

  1. Shadowed Belt Clasp
    39

Legs

  1. Fierce Armor Kit
    49
  2. Temporal Spellthread
    1

Feet

  1. Plainsrunner's Breeze
    48
  2. Watcher's Loam
    2

Rings

  1. +82 Versatility
    89
  2. +82 Mastery
    9
  3. +82 Haste
    2

Main Hand

  1. Sophic Devotion
    50

Gems

Gems are crafted stones from the Jewelcrafting profession, typically offering stat bonuses to enhance your gear. These gems can be socketed into specific items such as Head, Neck, Wrist, Waist, and Rings. The presence of sockets on items is usually random upon their drop.

Notably, Neck items can be uniquely modified to have up to three sockets by using 3 Tiered Medallion Setting . Additionally, a single socket can be added to other eligible items with a Nature's Cradle , which requires 6 Aspects' Tokens of Merit obtained from the Great Vault.

Available through both the auction house and the crafting order system, the following are the top gem choices for Retribution Paladins in 3v3.

  1. Zen Malygite
    247
  2. Zen Neltharite
    43
  3. Resplendent Illimited Diamond
    33
  4. Energized Malygite
    27
  5. Keen Neltharite
    13