Best Retribution Paladin Gloves – Pre-Raid

Retribution Paladin Gloves is current for Patch 4.0.6.  This is a list of the best Retribution Paladin gloves, or hand slot items, available pre-raiding.  I am fairly comfortable with the priorities here, hand items seem to be fairly in order.

This is a best in slot list (BiS) for gloves for Ret Paladins, and I am fairly sure this won’t change much, at least until we see a Mastery change that raises the value of stacking Mastery on gear.

Best Retribution Paladin Gloves Pre-Raid

  1. [Reaping Gauntlets]
  2. [Gear-Marked Gauntlets]
  3. [Gryphon Talon Gauntlets]
  4. [Gauntlets of Rattling Bones]
  5. [Hematite Plate Gloves]
  6. [Endwyn’s Flickering Gauntlets]


  1. Pheonera says:

    hey Kor, shouldn’t the two rep gloves be counted as the same slot, considering that they are the same item, just different names?

  2. Khor says:

    They are, my list function just doesn’t like me 🙂 #1 and #2 are the same.

  3. lordmogg says:

    ooh ooh! more new posting by Khor. I visit this site like 10 times a day when im at work. When i see no new postings i get sad and have to eat chocolate. Im now 30 stone.

    Your fault Khor…………………………. 😉

  4. ÏronBE says:

    Why would Hematite Plate Gloves be worse than Gryphon Talon Gauntlets, as far as I can see Hematite Gloves have more haste than crit and a red socket giving a +10 Haste bonus, surely this is a slightly better optimised piece of gear than the Talons?

  5. Virtuous says:

    How come the PvP gloves aren’t included in the list? They have a higher iLev than Heroic gloves, Have hit and add a straight 5% dmg to CS’s. I’m new to Ret Paladins so I’ve just been trying to figure out how this all works and why no one has mentioned them (that I can find at least). Thanks!

  6. Boogieknight says:

    I think Crit is a higher stat weight for Ret right now

  7. Rolanor says:

    Going by EJ’s naked stat weights crit is .12 and haste is .11 per point. The rep gloves (wildhammer/dragonmaw) yield 32.3 “naked” dps from crit and haste (150 crit x .12 and 130 haste x.11) while the Hematite gloves have 32.33 naked dps( not a huge difference, but a difference nonetheless) (151haste x .11 [took into consideration the 10 haste for socket bonus, since there SHOULD be a red bold in there anyway] and 131 crit x .12) making hematite gloves a SLIGHT upgrade from the rep gloves, as far as I’m aware, anyway.

  8. Khor says:

    You guys could be right. The difference is so small, either way you go. Sometimes I hate having stats so close in DPS value!

  9. cfeduke says:

    Here’s another inquiry about the Conquest PvP gloves. I am using them over the top two blue gloves on this list now. Sure Resilience is a wasted itemization, but 5% higher Crusader Strike seems to make up for it plus the Strength advantage (+43 Strength).

    Using them also allowed me to better reforge to near 8% hit exactly (8.03 presently).


  10. Kalorlan says:

    What a great site! Just got my Gryphon gloves and need to clear up best gem for them “In general”. As I understand I should go Bold Inferno Red. Please let me know if I’m right.

  11. Ret pally #768 says:

    I am trying out the honor point gloves atm, and off a raid dummy in org im getting 11k dps and 10k with rattling bones gloves. That could be rng messing with me, but they are looking at least comparable and more than likely favorable. Will spens an hour or so testing tonight jus to make sure.

  12. McQuack says:

    Recent theorycrafting on elitistjerks is showing that the 365 PvP gloves provide better DPS than the 359 T11 set gloves, so the same should apply for 352 PvP vs. any 346 gloves. Tested the 352 gloves against Reaping Gauntlets (after appropriate reforging) today myself and got a consistent 600-700 DPS incease over 5 minutes on a dummy.

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