Retribution Paladins FCFS Rotation is current for Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 and Patch 4.1. Yes, Ret Paladins are still using a FCFS priority system for DPS. It is a little more complex this time around, but still a FCFS nonetheless. This rotation is fairly set in stone, but there could be some priority changes leading up to Cataclysm.
First, the Ret Paladin FCFS rotation is centered around Crusader Strike and Templar’s Verdict. Crusader Strike is the best source of Holy Power, which is what Templar’s Verdict uses to deal out large chunks of damage. The talent, Divine Purpose, also yields Holy Power from other attack sources, but at a very low % rate.
Ret Paladin FCFS Rotation at level 85:
Without Glyph of Exorcism:
- Inq > CS> TV> HoW > Exo > Judge > HW > Cons
With Glyph of Exorcism:
- Inq > CS> TV> Exo> HW > Judge > HW > Cons
With 3 Holy Power
- Inquisition > TV
NOTE: Templar’s Verdict must be used with 3 charges of Holy Power, otherwise it is a DPS loss.
NOTE 2: I previously had TV above CS in terms of priority, but I think there was some confusion in terms of Holy Power generation. If there is less than 3 Holy Power stacked, use the first two FCFS rotations. If you have 3 Holy Power Stacked, then your world becomes one of two abilities: Inquisition and Templar’s Verdict. Use Inquisition if it needs to be applied or refreshed, otherwise, use Templar’s Verdict.
The new mastery system and damage buff to Crusader Strike and Templar’s Verdict switches the FCFS priority system up a smidge. Templar’s Verdict is now a high priority behind CS and Inquisition, with Crusader Strike taking precedence over everything but Inquisition to generate Holy Power, thus yielding more Templar’s Verdicts.
Glyph of Exorcism Priority Source: Elitist Jerks Retribution Concordance by Exemplar
AoE FCFS Rotation for Retribution Paladins
Using this rotation is pretty simple. All you are doing is swapping Templar’s Verdict for Divine Storm.
- DS > HoW > Ex> Judge > HW > Cons
Now, using this rotation should be done only if there are 5 or more mobs in one pack. As soon as it drops below 5 mobs, using this rotation is still a DPS loss after Patch 4.0.6. Even with Divine Storm’s damage buff, it still puts it viable at 5 mobs or greater. The only difference comes at 4 mobs, where using single target and AoE rotations yields a very small difference in DPS numbers. Three targets still holds true at single target FCFS.
Avenging Wrath and Zealotry
Right now, it is best to use both Avenging Wrath and Zealotry together.