Retribution Paladin Gems are current as of Cataclysm, Patch 4.0, Patch 4.0.6 and Patch 4.1. The Retribution Paladin gem priorities are pretty much the same in Cataclysm. With the new stat changes, Ret Paladins will be wanting to gem pure strength. Ignore the socket bonuses, strength will provide the greatest DPS gain, even surpassing hit and expertise. At this point in the game, strength is such a powerhouse stat, that we will be wanting to pile it as high as we can.
Q: Are you under the hit and expertise cap?
A: Gem strength. Gear and reforging should be used to reach hit and expertise caps. Expertise cap can also be helped with Glyph of Seal of Truth.
Q: When should I gem something other than strength?
A: Strength should always be a part of the gem you are using. If you want to use a hybrid gem (orange or green), then the socket bonus must be a minimum +20 strength.
Retribution Paladin Gems
- [Reverberating Shadowspirit Diamond] +54 Strength/+3% Increased Critical Strike damage
- [Chaotic Shadowspirit Diamond] +54 Critical Strike / +3% Increased Critical Strike damage
Strength (Red Slot)
- [Bold Chimera's Eye] +67 strength (JC only)
- [Bold Inferno Ruby] +40 strength
- [Bold Carnellian] +30 strength
Strength in Cataclysm is such a titanic proponent of our damage, that gemming any hybrid gem is currently a DPS loss, even when trying to reach hit or expertise caps. If you must hit these, try Reforging instead. Should this priority change, I will be sure to give you the information as soon as it is announced!
The only reason to match a yellow or blue socket is if the socket bonus is +20 strength or more. In which case, the following gems may be used (listed in priority):
Orange Gems (Yellow Slot)
- [Skillful Ember Topaz] – +20 Strength/+20 Mastery
- [Inscribed Ember Topaz] – +20 Strength/+20 Critical Strike
- [Fierce Ember Topaz] – +20 Strength/+20 Haste
Purple Gems (Blue Slot)
- [Etched Demonseye] – +20 Strength/+20 Hit
With no prismatic +all stats gem currently available, if you must gem a blue slot, it needs to be Etched Demonseye. Again, this is only if the socket bonus is +20 strength or more.
Retribution Paladin Gem Socket Examples
- Red = R
- Yellow = Y
- Blue = B
*Assume socket bonus is +20 Strength or more
Gear has the following gem slots:
- R = 1x Red gem
- Y = 1x Orange gem
- B = 1x Blue Gem
- RR = 2x Red gems
- RY = 1x Red gem, 1x Orange gem
- RB = 1x Red gem, 1x Blue gem
- YY = 2x Red gems
- YB = 2x Red gems
- BB = 2x Red gems
- RRR = 3x Red gems
- RRY = 2x Red gems, 1x Orange gem
- RRB = 2x Red gems, 1x Blue Gem
- RYY = 3x Red gems
- RYB = 3x Red gems
- RBB = 3x Red gems
- YYY = 3x Red gems
- BBB = 3x Red gems