Retribution Paladins in Cataclysm

All of your Cataclysm Retribution Paladin information can be found right here!  I have compiled everything I could from this site into one post, so you guys can take this Ret Paladin information with you into Cataclysm!

I have updated every single one of my main pages involving Ret Paladin information for Cataclysm gameplay.  Most of them are complete, although there are a few bits here and there that will require further testing at 85 when Cataclysm goes live.

As we get closer to Cataclysm launch, I will add as much Ret Paladin information as I can, so keep checking back!

Basic Ret Paladin Information for Cataclysm

Additional Ret Paladin Information

Retribution, as of 6 days prior to Cataclysm, has taken a last second nerf with the release of Patch 4.0.3a.  We can only hope that at level 85, the damage output is somewhat better, and if not, wait to see what Blizzard does for us in the first few patches after Cata goes live.

Major Ret Paladin Changes in Cataclysm from WotLK

  • No more reagents for Blessings.
  • Blessing of Wisdom is gone.
  • Blessing of Might and Blessing of Kings re-designed.
  • Talent Trees have been completely re-designed.
  • Must choose a spec at level 10.
  • New glyph type: Prime Glyphs.
  • Charger quest line is gone.
  • Divine Storm has been re-done, now hits all targets for 80% weapon damage, 5% mana cost, 4.5 second cooldown, affected by Haste via talents.
  • New combat mechanic: Holy Power.
  • Agility gear (aka leather and mail) is no longer beneficial thanks to Plate Specialization.
  • New combat stat: Mastery.  Affects Hand of Light.
  • Armor penetration is gone.
  • Reforging: Allows you to replace 40% of a secondary stat on a piece of gear with another that is not currently on that same piece.
  • All individual Judgement types are gone, now one main Judgement spell.
  • Seal of Command is gone as a Seal, now is a talent.
  • Seal of Vengeance is now Seal of Truth.
  • Seal of Light and Seal of Wisdom are gone.  Replaced by Seal of Insight.
  • Individual Resistance Auras are gone, now just one aura for all resistances.  Resistance buff from Blessing of Kings does not stack.
  • Cleanse now only removes one disease and one poison effect.
  • Hand of Reckoning no longer deals damage.
  • New DPS abilities: Templar’s Verdict, Zealotry, Inquisition, Guardian of Ancient Kings
  • Crusader Strike gone from talent tree, now a basic skill at level 1.
  • Passive self-healing is pretty much gone.  Word of Glory and Flash of Light are now the main tools for survival in combat.
  • New Paladin interrupt: Rebuke.
  • No gap-closing ability for us this time around, though Long Arm of the Law helps.

New Paladin Glyphs

Paladin Prime Glyphs

Paladin Major Glyphs

Paladin Minor Glyphs


  1. cyon says:

    Isnt the glyph of lay on hands major now

  2. Khor says:

    @ Cyon – You would be 100% correct! Thank you! That’s what I get for sending my glyphs page list over here! /fixed!

  3. Darthal says:

    Khor, thoughts on the seal of righteousness? With it’s talent to hit additional targets I have been comparing and i still get more dps in big aoe groups with seal of truth. When it says hits for a small amount of holy power, i mean it hits for marshmallows.

  4. tk says:

    Hi Khor,

    Thanks as usual for being the goto spot for ret.

    Are you going to do a gearing guide as part of your leveling article? I’m starting to plan my gear strategy but haven’t found a good gear guide yet.

    For instance, it seems like we should level in Hyjal instead of Vashj’ir, since the rep rewards there seem to be better for ret. It’s easier to make that kind of call when you have a clearer sense of the non-tier gear picture at 85 than I do.

    If you aren’t doing a gear guide, do you know of a good one?

    you da man,


  5. Rpaladin says:

    check out savix he give some good advice on dueling and play for ret paladin

  6. Korze says:

    I check out as well duels were good 😀 cant wait for more~

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