Retribution Paladin Glyphs

Retribution Paladin Glyphs are current as of Patch 5.4 (Siege of Orgrimmar). The entire Glyph system has been revamped, with many new and many altered Retribution Paladin Glyphs.  Let’s go over some of the new changes:

  • There are now 2 Minor Glyph sockets, 3 Major Glyph sockets, and Prime Glyphs has been removed.
  • Many glyphs have been revamped.  Some have been removed all together.
  • The way you acquire glyphs and use them has changed.  To learn a glyph permanently, you must purchase or make the glyph, then right click to learn. This will add it to your Glyph Book. You won’t have to purchase the glyph again, and it can be used and re-used as needed.
  • To replace an existing glyph, a Vanishing Powder reagent must be used.

Essentially, we get 3 extra glyphs to help us out.  I will list what I currently believe to be Best in Slot Ret Paladin glyphs.  Before all chaos ensues, know that this is the first list I am posting.  This is definitely going to change is our DPS is hashed out.  I am closely watching Elitist Jerks and other Ret forums to provide you guys with the best info possible.

NOTE: It is MUCH easier to swap glyphs out now.  I expect us to have a set for AoE, bosses, PvP, 5-mans, etc.  As our situational combat experiences evolve, we will get a much clearer picture of what our glyph sets will be.  For instance, in a 10 man raid, you may encounter 6 pulls of trash before the boss.  If these pulls are mostly AoE, you will be using your AoE glyph set.  Once you get to the boss, it’s back to the single target glyph set.  I am predicting now that prior to each boss fight, raid leaders will be calling out glyph swaps as their part of their routine ready checks!

Ret Paladin Prime Glyphs

One major change comes with WoW patch 5.4 is that Prime Glyphs are no more exist!

Ret Paladin Major Glyphs

  • [Glyph of Double Jeopardy] – Increases damage of next Judgment by 20%, but only if next Judge used on different target. Good for multiple targets.
  • [Glyph of Divine Protection] – Reduces magic reduction of DP by 20% and adds 20% physical damage reduction.
  • [Glyph of Divine Storm] – Heals player for 5% of your maximum health.
  • [Glyph of Mass Exorcism] – Turns Exorcism into a melee range AoE and causes 25% damage to all targets within 10 yards of primary target.. Very useful Glyph.
  • [Glyph of Templar’s verdict] – Take 10% damage reduction after using Templar’s Verdict or Exorcism, very good survivability boost.
  • [Glyph of Immediate Truth] – This will increase instant damage of SoT by 40%, but reduces Censure by 50%. Be careful on this one!
  • [Glyph of Hand of Sacrifice] – Prevents the caster from taking any transferred damage, this will make your use of Hand of Sacrifice safer.
  • [Glyph of Word of Glory] – Increases your damage by 3% per holy power spent after you cast WoG or Eternal Flame. Lasts for 6 seconds.

Ret Paladin Minor Glyphs

Minor Glyphs will not be discussed in details here as they are cosmetic and have no effect at all on your play style. But here are a couple of optional ones.

  1. [Glyph of the Righteous Retreat] – Increases the speed of your Hearthstone by 50%.
  2. [Glyph of the Falling Avenger] – Reduces falling damage.


  1. Bigdarkone says:

    for a ret pali like myself, whom has art of war, the glyph of exocism was a very good idea!! thanks!! plus it was cheap as at only ~20 g

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