- Author: Nevermore
- Date: January 31, 2024
- Updated: February 2, 2024
- Expansion: Cataclysm
In this section of the guide, we will go over each stat that a Retribution Paladin requires and explain in-depth how they function along with any possible stat caps that you will have to take into consideration. We will also detail how other stats influence Retribution Paladins and what stats you will have to avoid! Retribution Paladins have a similar stat priority to other Strength-based DPS specs, with one stat, in particular, showing “Mastery” over the others!
- Hit Rating
- Cap: 960 (8% Hit Chance Soft Cap)/840 (7% Hit Chance + Heroic Presence)
- Expertise Rating
- Cap: 781 Expertise Rating (26 Expertise Soft Cap)
- Critical Strike Chance
- Haste Rating
- Spirit (Never choose Spirit!)
- Spell Power (Never choose Spell Power!)
Reforging is introduced in Cataclysm as an additional way to adjust your equipment’s secondary stats. Through reforging, you can acquire a plethora of different stats in exchange for a portion of your current gear’s secondary stats. However, you may not replace any of the main stats on a piece of equipment such as Strength or Stamina.
Since Mastery is the most important stat for a Retribution Paladin besides Strength and the Hit &Expertise Caps, you will want to make sure that you reforge the majority of your gear to include the Mastery stat. As such, depending on the gear piece you are currently reforging, you will want to reforge your stats based on their priority order.
As an example, if a gear piece has Haste Rating and Expertise Rating as secondary stats, you will prioritize reforging Haste Rating over Expertise Rating. In this specific scenario, you may choose to reforge Expertise Rating instead of Haste Rating only if your current Expertise Rating makes you cross the 26 Expertise Soft Cap threshold.
In the same sense, you will want to reforge the rest of your secondary stats based on the stat priority list. As an example, if a gear piece already has Mastery and Haste Rating as secondary stats, you will want to reforge a portion of the Haste Rating in exchange for more Critical Strike Chance.