- Author: Pride
- Date: September 20, 2022
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
Beyond directly making your character stronger through talents, equipment, enchants, etc, there are 2 more things you can use in order to improve your performance as a player: addons & macros. It cannot be understated how much of an impact they can have on your gameplay — increasing your DPS or healing by a large percentage, preventing you from dying, etc. You will need the best addons & macros to be the best Retribution Paladin you can be!
Paladins have an extremely important addon called PallyPower, which every Paladin should have in PvE. Besides that, we also recommend the basics:
- PallyPower – Allows you to coordinate Blessing assignments with other Paladins in the raid
- DeadlyBossMods – Allows you to track boss abilities. A must-have for raiding.
- Details – Shows you how much damage, healing, etc everyone in your raid is doing. Flex on your friends!
WeakAuras is a versatile addon with almost limitless possibilities. It allows you to install mini-addons created by other players, which are confusingly also called “WeakAuras”, in order to perform specific tasks, such as tracking the cooldown of a spell, having a visual or audio notification when something procs, giving you a warning when a boss uses an ability, etc. You can find WeakAuras that suit your needs on wago.io. It’s strongly recommended that you use WeakAuras; they’re a huge quality of life boost.
Retribution Paladins have an incredibly WeakAura which helps with their rotation. It’s made by a cool guy called Sules of EU-Firemaw, and you can download it here. Furthermore, it can be very beneficial to download WeakAuras which track your The Art of War procs. Finally, in Wrath you can get a huge damage boost by using your DPS cooldowns (Avenging Wrath, Potion of Speed, Hyperspeed Accelerators, any Use: trinkets you may have) when your DPS-boosting procs (Enchant Weapon – Berserking, any Equip: trinkets you may have, like Darkmoon Card: Greatness) are up, so it can be beneficial to have WeakAuras tracking their cooldowns & when they proc, respectively.
These macros will help you significantly, potentially increasing your DPS by a modest amount.
Cooldown Macro (AKA Swifty Macro)
This macro uses all of your cooldowns at once, so you don’t have to use them individually. Includes trinkets, potions and engineering enchants. Will skip any cooldowns that are currently not available, so you don’t have to worry — just mash this macro when you want to “pop off”! It is optimal to use this macro when one of your proc items, like trinkets or weapon enchants, proc.
#showtooltip Avenging Wrath /cast Avenging Wrath /use [combat] 13 /use [combat] 14 /use [combat] Potion of Speed /use [combat] 10 /startattack
It is optimal to have the /startattack command on all of your abilities as a melee DPS character. Doing so allows your character to begin auto-attacking your target right away, even if you aren’t currently in range to attack them, that ability is on cooldown, etc. Furthermore, by adding the “/use 10” command to your macros, you automatically use your Hyperspeed Accelerators on cooldown, so you don’t have to remember to use them.
#showtooltip /startattack /use [combat] 10 /cast Crusader Strike
#showtooltip /startattack /cast Divine Storm
#showtooltip /startattack /use [combat] 10 /cast Judgement of Wisdom
#showtooltip /startattack /use [combat] 10 /cast Hammer of Wrath
Spammable Exorcism Macro
This macro instantly interrupts your Exorcism cast, which is useful if you button mash your abilities and accidentally press Exorcism without a The Art of War proc. If you do wish to cast Exorcism without a The Art of War proc, you can do so by holding your Ctrl key when you press the button.
#showtooltip /cast Exorcism /startattack /stopcasting [combat, nomod:ctrl]
These macros will generally not be make-or-break in terms of your performance, as they don’t directly improve your ability to deal damage. However, they can help you in smaller but very real ways, offering significant quality of life improvements, so we recommend having them.
This macro cancels your Divine Shield, which is helpful as you deal 50% reduced damage while it is active, and you may only need to have it active for a few seconds rather than the full 12 second duration.
/cancelaura Divine Shield
Divine Guardian ONLY
In order to activate your Divine Guardian talent, reducing your raid’s damage taken by 20%, you need to activate Divine Sacrifice, which redirects damage to you. The damage redirect component is not always desirable — sometimes you just want to reduce damage taken, not take damage yourself. This macro achieves just that, activating Divine Sacrifice and then immediately cancelling it, allowing you to essentially gain Divine Guardian on its own.
#showtooltip /cast Divine Sacrifice /cancelaura Divine Sacrifice