pve retribution paladin pre raid & best in slot (bis) (wotlk 3.3.5a)

In this section of the guide, we will help you choose the best equipment or alternatives that you can utilize for each of the different phases of the expansion. Having the Pre-raid tab contain items that you will want to acquire before you start any serious raiding!

Alternative: Charged Titanium Specs – Engineering BoE

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be your best option for this slot.

Alternative: Cloak of the Gushing Wound – Erekem Heroic Violet Hold

Alternative: Golden Limb Bands – Krik’thir the Gatewatcher Heroic Azjol-Nerub

Alternative: Sharp-Barbed Leather Belt – Ingvar the Plunderer Heroic Utgarde Keep

This will be your best option for this slot.

Alternative: Rift Striders – Anomalus Heroic Nexus

This will be your best option for this slot.

Alternatives: Incisor Fragment – King Dred Heroic Drak’Theron Keep & Sphere of Red Dragon’s Blood – Keristrasza Heroic Nexus

Alternative: Edge of Oblivion – Jedoga Shadowseeker Heroic Ahn’kehet

This will be your best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

Alternative: Fool’s Trial – Various Bosses Naxx 25-Man (This is a good choice if Favor of the Dragon Queen is heavily contested.

Alternative: Pendant of the Dragonsworn – Malygos 10-Man, Sapphiron 10-Man (Again, another good choice if Favor of the Dragon Queen is contested.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot. Use this as your tier off-piece regardless if you are going for 2-set or 4-set.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

Alternative: Valorous Redemption Legplates (4-set bonus) – Gluth & Thaddius Naxx 25-Man

This will be the best option for this slot.

Alternative: Sabatons of Sudden Reprisal – Anub’Rekhan Naxx 25-Man

Alternative: Footwraps of Vile Deceit– Loatheb 25-Man. Take these if you need the Expertise.

Those will be your best options for your ring slots.

Alternatives: Strong-Handed Ring – Various Bosses Naxx 25-Man

Alternate: Loatheb’s Shadow – Loatheb Naxx 10-Man

Alternative: Mirror of Truth – 40 Emblem of Heroism

Alternate: Sphere of Red Dragon’s Blood – Keristrasza Heroic Nexus (Take this only if you need the hit).


This will be the best option for this slot.

PvP Alternate: Savage Gladiator’s Libram of Fortitude – 4480 Honor & 175 Arena Points (This requires PvP in Arenas or the completion of Battleground Call to Arms. Stick with Libram of Radiance if you don’t want to PvP.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

Alternate: Gloves of the Endless Dark – Algalon the Observer 10-Man (Take these if you need Expertise).

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

Alternate: Starfall Girdle – Algalon the Observer Ulduar 10-Man

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

Those will be the best options for your ring slots. Godbane Signet is 3 DPS more than Sif’s Promise, either is fine.

Those will be the best options for the trinket slots.

Alternate for short fights: Wrathstone – Kologarn Ulduar 25-Man

This will be the best option for this slot.

PvP Alternate: Deadly Gladiator’s Libram of Fortitude – 1200 Arena Points, 1800 Rating (while this is a better choice, it is locked behind an 1800 Arena Rating, which is difficult to achieve.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

Alternative: Scourge hunter’s Vambraces (If you have Shadowmourne)

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

This will be the best option for this slot.

Those will be your best options for your ring slots.

Alternatives: Oathbinder, Charge of the  Ranger-General – on heroic is actually an extremely good choice for Retribution Paladin
Glorenzelg, High-blade of the Silver hand– Another spectacular choice you can get your hands on
Bloodfall– On normal this weapon is weaker than shadow’s edge but on heroic is a lot better, still it gets suited into a semi-pre-bis category because it is weaker than Oathbinder on heroic

This will be the best option for this slot.

 

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Nevermore

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Name
1 year ago

Why would you pick the agility rep ring over the strength one?

hamster
hamster
Reply to  Nevermore
6 months ago

how much Critical Strike Chance is needed

Ashbringer
Ashbringer(@ashbringer)
8 months ago

Hello there! Thank you very much for the guide!
I’m a little confused though, regarding some gear choices for pre-bis gearing

Regarding belts:
Wouldn’t the https://wotlkdb.com?item=49808 be a better contender (perhaps better than the https://wotlkdb.com/?item=50270?)

As for the chest, wouldn’t something like https://wotlkdb.com?item=50272 be better than the https://wotlkdb.com/?item=48630. The latter does have two gem slots which could give a lot of bonus strength, but the former has quite a lot of haste (which as far as my knowledge goes, is better for ret paladins than arpen. Doing this change won’t compromise on the T9 4-piece set bonus either

Last edited 8 months ago by Ashbringer
Ashbringer
Ashbringer(@ashbringer)
Reply to  Ashbringer
8 months ago
Nurmourdim
Nurmourdim
8 months ago

What armor set is good for levels around 70? Right now I am using/collecting the marshwalker set.

Goran
Goran
3 months ago

why are there no ulduar bis list

Khyber
Khyber
3 months ago

I looked at the enchant list, etc, where is your expertise coming from besides the 1 glyph for the pre raid set?

TheSamwise78
TheSamwise78(@thesamwise78)
20 days ago

The current list here is for the most part, not correct.

Neck: Pendant of the Outcast Hero = BiS #1 Pre-raid. 25 EoH.
Shoulders: Spaulders of the Careless Thief = BiS #1 Pre-raid.
Cloak: Cloak of Bloddied Waters = BiS #1 Pre-raid. BoE.
Chest: Heroe’s Redemption Chestpiece = BiS #1 Pre-raid. 80 EoH.
Bracers: Vengeance Bindings = BiS #1 Pre-raid.
Gloves: Heroe’s Redemption Gauntlets = BiS #1 Pre-raid. 60 EoH.
Waist: Jorach’s Crocolisk Skin Belt = BiS #1 Pre-raid. 40 EoH.
Legs: –
Feet: Death-Inured Sabatons = BiS #1 Pre-raid. Ebon Blade Exalted.
Ring1: Ring of the Kirin Tor = BiS #1 Pre-raid. Alternatively Band of Frosted Thorns as the Kirin Tor rings cost quite a bit of gold.
Ring2: Hemorrahging Circle = BiS #1 Pre-raid.
Trinket1: Darkmoon Card: Greatness STR = BiS #1 Pre-raid. Alternatively Mirror Of Truth. 40 EoH.
Trinket2: Sphere of Red Dragon’s Blood.
Weapon: Colossal Skull-Clad Cleaver = BiS #1 Pre-raid.
Libram: Libram of Furious Blows = BiS #1 Pre-raid. Optionally one could get the Hateful Gladiator’s Libram of Fortitude.

kryss
kryss
1 year ago

Relic ?

Gamer
Gamer
Reply to  kryss
1 year ago

The frost vendor one is best of youre fighting bosses cause you have time to stack. Sometimes the triumph one is good because you might not have time to use the stacks

Blightbane
Blightbane
1 year ago

Needle-encrusted scorpion??? Why man? That trinket is terrible

Dogma
Dogma
Reply to  Nevermore
7 months ago

early? its the 3rd tier in the xpac what are you smoking

Himea
Himea
Reply to  Dogma
7 months ago

It’s the 4th tier and it drops from a dungeon making it faster to get *early in the tier*

Kaguja
Kaguja
9 months ago

Today i had problem in icc 25 hc with pugs that they gave Scourge Hunter’s Vambraces to hunter and not to ret pala..
I won the roll but they said its not for me i dont need armor pen..
I told them as ret pala 6.2 with 300 Agility is Really big upgrade for me becouse i had some trash Wrist i can link it Armguards of the Nether lord
has also armor pen but still from all items i neded only that wrist

Anomandiir
Anomandiir
Reply to  Kaguja
5 months ago

I had this exact argument 12 years ago.

Alex994
Alex994
8 months ago

THIS LIST IS SUCH A SHIT…. There is RS items much better options like bracer from RS25 leather bis item…

that one tank pally
that one tank pally
4 months ago

why tyrannical beheader arm pen is trash on pally there a weapon for pos nm on the frost giant that way better stats

Sarah
Sarah
1 year ago

Cant find holy paladin Pre-Bis Gear

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Geronimo78
Geronimo78(@thesamwise78)
8 months ago

Retri Paladins don’t need armor pen and any armor pen item should be avoided. Any item with armor pen are useless as the source of our DPS is from holy dmg not physical dmg. The only physical dmg we do is the filler dmg from auto attack between our rotations which doesn’t add anything to our overall DPS.

Stacking armor pen gear is never a good idea as in most cases you’ll be missing out on other more important stats.

Melusine
Melusine(@melusine)
Reply to  Geronimo78
6 months ago

Divine Storm, Crusader Strike (which are our strongest spells) deal physical damage, so arpen is appreciated for ret, just not as much as strength or crit

Nick
Nick
Reply to  Geronimo78
4 months ago

Around 40% of Ret’s damage is physical. Not a priority stat but it isn’t wasted.

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