- Author: Pride
- Date: September 20, 2022
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
Besides your gear and talents, there are 3 additional ways you as a player can increase your character’s power: gems, enchants, and consumables, which make your character significantly more powerful when combined correctly.
Many guilds and raid groups may not invite you at all if you don’t have the correct gems, enchants and consumables — but worry not, this guide will help you avoid that problem!
This gem will be your strongest option for the meta slot by a long shot. Its requirements have been toned down slightly since The Burning Crusade, making it a lot easier to activate.
The Chaotic Skyflare Diamond is technically individually slightly stronger than the Relentless Earthsiege Diamond, as crit rating boosts the crit chance of our spells as well, while agility only boosts our physical attacks. However, its activation condition requires 2 Blue gems, which will ultimately make it slightly worse than Relentless Earthsiege Diamond.
This means that you will be using them in every socket you run into, unless that item has a particularly strong socket bonus you could activate with a different color gem, or if you need to activate your Meta gem.
You need 1 Yellow gem to activate your Meta gem, which you will automatically get by using the Tears (Enchanted Tear / Nightmare Tear) for the Blue socket requirement anyway, as they count as 1 gem that has every color (Red, Yellow and Blue) so they activate your Meta gem for free.
However, the gems listed above aren’t bad at all — they’re very slightly weaker than pure strength from Red socket section. It is not a bad idea at all to use them in Yellow sockets of items with powerful socket bonuses, such as strength, crit, or haste. They’ll typically be a good bit cheaper than Red gems, too.
If you’re close to the hit cap (explained in the Stat Priority section) but haven’t quite reached it, you can also choose to use a couple of Etched Monarch Topaz / Etched Ametrine. This is a last resort however, avoid deliberately socketing these for hit.
You need 1 Blue gem to activate your Meta gem, and the Tears (Enchanted Tear / Nightmare Tear) are your best option for that one slot. They count as 1 gem that has every color (Red, Yellow and Blue) so they activate your Meta gem for free.
Ignore all other Blue sockets, socketing Red gems into them instead. You could in very rare occasions socket a Sovereign Twilight Opal / Sovereign Dreadstone into a Blue socket of an item that has a really really strong socket bonus, but it’s usually best to just put Red gems into them.
Players with the Engineering profession but no Tailoring can use Flexweave Underlay instead, for the fun slow fall effect — though in practice this will result in a small DPS decrease compared to using Enchant Cloak – Greater Speed.
This is your only viable option for this slot.
If you’re slightly shy off meeting your expertise or hit caps (explained in the Stat Priority section), you can use the Enchant Gloves – Expertise and Enchant Gloves – Precision enchants respectively. This is more of a last resort, however — do not rely on these enchant for your cap.
This is your only option for this slot.
This is your best option for this slot.
If you’re strapped for cash, you could use the more budget-friendly Nerubian Leg Armor instead.
The Flask of Endless Rage is the strongest option for the flask / elixir slot.
However, the Elixir of Mighty Strength is almost as good, offering +126 attack power to the flask’s +180 attack power. So if they’re significantly cheaper on your server, by all means, consider using them. However, keep in mind that flasks persist through death, so if you find yourself dying frequently in raids, it might just be cheaper for you to use the flask anyway.
Dragonfin Filet will be your best option for the buff food slot, offering you the maximum amount of strength possible.
In a pinch, you can also use hit rating (Snapper Extreme) or expertise (Rhinolicious Wormsteak) food, in order to hit your hit and expertise caps respectively. This is only a last resort however — do not rely on them for your cap.
Potion of Speed is the best potion available to us as Ret Paladins. You should aim to use 2 in a fight: 1 just before you pull the boss (called “pre-potting”) and another 2 minutes into the fight, when your cooldowns are available again, as stacking your cooldowns is always the best option.
You can still use scrolls in Wrath of the Lich King — however, they do not stack with stat-boosting effects offered by class buffs.
For Retribution Paladins, you will most likely be getting the strength and agility buffs from Gift of the Wild, Strength of Earth Totem or Horn of Winter, meaning scrolls will be useless for you. If your raid doesn’t have any of those buffs for some reason, you could use the listed scrolls instead.