When leveling up your Pally, you’ll definitely want to use a Retribution Paladin leveling build to get the most out of your experience. Traditionally one of the slower levelers in the original incarnation of World of Warcraft, the paladin has gained some pretty hefty buffs over the course of WoW’s expansions. Now the Paladin is an absolute powerhouse, but only if you really know how to play it right. Read on and you’ll find out how to build your Paladin correctly to maximize your experience.

Why choose a retribution paladin leveling build?

Paladins are an iconic class in World of Warcraft and are highly desired in late-game raids. However, without the proper build, it won’t come any time soon. Retribution is absolutely the best solo quest spec for your paladin. When comparing specs, you need to consider a few different factors and compare each of the specs against them. Those qualities are DPS, survivability, and resource management. Holy has survivability because you can heal yourself throughout the day. However, you will eventually run out of mana and have very little offensive abilities as a holy paladin. Prot offers excellent survivability and excellent resource management. However, Prot lacks a bit of DPS in groups of less than 5 mobs. Unless you plan on leveling up by mass-rolling or spending all your time in dungeons, Ret has the best DPS for quests and has several abilities to restore both health and mana to keep downtime to a minimum. These factors combined make your best pick the Retribution Paladin leveling build. Prot, however, is an excellent second spec for those especially tough pulls.

Glyphs for your Retribution Paladin leveling build

Your glyphs are just as important as your talent points. These have a direct impact on the abilities you will use for solo and DPS missions. The three Prime Glyphs you’ll be using are Judgment, Templar’s Verdict, and Crusader Strike. These are the three main abilities you’ll be using on your rotation, and these glyphs directly increase your damage. The main glyphs you will use are Lay on Hands, Ascetic Crusader, and Hammer of Rage. Lay on Hands is a great survival mechanic, and lowering the cooldown can drastically increase your survivability. Ascetic Crusader and Hammer of Wrath with reduced mana costs ensure that you will continue to move without downtime. Your final minor glyphs will be Seal of Righteousness, Blessing of Kings, and Blessing of Might. You don’t have a lot of options, but you’ll definitely want to choose glyphs that increase your mana efficiency, so you significantly reduce your downtime.

Gear for Paladin Retribution leveling setup

The Ret Paladin is a powerhouse, but he relies heavily on his gear. You’ll be wearing mail up to level 40 and you’ll want to upgrade to plate as soon as possible after that date. You’ll also want to use a big, slow, high-impact two-handed weapon. Strength is your main DPS stat and Stamina will be your main survivability stat. These are more or less tied to the level of your team, so you don’t need to worry too much about these. Hit and expertise aren’t that important as as you level up, you’ll be more concerned with burst damage than consistency. You’ll want to stack critical hit rating and haste. These stack fairly evenly with each other, but I like Haste because it reduces the cooldown of Crusader Strike and Divine Storm, and also increases the frequency of Art of War Procs.

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