A retribution paladin has two main roles; either as a PvE paladin who deals damage in raids and instances, or a PvP paladin who combines survivability along with burst damage to further his role in the competitive PvP world. Either one works effectively as long as you know how to use this versatile class. As many people know, paladins are considered ‘hybrids’ and can take the role of both a tank and a healer, however those who enjoy seeing high critical strikes and damage should focus on the retribution talent tree.
The PvE Paladin
A PvE paladin is actually much different from a PvP trained. As a PvE retribution paladin, you need to focus entirely on your strength, attack power and above all critical strike attributes. The skills you need most are:
Judgment of Vengeance/Command
A paladin’s attacks are done mostly through spell, however you must never rely on spell power as your attribute. The talent “Sheath of Light” is used to boost your spell power by an amount equal to thirty percent of your attack power (which again emphasizes the importance of strength and attack power). As a PvE paladin, you do not need armor penetration as much as a warrior since most of your attacks are done via spells. Seal of Command is always used during an AoE (area of effect) fight; however, on a boss or single target (including PvP), you should always use Seal of Vengeance.
Another important attribute is haste rating; your Seal of Command and Seal of Vengeance are simulated during attacks, therefore the faster your attacks are the more effective your seals become. As a side note, never replace agility or attack power over strength; simply because strength gives twice as much attack power to a paladin than agility.
The PvP Paladin
As a PvP paladin, the offensive attribute you need to focus on is your critical strike chance rather than attack power. Other important attributes are your resilience ratings and your stamina. The skills you must use are close to the same as a PvE retribution paladin, however the user of the Consecration skill is far more vital than in PvE. The consecration skill would deal far more damage to a player rather than an elite monster or NPC, and it would also uncover stealth opponents to avoid being stun locked or ambushed.
Protection Tree and Seal of Light
As a PvP paladin, you want to further your talents also down the protection tree. The two important talents in the protection tree are Stoicism and Guardian’s Favor. These two abilities boost your chance of survivability greater. Your retribution tree must also be slightly different; for example, Divine Purpose, which allows your Hand of Freedom to free you from any stuns (an obvious survival trait in PvP). In PvP, you should focus using your Seal of Vengeance or Seal of Light. Using Seal of Light is more suitable to survival, however it also deals significant damage; Seal of Vengeance is used to deal with damage in a PvP environment.
Your weakness is PvP is the deadly burst of a rogue, and the distancing mages. However, with the spare talents in the protection tree, you should be able to out last both with slight difficulty.
WoW Paladin PvP Guide
Paladins can be one of the hardest classes to beat in player versus player (PvP) combat in World of Warcraft. It is not because paladins do the most damage, they have good armor, or that they are capable of healing themselves, but it is rather a combination of all these factors. Although this class can be played in a manner similar to the warrior in groups and PvP settings, the additional abilities of the paladin class give it extra longevity in arenas and battlegrounds.
The strategies a paladin uses in PvP situations vary depending on his or her specialization. There are a few things all paladins can keep in mind to increase their effectiveness in arenas and battlegrounds in World of Warcraft. The intent of this guide is to give a player a starting point, not to be a comprehensive list of strategies a paladin can use against every class in the game.
Useful Paladin Abilities in PvP
The healing abilities of the paladin are useful in all situations, groups, PvP and solo, but something that can be used differently to good effect in PvP is the spell divine shield. While it is used to prevent the deaths of others in instances and raids, divine shield can be used to give the paladin time to heal his teammates and prevent the need for resurrections. Because this spell makes the paladin invulnerable, it has the downside that opposing players may focus on someone else other than the paladin if he uses the spell on himself.
Blessings are group buffs that are unique to the paladin. In some ways, paladin blessings are like shaman totems. Some blessings, such as Blessing of Might and Blessing of Wisdom serve the same function in PvP situations as they do in other areas of the game.
Blessing of Freedom is perhaps the most useful PvP ability for paladins as it negates many movement impairing effects, giving the paladin and his teammates more time to escape. This is especially useful in battlegrounds where the goal is to capture the opponents flags.
World of Warcraft Paladin Specializations Change Tactics Slightly
A protection paladin will use roughly the same tactics as a retribution paladin, although the protection paladin will do less damage. Characters who have specialized in the holy branch of the talent tree will be called upon as healers and more of their damage will come from holy spells.
Naturally, the retribution aura will benefit retribution paladins the most in PvP, but the added damage that the aura does when each member is hit can give a battleground or arena group an edge. Regardless of which branch of the talent tree a paladin has spent the most points in, the paladin should use his defensive and offensive capabilities to keep himself alive as long as possible. His high hit point total, along with his healing capabilities make him a potent PvP force.