If you want to know if you should play Ret the answer is if you enjoy Ret more than another spec, you should play Ret.

Ret still maintains strong Burst damage during Avenging Wrath/Crusade. Cleave is mostly non-existent. AoE is strong up to 5 targets but does come at the cost of our Single Target/Priority Target damage.

In Mythic+ Ret is more than capable of providing enough damage and utility to do high keys (20+). Community perception unfortunately puts us less favorable compared to Demon Hunters and Rogues.


What Talents should I use in for now?

I strongly advise that you continue to sim different talent combinations on Raidbots Top Gear. You will see Execution Sentence come up as a top choice more often and it is good to use. Righteous Verdict is a viable ST alternative that is easy to use. Zeal is an appropriate alternative for AoE and frequent target swaps. Seraphim and Divine Purpose are very close. Seraphim is harder to use but is consistent, Divine Purpose is easier to use but relies on RNG. Crusade is king in the pre-patch.

Why isn't the sim telling me to use Execution Sentence and Final Reckoning together?

Azerite Gear and Azerite Essences. Light's Decree keeps Crusade as the best choice.

How does Execution Sentence Work?

Execution Sentence has 2 parts.

The first half of Execution Sentence is the 250% AP modifier. This 250% is buffed by Mastery: Hand of Light, Judgment, Final Reckoning, and other modifiers of the sort.

The second half is the 20% of damage taken during the debuff. This includes damage from sources such as Shield of Vengeance. This damage is NOT buffed by any outside modifiers.

There are a few external factors to consider. Strength and Vers will both buff the 250% AP modifier and will be reflected in the debuff tooltip. If you lose either your Strength or Vers buff the damage on the tooltip will not go down but you will deal less damage. Mastery works in a similar way but your Execution Sentence will not deal less damage if your Mastery debuff expires.

Execution Sentence can Crit.

Why is my Light's Decree not doing damage?

If you are using Sanctified Wrath the damage will be listed as Sanctified Wrath instead of Light's Decree.

Why do I see sims/people using Visions of Perfection and Crusade?

Crusade + Vision of Perfection can be very powerful if there is a proc while Crusade is already active. It is possible for it to proc outside of Crusade and building stacks is very slow unless you already have 5HP and/or Wake of Ashes is off cooldown.

Which Potions should I use?

Potion of Unbridled Fury is the best all-around potion. To sim potions yourself add the contents of this Pastebin to your Raidbots profile in the Advanced tab.

What are the best races for Alliance and Horde?

Races are a very insignificant portion of DPS. Play what you enjoy staring at. To sim races yourself add the contents of this Pastebin to your Raidbots profile in the Advanced tab.

What Talents/Gear/Traits do I want for PvP?

Please visit the #pvp-faq channel  in the Hammer of Wrath Paladin Discord for more assistance.


What is the Rotation?

Please consult the Priority System section of the guide.

Does my rotation change with Azerite Essences?

Please consult the Azerite Essences section of the guide.

Do I use Divine Storm on 2 Targets now?

Divine Storm is a DPS increase on 2 Targets. If there is a High Priority Target that needs to die ASAP you should use Templar's Verdict.

How do I use Empyrean Power?

Just like any other spender. Use it before Templar's Verdict unless the Judgment debuff is active on your target. You can use it sooner if mobs are going to die before your next spender.


Why is my Corruption still proccing?

Instead of disabling Corruption entirely Blizzard just decided the numerical values should be set to 0. You will still see random Twilight Devastation's that do 0 damage or have an Ineffable Truth that has no value.


How do I use this Trinket?

Please consult the Trinket Usage section of the guide.

Which is the best weapon enchant?

Enchant Weapon - Torrent of Elements and Enchant Weapon - Force Multiplier are both close to each other. Sim it, as usual.

How do I sim my Azerite/Gear/Trinkets/Gems/Enchants/Essences?

Use Raidbots. A written guide on how to do so for RaidBots here: Google Doc Guide or a video guide by Thete here Video Guide.

Are there any secondary stat breakpoints/caps worth targeting?


What is our stat priority? What about our Pawn string?

We do not have a stat priority. You should be simming gear choices to determine what provides the most DPS. Please see above question for more information.

Azerite Traits

Here you can find an estimated power ranking for Azerite armor pieces. Make sure to sim anyways because some traits are less powerful once stacked multiple times.

Azerite Gear Ranking

General Good Traits

- Light's Decree (Duration does not stack, only damage per HP spent.)

- Avenger's Might (Mastery Stacks.)

- Relentless Inquisitor (Haste increase stacks. Max stacks and stacks gained do not stack.)

- Empyrean Power (Proc chance does not stack, only bonus damage to Divine Storm.)

- Expurgation (Good purely single target trait if you’re using Avenging Wrath).

What about Heart of Darkness?

It does not work currently. We do not know if Blizzard will change this.

Azerite Essence

What essences should I focus on getting?

Vision of Perfection, Worldvein Resonance, and Blood of the Enemy are strong Majors. Condensed Life Force is still strong but will require running Azshara’s Eternal Palace to acquire. The Crucible of Flame, Breath of the Dying, and Conflict and Strife are good Minor choices. To read more about them in particular, please consult the Azerite Essence section of the guide.

Is The Crucible of Flame really that good?

Yes. However, it is the minor effect that is that good. Do not use it as a Major essence.


Below you can find a chart that shows the approximate value of available Trinkets. Be sure to sim your character as your results will not match exactly. A small selection is also offered below. Please note these all make use of Vision of Perfection in the Major slot for the reduced Crusade cooldown.

Trinket Ranking


Corrupted Gladiator's Medallion/Corrupted Gladiator's Badge

Ashvane's Razor Coral

Writhing Segment of Drest'agath


Peerless Alchemist Stone

Vita-Charged Titanshard

Humming Black Dragonscale

Corrupted Gladiator's Insignia

Torment in a Jar(AoE)

How do I use this Trinket?

Please consult the Trinket Usage section of the guide.

Can I sim the Titanshard set bonus?

Yes, Raidbots will sim the set bonus if both trinkets are equipped. Please note this only works in Ny’alotha which Raidbots will assume by default.


Please consult the Mythic+ Guide.

Addons/Weak Auras

Do you recommend any Rotation Helper addons?

I strongly recommend Hekili. It is based off SimC. You should have Avenging Wrath/Crusade and Trinkets disabled from showing. You need to learn when to use them.

What is the best WeakAura package for Ret? Where do I find a WeakAura for "InsertRequestHere"?

It is personal preference. There is no best. Search through the available uploads on Wagio.io to find one that suits you. There is also a search bar on the top if you want to look for something specific.

Updated as of 09/24/2020