World of Warcraft Guide: Preparing Your Fresh 80 Retribution Paladin For Raiding

World of Warcraft Guide: Preparing Your Fresh 80 Retribution Paladin For Raiding
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You Made It!

Congrats! You managed to level your paladin all the way to 80. So now what? I know you see your guildies or just random people on your server with awesome looking gear and then you look at your green quest items and wonder how you’ll ever bridge that huge gap. Well it isn’t as hard as you would think if you just do it in steps, so lets start!

Now the first couple pieces of gear you’ll want to get is the reputation pieces. You can work on getting these before you even hit 80 since some of your quests will begin netting you rep with certain factions. Remember to visit a tabard vendor in Dalaran (Elizabeth Ross) and pick up tabards for any faction your not exalted with yet, since doing heroics while wearing said tabard nabs you precious rep with them. You can throw most of them in your bank for now, just use one at a time until your exalted with each if your worried about bag space.

Since paladins are a hybrid class and can effectively tank, heal, or dps, I’m going to be splitting this guide up into three parts respectively.

Retribution - Reputation Gear

We’re going to begin with looking at the gear your can get from the different factions in Northrend.

Head: Fang-Deflecting Faceguard - Argent Crusade at revered.

Shoulders: Spaulders of the Giant Lords - Sons of Hodir at revered.

Cloak: Cloak of Holy Extermination - Argent Crusade at honored.

Weapon: Argent Skeleton Crusher - Argent Crusade at revered.

Leggings: Legplates of Bloody Reprisal - Wyrmrest Accord at exalted.

Boots: Death-Inured Sabatons - Knights of the Ebon Blade at exalted.

Reputation Enchant: Arcanum of Torment (atk power/crit to helm) - Knights of the Ebon Blade at revered.

Reputation Enchant: Lesser Inscription of the Axe (atk power/crit to shoulders) - Sons of Hodir at honored.

Reputation Enchant: Greater Inscription of the Axe (atk power/crit to shoulders) - Sons of Hodir at exalted.

Note that The Sons of Hodir do not have a tabard. In order to get reputation with them you must do daily quests at their camp in Storm Peaks. If you need help with getting rep with Sons of Hodir or another rep like Kalu’ak, both of which do not have a tabard. You can have a look here for Hodir and here for Kalu’ak.

Retribution - Heroic Gear

Now we’ll be looking at the gear you can nab from Northrend heroics. If there is more then one item per slot they will be listed in order from best to worst.

Head: Chitin Shell Greathelm - Anub’arak/Azjol’Nerub, Planetary Helm - Loken/Halls of Lightning

Necklace: Gold Amulet of Kings - King Ymiron/Utgarde Pinnacle, Necklace of Arcane Spheres - Xevozz/Violet Hold

Shoulders: Snake Den Spaulders - Slad’ran/Gundrak

Cloak: Shroud of Reverberation - Volkhan/Halls of Lightning, Cloak of the Gushing Wound - Erekem/Violet Hold

Chest: Breastplate of Undeath - Novos the Summoner/Drak’Tharon, Bonegrinder Breastplate - Prince Taldaram/Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom, Engraved Chestplate of Eck - Eck the Ferocious/Gundrak

Bracers: Bands of the Stoneforge - Sjonnir The Ironshaper/Halls of Stone, Golden Limb Bands - Krik’thir the Gatewatcher/Azjol-Nerub

Weapon: Colossal Skull-Clad Cleaver - Loken/Halls of Lightning, Sword of Justice - Tribunal Chest/Halls of Stone, Mojo Masked Crusher - The Prophet Tharon’ja/Drak’Tharon

Gloves: Gauntlets of Dragon Wrath - Cache of Eregos/The Oculus, Gauntlets of Capture - Cyanigosa/Violet Hold

Belt: Flame-Bathed Steel Girdle - Keristrasza/The Nexus, Strategist’s Belt - Prince Keleseth/Utgarde Keep, The General’s Steel Girdle - General Bjarngrim/Halls of Lightning

Leggings: Staggering Legplates - Ingvar the Plunderer/Utgarde Keep, Legplates of Steel Implants - Meathook/The Culling of Stratholme, Legplates of the Oculus Guardian - Varos Cloudstrider/The Oculus

Boots: Rift Striders - Anomalus/The Nexus, Echoing Stompers - Svala Sorrowgrave/Utgarde Pinnacle

Rings: Hemorrhaging Circle - Gal’darah/Gundrak, Mobius Band - Chrono-Lord Epoch/The Culling of Stratholme, Band of Frosted Thorns - Ormork the Tree-Shaper/The Nexus

Trinkets: Meteorite Whetstone - King Ymiron/Utgarde Pinnacle, Sphere of Red Dragon’s Blood - Keristrasza/The Nexus, Incisor Fragment - King Dred/Drak’Tharon

Retribution - Crafted/Emblem Gear/Enchants

You can either farm the mats for these pieces yourself or have a look at the auction house and see if one is posted that is in your price range.

Spiked Titansteel Helm

Spiked Titansteel Treads

Titansteel Destroyer

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You receive emblems of heroism from heroic level bosses. You can turn in these emblems to her for assorted gear. Here’s what you’ll want to be looking to get for your ret pally. The order you get them in is up to you.

Chestguard of the Lost Conqueror

Gloves of the Lost Conqueror

Mirror of Truth

Pendant of the Outcast Hero

Verdungo’s Barbarian Cord

Once you get some decent gear make sure you maximize your potential by enchanting all of your gear. Here’s what you’ll probably be wanting:

Cloak - Major Agility

Chest - Powerful Stats

Boots - Icewalker

Gloves - Crusher/Major Strength

Leggings - Icescale Leg Armor

Weapon - Greater Savagery

Bracers - Greater Assault

Holy - Reputation Gear

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We’re going to begin with looking at the gear your can get from the different factions in Northrend.

Head: Helm of Purified Thoughts - Argent Crusade at exalted.

Cloak: Shroud of Dedicated Research - Kirin Tor at honored.

Bracers: Bracers of Accorded Courtesy - Wyrmrest Accord at honored.

Weapon**:** Gavel of the Brewing Storm - Wyrmrest Accord at revered.

Shield: Lordaeron’s Resolve - Alliance Vanguard at revered.

Belt: Girdle of the Warrior Magi - Kirin Tor at revered.

Leggings: Standard Issue Legguards - Argent Crusade at honored.

Ring: Signet of Hopeful Light - Argent Crusade at exalted.

Reputation Enchant: Arcanum of Burning Mysteries (spell pwer/crit to head) - Kirin Tor at revered.

Reputation Enchant: Lesser Inscription of the Storm (spell pwer/crit to shoulder) - Sons of Hodir at honored.

Reputation Enchant: Greater Inscription of the Storm (spell pwer/crit to shoulder) - Sons of Hodir at exalted.

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Holy - Heroic Gear

Now we’ll be looking at the gear you can nab from Northrend heroics. If there is more then one item per slot they will be listed in order from best to worst.

Head: Helmet of the Constructor - Skarvaled the Constructor/Utgarde Keep, Faceguard of the Hammer Clan - Jedoga Shadowseeker/Ahn’Kahet: The Old Kingdom

Necklace: Amulet of the Spell Flinger - Amanitar/Ahn’Kahet: The Old Kingdom, Necromancer’s Amulet - Salramm the Fleshcrafter/Culling of Stratholme, Zuramat’s Necklace - Zuramat the Obliterator/Violet Hold

Shoulders: Ferocious Pauldrons of the Rhino - Gortok Palehoof/Utgarde Pinnacle, Pauldron’s of Destiny - Mal’Ganis/Culling of Stratholme

Cloak: Ancient Dragon Spirit Cape - Eregos/The Oculus, Shround of Moorabi - Moorabi/Gundrak

Chest: Ornamented Plate Regalia - King Ymiron/Utgarde Pinnacle

Bracers: Flamebeard’s Bracers - Anub’arak/Azjol’Nerub, Catalytic Bands - Mage-Lord Urom/The Oculus

Weapon: War Mace of Unrequited Love - Keristrasza/Nexus, Gavel of the Fleshcrafter - Salramm the Fleshcrafter/Culling of Stratholme

Shield: Facade Shield of Glyphs - Krik’ther the Gatewatcher/Azjol’Nerub

Gloves: Grips of Sculptured Icicles - Commander Kolurg/Nexus

Belt: Sjonnir’s Girdle - Sjonnir the Ironshaper/Halls of Stone

Leggings: Leggings of Protective Auras - Eregos/Oculus, Shardling Legguards - Krystallus/Halls of Stone, Legs of Physical Regeneration - Trollgore/Drak’Tharon Keep

Boots: Skywall Striders - Ionar/Halls of Lightning, Mojo Frenzy Greaves - Moorabi/Gundrak, Sabatons of Erekem - Erekem/Violet Hold

Rings: Band of Guile - Mal’Ganis/Culling of Stratholme, Annhylde’s Ring - Ingvar the Plunderer/Utgarde Keep, Ring of the Traitor King - Anub’arak/Azjol’Nerub, Globule Signet - Ichoron/Violet Hold, Solitaire of Reflecting Beams - Moragg/Violet Hold, Ring of the Frenzied Wolvar - Gortok Palehoof/Utgarde Pinnacle

Trinkets: Forge Ember - Sjonnir the Ironshaper/Halls of Stone, Spark of Life - Sjonnir the Ironshaper/Halls of Stone

Holy - Crafted/Emblem Gear/Enchants

You can either farm the mats for these pieces yourself or have a look at the auction house and see if one is posted that is in your price range.

Brilliant Titansteel Helm

Brilliant Titansteel Treads

Titansteel Guardian

You receive emblems of heroism from heroic level bosses. You can turn in these emblems to her for assorted gear. Here’s what you’ll want to be looking to get for your ret pally. The order you get them in is up to you.

Chestguard of the Lost Conqueror

Gloves of the Lost Conqueror

Lattice Choker of Light

Libram of Renewal

Magroth’s Meditative Cincture

Protective Barricade of Light

The Egg of Mortal Essence

Once you get some decent gear make sure you maximize your potential by enchanting all of your gear. Here’s what you’ll probably be wanting:

Cloak: Greater Speed

Chest: Powerful Stats

Bracers: Major Intellect

Weapon: Exceptional Spellpower

Shield: Greater Intellect

Gloves: Exceptional Spellpower / Greater Blasting

Leggings: Brilliant Spellthread

Protection - Reputation Gear

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We’re going to begin with looking at the gear your can get from the different factions in Northrend.

Chest: Breastplate of the Solemn Council - Wyrmrest Accord at revered, Ivory-Reinforced Chestguard - The Kal’uak at honored.

Weapon: Hammer of the Alliance Vanguard - Alliance Vanguard at revered.

Shield: Shield of the Lion-hearted - Alliance Vanguard at revered.

Gloves: Fireproven Gauntlets - Kirin Tor at exalted, Giant-Sized Gauntlets - Frenzyheart Tribe at revered.

Leggings: Special Issue Legplates - Argent Crusade at honored.

Boots: Sabatons of Draconic Vigor - Wyrmrest Accord at revered, Toxin-Tempered Sabatons - Knights of the Ebon Blade at honored.

Reputation Enchant: Arcanum of the Stalwart Protector (stam/def to helm) - Argent Crusade at revered.

Reputation Enchant: Lesser Inscription of the Pinnacle (dodge/def to shoulder) - Sons of Hodir at honored.

Reputation Enchant: Greater Inscription of the Pinnacle (dodge/def to shoulder) - Sons of Hodir at exlated.

Protection - Heroic Gear

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Now we’ll be looking at the gear you can nab from Northrend heroics. If there is more then one item per slot they will be listed in order from best to worst.

Head: Arcane-Shielded Helm - Grand Magus Telestra/Nexus, Ground Tremor Helm - Moorabi/Gundrak

Necklace: Shadowseeker’s Pendant - Jedoga Shadowseeker/Ahn’Kahet: The Old Kingdom, Pendant of the Nathrezim - Mal’Ganis/Culling of Stratholme

Shoulders: Pauldron’s of the Colossus - Drakkari Elemental/Grundrak, Iron Dwarf Smith Pauldrons - General Bjarngrim/Halls of Lightning

Cloak: Cloak of the Enemy - Commander Kolurg/Nexus

Chest: Sun-Emblazoned Chestplate - Sjonnir the Ironshaper/Halls of Stone, Ziggurat Imprinted Chestguard - The Prophet Tharon’ja/Drak’Tharon Keep

Bracers: Bracers of Herald - Herald Volazj/Ahn’Kahet: The Old Kingdom, Bindings of the Dark Will - Salramm the Fleshcrafter/Culling of Stratholme

Weapon: Red Sword of Courage - King Ymiron/Utgarde Pinnacle, Cloudstrider’s Waraxe - Varos Cloudstrider/Oculus, Infantry Assault Blade - Prince Keleseth/Utgarde Keep

Shield: Royal Crest of Lordaeron - Mal’Ganis/Culling of Stratholme, Bulwark of the Noble Protector - Keristrasza/Nexus

Gloves: Horn-Tipped Gauntlets - Gal’darah/Gundrak, Gauntlets of the Water Revenant - Ichoron/Violet Hold

Belt: Ancient Aligned Girdle - Anub’arak/Azjol’Nerub, Skadi’s Iron Belt - Skadi the Ruthless/Utgarde Pinnacle

Leggings: Bolstered Legplates - Cyanigosa/Violet Hold, Ley-Guardian’s Legguards - Eregos/Oculus, Legplates of the Infinite Drakonid - Chrono-Lord Epoch/Culling of Stratholme

Boots: Greaves of Ancient Evil - Herald Volazj/Ahn’Kahet: The Old Kingdom, Terrace Defence Boots - Trollgore/Drak’Tharon Keep

Rings: Keystone Great-Ring - The Prophet Tharon’ja/Drak’Tharon Keep, Unsmashable Heavy Band - Ingvar the Plunderer/Utgarde Keep, Band of Torture - Drakos the Interrogator/Oculus, Woeful Band - Maiden of Grief/Halls of Stone, Nerubian Shield Ring - Elder Nadox/Ahn’Kahet: The Old Kingdom

Trinkets: Essence of Gossamer - Hadronox/Azjol-Nerub, Lavanthor’s Talisman - Lavanthor/Violet Hold

Protection - Crafted/Emblem Gear/Enchants

You can either farm the mats for these pieces yourself or have a look at the auction house and see if one is posted that is in your price range.

Tempered Titansteel Helm

Tempered Titansteel Boots

Titansteel Shield Wall

You receive emblems of heroism from heroic level bosses. You can turn in these emblems to her for assorted gear. Here’s what you’ll want to be looking to get for your ret pally. The order you get them in is up to you.

Chestguard of the Lost Conqueror

Chained Military Gorget

Crygil’s Discarded Plate Panel

Gloves of the Lost Conqueror

Libram of Obstruction

Valor Medal of the First War

Waistguard of Living Iron

Once you get some decent gear make sure you maximize your potential by enchanting all of your gear. Here’s what you’ll probably be wanting:

Cloak: Titanweave/Steelweave

Chest: Greater Defense

Bracers: Major Defense

Weapon: Titanium Weapon Chain

Shield: Defense

Gloves: Armsman/Threat

Leggings: Frosthide Leg Armor

Boots: Greater Fortitude