Retribution Gear List 3.2 ed. – Weapon

The values here are much higher due to the relative values of maximum DPS and speed.

1. Catastrophe (Heroic) > Mace > Tribute Chest 25 > 7631.99 Best in slot
2. Justicebringer (Heroic) > Axe > Faction Champions 25 > 7602.31
3. Archon’s Glaive (Heroic) > Polearm > Anub’arak 25 (Heroic) > 7364.28
4. Decimation (Heroic) > Sword > Tribute Chest 25 > 7279.08
5. Lothar’s Edge (Heroic) > Axe > Tribute Chest 10 > 6981.42 (7125.72) Best in slot 10 man only/Best with hit
6. Justicebringer > Axe > Faction Champions 25 > 6891
7. Reckoning (Heroic) > Sword > Twin Valkyr 10 (Heroic) > 6703.34
8. Archon’s Glaive > Polearm > Anub’arak 25 > 6665.16
8. Fordragon Blades (Heroic) > Polearm > Anub’arak 25 (Heroic) > 6638.46
9. Voldrenthar, Dark Blade of Oblivion > Sword > General Vezax (Hard) > 6610.05
10. Dark Edge of Depravity > Polearm > Yogg-Saron 25 (Hard) > 6343.54
11. Aesir’s Edge > Sword > XT-002 Deconstructor 10 (Hard) > 6272.28
11. Hammer of Crushing Whispers > Mace > Yogg-Saron 10 (Hard) > 6237.05 (6359.15)
12. Earthshaper > Mace > Yogg-Saron 25 > 6196.24 (6325.74)
13. Reckoning > Sword > Twin Valkyr’s 10 > 6077.91
14. Fordragon Blades > Polearm > Anub’arak 10 > 6024.31
15. Lotrafen, Spear of the Damned > Polearm > General Vezax 25 > 5889.71
15. Worldcarver > Axe > Ignis the Furnacemaker 25 > 5887.8
15. Rune Edge > Sword > Iron Council 25 > 5881.86
16. Betrayer of Humanity > Axe > Kel’Thuzad 25 > 5665.44
17. Edge of Ruin > Axe > Heroic Trial of the Champion > 5554.93 Best in slot pre-raid
17. Marrowstrike > Polearm > Trial of the Champion (Heroic) > 5549.2

Also worth noting:
Ironsoul > Mace > Flame Leviathan 10 > 5477.89
Cryptfiend’s Bite > Polearm > Heigan the Unclean 25 > 5448.41 Best of the Naxx 25 weapons thats don’t come from Kel’Thuzad
Inevitable Defeat > Mace > Naxxramas 25 trash drop > 5201.59 Best mace in Naxx 25
Armageddon > Sword > The Four Horsemen 25 > 5179.96 Best sword in Naxx 25

Weapon choice is quite complex as both dwarves and humans have expertise bonuses from certain weapon types. Drenai need not consider hit based weapons, but I know the humans in my guild currently want Earthshaper.

Pre-raid look for Marrowstrike from Trial of the Champion on Heroic. Edge of Ruin is just not as good, but better to take it than to shard it if you don’t have better.

Within raids, you need to juggle depending on what you need to make your various bonuses. I currently raid with Worldcarver which I chose specifically to help me meet the expertise cap. I’m not sure if I would do that in hindsight with the new expertise glyph. For the future I’m focusing on a Justicebringer.

Updated 17 September 2009.

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    1. The * was a note to me that there should be a heroic version of this item on the list, but that it wasn’t available when I did the list for the first time.

  1. I think you’re undervaluing Edge of Ruin here. That weapon does not appear to be markedly worse than Marrowstrike for a Ret Pally. In my Rawr modelling, I can’t generate more than about a 0.4% difference in DPS between the 2 weapons (in your recommended pre-raid gear) no matter how much I tweak it. At high levels of AP (e.g. 7900+ buffed), Marrowstrike pulls clearly ahead, since its extra Crit acts as a multiplier, but at that point in their progression I doubt anyone will still be swinging around an ilevel 219 weapon…

    Moreover, without a good gem in it (WotLK rare or epic), Marrowstrike at pre-raid gear levels doesn’t have any advantage over the axe at all, and as a practical matter the probability of actually *getting* Marrowstrike is lower, since Hunters and Cat Druids are far more likely to be rolling on it than the axe, and maybe even DK/Druid *tanks* (if they’re already set for Defense and are looking to improve their Avoidance/Mitigation/Survivability/Threat-generation).

    Note: I was lucky enough to get Edge of Ruin on my very first H.ToC run, and I’ve been very happy with it (upgraded from a Titansteel Destroyer), so maybe that positive personal experience colors my opinion of the weapon somewhat.

    1. I have amended the above and thank you for drawing it to my attention. I checked out WoWhead and apparently Edge of Ruin had initially claimed stats of 856 max damage. This was a bug that has since been corrected and it now reads 892. This changes the score to 5554.93. Thanks for picking this one up!

      Edge of Ruin is therefore the best in slot pre-raid weapon. I’ll amend and post accordingly.

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