Mantra of Retribution (formerly named Retribution Aura) is a Mantra Monk skill unlocked at Level 21. The Monk activates an aura that reflects damage.
Mantra of Retribution in action.
The Monk expends spirit to activate an aura for himself and his party that reflects damage back to attackers.
The following is a very quick summary. See the Mantra of Retribution rune effects page for a more thorough descrption of rune effects, or any of the individual rune pages for numbers, screenshots, blue quotes, and much more.
<skill subcat="Mantras" class="Monk">Mantra of Retribution</skill>
<skill class="Monk" rune="Retaliation">Mantra of Retribution</skill>
<skill class="Monk" rune="Transgression">Mantra of Retribution</skill>
<skill class="Monk" rune="Indignation">Mantra of Retribution</skill>
<skill class="Monk" rune="Against All Odds">Mantra of Retribution</skill>
<skill class="Monk" rune="Collateral Damage">Mantra of Retribution</skill>
This skill first appeared at BlizzCon 2010. There are currently no visuals available for the skill, and no reports on it from demo players. It was revealed in the skill tree.
The following Monk passives provide a benefit to Mantra of Retribution, runed or not:
<skill class="Monk">Chant of Resonance</skill>
Mantra of Retribution (as Retribution Aura) was first revealed at BlizzCon 2010 as a Tier VI skill but had never been seen in gameplay.
Before the July 2011 Press Event, Retribution Aura was renamed Mantra of Retribution. Skill tiers were also removed, and Mantra of Retribution became a level 9 skill.
When the beta started in September 2011, Mantra of Retribution remained a level 9 skill. The skill system was once again overhauled for the Beta Patch 13 in February 2012, and Mantra of Retribution was classified as a Conviction skill and moved to level 15. For Beta Patch 14, the "Conviction" category was renamed "Mantras" and Mantra of Retribution was bumped up to level 21.
See Retribution Aura for the original version of this skill.
Retribution Aura will be a familiar skill to players of WarCraft III and World of WarCraft, which was a skill utilized by the Paladin in those games.
This skill is an updated version of Diablo II's Paladin Offensive Aura Thorns. Thorns only reflects physical, melee damage.
Mantra of Retribution can be seen in action on video here:
You can find pictures in the Diablo III screenshot and picture gallery:
Female monk using this mantra (unruned).
Male monk using this mantra (unruned).