Arms Warrior Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 21, 2020 at 17:04 by Archimtiros 3 comments
General Information

Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits are the most important character customization options in Shadowlands. They have a substantial impact on your toolkit and performance as Arms Warrior. This page's purpose is to help you pick the right options according to the content you intend to do in Shadowlands.

1.

Introduction: Prerequisites

This page assumes that you are already familiar with Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits. If that is not the case, we have a number of pages that can help you get up to speed:

  • Covenants Guide, which explains what Covenants are, what perks they bring, and how you can join one;
  • Warrior Covenant Abilities, which lists all the abilities that Warriors gain by joining each Covenant;
  • How To Change Covenant?, which tells you how you can switch Covenant (rejoining a former Covenant will require you to perform a number of tasks to regain their trusts);
  • General Soulbind Guide, which explains what Soulbinds are and how you can pledge yourself to them to open up their Soulbind tree;
  • Warrior Conduits, which lists all of the Conduits available to Warriors.
2.

Summary of the Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits

2.1.

Important Information

There are several things to know about Soulbinds and Covenants before you read the rest of this page and its recommendations:

  • The first thing to know is that these recommendations are based on maximizing your performance on the first week of Mythic Castle Nathria.
  • This means that these are based on a maximum Renown of 13 with every Soulbind, which limits the Conduit slots and Soulbind Abilities which are unlocked.
  • Past the fourth week of the Shadowlands, we will start unlocking more Conduit and Soulbind Ability slots, which will cause this page's recommendations to change.

In other words, the best Covenant/Soulbind is not a static thing. The ideal combination will change with time. Eventually, there will be a final best combination once all Soulbind Abilities and Conduit slots have been unlocked, but this is months into the future.

In the Summary below, you will find separate BiS Soulbind/Covenant combinations for Mythic Raid Week 1, and the Full Tree which will not be possible to achieve until around late January 2021. Often these will be the same setup, in which case the Soulbind Tree displayed will be the same across categories.

Focus Covenant Soulbind Advised Tree
Raiding (Mythic Raid Week 1) Venthyr Nadjia the Mistblade Arms Warrior Nadjia Initial tree
Raiding (Full Tree, See Disclaimer Above) Venthyr Nadjia the Mistblade Arms Warrior Nadjia Raiding tree
Mythic+ Kyrian Pelagos Arms Warrior Pelagos Mythic+ tree
Mythic+ Night Fae Korayn Arms Warrior Korayn Mythic+ tree
3.

Why Venthyr and Kyrian are the Best Covenants for Arms Warriors

Venthyr has the highest potential in pure single-target, around 8% ahead of the other Covenants, making it the primary choice for players focused on raid content. While it does fall behind in multitarget, increasing single-target damage is almost always more conductive to ending encounters, whereas scaling AoE damage more often leads to wasted overkill damage. Therefore, we recommend players decide what their primary content focus is and build mainly for that, because each Covenant remains useful, even in content it is not strictly best in.

Kyrian trades out single-target damage for a nearly 20% increase in multitarget potential, particularly burst AoE, making it well suited for Mythic+ oriented players. Night Fae is also a very competitive option, actually around 4% stronger than Kyrian in every regard, however it is much more prone to failure due to Ancient Aftershock Icon Ancient Aftershock creating a lengthy ground-targeted effect which is easy for enemies to move out of. For players more focused on Mythic+ than raiding, either of these options will serve very well.

We cover our thoughts on the Covenants and their Soulbinds in this section further below.

3.1.

Best Conduits for Arms Warrior

In the list below, you will find the best Conduits, organized by type. For more information, please see the Conduits section of this page.

Crash the Ramparts Icon Crash the Ramparts is very strong so long as Dreadnaught Icon Dreadnaught is talented, which it will be in a majority of situations, but other Conduits are largely based on Covenant choice. Venthyr will prioritize Ashen Juggernaut Icon Ashen Juggernaut due to the synergy with Condemn Icon Condemn and Massacre Icon Massacre, while Kyrian and Night Fae Warriors will use Piercing Verdict Icon Piercing Verdict and Destructive Reverberations Icon Destructive Reverberations to improve their Covenant ability damage in multitarget situations.

4.

Best Conduits for Arms Warrior

This section only covers which Conduits you should pick. For detailed explanations on what all of the Warrior Conduits do, check out our Warrior Soulbinds and Conduits Page below.

Sometimes a Conduit will be much better for a particular type of damage than another. Because of this, we will sometimes label Conduits' position in the Tier Lists by either Single-Target or Mythic/AoE.

4.1.

Best Potency Conduits for Arms Warrior

All Covenants and Conduits are ranked relative to the best overall setup.

4.2.

S-Tier Soulbind Conduits

4.3.

A-Tier Soulbind Conduits

4.4.

B-Tier Soulbind Conduits

This tier list is very much a guideline and we absolutely recommend using Raidbots to sim your own Conduit choices as you unlock them.

4.5.

Best Endurance Conduits for Arms Warrior

All of these Conduits are geared towards survival and defensive options. This means that there is a bit more room for personal choice, though Stalwart Guardian Icon Stalwart Guardian stands out as the universal choice due to allowing more frequent use of the main defensive cooldown. Indelible Victory Icon Indelible Victory has some niche applications if Victory Rush Icon Victory Rush is constantly procced or Impending Victory Icon Impending Victory is talented, but those situations are fairly rare in most PvE situations. Fueled by Violence Icon Fueled by Violence is an honorable mention as although it is classified as a Protection Warrior Conduit, it works for Arms as well.

4.6.

Best Finesse Conduits for Arms Warrior

While these Conduits are meant to increase mobility and utility, they include very strong group defensive options, which make them very good bonuses. Inspiring Presence Icon Inspiring Presence benefits the entire raid in small way, while Safeguard Icon Safeguard can become a very potent external cooldown at higher ranks.

5.

Covenants for Arms Warrior

5.1.

Venthyr: Condemn

Venthyr is the best Covenant for Arms Warrior single-target damage, due to the strong synergy with Massacre Icon Massacre, making it the go-to choice for Raiding focused players.

5.2.

Kyrian: Spear of Bastion

Kyrian is generally considered the second-best Covenant for Arms Warriors, exchanging single-target potential for greater multi-target and burst AoE capability, which shines in Mythic+ dungeons. It also comes with the best signature ability.

5.3.

Night Fae: Ancient Aftershock

Night Fae is very powerful, even stronger than Spear of Bastion Icon Spear of Bastion, but it is more prone to failure due to the potential for enemies to move out of the ground targeted effect left by Ancient Aftershock Icon Ancient Aftershock, leading to significantly reduced damage and Rage generation. For this reason, it is generally recommended for Mythic+ oriented players to choose Kyrian simply due to consistency and ease of use. That said, expert Night Fae players making careful use of the attack can be extremely competitive.

5.4.

Necrolord: Conqueror's Banner

Necrolord is the weakest choice by a resounding margin, as it is designed as a group buff rather than a solely personal one. Even including its impact on other players though, it is hard to justify its use due to the increased positional requirements of the ground targeted effect, long cooldown, and reliance on three players damage dealing capabilities rather than just one.

6.

Soulbinds for Arms Warrior

Important note: When evaluating the Soulbinds, we have not included the final Soulbind Ability in their trees which has a major impact on their viability. This is because we will not unlock these Soulbind Abilities until we reach Renown 30-34, which can be potentially months into the future. The guides are designed for you to have an optimal character in the first week of Mythic Castle Nathria, but keep in mind that these descriptions may completely change in a few months once we unlock the last row of Soulbind Abilities.

6.1.

Venthyr Soulbinds

6.2.

Kyrian Soulbinds

  • Pelagos is the strongest Kyrian Soulbind due to early access to Combat Meditation Icon Combat Meditation.
  • Kleia does not gain any competitive DPS advantage until the full tree is unlocked.
  • Forgelite Prime Mikanikos comes with a mediocre DPS bonus which simply does not keep up with those offered by other Soulbinds.
6.3.

Night Fae Soulbinds

  • Niya is the best choice for most situations due to the early value of Grove Invigoration Icon Grove Invigoration.
  • Korayn is only slightly behind Niya in single-target, but slightly burstier in multitarget.
  • Dreamweaver falls behind in terms of DPS, although Podtender Icon Podtender is strong for survivability. However, we believe the DPS loss is too great to justify this effect. It also has a lot of Endurance Conduit slots, so this almost feels like a "tanky" Soulbind for Night Fae.
6.4.

Necrolord Soulbinds

  • Plague Deviser Marileth is the worst Necrolord Soulbind and should not be chosen for DPS potential.
  • Emeni provides a nice stacking bonus during the early game, and has one of the best Mythic+ traits at the bottom of the tree.
  • Bonesmith Heirmir is roughly on par with Emeni during the early game, making it a decent alternative.
7.

Changelog

  • 21 Nov. 2020: Page created.
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