Arms Warrior Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits — Shadowlands 9.0.5
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.
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.
Summary of the Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits
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.
|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|
Why Venthyr and Night Fae 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.
Night Fae has risen dramatically thanks to the value of their late progression Soulbinds, dealing slightly lower single-target damage but considerably higher multi-target. As a burst AoE tool, Ancient Aftershock is perfectly suited to Mythic+- oriented players. That said, there is room for failure, due to the attack creating a lengthy ground-targeted effect which enemies can move out of.
Necrolord is a wildcard, with recent buffs making it extremely competitive under the right conditions. The trade off is that this value is predicated on buffing the correct allies in sync with their cooldowns, while providing much less benefit to the Warrior. This makes it a contentious choice, as some players do not like giving up personal power for the group, and others may not have group compositions, such as good Fire Mages, to support in order to maximize the buff potential. Another consideration is how much extra setup the Conqueror's Banner requires, necessitating dropping a buff every 2 minutes and ensuring the correct players are closest in order to benefit from it, which means maximizing damage potential is reliant on three players rather than just one. For those reasons, Necrolord is not generally recommended, but can be extremely competitive under the right circumstances.
We cover our thoughts on the Covenants and their Soulbinds in this section further below.
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.
- Best Potency Conduits: Crash the Ramparts (with Dreadnaught), Ashen Juggernaut (Venthyr), Piercing Verdict (Kyrian), Destructive Reverberations (Night Fae), Mortal Combo
- Best Finesse Conduits: Inspiring Presence, Safeguard
- Best Endurance Conduits: Stalwart Guardian, Indelible Victory, Fueled by Violence
Crash the Ramparts is very strong so long as 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 due to the synergy with Condemn and Massacre, while Kyrian and Night Fae Warriors will use Piercing Verdict and Destructive Reverberations to improve their Covenant ability damage in multitarget situations.
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.
Best Potency Conduits for Arms Warrior
All Covenants and Conduits are ranked relative to the best overall setup.
S-Tier Soulbind Conduits
- Ashen Juggernaut (Venthyr Only)
- Crash the Ramparts ( Dreadnaught)
- Merciless Bonegrinder (Multitarget Only)
A-Tier Soulbind Conduits
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.
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 stands out as the universal choice due to allowing more frequent use of the main defensive cooldown. Indelible Victory has some niche applications if Victory Rush is constantly procced or Impending Victory is talented, but those situations are fairly rare in most PvE situations. Fueled by Violence is an honorable mention as although it is classified as a Protection Warrior Conduit, it works for Arms as well.
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 benefits the entire raid in small way, while Safeguard can become a very potent external cooldown at higher ranks.
Covenants for Arms Warrior
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.
Night Fae: Ancient Aftershock
Night Fae is very powerful, even stronger than 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, 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.
Necrolord: Conqueror's Banner
Necrolord is much more powerful than previous, as it is no longer restricted to a specific area on the ground and no longer requires a ramp up before full benefit. That said, it is still a group buff, which often provides more to your allies than the Warrior. Under the right conditions, such as buffing two powerful Fire Mages in tandem with their cooldowns, the Banner can be incredibly competitive or even better than other covenants, but the increased effort required to ensure that the two closest players are buffed every 2 minutes requires much more effort than other options.
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.
- Nadjia the Mistblade is the primary single-target choice, simply due to the passive nature of Thrill Seeker.
- Theotar the Mad Duke is very competitive, but somewhat less reliable due to the area of effect restriction on Soothing Shade.
- General Draven is not recommended, due to offering no damage dealing bonuses.
- Pelagos is the strongest Kyrian Soulbind due to early access to 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.
Night Fae Soulbinds
- Niya is the best choice for most situations due to the early value of 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 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.
- 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, making it a strong alternative for raiding.
- 09 Mar. 2021: Updated Necrolord covenant information based on Patch 9.0.5 buffs, replaced Kyrian recommendation with Night Fae.
- 21 Nov. 2020: Page created.
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