Arms Warrior Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits — Shadowlands 9.1
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:
- Presuming you are already caught up to Renown level 40, the final Potency Conduit slot will be unlocked before Sanctum of Domination opens.
- The new capstone talents for each tree will not be unlocked by the time the raid opens, however it will only take a couple more weeks, and Soulbind recommendations do not change based on the capstone trait.
Therefore, the trees below should be relevant even if you do not have the full trees unlocked.
Why Night Fae and Necrolord are the Best Covenants for Arms Warriors
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)
- Destructive Reverberations (Night Fae-nly)
- Piercing Verdict (Kyrian-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
Night Fae: Ancient Aftershock
Night Fae is now the strongest single-target Covenant for personal damage, as well as the best in multitarget due to the strong Souldbinds and powerful Ancient Aftershock ability. There is still a chance for failure as enemies moving out of the ground-targeted effect results in significantly reduced damage and Rage generation, though this should not be a major problem for players with strong awareness.
Necrolord: Conqueror's Banner
Necrolord is much more powerful than it was at launch, 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 and 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.
Kyrian: Spear of Bastion
Kyrian is one of the weaker single-target Covenants, although it retains strong capabilities in multi-target; that is the only place where it is really capable of shining.
Soulbinds for Arms Warrior
Night Fae Soulbinds
- Niya is the best choice for most situations due to the strength of Niya's Tools: Burrs.
- Korayn is only slightly behind Niya in single-target, but offers much more burst in Mythic+-type content due to First Strike.
- Dreamweaver falls behind in terms of DPS, although Podtender is strong for survivability. However, the DPS loss is generally considered 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 a strong Mythic+ trait in Gnashing Chompers.
- Bonesmith Heirmir is slightly better than Emeni in single target, largely due to Critical Strike synergy with Heirmir's Arsenal: Marrowed Gemstone.
- Pelagos is the strongest Kyrian Soulbind due to easy access to three Potency Conduits and damage-oriented traits.
- Kleia does not have very strong competitive DPS traits.
- Forgelite Prime Mikanikos is now much more consistent and has the added advantage of reducing the cooldown of Spear of Bastion to better sync with other cooldowns.
- Nadjia the Mistblade is the primary single-target choice, due to Dauntless Duelist.
- 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 very few consistent damage dealing bonuses, although if you were able to constantly interrupt it would push his value much higher.
- 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
- 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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