Arms Warrior PvP Best Covenants, Soulbinds, Conduits, and Legendary Powers (Shadowlands / 9.1)

Last updated on Oct 13, 2021 at 11:04 by Karanze 20 comments

On this page, you will find information about which Covenant you should be unlocking. After choosing your Covenant, you will have to unlock your best Soulbind and collect Conduits. This page will outline which of these is the best, including the correct Soulbind path you should choose. Finally, we will tell you which Legendary Powers are the best to have for PvP and in which situations you should be swapping them.

This page is part of our Arms Warrior PvP Guide.

1.

Changes to the build in 9.1

The addition of Elysian Might Icon Elysian Might has made Kyrian a very strong choice. It is a great increase to your burst damage and CC potential, and can easily force enemy cooldowns on its own. As well as this, the increased Armor count on enemy players has earned Condemn Icon Condemn more value in terms of damage, and will likely see greater potential as we gear up through the patch.

2.

Best Covenant for Arms Warrior in PvP

For more information about what Covenants give you, please refer to our page about Covenant abilities page for Warriors.

The choice of your Covenant is important when it comes to PvP. However, you may have reason to pick another Covenant than the best one for PvP. It is important to note that regardless of what choice you make, all the Covenants are at least viable up to gladiator rating. The difference in Covenant will, however, only become more apparent as you start to reach higher and higher rating.

The best Covenants for Arms Warrior are: Kyrian = Necrolord >= Venthyr >= Night Fae.

  1. Kyrian provides you with Spear of Bastion Icon Spear of Bastion, which is an extremely powerful CC and damage option for arms warrior. The spear tether is inescapable, even from blinking effects such as Shimmer Icon Shimmer and Transcendence: Transfer Icon Transcendence: Transfer. The only way to leave the spear is through knockback, physical and magical immunities. This ability makes finishing off Monks, Druids, Mages, Hunters and other kiting classes a lot easier.
  2. Night Fae gives you Ancient Aftershock Icon Ancient Aftershock. This ability has a very high attack power scaling, and can quickly turn into a very powerful burst tool through all the different damage amplifiers arms has. You generally will not make much use of the aftershocks themselves, so use it as a burst tool and for the 1.5-second knockdown. This CC does not DR with stuns.
    • Soulshape Icon Soulshape is the signature ability and is very good for chasing down targets or escaping to safety.
  3. Venthyr gives the very popular ability Condemn Icon Condemn, which replaces Execute Icon Execute. The catch with this ability, is that although it is shadow damage and penetrates armor, it has a lower attack power scaling than Execute Icon Execute has, which causes it to deal less damage against lower-armored targets than the ability it replaces. Condemn Icon Condemn provides powerful pressure to targets that are immobile and durable, such as Paladins or Warlocks, but also allows you great uptime through Death Sentence Icon Death Sentence.
    • You also get access to Door of Shadows Icon Door of Shadows, which is an okay ability for quickly repositioning, but is vulnerable to being interrupted. The disorient granted through Nadjia The Mistblade is reduced to 3 seconds in PvP, and is best used as a disruption tool rather than CC'ing the enemy healer.
  4. Necrolord grants you Conqueror's Banner Icon Conqueror's Banner. You gain a large portion of Mastery, which is shared with two other teammates in your near proximity, as well as being unable to be reduced below 100% movement speed. Veteran's Repute Icon Veteran's Repute gives you a large increase to Strength while the banner is active, and is another reason why this covenant is very strong.
    • The ability that follows with Necrolord is Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft, which is a rather powerful shield that can be enhanced to grant CC immunity for the channeled duration plus more if fully channeled.
3.

Best Soulbinds for Arms Warriors in PvP

Soulbinds are unlocked as you progress your character with a Covenant. Each Covenant features 3 Soulbinds that each have their own benefits and paths to follow. We recommend you take these Soulbinds and paths for each Covenant.

3.1.

Pelagos Path for Kyrian

3.2.

Niya for Night Fae

3.3.

Nadjia the Mistblade for Venthyr

3.4.

Plague Deviser Marileth for Necrolord

4.

Best Conduits for Arms Warriors in PvP

Conduits are passive buffs that you can use to fill empty slots in your Soulbind Trees. There are three types of Conduits: Potency, Endurance, and Finesse. Here are the best Conduits for each of those different types:

4.1.

Best Potency Conduits for Arms Warriors in PvP

  1. Mortal Combo Icon Mortal Combo gives Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike a chance to trigger a second time. These extra strikes are cleaveable with Sweeping Strikes Icon Sweeping Strikes and can be procced from the Legendary effect Unhinged Icon Unhinged. This is a very powerful damage increase overall and can provide you with random burst as well.
  2. Crash the Ramparts Icon Crash the Ramparts increases the damage of Overpower Icon Overpower as well as Dreadnaught Icon Dreadnaught. This Conduit is a good increase to your sustained damage.
  3. Piercing Verdict Icon Piercing Verdict enhances the burst potential of Spear of Bastion Icon Spear of Bastion. Use this as your 3rd Potency Conduit as Kyrian.
  4. Veteran's Repute Icon Veteran's Repute should be run as Necrolord for the Strength increase.
  5. Destructive Reverberations Icon Destructive Reverberations should be run as Night Fae for the increased burst damage.
4.2.

Best Endurance Conduits for Arms Warriors in PvP

  1. Stalwart Guardian Icon Stalwart Guardian reduces the cooldown of your primary defensive, Die by the Sword Icon Die by the Sword. This is a mandatory Conduit to pick, none of the others come close to this one.
  2. If you have to put in a second Endurance Conduit, use Brutal Vitality Icon Brutal Vitality.
4.3.

Best Finesse Conduits for Arms Warriors in PvP

  1. Safeguard Icon Safeguard makes Intervene Icon Intervene reduce the damage the target takes. You should pick this to give the target of your Intervene Icon Intervene protection against spell damage, AoE, and DoTs.
  2. Disturb the Peace Icon Disturb the Peace reduces the cooldown of Piercing Howl Icon Piercing Howl by a large amount and is a great second Finesse option.
5.

Best Legendaries for Arms Warriors in PvP

Legendaries have many different effects and some can alter how you should use some of your abilities. For more information on Legendaries, check out our general guide on them.

Here are the best Legendaries for an Arms Warrior:

  1. Battlelord Icon Battlelord and Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow are about equal in strength for Night Fae and Necrolord;
  2. Elysian Might Icon Elysian Might is the best for Kyrian;
  3. Misshapen Mirror Icon Misshapen Mirror let you give Spell Reflection Icon Spell Reflection to the nearest ally. This is a good backup Legendary to have vs teams that rely on CC'ing your healer with magic. Some examples are Hunters with Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap or spell cleaves with Polymorph Icon Polymorph and Cyclone Icon Cyclone;
  4. Exploiter Icon Exploiter is the go-to Legendary for Venthyr Arms Warriors running Condemn Icon Condemn;
  5. Leaper Icon Leaper is a great Legendary that helps against kiting matchups, primarily for 2v2.
6.

Changelog

  • 13 Oct. 2021: Adjusted Finesse and Potency Conduit recommendations; modified Covenant recommendation priority.
  • 02 Jul. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 18 Mar. 2021: Added a recommended Soulbind tree for Emeni.
  • 12 Mar. 2021: Updated for 9.0.5
  • 24 Jan. 2021: Updated covenants and Legendaries
  • 27 Dec. 2020: Rewritten by Karanze for Shadowlands season 1
  • 27 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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