Beast Mastery Hunter Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Sep 03, 2021 at 09:57 by Azortharion 83 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 Beast Mastery Hunter. 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;
  • Hunter Covenant Abilities, which lists all the abilities that Hunters 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;
  • Hunter Conduits, which lists all of the Conduits available to Hunters.
2.

Covenant Recommendation Change in Patch 9.1

ATTENTION

As of Patch 9.1 the recommended Covenant for Beast Mastery Hunter HAS CHANGED. However, remember that your Covenant choice can impact your entire class instead of just one specialization and that what was previously recommended should still be good enough for whatever content you encounter.

3.

Summary of the Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits

Note that with these rankings, we are assuming that you are at Renown 57, which unlocks the full Soulbind Tree for all of the Soulbinds. Just below this table, we have listed the best Soulbinds depending on your current Renown.

Focus Covenant Soulbind Advised Tree
Raiding Night Fae Dreamweaver Best Overall Raiding Covenant and Soulbind at Max Renown
Mythic+ Night Fae Dreamweaver Best Overall Mythic+ Covenant and Soulbind at Max Renown
Raiding Venthyr Nadjia the Mistblade Best Venthyr Raiding Covenant and Soulbind at Max Renown
Raiding Kyrian Forgelite Prime Mikanikos Best Kyrian Raiding Covenant and Soulbind at Max Renown
Raiding Necrolord Bonesmith Heirmir Best Necrolord Raiding Covenant and Soulbind at Max Renown
Mythic+ Kyrian Pelagos Best Kyrian Mythic+ Covenant and Soulbind at Max Renown
Mythic+ Venthyr Nadjia the Mistblade Best Venthyr Mythic+ Covenant and Soulbind at Max Renown
Mythic+ Necrolord Bonesmith Heirmir Best Necrolord Mythic+ Covenant and Soulbind at Max Renown
4.

Effects of Renown

As your Renown with any Covenant increases, you will gain access to new Potency Conduit slots and Soulbind Abilities. This means that as you increase your Renown, the best Soulbinds will change. Above we have offered the best Full Renown Trees (57 Renown).

There are factors other than just Renown involved in Covenant and Soulbind strength.

For this reason, it is beneficial to sim your Covenant and Soulbind choices on Raidbots' Top Gear to find out what is best for you right now, although it is also wise to look forward in your Renown and gearing process, which is what this guide helps you with.

5.

Covenant DPS Rankings for Beast Mastery Hunter

5.1.

Single-Target

This ranking is entirely based on Single-Target damage. The attached numbers indicate the approximate single-target DPS loss compared to the top choice.

  1. Venthyr
  2. Kyrian 1-3% Behind
  3. Night Fae 2-4% Behind
  4. Necrolord -6% Behind

The reason we recommend Night Fae for Raiding in the table up above despite these numbers, is that Venthyr relies heavily on Dauntless Duelist Icon Dauntless Duelist for its single-target benefit, which cannot be taken advantage of fully in most situations. Night Fae has far superior burst AoE to Kyrian which makes up for its small single-target deficit.

5.2.

Mythic+

This ranking is primarily based on AoE damage, but single-target damage is also considered. We cannot really offer a DPS% gap here, because this is not based on a single metric, but rather a bunch of simulations of different scenarios that are relevant to Mythic+. We generally consider Mythic+ to be 66% AoE focused, and 33% single-target focused.

  1. Night Fae
  2. Kyrian
  3. Venthyr
  4. Necrolord
5.3.

Mixed Content

This ranking is based on a mix of single-target and AoE damage. We cannot really offer a DPS% gap here, because this is not based on a single metric. Once again, this is based on full Soulbind/Renown Trees.

  1. Night Fae
  2. Kyrian
  3. Venthyr
  4. Necrolord
6.

Best Conduits for Beast Mastery Hunter

6.1.

Best Potency Conduits for Beast Mastery Hunter

  1. Enfeebled Mark Icon Enfeebled Mark/Empowered Release Icon Empowered Release/Spirit Attunement Icon Spirit Attunement
  2. One With the Beast Icon One With the Beast
  3. Bloodletting Icon Bloodletting
  4. Necrotic Barrage Icon Necrotic Barrage
  5. Ferocious Appetite Icon Ferocious Appetite
6.2.

Best Endurance Conduits for Beast Mastery Hunter

  1. Marksman's Advantage Icon Marksman's Advantage
  2. Resilience of the Hunter Icon Resilience of the Hunter
  3. Condensed Anima Sphere Icon Condensed Anima Sphere
  4. Rejuvenating Wind Icon Rejuvenating Wind
  5. Harmony of the Tortollan Icon Harmony of the Tortollan
6.3.

Best Finesse Conduits for Beast Mastery Hunter

  1. Reversal of Fortune Icon Reversal of Fortune (provided you can Interrupt)
  2. Cheetah's Vigor Icon Cheetah's Vigor
  3. Ambuscade Icon Ambuscade/Tactical Retreat Icon Tactical Retreat
7.

Best Enhanced Conduits for Beast Mastery Hunter

This is the recommended way to order your Conduits in your Soulbind Tree in order to enhance them in the correct order. This list will not always be the same as the best Potency Conduits in general, because some Conduits scale differently with ranks than others.

  1. Enfeebled Mark Icon Enfeebled Mark/Empowered Release Icon Empowered Release
  2. One With the Beast Icon One With the Beast
  3. Necrotic Barrage Icon Necrotic Barrage
  4. Bloodletting Icon Bloodletting/Spirit Attunement Icon Spirit Attunement
8.

Changelog

  • 03 Sep. 2021: Added a section for the best Enhanced Soulbind Conduits.
  • 18 Aug. 2021: Updated the optimal Soulbind for Night Fae Mythic+.
  • 10 Aug. 2021: Updated the optimal Soulbind for Night Fae.
  • 13 Jul. 2021: Updated the Covenant and Soulbind recommendations and trees.
  • 06 Jul. 2021: Updated the ranking of the Condensed Anima Sphere Icon Condensed Anima Sphere Endurance Conduit.
  • 01 Jul. 2021: Several changes.
    • Removed the Renown stepping where Pelagos gets better at 46. Night Fae is better until Renown 57.
    • Added the Condensed Anima Sphere Icon Condensed Anima Sphere Endurance Conduit to our rankings.
    • Simplified the Covenant/Soulbind table slightly and clarified that it is based on max Renown.
    • Added a note that it is recommended to sim your Covenants and Soulbinds to find out when you might want to switch.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Updated the Potency Conduits section for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 30 Jan. 2021: Several changes.
    • Cleaned up the Soulbind Tree section.
    • Updated the gaps between Covenants.
    • Updated the description of the Bonesmith vs Emeni choice for Necrolords.
    • Updated the Conduit recommendations.
  • 16 Dec. 2020: Added note about Bloodletting competitiveness with low Haste.
  • 25 Nov. 2020: Reordered sections.
  • 19 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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