Beast Mastery Hunter Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits — Shadowlands 9.2

Last updated on Feb 21, 2022 at 10:15 by Azortharion 88 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 9.2

A big factor in changing Covenant recommendations in Patch 9.2 is the introduction of Double Legendaries, one of which must be the Covenant-specific Legendary. Therefore, a big part of these recommendations is not only the power of the Covenants and Soulbinds themselves, but also the Legendary Power associated with the Covenant.

3.

Best Covenant for Beast Mastery Hunter

  1. Night Fae with Dreamweaver is the ultimate setup for Beast Mastery Hunters for pretty much all situations, with strong single-target and extremely powerful AoE burst damage via the Fragments of the Elder Antlers Icon Fragments of the Elder Antlers Legendary Power. The Dreamweaver Soulbind grants Podtender Icon Podtender, which is a "cheat death"-style ability every 10 minutes. It is very important to stand in the Field of Blossoms Icon Field of Blossoms circle for the full duration of Wild Spirits Icon Wild Spirits when using this Soulbind, to enhance your burst.
  2. Venthyr with Theotar the Mad Duke is the best Venthyr setup for Beast Mastery Hunters. It is generally weaker than Night Fae in all situations, especially AoE and burst, but it has a high-speed, reactive playstyle that many enjoy. Standing in the Parasol provided by Soothing Shade Icon Soothing Shade is important.
  3. Necrolord with Marileth is the best Necrolord setup for Beast Mastery Hunters. It is weak for all situations and should never be played in an optimal setup, but many enjoy the burst damage provided by the Bag of Munitions Icon Bag of Munitions Legendary Power for Mythic+ especially.
  4. Kyrian with Forgelite Prime Mikanikos is the best Kyrian setup for Beast Mastery Hunters. It is weak for all situations and should never be played in an optimal setup. It plays similarly to Night Fae, but with a 1-minute cooldown in Resonating Arrow Icon Resonating Arrow instead of a 2-minute one. However, the Crit provided by Resonating Arrow is devalued substantially by our Tier Set Bonuses, making Kyrian especially undesirable.
4.

Best Soulbind for Beast Mastery Hunter

4.1.

Understanding Ferocious Appetite

Ferocious Appetite Icon Ferocious Appetite is a Conduit that reduces your Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild cooldown for every Kill Command Icon Kill Command crit that you do. Since the set bonuses vastly increase Kill Command Icon Kill Command crit rate, the value of this Conduit goes up. The higher the rank of the Conduit, the lower you can expect your Aspect cooldown. At max iLvl, you can expect an Aspect cooldown of just 45 seconds, allowing you almost 50% uptime.

Before any set bonus, this is a poor Conduit however as few of your Kill Commadns will crit, and the Conduit will only serve to desync your Aspect from your Wild Spirits Icon Wild Spirits.

5.

Best Conduits for Beast Mastery Hunter

5.1.

Best Potency Conduits for Beast Mastery Hunter

We have mentioned the Potency Conduits in our Soulbind recommendations above. In short, One With the Beast Icon One With the Beast is always ideal, while the Tier Set Bonus will determine whether Bloodletting Icon Bloodletting or Ferocious Appetite Icon Ferocious Appetite is your strongest choice. In all cases except Necrolord, the Covenant-specific Conduit (for example Spirit Attunement Icon Spirit Attunement) is always picked.

5.2.

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
5.3.

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
6.

Changelog

  • 21 Feb. 2022: Restructured the page and updated Covenant, Soulbind, and Conduit recommendations across the board.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Updated the page to reflect Patch 9.1.5 changes, with Covenants and Conduits being freely swappable and more.
  • 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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