Beast Mastery Hunter Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 19:15 by Azortharion 73 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.

Summary of the Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits

Focus Covenant Soulbind Advised Tree
Raiding/Mythic+/Torghast (Best Overall Setup for Renown 30+) Night Fae Niya Beast Mastery Hunter Niya Overall Tree
Raiding/Mythic+/Torghast (Before Renown 30) Night Fae Niya Beast Mastery Hunter Niya Overall tree
3.

Why Night Fae is the Best Covenant for Beast Mastery Hunter

For Beast Mastery, Night Fae is the best choice for all situations by a fairly substantial margin (upwards of 3%, and even more in Mythic+/AoE situations).

It also generally has the best defensive options of all the Covenants. For single-target, Kyrian is roughly 3% behind, Necrolord is 4% behind, and Venthyr is 4% behind. On AoE, this gap grows strongly in Night Fae's favor, leaving Necrolord and Venthyr very far behind.

4.

Covenants for Beast Mastery Hunter

4.1.

Night Fae: Wild Spirits

Night Fae is the best Covenant for Beast Mastery Hunters, providing the best single-target, and by far the best AoE DPS output compared to the other Covenants. It also has some solid defensive capabilities in its different Soulbinds.

4.2.

Kyrian: Resonating Arrow

Kyrian is the second-best Covenant for Beast Mastery Hunters, providing competitive single-target with Night Fae. However, its AoE is much weaker than Night Fae, and so is its burst. It also only has one strong Soulbind in Pelagos, with nothing special in terms of defensive abilities.

4.3.

Necrolord: Death Chakram

Necrolord is the third-best Covenant for Beast Mastery Hunters. It does not have any particular strengths over Night Fae and Kyrian, so there is not much to say about it beyond this.

4.4.

Venthyr: Flayed Shot

Venthyr's Flayed Shot Icon Flayed Shot ability is purely geared towards single-target, but despite this, it is the weakest of all the Covenant Abilities, even for single-target. For this reason, we do not recommend it for any scenario.

5.

Soulbinds for Beast Mastery Hunter

5.1.

Night Fae Soulbinds

  • Niya is the best choice for most situations because of Grove Invigoration Icon Grove Invigoration being so powerful.
  • Korayn is a tad worse than Niya, but an acceptable choice for single-target. Wild Hunt Tactics Icon Wild Hunt Tactics can also amplify your burst in Mythic+ scenarios.
  • Dreamweaver is essentially equivalent to Korayn for pure single-target, but has a lot of defensive/survivability benefits, such as Podtender Icon Podtender, so it is arguably a better Niya-alternative for this reason alone.
5.2.

Kyrian Soulbinds

  • Pelagos is the only truly competitive Kyrian Soulbind, offering Combat Meditation Icon Combat Meditation from the beginning and quickly leading into your first Potency Conduit.
  • Kleia is extremely poor for Kyrian and should never be chosen.
  • Forgelite Prime Mikanikos is 2-3% worse than Pelagos, which is significant, but passable in most situations.
5.3.

Necrolord Soulbinds

  • Bonesmith Heirmir and Emeni are close to equal, with Bonesmith being slightly ahead, but Emeni's Lead by Example Icon Lead by Example should be better in situations where you are stacked with allies, which is common in Raids.
  • Plague Deviser Marileth is the worst Necrolord Soulbind and should not be chosen in pretty much any situation.
5.4.

Venthyr Soulbinds

6.

Best Conduits for Beast Mastery Hunter

6.1.

Best Potency Conduits for Beast Mastery Hunter

This section only covers which Conduits you should pick. For detailed explanations on what all of the Hunter Conduits do, check out our Hunter Soulbinds and Conduits page below.

6.2.

Best Endurance Conduits for Beast Mastery Hunter

Generally speaking, we recommend Marksman's Advantage Icon Marksman's Advantage or Resilience of the Hunter Icon Resilience of the Hunter. Marksman's Advantage works on a lot of significant mechanics and is very trivial to use, as you simply apply Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark to the boss when the encounter begins.

6.3.

Best Finesse Conduits for Beast Mastery Hunter

These Conduits are geared towards mobility and utility. None of them are particularly good, so we recommend picking what you feel suits your playstyle the most, and taking your situation into account.

7.

Changelog

  • 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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