Best Covenant for Each Class in the Shadowlands Expansion
Covenants are one of the most important choices that you will have to make on your character in Shadowlands. While the choice is not permanent, it will have a potentially huge impact on your character's power. However, the strength of each Covenant can sometimes vary wildly between specs. In this guide, we will be looking at the best Covenants for each specialization of each class so that you can compare all of the choices to find what best fits your needs.
For quick answers, please refer to the table below. Lower down the page, we also some quotes explaining these choices from our class guide writers for each specialization. Check out their quotes about the Covenant choices below, along with the links to their pages where the explain in much more detail the nuances behind the decisions.
Best Covenants for All Classes — TLDR
|Blood Death Knight||Kyrian||Kyrian||Kyrian|
|Frost Death Knight||Kyrian or Night Fae||Venthyr||Kyrian|
|Unholy Death Knight||Necrolord or Kyrian||Necrolord||Necrolord|
|Havoc Demon Hunter||Venthyr||Kyrian||Venthyr|
|Vengeance Demon Hunter||Kyrian||Kyrian||Kyrian|
|Balance Druid||Kyrian or Night Fae||Kyrian or Night Fae||Night Fae|
|Feral Druid||Night Fae||Kyrian||Night Fae|
|Restoration Druid||Night Fae||Night Fae||Night Fae|
|Beast Mastery Hunter||Night Fae||Night Fae||Night Fae|
|Marksmanship Hunter||Night Fae or Kyrian||Night Fae||Night Fae|
|Survival Hunter||Night Fae||Night Fae||Night Fae|
|Arcane Mage||Night Fae||Night Fae||Night Fae|
|Fire Mage||Night Fae||Night Fae||Night Fae|
|Frost Mage||Venthyr||Night Fae||Night Fae|
|Brewmaster Monk||Necrolord or Night Fae||Night Fae||Night Fae|
|Mistweaver Monk||Kyrian||Night Fae||Necrolord|
|Windwalker Monk||Kyrian or Night Fae||Necrolord or Night Fae||Night Fae|
|Retribution Paladin||Venthyr or Night Fae||Venthyr or Night Fae or Kyrian||Venthyr or Night Fae or Kyrian|
|Shadow Priest||Necrolord||Necrolord||Night Fae|
|Assassination Rogue||Night Fae||Night Fae||Night Fae|
|Outlaw Rogue||Night Fae||Night Fae||Night Fae|
|Subtlety Rogue||Night Fae or Kyrian or Necrolord||Night Fae or Kyrian||Night Fae or Kyrian|
|Elemental Shaman||Necrolord||Necrolord||Night Fae|
|Affliction Warlock||Night Fae||Night Fae||Night Fae|
|Demonology Warlock||Night Fae||Necrolord||Necrolord|
|Destruction Warlock||Necrolord||Kyrian||Night Fae|
|Arms Warrior||Venthyr||Kyrian or Night Fae||Venthyr or Kyrian or Night Fae|
|Fury Warrior||Venthyr||Kyrian or Night Fae||Venthyr or Kyrian or Night Fae|
|Protection Warrior||Kyrian||Kyrian or Night Fae||Kyrian or Night Fae|
Best DPS Covenants for All Specializations
Frost Death Knight
Here is a quote about Frost Death Knight Covenants from our class writer, Abyssalwave.
There is currently no Covenant/Soulbind that is BiS for all content meaning you will have to choose the combination that suits your goals best. Night Fae/Niya is the best all-around option for Dual Wield Breath of Sindragosa. Kyrian/Pelagos is the best option for both 2-handed Obliteration and Breath of Sindragosa single-target, however it takes a big hit in AoE scenarios, while Venthyr/Nadjia the Mistblade is a competitive option for Mythic+ and heavy AoE content.
Unholy Death Knight
Here is a quote about Unholy Death Knight Covenants from our class writer, Abyssalwave.
Currently Necrolord/Emeni is the best option for Unholy, while Kyrian/Pelagos is a competitive option. With the entire tree unlocked, Bonesmith Heirmir becomes the best overall option.
Havoc Demon Hunter
Here is a quote about Havoc Demon Hunter Covenants from our class writer, Wordup.
Night Fae and Venthyr are almost dead even. What actually wins depends on the fight style, or the weekly Renown jumps available. Venthyr provides the best single-target punch that aligns with boss timers while being non invasive and coming with some excellent soulbind options, however Night Fae still has the earliest access to double Potency and a frontloaded burst of damage should the timers match up. For Mythic+, Kyrian is simply a slightly worse Venthyr in single-target while providing much better AoE potential for frequent pulls, and while the Soulbinds are not as strong the ability pulls a lot of weight.
Here is a quote about Balance Druid Covenants from our class writer, Bora.
Night Fae and Kyrian are both solid choices for Balance Druid. They both come with distinct advantages and disadvantages but overall, if you raid in an organized environment and can take advantage of the power of the Kyrian ability, I believe it is stronger than Night Fae for the final bosses in the raid and dungeons. It performs well on single-target (albeit slight worse than Night Fae) but is versatile and scales with targets where as Night Fae will fall off. Kyrian is the standout choice in Mythic+ and looks to be best on at least 2 of the final 3 bosses in the raid due to being able to choose where the majority of your cooldown damage goes.
Here is a quote about Feral Druid Covenants from our class writer, Wordup.
Convoke the Spirits is such a massive burst of instantaneous damage that it is showing to be a great tool for Nathria regardless of any RNG or flexibility problems it has, proving the changes before launch landed very well. Most fights allow for good Convoke timings, and also has the early double Potency Soulbind option, which allows for Feral to make use of some strong Conduit choices. Kyrian on the other hand is very good for certain encounters that have strong timing windows for it, but the reliance on having a solid ally that can feed into it makes it the harder choice for little payoff, though its AoE is potential is still absolutely there. For Mythic+, Kyrian's AoE ability to open pulls with your fellow strongest DPS coupled with the shorter cooldown makes a really potent option though, while on the other hand Convoke is more explosive in its uses when available but less flexible.
Beast Mastery Hunter
Here is a quote about Beast Mastery Hunter Covenants from our class writer, Azortharion.
For Beast Mastery, Night Fae is the best choice for all situations by a fairly substantial margin (upwards of 2%, 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 2% behind, Necrolord is 5% behind, and Venthyr is 7% behind. On AoE, this gap grows strongly in Night Fae's favor, leaving Necrolord and Venthyr very far behind.
Marksmanship at its core is based around a 2-minute burst window thanks to Trueshot. Wild Spirits from the Night Fae Covenant synergizes perfectly with this window, giving Marksmanship one of the best burst setups in the game for both single-target or AoE when paired together. This combination is particularly powerful in dungeons and raids where powerful burst windows are the meta in high-end mythic content.
Kyrian with Resonating Arrow is a close second, but just does not bring the same level of power that Night Fae does, especially with how important timed burst is. Venthyr and Necrolord are just not competitive options at the moment sadly.
Similar to the other Hunter specs, Survival has a strong 2-minute burst window that synergizes quite well with Wild Spirits from the Night Fae Covenant. This ability gives Hunters one of the best burst setups in the game for both single-target or AoE when paired together, and has the benefit of being the best Covenant option for every Hunter specialization, making multi-speccing easy. This combination is particularly powerful in dungeons and raids where powerful burst windows are the meta in high-end mythic content.
Here is a quote about Arcane Mage Covenants from our class writer, Dutchmagoz.
Night Fae is the best choice for all PvE scenarios for Arcane Mages. The only reason to not pick Night Fae would be for PvP, or if you plan to play multiple specs (Frost, specifically) for 2-3 target cleave fights. Venthyr is roughly 2-5% behind (depending on Renown) on single-target, but is the best for Frost cleave by a relatively large amount. (5%+)
Here is a quote about Fire Mage Covenants from our class writer, Dutchmagoz.
Generally speaking, the best choice for effectively all PvE scenarios for a Fire Mage is Night Fae. However, for people planning to play multiple specs, this might not be the optimal choice. Night Fae is also best for Arcane in nearly all situations, so this is not an issue. However, if you plan to play Fire Mage in single target content, but Frost in 2-3 target content, picking Venthyr is also a good choice, as Venthyr is only slightly behind for Fire on single target (1-3%).
Here is a quote about Frost Mage Covenants from our class writer, Kuni.
Unlike most specs, Frost Mage's Covenant choice is determined if you have any desire to play the other two specs. Frost is somewhat behind the other two specs for single-target damage. Both Arcane and Fire can utilize Night Fae to great success in all scenarios, whereas for Frost, Night Fae is a relatively poor single-target choice, and a great AoE choice.
Venthyr is Frost's absolute best pick for single-target sustained damage. The issue comes in that Mirrors of Torment is pure single-target damage, procs Brain Freeze, which is also single-target damage, and needs the target to survive at least 12 seconds to get the full benefit of the spell. This does not lend itself to being a great pick any time you have short lived targets, such as Torghast, lower M+ keys, or even casual outdoor content.
Night Fae on the other hand, is functionally the opposite. Shifting Power is all but useless for single target damage, reduces cooldowns on a spec that does not have amazing cooldowns, and is limited by an 18-yard range for the damage component. However, it is absolutely fantastic in AoE, and the cooldown reduction is equally fantastic for both Fire and Arcane. This means that if you are willing to take a ~5% single target loss, your covenant pick will allow you to multi-spec without too much issue.
Here is a quote about Windwalker Monk Covenants from our class writer, Babylonius.
Kyrian is the best Raiding Covenant for Windwalker Monks. It has the best single-target damage and strong burst damage output of any of the Covenants and it is the default choice for Raiding, and a strong choice for Mythic+ situations. When combined with strong Legendaries like Invoker's Delight, it gives Windwalkers some of the strongest burst in the game, especially in single-target, which is most important in raiding.
Necrolord is the best Mythic+ Covenant for Windwalker Monks. It has the best sustained AoE and cleave damage, which makes up a large portion of Mythic+ damage. Although it lacks a little in single target, the prevalence of multiple targets and the 60-second cooldown of Bonedust Brew, make this Covenant a potent one for the large and fast pulls that occur most frequently in Mythic+.
Night Fae is a strong contender in both Raiding and Mythic+, being 2nd behind the above recommendations in each content. This makes Night Fae the general recommendation for players who want to be able to perform well in both Raiding and Mythic+ and who are OK with missing out on a small amount of potential in one in order to have a higher potential in the other.
Here is a quote about Retribution Paladin Covenants from our class writer, Urthearso.
For Raiding, Venthyr and Night Fae are top choices from the beginning, while Kyrian and Necrolords need to unlock their second Potency Conduit to get close in performance. For Mythic+, Kyrian stands strong alongside Venthyr and Night Fae as good performer from the very start. Necrolord under perform in Mythic+ from start to end.
- Venthyr — Excellent single-target and cleave burst. They also bring some group heal, and comes with a teleport.
- Night Fae — Early access to our second potency Conduit slot, utility for group members, and comes with a blink.
- Kyrian — Excellent consistent cleave burst.
- Necrolord — Currently slightly undertuned and does not bring anything that the others do not already offer.
Here is a quote about Shadow Priest Covenants from our class writer, Publik.
Shadow Priests are in the unique position where you can make either of these three Covenant works well in a raiding environment, but each one will provide different levels of strengths and consistency that you'll want to be aware of.
Necrolord's Unholy Nova is easily the most versatile ability and will do excellent damage on single-target and AoE, as long as your targets live at least 15 seconds. Getting this right can provide good results, but the square root scaling can make certain priority target damage a bit lackluster. On top of this Emeni's Lead by Example Soulbind trait is easily one of the best traits in the game, pairing well with a good Covenant ability.
Venthyr gives you two versatile Soulbinds that are both competitive for raiding as well as access to Mindgames, a short cooldown priority target nuke. This ability will fall behind in AoE since it does not scale, but can do incredible priority target on demand and is up more often than other abilities to make it easy to use.
Kyrian is surprisingly the dark horse Covenant for shadow, easily the best simming Covenant, although also the hardest Covenant ability to use optimally. The core strength of this is with Boon of the Ascended paired with Combat Meditation inside of Voidform giving us massive burst and priority target damage. Combat Meditation specifically gives so much strength to Shadow with 40% uptime on 5% extra mastery, miles ahead of other Soulbind traits.
While other Covenants might be decent for Mythic+, nothing shines more in this space more than Necrolord. You get flexibility with the abilities square root scaling, making it good on single target or long lived AoE. The tricky part is using this optimally can be tricky since the square root scaling snapshots, so keep an eye on that.
Here is a quote about Assassination Rogue Covenants from our class writer, Seliathan.
For Assassination Rogues, there is no winner or loser when it comes to comparing individual Covenants. All covenants are viable choices. While each Covenant offers unique DPS and utility options, the benefits of these are incredibly similar in terms of raw DPS output, to the point where no singular choice outperforms all the others.
If you are looking for the best overall option for all types of content however, he does recommend Night Fae.
The Night Fae Covenant offers a variety of Soulbinds and abilities that make it a very good choice regardless of whether you want to excel in Raids, Mythic+ or are mainly focusing on solo content like Torghast. It is the most flexible Covenant for Assassination Rogue and synergizes very well with our class and specialization toolkit.
Here is a quote about Outlaw Rogue Covenants from our class writer, Seliathan.
For Outlaw Rogues, there is no winner or loser when it comes to comparing individual Covenants. All covenants are viable choices. While each Covenant offers unique DPS and utility options, the benefits of these are incredibly similar in terms of raw DPS output, to the point where no singular choice outperforms all the others.
If you are looking for the best overall option for all types of content however, he does recommend Night Fae.
The Night Fae Covenant offers a variety of Soulbinds and abilities that make it a very good choice regardless of whether you want to excel in Raids, Mythic+ or are mainly focusing on solo content like Torghast. It is the most flexible Covenant for Outlaw Rogue and synergizes very well with our class and specialization toolkit.
Here is a quote about Subtlety Rogue Covenants from our class writer, Ashine.
The Rogue Covenant abilities are quite tame and do not have significant impact on our DPS and thus there is honestly not much to say about them. Kyrian and Night Fae abilities are fairly similar, as a significant portion of the power comes from Pelagos's and Niya's Soulbind traits that both give mastery when you use your Covenant ability, making it scale decently well on AoE. They are both quite easy to play with as you do not really need to worry too much about the animacharged Combo Point minigame from Echoing Reprimand and Sepsis, which urns into a "fire and forget" spell. Necrolord is potentially the best for raid DPS gain which is why most of the Rogues in the World First race went Necrolord. A lot of the important fights have adds that you can abuse for resets on Serrated Bone Spike, giving quite a bit more uptime on Emeni's Soulbind trait Lead by Example than what simulations show. On top of that, it is quite decent for 2-3 target cleave situations which happen quite often in the raid.
Kyrian is currently in a small numerical lead for single-target at lower Renown levels, but Necrolord and Night Fae are not too far behind. Night Fae also has the option of going for Dreamweaver for Mythic, sacrificing a bit of DPS for Podtender (another cheat death).
Night Fae and Kyrian are both good options for M+. Night Fae is slightly ahead until you get access to Korayn's First Strike. After unlocking First Strike at 31 Renown, Night Fae becomes significantly better than other Covenants in M+, however as it is currently very overtuned, it is likely to receive nerfs once players start reaching the renown to unlock that trait.
Here is a quote about Elemental Shaman Covenants from our class writer, Stormy.
Necrolord gives the best single-target damage boost and is also good on a few more targets, especially with lucky Tumbling Waves procs. Kyrian is reliable and can be pre-cast but is mainly powerful for its signature ability, having an additional Health Potion that removes some debuffs is invaluable, especially in Mythic+. All four covenants and their varied Soulbinds all have different advantages for Mythic+ and it is very hard to recommend a "best" one. You probably cannot go wrong with Necrolord or Kyrian however. Night Fae would most likely be the least overall powerful pick for Mythic+ until we get to max Renown.
Here is a quote about Enhancement Shaman Covenants from our class writer, Wordup.
Venthyr is just too flexible and offers a huge burst of AoE damage that is relatively versatile without being too invasive to the rotation, and some very solid Soulbinds for different situations, with a bit of extra group utility from the healing on top. Night Fae has a chance to see the light of day in pure single-target but it is so focused on one goal and has problems with some encounter types/timings that it is a heavy investment for weaker payoffs. Mythic+ doubles down on what makes it good already by having the off-healing potential really shine in rougher dungeons, and while Kyrian can somewhat keep up here it is not as game changing.
Here is a quote about Affliction Warlock Covenants from our class writer, Motoko.
Night Fae are the overall winners (even if numerically ahead by a tiny margin) due to a combination of strong output, accessibility, and superior mobility compared to the alternatives. While the best Soulbind depends on Renown level and the type of content, the whole Covenant offers a degree of flexibility not easily matched by the others, allowing both multi-spec potential and the luxury to optimize Affliction for multiple types of contents without frequently swapping Conduits.
Here is a quote about Demonology Warlock Covenants from our class writer, Motoko.
Depending on the Renown and the type of activity done, the choice falls between Night Fae and Necrolord. For raid and early progression, Dreamweaver is hard to beat, being the only Soulbind with the 2nd Potency Conduit available at Renown level 13. In terms of overall performance across multiple situations, every Covenant is relatively close, with Necrolord edging out by a small margin as the best option after unlocking full trees.
Here is a quote about Destruction Warlock Covenants from our class writer, Motoko.
Covenants are generally close in terms of performance with some favoring specific types of content. Necrolord are the preferred choice due to superior single-target and cleave capabilities, while still maintaining good AoE potential as long as Fire and Brimstone is not talented. Kyrian can make use of Havoc to refresh Scouring Tithe's cooldown and gain 5 shards at the same time, making that Covenant a strong contender for dungeons and situations where adds are dying frequently. Night Fae offer a much needed mobility for one of the most immobile spec in the game, and are close to Necrolords in terms of overall output, while offering the benefit of an early 2 potency Conduit Soulbind with Dreamweaver.
The choice is much closer overall for Destruction, so make sure to check out his more extensive Covenant guide linked below.
Arms and Fury Warrior
Here is a quote about Warrior Covenants from our class writer, Archimtiros.
Venthyr is the primary raiding choice because it elongates the typical Execute phase from 20% of the encounter to 40%, while also synergizing very well with various other optimizations such as the talents Sudden Death/Massacre and Conduit Ashen Juggernaut. While it lacks the burst multitarget potential of the Night Fae or Kyrian options, it makes up for it with very strong priority damage and still has a place in normal multitarget rotation (cleaving via Whirlwind as Fury, or simply strong direct damage as Arms).
In Mythic+, Night Fae is actually the strongest choice, with a very bursty multitarget ability which also generates a high amount of rage, but can be a bit tricky to maximize the full 12 second long ground effect for damage and rage generation. Kyrian is a slightly weaker substitute, but much easier to maximize its potential, and also has the benefit of the best signature ability, Phial of Serenity.
At the end of the day, all three options are objectively good in all types of content, with a very small total damage performance difference between them. Condemn (Venthyr) is still quite strong in Mythic+ and Warriors already have strong multitarget abilities, so they do not suffer a complete lack of burst potential if they do not choose another covenant. Likewise, Night Fae and Kyrian are only slightly behind Venthyr in pure single-target, but there are plenty of multitarget raiding situations in which they can shine, and they make up for any shortcoming with better signature abilities.
Best Healer Covenants for All Specializations
Here is a quote about Restoration Druid Covenants from our class writer, Torty.
Unfortunately, there is no choice when it comes to Resto Druid covenants. Night Fae is head and shoulders above everything else and it is not even close. On top of providing superior throughput both damage and healing wise, it is also a very flexible cooldown that you can use for either during the encounter or Mythic+.
Here is a quote about Mistweaver Monk Covenants from our class writer, Dhaubbs.
Generally, for most content, Kyrian is the safest pick for Mistweavers. It provides reliable throughput that is difficult to mess up, while also synergizing with Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane. Night Fae is a close second, however their class ability Faeline Stomp requires a greater mana investment, as well as more strict positioning requirements when compared to Kyrian.
Here is a quote about Holy Paladin Covenants from our class writer, Mytholxgy.
Kyrian is not only your best choice for raiding, but for Mythic+ as well, making it the best Covenant for most players. Venthyr provides the strongest DPS increase out of any of our Covenants while still maintaining competitive healing. Its ability does however have a 4-minute cooldown, making it unappealing in a lot of cases. This Covenant can be selected if you are okay with having a weaker Mythic+ Covenant and losing a lot of your flexibility. It will be extremely strong in raid though. Necrolord is playable if you are okay with the damage/healing loss that comes with picking it over Kyrian/Venthyr. Night Fae is extremely weak and will not be used in any situation.
Here is a quote about Discipline Priest Covenants from our class writer, Clandon.
Unfortunately for Discipline Priest, there is a very large gap in strength between the top two Covenants in Venthyr and Kyrian versus the bottom two in Necrolord and Night Fae. Our current recommendation is to take Venthyr if your main focus is Raiding and Kyrian if your main focus is Mythic+.
The primary reasoning behind Venthyr in raids comes from a few factors. First, the cooldown of Mindgames fits well with Discipline's existing timings. With alternating both Rapture and Evangelism, you get a burst approximately once every 45 seconds, so Mindgames would be available for each burst. The damage of this spell, especially after being amped by Schism is a very potent burst of healing through Atonement to supplement disciplines already potent burst.
The primary reasoning behind Kyrian in Mythic+ comes from a few factors as well. Mythic+ dungeons are often limited by certain moments of extreme difficulty, whether self inflicted by pulling much larger than usual or by a few boss/trash mechanics being significantly stronger than their surrounding peers. Boon of the Ascended offers a brief period of extreme HPS to allow you to manage those moments when most others cannot.
Holy Priest is in a unique situation where all of our Covenants rank similarly, particularly in a Raid environment. Regardless of the Covenant choice you make, there will be an appropriate Soulbind to suit the content you plan on doing.
Here is a quote about Affliction Warlock Covenants from our class writer, Seksi.
While all Covenants are usable for Restoration Shamans, we would like to recommend using the Necrolord if you want to focus on healing. Necrolord is a specialized option for raiding, while Kyrian is a good catch-all specialization, and so is Venthyr, which is very close in power to Kyrian. Night Fae is weaker than the rest. The main reason why Necrolord is so strong for us is because Primordial Wave allows for easy healing of spread out targets, which has always been our main weakness. Unfortunately, it deals no damage, unlike all the other Covenants. If damage is very important to you, any of the other three Covenants are fine.
Best Tank Covenants for All Specializations
Blood Death Knight
Here is a quote about Blood Death Knight Covenants from our class writer, Mandl.
Before going more in depth about Covenants it is important to understand that any of the 4 Covenants can be played as Blood Death Knight. There will definitely be better and worse options but the choice will not be hindering your daily activities. While all of the Covenants have their place some simply perform better on a day to day basis than others. Kyrian and Venthyr are the two that stand out the most for Blood Death Knight due to their powerful class abilities and Soulbinds.
- Kyrian is good for all content styles and highest single target DPS.
- Venthyr gives you strong AoE damage and on demand full runic bar in M+.
- Night Fae gives you strong single-target damage reduction and a generic covenant ability for any situation.
- Necrolord gives you strong damage in AoE + generates Bone Shield charges.
Vengeance Demon Hunter
Here is a quote about Vengeance Demon Hunter Covenants from our class writer, Excidias.
The best covenant for Vengeance Demon Hunter in Raiding and Mythic+ is Kyrian. Elysian Decree provides a large damage boost that the default Vengeance kit is lacking. This is important for holding threat and providing a little more healing due to the three extra souls. Phial of Serenity also provides an additional potion cooldown on a 5-minute timer and a way to remove most debuffs. Phial does not share a cooldown with normal healing pots which is an emergency heal.
Here is a quote about Guardian Druid Covenants from our class writer, Pumps.
While all of the Covenants are definitely usable, there are some that shine slightly brighter than others. Kyrian and Necrolord are the two that stand out the most for Guardian Druids, due to their powerful class abilities and Soulbinds.
- Kyrian is a great Raiding and Mythic+ choice.
- Necrolord is an excellent all-round option, excelling in single-target, raids, and Torghast.
- Venthyr is an AoE-damage oriented Covenant, which is great for Mythic+.
- Night Fae is a decent all-round choice.
Here is a quote about Brewmaster Monk Covenants from our class writer, Sinzhu.
While it is tempting to follow whatever tools like Raidbots and SimulationCraft say offers the most damage, it is incredibly important to note that all four Covenants can be used on your Brewmaster without being a burden in whatever content you choose to participate. All of the Covenants are within roughly 5% of each other in damage for most scenarios. Of course, Tanks in particular are likely going to have to consider more than just damage in their decision. There is also the matter of what content you might be most interested in playing and whether or not you intend to also play as a Windwalker or Mistweaver. With that being said, different Covenant abilities will cover different niches, and you may feel that two or three of the four choices more solidly fit into certain bits of content, detailed below.
- Kyrian is a strong "hybrid" choice for PvE/PvP. Balanced in defense and offense, but its damage component requires time to build up. Also offers an extra health potion.
- Necrolord is the marginally strongest defensive choice, but still very powerful in offense. Scales well with multiple targets, but can feel frantic to play with.
- Night Fae is the strongest offensive choice at 2+ targets, but can be prone to variance and made worse in high movement scenarios. Especially strong in Mythic+. Also offers extra mobility.
- Venthyr is the best source of burst damage in both single-target and AoE while also being fairly passive, but slightly worse than the other three choices overall. Somewhat reliant on fight length.
Here is a quote about Protection Paladin Covenants from our class writer, Panthea.
While all of the Covenants have their place, some simply perform better on a day to day basis than others. Kyrian and Venthyr are the two that stand out the most for Protection Paladin due to their powerful class abilities and Soulbinds.
- Kyrian is strong in AoE scenarios — good generic pick.
- Venthyr provides strong single-target DPS, group healing, and the ability to teleport!
- Night Fae gives you utility for group members.
- Necrolord gives you high single target DPS but is quite restrictive.
Here is a quote about Protection Warrior Covenants from our class writer, Mwahi.
Kyrian is the best raiding Covenant for Protection Warriors. Not only does it provide us with a solid class ability in the form of Spear of Bastion but it also grants access to Phial of Serenity. This provides us with an extra on-demand heal which removes certain bleeds and other harmful debuffs. While it has a fairly long cooldown it still outweighs the other options available, especially when paired together with Spear of Bastion and a solid Soulbind tree with Pelagos.
Kyrian is also the best all-around option meaning that it performs really well in any content, including Mythic+. Spear of Bastion being on a 1-minute cooldown allows for a good snap threat generator and provides a lot of extra rage and damage over the course of the dungeon. If kiting is needed you can also take advantage of the tether effect it provides. Phial of Serenity is even more useful in Mythic+ due to the many various debuffs enemies put on us which can simply be cleansed by it.
Night Fae is a solid alternative for Mythic+. Ancient Aftershock is a great ability in AoE, providing more rage and damage than Spear of Bastion, but to get the maximum out of it, it requires the enemies to stand in the ground pulsing effect that is left behind by the initial cast. It also has the added benefit of continuously knocking enemies down while standing in it which can be extremely strong, especially on caster packs. Soulshape also has uses in dungeons as it makes it a lot easier to kite enemies or dodge mechanics.
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