Best Covenant for Each Class in the Shadowlands Expansion

Last updated on Jul 16, 2021 at 15:00 by Impakt 5 comments

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.

1.

Best Covenants for All Classes — TLDR

1.1.

Death Knight

Spec Raiding Mythic+ Torghast
Blood Death Knight Kyrian Venthyr or Kyrian Kyrian
Frost Death Knight Necrolord or Kyrian Necrolord Necrolord
Unholy Death Knight Necrolord Venthyr Necrolord
1.2.

Demon Hunter

Spec Raiding Mythic+ Torghast
Havoc Demon Hunter Night Fae Night Fae Night Fae
Vengeance Demon Hunter Kyrian Kyrian Kyrian
1.3.

Druid

Spec Raiding Mythic+ Torghast+
Balance Druid Night Fae or Venthyr Night Fae or Venthyr Night Fae or Venthyr
Feral Druid Night Fae Night Fae Night Fae
Guardian Druid Night Fae, Kyrian, or Necrolord Night Fae, Kyrian, or Necrolord Night Fae, Kyrian, or Necrolord
Restoration Druid Night Fae Night Fae Night Fae
1.4.

Hunter

Spec Raiding Mythic+ Torghast+
Beast Mastery Hunter Night Fae Night Fae Night Fae
Marksmanship Hunter Kyrian Kyrian or Night Fae Kyrian
Survival Hunter Kyrian Kyrian or Night Fae Kyrian
1.5.

Mage

Spec Raiding Mythic+ Torghast+
Arcane Mage Kyrian Kyrian Kyrian
Fire Mage Night Fae Night Fae Night Fae
Frost Mage Venthyr Venthyr or Necrolord Venthyr or Necrolord
1.6.

Monk

Spec Raiding Mythic+ Torghast+
Brewmaster Monk Kyrian or Necrolord Night Fae Kyrian
Mistweaver Monk Kyrian Night Fae Necrolord
Windwalker Monk Kyrian Kyrian Kyrian
1.7.

Paladin

Spec Raiding Mythic+ Torghast+
Holy Paladin Venthyr Venthyr Venthyr
Protection Paladin Venthyr Kyrian Kyrian
Retribution Paladin Kyrian Kyrian Kyrian
1.8.

Priest

Spec Raiding Mythic+ Torghast+
Discipline Priest Kyrian Kyrian Kyrian
Holy Priest All All All
Shadow Priest Night Fae Night Fae Night Fae
1.9.

Rogue

Spec Raiding Mythic+ Torghast+
Assassination Rogue Venthyr Venthyr Venthyr
Outlaw Rogue Necrolord Necrolord Necrolord
Subtlety Rogue Venthyr Venthyr Venthyr
1.10.

Shaman

Spec Raiding Mythic+ Torghast+
Elemental Shaman Necrolord or Night Fae Necrolord or Night Fae Night Fae
Enhancement Shaman Kyrian, Night Fae, or Venthyr Kyrian, Night Fae, or Venthyr Kyrian, Night Fae, or Venthyr
Restoration Shaman Necrolord Venthyr Kyrian
1.11.

Warlock

Spec Raiding Mythic+ Torghast+
Affliction Warlock Night Fae Night Fae Night Fae
Demonology Warlock Night Fae Night Fae Necrolord
Destruction Warlock Necrolord Night Fae Night Fae
1.12.

Warrior

Spec Raiding Mythic+ Torghast+
Arms Warrior Night Fae and Necrolord Night Fae and Necrolord Night Fae and Necrolord
Fury Warrior Night Fae Kyrian Night Fae
Protection Warrior Kyrian or Night Fae Kyrian or Night Fae Kyrian or Night Fae
2.

Best DPS Covenants for All Specializations

2.1.

Frost Death Knight

Here is a quote about Frost Death Knight Covenants from our class writer, Bicepspump.

Necrolord/Emeni is the best all-around option for Dual Wield Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa and Obliteration Icon Obliteration. All other Covenants are very close options and definitely viable for all forms of content. Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft in Patch 9.0.5 offers a 20% damage taken reduction while channeling, giving you another defensive cooldown. Kyrian/Pelagos is the best all-around option for Obliteration Icon Obliteration. It simply brings much higher single-target compared to the other Covenants.
2.2.

Unholy Death Knight

Here is a quote about Unholy Death Knight Covenants from our class writer, Bicepspump.

Currently Necrolord/Emeni is the best option for Unholy, while Venthyr/Nadjia the Mistblade is a competitive option. With the entire tree unlocked, Bonesmith Heirmir becomes the best overall option. As of Patch 9.0.5, a Necrolord's Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft also offers a 20% damage taken reduction while channeling, giving you another defensive cooldown.
2.3.

Havoc Demon Hunter

Here is a quote about Havoc Demon Hunter Covenants from our class writer, Wordup.

As of late Patch 9.0.5 and now 9.1, Night Fae is firmly ahead as the most flexible option, with some strong Soulbind options available for different types of content. With both Niya and Korayn having standout traits that allow you to tailor your output profile depending on encounter style, it is strongly recommended. That being said, other Covenants are not that far behind in terms of what they bring to the table and the quality of their Soulbinds, so they are reasonable picks too.
2.4.

Balance Druid

Here is a quote about Balance Druid Covenants from our class writer, Bora.

With the changes in Patch 9.1 to our Legendary items, Venthyr becomes the best general Covenant for PvE content. There are some obvious drawbacks to the Venthyr Covenant, but it when it shines, it is overwhelmingly more powerful than other choices. Night Fae is still a viable choice for raiding and remains the easier, more casual choice for many players.
2.5.

Feral Druid

Here is a quote about Feral Druid Covenants from our class writer, Wordup.

Night Fae is often the best choice currently, especially in single-target or burst-focused areas such as Raids, and can work well in Mythic+ depending on affixes. Kyrian is an alternative with Kindred Spirits Icon Kindred Spirits assuming you have a strong partner for more AoE-focused group content such as Mythic+, but the overall package falls behind due to the weaker Soulbinds. Niya and Korayn are your two Soulbinds of choice as a Night Fae depending on which content type you are doing due to the strength of their final rows. If you are looking for more details, check our specific section below about Night Fae.
2.6.

Beast Mastery Hunter

Here is a quote about Beast Mastery Hunter Covenants from our class writer, Azortharion.

The reason we recommend Night Fae for Raiding in the table 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.
2.7.

Marksmanship Hunter

Here is a quote about Marksmanship Hunter Covenants from our class writer, Azortharion.

While Venthyr generally has slighty more pure single-target output than Night Fae, its AoE is significantly worse, and it has a less bursty damage profile, so we still prefer Night Fae over Venthyr overall. Kyrian does the most single-target damage while also retaining significant AoE damage.
2.8.

Survival Hunter

Here is a quote about Beast Mastery Hunter Covenants from our class writer, Azortharion.

This ranking is primarily based on Single-Target damage. The attached numbers indicate the approximate single-target DPS loss compared to the top choice. Once again, this is based on full Soulbind/Renown Trees.
  1. Kyrian
  2. Venthyr ~3%
  3. Night Fae ~4%
  4. Necrolord ~4%
2.9.

Arcane Mage

Here is a quote about Arcane Mage Covenants from our class writer, Dutchmagoz.

Kyrian is, overall, one of the best Covenants to pick as an Arcane Mage as it is the best single-target option while also doing some of the best AoE damage. Venthyr is only a little bit behind on single-target damage, but significantly behind on AoE.
2.10.

Fire Mage

Here is a quote about Fire Mage Covenants from our class writer, Dutchmagoz.

Generally speaking, the best choice for nearly 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. 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%), but meaningfully ahead for Frost in 2-3 (5-7%) target situations. Night Fae is a solid pick for Frost as well on larger AoE pulls (like most Mythic+ pulls), but on low target counts is very much behind Venthyr. Whether you pick Night Fae or Venthyr will largely come down to what type of content you plan to do with what spec. Unfortunately it is relatively hard to pick one Covenant to do well with as both Fire and Arcane.
2.11.

Frost Mage

Here is a quote about Frost Mage Covenants from our class writer, Kuni.

Venthyr is Frost's absolute best pick for single-target sustained damage. The issue comes in that Mirrors of Torment Icon Mirrors of Torment is pure single-target damage, procs Brain Freeze Icon 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.
Necrolord is a great middle ground. Deathborne Icon Deathborne is a nice bonus on a 3-minute cooldown, and solidly above the other picks on multi-target scenarios. This comes paired with an incredible defensive cooldown in Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft.
2.12.

Windwalker Monk

Here is a quote about Windwalker Monk Covenants from our class writer, Babylonius.

As you can see, Kyrian and Forgelite Prime Mikanikos are currently the winners for all situations; for more information, please refer to our section about the best covenant. Necrolord and Bonesmith Heirmir are a close second, but will lose out to Kyrian for highly skilled Windwalkers. Night Fae and Niya are also a reasonable alternative. Realistically, due to the relative difficulty of maximizing Weapons of Order Icon Weapons of Order compared to Bonedust Brew Icon Bonedust Brew or Faeline Stomp Icon Faeline Stomp, many players will see better performance as Necrolord or Night Fae over Kyrian. The gap between these three covenants is close enough that player skill will make the difference. Try not to lose damage by selecting a Covenant that you are not adequately skilled with.
2.13.

Retribution Paladin

Here is a quote about Retribution Paladin Covenants from our class writer, Urthearso.

For both Raiding and Mythic+, Kyrian is the top choice, with Venthyr and Night Fae slightly behind. The Necrolord Covenant is underperforming.
  1. Kyrian — Excellent single-target and cleave burst with a short cooldown, but has high variance. Excellent pick for Raiding and Mythic+. Kyrian performs admirably regardless of combat duration. Best Covenant to pick when considering PvE, PvP, and off-speccing altogether.
  2. Venthyr — Excellent single-target and cleave burst with a long cooldown and low variance. They also bring some group heal and comes with a teleport. Strong pick for Raiding and for Mythic+ during Tyrannical weeks. Good pick for Mythic+ during Fortified weeks. Heavily dependant on favorable combat durations and timings for Ashen Hallow Icon Ashen Hallow to perform well.
  3. Night Fae — Strong utility for group members and comes with a blink. Strong pick for both Raiding and Mythic+ when utilized properly. The Night Fae Covenant will prioritize group performance over personal performance when utilized correctly, so be prepared to give the Night Fae blessings to other players.
  4. Necrolord — Currently slightly undertuned and does not bring anything that the others do not already offer.
2.14.

Shadow Priest

Here is a quote about Shadow Priest Covenants from our class writer, Publik.

The current system is only about a ~2% DPS swing based on your Covenant choice, do not feel pressured to pick a certain Covenant. Each one can perform to a high degree in all forms of content. The differences will swing wider on certain forms of content depending on what you want to optimize for, but know that you can make any of them competitive.
2.15.

Assassination Rogue

Here is a quote about Assassination Rogue Covenants from our class writer, Seliathan.

The Venthyr 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 a very flexible Covenant for Assassination Rogue and synergizes well with our class and specialization toolkit. The main reason why Venthyr is a very solid choice is due its high DPS performance, while offering lots of flexibility with multiple viable Soulbinds that can be customized for specific playstyles or situations. It is not uncommon to use each Soulbind for a different content-type.
2.16.

Outlaw Rogue

Here is a quote about Outlaw Rogue Covenants from our class writer, Seliathan.

The Necrolord 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 a very flexible Covenant for Outlaw Rogue and synergizes well with our class and specialization toolkit. The main reason why Necrolord is a very solid choice is due its high DPS performance, while offering lots of flexibility with multiple viable Soulbinds that can be customized for specific playstyles or situations. It is not uncommon to use each Soulbind for a different content-type, with Plague Deviser Marileth being a very good PvP option, Heirmir being very good for maximizing DPS, and Emeni offering some small raid buffs and good soloing tools for World Quests or Torghast.
2.17.

Subtlety Rogue

Here is a quote about Subtlety Rogue Covenants from our class writer, Ashine.

All of the Covenant abilities for Subtlety Rogues are so close to each other (a couple percent differences at most) that ultimately it does not matter much which one you pick. That being said, our recommended Covenant for Subtlety Rogues is Venthyr due to a couple of reasons. It is good for both AoE and single-target, Venthyr is also the best Covenant for Assassination, which makes swapping specializations easier, and it has slightly higher burst, which is often important in Raid encounters.
2.18.

Elemental Shaman

Here is a quote about Elemental Shaman Covenants from our class writer, Stormy.

Firstly, all Covenants are viable. The difference between best and worst Covenant is less than 100 DPS, and the difference between best and worst Soulbind overall is less than 200 DPS, from a strict single-target DPS point of view. To summarize, Kyrian has the most flexible and generally strong Covenant abilities. Necrolord's Class Ability is strong in most situations that are not 5+ target AoE, and Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft is almost always very helpful and on some encounters it could single-handedly make Elemental viable. Venthyr's Class Ability rarely delivers its full potential, but its burst mobility could be invaluable on some encounters. Similarly, Night Fae's strength lies in the Signature Ability, which in some situations is very formidable. It also has exceptional burst potential with the new Covenant legendary, Seeds of Rampant Growth Icon Seeds of Rampant Growth.
2.19.

Enhancement Shaman

Here is a quote about Enhancement Shaman Covenants from our class writer, Wordup.

With the introduction of new Soulbind options in Patch 9.1, the choices have been blown open for Enhancement and there really is not a wrong pick between the above 3 listed. Unfortunately, Necrolord has fallen further behind and does not bring anything to really sell it, so is the one of the four that should be avoided. All 3 choices have strong options for both a pure single-target Soulbind and a Cleave/AoE option, and have abilities that accentuate the side they tend to be weaker at, making them all very well rounded. The only caveat is that, out of the gate in 9.1, Night Fae will likely be strongest and flanked by Venthyr, as both it and Kyrian rely more on completing the tree to become strong, so bear that in mind if you intend to swap.
2.20.

Affliction Warlock

Here is a quote about Affliction Warlock Covenants from our class writer, Motoko.

Night Fae is the most versatile and competitive PvE option for Affliction Warlock. It offers very strong single-target DPS and the best cleave from 2 to 4 targets, with the possibility to elevate it even further by taking Inevitable Demise Icon Inevitable Demise over the default Drain Soul Icon Drain Soul. It is very versatile because at least 2 out of 3 Soulbinds are extremely competitive in multiple scenarios, allowing Affliction Warlocks to run (optimally) a Soulbind for raids and dedicate the other to Mythic+, for example. The Covenant ability Soul Rot Icon Soul Rot offers a 1-minute cleave ability with the additional buffs through Niya (Grove Invigoration Icon Grove Invigoration) and later Dreamweaver (Field of Blossoms Icon Field of Blossoms), and its synergy with Inevitable Demise Icon Inevitable Demise both offensively and defensively should not be underestimated. Additionally, Soulshape Icon Soulshape is by far the best mobility option, giving up to 3 Blinks per activation.
2.21.

Demonology Warlock

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, Niya is hard to beat, offering both mastery and HP% increase after using the covenant signature ability Soul Rot Icon Soul Rot. 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.
2.22.

Destruction Warlock

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 Icon Fire and Brimstone is not talented. Kyrian can make use of Havoc Icon Havoc to refresh Scouring Tithe Icon 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.

2.23.

Arms and Fury Warrior

Here is a quote about Warrior Covenants from our class writer, Archimtiros.

For Arms, Night Fae has risen dramatically thanks to the value of their late progression Soulbinds, dealing slightly lower single-target damage but considerably higher multi-target. As a burst AoE tool, Ancient Aftershock Icon Ancient Aftershock is perfectly suited to Mythic+- oriented players. That said, there is room for failure, due to the attack creating a lengthy ground-targeted effect which enemies can move out of.
For Fury, Venthyr has the highest potential in pure single-target, around 3-5% ahead of the other Covenants, making it the primary choice for players focused on raid content. While it does fall behind in burst AoE, increasing single-target damage is almost always more conductive to ending encounters, whereas scaling AoE damage more often leads to wasted overkill damage. Therefore, we recommend players decide what their primary content focus is and build mainly for that, because each Covenant remains useful, even in content it is not strictly best in.
Necrolord is a wildcard, with recent buffs making it extremely competitive under the right conditions. The trade off is that this value is predicated on buffing the correct allies in sync with their cooldowns, while providing much less benefit to the Warrior. This makes it a contentious choice, as some players do not like giving up personal power for the group, and others may not have group compositions, such as good Fire Mages, to support in order to maximize the buff potential. Another consideration is how much extra setup the Conqueror's Banner Icon Conqueror's Banner requires, necessitating dropping a buff every 2 minutes and ensuring the correct players are closest in order to benefit from it, which means maximizing damage potential is reliant on three players rather than just one. For those reasons, Necrolord is not generally recommended, but can be extremely competitive under the right circumstances.
3.

Best Healer Covenants for All Specializations

3.1.

Restoration Druid

Here is a quote about Restoration Druid Covenants from our class writer, Torty.

As things stand right now, Night Fae offers not only numerically stronger throughput, but also mechanically better way of delivering healing and damage. While Venthyr can compete during extreme burst situations in raid environment, it will fall behind on overall healing; on top of that, its class ability has a longer cooldown. Both Kyrian and Necrolord are so significantly behind both in terms of total throughput and as cooldowns, they are not even worth considering for any PvE content. Another factor when choosing a covenant is its signature ability. Night Fae and Venthyr provide movement abilities, while Kyrian and Necrolord provide survivability increase in the form of absorb shield and self-healing ability respectively. As Restoration Druids are great in both of these departments, we feel that this part of covenants will be largely irrelevant and treated as an extra bonus, rather than something meaningful.
3.2.

Mistweaver Monk

Here is a quote about Mistweaver Monk Covenants from our class writer, Dhaubbs.

Necrolord is the strongest overall selection for Mistweavers, and also happens to be very strong in Torghast. The Necrolord signature ability Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft gives you an additional defensive option, making you that much harder to kill. Kyrian is equally good, if your focus is raiding. The active ability, Weapons of Order Icon Weapons of Order, coupled with good Soulbind options, makes this Covenant a solid pick. It also has the added bonus of being the best selection for Windwalkers and Brewmasters, making your off-specs competitive as well. Night Fae is also a somewhat competitive choice — Faeline Stomp Icon Faeline Stomp will actually provide more healing when compared to Weapons of Order Icon Weapons of Order, however it requires more Mana to maintain. Equally, the Night Fae Soulbinds are particularly powerful.
3.3.

Holy Paladin

Here is a quote about Holy Paladin Covenants from our class writer, Mytholxgy.

Kyrian and Venthyr are extremely competitive Covenant choices and there are pros and cons of both Covenants. At the end of the day, you can clear every form of content with either Covenant choice, but the upside and potential for Venthyr is too good to pass up. Because of this reason, we recommend Venthyr as the best Covenant choice for Holy Paladin.
3.4.

Discipline Priest

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 Kyrian and Venthyr versus the bottom two in Necrolord and Night Fae. Our current recommendation is to go with the Kyrian Covenant for both Raiding and Mythic+.
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 Icon Boon of the Ascended offers a brief period of extreme HPS to allow you to manage those moments when most others cannot. Due to Mythic+ having, on average, a higher available enemy target count than in most raid situations, the AoE portion of Boon is also relevant compared to Mindgames only hitting a single-target regardless of what is available. Keep in mind that this is strictly relevant for damage as you do not heal via Atonement Icon Atonement for every hit of an AoE spell. Kyrian is also gaining access to the Legendary Spheres' Harmony Icon Spheres' Harmony, as well as Forgelite Prime Mikanikos, for a total of a potential two minutes of cooldown reduction on Boon of the Ascended, which is a significant power increase.
3.5.

Holy Priest

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.

3.6.

Restoration Shaman

Here is a quote about Restoration Shaman Covenants from our class writer, Seksi.

All Covenants are strong in PvE content, but if you wish to ever tackle PvP, we would recommend picking Necrolord; Ultimate Form Icon Ultimate Form is one of the best PvP abilities you can get. The rest of the Necrolord kit is also very strong and versatile, and if you ever go Elemental you will still be able to use it to great effect. All perks combined lead Necrolord to be the most popular Covenant for Restoration Shamans.
When looking at the relative difficulty of optimizing your Covenant ability usage, Venthyr is by far the easiest in all content types and is also great for Enhancement and Mythic+ in particular. This makes it the second most popular choice. Kyrian and Night Fae are both very strong numerically but are harder to use optimally due to their positional requirements, which makes them less-popular choices. Overall, feel free to pick any Covenant you like, as the differences are small once you get used to their abilities.
4.

Best Tank Covenants for All Specializations

4.1.

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.
  1. Kyrian is good for all content styles and highest single-target DPS
  2. Venthyr gives strong AoE damage and on-demand full Runic Power bar in M+
  3. Night Fae gives strong single-target damage reduction and generic ability
  4. Necrolord gives you strong damage in AoE + generates Bone Shield Icon Bone Shield charges.
4.2.

Vengeance Demon Hunter

Here is a quote about Vengeance Demon Hunter Covenants from our class writer, Excidias.

Kyrian is the strongest Covenant for Vengeance Demon Hunter with Venthyr being the second best choice. Night Fae is normally the primary choice for players who main as a Havoc Demon Hunter and Necrolord is very niche. While all Covenants are viable for all content, not taking Kyrian will drastically lower your overall damage potential, which can cause threat issues.
4.3.

Guardian Druid

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. Night Fae, Kyrian, and Necrolord are the three that stand out the most for Guardian Druids, due to their powerful class abilities and Soulbinds.
  1. Night Fae is an amazing all round choice, a very flexible and fun Covenant that excels in all content.
  2. Kyrian is a great Raiding and Mythic+ choice.
  3. Necrolord is an excellent all-round option, excelling in single-target and raid encounters.
  4. Venthyr is an AoE-damage oriented Covenant, which is great for Mythic+.
4.4.

Brewmaster Monk

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.
  1. Kyrian is the strongest in raid. A Convenient "hybrid" choice for PvE/PvP that is balanced in defense and offense, but its damage component requires time to build up. Also offers an extra health potion and is the best covenant in Torghast.
  2. Necrolord is equally best for raiding. Marginally strongest defensive choice, but still very powerful in offense. Scales well with multiple targets, but can feel frantic to play with. Provides an additional defensive cooldown.
  3. Night Fae is the Best in Mythic+ for damage, though as of Patch 9.1, it can stand on equal footing with Kyrian and Necrolord when combined with the appropriate Legendary Power — Faeline Harmony Icon Faeline Harmony . This Covenant is the strongest offensive choice at higher target counts by a large margin, but requires you to be able to regularly stand still for long periods of time. It also offers an extra mobility cooldown.
  4. Venthyr is the most passive choice, and slightly worse than the other three options overall, but can offer decent burst damage; the true strength of this Covenant is heavily reliant on fight length. It also offers an extra movement cooldown.
4.5.

Protection Paladin

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.
  1. Kyrian is strong in AoE scenarios — good generic pick.
  2. Venthyr provides strong single-target DPS, group healing, and the ability to teleport!
  3. Night Fae gives you utility for group members.
  4. Necrolord gives you high single target DPS but is quite restrictive.
4.6.

Protection Warrior

Here is a quote about Protection Warrior Covenants from our class writer, Mwahi.

While all of the Covenants are definitely usable, there are some that shine more than others. Kyrian and Night Fae are the two that stand out the most for Protection Warriors, due to their powerful class abilities and Soulbinds.
  1. Kyrian is the best for Raiding and Mythic+.
  2. Venthyr is usable in Raiding, but falls off in Mythic+.
  3. Night Fae is a competitive alternative to Kyrian in Mythic+ and Raids.
  4. Necrolord is a solid option in both Raids and Mythic+ for boosting your group's overall damage. Shines in coordinated groups.
5.

Changelog

  • 16 Jul. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 15 Mar. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 30 Dec. 2020: Page added.
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