Best Covenant for Each Class in the Shadowlands Expansion

Last updated on Mar 15, 2021 at 15:00 by Impakt 3 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 Night Fae Necrolord
Unholy Death Knight Necrolord Necrolord Necrolord
1.2.

Demon Hunter

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

Druid

Spec Raiding Mythic+ Torghast+
Balance Druid Night Fae Kyrian or Night Fae Night Fae
Feral Druid Night Fae Night Fae Night Fae
Guardian Druid Night Fae or Kyrian Night Fae or Kyrian Night Fae or Kyrian
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 Night Fae Night Fae Night Fae
Survival Hunter Night Fae Night Fae Night Fae
1.5.

Mage

Spec Raiding Mythic+ Torghast+
Arcane Mage Necrolord Necrolord Necrolord
Fire Mage Night Fae Night Fae Night Fae
Frost Mage Venthyr Necrolord 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 or Night Fae Necrolord or Night Fae Night Fae
1.7.

Paladin

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

Priest

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

Rogue

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

Shaman

Spec Raiding Mythic+ Torghast+
Elemental Shaman Necrolord Necrolord Night Fae
Enhancement Shaman Venthyr Venthyr 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 Necrolord Necrolord
Destruction Warlock Necrolord Kyrian Night Fae
1.12.

Warrior

Spec Raiding Mythic+ Torghast+
Arms Warrior Venthyr Kyrian Night Fae
Fury Warrior Venthyr 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, Abyssalwave.

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.
2.2.

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 Venthyr/Theotar the Mad Duke 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 it currently stands, both Night Fae and Venthyr have their places in both Raid and Mythic+ depending on the encounter at hand. Both also have very strong Soulbinds that can be flexible depending on what you need, making both ideal picks. That being said, Patch 9.0.5 brought a rework to Necrolord which makes it extremely competitive, and Kyrian remains a good AoE pick (though weaker in single-target). Havoc is currently in a place where all Covenants have a reasonable place and are all viable picks, but specialize in different aspects.
2.4.

Balance Druid

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

Night Fae and Kyrian are both solid choices for Balance Druid; there are merits to choosing either. Night Fae is just the easier of the two Covenants, as well as the stronger single-target choice. Night Fae is going to be better for raiding and pugging content and Kyrian is a bit better for high end PvP, as well as coordinated Mythic+.
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.

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.
2.7.

Marksmanship Hunter

Marksmanship at its core is based around a 2-minute burst window thanks to Trueshot Icon Trueshot. Wild Spirits Icon 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 Icon 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.

2.8.

Survival Hunter

Similar to the other Hunter specs, Survival has a strong 2-minute burst window that synergizes quite well with Wild Spirits Icon 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.

2.9.

Arcane Mage

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

Necrolord is overall one of the best Covenants to pick as an Arcane Mage as it is only about 0.5% behind the best single-target option, while being the best on cleave damage (by more than 10%) and AoE damage. However, for maximum single-target damage, Venthyr is the best option, but it is only about 0.5% above Necrolord. For people planning to play multiple specs, Venthyr is also a great spec for Frost, making it a great choice if you plan to use Arcane on single-target and Frost on cleave and AoE fights. Venthyr is unfortunately not that good for Fire, but there is no good Covenant for people planning to play both Fire and Arcane, as you will always be giving up a relatively significant about of damage for either spec.
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.

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 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.
Night Fae on the other hand, is functionally the opposite. Shifting Power Icon 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 ~10% single target loss, your covenant pick will allow you to multi-spec without too much issue.
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.

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 Icon 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 Icon 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.
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.

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.
2.16.

Outlaw Rogue

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.
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 as it is the best overall performing Covenant in Patch 9.0.5. While Venthyr is the recommended Covenant, other Covenants can excel in specific scenarios. Necrolord is also quite good, especially for Mythic+.
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. Additionally, while we stand by these recommendations, we would like to note that Night Fae is technically the Covenant that can deal the highest single-target damage with Niya, but this is fairly close. As the new Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft is so strong (and most people probably do not want to switch Covenants), Necrolord remains our recommendation overall. The same dilemma exists with Night Fae and Korayn for mythic+, although this is more situational and has a higher skill ceiling.
2.19.

Enhancement Shaman

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.
2.20.

Affliction Warlock

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.
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.

Venthyr has the highest potential in pure single-target, making it the primary choice for players focused on raid content. While it does fall behind in multitarget, 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.
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.
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.

Kyrian is the overall best selection 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. Necrolord is equally powerful for raids, and also happens to be fairly strong in Torghast. The Necrolord signature ability Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft gives you an additional defensive option, making you that much harder to kill. Night Fae is also a very competitive choice. Faeline Stomp Icon Faeline Stomp will actually provides 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.

Both Kyrian and Venthyr are acceptable Covenant choices. The biggest strength of Kyrian is that it excels in every form of content and your performance will never suffer massively in any form of content when you are a Kyrian Holy Paladin. While Venthyr excels in raid, it will suffer in smaller group content and Mythic+ where having a 4 minute cooldown can be very punishing. 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.
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 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 Icon Mindgames fits well with Discipline's existing timings. With alternating both Rapture Icon Rapture and Evangelism Icon 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 Icon Schism is a very potent burst of healing through Atonement Icon 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 Icon Boon of the Ascended offers a brief period of extreme HPS to allow you to manage those moments when most others cannot.
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 you strong AoE damage and on demand full runic bar in M+.
  3. Night Fae gives you strong single-target damage reduction and a generic covenant ability for any situation.
  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.

The best covenant for Vengeance Demon Hunter in Raiding and Mythic+ is Kyrian. Elysian Decree Icon 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 Icon 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.
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, raids, and Torghast.
  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+. Strongest offensive choice at 2+ targets, but can be prone to variance and made worse in high movement scenarios. Also offers extra mobility.
  4. 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.
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.

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 Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon Soulshape also has uses in dungeons as it makes it a lot easier to kite enemies or dodge mechanics.
5.

Changelog

  • 15 Mar. 2020: Updated for 9.0.5.
  • 30 Dec. 2020: Page added.
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