Enhancement Shaman Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Wordup 25 comments
General Information

Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits are the most important character customization options in Shadowlands. They have a substantial impact on your toolkit and performance as Enhancement Shaman. This page's purpose is to help you pick the right options according to the content you intend to do in Shadowlands.

1.

Introduction: Prerequisites

This page assumes that you are already familiar with Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits. If that is not the case, we have a number of pages that can help you get up to speed:

  • Covenants Guide, which explains what Covenants are, what perks they bring, and how you can join one;
  • Shaman Covenant Abilities, which lists all the abilities that Shamans gain by joining each Covenant;
  • How To Change Covenant?, which tells you how you can switch Covenant (rejoining a former Covenant will require you to perform a number of tasks to regain their trusts);
  • General Soulbind Guide, which explains what Soulbinds are and how you can pledge yourself to them to open up their Soulbind tree;
  • Shaman Conduits, which lists all of the Conduits available to Shamans.
2.

Summary of the Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits

With Patch 9.1.5, all Covenants are now freely swappable, so you can switch at any time. Due to Enhancement having almost complete freedom with Covenant picks, the table below lays out the situations where each choice will excel:

Covenant Strength Soulbind Advised Tree
Kyrian Burst AoE Forgelite Prime Mikanikos Enhancement Shaman Mikanikos Tree
Necrolord Funnel/Multi-target Bonesmith Heirmir Enhancement Shaman Bonesmith Tree
Night Fae Versatile Dreamweaver Enhancement Shaman Niya Tree
Venthyr AoE Theotar the Mad Duke Enhancement Shaman Nadjia Tree

The only strong recommendation is to make sure you have at least Night Fae available for single-target, and then one of either Necrolord or Venthyr for multi-target situations, though all three have their own strengths and weaknesses.

With Patch 9.1.5 having opened up free Covenant swapping, you now have much more freedom to select Covenants that are more specialized at certain types of damage. Enhancement is in the lucky position of having all Covenants have a strong reason to be played, with only Kyrian falling behind after double Legendaries are unlocked. Which you pick is mostly dictated by the type of damage you are aiming to do, and there really is not a single pick that covers all the bases right now. Because of that, each Covenant has its own section below explaining why and when you would pick each.

For more details, you can check each respective choice below in the Kyrian, Night Fae and Venthyr sections on this page.

3.

Best Conduits for Enhancement Shaman

Below is a list of the ideal Conduits organized by their type (those being Potency, Endurance and Finesse). For more detailed information on all of the Shaman Conduits, check our Shaman Soulbinds and Conduits Page.

3.1.

Best Potency Conduits for Enhancement Shaman

  1. Focused Lightning Icon Focused Lightning
  2. Elysian Dirge Icon Elysian Dirge (Kyrian), Tumbling Waves Icon Tumbling Waves (Necrolord), Essential Extraction Icon Essential Extraction (Night Fae) or Lavish Harvest Icon Lavish Harvest (Venthyr AoE)
  3. Magma Fist Icon Magma Fist (with Hot Hand), Unruly Winds Icon Unruly Winds (with Doom Winds), Chilled to the Core Icon Chilled to the Core (with neither).

Your first pick in every situation should always be Focused Lightning Icon Focused Lightning, as it drastically improves our Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon spenders. After this, you should take the respective Covenant Conduit between Elysian Dirge Icon Elysian Dirge for Kyrian, Tumbling Waves Icon Tumbling Waves for Necrolord, Essential Extraction Icon Essential Extraction for Night Fae, and Lavish Harvest Icon Lavish Harvest specifically in (AoE situations) for Venthyr. Your third pick is based on build — Magma Fist Icon Magma Fist if playing Hot Hand Icon Hot Hand, Unruly Winds Icon Unruly Winds if playing Doom Winds Icon Doom Winds, or Chilled to the Core Icon Chilled to the Core if playing neither of these.

3.2.

Best Endurance Conduits for Enhancement Shaman

Vital Accretion Icon Vital Accretion provides a strong extra defensive tool when Earth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental is active, but this fades if it dies. This means it is ia great choice for raids, but lower impact in Mythic+ where it will often taunt something and die before you get much out of it. Condensed Anima Sphere Icon Condensed Anima Sphere is a lot of free healing without any conditions at all and is the ideal second pick, and lastly Refreshing Waters Icon Refreshing Waters amplifies our self-healing which is already quite good, even if it costs us DPS to make use of.

3.3.

Best Finesse Conduits for Enhancement Shaman

Finesse Conduits are linked to more utility oriented effects that are attached to spells we do not cast too frequently. These are very low impact and your choice here is mostly personal.

The only one of note is Thunderous Paws Icon Thunderous Paws that gives a small extra burst of speed when we are forced into Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf to cover distance, which can be helpful.

4.

Why pick Night Fae as an Enhancement Shaman?

Night Fae provides some very well-focused Soulbind options and provides the highest potential single-target builds, both allowing for good sustained and, when double Legendaries come into play our best source of burst. The synergy between all of the systems in play and how well Fae Transfusion Icon Fae Transfusion fits into that with Seeds of Rampant Growth Icon Seeds of Rampant Growth and the new set bonus means that this is a staple in Patch 9.2. The only significant change this patch is it now favours Dreamweaver as its Soulbind, as the spec is even more Haste hungry than it was previously.

4.1.

Night Fae: Fae Transfusion and Soulshape

Fae Transfusion Icon Fae Transfusion as an ability is a meteor style damage split, which pushes it really hard into being a single-target focus. While the burst damage this does is powerful, the downside of having to channel in melee can occasionally cause issues if you do not plan ahead. With that said, the power it has when used correctly is undeniable and the Essential Extraction Icon Essential Extraction makes it available more frequently, also allowing you to trigger Soulbinds and the Seeds of Rampant Growth Icon Seeds of Rampant Growth effect, making it mandatory whenever you play this Covenant.

Soulshape Icon Soulshape has a lot of overlaps with Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf, which makes it a lot less interesting for us. The blink effect, Flicker Icon Flicker, is useful and can add some extra instant mobility in some raid encounters, so it is nice to have access to.

4.2.

Night Fae Legendary: Seeds of Rampant Growth

This adds in a large burst of Critical Strike following each Fae Transfusion Icon Fae Transfusion which is the main benefit of the legendary. While the cooldown reduction for Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit is nice, it is not something you heavily play around if it causes delays in the cast, there are simply too many other things tied into the cast itself to warrant it.

4.3.

Night Fae Soulbinds

5.

Why pick Necrolord as an Enhancement Shaman?

Patch 9.2 changes the game for Necrolord in a big way, largely because its biggest drawback was always how difficult it was to set up extra Flame Shock Icon Flame Shocks in AoE situations to leverage the power of Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave. Now this can be done easily, this comes out as one of the best multi-target options with a good supporting build, enables some good funnel options, and is even competitive in single-target, making it an excellent all rounder.

5.1.

Necrolord Abilities: Primordial Wave and Fleshcraft

Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave is the ability that requires the most setup for Enhancement. It applies Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock to your target on a 45-second cooldown, and grants a 15-second buff that causes your next Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt cast to hit all Shocked targets an extra time for 150% of its normal damage. When extra targets are present you want to aim to have as many Flame Shock Icon Flame Shocks active as possible (spreading it with Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash) for a large burst of damage with a follow up Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt. Tumbling Waves Icon Tumbling Waves is the Conduit which, while RNG the amount of things built into the button itself makes it worth using in any situation you play this Covenant, even moreso after double Legendaries unlock.

The Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft is a very powerful defensive option that is a selling point to playing Necrolord. It provides a significant absorb shield over a 3-second channel, and reduces damage taken by 20% while channeling making it an extra emergency defensive we lack. It also has a small cooldown reduction aspect, reducing it by 1 second whenever moving near an enemy corpse.

5.2.

Necrolord Legendary: Splintered Elements

Splintered Elements Icon Splintered Elements gives extra Haste when you consume the Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave effect, meaning it scales with extra targets up to 6 based on the number of Flame Shock Icon Flame Shocks active (as this is the target cap). This can result in extremely high surges of extra stats and plays well into the funnel aspect of the Covenant, while also working very well with some other Legendary options that have a strong benefit from burst Haste.

5.3.

Necrolord Soulbinds

6.

Why pick Venthyr as an Enhancement Shaman?

Venthyr leans heavily into AoE situations, and while it is a good bit weaker in single-target the power of Chain Harvest Icon Chain Harvest and the ease of use is the reason this is worth considering. After double Legendaries come into play this even further solidifies that.

6.1.

Venthyr Abilities: Chain Harvest and Door of Shadows

Chain Harvest Icon Chain Harvest is extremely simple to play with, just treat it as a combination of Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning and Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal on a long cooldown for a high burst of damage. This just slots in as a Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon spender on cooldown, trying to hit as many targets as possible, and scales with all aspects of Maelstrom Weapon making it instant and deal increased damage/healing. Critical Strikes also provide a small amount of cooldown reduction. Lavish Harvest Icon Lavish Harvest is the Covenant-specific Conduit and improves the Critical Strike chance, and is only worth using after double Legendaries unlock and the focus becomes more on the frequency of Chain Harvest Icon Chain Harvest casts.

Door of Shadows Icon Door of Shadows provides a short-cast displacement that teleports you to your target location. While this has some extremely niche uses, Enhancement does not have a big issue with mobility so it does not really change much about your gameplay.

6.2.

Venthyr Legendary: Elemental Conduit

This power causes Chain Harvest Icon Chain Harvest to apply Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock to every enemy hit, and Riptide Icon Riptide to any ally healed. Patch 9.2 also added in some cooldown reduction, causing each Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock Critical Strike to reduce its cooldown by 1 second which is the real strong part of this. The frequency of casts this provides in some cases can be extreme, sometimes dropping its cooldown by up to 90% with everything involved, and some double Legendary combinations such as the Elemental power Skybreaker's Fiery Demise Icon Skybreaker's Fiery Demise play into this even harder. It also heavily alters the stat priority, giving a much heavier leaning toward Critical Strike, but is extremely focused however on dealing one type of damage: AoE at 5 targets.

6.3.

Venthyr Soulbinds

7.

Why pick Kyrian as an Enhancement Shaman?

Kyrian will likely start the patch out strong due to the strengths of the Soulbinds available and how flexible Vesper Totem Icon Vesper Totem without interfering with the rotation. However, when double Legendaries unlock it starts to fall behind. This is largely because there are no strong synergies with Raging Vesper Vortex Icon Raging Vesper Vortex and other Legendaries or parts of the preferred builds. While it is nice to have access to the extra burst tool, this factor pushes it down to the weakest Covenant.

7.1.

Kyrian Abilities: Vesper Totem and Summon Steward

Vesper Totem Icon Vesper Totem as an ability is deceptively simple, it summons a totem that has 3 damage charges and 3 separate healing charges, with one charge being expended each time you use an equivalent ability to trigger a pulse around it. These charges are independent of each other and the cooldown of the ability begins when it is placed. It can also be re-cast to move it off the global cooldown to a new location. Treat this as an extra burst tool both in single-target and AoE, trying to make sure you hit as many targets as possible. Elysian Dirge Icon Elysian Dirge is the Conduit, and is always worth taking especially with some Soulbinds considered, and is mandatory after double Legendaries unlock as it also applies to the bonus pulses from Raging Vesper Vortex Icon Raging Vesper Vortex.

Summon Steward Icon Summon Steward provides you with 3 charges of Phial of Serenity Icon Phial of Serenity when summoned, which heals you for 20% of your max health and removes all Curse, Poison, Bleed and Disease effects on you when used. This is one use per instance of combat, but does not share a cooldown with other effects like Healthstone Icon Healthstone. A simple extra boost to survival that can save you in a pinch, with bonuses in situations where you have debuffs to cleanse.

7.2.

Kyrian Legendary: Raging Vesper Vortex

This adds two bonus pulses to Vesper Totem Icon Vesper Totem that detonate for every 3 charges consumed. This has no strong interactions with anything and is largely free damage. The only extra factor to consider is that this pushes you into playing Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield, as hard casts of this trigger the healing pulse and is the easiest way to set off the second hit without wasting Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon charges.

7.3.

Kyrian Soulbinds

8.

Changelog

  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 21 Feb. 2022: Updated for Patch 9.2 with new recommendations.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.5 and free Covenant swaps.
  • 29 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.0.5 — Venthyr still ideal.
Show more
Show less