Holy Paladin Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jun 28, 2021 at 18:41 by Mytholxgy 8 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 Holy Paladin. 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;
  • Paladin Covenant Abilities, which lists all the abilities that Paladins 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;
  • Paladin Conduits, which lists all of the Conduits available to Paladins.
2.

Best Covenant / Soulbind for Holy Paladin

ATTENTION

As of Patch 9.1 the recommended Covenant for Holy Paladin HAS CHANGED. However, remember that your Covenant choice can impact your entire class instead of just one specialization and that what was previously recommended should still be good enough for whatever content you encounter.

Focus Covenant Soulbind Recommended Tree
Venthyr Theotar the Mad Duke Theotar Tree

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.

If you are interested in more detailed Covenant discussion where we continue to breakdown the debate between Kyrian and Venthyr, you can read our Covenants and Soulbinds analysis section at the bottom of this page. We would highly recommend reading this if you are still unsure about what Covenant to pick. This will hopefully help you pick the Covenant choice that is best for your playstyle.

3.

Best Holy Paladin Conduits

Below we will list the best Conduits available to Holy Paladin. If you are interested in more detailed descriptions of them, continue reading to the next section of the guide.

3.1.

Holy Paladin Potency Conduits

When filling out your Soulbind tree, you will want to prioritize Potency Conduits as they are the only Conduit type to directly increase your damage or healing. This means that you will want to choose two of them when making your way down the Soulbind tree.

  1. Focused Light Icon Focused Light is our most flexible Conduit. The increase to critical strike chance on Holy Shock can be useful in every form of content.
  2. Enkindled Spirit Icon Enkindled Spirit is a competitive Conduit in terms of HPS value to Focused Light Icon Focused Light but it will generally fall behind unless it is a higher rank than Focused Light.
  3. Resplendent Light Icon Resplendent Light is a tricky Conduit to rank as it is easily our best Conduit if we were to be using Holy Light Icon Holy Light frequently. However, because this ability is not very common in our rotation, the Conduit will not get nearly enough value. In most cases, you will want to stay away unless you plan on using high amounts of Holy Light.
  4. Untempered Dedication Icon Untempered Dedication is not very good as it increases the risk of using Light of the Martyr Icon Light of the Martyr significantly. Increasing the damage taken by up to 25% can put you in danger when using the ability. When you consider we do not use the ability much to begin with, the Conduit becomes a weak choice.
  5. Our Covenant Conduits: Hallowed Discernment Icon Hallowed Discernment, The Long Summer Icon The Long Summer and Ringing Clarity Icon Ringing Clarity are fairly strong Conduits for Raiding, Mythic+, and solo content.
  6. The Conduit tied to Necrolord is fairly weak and is not worth considering.

When it comes to choosing which Conduit to use, you will want to generally select what you have a higher rank of between Focused Light Icon Focused Light, Enkindled Spirit Icon Enkindled Spirit, or one of your Covenant specific Conduits for raiding. If you find yourself casting Holy Light frequently, Resplendent Light Icon Resplendent Light would become the go-to Potency Conduit. If you are playing primarily in Mythic+, you will choose between Focused Light Icon Focused Light and one of your Covenant-specific Conduits until you unlock the ability to use two Potency Conduits in your Soulbind.

3.2.

Holy Paladin Endurance Conduits

  1. Divine Call Icon Divine Call provides a nice reduction to the cooldown of Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield at higher ranks, but is fairly weak until you are able to get a higher item level version of the Conduit.
  2. Golden Path Icon Golden Path provides decent self-healing when you are making use of Consecration Icon Consecration.
  3. Shielding Words Icon Shielding Words will give you a minor shield when using Word of Glory Icon Word of Glory. In situations where you are using Word of Glory Icon Word of Glory frequently, it will have decent value. In raids, it is not exceptionally strong.

Your best Endurance Conduit will change depending on what type of content you are doing. You can choose whichever you prefer and will not be at a disadvantage for doing so.

3.3.

Holy Paladin Finesse Conduits

  1. Echoing Blessings Icon Echoing Blessings provides a decent boost to your blessing abilities.
  2. Light's Barding Icon Light's Barding is a valuable increase to your mobility.li>
  3. Pure Concentration Icon Pure Concentration is extremely weak outside of niche PvP situations. You will want to avoid this Finesse Conduit outside of PvP.
  4. Wrench Evil Icon Wrench Evil is another Conduit that requires very rare situations to be useful. Can be useful in PvP and rare Mythic+ situations. But has no use for Raiding.

Your best Finesse Conduit will come down to Echoing Blessings Icon Echoing Blessings and Light's Barding Icon Light's Barding. With Paladin having very weak mobility compared to other classes, the extra duration on Divine Steed Icon Divine Steed can be extremely valuable and will likely be slightly better.

4.

In-depth Covenant Analysis

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. It is extremely flexible and does not require much, if any, coordination or preplanning with your raid team or Mythic+ party. It also serves as an emergency button to quickly top your party up or raid members up. It can be very difficult going from having this short cooldown ability in Mythic+ to switching to venthyr where you have no way to recover if you are out of cooldowns.

Venthyr is more difficult to use as it requires coordination and preplanning unlike that of Kyrian. However, it provides an extremely strong healing cooldown while also doing incredibly high damage. In some cases, Venthyr will provide less overall healing but significantly more damage and it provides your raid team with a very strong healing cooldown. Venthyr is harder to play with as it requires precise positioning and if the raid or mythic+ party moves out of it, you will lose significant value. With all of the risks that Venthyr has, it still has a much higher ceiling than Kyrian and that is the reason many top players elect to choose it. Even at lower levels of play, just adding another raid strong raid CD during Mythic progression can make a huge difference, not to mention the damage it provides being super valuable during progression.

Ultimately, you can run either Covenant and clear any form of content. Kyrian will be easier to use, more forgiving, and generally give you more consistent healing output. That being said, Venthyr has a much higher upside by giving your raid one of the strongest, if not the strongest, healing cooldown in the game while also providing absurdly high damage. Venthyr of course comes with the downside of being more difficult to use, less forgiving, and it will require more coordination than if you were Kyrian

  • Kyrian has Divine Toll Icon Divine Toll, which provides you with a strong burst cooldown you can use for damage or healing. It has a short cooldown of only a minute so it you will be able to make constant use of it. It also has amazing synergy with some of our talents like Glimmer of Light Icon Glimmer of Light.
  • Venthyr gives us Ashen Hallow Icon Ashen Hallow, which is a 4-minute cooldown with a 30-second duration. Unfortunately long cooldowns are not super desirable in Raiding or Mythic+. When you also factor in that it is stationary it loses even more value in Mythic+. That being said, it does provide considerable healing and damage which can make it a strong choice if you are okay with the long cooldown and lack of flexibility that comes with selecting it.
  • Night Fae is quite possibly the most interesting of our Covenants, as it provides us with 4 more unique blessings that you can rotate through. Night Fae was exceptional when Beta first rolled around, but it has since undergone significant nerfs that have decreased the uptimes on each blessing to very low amounts. You do not get the strong blessings often enough to make the ability competitive. It is currently our worst Covenant.
  • Necrolord causes our next Word of Glory Icon Word of Glory to trigger Light of Dawn Icon Light of Dawn for free. Necrolord was originally very weak but with recent adjustments, it has made itself a playable Covenant. It still is not good enough to compete with Kyrian, but if you are fine with the loss in damage/healing to play the Covenant you enjoy the most, Necrolord is acceptable in that regard.

Choosing the best Covenant will come down to how much you value minmaxing your character versus aesthethic appeal. Above we broke down the Covenant abilities and how they compared to each other. Below we will cover extra information on the abilities like how to use them and what we would recommend for Soulbind pathing.

5.

Kyrian

Divine Toll Icon Divine Toll is an extremely strong burst cooldown that will fire up to 5 Holy Shock Icon Holy Shock on allies or enemies (depending who you use it on). Each Holy Shock will generate 1 Holy Power. Generally you will want to use this ability as often as possible during an encounter. Given its relatively short cooldown of only a minute, you will be able to get a lot of use out of it. As mentioned previously, it has very strong synergy with some of our talents such as Glimmer of Light Icon Glimmer of Light. Each Holy Shock cast by Divine Toll Icon Divine Toll will trigger your glimmers.

5.1.

Kyrian Soulbinds

For us, Pelagos and Forgelite Prime Mikanikos are the two best Soulbinds for Kyrian paladins. Pelagos will likely be the better Soulbind in raid as you cannot make use of the Mikanikos traits in raid as well as you can in Mythic+. That being said, there are situations where Mikanikos can outperform Pelagos regardless of content. Whenever you constantly need healing, Mikanikos will be better.

5.1.1.

Pelagos Soulbind

We suggest following this path + Conduit pick choice and timing:

5.1.2.

Mikanikos Soulbind

Below is our chosen path and Conduits for this Soulbind:

6.

Venthyr

Ashen Hallow Icon Ashen Hallow gives Holy Paladin a strong throughput cooldown but on a very large cooldown. The healing/damage done by the ability is not terrible, but the 4-minute cooldown is what hurts it the most. It also does not allows room for much flexibility as it is a stationary ability that you place on the ground and forget about. If you move away from it, you will lose all of its benefits. Since it has a long duration of 30 seconds, it is not uncommon that you would move away from it in Mythic+. Even with it being not very flexible and very unfriendly for movement. It still provides incredible healing and damage, making it an extremely competitive choice to Kyrian.

6.1.

Venthyr Soulbinds

All three Venthyr Soulbinds are fairly competitive and you can make a case to use any of them. That being said, Theotar the Mad Duke will be the best option if your goal is to increase your overall healing. That does not mean General Draven or Nadjia the Mistblade are bad. Nadjia is very strong in Mythic+ content and Draven still has very powerful traits such as Hold Your Ground Icon Hold Your Ground. Unfortunately, their traits are not consistently good enough to justify taking either of those Soulbinds over Theotar for raiding.

Theotar the Mad Duke will be the best Soulbind for Venthyr. It provides you the option early to choose between a movement speed increase or shield. Followed by the ability to pick up two Potency Conduit slots while still giving you access to whichever final ability you would like to choose.

6.1.1.

Thoetar Soulbind

Below is our chosen path and Conduits for this Soulbind:

7.

Necrolord

Vanquisher's Hammer Icon Vanquisher's Hammer is a strong Covenant ability that empowers your next Word of Glory Icon Word of Glory to trigger Light of Dawn Icon Light of Dawn. While it is not as good as Divine Toll Icon Divine Toll, you can make a solid case it is our second best Covenant ability as it is free to use and you interact with it frequently. It does not have the drawbacks that Ashen Hallow Icon Ashen Hallow does because it is something you can make constant use of in both Mythic+ and Raiding.

7.1.

Necrolord Soulbinds

The Necrolord Soulbinds are not nearly as impressive as some of the other Covenant Soulbinds. The best choice for Soulbind is Emeni.

7.1.1.

Emeni Soulbind

Below is our chosen path and Conduits for this Soulbind:

8.

Night Fae

Blessing of Summer Icon Blessing of Summer is quite possibly the most interesting Covenant ability at our disposal, but it is also unfortunately our weakest. It does provide some strong buffs you can use on yourself or your allies in the form of Blessing of Summer Icon Blessing of Summer, Blessing of Autumn Icon Blessing of Autumn, and Blessing of Spring Icon Blessing of Spring. That being said, you are not able to make use of these abilities as often as you would like for the Covenant to be viable. You rotate through the blessings in a specific order and each lasts 30 seconds with a 45-second cooldown until you can swap to the next blessing. Without higher uptimes, Night Fae is not nearly good enough to warrant taking over the other Covenants.

8.1.

Night Fae Soulbinds

Dreamweaver is easily the best Soulbind available from a healing perspective. Right away you gain access to a cheat death ability that can be incredibly valuable when doing progression content. It also has Social Butterfly Icon Social Butterfly and Empowered Chrysalis Icon Empowered Chrysalis which are interesting abilities in their own right. However, if you were to choose one of those you would lose access to having two Potency slots.

Niya is not very strong from a healing perspective, but it does offer the best damage out of any of the Night Fae Soulbinds, making it worth considering if you are focusing purely on Mythic+ or PvP and would like access to the damage output it offers.

8.1.1.

Dreamweaver Soulbind

We suggest following this path + Conduit pick choice and timing:

The best choice for the Dreamweaver tree results in only having one Potency slot available. You can opt into going the Soothing Voice Icon Soothing Voice route but given the strength of Empowered Chrysalis Icon Empowered Chrysalis, you will be slightly weaker.

8.1.2.

Niya Soulbind

Below is our chosen path and Conduits for this Soulbind:

9.

Changelog

  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 22 Feb. 2021: Updated formatting.
  • 18 Feb. 2021: Updated Soulbind recommendations for Venthyr.
  • 29 Jan. 2021: Updated covenant and soulbind descriptions and recommendations.
  • 06 Dec. 2020: Updated covenant recommendation.
  • 21 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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