Holy Paladin Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Dec 06, 2020 at 17:44 by Mytholxgy 7 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

Focus Covenant Soulbind Recommended Tree
Kyrian Pelagos Pelagos Tree

Kyrian is not only your best choice for raiding, but for Mythic+ as well. Making it the best Covenant for most players. Venthyr provides the strongest DPS increase out of any of our Covenants while still maintaining competitive healing. Its ability does however have a 4-minute cooldown, making it unappealing in a lot of cases. This Covenant can be selected if you are okay with having a weaker Mythic+ Covenant and losing a lot of your flexibility. It will be extremely strong in raid though. Necrolord is playable if you are okay with the damage/healing loss that comes with picking it over Kyrian/Venthyr. Night Fae is extremely weak and will not be used in any situation.

If you are interested in more detailed Covenant discussion, you can read our Covenants and Soulbinds analysis section at the bottom of this page.

3.

Holy Paladin Conduits

The majority of Conduits are the same regardless of your Covenant choice. However, you will have one Potency Conduit that is specific to your Covenant. That Conduit will directly enhance your Covenant-specific class ability.

Below, you can find a list of Conduits available to Holy Paladin with explanations about their strengths and weaknesses. Some Conduits are fairly strong but only do well in niche situations which can make it difficult to find use for them.

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

Unfortunately for Paladin, we only have one real good Covenant which is Kyrian. That being said, we will still go over the other choices below.

  • 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+. It is not terrible as it does provide quite a bit of healing. But it just does not compare to Divine Toll Icon Divine Toll.
  • 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 will be the go to Soulbind until you reach level 34 Renown. At that point Kleia will surpass Pelagos. Forgelite Prime Mikanikos is not very competitive with the other options.

5.1.1.

Pelagos Soulbind

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

5.1.2.

Kleia 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+. Raiding you will have as hard of a time keeping the group inside of it, but it still just has too long of a cooldown to justify taking it over Divine Toll Icon Divine Toll.

6.1.

Venthyr Soulbinds

General Draven will be the 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. Many other Soulbinds force you into poor choices if you want to select double Potency Conduits. General Draven does not. Theotar the Mad Duke is the only other option for Venthyr Soulbind. Nadjia the Mistblade is not very competitive with its counterparts.

6.1.1.

General Draven Soulbind

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

6.1.2.

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. Your only real choice is Emeni because it can be used in nearly all forms of content. The other options such as Plague Deviser Marileth can only have use in niche situations and will not be as consistent as Emeni will be.

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:

As previously mentioned, you could go the route of Social Butterfly Icon Social Butterfly or Empowered Chrysalis Icon Empowered Chrysalis, but you would lose access to having a second Potency slot.

8.1.2.

Niya Soulbind

Below is our chosen path and Conduits for this Soulbind:

9.

Changelog

  • 06 Dec. 2020: Updated covenant recommendation.
  • 21 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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