How to Change Covenant in Shadowlands?
This page explains how to change your covenant in Shadowlands. While doing this is very easy when going into a Covenant you have not been part of before, there are a few complexities involved with changing back to your old Covenant, which we will guide you through below.
Changing your Covenant in Shadowlands
If you wish to change your covenant, you can do so by going to The Enclave area of Oribos and talking with the representative NPC of the covenant you wish to join (marked on the map below with the Covenant icons).
If you have 80 Renown on any character in your account, you will be able to swap Covenants instantly by just talking to the NPCs in The Enclave, without any cooldown or extra work required. Remember to also buy Broker Mark of Distinction from Au'dara near the Oribos Flight Master in order to instantly reach 40 Renown in your new Covenant!
The rest of this guide only applies to players without any 80 Renown characters.
This will prompt multiple confirmation checks on whether you really wish to follow through with your new covenant.
There are no additional steps if you are joining a covenant for the first time, but you will have to start your new Covenant's campaign quest from scratch, and your Renown with them will be at 0.
If you wish to rejoin a covenant you have been part of previously, you will keep all the progress you made with that covenant before. However, before being allowed to rejoin, you will be required to regain their trust.
You will also lose the ability to apply your old Covenant's transmogrifications to gear after completing the swap, but will maintain the ones already applied.
Rejoining a Covenant: Prove your Worth
In order to change to a covenant you were previously part of, you need to complete two weekly quests, the second of which will only appear on a new weekly reset.
This means that your choice to change covenant will always only take effect in the reset following the one where you completed the Prove your Worth quest, which can be either be a significant time if you decide to change on the first day of the weekly reset, or mere hours if you complete the quest just before the weekly reset.
This first quest will require you to do various activities, such as world quests, killing rares, collecting treasures and doing dungeons in the zone of the covenant you intend to rejoin. The total effort required is not too long and should not take longer than a pair of hours, at worst, especially if you just blast through dungeons, as each boss kill is worth about 12% of the bar.
Afterwards, you are told that you are still only taking the first steps towards rejoining and to come talk to the Covenant NPC in Oribos at a later date.
Once you return after the weekly reset, you will be offered the Rebuild Our Trust quest, which asks you to do the exact same thing as Prove your Worth did. Completing this quest completes your covenant swap, and unlocks your covenant hub, soulbinds, renown and quest lines where you left them at before.
You can also immediately begin the process to swap covenant again, which can be useful if you intend on having two covenants per week, as we will explain in the next section.
How to have Two Covenants per Week
NOTE: This might not work anymore, as user Xelmash reported in the guide comments that he was not able to immediatly pick up the first quest after completing the second in a different weekly reset.
This will require you to keep up with progressing two covenants in parallel and you will also have to do two extra "fill a bar" weekly quests per week, representing a significant extra forced time commitment per week on each character.
By having Rebuild Our Trust ready to be picked up (or completed) every week, you can use your current covenant in its favored activity before swapping to a different covenant at a later point in the same week, thus gaining the benefit of both covenants, at the cost of having to focus on different activities at different points in the WoW week. Do not forget to complete Prove your Worth after you turn in the swapping quest!
Similar to how talent respecs work in WoW Classic, this might eventually prompt some guilds to change their weekly farm raiding times to the day before and the day after the weekly reset, allowing for their raiders to only be in the raid covenant for two days, after which they can change into the Mythic+ or PvP covenant for almost two resets worth of time.
- 12 Feb. 2022: Added more detailed info on Covenant swapping in Patch 9.2.
- 27 Oct. 2021: Detailed 9.1.5 Covenant swapping improvements.
- 17 Jan. 2021: Detailed what happens to your Covenant transmogs when you swap.
- 06 Dec. 2020: Added a note on the 2 Covenant per week strategy based on the most recent guide comments.
- 21 Nov. 2020: Clarified the requirements and best timings for changing Covenant.
- 03 Sep. 2020: Guide updated with the new requirements for changing Covenant.
- 18 Aug. 2020: Guide added.
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