Marksmanship Hunter Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Azortharion 100 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 Marksmanship Hunter. This page's purpose is to help you pick the right options according to the content you intend to do in Shadowlands.


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;
  • Hunter Covenant Abilities, which lists all the abilities that Hunters 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;
  • Hunter Conduits, which lists all of the Conduits available to Hunters.

Covenant Recommendation Change in Patch 9.2

A big factor in changing Covenant recommendations in Patch 9.2 is the introduction of Double Legendaries, one of which must be the Covenant-specific Legendary. Therefore, a big part of these recommendations is not only the power of the Covenants and Soulbinds themselves, but also the Legendary Power associated with the Covenant.


Covenant/Build Progression for Marksmanship Hunter

With the introduction of Double Legendaries and Tier Set Bonuses that can have a significant effect on your choice of Covenant, Legendary, and so on, we feel the need to list some thresholds at which you might need to reconsider your choice of build. These builds do not just cover Covenants, but also Legendaries.


Best Covenant for Marksmanship Hunter

  1. Night Fae with Dreamweaver is the generally best Raiding setup for Marksmanship Hunters with its extremely powerful AoE burst damage via the Fragments of the Elder Antlers Icon Fragments of the Elder Antlers Legendary Power. The Dreamweaver Soulbind grants Podtender Icon Podtender, which is a "cheat death"-style ability every 10 minutes. It is very important to stand in the Field of Blossoms Icon Field of Blossoms circle for the full duration of Wild Spirits Icon Wild Spirits when using this Soulbind, to enhance your burst.
  2. Kyrian with Forgelite Prime Mikanikos (or Pelagos if you do not have the 4PC Tier Set Bonus) is the best Kyrian setup for Marksmanship Hunters. It is ideal for Mythic+ scenarios, and fights with regular high-target AoE in the raid. Sometimes, its 1-minute cooldown alone will make it preferable over Night Fae.
  3. Venthyr with Theotar the Mad Duke is the best Venthyr setup for Marksmanship Hunters. It is generally weaker than Night Fae in all situations, especially AoE and burst, but it has a high-speed, reactive playstyle that many enjoy. Standing in the Parasol provided by Soothing Shade Icon Soothing Shade is important.
  4. Necrolord with Marileth is the best Necrolord setup for Marksmanship Hunters. It is weak for all situations and should never be played in an optimal setup, but many enjoy the burst damage provided by the Bag of Munitions Icon Bag of Munitions Legendary Power for Mythic+ especially.

Best Soulbind for Marksmanship Hunter


Best Conduits for Marksmanship Hunter


Best Potency Conduits for Marksmanship Hunter

We have mentioned the Potency Conduits in our Soulbind recommendations above. In short, Sharpshooter's Focus Icon Sharpshooter's Focus is always ideal, while you go Powerful Precision Icon Powerful Precision for single-target, and Deadly Chain Icon Deadly Chain for AoE. The Covenant-specific Conduit (for example Spirit Attunement Icon Spirit Attunement) is always picked.


Best Endurance Conduits for Marksmanship Hunter

  1. Marksman's Advantage Icon Marksman's Advantage
  2. Resilience of the Hunter Icon Resilience of the Hunter
  3. Condensed Anima Sphere Icon Condensed Anima Sphere
  4. Rejuvenating Wind Icon Rejuvenating Wind
  5. Harmony of the Tortollan Icon Harmony of the Tortollan

Best Finesse Conduits for Marksmanship Hunter

  1. Reversal of Fortune Icon Reversal of Fortune (provided you can interrupt)
  2. Cheetah's Vigor Icon Cheetah's Vigor
  3. Ambuscade Icon Ambuscade/Tactical Retreat Icon Tactical Retreat


  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 01 Apr. 2022: Updated the Soulbind Recommendation for Mythic+.
  • 21 Feb. 2022: Restructured the page and updated Covenant, Soulbind, and Conduit recommendations across the board.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Updated the page to reflect Patch 9.1.5 changes, with Covenants and Conduits being freely swappable and more.
  • 11 Sep. 2021: Added Spirit Attunement to the priority list of Enhanced Conduits, and altered the ranking of Brutal Projectiles.
  • 03 Sep. 2021: Added a section for the best Enhanced Soulbind Conduits.
  • 10 Aug. 2021: Updated the optimal Soulbind for Night Fae.
  • 05 Aug. 2021: Updated the optimal Soulbind for Kyrian Mythic+.
  • 02 Aug. 2021: Updated the optimal Soulbind for Kyrian.
  • 12 Jul. 2021: Updated the optimal Soulbind and Covenant, and the relative differences between Covenants.
  • 06 Jul. 2021: Updated the ranking of the Condensed Anima Sphere Icon Condensed Anima Sphere Endurance Conduit.
  • 01 Jul. 2021: Several changes.
    • Removed the Renown stepping where Pelagos gets better at 46. Night Fae is better until Renown 57.
    • Added the Condensed Anima Sphere Icon Condensed Anima Sphere Endurance Conduit to our rankings.
    • Simplified the Covenant/Soulbind table slightly and clarified that it is based on max Renown.
    • Added a note that it is recommended to sim your Covenants and Soulbinds to find out when you might want to switch.
  • 30 Jun. 2021: Updated the optimal 40-Renown Covenant and Soulbind for Mythic+.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 18 Apr. 2021: Removed note about Kyrian having equal/more single-target damage than Night Fae, as this has not been the case since early in the tier.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Updated the descriptions of some Covenant, Soulbind, and Conduit recommendations to reflect Patch 9.0.5 changes.
  • 07 Feb. 2021: Updated the recommended Soulbind trees since Burrs was nerfed to no longer proc multiple DoTs.
  • 04 Feb. 2021: Updated the recommended Soulbind Trees as we now know that Burrs can affect multiple targets from a single proc.
  • 02 Feb. 2021: Updated the recommended Soulbind Trees for Renown 30+, splitting them up by Fortified and Tyrannical Mythic+.
  • 30 Jan. 2021: Several changes.
    • Cleaned up the Conduits section slightly.
    • Moved Deadly Chain up to be on-par with Sharpshooter's Focus for AoE-heavy scenarios.
    • Altered our Endurance Conduit recommendation to Marksman's Advantage by default for most players.
  • 17 Jan. 2021: Removed some deprecated sections and updated the optimal Soulbind Trees.
  • 16 Dec. 2020: Updated the Conduit Tier List and altered the Tier names to S, A, and B.
  • 26 Nov. 2020: Updated some Soulbind viability descriptions.
  • 13 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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