Mistweaver Monk Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 14:02 by Dhaubbs 16 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 Mistweaver Monk. 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;
  • Monk Covenant Abilities, which lists all the abilities that Monks 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;
  • Monk Conduits, which lists all of the Conduits available to Monks.
2.

Best Covenant / Soulbind for Mistweaver Monks

Focus Covenant Soulbind Recommended Tree
Raiding Kyrian Kleia Kleia Tree
Mythic+ Night Fae Dreamweaver Dreamweaver Tree
Necrolord Emeni Emeni Tree

Kyrian is the overall best selection if your focus is raiding. The active ability, Weapons of Order Icon Weapons of Order, coupled with good Soulbind options makes this Covenant a solid pick. It also has the added bonus of being the best selection for Windwalkers and Brewmasters, making your off-specs competitive as well.

Necrolord is equally powerful for raids, and also happens to be fairly strong in Torghast. The Necrolord signature ability Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft gives you an additional defensive option, making you that much harder to kill.

Night Fae is also a very competitive choice. Faeline Stomp Icon Faeline Stomp will actually provides more healing when compared to Weapons of Order Icon Weapons of Order, however it requires more Mana to maintain. Equally, the Night Fae Soulbinds are particularly powerful.

These three Covenants are all extremely close given the available data, so feel free to select which ever one you prefer.

For a more in-depth look at Covenants for Mistweaver, be sure to read our Covenant Analysis at the bottom of this page.

3.

Best Conduits for Mistweaver Monks

Below, we will list the optimal Conduit selection for Mistweavers. If you would like to see a full list of all available Monk Conduits, check out our Monk Conduit List

4.

Mistweaver Monk Conduits

As you progress through Shadowlands, you will unlock and earn Conduits. These are independent from your Covenant selection, with the exception of one Conduit that is unique to each Covenant. Unlike many other specs, Conduits for Mistweaver are not the most impactful, so our options are both limited and somewhat inconsequential. Below we will listing Monk Conduits, in order of how desirable they are for Mistweavers.

4.1.

Mistweaver Monk Potency Conduits

Outside of rare instances, you will generally want to select the path in your Soulbind that will grant you access to two of these Conduits.

  1. Resplendent Mist Icon Resplendent Mist is a good pick by default since it applies to most content. It provides a random chance for your Mastery to be stronger.
  2. Rising Sun Revival Icon Rising Sun Revival is good all around pick for raids. The cooldown reduction requires investment in DPS, unlike the somewhat passive reduction on Jade Bond. The HoT aspect of this Conduit will likely make it more valuable at later ranks.
  3. Jade Bond Icon Jade Bond is reasonable. It gives you the option to perhaps hit certain timers with the cooldown reduction it applies, as well as giving a decent HPS boost to our Celestials.
  4. Nourishing Chi Icon Nourishing Chi is so fundamentally bad for Mistweavers, that it is more impactful for the Druid in your raid, rather than you.
4.2.

Mistweaver Monk Endurance Conduits

  1. Fortifying Ingredients Icon Fortifying Ingredients is the only notable Endurance Conduit for Mistweavers. It provides a scaling shield whenever you activate Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew
  2. Grounding Breath Icon Grounding Breath seems like a very powerful Conduit on the surface however the Mana refund that it offers has a 1-minute internal cooldown. That coupled with the conditional that it must be cast on yourself makes this Conduit woefully lackluster. However, given that it is one of only three options we have, if you have a second Endurance slot, this will be the preferred choice.
  3. Harm Denial Icon Harm Denial increases the healing of Expel Harm Icon Expel Harm. At the time of writing, Expel Harm should almost never be cast, making this Conduit basically useless.
4.3.

Mistweaver Monk Finesse Conduits

Due to the abstract and situational nature of these Conduits, this ranking is meant in terms of a general, broad-brush approach. Feel free to take any of Conduits to counter specific threats.

  1. Swift Transference Icon Swift Transference grants you a short movement speed bonus after using Transcendence: Transfer Icon Transcendence: Transfer.
  2. Lingering Numbness Icon Lingering Numbness applies a slow to the target of your Paralysis Icon Paralysis upon removal.
  3. Dizzying Tumble Icon Dizzying Tumble causes targets afflicted by your Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep to deal reduced damage for a few seconds.
  4. Tumbling Technique Icon Tumbling Technique gives your Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick a small chance to grant you a charge of Roll Icon Roll.
5.

In-depth Covenant Analysis

Each Covenant for Mistweaver is viable, and even preferred depending on which content you find yourself engaging with the most. For general purposes however, Kyrian is likely the most desirable choice. There is strong synergy between Weapons of Order Icon Weapons of Order and Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Icon Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane, as well as access to Kleia, which is a reasonably strong Soulbind. Another reason why you might find yourself wanting to play Kyrian, is that both Windwalker and Brewmaster prefer Kyrian as well, making it a good pick for people who enjoy playing off-specs.

Necrolord is also a suitable pick if you dislike running Chi-Ji as a talent. Their signature ability Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft not only gives you an additional defensive, but it counts towards your throughput.

For Mythic+, we recommend Night Fae as they provide the largest damage increase. When using Faeline Stomp Icon Faeline Stomp to heal, it can be a bit awkward at times to hit the whole group, however the damage contribution more than makes up for that.

6.

Kyrian Mistweaver Monk Deep Dive

Weapons of Order Icon Weapons of Order is a 2-minute cooldown that provides a large Mastery buff, as well as resetting the cooldown of Essence Font Icon Essence Font and causing it to heal 6 targets for a small amount at the start and end of the channel. The buff lasts for 30 seconds and can be extended by the Strike with Clarity Icon Strike with Clarity Conduit.

Your first use of this cooldown can line up with Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Icon Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane for a nice bonus to Chi-Ji's Mastery healing. However, beyond that it is likely better to use each cooldown as they come up, until they resync.

Outside of stacking up these cooldowns, Weapons of Order Icon Weapons of Order can be used effectively on cooldown as a way to increase your throughput and Mana efficiency. It is worth holding briefly if you can align it with a large damage event that would require you to spam heal, just keep in mind that the buff lasts 30 seconds, so you can use it quiet early just to get the cooldown rolling.

The signature ability of the Kyrian is Summon Steward Icon Summon Steward that gives you a Phial of Serenity. These Phials have 3 stacks and will heal you for 20% of your Health as well as remove all Curse, Poison, Disease, and Bleed effects. This is less notable, but still pretty good in certain situations.

6.1.

Kyrian Mistweaver Monk Soulbinds

Kleia is a powerful Soulbound, however the Conduit route can be somewhat awkward. In order to gain access to the 5% crit from Pointed Courage Icon Pointed Courage, you must give up a Potency slot. This is fine, as Mistweaver Conduits are somewhat weak. The largest downside to Kleia is her strongest ability is her last one.

Pelagos is a decent Soulbind for Mistweavers. He has a good route that allows us to pick 2 Potency and Endurance Conduits. He also grants Combat Meditation Icon Combat Meditation which is free Mastery buff that can be extended, as well as Let Go of the Past Icon Let Go of the Past, which grants free magic damage reduction. He is a fine early pick, but loses out to Kleia once you unlock all her abilities.

Lastly we have Forgelite Prime Mikanikos. There is not much to say about this Soulbind. He is mainly geared towards tanks, with little benefit for Mistweavers. This Soulbind should only really be used when doing solo content.

6.1.1.

Mistweaver Monk Kleia Soulbind

Below is our chosen path for Kleia

6.1.2.

Mistweaver Monk Pelagos Soulbind

Below is our chosen path for Pelagos

6.1.3.

Mistweaver Monk Mikanikos Soulbind

Below is our chosen path for Mikanikos

7.

Necrolord Mistweaver Monk Deep Dive

Bonedust Brew Icon Bonedust Brew is the Monk Covenant ability. On a 1-minute cooldown, you can target an area 16 yards in diameter, and apply a debuff to all targets within for 10 seconds. Your spells and abilities will have a 50% chance to duplicate on the target at 35% effectiveness. Additionally healing targets with Bonedust Brew will also proc a small bit of extra healing on them.

What makes this ability appealing is firstly, it is free. You can use it for no cost, on cooldown. Second is its versatility; if the group is not in need of extra healing, then you can use it as a damaging ability.

Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft is the Necrolord Signature Ability. This allows you to channel for 3 seconds in order to gain a shield for 40% of your Health lasting for 2 minutes. Additionally, while channeling your damage taken is reduced by 20%, and moving near a corpse will reduce Fleshcraft's cooldown by 1 second. This ability's 2-minute cooldown and duration means it is effectively impossible to not get 100% effectiveness out of the shield.

7.1.

Necrolord Mistweaver Monk Soulbinds

Emeni is a powerful Soulbind for Mistweavers due to Lead by Example Icon Lead by Example. This ability grants you and 4 nearby allies a large Intellect buff after you use Bonedust Brew Icon Bonedust Brew. Equally, this Soulbind grants you access to 3 Potency slots

Plague Deviser Marileth is also a good choice, granting passive buffs if you are able to channel Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft near a corpse thanks to Volatile Solvent Icon Volatile Solvent

Bonesmith Heirmir is not the greatest choice for Mistweavers. Outside of an interesting initial power, the rest of his Soulbind tree does not offer much.

7.1.1.

Mistweaver Monk Emeni Soulbind

Below is our chosen path for Emeni

7.1.2.

Mistweaver Monk Marileth Soulbind

Below is our chosen path for Marileth

7.1.3.

Mistweaver Monk Heirmir Soulbind

Below is our chosen path for Heirmir

8.

Night Fae Mistweaver Monk Deep Dive

Faeline Stomp Icon Faeline Stomp is a somewhat cone-shaped ability that strikes the ground in front of you. Up to 5 enemies will receive a small amount of damage, and 5 allies will be healed as well as struck with an Essence Font Icon Essence Font bolt. Interestingly, while you are standing on the laylines this ability leaves, all your abilities have a 6% chance to reset its cooldown.

This ability is strong, if not a little Mana-hungry, however it does suffer from range issues. The best way to make use of it, is to be stacked with the melee, but melee is often an over crowded space for AoE ground-based healing.

Their signature ability is Soulshape Icon Soulshape. This ability transforms you into a fox and teleports you 15 yards forward while also increasing your movement speed by 50% for 15 seconds. During the duration of this buff, it can be reactivated every few seconds to teleport again. This ability is interesting and fun, however Monks already have a powerful movement toolkit. Adding a blink ability is still pretty good in certain situations, however this is likely overkill for us.

8.1.

Night Fae Mistweaver Monk Soulbinds

Dreamweaver is a powerful choice for Mistweavers. Her Soulbind tree is the most suited to our spec. Podtender Icon Podtender grants us a Cheat Death Icon Cheat Death ability that will be excellent for progression or Mythic+.

Korayn seems to be more geared towards Tanks or DPS than healers. His initial ability Wild Hunt Tactics Icon Wild Hunt Tactics seems decent, however that is the only power that meaningfully helps us in combat. Also his second Potency slot is extremely deep in the tree, making this a weird pick for progression.

Niya is somewhat awkward. Many of her abilities do not exactly line up with the Mistweaver kit, or have us choosing weird Conduit paths. That being said, her initial ability grants a fairly large Mastery bonus which can be very nice in Mythic+

8.1.1.

Mistweaver Monk Dreamweaver Soulbind

Below is our chosen path for Dreamweaver

8.1.2.

Mistweaver Monk Korayn Soulbind

Below is our chosen path for Korayn

8.1.3.

Mistweaver Monk Niya Soulbind

Below is our chosen path for Niya

9.

Venthyr Mistweaver Monk Deep Dive

Fallen Order Icon Fallen Order gives Mistweavers an additional 3-minute cooldown. This ability summons 8 fallen Monks, 4 of which will be Crane adepts, 4 of which will be either Tiger or Ox adepts. Crane adepts will heal random injured targets with Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist, as well as cast Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist as well. The Ox and Tiger adepts will DPS random enemy targets that you have engaged in combat.

There is not much to say about Fallen Order. It is a largely passive cooldown that applies its healing over a roughly 30-second time frame. It does have the added benefit of also slightly increasing your DPS however.

Door of Shadows Icon Door of Shadows is the Venthyr signature ability, and it allows you to teleport to a location withing 35 yards after a short cast. Like with Night Fae, this add another movement tool to our kit which is already packed full.

9.1.

Venthyr Mistweaver Monk Soulbinds

Theotar the Mad Duke provides the most synergy for a healer among the Venthyr Soulbinds. Soothing Shade Icon Soothing Shade provides a nice Mastery proc, and Token of Appreciation Icon Token of Appreciation adds some passive shielding to your kit.

General Draven is the tanking option for Venthyr. However his final ability Hold Your Ground Icon Hold Your Ground grants a passive 4% healing bonus that is fairly easy to maintain.

Nadjia the Mistblade is a good pick for PvP, as most of her kit revolves around increasing damaging, augmenting abilities so that they crowd control, or reducing the duration of crowd control on you.

9.1.1.

Mistweaver Monk Theotar Soulbind

Below is our chosen path for Theotar

9.1.2.

Mistweaver Monk Draven Soulbind

Below is our chosen path for Draven

9.1.3.

Mistweaver Monk Nadjia Soulbind

Below is our chosen path for Nadjia

10.

Changelog

  • 09 Mar. 2021: Updated Fleshcraft's description in order to reflect its redesign.
  • 30 Jan. 2021: Adjusted the rankings of Conduit choices to reflect available data.
  • 22 Nov. 2020: Page added
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