Renown: A Guide to the Covenant Reputation System in Shadowlands
You will start collecting Renown after choosing a Covenant at maximum level to unlock various rewards with increasing levels, including cosmetics, mounts, pets, Soulbind rows, and more.
A weeklyRenown cap limits you from earning it indefinitely, and there is a catch-up mechanic in place that helps you earn it on alts should you fall behind.
Renown increases the amount of trust your character has earned within your chosen Covenant.
The main goal is to advance and reach Renown Level 40 to unlock all rewards that come with the system. Renown rewards include:
- Unlocking a new row of Soulbind Powers for your Soulbinds.
- Increasing the item level of rewards from World Quests.
- Increasing the potential level of features of your Sanctum.
- Earning Legendary recipes from the Runecarver in Torghast.
- Earning Covenant-themed cosmetics, such as battle pets, mounts, titles, back attachment transmogs, weapon illusions, and cosmetic armors sets.
Increasing Renown Level
You can increase your Renown level only by completing Covenant Campaign chapters, returning Anima to the Sanctum, and rescuing souls from The Maw.
Covenant Campaign Chapters
You will gain access to a new Covenant Campaign chapter at Renown level 5, 8, 11, 13, 17, 20, and 22. You can pick the quests up at your Covenant Sanctum when they become available. Completing each chapter increases your Renown level by 1.
Two weekly quests can be completed each week to increase your Renown level and you can pick them up at your Covenant Sanctum.
The first weekly quest is called Replenish the Reservoir. It requires you to collect 1,000 Anima for the Anima Reservoir in your Covenant Sanctum. Anima can be acquired from various sources, like World Quests, rares, and dungeon quests.
The fastest way to do that is by completing dungeon quests. They reward up to 750 Anima.
The second weekly quest is called Return Lost Souls, and to complete it, you must rescue 5 Souls from The Maw.
Renown has a weekly cap, so the maximum level you can reach each week is limited, and there is no open grind. Below, you will find Renown caps for each week following the Shadowlands launch.
- Shadowlands Release Week: Renown level 3;
- Week of December 1: Renown level 6;
- Week of December 8: Renown level 9;
- Week of December 15: Renown level 12;
- Week of December 22: Renown level 15;
- Week of December 29: Renown level 18;
- Week of January 5: Renown level 21;
- Week of January 12: Renown level 24;
- Week of January 19: Renown level 26;
- Week of January 26: Renown level 28;
- Week of February 2: Renown level 30;
- Week of February 9: Renown level 32;
- Week of February 16: Renown level 34;
- Week of February 23: Renown level 36;
- Week of March 2: Renown level 38;
- Week of March 9: Renown level 40.
Renown Catch-Up System
If you fall behind or are leveling an alternate character, you will be able to earn additional Renown from endgame activities, such as dungeons, raids, PvP, and Callings.
You can get stuck behind the current weekly Renown cap. The catch-up has its own cap and caps at last week's cap, which means if you fall behind and finish your weeklies first, you can no longer gain Renown from catch-up mechanics. To avoid that, you must first max out your Renown using catch-up mechanics until you have reached last week's cap. Only then should you complete weeklies.
Renown levels will not be gone when you decide to come back later after switching to a different Covenant.
Renown User Interface
You can bring up the Renown UI by clicking on the Covenant Sanctum icon on your minimap and selecting "Renown" or by talking to Keepers of Renown at your Covenant Sanctum. You will find all the important information about Renown there, including your current level, and rewards that you earned or have not unlocked yet.
At various Renown levels, you will gain Covenant-themed rewards, including mounts, battle pets, weapon illusions, and more. The Item Level of gear from World Quests, and PvP will also increase. We will update this guide with a list of rewards in the future.
The following achievements are tied to Renown in the Shadowlands:
- The Road to Renown — Reach Renown level 10.
- Gaining Respect — Reach Renown level 20.
- Becoming a Hero — Reach Renown level 30.
- Champion of the Covenant — Reach Renown level 40.
- 11 Jan. 2021: Added a section about getting stuck behind Renown cap.
- 12 Dec. 2020: Added exact weeks for individual Renown caps.
- 04 Dec. 2020: Weekly quest requirements reduced to 5 souls.
- 02 Dec. 2020: Removed minor outdated information.
- 01 Dec. 2020: Overhauled Renown a bit to make the sources clear, added weekly caps.
- 27 Nov. 2020: Fixed Renown quest requirements.
- 26 Nov. 2020: Added Anima Renown quest source.
- 21 Nov. 2020: Guide updated for Shadowlands launch.
- 18 Nov. 2020: Guide added.
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