Survival Hunter Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jul 06, 2021 at 10:24 by Azortharion 18 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 Survival Hunter. 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;
  • 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.
2.

Covenant Recommendation Change in Patch 9.1

ATTENTION

As of Patch 9.1 the recommended Covenant for Survival Hunter HAS CHANGED. However, remember that your Covenant choice can impact your entire class instead of just one specialization and that what was previously recommended should still be good enough for whatever content you encounter.

3.

Summary of the Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits

Note that with these rankings, we are assuming that you are at Renown 57, which unlocks the full Soulbind Tree for all of the Soulbinds. Just below this table, we have listed the best Soulbinds depending on your current Renown.

Important: If you are not running the Nessingwary's Trapping Apparatus Icon Nessingwary's Trapping Apparatus in Raid, then simply exchange the Deadly Tandem Icon Deadly Tandem Conduit for the Strength of the Pack Icon Strength of the Pack. If you are Venthyr, swap out Stinging Strike Icon Stinging Strike instead.

Focus Covenant Soulbind Advised Tree
Raiding with Nessingwary's Trapping Apparatus Icon Nessingwary's Trapping Apparatus Kyrian Forgelite Prime Mikanikos Best Overall Raiding Covenant and Soulbind at Max Renown
Mythic+ Kyrian Forgelite Prime Mikanikos Best Overall Mythic+ Covenant and Soulbind at Max Renown
Raiding Night Fae Niya Best Night Fae Raiding Covenant and Soulbind at Max Renown
Raiding Venthyr Nadjia the Mistblade Best Venthyr Raiding Covenant and Soulbind at Max Renown
Raiding Necrolord Bonesmith Heirmir Best Necrolord Raiding Covenant and Soulbind at Max Renown
Mythic+ Night Fae Dreamweaver Best Night Fae Mythic+ Covenant and Soulbind at Max Renown
Mythic+ Venthyr Nadjia the Mistblade Best Venthyr Mythic+ Covenant and Soulbind at Max Renown
Mythic+ Necrolord Bonesmith Heirmir Best Necrolord Mythic+ Covenant and Soulbind at Max Renown
4.

Soulbinds Ranked by Renown

As your Renown with any Covenant increases, you will gain access to new Potency Conduit slots, and Soulbind Abilities. This means that as you increase your Renown, the best Soulbinds will change. Above we have offered the best Full Renown Trees (57 Renown). Below, we are ranking the Soulbinds depending on their Renown level. Use this as a guide while you are still not yet 57 Renown.

There are factors other than just Renown involved in Covenant and Soulbind strength. Having a high item level Enfeebled Mark Icon Enfeebled Mark is a benefit to Kyrian, for example.

For this reason, it is beneficial to sim your Covenant and Soulbind choices on Raidbots' Top Gear to find out if you should swap to Kyrian before Renown 57. We have a guide on how to use it below.

4.1.

Raiding

  1. Forgelite Prime Mikanikos at 57 Renown.
  2. Pelagos at 55 Renown.
  3. Dreamweaver at 54 Renown.
  4. Forgelite Prime Mikanikos at 48 Renown.
4.2.

Mythic+

  1. Forgelite Prime Mikanikos at 57 Renown.
  2. Pelagos at 55 Renown.
  3. Dreamweaver at 54 Renown.
  4. Forgelite Prime Mikanikos at 48 Renown.
5.

Covenant Rankings for Survival Hunter

5.1.

Raiding

This ranking is primarily based on Single-Target damage. The attached numbers indicate the approximate single-target DPS loss compared to the top choice. Once again, this is based on full Soulbind/Renown Trees.

  1. Kyrian
  2. Venthyr -3%
  3. Night Fae -4%
  4. Necrolord -4%
5.2.

Mythic+

This ranking is primarily based on AoE damage, but single-target damage is also considered. We cannot really offer a DPS% gap here, because this is not based on a single metric, but rather a bunch of simulations of different scenarios that are relevant to Mythic+. We generally consider Mythic+ to be 66% AoE focused, and 33% single-target focused.

  1. Kyrian
  2. Night Fae
  3. Necrolord
  4. Venthyr
5.3.

Mixed Content

This ranking is based on a mix of single-target and AoE damage. We cannot really offer a DPS% gap here, because this is not based on a single metric. Once again, this is based on full Soulbind/Renown Trees.

  1. Kyrian
  2. Night Fae
  3. Venthyr
  4. Necrolord
6.

Best Conduits for Survival Hunter

6.1.

Best Potency Conduits for Survival Hunter

"Top" means that the given Conduit is the best Conduit for a particular game mode, such as Mythic+. The list below is ordered by single-target damage.

  1. Stinging Strike Icon Stinging Strike (with Nessingwary's Trapping Apparatus Icon Nessingwary's Trapping Apparatus)
  2. Enfeebled Mark Icon Enfeebled Mark/Empowered Release Icon Empowered Release/Spirit Attunement Icon Spirit Attunement
  3. Strength of the Pack Icon Strength of the Pack (without Nessingwary's Trapping Apparatus Icon Nessingwary's Trapping Apparatus, top for Mythic+)
  4. Deadly Tandem Icon Deadly Tandem
  5. Strength of the Pack Icon Strength of the Pack (with Nessingwary's Trapping Apparatus Icon Nessingwary's Trapping Apparatus)
  6. Necrotic Barrage Icon Necrotic Barrage
  7. Flame Infusion Icon Flame Infusion (top for Mythic+)

Flame Infusion Icon Flame Infusion and Strength of the Pack Icon Strength of the Pack are the best Conduits for Mythic+. All of the Covenant-specific Conduits are strong except for Necrotic Barrage Icon Necrotic Barrage. For Venthyr with NTA, Deadly Tandem Icon Deadly Tandem is better for single-target than Stinging Strike Icon Stinging Strike, but for all other Covenants, Stinging Strike is clearly stronger.

6.2.

Best Endurance Conduits for Survival 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
6.3.

Best Finesse Conduits for Survival 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
7.

Changelog

  • 06 Jul. 2021: Updated the ranking of the Condensed Anima Sphere Icon Condensed Anima Sphere Endurance Conduit.
  • 01 Jul. 2021: Several changes.
    • 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.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 19 Mar. 2021: Several small changes.
    • Updated the recommended Mythic+ Soulbind Tree for Korayn.
    • Moved up Venthyr's Empowered Release to S-Tier.
    • Moved Stinging Strike from A to B-tier, but added a note that it is S-Tier for Birds of Prey-based builds.
    • Updated the recommendation status of Venthyr vs Kyrian as the second-best Covenant for Survival Hunters.
    • Updated the Dreamweaver recommendation description.
    • Updated the Forgelite Mikanikos recommendation description as he is very strong for Mythic+.
    • Updated the source of Korayn's strength in Mythic+ to be First Strike rather than Wild Hunt Tactics.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 21 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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