Windwalker Monk Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 20, 2020 at 10:13 by Babylonius 20 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 Windwalker 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.

Summary of the Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits

Focus Covenant Soulbind Advised Tree
Raiding Kyrian Pelagos Windwalker Monk Pelagos Raiding tree
Mythic+ Necrolord Bonesmith Heirmir Windwalker Monk Bonesmith Heirmir Mythic+ tree
Both Night Fae Niya Windwalker Monk Niya Mythic+ tree
Torghast Night Fae Niya Windwalker Monk Niya Mythic+ tree

As you can see, Kyrian, Pelagos, and Weapons of Order Icon Weapons of Order are the winners for those focused on Raiding; for more information, please refer to our section about the best covenant for Raiding. Necrolord, Bonesmith Heirmir, and Bonedust Brew Icon Bonedust Brew win for Mythic+ due to a very high amount of AOE damage, which Mythic+ is full of; for more information, please refer to our section about the best covenant for Mythic+. Night Fae, Niya, and Faeline Stomp Icon Faeline Stomp are the winners for those who split their time between Raiding and Mythic+; for more information, please refer to our section about the best covenant for both.

2.1.

Best Conduits for Windwalker Monk

In the list below, you will find the best Conduits, organized by type. For more information, please the Conduits section of this page.

3.

Best Covenant for Raiding Windwalker Monks (Kyrian)

Kyrian is the best Raiding Covenant for Windwalker Monks. It has the best single-target damage and strong burst damage output of any of the Covenants and it is the default choice for Raiding, and a strong choice for Mythic+ situations.

What makes Pelagos so good is not the strength of his abilities. Very few Covenants and Soulbinds have stronger combinations of abilities and Pelagos is unique in that his abilities are decent, and they do not cost you a Potency Conduit like many other Covenant-Soulbind combinations do.

We cover our thoughts on the other Covenants and their Soulbinds in this section further below.

3.1.

Kyrian Soulbinds

  • Pelagos is the best Soulbind for Kyrian. He gives you two Potency Conduits.
  • Forgelite Prime Mikanikos is far behind and should not be chosen in any situation.
  • Kleia is not far behind Pelagos.

For players who are focused on Raiding, you will follow the below path and Conduit choice. When playing in Mythic+, you would just change Coordinated Offensive Icon Coordinated Offensive to Calculated Strikes Icon Calculated Strikes to focus more on AoE damage through Spinning Crane Kick Icon Spinning Crane Kick. If you are looking to simply use one set of conduits for all content, then the two Potency slots should be Strike with Clarity Icon Strike with Clarity and Inner Fury Icon Inner Fury.

4.

Best Covenant for M+ Windwalker Monks (Necrolord)

Necrolord is the best Mythic+ Covenant for Windwalker Monks. It has the best sustained AoE and cleave damage, which makes up a large portion of Mythic+ damage.

Necrolord has the unique situation of having two "viable" choices for selecting a soulbind.

We cover our thoughts on the other Covenants and their Soulbinds in this section further below.

4.1.

Necrolord Soulbinds

For players who are focused on Mythic+, you will follow the below path and Conduit choice. When playing Necrolord in Raiding, you would just change Calculated Strikes Icon Calculated Strikes to Coordinated Offensive Icon Coordinated Offensive to focus more on single-target damage through Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire. If you are looking to simply use one set of conduits for all content then the two Potency slots should be Xuen's Bond Icon Xuen's Bond and Inner Fury Icon Inner Fury.

5.

Best Covenant for Split Windwalker Monks (Night Fae)

Night Fae is the best for Windwalker Monk player who want to be strong in both Raiding and Mythic+. It has the 2nd best sustained AoE and cleave damage, and 2nd best single target damage, making it the best choice for players who enjoy both and are OK with not being 100% optimal in either.

Night Fae has the unique situation of having three "viable" choices for selecting a soulbind.

We cover our thoughts on the other Covenants and their Soulbinds in this section further below.

5.1.

Night Fae Soulbinds

For players who are focused on Mythic+, you will follow the below path and Conduit choice. When playing Night Fae in Raiding, you would just change Calculated Strikes Icon Calculated Strikes to Coordinated Offensive Icon Coordinated Offensive to focus more on single-target damage through Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire. If you are looking to simply use one set of conduits for all content then the two Potency slots should be Coordinated Offensive Icon Coordinated Offensive and Calculated Strikes Icon Calculated Strikes.

6.

Best Conduits for Windwalker Monk

This section only covers which Conduits you should pick. For detailed explanations on what all of the Monk Conduits do, check out our Monk Soulbinds and Conduits Page below.

Sometimes a Conduit will be much better for a particular type of damage than another. Because of this, we will sometimes label Conduits' position in the Tier Lists by either Single-Target or Mythic/AoE.

SS-Tier refers to Conduits that are ideal in every single scenario and should always be chosen when possible.

6.1.

Best Potency Conduits for Windwalker Monk

All Covenants and Conduits are ranked relative to the best overall setup.

6.2.

S-Tier Soulbind Conduits

6.3.

A-Tier Soulbind Conduits

6.4.

B-Tier Soulbind Conduits

As you can tell, most Conduits are very well-balanced, which means that your gear setup can change their relative value. This tier list is very much a guideline and we absolutely recommend using Raidbots to sim your own Conduit choices as you unlock them.

6.5.

Best Endurance Conduits for Windwalker Monk

All of these Conduits are geared towards survival and defensive options. This means that there is a bit more room for personal choice here.

With that said, we feel that Harm Denial Icon Harm Denial is by far the best choice here. Although it will mostly contribute to overhealing, using Expel Harm Icon Expel Harm on cooldown means that this just provides more potential healing when you need it.

6.6.

Best Finesse Conduits for Windwalker Monk

These Conduits are geared towards mobility and utility. None of them are particularly good, so we recommend picking what you feel suits your playstyle the most, and taking your situation into account.

7.

Other Covenants for Windwalker Monk

7.1.

Venthyr: Fallen Order

Venthyr's Fallen Order Icon Fallen Order had been a huge lead on damage but was heavily, and appropriately, nerfed during Beta. It is currently a boring, non-interactive, mediocre DPS cooldown that is not worth thinking about in most situations.

8.

Other Soulbinds for Windwalker Monk

Important note: When evaluating the Soulbinds, we have not included the final Soulbind Ability in their trees, which has a major impact on their viability. This is because we will not unlock these Soulbind Abilities until we reach Renown 30-34, which can be potentially months into the future. The guides are designed for you to have an optimal character right now, but keep in mind that these descriptions may completely change in a few months once we unlock the last row of Soulbind Abilities.

8.1.

Venthyr Soulbinds

9.

Changelog

  • 20 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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