Windwalker Monk Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jun 28, 2021 at 15:27 by Babylonius 24 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 Forgelite Prime Mikanikos Windwalker Monk Mikanikos Raiding tree
Mythic+ Kyrian Forgelite Prime Mikanikos Windwalker Monk Mikanikos Mythic+ tree
Both Kyrian Forgelite Prime Mikanikos Windwalker Monk Mikanikos General tree
Torghast Kyrian Forgelite Prime Mikanikos Windwalker Monk Mikanikos Torghast tree

As you can see, Kyrian and Forgelite Prime Mikanikos are currently the winners for all situations; for more information, please refer to our section about the best covenant. Necrolord and Bonesmith Heirmir are a close second but will lose out to Kyrian for highly skilled Windwalkers. Night Fae and Niya are also a reasonable alternative.

Realistically, due to the relative difficulty of maximizing Weapons of Order Icon Weapons of Order compared to Bonedust Brew Icon Bonedust Brew or Faeline Stomp Icon Faeline Stomp, many players will see better performance as Necrolord or Night Fae over Kyrian. The gap between these three covenants is close enough that player skill will make the difference. Try not to lose damage by selecting a Covenant that you are not adequately skilled with.

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 Overall Covenant for Windwalker Monks (Kyrian)

Kyrian is the best Covenant for Windwalker Monks. It has the best single-target damage and strongest burst damage output of any of the Covenants, and it is the default choice for all situations for players who can use Weapons of Order Icon Weapons of Order well enough.

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

For players who select Kyrian, you will follow the below path and Conduit choice and switch Calculated Strikes Icon Calculated Strikes for Inner Fury Icon Inner Fury for pure single target situations.

4.

Strong Covenant for Windwalker Monks (Necrolord)

Necrolord is a strong Mythic+ Covenant for Windwalker Monks, but generally will not be able to quite reach the same level as Kyrian at the highest levels of play. However, for the majority of players, it is a completely viable and competitive option for a Covenant.

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 select Necrolord, you will follow the below path and Conduit choice and switch Calculated Strikes Icon Calculated Strikes for Inner Fury Icon Inner Fury for pure single target situations.

5.

Strong Covenant for Windwalker Monks (Night Fae)

Night Fae is a strong Covenant for Windwalker Monk players who want to be strong in both Raiding and Mythic+. Similar to Necrolord, Night Fae will lose to Kyrian at the highest level of play but will be a competitive option for the majority of players.

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 select Night Fae, you will follow the below path and Conduit choice and switch Calculated Strikes Icon Calculated Strikes for Inner Fury Icon Inner Fury for pure single target situations.

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.

Worst Covenant 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

8.1.

Venthyr Soulbinds

9.

Changelog

  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 15 Apr. 2021: Updated Covenant Recommendations to recommend Kyrian for everything.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 20 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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