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Restoration Druid Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits

Updated 4 weeks, 1 day ago for patch 9.2 by Preston. View the change log.

This page covers the four covenants (Kyrian, Necrolords, Night Fae, Venthyr), the soulbinds, and the conduits available to Restoration Druids in Shadowlands. Feedback is always welcome. You can leave a comment at the bottom of the page, contact me, or tweet @PrestonDvorak.

Joining a Covenant

You'll pick a covenant during the Choosing Your Purpose quest, after reaching level 60 and finishing the main storyline that takes you through all the zones, ending in Revendreth. Picking a covenant is a fairly permanent choice, and while switching covenants is possible, it won't be something you switch like your talents.



Best Covenant Choice

Before getting to the best covenant choice list, I want to say I believe Blizzard succeeded in making all covenant choices viable (at least for Restoration Druids, I can't speak for other classes/specs). So, if you like the aesthetic, rewards, soulbind options, or covenant abilities from another covenant more than the "best" one, I highly recommend going with what you like most.

Raiding

The list below is relevant for raiding with the build listed on the Talents and Builds page. Brief "best for" information included in the brackets.

  1. Night Fae (Convoke the Spirits / Soulshape) [maximum healing]
  2. Kyrian (Kindred Spirits / Summon Steward) [buffing a DPS]
  3. Venthyr (Ravenous Frenzy / Door of Shadows
  4. Necrolord (Adaptive Swarm / Fleshcraft)

Mythic+

The list below is relevant for Mythic+ dungeons using the build listed on the Talents and Builds page. Additional "best for" information included in the brackets.

  1. Night Fae (Convoke the Spirits / Soulshape) [burst damage/healing]
  2. Necrolord (Adaptive Swarm / Fleshcraft) [sustained damage/healing]
  3. Kyrian (Kindred Spirits / Summon Steward) [single-target healing/buffing a DPS]
  4. Venthyr (Ravenous Frenzy / Door of Shadows)

Overall Thoughts

Below are my overall thoughts on each covenant and what it's best suited for.

Kyrian

Kindred Spirits is great for single-target healing when bonding with a tank, or increasing damage output when bonded with a DPS, especially when using Memory of Kindred Affinity. After bonding with a player, you can empower the bond, causing a portion of the healing you do to be replicated to that player while causing a portion of the damage, healing, or absorption effects that player does to empower your damage, healing, or absorption effects.

Summon Steward primarily provides a strong healing potion (Phial of Serenity) that removes all disease, poison, curse, and bleed effects.

Necrolord

Adaptive Swarm is great for persistent healing and damage dealing, especially in small groups like dungeons and mythic+. It should generally be used on cooldown to ensure as many copies are active as possible. 

Fleshcraft is a strong damage reduction and absorption effect, which is great for both proactively and reactively mitigating damage. This can also generally be used on cooldown to maintain the absorption effect as well as any bonus effects from your chosen soulbind.

Night Fae

Convoke the Spirits is great for burst healing or burst damage in both large and small groups. For healing, simply use it while not in any shapeshift form, ideally once players are already missing health. For damage, use it while in Cat Form or Moonkin Form.

Soulshape is great for reactive movement, such as avoiding a boss mechanic or repositioning over long distances.

Venthyr

Ravenous Frenzy is great for healing or damaging in a shorter, sustained manner, ideally when you can be mostly stationary for the duration of the effect. You'll want to plan for your bigger healing spells like Cenarion Ward and Wild Growth to be active during the final half of the buff, when your stacks are highest. Continuing to cast spells for the duration of the effect will be key, both to build up the maximum number of stacks and to avoid being stunned and taking damage.

Door of Shadows is great for planned movement, especially when running there would take longer than the 1.5-second cast time. It's also great for reaching areas that would be otherwise inaccessible.

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Best Soulbind Choice for Each Covenant

Each covenant ends up with three characters whom players can soulbind with. When you soulbind with a character you gain access to a small talent tree unique to that soulbind. This includes both static benefits as well as conduit sockets players can fill using different conduits, detailed further below. Much like covenants themselves, the soulbind options within each covenant all perform similarly enough that you can safely pick the one you like the most if you're not interested in which one is technically the "best." 

Each soulbind links to the path I recommend taking through their trees, however, these are also very flexible.

Kyrian

Raiding

The list below is relevant for raiding with the builds listed on the Talents and Builds page.

  1. Mikanikos
  2. Palegos
  3. Kleia

Mythic+

The list below is relevant for Mythic+ dungeons using the build listed on the Talents and Builds page.

  1. Mikanikos
  2. Kleia
  3. Palegos

Necrolord

Raiding

The list below is relevant for raiding with the builds listed on the Talents and Builds page.

  1. Emeni
  2. Heirmir
  3. Marileth

Mythic+

The list below is relevant for Mythic+ dungeons using the build listed on the Talents and Builds page.

  1. Marileth
  2. Emeni
  3. Heirmir

Night Fae

Raiding

The list below is relevant for raiding with the builds listed on the Talents and Builds page.

  1. Dreamweaver
  2. Niya
  3. Korayn

Mythic+

The list below is relevant for Mythic+ dungeons using the build listed on the Talents and Builds page.

  1. Dreamweaver
  2. Niya
  3. Korayn

Venthyr

Raiding

The list below is relevant for raiding with the builds listed on the Talents and Builds page.

  1. Draven
  2. Nadjia
  3. Theotar

Mythic+

The list below is relevant for Mythic+ dungeons using the build listed on the Talents and Builds page.

  1. Nadjia
  2. Draven
  3. Theotar


Best Conduit Choices

Conduits are divided into three types, potency, finesse, and endurance. Potency conduits are generally throughput increases. Finesse are generally utility benefits. Endurance conduits are generally survivability increases. All but one conduit is the same across all covenants and soulbinds. The exception is each covenant comes with its own potency conduit that affects that covenant's special ability. You can only use one of each conduit, so stacking the best conduit in multiple sockets isn't possible.

Conduits are obtained from various types of content and their effects become more powerful the higher their item level. The list below assumes all conduits are at the same item level. Additionally, the list below is relevant for any covenant, soulbind, or build from the Talents and Builds page.

Potency Conduits

  1. Unstoppable Growth
  2. Covenant Specific Conduit
  3. Floral Recycling
  4. Flash of Clarity
  5. Ready for Anything

Endurance Conduits

These conduits are pretty flexible if you think something else will fit your situation better.

  1. Well-Honed Instincts
  2. Condensed Anima Sphere
  3. Innate Resolve
  4. Tough as Bark
  5. Ursine Vigor

Finesse Conduits

These conduits are very flexible if you think something else will fit your playstyle or situation better.

  1. Born Anew
  2. Front of the Pack
  3. Born of the Wilds
  4. Tireless Pursuit

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Changelog - View the last ten changes. - +

April 19, 2022 - 11:44 am (Stat Weights and Gearing) - Adjusted Mythic+ Best in Slot gear to have more Haste, to benefit the importance of dealing damage in Mythic+.

April 14, 2022 - 6:28 pm (Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits) - Clarified some Kyrian information and adjusted Kyrian soulbind recommendations.

April 11, 2022 - 1:14 pm (Healing Tips and Tricks) - Added Cateweaving (Feral Affinity) DPS tips, added some Soul of the Forest information.

April 11, 2022 - 12:17 pm (Enchants, Gems, Consumables) - Noted versatility as an option for survivability in Mythic+, or as the option when Haste/Mastery are at 30%.

April 11, 2022 - 12:12 pm (Stat Weights and Gearing) - Added damage trinkets to the Mythic+ Situational section.

April 02, 2022 - 3:09 am (Stat Weights and Gearing) - Minor adjustments to High Tier trinkets for Raiding and Mythic+.

March 30, 2022 - 2:15 pm (Addons) - Further debuffs additions and adjustments for M+ and Sepulcher.

March 28, 2022 - 12:43 pm (Addons) - Updated Grid2 import code with more minor changes for Sepulcher debuffs.

March 20, 2022 - 3:32 pm (Addons) - Updated Grid2 import code with minor tweaks and corrections to Sepulcher debuffs.

March 15, 2022 - 2:12 pm (Legendary Gear) - Added note about crafting legendary items outside of tier slots in patch 9.2.