A core choice at the start of your journey in the Shadowlands will have you decide where your allegiance lies; would you rather support the Kyrian of Bastion, the Necrolords of Maldraxxus, the Night Fae of Ardenweald, or the Venthyr of Revendreth?
Choosing a covenant is the most important decision your character will make in Shadowlands, as the covenant abilities and Soulbinds will significantly impact your spec's gameplay and performance. Through this choice, your rotation changes, certain bonuses appear in dungeons for your entire group, and you are able to follow the story in different paths.
So without any further ado let's get right into it;
With the nerfs Discipline Priest received to Spirit Shell going into 9.1 most Discipline Priest will opt in going with Kyrian as Boon of the Ascended is a great raid wide cooldown
AoE / Mythic +:
For mythic + it is also the same, Kyrian is the go to option as the damage and healing from Boon of the Ascended is great for any Mythic + scenario.
For PvP you want to opt in choosing the Venthyr covenant as you get some of the strongest PvP abilities like Mind Games and Door of Shadows making it the obvious choice for PvP
To sum this up, for most of the PvE content, when it comes to raiding or doing mythic + runs you want to choose the Kyrian covenant and for PvP Venthyr is the go to option.
All four covenant choices are currently viable for Holy Priest but we recommend going with Night Fae as its the slightly more popular option. The cooldown reduction offered from their signature ability is a very strong support tool.
AoE / Mythic +:
For Mythic + content Night Fae again is the more popular choice as the cooldown reduction offered from their signature ability can really shine in mythic +. You can also go with the Kyrian covenant if you want a bit more damage.
Kyrian and Necrolord are also both viable option but we recommend sticking with Venthyr
Just like Discipline Priest, Holy Priest go to covenant for PvP is Venthyr that being Mind Games and Door of Shadows being a strong and very handy abilities for a Priest to have.
For most PvE scenarios your go to covenant choice is most likely going to be Night Fae, you can also opt in for Kyrian if you want a bit more personal damage.
For PvP you want to choose Venthyr as Mind Games and Door of Shadows are very strong abilities for a Priest.
With the introduction of covenant specific legendries Necrolord Shadow Priest has taken the lead when it comes to popular covenants as the damage boost is great. Night Fae is also not a bad second choice.
AoE / Mythic +:
And for Mythic + / AoE Necrolords is also your most popular go to option as it provides you with the biggest damage boost. Although if you're playing Shadow Priest as a more of a support character we recommend going Night Fae as the cooldown reduction offered by their signature ability can have a huge impact on mythic + runs.
For PvP Necrolord offers the best offensive and defensive choice for Shadow Priest, providing them with much needed defensive abilities like Felshcraft.
To quickly sum this up, for most aspect of the game for Shadow Priest you want to go Necrolord as its by far the most popular covenant.
Covenants have a major impact on the game, your playstyle, rotation and even character aesthetics. You should consider all your options before committing to one covenant.
But also remember you can switch between covenants so if you would like to change between them you can!
As of current there is a time gate on how you can switch covenants but with the release of patch 9.1.5 it will be much easier
Remember! You will lose access to all your previous Covenant’s abilities, transmogs, and soulbinds
It is a bit tricker to rejoin a covenant you have already left and it will require a bit more work. In this case, you will need to complete two consecutive weekly quests before you will be allowed to rejoin.
The leader will then give you a weekly quest to start the process of rejoining the Covenant by completing quests in the covenant zone or dungeons and you will see the progress bar fill up as you finish various tasks.
Once you finished the quest and the Weekly Reset has happened you will be given yet another quest, the objective of the quest is pretty much the same then you will be able to rejoin the covenant.