Venthyr Covenant & Best Soulbinds for Protection Paladin Guide - Shadowlands 9.2.5
Allegiance to the
Covenant for Protection Paladin provides you with many benefits, two new active abilities, access to three soulbinds; these soulbinds, and much more. In this guide, we will explore what are the perks for aligning yourself with the Venthyr, explaining their Covenant Abilities and Soulbinds and how they modify and enhance your toolkit both inside and out of combat. We will also recommend the best soulbinds for Venthyr Protection Paladin and explore how they impact your rotation, gearing, and talent builds, updated for .
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Changes To Venthyr Protection Paladins in 9.2
(Venthyr Ability) can now be canceled early by pressing its button again.
(Venthyr Ability) healing reduced by 15% for all specializations.
Ashen Hallow's duration is increased by 50%. Canceling your Ashen Hallow early will reduce its cooldown (was Leaving the hallowed area will end the effect and its cooldown will be reduced) by up to 50%, proportional to its remaining duration.
There was a 15% reduction in
's healing component. While this makes it less potent as a healing cooldown, it won't affect the covenant's core underlying strength. Venthyr will still be played for the benefits it provides in terms of damage output and its strong soulbinds.
There was a change to allow you to manually cancel
. This will allow it to line up with
There was one change to
in 9.2. Since, you can now manually cancel
, the legendary will now apply cooldown reduction based on that. It will no longer automatically cancel your
casts when you leave its area. The cooldown reduction works exactly the same as it did in 9.1.5.
Venthyr Protection Paladin Covenant Abilities
So you've chosen to align yourself with the Venthyr of Revendreth. They offer many advantages to a Protection Paladin. As a part of your choice, you'll get access to cool armor, new progression systems, world content, and two new abilities:
. In this guide, we'll talk specifically about these abilities, the Soulbinds paths and how they might interact with the rest of your kit.
Venthyr Protection Paladin Class Ability:
The class ability for the Venthyr is
. Visually, it's a cool ability that drops a red circle at the targeted location that does damage to enemies and healing to allies. But the ability is deeper than this baseline functionality. Let's review some strengths and weaknesses.
Very High Damage that Scales up to 5 Targets
High Group Healing
Enables High Damage
Tethers you to one spot so if you have to move, you could lose damage or healing
Can overlap with Avenging Wrath or Execute Phase so extra
casts are just bonus damage but not a resource gain
Venthyr Conduit for Ashen Hallow
Like all Covenant Class abilities, there is a Conduit available:
. This is the best conduit for Venthyr Prot. Paladins and you should always be using it. The conduit is a passive DPS increase for when you use
Protection Paladin Conduit Guide
Venthyr Protection Paladin Signature Ability:
The signature ability for Venthyr is
that will allow you to move to a targeted location on-demand. It's really strong if you can pre-plan, such as moving quickly in response to a specific mechanic. However, cast time spells should not be used while tanking actively. Knowledge of encounters and content will help you maximize this ability.
Venthyr Exclusive Legendary for Protection
Ashen Hallow's duration is increased by 50%. Canceling your Ashen Hallow early will reduce its cooldown by up to 50%, proportional to its remaining duration.
This is a weak legendary that provides linear CDR based on how long you stay in or move out of Ashen Hallow. In terms of raw damage, it won't be better than
. Do not craft for now.
Other Interactions for Venthyr Protection Paladin
Currently, the two legendary powers that get enhanced are the
allows you to cast
while standing it and both powers allow you to cast more super charged
is active. You would only use these legendary powers for DPS so you should sim them on Raidbots to figure out if they are DPS increases.
For more information on legendary powers, check out the Prot Paladin Legendary Guide.
Protection Paladin Legendary Guide
Best Venthyr Protection Paladin Soulbinds
In this section, you'll find a breakdown of what Soulbind layouts to use.
Best Venthyr Protection Paladin Renown 80 Soulbind
For raid situations with low movement, you'll want to use Theotar as that provides
. It's really strong for damage and damage reduction but loses value if you have to move often.
For raid situations with high movement, you'll want to use Nadjia as that will provide a very strong alternate because of
For M+ as Venthyr, you should use Nadjia as its a very flexible soulbind that can still output high damage.
Once you reach Renown 60 or above, you start to gain Empowered Conduit slots. These are conduit slots that increase the level of the conduit slotted by two. To help priortize which conduits should be empowered first, you want to follow the conduit guide but conduits like
should be Empowered first.
Protection Paladin Conduit Guide
Venthyr Protection Paladin Covenant Rotation Changes
is not a rotational ability. It is a burst DPS button. You should use it on cooldown and even plan around using it during a high burst damage phase like you would
. When you overlap
first. Since it has a cast time, you won't lose DPS from lost Avenging Wrath uptime.
For more info on ability priority, check out the Protection Paladin Rotation Guide.
Protection Paladin Rotation Guide
Venthyr Protection Paladin Covenant Talent Builds
Selecting Venthyr as your Covenant will not change which talents you pick.
If you want to read more about talent options for Protection Paladin, check out the Talent guide.
Protection Paladin Talent Guide
Venthyr Protection Paladin Gearing Differences
Selecting Venthyr as your covenant will not have an impact on your gear choices. You'll still want to gear with the general gearing strategy:
Item Level > Haste > Mastery > Versatility > Critical Strike.
You can read more about stats for Prot. Paladin in our stats guide.
Venthyr Protection Paladin Soulbinds Explained
Soulbinds are a progression system in Shadowlands that you'll unlock as you complete story and weekly quests from your Covenant Hall. Here are recommended paths for each Soulbind you'll unlock as a member of the Venthyr. With each bind, I've included notes on what you can switch and what conduits to use.
Nadjia is your first soulbind as a Venthyr. She is a strong soulbind in situations with movement.
offers periodic Haste. It will be easier to gain the prerequisite stacks in dungeons because you'll be killing trash and getting credit for
You can use
for crowd control or even interrupts in dungeons.
is just a passive increase to stuff you should be using already.
For Single Target DPS, you can switch over to
and pick up
as the conduit above it.
is a nice trait that isn't mandatory. It just adds a bit to consumables you should be using already. You'll likely skip this because it has a Finesse slot attached.
could be nice for kiting but will generally be non-impactful. You'll use this path for the Endurance conduit.
is a bonus to supplement
and makes this soulbind more effective. Since its % based, it's very strong.
Theotar will be a good soulbind to use from time to time especially in situations with very little movement like raiding.
The Mastery bonus from
is a nice proc that will give you survivability and damage. This is stationary so if you have to move, you lose the buff/proc.
You get an extra root and snare removal with
. This can help supplement
and give you flexibility to use it on allies more often.
is just a passive DPS increase that increases the effectiveness of your potions / consumables.
is a group utility that will just constantly shield your healers. It also comes with another potency slot as mentioned.
is a group utility trait that increases damage of you and your mates.
is a passive bonus to supplement
. It will show strong value when you can stay still and don't need to move that much.
is just a passive trait that comes with an Endurance conduit.
is a trait that gives you an item that is not tradable, not consumed on use, has a 1-hour cooldown, and is lost when you swap soulbinds. The stat granted is random.
Draven in 9.1 is now more oriented for pushing M+ keys.
is really good as an effective health gain as it works against all damage including magic and bleeds.
adds some defensive value to Door of Shadows.
is a solid defensive trait soulbind. Being paired with a Potency slot is a bonus.
is a nice trait in Mythic+ to get a damage bonus from interrupting!
is passive healing that will happen quite often as a tank.
is a low value trait that won't be that effective. You can skip this trait.
is a passive trait that will give some passive damage, healing and damage reduction. It's recommended to have 3 stacks as much as you can.
Double Legendaries for Venthyr Protection Paladin
Patch 9.2 adds the option of using two legendaries at the same time, with the restriction that one of them is your Covenant legendary. This change empowers Venthyr Protection Paladin even more. You can learn more about it in our Legendary Guide.
Protection Paladin Legendary Guide
What are Soulbinds in Shadowlands?
Soulbinds are important Covenant characters players encounter in the Shadowlands. Soulbinds bind themselves to players allowing them to use their powers to strengthen characters while in the Shadowlands.
Learn more about Soulbinds in our in-depth guide.
Soulbinds in Shadowlands
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