Necrolord Covenant & Best Soulbinds for Restoration Shaman Guide - Shadowlands 9.2.5
Allegiance to the
Covenant for Restoration Shaman 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 Necrolord, 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 Necrolord Restoration Shaman and explore how they impact your rotation, gearing, and talent builds, updated for .
If you are looking for information on how strong the Necrolord Covenant is for Restoration Shaman, as well as details on which covenant is best, please visit our
Best Covenant for Restoration Shaman
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Necrolord Restoration Shaman Covenant Abilities
Necrolord Shaman Class Ability:
is a really interesting ability that resembles the old monk spell Uplift. The tooltip is messy, as it tries to fit 3 specializations in there, so to recap:
If you cast
on a friendly, it does a little bit of healing and applies
to that target.
on an enemy, it does a little bit of damage and applies
to the target.
Either way you get the buff that causes your next
to also cast a
on everyone who has your
There is no further damage component for Restoration Shaman, meaning the
part for Elemental Shamans does not work for us. The copied
are all individual hits and don't get any of the effects of the original
; instead, they all scale on their own with stats and effects. The copies can get affected by some abilities however, for example using the casted
will buff all copies, as they will see the buff as active. Something similar happens with
, but this time it buffs both the casted and copied
if you're buffing the cast. The conduit
works more like the first example again, where if you have 2 stacks of it when you're casting the
, the cast will consume 1 stack and the copies will use the other one to get buffed.
Since the copies all happen at the same time, they benefit from buffs that usually would only buff 1 spell in this case.
The strong part of this ability is how it supports your spot healing and isn't restricted by range, something that limits almost the whole Restoration Shaman kit. It doesn't matter where people are as long as you can manage to throw a
on them to them.
Necrolord Conduit for
gives you a chance to reset
when used, which allows you to cast it again (don't forget to
first to use up the buff) and use another
on even more targets. Due to the relatively high reset chance, this is really potent, but you have to factor in that the targets you just healed with
are likely to already be pretty healthy, which could mess up your timings on
. Great potential, but great RNG.
Restoration Shaman Conduit Guide
Necrolord Shaman Signature Ability:
is a nice proactive defensive cooldown that we can combine with any of our other options for small damage reduction to soak decent amounts of incoming damage.
Necrolord Exclusive Legendary for Restoration Shaman
NEW Necrolord Legendary
: Each additional
increases your Haste by 10% for 12 sec.
This legendary isn't really more than a secondary stat proc from a trinket. You'll get a burst of haste after each
cast which will work well with any healing over time effects, so active
for the most part. After it got buffed multiple times its usable, you wouldn't pick it as a first legendary but it is a fine pickup as our secondary.
Other Legendary Interactions for Necrolord Restoration Shaman
allows you to have 1-2 more
, which means 1-2 more
copies each use which is very strong. The
does count towards the count of this legendary.
also receives stacks from the copied
, which means that if you have at least 4
s out, you'll instantly receive 5 stacks of the
Restoration Shaman Legendary Guide
Best Necrolord Restoration Shaman Soulbinds
Best Necrolord Restoration Shaman Max Renown 80 Soulbind
On the way to Renown 80, you maintain the Emeni Soulbind throughout the Renown leveling process. Emeni remains the strongest Soulbind at all levels of renown.
The below Soulbind Calculator is valid starting at Renown 60. Conduits are socketed in order of highest priority from top to bottom in order to facilitate the greatest benefit when empowering conduit rows from renown. Please see our Restoration Shaman Conduit Guide for more information on Conduits including Empowered Conduits.
Restoration Shaman Conduit Guide
Necrolord Restoration Shaman Covenant Rotation Changes
You mostly want to keep
on cooldown as much as possible. The cooldown is short, so it's even worth it to cast it on a only few people. Use
on cooldown as well, as usual, so you can quickly react to damage. It is possible to gain another
buff by taking
and pause using
until you have 2 charges ready - so that extra charge can roll into the
window. However, that requires planning and foresight, so most of the time it's better to ignore this aspect.
To see how this all fits within the context of the entire spec, we encourage you to check the other pages in the guide related to the context you are looking for:
Restoration Shaman Rotation Guide
Necrolord Restoration Shaman Talent Builds
Your talent build does not change
while picking this covenant.
every 45 seconds is not enough to change the viability of
, the opposite happens because both
can buff the copied
s, and as such get an even further lead.
for about the same amount.
makes it way easier to keep up your
and can provide an extra
if played well, and
gives you a little more bonus healing while making you lose out on
potential. As such you'll want to pick the talent you'd have picked anyway.
Restoration Shaman Talents
Necrolord Restoration Shaman Gearing Differences
There are no gearing differences from choosing the Necrolord Covenant. It doesn't increase the power of any trinket, weapon or particular stat.
Restoration Shaman Gear
Necrolord Restoration Shaman Soulbinds Explained
Across all classes and specs, Necrolords have access to the same three soulbinds:
Plague Deviser Marileth
. They are the NPCs with whom you complete the zone story, and they allow you to "attune" yourself to them to gain access to a tree of upgrades centered around your base toolkit (through Conduits) and Covenant abilities (through special game-wide traits).
These trees progressively unlock based on completion steps (such as finishing the campaign) and your Renown level with the the Necrolord covenant.
We've summarized the optimal traits for each soulbind below, along with potential conduits to slot in. Do bear in mind that endurance conduit choice will largely depend on which encounter you will be progressing, as their value changes dramatically based on the requirements they enforce.
by granting 120 mastery for 2 minutes. This is generally useful in dungeons, especially since you don't need to fully channel the shield to gain the bonus buffs.
, every 30 seconds, you have the option to gain a 15% absorb shield. Useful, and the other choices definitely aren't missing out on a Potency slot.
causes you to gain 8% max HP in total over the duration of the channel. If you manage to finish the channel, you gain CC immunity for 4 seconds, and regenerate another 8% max HP over 4 seconds.
provides a small amount of extra survivability.
The new capstone trait
provides a decent amount of extra absorbs.
These benefits strongly incentivize the use of
after defeating a pack, and generally, as much as possible out of combat.
An example tree to follow on this soulbind is as follows:
, the initial trait in the tree, functions as group utility. Your party members are granted them 2% primary stat, and you gain up to 15% primary stat yourself. This is a powerful trait.
allows you to gain a small amount of extra HP when casting
, which is a great bonus for progression.
is a nice little shield which you'll likely activate on cooldown.
a small damage and healing part.
An example tree can be seen below. None of the non-Potency paths are worth taking for healing.
Picking Bonesmith Heirmir grants access to the following notable traits:
is a nice little pseudo
and provides you with 3% intellect..
grants you additional crit percentage every minute. This is actually competitive with Potency conduits, but a bit on the RNG side.
Double Legendaries for $covenant Restoration Shaman
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 $covenant Restoration Shaman even more. You can learn more about it in our Legendary Guide.
Restoration Shaman 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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