While leveling in the Shadowlands, you will encounter four different Covenants; each desperate for your help. In exchange for your aid, they will provide you with a general and a spec-specific ability, as well as a variety of cosmetics such as mounts, pets and armor sets.
Picking the right Covenant is a hard and important decision. This guide will help you decide what the best Covenant is for rogues.
Your first character of the expansion will need to level through all four Shadowlands zones (Revendreth, Maldraxxus, Bastion and Ardenweald) and pick a Covenant at level 60. Subsequent alts can pick a Covenant at level 50 and do not need to complete all questlines.
All Shadowlands Covenant Guides
What Covenants are there?
There are 4 Covenants in the Shadowlands
- The Venthyr in Revendreth. Their Sanctum is Sinfall.
- The Necrolords in Maldraxxus. Their Sanctum is the Seat of the Primus.
- The Kyrians in Bastion. Their Sanctum is Elysian Hold.
- The Night Fae in Ardenweald. Their Sanctum is the Heart of the Forest.
Can you switch Covenant?
Yes, you can quite easily leave your Covenant and join another Covenant that you have not joined before. Simple speak to the leader of the Covenant you wish to join in Oribos.
If you left a Covenant and wish to rejoin it, the process is a bit more difficult. The Covenant sees your leaving as a betrayal, and you will have to prove your worth by completing dungeons, world quests, daily quests and more.
Rejoining a Covenant requires two weekly quests, thus takes a minimum of two weeks.
General Covenant Abilities
Each Covenant has a Signature Ability. This is an ability that all members of the Covenant get, regardless of race, class or specialization.
Venthyr Covenant Ability: Door of Shadows
- Wend through the shadows, appearing at the targeted location
- 1 minute cooldown – 35 yd range – 1.5 secs cast
Necrolord Covenant Ability: Fleshcraft
- Form a shield of flesh and bone over 4 seconds that prevents damage equal to 20% of your maximum health. Standing near the corpse of a defeated enemy when the ability is cast will create a larger shield, up to 50% of your maximum health.
- 2 minutes cooldown – 10 yd range – 4 seconds channel
Kyrian Covenant Ability: Summon Steward
- Call your steward to bring you a Phial of Serenity that can be consumed to restore 20% of your health and remove all Curse, Disease, Poison, and Bleed Effects.
Your Steward additionally offers access to a selection of useful amenities, each once per day.
- 5 minutes cooldown – instant cast
- The other abilities of the steward are predominantly temporary buffs to stats, movement speed or flat dps/hps increase.
Night Fae Covenant Ability: Soulshape
- Turn into a Vulpin, teleporting 15 yards forward and increasing movement speed by 50%. You may reactivate Soulshape every few seconds to teleport a short distance forward.
While out in the world, this effect has a 12 seconds duration before it wears off, but lasts indefinitely while in a rest area.
- 1.5 minute cooldown – instant cast
Rogue-specific Covenant Abilities
Each Covenant also gives you access to a class-specific combat ability.
Venthyr Covenant Ability for Rogues: Flagellation
- Lash the target 3 times, dealing (5% of Attack power) Shadow damage and adding a stack of Flagellation for each lash. The target remains tormented for 45 sec, causing an additional lash for each Combo Point spent.
Reactivating Flagellation cleanses their torment, increasing your Haste by 0.5% per stack up to a maximum of 20% for 25 sec.
- Costs 20 Energy – Melee Range – 5 seconds cooldown – instant cast
Necrolord Covenant Ability for Rogues: Serrated Bone Spike
- Embed a bone spike in the target, dealing (30% of Attack power) damage and (10% of Attack power) Bleed damage every 3 sec until they die.
Refunds a charge when target dies or is healed to full.
Awards 1 combo point per active bone spike.
- Costs 15 Energy – 30 yd range – 3 charges/30 seconds recharge – instant cast
Kyrian Covenant Ability for Rogues: Echoing Reprimand
- Deal (135% of Attack power) Arcane damage to an enemy, extracting their anima to Animacharge a combo point for 45 sec.
Damaging finishing moves that consume the same number of combo points as your Animacharge function as if they consumed 7 combo points.
Awards 3 combo points.
- Costs 10 Energy – Melee Range – 45 seconds cooldown – instant cast
Night Fae Covenant Ability for Rogues: Sepsis
- Infect the target’s blood, dealing (162.89% of Attack power) Nature damage over 10 seconds. If the target survives its full duration, they suffer an additional (77.5667% of Attack power) damage and you Vanish from sight.
Cooldown reduced by 60 seconds if Sepsis does not last its full duration.
- Melee Range – 1.5 minutes cooldown – instant cast
Best Covenant for Assassination Rogue
The Kyrian Covenant has the greatest potential in both raiding and mythic+ – for players who manage to execute the combo point spend perfectly. For Assassination Rogues the Necrolord Covenant is the second strongest, performing well in both raids and dungeons.
November 23rd update: The Covenants for assa rogues are really balanced. If I had to pick I’d say Night Fae has a tiny edge, but by all means go for whatever you want.
For Assassinations Rogues in Battlegrounds and Arena, the Necrolord Covenant is the strongest by miles. Alternatively you could go Night Fae for the extra Vanish in Arena.
Best Covenant for Outlaw Rogue
The Kyrian Covenant has the greatest potential in both raiding and mythic+ for players who manage to execute the combo point spend perfectly, especially for Outlaw rogues. For Outlaw Rogues in raids, currently the Necrolord Covenant is the second strongest. For Mythic+ the Necrolords are a strong option too.
November 23rd update: For outlaw rogues the differences between Covenants are now extremely close too. Kyrian seems slightly preferable on single target and Night Fae a tiny bit better on AOE, but really, feel free to pick whichever you want.
For Outlaw Rogues in Battlegrounds and Arena, the Necrolord Covenant is the strongest by miles. Alternatively you could go Night Fae for the extra Vanish in Arena.
Best Covenant for Subtlety Rogue
The Kyrian Covenant has the greatest potential in both raiding and mythic+ – for players who manage to execute the combo point spend perfectly. For Assassination Rogues the Necrolord Covenant is also a strong option for both raiding and dungeons. The extra Vanish provided by Night Fae could be worthwile for players who mostly focus on raiding/boss fights.
November 23rd update: It’s now a tie between Kyrian and Night Fae, though both Venthyr and Necrolord are good as well. I’d say pick either Kyrian or Night Fae – whichever transmog or mounts or playstyle you like the most.
For Subtlety Rogues in Battlegrounds and Arena, the Necrolord Covenant is the strongest by miles. Alternatively you could go Night Fae for the extra Vanish in Arena.