Kyrian Covenant for Discipline Priests
Allegiance to the Kyrian Covenant for Discipline Priest provides you with many benefits, two new active abilities, access to three soulbinds, and much more. In this guide, we will explore what are the perks for aligning yourself with the Kyrian, 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 Kyrian Discipline Priest and explore how they impact your rotation, gearing, and talent builds. Updated for Shadowlands Launch.
If you are looking for information on how strong the Kyrian Covenant is for Discipline Priest, as well as details on which covenant is best, please visit our Best Covenant for Discipline Priest guide.
Kyrian Discipline Priest Covenant Abilities
Kyrian Priest Class Ability: Boon of the Ascended
Boon of the Ascended is the Kyrian Covenant Priest class ability. It features three parts:
- Your Boon of the Ascended ability after casting immediately turns into the spammable Ascended Nova
- Your Smite converts into Ascended Blast
- Each ability generates stacks, the former generates one stack per enemy hit and the latter generates 5 per cast.
These stacks then explode at the end of their duration for Ascended Eruption.
This burst converts into Atonement only off the first enemy hit, so for the most healing from the Eruption you would be best off only hitting one enemy. Courageous Ascension buffs your Blast and Eruption damage which can often be a strong pickup in dungeons in particular. This ability is excellent in a dungeon environment as it is extremely flexible whether you need to deal more damage on large trash pulls or if you need assistance fighting the seasonal affix Prideful enemies. In raids, it is not as easy to incorporate into your ramps as the Venthyr Covenant's signature ability.
Kyrian Priest Signature Ability: Summon Steward
Summon Steward gives the Phial of Serenity which removes debuffs and is an additional heal, it can be used once per encounter. It's an excellent tool in dungeons where you are bouncing in between combat (resetting its cooldown) and frequently face certain debuffs that you cannot dispel as a Priest like Curses, Bleeds and Poisons. In a raid, you'll have one use per encounter, which helps reduce your own damage taken.
Legendary Interactions for Kyrian Discipline Priest
No legendary modifies either of these abilities. As such, you may expect to, largely, not have to care about interactions on that front, unless something new comes out!
Kyrian Discipline Priest Soulbinds
Across all classes and specs, Kyrian have access to the same three soulbinds: Pelagos, Kleia and Forgelite Prime Mikanikos. 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 Kyrian Covenant.
We've summarized the optimal traits for each soulbind below. Potency conduits have variety in the situations that are used, refer to the conduit page for various builds for various situations.
Pelagos grants you two important traits:
- Combat Meditation provides additional Mastery after activating Boon of the Ascended. Simple, easy to use and a good stat increase.
- With Let Go of the Past, you'll get a steady buff to magic damage reduction as long as you can maintain the buff, casting different abilities.
This tree unlocks rapidly and allows flexibility between Endurance and Finesse conduits.
An example tree to follow on this soulbind is as follows:Calculator
For Priests, this is a strong soulbind that you can get very early on and dodge the hyper-niche finesse conduits as well.
Kleia, offers a good early soulbind as well as Pelagos.
- Valiant Strikes, some healing, especially in a 5 man environment that is constantly stacking up to support your team.
- At the final fork in the road you're given two options:
An example tree can be seen below.Calculator
Mikanikos is a sub-optimal soulbind for Priests.
- Bron's Call to Action summons Bron to heal allies and damage enemies. Minor benefit at best.
- Forgelite Filter is a weak trait. Not having control over when your Phial is used can be a real downside when the entire idea is to use it to remove debuffs you'd otherwise be unable to remove.
- Soulsteel Clamps is the final trait in the tree and doesn't have much application in PvE scenarios.
This soulbind is weak with some real downsides in their uses.
Best Kyrian Discipline Priest Soulbind Low and High Renown
These soulbinds will take a look at what to take at early renown and later on. Potency conduit slots are left blank as there is good variety between the potency slots for when you want to utilize them. For example, Courageous Ascension is a generally universal conduit, but if you're playing Spirit Shell at low renown then you'll prioritize Exaltation over it. When you're not running Spirit Shell then the covenant conduit can see play, along with Shining Radiance but the various and irregular item level of the covenant conduits can sway you towards or away from it depending on the item level relative to Shining Radiance.
Swapping conduits will be vital on early progression raiding depending on if you take Spirit Shell or focus on a more traditional Evangelism style. When it comes to Mythic+, you'll generally run the same conduits like Shining Radiance and Courageous Ascension regardless of the dungeon.
Kyrian Discipline Priest Covenant Rotation Changes
As usual, this page only highlights the specific use case of the class and signature abilities. To see how they fit 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:
Using Boon of the Ascended in a raid will often revolve around two options: using it with a larger ramp like during Evangelism, or using it on its own with a Power Word: Radiance charge and a couple single Atonement applied via Shadow Mend or Power Word: Shield.
When utilized after Evangelism, you'll want to cast Boon of the Ascended into Ascended Blast, then Schism, into another Ascended Blast then going down your damage priority list weaving Ascended Blast in between your Power Word: Solace, Penance and Mind Blast casts. You can also use Boon of the Ascended earlier before Evangelism to ensure that the Ascended Eruption detonates on one enemy before your Atonements fall off.
If you were to use Boon of the Ascended outside of Evangelism, you would likely make greater use of Ascended Nova in between Blasts to gain better healing value. Overall it can do quite a lot of healing if there is steady damage, so finding a central location to cast from will be important to generate stacks by hitting more enemies.
In dungeons, heavy casts of Ascended Nova will do a substantial amount of damage on AoE pulls and on Prideful you will really lean on the Ascended Blast to sustain your group as the subsequent Atonement transfers are substantial enough that you can continue dpsing even when stacks get high. Tyrannical bosses are similar as well, make sure you have Boon of the Ascended casted just before incoming damage so you can continue dpsing to heal your allies and won't have to break from that to Shadow Mend spam.
As stated above, there are a ton of uses for the healing and debuff removal that is offered. Study different encounters and lean on the Phial early on in progression to save yourself if you are taking too much damage from key debuffs. In dungeons, use the Phial as frequently as you can and work to dispel others first, since you can remove yours with your Covenant ability.
Kyrian Discipline Priest Talent Builds
Your talent build does not change at all while picking this Covenant. Boon of the Ascended requires some finesse in use in raids, but doesn't change the talents that you are utilizing. In dungeons, your Covenant's power can allow you to continue taking Schism for a longer period of time to buff its damage making you less reliant on Shadow Mend spam to sustain your tank or allies.
Kyrian Discipline Priest Gearing Differences
Following the trend set by previous expansions, Discipline Priests still prefer raw item level upgrades while preferring haste.
As usual, substantial item level upgrades typically outweighs "better" secondary stats at lower ilvl.