Shadowlands Holy Priest Guide

Kyrian Covenant for Holy Priests

Allegiance to the Kyrian Covenant for Holy 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 Holy 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 Holy Priest, as well as details on which covenant is best, please visit our Best Covenant for Holy Priest guide.

Kyrian Holy 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:

At the end of their duration, these stacks explode for Ascended Eruption. This burst splits healing and damage based on the number of targets struck.

This ability is decent in a dungeon environment as it is fairly flexible whether you need to deal more damage on large trash pulls. However, it struggles to generate enough healing on its own to deal with high level Prideful or Tyrannical bosses. Courageous Ascension is the Covenant conduit which offers a decent damage increase but doesn't have any crazy interactions with it.

In raids, it operates as its own cooldown where you will work to generate stacks rapidly ideally with heavy use of Ascended Nova to hit enemies and allies for a larger and more effective Ascended Eruption. The downside in raiding is that not all fights generate stacks equally, so you can have some large swings in Boon of the Ascended's efficacy from fight to fight.

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. While you can dispel diseases, it can also be very helpful to use on certain diseases as well. Margrave Stradma in the Plaguefall instance casts Infectious Rain which applies stacking diseases to everyone in the party. Using your Phial of Serenity on yourself and dispelling an ally can heavily reduce the damage on the party and make your run that much smoother.

Legendary Interactions for Kyrian Holy Priest

No legendary modifies either of these abilities. As such, you may expect not to care about interactions on that front, unless something new comes out!

Kyrian Holy 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:

This tree unlocks rapidly and allows flexibility between Endurance and Finesse conduits.

An example tree to follow on this soulbind is as follows:

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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:
    • Resonant Accolades replicates some healing, or you could take the extra Potency slot.
    • Mentorship gives decent support, especially in dungeons when you'll start up fresh pulls with full health.

An example tree can be seen below.

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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.

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Best Kyrian Holy 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 at low renown will be less of a priority if you aren't able to consistently hit adds to increase or max out your stacks.

Resonant Words is probably your most consistent "lock" for a conduit but varying conduit item levels and various situations can mix your conduit choices on various encounters. Conduit energy should be best spent cycling conduits on challenging encounters. If you're progressing mythic Nathria and just farming +14 dungeons for gear in between raids, you shouldn't stress having perfect conduits if the dungeons are going to be low-stress. You only generate one conduit energy per day so it can run out very quickly.

Early on in Castle Nathria, assuming you picked Kyrian, you will likely want Pelagos due to easy access to Combat Meditation and just a generally strong soulbind tree.

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Even later on Pelagos is still strong! Now with the Let Go of the Past offering some slight, but very consistent damage reduction.

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Kyrian Holy 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:

Boon of the Ascended

Using Boon of the Ascended in a raid will often revolve around positioning and quantity of enemies. In an ideal scenario, you will have a number of adds out while the raid is taking heavy damage, so Ascended Nova will get great value for healing allies and damaging enemies to generate maximum Ascended Eruption stacks. Each fight can be a bit different in your priorities. If there is a large burst but not much damage before then, you can time your Ascended Eruption and use Ascended Blast on cooldown to build stacks and supplement tank healing. Steady damage is where the Ascended Nova spam will really shine and make up for mediocre Ascended Eruption if you don't have enough adds to hit.

In dungeons, heavy casts of Ascended Nova will do substantial damage on AoE pulls. On Prideful, you will use this ability early on before damage ramps too high and you'll lean on Apotheosis and Holy Word: Sanctify to carry the AoE after that. Tyrannical bosses are similar; make sure to cast Boon of the Ascended just before incoming damage so you can weave DPS in to supplement your healing. Don't be afraid to break off into Flash Heal spam if targets are dropping too low.

Summon Steward

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. In Halls of Atonement removing the 2nd boss' Curse of Stone or removing the Curse of Obliteration can potentially save you if you need the extra dispel.

Kyrian Holy 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.

Kyrian Holy Priest Gearing Differences

Following the trend set by previous expansions, Holy Priests still prefer raw item level upgrades while preferring Mastery and Critical Strike and your covenant does not impact this selection.

As usual, substantial item level upgrades typically outweighs "better" secondary stats at lower ilvl.