Shadowlands Discipline Priest Guide

Night Fae Covenant for Discipline Priest

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

Changes to Night Fae Discipline Priests in 9.1

  • Night FaeBwonsamdi's Pact: Enter a pact with the Death Loa, calling forth a haunted mask that lingers on a target until Fae Guardians ends. Haunted Mask: Copies the benefit of the current faerie on its target. Follows your Direct Mask.

Night Fae Discipline Priest Covenant Abilities

Night Fae Priest Class Ability: Fae Guardians

The chaotic Fae Guardians is the Night Fae Priest Covenant ability. It produces three faeries at once that can move to a new target depending on the spell cast. Initially they will instantly apply to an ally or enemy that you have selected. Targetting an enemy? The offensive Faerie will apply to it and the defensive and cooldown reducing faeries will apply to you. Target an ally and the offensive Faerie will not apply, while the other two will be applied on your ally. With the 9.0.5 changes if you target a friendly with Fae Guardians then the Wrathful Fairy will automatically apply to an enemy, this should be your preferred way of using the ability going forward.

Shadow Mend moves the Faerie that reduces a major cooldown on the target, Power Word: Shield applies 20% damage reduction and Shadow Word: Pain applies the final Faerie that will regen mana if you are actively attacking the enemy. The cooldown reduction that Discipline receives is toward Rapture/Spirit Shell which is generally very weak so you'll often look to give the cooldown reduction to allies rather than yourself.

Night Fae Conduit for Fae Guardians

Fae Fermata is the covenant conduit for Fae Guardians. It creates smaller replicants of your fairies whenever you move your buff around. It has some situational value, like Power Word: Shielding the party to spread the damage reduction to the party for a short period. It can be high maintenance if you're trying to maintain the buff on multiple targets at once though.

Night Fae Priest Signature Ability: Soulshape

The Night Fae provide the Soulshape ability. Providing a blink and movement speed increase that is fairly universal and easy to utilize. Casting while shapeshifted will end the form so you generally only get the one blink in value before you break form and get to casting again.

Night Fae Exclusive Legendary for Discipline Priests

  • Night FaeBwonsamdi's Pact: Enter a pact with the Death Loa, calling forth a haunted mask that lingers on a target until Fae Guardians ends. Haunted Mask: Copies the benefit of the current faerie on its target. Follows your Direct Mask.

The cooldown reduction provided by this legendary is very interesting, especially in more casual content where you can buff your friends to massive heights. It replicates one of your fairies and gives preference to cooldown reduction over damage reduction, almost halving most cooldowns. Though in a progress environment Discipline will not want to play Fae, much less use this legendary.

Other Legendary Interactions for Night Fae Discipline Priest

There is currently no special Night Fae to non-covenant Legendary interaction for Discipline.

Best Night Fae Discipline Priest Soulbind

Best Night Fae Discipline Priest Renown 40 Soulbind

Discipline Priest's best choice for soulbind for Night Fae at Renown 40 is Dreamweaver which should continue into higher renown levels.

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Best Night Fae Discipline Priest Renown 80 Soulbind

On the way to Renown 80, you'd still maintain the Dreamweaver Soulbind throughout the Renown leveling process. Dreamweaver is the strongest soulbind at all levels from 40-80.

The below Soulbind Calculator is valid starting at Renown 40. 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 Discipline Priest Conduit Guide for more information on Conduits including Empowered Conduits.

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Night Fae 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:

Fae Guardians

Using Fae Guardians in a raid is based on what you want to do. With the conduit Fae Fermata, you can spread around the various buffs in different ways. It can be costly but maintaining the strong fairy and weak fairy via the conduit means you can heavily focus the cooldown reduction or damage reduction on specific targets. These situations can vary and that the power of this conduit is really based on your knowledge of your allies' cooldowns and which are the most valuable to reduce.

In raids, you'll probably look for areas where your tanks are taking the most damage and you can still gain cooldown reduction for yourself and allies. One way to do it would be to target whichever ally you want the buff to start on, cast Fae Guardians, spread the weaker fairy through a Power Word: Shield, then a Shadow Mend to spread cooldown reduction.

Soulshape

As stated above, there are a ton of uses for extra mobility: questing in the Maw, catching up to allies after you drink in Mythic+ or just being a bit greedier with your movement in a raid encounter so that you can get more casts out before you're forced to move.

Night Fae Discipline Priest Talent Builds

Your talent build does not change at all while picking this Covenant. There is no interaction with our kit, no change to anything we do, and no reason to deviate from the standard build.

Night Fae 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.

Night Fae Discipline Priest Soulbinds Explained

Across all classes and specs, Night Fae have access to the same three soulbinds: Niya, Dreamweaver and Korayn. 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 Night Fae 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.

Niya grants you two important traits:

  • Grove Invigoration provides additional Mastery after healing, dealing damage or activating Fae Guardians. This is a simple passive Mastery increase that you unlock early and easily.
  • Later in the tree, you receive a lot of support spells like Niya's Tools: Herbs, reinforcing Night Fae as a support heavy Covenant that buffs those around you at the expense of your own healing.

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

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Dreamweaver, offers a mess of situational or supporting soulbinds.

  • Podtender starts you off with a cheat death of sorts, as long as you don't take too much damage within the pod itself.
  • At the initial fork you have to choose between Social Butterfly, a Potency conduit and Empowered Chrysalis. The final one of this list looks good on paper, but in practice is not as strong. Generally you try to minimize overhealing in early progression at the start of the expansion, and only having the shields for 10% of that overheal and only lasting for 5 seconds means that the actual value is diminished.
  • Field of Blossoms gives a good, on-demand haste buff after casting Fae Guardians for ~15 seconds. It's just a shame that this soulbind trait has to be part of this Covenant and not another that synergizes better with another ability.

An example tree can be seen below.

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Starts off with a strong trait, but the follow-up is unimpressive. Not the best choice.

  • Wild Hunt Tactics some potential bonus healing on low targets.
  • Face Your Foes is the final trait in the tree and gives some damage reduction, but only if you're in front of your enemy.
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