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.

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. Targetting an ally and the offensive faerie will not apply while the other two will be applied on your ally.

Shadow Mend moves the faerie that reduces a major cooldown on the target, Power Word: Shield applies 10% damage reduction and Shadow Word: Pain applies the final faerie that will regen mana if you, or an ally, are actively attacking the enemy. With the conduit Fae Fermata you can spread around the various buffs in different ways leaving one residual, weaker fairy whenever you move your stronger fairy to a new target. In this situation you could have two dps receiving cooldown reduction, two tanks receiving damage reduction and two enemies regaining mana to you.

The cooldown reduction that Discipline receives is toward Rapture which can have some value but can also have large downsides. If you are holding Rapture for specific events then this cooldown reduction could be irrelevant. In that case you could reduce the cooldown of a DPS.

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.

Legendary Interactions for Night Fae 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!

Night Fae Discipline Priest Soulbinds

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 or dealing damage. 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 an excellent on-demand haste buff. 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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Best Night Fae 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, Fae Fermata is a generally decent 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 prioritizing 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 Fae Fermata / Swift Penitence regardless of the dungeon.

Early on in Nathria, you will likely want Dreamweaver due to the easy cheat death and flexibility for party buffs or a bit of additional shielding in early progression.

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Even later on Dreamweaver is still strong!

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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. Then, while maintaining those buffs on allies, utilize Shadow Word: Pain to maintain the mana return.

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. On Stone Legion Generals for example, the Skirimisher enemies that spawn periodically will knock players back when they reach 20% health. Often this coincides with a group soak, if you're able to set up for a ramp more effectively, then use Soulshape to get in position in time, that is an easy win.

Night Fae Discipline Priest Talent Builds

Your talent build does not change at all while picking this Covenant. Generally it just requires some practice and finesse to make the most out of Fae Guardians. While it is not my recommended Covenant at the moment by a long shot, further buffs to this ability could make for some interesting synergies in the future.

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.