Shadowlands: A Look at Covenant Class and Signature Abilities *UPDATED 5/13


*Updated 5/13/2020- Updates shown in gold.

Four ruling powers control the Shadowlands, each of which is in desperate need of aid from the heroes of Azeroth. In exchange for your help, the Covenants are willing to share a piece of their power and access to the rewards and other blessings, boons, or temptations they have to offer.

As you level up on your initial journey through each of their domains, you’ll get to experience the abilities they have to offer firsthand—before you ultimately choose the Covenant you wish to dedicate yourself to.

  • Kyrians: The denizens of Bastion, these angelic beings embrace humility and service to their order.
  • Necrolords: Comprised of liches, warlords, and spies, the Necrolord Covenant calls Maldraxxus home. They make up the army that defends the Shadowlands.
  • Night Fae: Guardians of nature, the Night Fae inhabit Ardenweald and shepherd beings through the cycle of life and death. It was through their aid that the demigod Cenarius was able to make his return to Azeroth during the events of the Cataclysm.
  • Venthyr: Making their home in Revendreth, the vampiric Venthyr are the punishers of the unworthy, seeking to rehabilitate the sinful souls sent to them by the Arbiter.

When the time comes to ally with one of these four, you’ll want to carefully consider the abilities the Covenant will provide you. Each provides two abilities tailored to the theme of the Covenant. The first of these is the Covenant’s signature ability, which is available to all Covenant members regardless of class, race, or specialization. This ability helps you explore and engage with the world in new ways, and gives you a unique tool to help solve the problems you encounter in the Shadowlands. The second of these abilities is specific to your class, and gives you a new spell or power to use in combat.

To give you an idea of what to expect, we’ve put together a list with the Covenant signature abilities and class abilities. Please keep in mind that these are a work in progress and may have additional changes during the course of development and testing, so all abilities shown here are subject to change.

Covenant Signature Abilities


Signature Ability


Summon Steward
Call your steward to bring you a Phial of Serenity that can be consumed to restore some 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.


Door of Shadows
Wend through the shadows, appearing at the targeted location.


Form a shield of flesh and bone that prevents damage equal to a portion of your maximum health. Standing near the corpse of a defeated enemy when the ability is cast will create a larger shield.

Night Fae

Turn into a Vulpin, increasing movement speed. You may reactivate Soulshape to teleport a short distance forward.
Additional cosmetic forms can be earned and collected through a variety of gameplay.
While out in the world, this effect has a short duration before it wears off, but lasts indefinitely while in a rest area.

Aligning with a specific Covenant provides access to class abilities that provide additional combat-oriented gameplay options that are tailored to the theme of that Covenant. Every Covenant offers an ability for each class, but note that some Covenant class abilities are still in development and are not currently represented in the chart.

Bastion Class Abilities
Bastion Covenant abilities shown for: Priest and Warrior.

Covenant Class Abilities




Night Fae

Death Knight

Shackle the Unworthy

Admonish your target for their past transgressions, reducing the damage they deal to you and dealing Arcane damage over time.

Shackle the Unworthy's cooldown is reduced when you damage the affected enemy with a Rune-spending attack.

Swarming Mist

A heavy mist surrounds you, increasing your chance to dodge.

Deals Shadow damage over time to enemies within range. Every time it deals damage you gain additional Runic Power, up to a maximum amount.

Abomination Limb

Sprout an additional limb for a limited time,  dealing Shadow damage to nearby enemies. If an enemy is farther away from you, they are pulled to your location.

Death’s Due
(Replaces Death and Decay)

Corrupts the targeted ground, causing Shadow damage over a duration of time to targets within the area.

Affected enemies deal reduced damage to you (up to a maximum amount) and their power is transferred to you as an equal amount of Strength.

While you remain within the area, your Necrotic Strike and Heart Strike will hit additional targets. Scourge Strike and Clawing Shadows will hit all enemies near the target.

Demon Hunter

Elysian Decree

Carve runes into the ground in front of you, which detonate to deal  Arcane damage and shatter Lesser Soul Fragments from enemies.

Sinful Brand

Brand an enemy with the mark of the Venthyr, reducing their melee and casting speeds and inflicting Shadow damage over time.

Activating Metamorphosis applies Sinful Brand to all nearby enemies.

Fodder to the Flame

Commission a duel to the death against a Condemned Demon from the Theater of Pain. Vanquishing your foe releases its demon soul and creates a pool of demon blood. Fighting within the pool increases your attack speed by 20% and reduces the damage that enemies deal to you by 10%. Fleshcraft treats the Condemned Demon as a powerful enemy.

The Hunt

Charge to an enemy, inflicting Nature damage and rooting them. The target is marked for a period of time, increasing your Fury from Demon's Bite and Shear against them.

You may reactivate The Hunt every 30 seconds to teleport behind the marked target and ignoring line of sight.


Kindred Spirits

Form a bond with an ally. On a cooldown, you may empower the bond for a period of time, granting you an effect based on your partner’s role, and granting them an effect based on your role.

Ravenous Frenzy

For a period of time, Druid spells you cast increase your damage, healing, and haste by a percentage, stacking.

If you spend a period of time idle, the Frenzy overcomes you, consuming a percentage of your health per stack, stunning you, and then ending.

Adaptive Swarm

Command a swarm that heals or deals Shadow damage to a target and increases the effectiveness of your periodic effects on them.

Upon expiration, travels to a new target within range, alternating between friend and foe up to a set number of times.

Convoke the Spirits

Call upon the Night Fae for an eruption of energy, channeling a rapid flurry of 16 Druid spells and abilities over 4 seconds.

You will cast Moonfire, Wrath, Regrowth, Rejuvenation, Thrash, Rake, Shred, and Ironfur on appropriate nearby targets, favoring your current specialization.


Resonating Arrow

Fire a resonating arrow to the target location and fill the area with echoing anima. The effect causes your attacks to ignore line of sight to enemies in the area, and you have an increased critical strike chance against them.

Flayed Shot

Fire a shot at your enemy, causing them to bleed Shadow damage over a period of time. Each time Flayed Shot deals damage, you have a  chance to gain Flayer's Mark, causing your next Kill Shot to be usable on any target, regardless of their current health.

Death Chakram

Throw a deadly chakram at your current target which will rapidly deal additional Shadow damage.

Each time the chakram damages a different target, its damage is increased, and you generate additional Focus.

Wild Spirits

Summon a Wild Spirit at the target location which applies Wild Mark to all enemy targets below it for 15 seconds.

While the Wild Spirit is active, each ability you use against a target affected by the Wild Mark calls for a spirit beast to strike your target for Nature damage.


Radiant Spark

Conjure a radiant spark that causes Arcane damage instantly and additional damage over time.

The target takes a percentage of increased damage from your direct damage spells, stacking each time they are struck. This effect ends after a number of spells.

Mirrors of Torment

Conjure mirrors to torment the enemy for a time. Whenever the target casts a spell or ability, a mirror is consumed to inflict  Shadow damage and their movement and cast speed are slowed.

The final mirror will instead inflict Shadow damage to the enemy, Rooting and Silencing them for some time.


Transform into a  powerful Skeletal Mage for a period of time.

While in the form of a Skeletal Mage, your Frostbolt, Fireball, and Arcane Blast are greatly enhanced, and your spell damage is increased.

Shifting Power

Draw from the ground beneath you for a period of time, dealing Nature damage over time to nearby enemies.

While channeling, your ability cooldowns are reduced.


Weapons of Order

For a short duration, your Mastery is increased by a percentage. In addition:

Windwalkers’ Rising Sun Kick cooldown is reset instantly, and your Rising Sun Kick reduces the cost of your Chi abilities.

Brewmasters’ Keg Smash cooldown is reset, and enemies hit by Keg Smash take increased damage from you (stacks up to a set amount).

Mistweavers’ Essence Font cooldown is reset instantly and heals nearby allies on channel start and end.

Fallen Order

Opens a mirror for 24 seconds summoning reflections of your order’s Fallen Ox, Crane, and Tiger adepts every 1 second for 6 seconds. Adepts associated with your specialization will fight for a longer duration and cast additional abilities.

Bonedust Brew

Hurl a brew created from the bones of your enemies at the ground, coating all targets struck for 10 seconds. Your abilities have an additional 15% chance to affect the target a second time with 25% effectiveness as either Shadow damage or healing.

  • Brewmaster: Tiger Palm and Keg Smash reduces the cooldown of your brews by an additional 1 second when striking enemies affected by Bonedust Brew.
  • Windwalker: Spinning Crane Kick refunds 1 Chi when striking enemies affected by Bonedust Brew.
  • Mistweaver: Gust of Mist provides additional healing to allies affected by Bonedust Brew.

Faeline Stomp

Strike the ground fiercely to expose a faeline for 30 seconds, dealing Nature damage and taking an action based on your specialization. Your abilities have a 10% chance of resetting the cooldown of Faeline Stomp while fighting on a faeline.

  • Brewmaster: Ignite enemies along the faeline Breath of Fire.
  • Mistweaver: Heal allies along the faeline Essence Font bolt.
  • Windwalker: Rip Chi and Energy Spheres out of enemies along the faeline.


Divine Toll

Instantly cast Holy Shock, Avenger's Shield, or Judgment on several targets within range (based on your current specialization).

Ashen Hallow

Hallow the target area, dealing Shadow damage split among enemies and restoring health split among injured allies over time.

The land remains filled with anima, causing additional Shadow damage to all enemies. You gain the benefits of Consecration while within the area.

Vanquisher’s Hammer

Throw a hammer at your target, dealing Shadow damage and empowering your next Word of Glory or Templar’s Verdict:

  • Holy: Word of Glory automatically triggers Light of Dawn.
  • Protection: Word of Glory automatically triggers Shield of the Righteous.
  • Retribution: Templar’s Verdict automatically triggers Divine Storm.

Blessing of the Seasons

Bless your party members with the aspect of one of the seasons, lasting 1 minute or until you advance to the next season. 15 second cooldown.

  • Summer: Causes their attacks to have a high chance to deal Holy damage. Turns to Autumn after use.
  • Autumn: Cooldowns recover 10% faster. Turns to Winter after use.
  • Winter: Reduces the movement speed of enemies within 40 yds by 20% and their attack speed by 10%. Turns to Spring after use.
  • Spring: Increases healing done and healing received by 10%. Turns to Summer after use.


Boon of the Ascended

Gain the Boon of the Ascended, granting access to Ascended Nova and Ascended Blast, and increasing your movement speed. Both abilities damage your enemies, heal your allies, and build power that will erupt in a powerful explosion of damage and healing at the end of Boon of the Ascended’s duration.


Assault an enemy's mind, dealing Shadow damage and briefly reversing their perception of reality.

For a period of time, the next damage they deal will heal their target, and the next healing they do will damage their target.

Unholy Nova

An explosion of dark energy heals nearby allies and infects nearby enemies with Unholy Transfusion.

Unholy Transfusion deals Shadow damage over time. Enemies who damage this target receive healing.

Fae Blessings

Surround yourself with helpful sprites, causing your next 10 spell casts to aid your target depending on your chosen spell.

  • Shadow Mend, Mind Blast, Flash Heal, Heal: Reduces an ally’s damage taken by 10% for 15 seconds.
  • Power Word: Shield: Invigorates your target with 2% mana or 20% resource.
  • Void Bolt, Prayer of Healing, Power Word: Radiance: Reduces the cooldowns of up to 5 allies’ major abilities by 3 seconds.


Echoing Reprimand

Deal Arcane damage to an enemy, extracting their anima to Animacharge a combo point.

Damaging finishing moves that consume the same number of your combo points as your Animacharge deal damage as if they consume 7 combo points.


Slaughter the target, causing Physical damage. The target's anima mixes with your lethal poison, coating your weapons for the next 5 minutes.

Slaughter Poison deals Shadow damage over time and steals a percentage of healing done to the target.

This also awards combo points.

Serrated Bone Spike

Embed a bone spike in the target, dealing Physical damage over time until they die.

Attacking with Serrated Bone Spike causes all of your active bone spikes to fracture and strike your current target, increasing initial damage by a percentage per spike.


Infect the target’s blood, dealing Nature damage over 10 seconds. If the target survives its full duration, they suffer additional damage and you Vanish from sight.

Cooldown reduced by 60 seconds if Sepsis does not last its full duration.


Vesper Totem

Summon a totem at the target location for 30 seconds. Your next 3 damage spells or abilities will cause the totem to radiate Arcane damage to enemies near the totem and your next 3 healing spells will heal up to 6 allies near the totem.

Casting this ability again while the totem is active will relocate the totem.

Chain Harvest

Send a wave of anima at the target, which then jumps to additional nearby targets. Deals  Shadow damage to enemies and restores  health to allies.

For each target critically struck, the cooldown of Chain Harvest is reduced.

Primordial Wave

Blast your target with a Primordial Wave, healing an ally or dealing Shadow damage and applying Flame Shock to an enemy.

  • Elemental: Your next Lava Burst will also hit all targets affected by your Flame Shock.
  • Enhancement: Your next Lightning Bolt will also hit all targets affected by your Flame Shock.
  • Restoration: While an ally is targeted, Primordial Wave will cast Riptide. Your next Healing Wave will also hit all targets affected by your Riptide.

Fae Transfusion

Transfers the life force of up to 8 enemies in the targeted area, dealing Nature damage every 0.5 sec for 3 seconds.

Pressing Fae Transfusion again within 20 seconds will release 25% of all damage from Fae Transfusion, healing up to 8 allies near yourself.


Scouring Tithe

Deal Arcane damage instantly and additional Arcane damage over time. If the enemy dies while affected by Scouring Tithe, you generate additional Soul Shards. If they survive, Scouring Tithe's cooldown is refreshed.

Impending Catastrophe

Call forth a cloud of chaotic anima that travels to the target enemy, dealing  Shadow damage to enemies within their path. When the anima reaches the target it explodes, inflicting a random Curse and dealing Shadow damage to all nearby enemies.

Decimating Bolt

Hurl a bolt of shadow magic at your target, dealing Shadow damage and increasing the damage of your next Incinerates, Drain Souls, or Shadow Bolts.

Decimation Bolt's damage, and the bonus to Incinerate, Drain Soul, or Shadow Bolt both increase as your target's health decreases.

Soul Rot

Expend some of your health to wither away all life force from your current target and up to 3 additional targets nearby, causing them to suffer Nature damage over 8 seconds. Additionally, casting Drain Life will also hit any enemy affected by your Soul Rot.


Spear of Bastion

Throw a Kyrian spear at the target location, dealing Arcane damage instantly, dealing additional damage over time, and generating Rage.

Enemies hit are tethered to Spear of Bastion's location for the duration.

(Replaces Execute)

Condemn a foe to suffer for their sins, causing Shadow damage. Only usable on enemies who are above 80% health or below 20% health.

The primary target is weakened, preventing a moderate amount of damage they would deal to you.

If your foe survives, a portion of the Rage spent is refunded.

Conqueror’s Banner

Brandish the banner of the Necrolords, increasing your movement speed and causing Mortal Strike, Raging Blow, and Shield Slam to grant you Glory. Killing an enemy grants additional stacks of Glory.

Reactivating this ability plants the banner in the ground, granting an increased amount of maximum health and additional attack speed to you and your allies within range of the banner. Lasts additional time per Glory, up to a maximum amount.

Ancient Aftershock

Slams the ground with your weapon, releasing a shockwave dealing Nature damage and stunning up to 5 enemies for 1.5 seconds. Enemies struck take Nature damage every 2 seconds for 12 seconds and transfer it to you as 6 Rage.

We look forward to sharing more information as development continues, and we hope this preview helps you find the Covenant that’s right for you.

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