Welcome to PeakofSerenity’s Brewmaster Monk PvE Kyrian Guide. This guide is designed to be a more in-depth look at the Kyrian Covenant. Navigate quickly to the section you need using the sidebar on the right.
For information on how the Covenants compare to each other, see the PvE Quick Guide.
This guide has been updated for Patch 9.0 and is regularly updated when discussion, theorycrafting, or testing yields new information.
The Kyrian covenant provides a well-rounded (if dull) set of abilities with solid offensive and defensive value. At current tuning, it stands on par with the Necrolord and Night Fae covenants and is better than Venthyr.
Class Ability: Weapons of Order
The Kyrian class ability for Brewmasters is uninspiring but effective. A two-minute cooldown that ramps up to a large increase in Keg Smash damage, with a decent chunk of Mastery tacked onto it to provide defensive value. Weapons of Order does not line up with our main cooldown, and is not worth holding to stack them.
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Kyrian also grants the ability Summon Steward, which (as you guessed) allows you to summon a steward which can do a few things; the only one we really care about from a numerical standpoint is Phial of Serenity. This phial has 3 charges (similar to a Healthstone), and upon use, heals 20% HP and removes all diseases, poisons, curses, and bleeds; it has recently been patched to no longer put your other potions on cooldown, which is a nice QoL buff to this effect. It can be used once per encounter, on a three minute cooldown. It also allows you to change your talents (out of combat, on a 4 hour cooldown) and vendor stuff (on a 1 hour cooldown).
While the ability to remove bleeds sounds nice in a Vampire-themed, bleed-heavy raid, there are very few bleeds that are relevant to remove. They largely fall into one of three categories: they are reapplied frequently, rendering the dispel moot; they don’t do relevant damage to us; or they are bleeds in name only and are not dispelled by the Phial.
While Pelagos was hyped for most of beta as the go-to soulbind, nerfs shortly before launch have greatly diminished his power. He has only two traits worth discussing:
- Combat Meditation grants additional Mastery when you use Weapons of Order along with a proc that grants additional duration. However, due to tank’s role in positioning it is often impractical to consume the Sorrowful Memories to extend the effect.
- Let Go of the Past grants a small amount of magic DR that we will trigger “for free” by doing our normal rotation.
On the whole, this is not an exciting soulbind, and beyond picking a potency slot on the second row you can pick basically whatever you want on it.
Kleia is one of the more highly-variable Soulbinds, with much of her power baked into Pointed Courage. In AoE settings or against bosses with small enough hitboxes that you are close to melee players, this is a powerful 5% bonus to Critical Strike. In other settings, it may only be 1%. At the same time, Valiant Strikes has potential to be good as party utility, but the cooldown and range requirement limit its usefulness.
On the whole, we would not recommend Kleia for general use, but she may have niche value.
The recommended path for Kleia forgoes a second potency slot in favor of Pointed Courage, but is otherwise unremarkable. You can choose any route that ends at this trait (including forgoing both potency slots if the immunity from Ascendant Phial is valuable for a particular encounter).
Forgelite Prime Mikanikos is currently the best Kyrian soulbind for DPS, but is only slightly ahead of Pelagos. However, his tree contains AoE knock-back effects that should you should be extremely cautious of in Mythic+. It is almost certainly better to run Pelagos or Kleia rather than risk knocking back enemies into another pack with Bron’s Call to Action.
Aside from that, the tree is unremarkable and one should prioritize the potency conduit slots over the other traits.
Changes with Covenant
Use Weapons of Order as close to on cooldown as possible.