Welcome to PeakofSerenity’s Brewmaster Monk PvE Necrolord Guide. This guide is designed to be a more in-depth look at the Necrolord 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 Necrolords offer a strong class ability that gains extra benefits from being a Brewmaster. Although this is paired with one of the worse signature abilities, it is on the whole still a strong covenant and solid pick for Castle Nathria.
Class Ability: Bonedust Brew
Bonedust Brew provides a bit more damage that scales in AoE for limited investment. It additionally comes with a minor defensive bump due to the increase brew cooldown reduction attached to the debuff for Brewmasters.
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They also provide everyone within the covenant the ability Fleshcraft, which lets you channel for 4 seconds to gain an absorb shield between 20-50% of your HP (depending on how many corpses are near your body) which lasts 2 minutes. In a raid fight, you can expect a 20% shield, while in M+, you can use it right after a pack for a larger shield. The rough breakdown is 10-25% of your HP a minute, but as a Brewmaster we’re already quite tanky with good defensives, so you don’t really need it.
This ability is much stronger in Mythic+ than in raids, as the shield provides an additional buffer while gathering mobs at the start of a pull. However, it is not a replacement for a proper defensive cooldown outside of low keys.
Plague Deviser Marileth is a soulbind defined by easy access to double potency conduits. That is: there are no difficult decisions. The traits outside of the conduit slots are highly situational in PvE conduit, with Volatile Solvent in particular being of little value during a raid encounter unless adds have recently died—though you will rarely want to channel Fleshcraft during a raid fight.
Emeni will be the default soulbind from the point at which you unlock it until you’ve completed the Necrolord campaign and unlocked Bonesmith Heirmir. While most of their traits are nothing to write home about, Lead by Example is notably quite valuable for Brewmasters due to the relatively low effective cooldown on Bonedust Brew.
Bonesmith Heirmir’s soulbind tree could be entirely empty except for Serrated Spaulders and we would still immediately switch to it once unlocked. This trait is incredibly good for every tank. However, even if this trait gets nerfed, the remainder of the soulbind tree (and covenant) remains competitive without it.
Changes with Covenant
Use Bonedust Brew as close to on cooldown as possible.