Necrolords Covenant Guide - Sanctum, Renown, Abilities, Soulbinds 1
by Tilly in
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Last Updated on October 18, 2020 by Aether

Home of the heroic souls and army of the dead, Necrolords is a Covenant only for the brave. Necrolords reside in Maldraxxus, an area fitting for the relentless warriors that are the epitome of strength and honour. They are the army of Shadowland.


The Necrolord sanctum is The Seat of Primus, here players will be able use the scouting map, access the covenant specific area Abomination factory, use the transportation network, and use the Anima Conductor.


This will be used the same as it is currently in game, allowing players to unlock certain areas and work through the ranks of the covenant. Not much has been released at this time, more information will be added at a later date.

Abomination Factory

One of the perks of joining the Necrolord Covenant is that you will gain access to the Fleshwork. Here you will master your skills on the art of Abomination stitching, and craft your very own companions that each have their own unique bonuses. Not only will you master a new skill, there are also Mixing Pools in which players will put together buckets of slime, and based on the finished colour a repeatable boss will be summoned.

Abomination Stitching Recipes

Standard Recipes

Special Recipes




Each covenant will have their own transportation network, allowing players to travel effortlessly between points of interest. As Anima is running low in all areas, players must replenish Anima levels to unlock the abilities to travel to certain areas. There are currently Three levels to work towards, there being:

Tier One

Tier Two

  •   A Keep Above – Allows travel to the House of Rituals and House of Eyes.

Tier Three

  •   Flying Fortress – Allows travel to Zerekriss, a flying Necropolis that floats around Maldraxxus.


Not much has been released about Anima Conductor and the roles it will hold, but as Anima is such a large feature within Shadowlands, and highly sort after within Covenants, its believed that raising the level of Anima for you covenant will unlock certain perks. So far players can unlock areas and special rewards based on how much Anima has been collected, there are:

  • House of the Chosen – Find a unique Covenant treasure.
  • House of Constructs – Fight an enemy champion.
  • House of Plagues – Access a Covenant World Quest.
  • House of Eyes – Access a set of Covenant daily quests.
  • House of Rituals – Get access to powerful Necrolord enhancements.
  • Theater of Pain – Fight an elite enemy champion.


To be able to get the fullest from your chosen Covenant, players will need to work through the ranks of their Covenant. By levelling up your renown (rep) with your Covenant, you will gain trust, unlock perks for your Soulbinds, and allows players to upgrade and repair their Sanctum.

There are a few ways to gain Renown with your Covenant, these are:

  • Play through of the Covenant specific quests
  • Gathering Anima for your Covenant through a weekly Quest
  • Within The Maw you will also have a weekly quest given by someone from your Covenant.

There are currently 40 levels of Renown to work through, with set milestones that provide perks for your Covenant. The levels are as followed:

Level Two

  • Marileth Row 2

Level Three

Level Four

  • Marileth Row 3

Level Five

  • Emeni Row 3

Level Six

  • World Quest Reward Item Level Increase

Level Seven

  • Marileth Row 4

Level Eight

Level Nine

  • World Quest Reward Item Level Increase

Level Ten

  • Emeni Row 4

Level Eleven

  • Sanctum Tier 2

Level Twelve

  • World Quest Reward Item Level Increase

Level Thirteen

  • Emeni Row 5

Level Fourteen

  • Runecarver Memory (Legendary Recipe)

Level Fifteenth

  • World Quest Reward Item Level Increase

Level Sixteen

  • Marileth Row 5

Level Seventeen

Level Eighteen

  • World Quest Reward Item Level Increase

Level Nineteen

  • Sanctum Tier 3

Level Twenty

Level Twenty One

  • World Quest Reward Item Level Increase

Level Twenty Three

  • Pet

Level Twenty Four

  • Marileth Row 6

Level Twenty Five

Level Twenty Six

  • World Quest Reward Item Level Increase

Level Twenty Seven

  • Heirmir Row 6

Level Twenty Eight

  • Emeni Row 6

Level Twenty Nine

  • Abomination Factory Tier 4

Level Thirty

  • World Quest Reward Item Level Increase

Level Thirty One

  • Marileth Row 7

Level Thirty Two

  • Emeni Row 7

Level Thirty Three

Level Thirty Four

  • World Quest Reward Item Level Increase

Level Thirty Five

  • Heirmir Row 7

Level Thirty Seven

  • Abomination Factory Tier 5

Level Thirty Eight

Level Thirty Nine

  • All Soulbinds Row 8

Level Fourty

There are some spaces currently, we believe these will be gear/mount rewards, but we will update this once we have confirmation.

Milestones have their own rewards, these currently occur at levels 6,7,11,12,14,16,21,24,26,32,34.


One of the main deciding factors for players will be the abilities gained upon joining each covenant. Players will receive one general ability, and one class specific ability.


FleshcraftForm a shield of flesh and bone over 4 sec that prevents damage equal to 20% of your maximum health. Channeling near a corpse claims their essence to grow the shield, up to 50% of your maximum health. This is most effective against powerful enemies.







  • Deathborne – 1.5 Second cast, 3 min cooldown, 5% mana base cost.




  • Unholy Nova – Instant cast, 1 min cooldown, 0.5% mana base cost.


  • Embed a bone spike in the target, dealing (60% of Attack power) Physical damage every 3 sec 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 100% per spike.– Instant, 30 yd range, 10 energy.


  • Primordial Wave – 1.5 seccast, 45 sec cooldown, 40 yd range, 10% mana base cost.


  • Decimating Bolt – 2.5 Second cast, 45 sec cooldown, 40 yd range, 4% mana base cost.


Dungeon Bonuses

Each Covenant will have their own unique bonus within a dungeon which can aid the entire party. With Necrolord, depending on the dungeon they can:

  • Three banners that offer different buffs.
  • 10% movement speed and versatility in Theatre of Pain.


Each covenant will have their own specific Denizens they can Soulbind with, soulbinding with a Denizen will allowing players to gain extra abilities and perks from their chosen one. Each Denizen will have its own soul tree available to the player that will be unlocked once you’re soul binded, allowing the player to access further abilities for them. You will only be able to souldbind with one Denizen at a time, so we can imagine there will be some management of which you use for certain situations.

Anima will be needed to strengthen soul binds and work through the soul tree (think of this as Azerite power), this will most likely be farmed in the same way as Azerite is currently.

At the moment there are three for each covenant available, although we are unsure if more will unlock at a later date. Each soul tree has set points you can select, and these are the same for all players regardless of spec, although points can be added and changed by using Conduits. Conduits are used similar to Legion artifacts relics, and will come in Tank, DPS, and Healer forms. The available Denizens for Necrolords are as followed.

Plague Deviser Marileth

“AS eccentric as he is brilliant, Marileth has created some of the most efficacious potions in all of Maldraxxus. When the house of plague was sabotaged and destroyed, Marileth was driven mad in the aftermath. Marileth’s creative solution prove vital to the war effort…despite the occasional side effect.”

Soulbind Tree


“Emeni’s construct body was assembled in the stitchyards of Maldraxxus. In life, she was a powerful noble who slaughtered hundreds of her siblings to claim the throne. She respects your strength and prowess as you work together to exterminate their mutual enemies. A legend in her own right, her notoriety rises even higher as she binds her soul to the Maw Walker’s.”

Soulbind Tree

Bonesmith Heirmir

“An apprentice of the Primus himself, Heirmir is among the oldest mortal souls in Maldraxxus. With eons of training and practice, she is the foremost expert on forging weapons and armor made of bone and steel. The arsenals she creates keep the House of the Chosen and you fully equipped to face the enemies that surround them.”

Soulbind Tree


The Necrolord armour set is one of the best looking sets as of yet. It takes in all aspects of the covenant and creates this intimidating bone set that portrays the souls that join the Necrolords. Like the other sets it comes in four colours, this is yet to be confirmed but we believe the colours will unlock as you rank up (like the artifact weapon in Legion).

Tilly has been playing World of Warcraft since 2006. She has spent the majority of her WoW career playing Holy Paladin, but for Shadowlands she intends to main an Orc Warrior. Lok'tar Ogar!
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