If you want to get started in the endgame of WoW Shadowlands, you must first join one of the four pacts. How you choose to do this depends on a number of factors. For some, the focus is on transmog armor, while others keep an eye on special mounts or pets. Often the setting and the look of the respective area and whether it fits your own class is a decisive reason. For most players, however, our survey showed, among other things, the pact skills and the talents of the soul bond is the most important reason.

Although the balance between the pacts is usually quite decent, there is still a strong imbalance in terms of the pacts chosen. Because often it is enough that a pact is just a little bit stronger than the alternatives to bring together the absolute majority of all heroes. In the course of the expansion, however, the developers made some adjustments to the balancing. At the same time, various twinks were added, where the decision might depend on other factors – such as a missing pact, the story of which you absolutely want to experience. So let’s take a look at the current distribution of the pacts, and what it looked like a few weeks and months ago, to see whether the distributions have become more even or monotonous. We use the data from WoWRanks.iothat of wowhead have been processed.

The pact distribution across all classes is as follows:

In the brackets you can also find the earlier distributions: (immediately before patch 9.0.5 / at the start of Nathria Castle).


  • Kyrianer
    : 26,5% (28,7% / 29,0%)

  • Night fae
    : 35,9%
    (33,2% / 31,7%)

  • Nekrolords
    : 16,0%
    (15,6% / 15,4%)

  • Venthyr
    : 21,6%
    (22,5% / 23,9%)

Here is the complete list of which pacts the players in each style of play have chosen.

In the brackets you will also find the earlier distributions: (immediately before patch 9.0.5 / at the start of Nathria Castle).

  • Blood death knight


    • Kyrianer
      : 14,9%
      (16,8% / 19,3%)

    • Night fae
      : 4,9%
      (5,3% / 7,2%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 33,9%
      (32,0% / 23,1%)

    • Venthyr
      : 46,4%
      (45,8% / 50,4%)
  • Brewmaster Monk


    • Kyrianer
      : 65,8%
      (62,9% / 46,0%)

    • Night fae
      : 15,5%
      (17,4% / 23,5%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 16,6%
      (17,7% / 28,0%)

    • Venthyr
      : 2,1%
      (2,0% / 2,5%)

  • Vengeful Demon Hunters


    • Kyrianer
      : 78,5%
      (78,5% / 75,4%)

    • Night fae
      : 9,7%
      (9,1% / 6,8%)
    • Nekrolords: 1.4% (1,3% / 2,0%)

    • Venthyr
      : 10,5%
      (11,1% / 15,8%)

  • Protection warrior


    • Kyrianer
      : 54,5%
      (59,1% / 58,0%)

    • Night fae
      : 14,2%
      (14,6% / 15,0%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 10,7%
      (7,1% / 8,7%)

    • Venthyr
      : 20,7%
      (19,1% / 18,3%)

  • Protection paladin


    • Kyrianer
      : 77,3%
      (77,0% / 77,4%)

    • Night fae
      : 2,3%
      (2,3% / 2,7%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 2,3%
      (2,3% / 2,6%)

    • Venthyr
      : 18,2%
      (18,4% / 17,2%)

  • Guardian druid


    • Kyrianer
      : 13,5%
      (16,2% / 27,3%)

    • Night fae
      : 72,8%
      (68,5% / 48,1%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 8,2%
      (9,0% / 14,4%)

    • Venthyr
      : 5,6%
      (6,3% / 10,3%)

In the brackets you will also find the earlier distributions: (immediately before patch 9.0.5 / at the start of Nathria Castle).

  • Holy Paladin


    • Kyrianer
      : 85,2%
      (88,6% / 89,0%)

    • Night fae
      : 1,0%
      (1,4% / 3,7%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 0,6%
      (0,5% / 1,1%)

    • Venthyr
      : 13,2%
      (9,5% / 6,1%)
  • Holy Priest

    • Kyrianer
      : 25,1%
      (27,9% / 33,2%)

    • Night fae
      : 9,6%
      (8,7% / 9,7%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 35,2%
      (39,2% / 44,3%)

    • Venthyr
      : 30,1%
      (24,2% / 12,7%)
  • Discipline priest

    • Kyrianer
      : 15,7%
      (17,1% / 35,5%)

    • Night fae
      : 3,2%
      (2,4% / 2,7%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 5,1%
      (5,8% / 6,5%)

    • Venthyr
      : 76,1%
      (74,7% / 55,3%)

  • Mistweaver Monk


    • Kyrianer
      : 60,4%
      (59,2% / 53,4%)

    • Night fae
      : 17,6%
      (18,4% / 20,4%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 13,9%
      (13,8% / 17,1%)

    • Venthyr
      : 8,1%
      (8,6% / 9,1%)

  • Restoration shaman


    • Kyrianer
      : 3,7%
      (4,1% / 7,3%)

    • Night fae
      : 3,2%
      (3,3% / 5,2%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 66,9%
      (67,5% / 60,6%)

    • Venthyr
      : 26,2%
      (25,1% / 27,0%)

  • Restoration Druid


    • Kyrianer
      : 2,5%
      (2,7% / 4,6%)

    • Night fae
      : 90,3%
      (91,2% / 87,7%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 6,1%
      (5,1% / 5,9%)

    • Venthyr
      : 1,0%
      (1,1% / 1,8%)

The pact choice of the damage dealers

In the brackets you will also find the earlier distributions: (immediately before patch 9.0.5 / at the start of Nathria Castle).

  • Frost death knight


    • Kyrianer
      : 8,1%
      (8,8% / 13,1%)

    • Night fae
      : 12,6%
      (13,5% / 24,7%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 64,2%
      (62,6% / 38,8%)

    • Venthyr
      : 15,1%
      (15,2% / 23,4%)

  • Unholy Death Knight


    • Kyrianer
      : 2,6%
      (3,1% / 3,4%)

    • Night fae
      : 2,1%
      (2,3% / 3,1%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 80,2%
      (79,5% / 72,2%)

    • Venthyr
      : 15,1%
      (15,1% / 21,4%)

  • Havoc demon hunter


    • Kyrianer
      : 28,4%
      (27,6% / 30,5%)

    • Night fae
      : 29,0%
      (28,4% / 17,9%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 2,4%
      (2,2% / 2,6%)

    • Venthyr
      : 40,2%
      (41,8% / 49,1%)

  • Balance druid


    • Kyrianer
      : 6,3%
      (7,9% / 24,2%)

    • Night fae
      : 91,1%
      (89,3% / 68,6%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 1,4%
      (1,4% / 3,1%)

    • Venthyr
      : 1,2%
      (1,3% / 4,0%)

  • Ferocity druid


    • Kyrianer
      : 7,5%
      (7,8% / 15,6%)

    • Night fae
      : 86,4%
      (86,6% / 73,2%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 3,7%
      (2,7% / 6,0%)

    • Venthyr
      : 2,4%
      (2,9% / 5,2%)

  • Beast Mastery Hunter


    • Kyrianer
      : 11,4%
      (11,6% / 15,7%)

    • Night fae
      : 77,9%
      (78,0% / 73,2%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 5,1%
      (5,1% / 5,2%)

    • Venthyr
      : 5,6%
      (5,3% / 6,0%)

  • Marksmanship hunter


    • Kyrianer
      : 16,9%
      (18,9% / 31,6%)

    • Night fae
      : 77,9%
      (75,8% / 60,1%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 2,4%
      (2,5% / 3,8%)

    • Venthyr
      : 2,7%
      (2,7% / 4,6%)

  • Survival hunter


    • Kyrianer
      : 18,7%
      (22,0% / 22,2%)

    • Night fae
      : 53,1%
      (53,2% / 48,4%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 16,9%
      (17,7% / 17,2%)

    • Venthyr
      : 11,3%
      (7,1% / 12,2%)

  • Arcane Mage


    • Kyrianer
      : 8,4%
      (8,0% / 7,0%)

    • Night fae
      : 71,8%
      (73,1%/ 68,7%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 7,8%
      (7,1% / 5,9%)

    • Venthyr
      : 12,0%
      (11,9% / 18,4%)

  • Fire magician


    • Kyrianer
      : 3,3%
      (4,1% / 3,9%)

    • Night fae
      : 87,6%
      (85,0% / 76,8%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 2,0%
      (2,2% / 5,1%)

    • Venthyr
      : 7,1%
      (8,7% / 14,2%)

  • Frost magician


    • Kyrianer
      : 5,0%
      (5,2% / 4,2%)

    • Night fae
      : 35,2%
      (34,5% / 33,2%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 4,8%
      (4,9% / 4,2%)

    • Venthyr
      : 55,0%
      (55,4% / 58,4%)

  • Windrunner Monk


    • Kyrianer
      : 77,4%
      (75,0% / 50,7%)

    • Night fae
      : 13,0%
      (15,0% / 28,7%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 6,7%
      (6,8% / 13,5%)

    • Venthyr
      : 2,9%
      (3,2% / 7,1%)

  • Vergelter-Paladin


    • Kyrianer
      : 72,4%
      (70,0% / 62,8%)

    • Night fae
      : 3,7%
      (4,1% / 7,0%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 2,7%
      (2,7% / 3,7%)

    • Venthyr
      : 21,1%
      (23,2% / 26,6%)
  • Shadow priest

    • Kyrianer
      : 11,4%
      (12,7% / 18,3%)

    • Night fae
      : 13,3%
      (7,8% / 5,1%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 28,6%
      (31,6% / 36,8%)

    • Venthyr
      : 46,8%
      (48,0% / 39,8%)

  • Assassination villain


    • Kyrianer
      : 13,8%
      (16,8% / 13,4%)

    • Night fae
      : 51,4%
      (52,9% / 51,0%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 13,3%
      (13,2% / 15,4%)

    • Venthyr
      : 21,6%
      (17,0% / 20,3%)

  • Lawlessness villain


    • Kyrianer
      : 25,3%
      (26,2% / 17,3%)

    • Night fae
      : 50,6%
      (51,9% / 54,4%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 9,0%
      (8,0% / 9,3%)

    • Venthyr
      : 15,1%
      (13,9% / 19,0%)

  • Deception villain


    • Kyrianer
      : 35,9%
      (42,1% / 36,0%)

    • Night fae
      : 46,6%
      (43,9% / 44,9%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 6,1%
      (6,2% / 7,4%)

    • Venthyr
      : 11,4%
      (7,8% / 11,7%)

  • Elemental shaman


    • Kyrianer
      : 6,7%
      (7,5% / 13,3%)

    • Night fae
      : 6,3%
      (6,6% / 7,2%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 74,2%
      (72,5% / 64,5%)

    • Venthyr
      : 12,9%
      (13,4% / 15,1%)

  • Amplifier Shaman


    • Kyrianer
      : 5,0%
      (5,3% / 8,8%)

    • Night fae
      : 5,5%
      (5,8% / 7,5%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 11,7%
      (11,3% / 12,1%)

    • Venthyr
      : 77,8%
      (77,5% / 71,6%)

  • Affliction Warlock


    • Kyrianer
      : 9,5%
      (11,6% / 26,2%)

    • Night fae
      : 79,8%
      (77,3% / 57,4%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 4,9%
      (5,1% / 5,8%)

    • Venthyr
      : 5,8%
      (6,1% / 10,7%)

  • Demonology Warlock


    • Kyrianer
      : 5,0%
      (6,1% / 9,7%)

    • Night fae
      : 44,8%
      (43,3% / 37,5%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 33,8%
      (38,8% / 37,9%)

    • Venthyr
      : 11,3%
      (11,8% / 14,9%)

  • Destruction Warlock


    • Kyrianer
      : 17,1%
      (20,1% / 38,5%)

    • Night fae
      : 46,4%
      (41,4% / 28,1%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 26,1%
      (27,1% / 21,2%)

    • Venthyr
      : 10,4%
      (11,3% / 12,2%)

  • Weapons warrior


    • Kyrianer
      : 24,3%
      (29,2% / 28,5%)

    • Night fae
      : 7,5%
      (8,1% / 7,7%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 3,4%
      (2,9% / 4,4%)

    • Venthyr
      : 64,8%
      (59,7% / 59,4%)

  • Furor-Krieger


    • Kyrianer
      : 12,2%
      (13,5% / 15,4%)

    • Night fae
      : 12,3%
      (10,0% / 10,5%)

    • Nekrolords
      : 5,3%
      (5,4% / 6,1%)

    • Venthyr
      : 70,3%
      (71,1% / 68,0%)

Incidentally, the numbers do not perfectly reflect the status, since it can only be read out in which play style the players concerned have logged out. So it is quite possible that there are slight shifts within the classes.

Conclusion of the changes in the pact distribution

If we look at the numbers and the changes, in many cases a trend can be seen. Between the release and patch 9.0.5, the already preferred pacts became more and more popular in many cases. This is mainly due to the fact that many players quickly pack their twinks into the pact that is recommended according to the guides. In addition, there must have certainly been some changers who subsequently changed their minds, since in practice a certain pact has turned out to be too strong.
Patch 9.0.5 has not had a particularly big impact so far. However, the effect that more and more players are opting for the popular pacts has been somewhat mitigated. These continue to grow faster than the less popular pacts – but far less dramatically than before.

In some cases, there were also shifts that could be attributed to other reasons. These include, for example, the Holy Paladin, where word is slowly getting around how strong the Venthyr ability for additional damage is. Or specializations that change pacts, since other pacts are better for their other specs – for example frost magicians who switch to the night fae preferred by fire.
In general, however, the relative popularity of Kyrians and night fae continues to grow. One reason could be that players with a lot of twinks prefer to park their other characters where they already know their way around. Or that the signature skills of the two pacts are much more popular and that these are more important to some players than the actual pact skills in the case of little-played twinks.

How do you think about that? Do the numbers you read out match your experience or do you have a different impression of the pact distribution?

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