A quick guide to moving your anima to other covenants or your less fortunate alts in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
Patch 9.1.5 brought with it several excellent quality of life adjustments. One of these is easily transferring anima between covenants on the same character or your other characters (alts). I’ll dive into the details of how to transfer or send anima, but for now, here is the short answer…
You can transfer your excess anima to your alts or between covenants by purchasing Traveler’s Anima Cache from Au’Dara near the flight master in Oribos. It costs 1,000 anima but will give you a full 1,000 anima back when used. That means you can transfer without losing any resources!
Let’s take a closer look at this process and answer a few common questions about how it all works.
Transfer anima between covenants
Another significant change in patch 9.1.5 was removing the restrictions on changing covenants freely. Before those changes, you would have to do a series of quests to “prove your loyalty” to the new covenant. This limited the number of changes you could make each week.
Now you can visit the head of the covenant you want to join and switch as much as you want. However, be warned, when you switch, you won’t take your reservoir anima with you.
If you are Night Fae and you switch to Necrolord, all of the anima you have deposited will stay in Night Fae until you switch back.
If your change is a little more permanent, though, you can buy the Traveler’s Anima Cache from Au’Dara in Oribos and keep them in your bags. Once you arrive at the Seat of the Primus (home base of the Necrolords), you can deposit all your anima!
As another important side note, your progress in your covenant buildings and the anima you spent will not transfer with you when you switch covenants.
Transfer anima to alts
If you are sending anima to alts, you can simply purchase the Traveler’s Anima Cache and send it to them. Fortunately, the anima cache’s stack, so you don’t have to clear out your bags or make multiple trips to the mailbox. Once your alt receives their anima, you can right-click to add it to their covenant sanctum.
This leads to another important point.
You can use the Traveler’s Anima Cache on any alt who has made it to the Shadowlands and who has joined a covenant. To join a covenant, you will need to either complete the main Shadowlands storyline on your alt or elect to level through the Threads of Fate option.
If you choose Threads of Fate and select a covenant, your alt can begin depositing anima into their covenant sanctum immediately but won’t be able to use it to construct buildings until level 60.
Fortunately, you can still use the anima to purchase any appearances, mounts, or pets that you have enough renown to qualify for before level 60.
Is there a limit (cap) on how much anima you transfer?
If you are looking at sending a whole ton of anima, you may be wondering if there is a limit. In short, the answer is yes; you are limited by the 200k cap set for your covenant sanctum reservoir. Luckily, this is a massive improvement over the old cap of 35k.
Can you use Traveler’s Anima Cache to complete the 1,000 weekly anima quest?
No, the anima you get when using the Traveler’s Anima Cache goes straight into your covenant reservoir and doesn’t count toward the Replenish the Reservoir weekly quest. During PTR testing, there was a time where the item did work that way, but that functionality did not carry into the live game. The cost for the cache was also raised from 250 to 1,000 when the game went from PTR to live.
Do you need to have a “maxed out” covenant sanctum to buy anima caches?
No, you can buy the caches as long as your character is in the Shadowlands and is in a covenant. Many players thought that Blizzard was going to restrict purchasing the caches to characters with fully developed sanctums. Fortunately, in my 9.1.5 live testing, I have found that I can buy the item with alts that have little or no progress on covenant buildings.