Mound-Makers is a Covenant in Dark Souls 3.Mound Makers


A malformed vertebra found by the mad, with a queer symbol on its inside, proof of the shackles of the Gods. Equip to pledge oneself to the Mound-makers covenant.

The mound-makers wish only to add to their mounds, becoming mad spirits whether summoned as co-operators or invaders.

They are blithe to those around them, for in their minds, any kill might lead to another shackle.


Mound-Makers Information



  • You must obtain the item: Mound-Makers and equip it.
  • Before killing the Curse-Rotted Greatwood boss, start at the Undead Settlement bonfire and continue through the house until reaching the camp with an Evangelist near a burning pile (where you find Loretta's Bone), from here take a right and cross the wooden bridge. At the other side of the bridge there's a bunch of crates and barrels, break those and walk behind the stables insted of entering. Behind a small house with a ladder is a cage spider NPC, it will give you a hint that there's something fishy going on with a cage. Climb up the ladder of the small house, then drop off the roof on the right side. You will see a large guy with a cage on his back, approach his cage and use the action button to examine it. A cutscene will appear and you will be teleported to the area where an Holy Knight Hodrick gives you the covenant. (Does not work with summons or while being invaded).
  • After joining the covenant there is no apparent way to leave the area apart from using a Homeward Bone (Hodrick will give you one if you talk to him for the third time), but a quit/reload will spawn you back at the settlement where you entered the cage, without reviving everything you had killed up to that point.
  • If you kill the Curse-Rotted Greatwood before acquiring the covenant, go to the entrance of the boss room after having defeated Aldrich. There you can activate the summon sign of Sirris of the Sunless Realms and join in cooperation. If successful, you will acquire the Covenant. You must not have turned Sirris hostile towards you.
  • If you kill Curse-Rotted Greatwood before acquiring the covenant AND failed the questline for Sirris of the Sunless Realms for whatever reason, it will be impossible to acquire the convenant's insignia until your next journey/playthrough (Tested by DD: I've killed the Greatwood & didn't know about the Hollow Manservant (Cage Bearer "enemy") then offered a Pale Tongue to Rosaria while following Leonhard's questline and this failed Sirris's questline).


Effects of Covenant

  • How you enter a host's world dictates how you can interact with the world.  You can either be summoned via a White Sign Soapstone or invade using a Red Eye Orb.  
  • When using the summon sign you are placed in the friendly phantom slots for the host. You can kill any phantom and the host. You also can attack and kill the enemies in the hosts world. However you cannot enter a boss fog with the host. You will be sent away when the host enters the fog.
  • If you invade as a mad phantom you can only hurt other phantoms and the host. Killing the host will send you home with your reward. Regardless of how you enter the hosts world other mad phantoms can attack and hurt you as well as any phantom or host. The only thing that changes hostility based on how you enter is the pve enemies which are no longer hostile to you when you invade.  
  • The white phantom ring does not change your summon sign from purple to white.
  • Whether you use the white soap stone, red soap stone, or the red eye orb a mound maker phantom will always appear as purple as well as the signs you place.
  • Invading as a Mound Maker will prioritize worlds with many players, allowing for maximum chaos. (from officialPrima guide)
  • It is worth noting that, even if you did not obtain the covenant equip item in a playthrough, you may still turn in vertebra shackles obtained through other means for the covenants rank rewards.
  • The Matchmaking Formula is Covenant Dependent:
Condition Min Max
Summoning a White Phantom, Warrior of Sunlight, Mound-Maker or no covenant Host - 10 - (Host * 0.1) Host + 10 + (Host * 0.1)
Invasion from Mound-Maker Invader - (Invader * 0.1) Invader + 20 + (Invader * 0.15)


Rank Requirements

Players can increase their rank in the covenant by offering acquired Vertebra Shackle Items at the altar in the Pit of Hollows where you face Curse-Rotted Greatwood in the Undead Settlement. Acquire these by defeating the world host; being present for the death of up to 3 phantoms of any type, the exact number of which is determined by the existing number of non-Host players in that world; or defeating any Mound-Maker who invades you. They are also rare drops from large red-eyed skeletons in Catacombs of Carthus. Hosts who defeat a Mound-maker invader will receive a Vertebra Shackle as well, but this does not apply if the Mound Maker invaded by means of Red Sign Soapstone. A cheesey way to farm Vertebra Shackles is to have two Mound Makers summon each other repeatedly and allow the invader to kill the host. (To clarify. You need a total of 30 and not 30 extra after going to rank 1)

A slow & steady offline way to farm Shackles is to travel from the Catacombs of Carthus Bonfire, right past the ball trap & out the left hall to the two large red eye skeletons which each have ~1% drop rate. This will also net a large number of Titanite Shards & Large Titanite Shards as well as frequent Carthus Shield & Curved Sword drops.

Rank Requirement Rewards
0 Initial None
1 10 Bloodlust (Katana)
2 30 Warmth Pyromancy




Covenant: Mound-Makers

Discover Mound-Makers covenant.Bronze Trophy






    • Anonymous

      10 Jul 2017 03:19  

      ... Y'all need to Cheese each other for these? WTF I get all 30 just by dropping a white soapstone sign at Grand Archives and Snowfield then just waiting.

      It's a win-win for a moundmaker to be friendly BTW. Help the host kill enemies to get souls. You Win. Help the host kill invaders to get shackles. You Win. If the host dies? You Win. Don't attack hosts and you can have some FUN while getting your shackles. I was at 30 before I even knew it on all my profiles.

      NTM Shamefully beg others to help you get one of the easieset covenant rewards... I can't even express pity to that properly, that is beyond sad...

      • Anonymous

        06 Jul 2017 18:41  

        The comment section here is just people asking to cheese and farm this covenant. It's like the entire community completely missed the point, smh... -_-

        • Anonymous

          27 Jun 2017 21:04  

          Killing the boss isn't what makes the covenant accessible only until latter in the game, simply engaging the boss fight will deny you access as the cage monster will try to kill you...(Just tried,I even let the boss kill me to go join but couldn't)

          • Anonymous

            20 Jun 2017 23:11  

            Easiest way to farm shackles. Just drop your purple sign in Crusifixtion woods. Kill all invaders, or fail and run away as the host dies. Either way, profit.

            • Anonymous

              15 Jun 2017 09:59  

              Hey I'm looking to farm Vertebra Shackles with people so add me on steam if you want:

              • Anonymous

                28 May 2017 05:33  

                Travel to the Mausoleum Lookout bonfire on a Friday or Saturday night and invade as many people as you can. 9 times out of 10, the spectral archers will kill them before you even enter combat, and you'll earn your shackles in no time.

                • Anonymous

                  26 May 2017 05:57  

                  No love for purples? For a while I felt this covenant suited me in my time off as a darkmoon, I'd put down a white sign, spawn randomly and just start killing all the enemies I came across and basically expressed ridiculous hostility and violence to everyone and everything except the host, meaning Phantoms and Loyals and other Moundmakers and Reds alike. But now nobody summons me anymore, when did Mad Phantoms get such a bad rep? Is it REALLY that risky to summon somebody who's only meaning in life is to find somebody and rip out one of their spinal vertebrae to add to a pile?

                  • Anonymous

                    25 May 2017 14:28  

                    If you go and cut down the hanging body with an item (stoneplate ring) it falls down over the cliff, buuuut if just before you enter that cage bearer, go cut down the body to let it fall, and once youre in the mound pit, leave via exiting to menu and once you do youll be back to the area where before you went into cage man, now if you look back where you cut down the hanging body it'll respawn on the rocks, so voila no more hassle going way down the spooky cliff.

                    • Anonymous

                      21 May 2017 20:46  

                      Such a shame they managed to ruin the PvP so badly that it's easier and faster to farm these at a 1% drop rate

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