Spears of the Church is a Covenant in Dark Souls 3. It was added in The Ringed City DLC.


A green-rusted ornament of young grass, the crest of Princess Filianore. Equip to join the Spears of the Church covenant.

The Spears of the Church watch over the Princess' slumber, and when the church is compromised by a trespasser, the Judicator summons them as loyal spirits to eliminate the threat (Summoned automatically while this is equipped).

Loyal spirits summoned as Spears of the Church are granted a blessing of protection.





 Spears of the Church Information




  • Defeat Darkeater Midir under the Inner Ring Wall bonfire. Behind a hidden wall is the "Spears of the Church" item. Equip it to join this covenant.


Effects of covenant

Rank Requirements

  • Successfully completing task earns you Filianore's Spear Ornament which can be turned in to the altar to rank up in the covenant. The altar is located next to the Ringed Knight with the dual greatswords outside the church. 
Rank Requirement Rewards
0 Initial None
1 10 Young Grass Dew
2 30 Divine Spear Fragment




  • None.



  • The summoning mechanics of this covenant are reminiscent of the Old Monk from Demon's Souls, whom Hidetaka Miyazaki, one of Dark Souls III's directors, claims to be his favorite boss encounter.
  • If the player puts down their summon sign within the Ringed City, they have a chance of getting summoned as a Spear of the Church, even if they aren't in the Covenant. The same can happen at pure random while exploring the Ringed City, though the chances are low.

    • Anonymous

      14 Mar 2018 14:08  

      I played the DLC for the first time this weekend. I didnt see anything of the DLC, didnt want to spoil myself. However, i had a nasty encounter when i dropped my white soapstone to play with a friend, with password, and i got summoned for the fight. I was AFK for 10 seconds max and had NO idea what was going on. Like wtf is that*****, why am i attacked by a player?? Why is there a boss health bar??

      By the time i realized, i couldnt even do anything. I had nothing really good equiped and no spear fragment to use as spell. The fight had a 15 seconds duration max.

      And when it was my time to do the boss... Took me 10 times because everyone who got summoned just rushed me and i couldnt do*****. I wish they'd just summom someone totally oblivious like i was. Would have made it fair.

      Fun times.

      • Anonymous

        14 Mar 2018 07:31  

        The only real ways to lose as a SotC is if the host/phantom kills you with their high ping or you're painfully bad at PvP. I've literally only lost twice out of over 20 times, and even then it was only because the host got a lucky lagstab on me. I'm not even good at PvP or using top tier gear. Just using Master's Set, Ragged Mask, Loincloth, and the Greatsword. I'd imagine someone who is using better gear or more skilled would be pretty much impossible.

        • Anonymous

          22 Feb 2018 06:23  

          Imagine, if you will, a covenant so bad that Fromsoft had to force people who aren't in it to go through it's ropes.
          A covenant so bad that even if you get in and get all 30 of it's rank items the only rewards you get are items that you can only use while doing the fight that normally you would be finished doing because you got it's use.
          A covenant so bad that the only willing participants are parry-spamming meta-tards using a Chaos Dagger to compensate for their lack of Combatic Prowess.

          You are now entering the twi-- BEING SUMMONED TO ANOTHER WORLD AS A SPEAR OF THE CHURCH

          • Anonymous

            04 Feb 2018 22:44  

            Don't know if its a bug, but I've been earning tongues while invading in the ring city even if I have this covenant alignment. I even get forked tongues!

            • Anonymous

              23 Jan 2018 19:40  

              So I took me 5 attempts to beat this. First I was super confused at what was going on and died to some katana user as I was chasing the painting mob around. The Second attempt I blew up the painting guy and proceeded to duel the guy who parried me and one shot me with what I assume was a Chaoes dagger.

              The next freaken 2 fights was with dudes who would run run run run until they had their freaken NPC healing support and go full beserk. Was sooooooo dumb.

              5th guy I poisoned so that running tactic wouldn't work.

              Fight that should be fun can easily be made a pain by jerks.

              • Anonymous

                21 Jan 2018 04:56  

                If you beat a Spear, does the amount of souls recieved depend on NG, or SL of the Spear?

                If it's the former, I just found a new farming place.

                • Anonymous

                  20 Jan 2018 04:11  

                  Scaling for a Spear is mediocre and not really noticeable when there's one phantom.
                  But with two or three, scaling is pretty hardcore and ramps up 10 notches (to help the Spear not get steamrolled).
                  The notable scaling effects I have noticed (either through personal experience, or watching videos) are:

                  Shorter cooldown time on the Ritual Spear Fragment/Divine Spear Fragment

                  Less damage taken

                  More resistance to status effects

                  More poise

                  More health for painting guardians

                  • Anonymous

                    20 Jan 2018 02:03  

                    If someone starts the Spear of the Church boss fight as a disturber of sleep, and there's absolutely no one with the covenant equipped, and no one in the Ringed City, what happens then?

                    • Anonymous

                      14 Jan 2018 07:26  

                      Personally my favorite covenant in the game, because you can fight as a boss. There's something about being an impediment to players' progress that makes these fights feel fun, as opposed to "who can kill better" in fight clubs.
                      Even if you get ganked so hard that it's impossible to win, you can still stall and waste their time (just try not to break your controller while you're at it).

                      Now unfortunately, this a DLC covenant and therefore not every person will have access to it, making matchmaking more scarce. But you still get a nice feeling as soon as matchmaking does find someone.

                      • Anonymous

                        11 Jan 2018 05:53  

                        Considering they prevent you from using Estus and barely buff your health, I find it disgusting players can just walk in with 3 of their friends and cheese the entire point of this cov. Normally a boss would scale up. You, as the "boss" do not, meaning they just have to mob you down. They have full access to Estus. You do not. In a 1v4. While you have around 2k health. FromSoft. Do you even use your *****ing brains? My bad, that was a joke. They don't have any.

                        • Anonymous

                          31 Dec 2017 14:46  

                          Pretty depressing that the covenant rewards are only effective in "defender" battles. Wish they had a special spear you could use outside as a covenant reward.

                          • Anonymous

                            26 Dec 2017 16:33  

                            When fighting as a Spear of the Church, you'd be surprised as to how many people try to go for the backstab as soon as you're summoned only to get vaporized.

                            • Anonymous

                              17 Dec 2017 16:40  

                              I just finished ranking up this covenant (for the sake of having everything in this game) and I tried several methods which I'm going to share from worst to best.

                              The absolute worst method to rank up this covenant is farming Ringed Knights, as the drop rate of Filianore's Spear Ornaments is abysmal. (Yes, A-B-Y-S-M-A-L.). I insist on the fact that I farmed everything single weapon, shield, chime and item in this game for the sake of completion, even the elusive Harpe, and trust me, this is by far the worst drop rate of the entire game. Even Harald Legion item are no match to this item.

                              The regular method (if you are just playing the game without going to far higher than SL120 "meta") is just to wait to be summoned as a Spear of the Church. Now there are several problems with this method, including the well known Havel Ganksquad From MOMPULLTHEPLUG city but it isn't too bad if you are an average player you can manage it. To make it extra easy grab some Lloyd's talisman to prevent estus recovery, this will make 1v1 a cakewalk. I personally do not use Lloyd's because I think it is unfair and it breaks the mechanics of this fight (since you basically turn the fight in a ganksquad with the infinite stagger church guardians bros).

                              Now, the best method. It consists in running constantly the boss fight over and over again (as Disturber of Sleep) while wearing the covenant ring. To reset the boss fight you must pay an amount of souls equal to your SL * 500. (so 60.000 souls at SL120). In NG this fight gives 80.000 souls without any boost. Just think about having the shield of want and the mendicant staff as offgear (equipped but not used) to switch for those after the fight and don't forget to switch for SoA and if you are a good PvP player who can spare a ring, then go for CSS+3 as well. This way in NG you will get 233.000 Souls for each victory. This way you can constantly reset the fight, and still get 173.000 souls bonus not counting the spear ornament. This is by far the best method to rank up this convenant, and it even works offline. I ran it online exclusively and I fought Halflight only twice by lack of players. In the end, and this is only my opinion, Halflight is harder to beat than regular players, but I do a lot of PvP in Dark Souls 3 and have a Jack-of-all-trade build so that might be why I feel this way about it.

                              Now some advices about fighting real players instead of Halflight. These advices won't be about PvP itself, but more about this PvP fight.

                              If you are Spear of the Church: DO NOT BE GREEDY. Greed is you archenemy here. Time is actually playing in your favor since it will summon more church guardians who will heal you. The ritual spear fragment is utter garbage, don't bother using it except your enemy is winding up a very long attack or you want to cast a long spell and need to distract him. As melee you can unequip it, it isn't even worth being displayed in your bar. I wouldn't recommend trading with the other player when attacking (I'm looking at you UGS users), since he can heal and you can't, so using a fast weapon or spells is recommended. For pure STR builds you can still rely on some extremely hard hitting weapons like Ledo's or DSGA (mostly a troll weapon as Spear tbh) but this can go south really fast.
                              If you are not a parry god don't try parrying as spear, you will mostly end up taking pointless damage and even dying.
                              Use the church guardian to your advantage, DO NOT let him die, this is not a fight club nor a duel, the disturber of sleep can and WILL heal and you can't (except with miracles) so attacking in tandem is NOT dishonorable. The church guardian sometimes two hand his weapon and start a long combo. This combo can stun lock for a long time, since he has a fast weapon and rolls don't react really well on this combo, use this as well.

                              Try to always put the disturber of sleep between you and a church guardian, this way you'll be in a pincer attack setup which is harder to manage especially since the guardian deals insane poise damage.

                              That's about all for the spear, now as disturber of sleep.

                              Don't try to backstab the church guardian if you do not wear the hornet ring and a good critical weapon. It isn't worth it. If you backstab him, yes he will loose a lot of health, but if he isn't dead, then he will start his troll moves rolling around everywhere and backstepping and the spear will already be there before you kill him and things will go very wrong for you. Just wait attack him from front (which lets you see what kind of spear is summoned, you don't want to get butt*****ed by a Ledo's) and R1 him until he dies. He has no life and is staggered very easily.

                              Once the spear is here, DO NOT rush to him, since he is protected by lightning spear when spawning. Instead, I recommend winding up a spell with some range or drinking some estus to have a good start.
                              If the spear isn't a UGS/GA/GH user, then you should put extreme pressure on him and play extremely agressive because time plays in his favor, and he can't regen so every single damage dealt to him means a lot. If he his a caster, to be honest you will most likely destroy him as the area is quite small and most people just spamming crystal soul spear and chaos bed vestiges which are the two easiest spells to dodge in the entire game. Just roll through them and hack away (never more than two hits remember how stagger works).
                              Now, if you are facing some UGS/GA/GH user, you can have a harder time, since the church guardian can quickly stagger you while the spear will smash you. With this fight setup, it looks a lot like fighting Ornstein & Smough in DS1. In this case I recommend switching to an ultra to be able to trade some damage with the spear (don't do that if you don't have 30+ VIG & 30+ VIT with decent armor, you will die). Most spear will play greedu like they do in fight clubs forgetting they can't heal and will end up rolling for their life for 2 minutes in the end.

                              Their is an alternate way to kill the spear. Equip armor of thorns (full set) and roll away on him until he's dead, takes a long time but with decent stam regen and constant pressure he will die and the fight will be meaningless. This is a troll strat but it is funny to put in place.


                              • Anonymous

                                25 Nov 2017 14:04  

                                I got summoned as the Spear of the Church, died to another Havel ganksquad pretty much immediately, but got TWO ornaments anyway... I'm not sure if the Host died at the same time, or if the presence of a Warrior of Sunlight affects anything? Either way, go figure I always get summoned when I'm in the middle of a fashion run.

                                • Anonymous

                                  18 Nov 2017 14:04  

                                  Got summoned as halflight with Blades of the Darkmoon on. I even haven't obtained Spears of the Church insignia.

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