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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

 

 

Joining

  • Defeat Darkeater Midir under the Inner Ring Wall bonfire, behind a hidden wall 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. 

 

 

Achievements/Trophies

  • None.

 

Trivia

  • The summoning mechanics for 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 withitin 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

      10 Oct 2017 14:33  

      There are a few mechanics that aren't mentioned here. I've recieved two spear ornaments for defeating a host with a group of phantoms. (I forget if it was two or three) I've also had instances where my blessing of protection (where the spear fragments appear above your head and fire at the trespassers) didn't activate even once during the fight.

      • 24 Sep 2017 02:01  

        Put white sign down for a friend, randomly got summoned to a random room, standing there confused as to what was happening, 3 players attack and kill me.
        I guess this must be it.

        Yeah thanks for spoiling the fight for me, game.
        Also good job on getting those guys a challenge.

        Oh and the best explanation in-game is a voice saying (while I'm in the process of dying btw) "make haste"
        MAKE HASTE TO WHAT?!

        • Anonymous

          12 Sep 2017 01:53  

          I love it when the summoned spear of the church is cosplaying as an npc/boss.
          I've had some pretty epic battles against Anri of Astora, Friede, Smough, etc, seems to happen every once in a while.

          • Anonymous

            28 Aug 2017 14:27  

            If been summoned once as halflight without having the Spears of the Church covenant! ... Not sure, but I think I was using the Blades of the Darkmoon covenant that time.

            • Anonymous

              26 Aug 2017 14:15  

              Put my summon sign at the bonfire near midir and get summoned as a spear almost immediately. Found a Host on his own. Put my weapon in my inventory, go toward the Host and wave. The Host watch me with mistrust, before using prostration, killing me, and spamming thank you carving. I wish i got a sun medal out of this.

              • Anonymous

                15 Aug 2017 04:02  

                I put my summon sign as a sunbro in the room before midir and got summon as spear of the church, killed the host and got a Filianore's Spear Ornament. is this normal?

                • 24 Jul 2017 07:27  

                  The main issue that I have with this covenant is the fact that the rewards are practically useless. My characters join covenants because they offer something useful for the gameplay; my paladin build joins the Sunbros/Darkmoon Blades for the lightning spear and weapon buff, my sorceress joins Aldrich Faithful/Rosaria's Fingers for the spell and staffs, my pyomancer joins the Mound Makers for Warmth, my warrior joins the Watchdogs for the sword and shield. All of these rewards are useful for the build for the rest of the game.

                  The Young Grass Dew looks like a useful reward - damage reduction and stamina regen is a win-win except for the little detail that it only applies when you are summoned as a Spear of the Church. The Divine Spear Fragment is only usable during the Spears boss fight as well. So this endgame level covenant that you have to slay a dragon to even join only ends up offering rewards whose use are restricted to one half of a single boss fight out of the entirety of the game.

                  It's a disappointing, gank-infested vicious circle which exists only to sustain it's own existence; "Well now that I've spent hours and hours grinding that boss fight for the 30 spear fragments, I've drastically improved my abilities to continue to grind that boss fight. Whoop-dee-doo."

                  • Anonymous

                    21 Jul 2017 15:59  

                    Just faced a 5000HP patches and 3 other summons while only being able to do 140 damage to patches with a Fume ultra greatsword...There really needs to be a nerf to avoid this type of play because this is the 3rd time this has happened to me in 2 hours.

                    • Anonymous

                      16 Jul 2017 13:11  

                      This "boss" is pretty *****ing irritating when you're a solo host.
                      Having to deal with two spamming painting guardians and a spear of the church.
                      Yawn.

                      • Anonymous

                        10 Jul 2017 20:28  

                        I have had to teleport out after the fight twice. 2 phantoms had to crystal out as well. No cov reward but I received my souls. Anyone else experience this?

                        • Anonymous

                          03 Jul 2017 02:26  

                          Had some thoughts on why we have to attend this fight as the 'boss' even if we don't want to ( And don't give me that "It's Part of the Experience Just Play offline hurr durr durr" crap-fest )

                          I tested getting summoned to this covenant. Here's what SEEMS to happen: if you are NOT in the covenant, once get you TO the city (Moment you get carried across by the harpies) you automatically get the equivalent of a number out of a hat. If your 'number' gets called you go be a spear for somebody in your standard summon/invasion range. This is for all covenants and even applies to people who are not in any covenant. Once you HAVE done it your chances lower dramatically. You increase your chances of being a spear (at any point, before or after already doing it) by putting down EITHER color of summon sign, though white summon signs seem to have slightly higher odds. Red Eye's also raise your chances significantly. If you revive Judicator Argo via the Purging Monument you take a number out of the hat again. It is possible to be summoned more than once as a spear without doing this, but can be considered rare. I made four different characters and tested this at SL 88 99 120 and 140, I can't supply solid percentages on your chances, but this information is from my repeated testing and ovservation.

                          The chances of being summoned to this covenant while NOT a member are only low when your Soul Level and Regional Play settings don't have many people who are actual members. You can even actually obtain the highest covenant reward without ever actually joining (Should be obvious since you can drop off the ornaments without first selecting the "ask to join covenant" option) and it isn't pointless to do so, even though the covenant fight is the only place that the covenants rewards can even be used, you can basically BE a member just by continually fighting Halflight offline then going online, putting down a summon sign (Places that are OFF the trodden path work better, so y'know, not two steps from a bonfire) and if you wait about two minutes you'll get summoned (roughly 5 minutes being the longest it ever took me, and I was halfway through fighting Ledo... KMS...)

                          • Anonymous

                            30 Jun 2017 07:31  

                            Is it a bug or something? I've been fairly consistently summoned to fight for the spears just as I have been putting down a sunbro sign. I thought it was only because I had just equipped the drang twin spears. Oh well.

                            • Anonymous

                              03 Jun 2017 21:33  

                              There should be an item that buffs you according to how many phantoms you're facing (nothing for just host)

                              • Anonymous

                                28 May 2017 23:38  

                                I wish that From will make in next patch fix so that spear still will be rewarded if host just exit game.
                                Its just so frustrating that even if you deal with gank squads 4v1 host still can disconnect with no downside for him and no reward for you!
                                Ppl who do same thing, uninstall. Or disconnect at least

                                • Anonymous

                                  28 May 2017 06:03  

                                  I'm wondering, do you have to rekill Midir to get the covenant item everytime you go into a new game cycle or no? I've only done it in NG+++ and haven't gone into a new cycle since.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    23 May 2017 15:43  

                                    I've been summoned a lot at SL100, and the distribution is very strange: 50% squishies that I beat in about ten seconds, 10% well-matched fights that I either win or lose, and 40% gank squads against which I have not the slightest whiff of a chance.
                                    My policy is now switching to no weapon or shield when summoned, and doing the lying down gesture if I find there's a squad. They'll get no fight from me.
                                    I'm surprised that the balance of difficulty is not more even.

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