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 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. 




  • None.



  • 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

      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.

            • 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.

                          • Anonymous

                            21 May 2017 00:00  

                            This covenant force summons you even if you don't have the covenant item equipped. I just got summoned to be a boss while I had the Watchdogs of Farron covenant iteam equipped and I was in the Farron Keep.

                            • 19 May 2017 15:25  

                              Sadly for me I didn't know it was a human I would be fighting.So I summoned 3 phantoms then this guy with Friede's Great Scythe got summoned in. He got *****ing destroyed within 5 seconds and I was just sitting there for a solid 8 minutes wondering what the ***** just happened.

                              • Anonymous

                                18 May 2017 08:13  

                                I can say with certainty that there is no greater feeling in this game than cutting down two or three phantoms and knowing the host is panicking doing chip damage to your regenerating, poise stacked body. I had one guy try to black crystal out and I almost died laughing when he stood stunned that it didn't work.

                                • Anonymous

                                  18 May 2017 05:52  

                                  So it seems like any poor sod who enters the city has to at one point be a spear of the church, which is just dumb, seeing as how all things associated with the covenant revolve around people deciding to join. The Ruin Knights got beat so they defend the city, Halflight became a Spear of the Church of his own voalition, and the black witch and Ledo seem to also have decided to defend the city. We came here solely to wake the old hag up and destroy it I see no reason in trying to make everyone do it...

                                  • Anonymous

                                    17 May 2017 15:05  

                                    I find patches a great summon manly that he is almost impossible to kill him with his very high hp and he has estus he is great for distracting the church guardian so you can just back stab punish him Very easily (hornet ring is recommended) and like i said before he is not going to die anytime soon.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      17 May 2017 12:37  

                                      My friend just got summoned as a spear, but he was a member of Rosaria's finger. Is this a bug or?
                                      He never beat Midir

                                      • Anonymous

                                        17 May 2017 04:15  

                                        Seems to have a better queue if you have a red sign down as well as the covenant equipped. Might be placebo. If so, downvote me and call me a dumb*****; it's my fetish.

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