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. The covenant item drops upon defeating Midir. Equip it to join the 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. The rank requirements are additive, meaning you only have to earn a total of 30, not 10 and then another 30, to obtain all covenant rewards.
Rank Requirement Rewards
0 Initial None
1 10 Young Grass Dew
2 30 Divine Spear Fragment

 

 

Achievements/Trophies

  • None.

 

Trivia

  • 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.
  • The various mentions of grass stem from a Japanese pun on the word "kusa 草" which means both grass and ninja.



    • Anonymous

      26 Nov 2019 09:21  

      Being a Spear of the Church 101 - What you need to know before you even invade: You're going to want to get 10 Filianore's Spear Ornaments as soon as possible to get the Young Grass Dew, which is just a permanent passive buff while you're the SotC boss. Luckily, you get one for free at the top of the ladder leading to Midir. You also get one from defeating a Spear of the Church. They also drop from Ringed Knights, but they are such a rare drop that that is the worst way to go about obtaining them. Getting 20 more F'sSO isn't as important since the Ritual Spear Fragment functions the exact same way as the Divine Spear Fragment. It just does less damage. You don't need to craft a special build if you want to be a SofC boss. Almost any build can be one. Just do these two simple things: equip the Sun Princess Ring and have a Blessed infused shield/parrying tool/etc. in your offhand at all times. You could also just equip Ethereal Oak Shield if you don't want to use a slab on a Blessed tool, as EOS gives just as much HP regen as a +10 Blessed tool no matter what level it is. As a SotC, passive HP regen is your best friend. You don't get any Estus, remember, so 4 HP/sec is as good as gold. As a SotC, you want to drag the fight out as long as possible. You want to drain your opponent's Estus while letting your passive HP regen do its work and maybe even let the Church Guardian NPCs heal you with their AoE cures, as well. It's pretty rare for a SotC invasion to last less than 3 minutes. If you spend 2 min. 30 sec. of that time without full health, you'll heal a whopping 600 HP just from the effects of your Blessed tool and SPR. And that's in a short SotC invasion. Its not too rare for SotC invasions to go on for 8+ minutes, especially when you're fighting against teams. If you are using a Lightning infused weapon, it's worth considering infusing it with Blessed instead while invading as a SotC. Yes, you'll be dealing less damage, but you'll up your passive HP regen to a very impressive 6 HP/sec (assuming you're using +10 weapons). Gentle Prayer is also a pretty useful tool as a SotC, even if you're not using any Miracles. Any build with at least 10 Faith can just throw on Priest's Chime on a free weapon's slot. Gentle Prayer has a fairly speedy cast, it shouldn't be too difficult to use it even while fighting a team. Just remember; you need to keep a chime in your hand in order to keep the effect of Gentle Prayer. Once you switch it out for a different weapon or two-hand your other weapon, the effect immediately goes away. If you are using a weapon buff miracle, such as Darkmoon Blade, you may want to consider switching it out for Blessed Weapon, as BW has an HP regen effect (that gets more powerful the higher your spell buff is). Since BW offers a flat 7.5% boost to a weapon's physical AR, it can be used effectively on any non-split damage buffable weapon. Keep in mind that you can invade as a SofC even if you don't have the Covenant Badge equipped (or even if you don't have it at all). Just place a summon sign somewhere in the Ringed City and it might summon you as a SotC automatically. Now, for the actual fight: Once you spawn in, spears pierce the ground below you. This will give you just enough time to cast any one buff, but watch out for mages/pyros/lightning chuckers. If you don't see any pyro flames/staffs/etc., feel free to buff. For some reason, people try to attack you as you spawn in about 1/5 of the time. This is good news, since they'll be hit by the spears spawning below you without you even having to do anything. The more players you are fighting against, the more powerful you become. When fighting multiple opponents you'll gain hyper armor, buffed stats, get the auto-casting "Soul Masses" more often, and your Spear Fragment will have less of a cool down period. And these buffs will stay even if the other players die during the fight. It can actually be easier to fight against teams as a SotC. Your Spear Fragment is incredibly powerful, use it often. When you use it, don't lock-on to a target, as the trail of spears will stop at your target. If used locked-off, it will shoot off a trail in the direction you were looking until it hits a wall or pillar. Simply toggle off your target shortly before using the SF or just manually aim. Try to make the trail go as long as possible if you can by avoiding pillars and walls. The spears that pierce the ground continue to hurt opponents if they touch them until the spears disappear, this is what makes them so useful. Aim for a Church Guardian NPC if one is around to protect them, maybe even allowing them to get a heal off. Use the SF to get an opponent away from you by building a wall between you and them, allowing you to apply a buff or heal. You can even heal IN the spears once you shoot them, though, this is kind of a **** move. As there isn't much a pure melee build can do to stop you. If cheap exploits don't bother you, have at it! The SF is great for dealing with the NPC summon (won't say his/her name to avoid potential spoilers). The NPC summon's AI isn't very good at dealing with the SF. He/She will just kind of stay in them trying to block or attack through it. Just try to keep him/her in it as long as possible by staying in it yourself in his/her line of sight. The SF is especially useful while fighting teams. You can use it as crowd control, creating a wall between them to separate them for a short period of time. Obviously, keeping the Church Guardians alive as long as possible is advantageous. Be aggressive while they are alive, try not to let them get backstabbed while they're casting heals, and protect them with the SF. Just stay close to them. When they Church Guardians aren't alive: ROLL! "Just keep rolling, rolling, rolling!" You want to be passive as a SotC. Your job is to gain health and drain Estus. Keep the fight going!

      • Anonymous

        20 Nov 2019 22:07  

        Do you have the same health as your character during this fight or is it increased to Halflight's? I'm trying to make a build for this but don't want to be too overlevelled to be summoned due to having to put lots of points into vigor

        • Anonymous

          28 Oct 2019 16:41  

          This is my favorite covenant in the game next to Mound Makers, but I’ve never actually gotten to play a part because it drops from Midir and I suck so much at fighting him... time to git gud :’)

          • Anonymous

            17 Oct 2019 21:07  

            Don’t forget that fighting a player counts as being invaded therefore you have a chance to obtain a seed of a giant tree as with any other invasion

            • Anonymous

              06 Oct 2019 12:26  

              I guess I got lucky first time I fought the boss it was a player and they let me take out the healer guy that's summoned and we had a good duel that I luckily won

              • Anonymous

                25 Sep 2019 05:49  

                The salt on this page is hilarious. I personally love this mechanic and boss fight, as long as there are no rage quits from either side, this fight is an epic duel between players with one as an underdog, whether a lone host or ganked boss, it truly is an awesome experience for me

                • Anonymous

                  18 Sep 2019 07:04  

                  Does the basic summon range count for being summoned as a spear of the church? Im trying to do it but its not working

                  • Anonymous

                    13 Sep 2019 22:39  

                    Worst boss fight design ever. First the offline NPC is too OP with his endless frayed blade weapon arts that can kill you in two hits, or even one if it bleeds you. Next, online you have basement dwellers who have added healing miracles to their build for a fight where the boss is not supposed to heal. It's impossible even with multiple cooperators. For all the advantages invaders are given I thought they were the lowest of the low. Now I and I'm sure many others can't complete the game because of these try-hard's and I have to say they are the scum of the earth.

                    • Anonymous

                      08 Sep 2019 05:16  

                      It is a decent mechanic, but it's a pain for progressing pass the boss when you get sweaty nerds blocking your way

                      • Anonymous

                        25 Aug 2019 18:23  

                        4th playthrough now and all fights went like this: Random gets summoned -> Random hides behind the guardians and tries to gang up with them -> Guardians get killed -> Random alt+f4 the ***** out -> Have to fight Halflight. At full health. Without break. Nice... Oh well, still better than one of those folks who build their chars exclusively to be a pain as boss.

                        • Anonymous

                          19 Aug 2019 17:37  

                          Person try to kill the invader and get reked because the invader is using an op build, player gets angry and begins to gank in the invader, invader gets upset and begins to do op build to kill gankers. Repeat

                          • Anonymous

                            11 Jul 2019 11:27  

                            "SPEAR OF THE CHURCH, HEARKEN TO THE CALL THAT SUMMONS THEE" *Spear of the Church Big Chungus was summoned* Oh...

                            • Anonymous

                              28 Jun 2019 04:28  

                              I would recommend dedicated spears to always level their faith to 25 so you can use Great Heal and enough attunement to pull up 2 of them in case the first one gets denied. Tried this "build" which is a really fun mess of just cycling through stylish weapons and buffing your stuff and etc. Currently SL 98 and it actually works wonders up until now. Died to occasional gonkers with their big boi slabs of metal they call a UGS and gets thrown dung pies. Actually got good feedback from it too.

                              • Anonymous

                                22 May 2019 16:57  

                                A idea for you spear bros for a Abyss watcher cosplay where the whole abyss watcher set and get enough Vit so you can also wield either the claymore or bastard sword and a parrying dagger and when you get to half hp pull out your Farron Greatsword to really switch things up just remember the R1 button exists when you use the Farron Greatsword

                                • Anonymous

                                  22 May 2019 16:42  

                                  They should’ve made this a boss on that could happen anywhere as long as they have the covenant equipped just no heals and if the host kills him he could get like a slab or other goodies

                                  • Anonymous

                                    20 Apr 2019 10:44  

                                    People running away in this fight seriously guys youre just cancer, its nearly impossible to kill someone like that alone. They'll run away if you get them low the painting guardian comes if you attack the painting they attack you aswell if you try attacking them they keep running/rolling and the guardian does damage to you.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      16 Apr 2019 21:53  

                                      This covenant exists to give gankers what they deserve for good. The boss 's bonus should be added to invaders equipped with this covenant

                                      • Anonymous

                                        23 Mar 2019 17:52  

                                        Its strange i am being less summoned while this covenant is activated for fight. Instead i am being summoned more frequently with sun warrior covenant activated and a summon sign left.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          19 Mar 2019 21:25  

                                          How OP is iron flesh/lingering dragoncrest ring +2/3(? Can't remember if it caps at 2) in this? It still gives a flat 100 poise? Stack with bountiful light, see how it goes. Chime WA or Filianore's WA for even better results.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            27 Feb 2019 12:47  

                                            Was using the red orb to invade in the swamp while wearing the covenant badge. While it was searching, I was summoned as a Spear for the boss fight. I won, but received no ornament or tongue - just an ember. What a rip-off.

                                            • 24 Feb 2019 13:05  

                                              When you sitting at the bonfire waiting to be summoned an you get the msg yes let’s go boom spear of the church. I die a little knowing this is going to be a ***** fest with bee knees playing in the background

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