Spears of the Church

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 is a Covenant in Dark Souls 3. It was added in The Ringed City DLC.  The covenant can be  obtained from defeating Darkeater Midir under the Inner Ring Wall bonfire. While a member of the Covenant, players wearing this Covenant badge will be summoned to become Halflight, Spear of the Church during the boss fight.


 Spears of the Church Information

  • 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

 Spear Of The Church boss buffs

Opponents FP Stamina Poise Absorptions (pre-nerf) Absorptions (post-nerf) Resistances
1 +10% +10% +10% +10% +10% +20%
2 +25% +15% +20% +50% +45% +60%
3 +35% +20% +33% +66% +61% +110%
4 +45% +30% +50% +75% +72% +160%

Resistances do NOT account for your armor bonuses. aka 300 total poison res. with 200 flat and +100 from armor with +20% bonus = 340 instead of 360.

All values are with young grass dew.



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

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    • Anonymous

      12 Sep 2021 04:10  

      I had a different experience with this covenant fighting against me than other people in the comments.
      I dont play offline and i dont summon help so ..yeah i got players invading ..and died many times.. untill i finally defeated the summoned player.
      The npc boss summoned only one time for me, first time.. and i died to him...every other time there were players.
      But.. there were a lot fun fights..even when i died there were about 5 or 6 fun fights in 10 to 15 times i repeated this fight...the most boring fight was with npc the first time.
      Some players will stop agroing you and let you kill those painted guardian summons... thats nice of them... but if not prioritize them, i died most to them actually not the player.
      You can dispach first summoned painted guardian right away, before player will be summoned, with backstab if you stand right behind the spot where he will apear...there even messages sometimes on the ground pointing out the right spot.
      Use pillars to your advantage...
      Player has a tell when casting that spear thing... dodge sideways and towards the player because it will open a way for you to counter attack.
      Dont be greedy... when you dispach a second painted guardian summon.. you have all the time in the world.. get in, get a hit, get out... rinse and repeat.
      As with any boss.. so with players, any players... best time to get a hit is when they finnish their attack...watch carefully what they are doing and with what weapon...go towards them to provoke an attackand roll back right away...then roll towards them through the attack and get your counter attack from a roll and get out of the range imidiately.
      Heal only when you have sufficient distance from the player and the player has started attacking and will miss you or is finishing attack animation..
      Use buffs for weapons... dark is good against players generally...
      Higher damage slow winging weapons in my experience proved better to get that one hit in... also it helps you dispach the painted guardian more quickly.
      Sepparate the painted guardian and the player... guardian will be faster than the player and here you can use pillars to your advantage.
      If you fail, try again... there is a good chance that you will get better with practice... you will get better at pvp in general and you may stumble upon a player that is at your skill level.
      Good luck...you will win the fight eventually... slave knight Gael and Midir are harder than this fight...

      • Anonymous

        17 Aug 2021 20:40  

        "unfair, forced pvp, bad design, op npc, mimimimi..."

        Welcome to the forgotten days of lordran where you had to take care of your business by yourself. All we're doing is getting an ornament for each player who doesn't want to learn.

        • Anonymous

          05 Aug 2021 23:10  

          got summoned to fight as a Spear of the Church while waiting outside the boss room with a white soap stone. i felt pretty bad having to kill them.

          • Anonymous

            29 Jul 2021 12:29  

            this boss is weird because it's the least fun boss if you're the one fighting it, but one of the most fun things in the game if you're playing as it

            • Anonymous

              15 Jul 2021 14:33  

              To the other covenant members who always defends ganking: "bRuH iT's JuSt A gAmE, iT's WoRkInG aS iNtEnDeD. ThE gAmE iS mEaNt tO bE pLaYeD ThIs wAy, yOu'Re ThE oNe InVaDiNg, bLa BlA bLa..."

              Doesn't sound that good now that it doesn't favor you, does it? Feel free to demonstrate your hypocrisy via your dislikes.

              • Anonymous

                11 Jul 2021 14:39  

                This covenant is the most demoralizing thing I’ve ever faced ngl. Sorry that I’m interesting and don’t just LKSS or PKCS every play through ;)

                • Anonymous

                  18 Jun 2021 22:29  

                  I got summoned as a Spear more when I didn't have the covenant equipped than when I intentionally equipped it to fight at the church lol

                  • Anonymous

                    13 Jun 2021 21:01  

                    Imo this is how blades of the darkmoon should have been. I'd rather fight a hacker than a ganker because of how toxic host of embers are in general. Thinking they have impunity just because they take can advantage on from software's absolute incompetence at balancing multiplayer.

                    • 26 May 2021 17:35  

                      I love getting summoned as a spear. The host always brings at least 2 phantoms including patches sometimes, and they still usually struggle to deal with the guardians. I remember a time whenever I was fighting patches while the church guardian managed to nearly solo the host at sl120. It’s hilarious.

                      • Anonymous

                        14 May 2021 03:05  

                        >The covenant can be gained by equipping the item Aldrich Faithful which is obtained from defeating Darkeater Midir

                        • Anonymous

                          13 May 2021 09:51  

                          No coward hosts, white "stand" wannabes or blue prostitutes allowed in this church. Begone, disgraceful heretics.

                          • Anonymous

                            13 Apr 2021 20:50  

                            i got summoned multiple times while being a finger and using red eye orbs inside ringed city, so you dont have to put down a summon sign

                            • Anonymous

                              26 Mar 2021 06:40  

                              The covenant can be gained by equipping the item Aldrich Faithful which is obtained from defeating Darkeater Midir under the Inner Ring Wall bonfire
                              Aldrich faithful?

                              • 25 Mar 2021 04:04  

                                Something using players as the base is inherently going to be a mixed bag. There are people below saying how hard this boss is, I used the Paired Greatswords strategically and won on my first attempt. I also killed a few players as part of the covenant. That surely means it's not that skewed towards one side, especially when people on both sides will say it's unfair.

                                • Anonymous

                                  12 Mar 2021 14:55  

                                  Enjoyed this boss even though the first few people I encountered kicked my ass. Eventually resolved to get high enough poise to not get stunned by the painting guardian throwing knives and bum rush the boss while keeping the mobs at bay.

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