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

      19 Jun 2021 04:29  

      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

        14 Jun 2021 03:01  

        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 23:35  

          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 09:05  

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

            • Anonymous

              13 May 2021 15:51  

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

              • Anonymous

                14 Apr 2021 02:50  

                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 11:40  

                  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 09:04  

                    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 20:55  

                      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.

                      • Anonymous

                        06 Mar 2021 12:40  

                        You know well what you've been doing the rest of the game, and it won't work here. Turn off online and do your job on your own for once.

                        • Anonymous

                          17 Feb 2021 23:40  

                          Rant incoming:
                          Hands down the worst boss I've ever fought. Invasion bosses are always a red flag, and this one doesn't even try to escape that fate. Fighting two ganking painting guardians WITH HEALS, and a player, who can heal themselves with miracles is the absolute bane of my existence. I can take a gank, but i prefer a one on one duel. I just tried to beat it on my fourth run through the ringed city, but I've never had this much trouble. The same goddamn Farron ugs spammer, with the ethereal sheild with its passive heals, and a faith build for miracle heals, made this boss impossible. I would run around while getting stagger locked by the throwing knives, and the painting guardian swords, and then once i got the players health to even half, he would heal all the way from the guardians and himself. Every time he would heal i would be down about three estus, and after 5 minutes, I would die, no estus, both guardians alive, and the boss "untouched." Truly a terribly designed boss.

                          • Anonymous

                            12 Feb 2021 16:14  

                            Ho, you're ganking me? Instead of trying to git gud you've brought your 3 phantoms against me? Despite the boss mechanics strengthening my absorption to the point where i'm almost unkillable, and all those bloodstains showing how useless gankers are in this church?

                            Ho ho, then burn as many embers as you like.

                            • Anonymous

                              09 Feb 2021 09:04  

                              Sad they don't mention it but there is a way to restart infinitely this boss fight : go to the bridge in the undead settlement, go to the statue of Velka and you will be able to revive Argo. It works as well with the monument in the ringed city.

                              Personally, I really like this covenant, because it's a great training for invasions and mostly about dealing with ganks : side boss, you have resistances and side host also, because you have the heals and there are NPCs so for both you have to play wisely.

                              • Anonymous

                                04 Feb 2021 20:37  

                                Hey so I know that whenever you equip a covenant that auto summons you, the covenant thing in the top left flashes to let you know you are being summoned. This one just flashes infinitely does someone know why

                                • Anonymous

                                  28 Jan 2021 17:40  

                                  This is the bossfight that filters good, experienced players from absolute donkeys. If you see 2 or 3 phantoms don't bother with being unpredictable as they can't think ahead of their finger tapping the r1 button.

                                  Really, they can't.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    24 Jan 2021 11:54  

                                    These fights are almost as chaotic as rampant invasions, but slightly tuned towards the 'boss' player if they play their cards right. As an invader, there's a world of difference between just treating it as normal PvP, and treating the fight like a Spear. Utilizing your helpers, the pillars in the arena, as well as the useable spear item, all help contribute towards being more than just some guy with no Estus.

                                    Depending on how many players are involved, the engagement changes. 1v1, the challenger is outnumbered due to the church helpers, but there is no damage resistance given to the Spear -- while it is tempting to say the Spear has the advantage in terms of numbers, the Spear can be cheesed by high damage combos, or a backstab/parry to end the fight immediately. Closer to a duel, but the Spear will receive a trickle of healing from the NPC helper, while the host will have Estus.

                                    In 2v1 and larger, the Spear is aiming to divide up the challengers while also protecting their NPCs. One does not have to be a miracle build to heal, as the NPCs can cover healing, as long as the Spear keeps them safe. When outnumbered, this is also where the Spear wants to use their Ritual Spear Fragment in order to divide up the challengers, preventing them from helping each other out, or protect the NPC. Conversely, the challengers want to rid themselves of the NPC as fast as possible in order to cut off the healing the Spear is receiving, while also keeping an eye out to make sure that the Spear doesn't attack them from the back.

                                    The fight tends to be wrapped up in one of two cases: the Spear's NPC dies, in which case the sheer number of opponents and access to healing overwhelms them. The other is that a phantom takes a death, and the host is forced to deal with a buffed Spear that can trade with them but they cannot trade favorably in return. This is not to say comebacks cannot happen, but this is when the pacing of the fight tends to shift.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      13 Jan 2021 10:10  

                                      Here are praticals advises for being a good spear of the church :

                                      - Have a decent knowledge of PvP (used other covenants, invasions, duels...)
                                      - Have a build with regen./heal included (paladin / chaos...) since you have 3 estus for your fp
                                      - Use your ritual spear fragment when they rush you, to help your NPC, to cast spells
                                      - Players will most of the time focus the NPC first. Try to use it to punish them as much as possible
                                      - Once they are half HP, people usually want to heal. Use this time to punish them or chase them as a bait to attack the others behind you.

                                      Hope it helps ! It's my favorite covenant by far and I have 99+600 Ornaments x)

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