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. 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




  • 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

      30 Nov 2020 20:59  

      I had not yet defeated midr and got summoned into a bossfight I as of yet knew nothing of. How come? ... I only had the ritual spear.

      • Anonymous

        21 Nov 2020 00:22  

        Killed the Halflight very easily. I initially thought it was an AI before reading about the covenant. Underwhelming boss fight.

        • Anonymous

          22 Oct 2020 04:49  

          This covenant is worth it just for things like what happened the other day:

          "Oh, so you re one of the blues that were sticking around pontiff and the swamp? One of those *******s, huh? Too bad your 3 little phantoms just died. I'll take my time ripping your hide off."

          • Anonymous

            07 Oct 2020 14:47  

            Other covenant members: i'll put my sign/invade in the ringed city and see if i can help/kill a host.

            Argo: come here, you!

            • Anonymous

              27 Sep 2020 09:22  

              When doing this boss solo, I can confidently say that Halflight presents a bigger challenge than any player Spear. It feels weird to say that.

              • Anonymous

                26 Sep 2020 20:32  

                While i was waiting to be summoned as a defender. Shortly after i killed this boss and went out so i could be summoned ( i am farming the covenant items killing the boss ). I got the dialogue lines and heard "Make Haste" couldn't skip it. Anybody else got it?

                • Anonymous

                  22 Sep 2020 00:47  

                  Alright I'll be straight. If you people are out there AFK when it's your big moment, you shouldn't be a Spear.

                  Take out your covenant.

                  • Anonymous

                    19 Sep 2020 22:40  

                    I got summoned more often for spear of the church by using the red eye orb than actually using the covenant item...

                    • Anonymous

                      07 Sep 2020 06:07  

                      I put my summon sign in the ringed city to get summoned 5 times against a host... Killed him all 5 times... FeelsBadMan

                      • Anonymous

                        27 Aug 2020 23:40  

                        almost every time there's 3 people co-op in this fight and they never 1v1 you even though you have no chance against their whole squad. I've only gotten 1 summon with just 1 player doing the fight solo and I let them kill the NPCs before we do a fair duel.

                        why even play a DS game if you're going play it like WoW

                        • Anonymous

                          20 Aug 2020 18:09  

                          Crybaby gonkers: "ngeeee stop invading and let me and my 3 summons enjoy the game, don't ruin my chewed up experience so i can compensate for being totally useless on my own, ngeeee invaders are bad, from nerf force ngeeee"

                          From software: and this is why we ended the series. Have fun in this covenant.

                          • Anonymous

                            29 Jul 2020 12:25  

                            I beat Darkeater Midir and got the pendant for this covenant, but being summoned as a boss fight took WAY too long! Idk what was going on, but I wasn’t gonna wait all night just to be summoned; side note, I put my summon sign OUTSIDE the entrance of the church in the Ringed City, so what the **** was I doing wrong!?

                            • Anonymous

                              29 Jul 2020 05:35  

                              Where are your blues now, host? What good are your phantoms now, boy? WHERE ARE YOU MOMMYS AND DADDYS, *****??

                              • Anonymous

                                19 Jul 2020 22:09  

                                I really dislike that you get summoned for putting down a white coop sign. I often try to black crystal out as I'm not equipped for that kind of PvP battle which ruins things for everyone involved. I like the covenant and enjoy the challenge, but you should only be summoned if your currently in the covenant or are a hostile invader. Not a warrior of sunlight. Doesn't really make a lot of sense

                                • Anonymous

                                  04 Jul 2020 15:02  

                                  Where are your blues now, casul? What good are your phantoms now, boy? WHERE ARE YOUR MOMMYS AND DADDYS NOW, B**CH??

                                  • Anonymous

                                    02 Jun 2020 08:58  

                                    I did some research of my own and took screenshots of my stats as a Spear against 1, 2, 3, and 4 players. I'd love to put this info into the wiki but it's locked up, comments here destroy any parsing, and soon we'll all be moving on to Elden Ring anyway. So instead you get the following jumbled mess. Since I can't paste any actual charts, here are some basic points: >>>(1.) Damage is entirely unchanged no matter how many opponents. If it takes you 6 hits to kill a player in the arena it will take you 6 to kill them as a Spear. >>>(2.) HP and attributes are also unchanged. The HP you have as a Spear is the HP you would have as an invader, meaning 70% of your embered HP. >>>(3.) You do get a bump in stamina and FP, although endurance and attunement are unchanged. In a 1v1 my stamina/FP were increased over my defaults by only +10% each, while in a 1v4 they were increased by +30% and +45%. In practice I never notice this difference, +10% is nothing in a 1v1 and 1v4s are too chaotic to notice an extra swing. >>>(4.) By far the biggest changes are in absorption and poise, both of which follow their own curves for increasing. Details ahead... >>>(5.) My average absorption (24) increased over my default by the following amounts: 1v1 +35% [32], 1v2 +150% [60], 1v3 +200% [72], 1v4 +235% [80]. That is not a typo, there really is a *massive* change from 1v1 to 1v2. >>>(6.) There's a formula at play where lower absorptions get more of a boost than higher, so as you face more opponents your absorptions start to all even out around the same numbers. For example my default player had 28 physical and 17 dark absorption, but by the time it was 1v4 they were 82 and 79. The more opponents you face the less your choices in armor matter. >>>(7.) My poise increased over my default (34) by the following: 1v1 +20% [41], 1v2 +40% [47.5], 1v3 +65% [56], 1v4 +95% [66]. This is not nearly as wild as the absorption changes but you do see bigger jumps in 1v3 and 1v4. >>>(8.) There are changes to poise that go beyond just the numbers, call it "Dark Souls 1 poise." For example in a 1v4 you can poise through daggers with a straight sword, something you can't do in the normal game even in full Havel's. >>>(9.) Spear fragment regeneration is faster with more opponents, to the point where in a 1v4 there's about 8 seconds between when the last one expires and a new one can be cast. >>> So after that, some general tips from this info: >>> Tip #1.) Free aim the fragment at a distance and it will create long walls which can separate groups. This is one of the keys to winning a 1v4, since the poise and absorption means one phantom separated from the other 3 is basically helpless against you. >>> Tip #2.) Fighting 1v1 gives hardly any buffs at all to the Spear, while the host still has 15 estus and embered health. As a Spear your minor 1v1 buffs basically just make up for the fact that you have 70% HP and not at all for the fact they have 15 estus, so your only real advantage is the Guardians. Prioritize keeping them alive, don't get caught up in trades since you'll lose the attrition battle, and strongly consider things like regeneration items and healing miracles. >>> Tip #3.) Since your HP is unaffected but your absorption skyrockets, regeneration items/miracles are incredibly powerful from 1v2 and up. Even just tossing on the Sun Princess ring can make a difference over a long battle, and if you manage to stack multiple regen items/buffs you can become a serious pain to kill. >>> Tip #4.) Summoning Patches against the Spear is probably the absolute worst mistake you can make if you're the host, and is a major blessing if you're the Spear. Not only do the buffs from 1v1 to 1v2 take a massive jump, but Patches is slow, predictable, and an Undead Hunter Charm or Alluring Skull will thoroughly break his AI. If a 1v1 is the hardest battle to win as a Spear, a 1v2 involving Patches is the easiest.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      29 May 2020 17:52  

                                      Was playing with my friend with password tonight, sun bro equipped and signed a golden name, then being summoned to defend the boss before my friend can touch the sing after he die, is that sort of bug or what?

                                      • Anonymous

                                        29 May 2020 01:47  

                                        You find hard to beat this pvp bossfight? You want to beat it already? Well, it's simple... stop summoning, get in there and do your job for once. If you' re not capable to beat 1 lousy boss alone, forget about gael.

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