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.

    • Anonymous

      17 Jul 2018 21:23  

      i was preparing to fall in the hole to fight midir then got a message saying invading world as spear of church or something. i never fought the spear of the church boss before and killed the host without knowing what exactly i was doing. weird

      • Anonymous

        12 Jul 2018 15:23  

        I wear this at all times so I can give other players an easy fight. Please, backstab me while I praise the sun, and continue playing the PvE part of the game that is all many of us care about. :)

        • Anonymous

          10 Jun 2018 22:06  

          Little guide: the spears are meant to give us some space to buff ourselfs or part a group for example. They have to be used as often as possible but also as smart as possible. Have always an eye on the item until you know without looking when they have to be ready again. The "homing missiles" over our heads are best synchronized with our attacks. Get aggressive if they are ready. Be more cautious if they need to respawn. Make use of the pillars! Hunter charm is a huge help in this fight especially if you deal with multiple people. They play way more cautious if they cannot heal themselfs. Giving us the momentum back. Having regen items equipped (ring, shield) or a healing spell can make a huge difference. You can literally see how the hosts will to fight is crumbling when you heal yourself. Evil? Maybe. But they try everything to bring you down, so as a boss it is our duty to return the favor. Last but not least the 2 church guardians are mostly just cannon fodder but if the first one survives the start he can heal you and thanks to their aggressivness and titan poise they make surpringsingly good coop buddies. So keep an eye on them is strongly recommended. If you want action non stop best SL is 100 to 130 with max upgraded weapons from my experience. Have fun!

          • Anonymous

            23 Apr 2018 00:53  

            Pretty irritating how this covenant can randomly pull you into it if you're being summoned in the ringed city, no matter what level you are. Especially when you're not built to handle pure strength/vit/vig parry spammers that nearly one shot you regardless of the damage reduction.

            • Anonymous

              25 Mar 2018 01:18  

              How to win as SotC.... Healing... the increased poise makes it’s near impossible to stop them. Not to mention connection issues screw the entire fight. (I really don’t recommend you heal as it’s an extremely douchey tactic as with anytime you cast heal...)

              • Anonymous

                14 Mar 2018 14:08  

                I played the DLC for the first time this weekend. I didnt see anything of the DLC, didnt want to spoil myself. However, i had a nasty encounter when i dropped my white soapstone to play with a friend, with password, and i got summoned for the fight. I was AFK for 10 seconds max and had NO idea what was going on. Like wtf is that*****, why am i attacked by a player?? Why is there a boss health bar??

                By the time i realized, i couldnt even do anything. I had nothing really good equiped and no spear fragment to use as spell. The fight had a 15 seconds duration max.

                And when it was my time to do the boss... Took me 10 times because everyone who got summoned just rushed me and i couldnt do*****. I wish they'd just summom someone totally oblivious like i was. Would have made it fair.

                Fun times.

                • Anonymous

                  14 Mar 2018 07:31  

                  The only real ways to lose as a SotC is if the host/phantom kills you with their high ping or you're painfully bad at PvP. I've literally only lost twice out of over 20 times, and even then it was only because the host got a lucky lagstab on me. I'm not even good at PvP or using top tier gear. Just using Master's Set, Ragged Mask, Loincloth, and the Greatsword. I'd imagine someone who is using better gear or more skilled would be pretty much impossible.

                  • Anonymous

                    22 Feb 2018 06:23  

                    Imagine, if you will, a covenant so bad that Fromsoft had to force people who aren't in it to go through it's ropes.
                    A covenant so bad that even if you get in and get all 30 of it's rank items the only rewards you get are items that you can only use while doing the fight that normally you would be finished doing because you got it's use.
                    A covenant so bad that the only willing participants are parry-spamming meta-tards using a Chaos Dagger to compensate for their lack of Combatic Prowess.

                    You are now entering the twi-- BEING SUMMONED TO ANOTHER WORLD AS A SPEAR OF THE CHURCH

                    • Anonymous

                      04 Feb 2018 22:44  

                      Don't know if its a bug, but I've been earning tongues while invading in the ring city even if I have this covenant alignment. I even get forked tongues!

                      • Anonymous

                        23 Jan 2018 19:40  

                        So I took me 5 attempts to beat this. First I was super confused at what was going on and died to some katana user as I was chasing the painting mob around. The Second attempt I blew up the painting guy and proceeded to duel the guy who parried me and one shot me with what I assume was a Chaoes dagger.

                        The next freaken 2 fights was with dudes who would run run run run until they had their freaken NPC healing support and go full beserk. Was sooooooo dumb.

                        5th guy I poisoned so that running tactic wouldn't work.

                        Fight that should be fun can easily be made a pain by jerks.

                        • Anonymous

                          21 Jan 2018 04:56  

                          If you beat a Spear, does the amount of souls recieved depend on NG, or SL of the Spear?

                          If it's the former, I just found a new farming place.

                          • Anonymous

                            20 Jan 2018 04:11  

                            Scaling for a Spear is mediocre and not really noticeable when there's one phantom.
                            But with two or three, scaling is pretty hardcore and ramps up 10 notches (to help the Spear not get steamrolled).
                            The notable scaling effects I have noticed (either through personal experience, or watching videos) are:

                            Shorter cooldown time on the Ritual Spear Fragment/Divine Spear Fragment

                            Less damage taken

                            More resistance to status effects

                            More poise

                            More health for painting guardians

                            • Anonymous

                              20 Jan 2018 02:03  

                              If someone starts the Spear of the Church boss fight as a disturber of sleep, and there's absolutely no one with the covenant equipped, and no one in the Ringed City, what happens then?

                              • Anonymous

                                14 Jan 2018 07:26  

                                Personally my favorite covenant in the game, because you can fight as a boss. There's something about being an impediment to players' progress that makes these fights feel fun, as opposed to "who can kill better" in fight clubs.
                                Even if you get ganked so hard that it's impossible to win, you can still stall and waste their time (just try not to break your controller while you're at it).

                                Now unfortunately, this a DLC covenant and therefore not every person will have access to it, making matchmaking more scarce. But you still get a nice feeling as soon as matchmaking does find someone.

                                • Anonymous

                                  11 Jan 2018 05:53  

                                  Considering they prevent you from using Estus and barely buff your health, I find it disgusting players can just walk in with 3 of their friends and cheese the entire point of this cov. Normally a boss would scale up. You, as the "boss" do not, meaning they just have to mob you down. They have full access to Estus. You do not. In a 1v4. While you have around 2k health. FromSoft. Do you even use your *****ing brains? My bad, that was a joke. They don't have any.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    31 Dec 2017 14:46  

                                    Pretty depressing that the covenant rewards are only effective in "defender" battles. Wish they had a special spear you could use outside as a covenant reward.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      26 Dec 2017 16:33  

                                      When fighting as a Spear of the Church, you'd be surprised as to how many people try to go for the backstab as soon as you're summoned only to get vaporized.

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