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

      29 Oct 2018 16:00  

      50% of all guardians are using the Black Knight GS for unknown reasons. The fights go like this then: they are using the WA and spam R1, I wait, then they give up and I kill them. Just wtf is wrong with you people?

      • Anonymous

        20 Oct 2018 18:51  

        I was a Pyromancer, had run out of fp, estus, ashen estus and was at 20% hp, while the spear had managed to heal back to full. With my demise inminent, all I could do was run back towards the entrance and do the collapse gesture. Just get it over with. But the spear took pity of me, and pointed forwards. Instead of killing me, he chugged his estus until he was out, and then let me kill him with my ax. Spears are true bros.

        • Anonymous

          18 Oct 2018 21:10  

          I absolutely love this covenant. Its really satisfying to guard the gate to Gael, because even if you lose, you feel like they've earned the right to try their luck against him. And the fights are always fun as hell.

          • Anonymous

            26 Aug 2018 14:16  

            I cosplay as other bosses, buff and start using weapon arts at phase 2 to try and make the fight more fun for the host and what do I get the host and their 3 phantoms win? A point down. Thanks.

            • Anonymous

              15 Aug 2018 16:00  

              A good calling for my pvp character with 250 hours in invasions. Buff me and come all ye faithful, I'm going in.

              • Anonymous

                14 Aug 2018 17:53  

                I find heaving to deal with the painting guardian more annoying then the player that gets summond honestly. Most people that join this covenant suck at pvp and the only reason they win is cause people think this is a dual while it is still a boss fight. Just recently i fought the same guy over and over 4 times just because my lower level weapon and stats can't kill the guardian quick enough, resulting in heaving to deal with a r1 spamming guy and a guardian(that honestly does way more then them). Just kinda annoying to deal with when trying to quickly pass trough.

                • Anonymous

                  14 Aug 2018 03:17  

                  This covenant can frustrate people who approach it like a duel or invasion, but it's a lot of fun once you treat it as a different style of play. Free aim the spear fragments towards pillars/walls to make long chains to isolate phantoms for a kill or create space so you can buff/heal, attack anyone who is going after the guardians to keep them alive as distractions and for their healing miracles, and treat the homing knives as stunlock windows you can capitalize on with a distracted phantom. Also as the phantom number adds up your player buffs go ballistic - eventually you can have hyperarmor with a friggin' dagger. When the phantom number is high take advantage of their overconfidence and your massive poise and focus on killing whoever is the weakest link. You don't lose your buffs when they lose a phantom, so the second you cut their numbers you've tipped the scales massively. Kill two phantoms in a 4v1 and the match is essentially over.

                  • Anonymous

                    09 Aug 2018 07:57  

                    What the ***** is with all the Chaos Dagger and Dexfag accusations?? Grow tf up, this isn’t iFunny. Also, this really is a bad covenant because it relies completely on the players’ willingness to fight. I’ve had a few bouts were they just straight up chose not to fight and it *****ing pisses me off

                    • Anonymous

                      06 Aug 2018 03:13  

                      Get summoned It's a host and their three phantoms Drag the fight on for as long as possible Waste as much of their estus and FP as possible Get until you're almost dead Pull out the Wifi They have to fight halflight at his full health, plus all the time you wasted. " It's part of the experience "

                      • Anonymous

                        06 Aug 2018 00:00  

                        Love this covedent What better way for a darksouls fan, to be beat one of the hardest bosses in the game to become a boss in the game

                        • 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.

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