Watchdogs of Farron

Watchdogs of Farrom

Ancient medallion depicting the crest of a wolf. Symbolizes the pact with the Old Wolf of Farron. Equip to pledge oneself to the Watchdogs of Farron.

The Watchdogs ensure that the warriors sleep in serenity, by taking the form of loyal spirits and hunting down those who would trespass the woods of Farron.

Summoning takes place automatically while this is equipped."

Watchdogs of Farron is a Covenant in Dark Souls 3.  The covenant can be gained by equipping the item Watchdogs of Farron which is obtained by praying to the Old Wolf of Farron to obtain the item. While a member of the Covenant and item is equipped, you can be auto summoned as a loyal spirit to defeat intruders.


Watchdogs of Farron Information

  • You must obtain the item: Watchdogs of Farron and equip it.
  • Farron Keep: Pray to the Old Wolf of Farron to obtain the item.
  • The Old Wolf is located in the poison swamp area, at the top of a tall ladder, the base of which is near the Boneshard Fragment
  • Video location (fextralife video starting at 1h 23m 34s)




Effects of covenant

  • While the item is equipped, be auto summoned as a loyal spirit to defeat intruders.
  • One of the two area Bosses must be alive in the intruders world in order to invade.
  • The two area bosses are the Abyss Watchers and the Crystal sage. 
  • You can leave the Crystal Sage alive, and kill the Abyss Watchers allowing you to progress until Irithyll bridge. The Watchdogs auto invasions will still occur when you go back to the upper swamp at the same or higher soul level, allowing for fight clubs etc.
  • Your summons are subject to the matchmaking formula as seen below. It is much easier to be auto summoned if you keep a low soul level (25) and do not upgrade your weapons past +2 to +3.
  • If facing problems being summoned (taking too long or never), try standing outside the Abyss Watchers Boss room. This pre-boss area seems like a hot-spot for Farron summons. I've tested it and it seems the more I tried to farm Wolf's Blood Swordgrass from Ghrus  the more summons I got. Note: Beware of incoming Darkwraiths.
  • Farron phantoms are blue with a red tint.
  • Watchdogs cannot attack the area monsters or be hurt by them.
  • Watchdogs can fight red phantoms in the invaded world and are often be targeted by the reds, which can be annoying if trying to acquire swordgrass items.
  • You can be summoned even if you're out of the Farron Territory (as long as the symbol of the covenant is flashing-white you can be summoned).
  • You won't necessarily be summoned to the poisoned swamps of Farron Keep; you could be summoned to clean swamps of Crucifixion Woods. This proves that Halfway Fortress & Crucifixion Woods Bonfires are part of Farron Keep & area.
  • In extremely rare cases (most likely dependent on player level), you might be summoned to the Undead Settlement.
  • Farron Spirits will invade only hosts that haven't yet defeated the area boss, they don't have to be human though. 
  • Warning: There is a bug with the rank rewards. If you turn-in on the same time as being summoned, you might lose the reward (you can get it on the next level)
  • The Matchmaking Formula is Covenant Dependent:
Condition Min Max
Summoning a White Phantom, Warrior of Sunlight, Mound-Maker or no covenant Host - 10 - (Host * 0.1) Host + 10 + (Host * 0.1)
Territorial Invasions by: Watchdogs of Farron or Aldrich Faithful Host - 20 - (Host * 0.2) Host + (Host * 0.1)



  • (Addendum:  Prior to this patch version (1.03), it was possible for a bug to occur after defeating the Abyss Watchers which would prevent interaction with the wolf, which lead to speculation that it had been killed.)
  • The Watchdogs of Farron, as well as The Abyss Watchers, appear to be a continuation of the Forest Hunter Covenant of DS1 and a tribute to The Hunters of Bloodborne.


Rank Requirements

Ranks are obtained by giving the Old Wolf obtained Wolf's Blood Swordgrass. These are acquired from defeating enemies you have been summoned to via the Covenant emblem, or as possible drops from Ghru Grunts and Elders. 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 Old Wolf Curved Sword
2 30 Wolf Knight's Greatshield & Wolf Ring




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    • Anonymous

      13 Sep 2021 21:46  

      There might be something wrong with the summon range. I am SL 195 and I feel like the Watchdogs that invade me are like SL 80 at most, since they do little damage and they have like 600HP. I feel bad about it

      • Anonymous

        23 Aug 2021 10:12  

        Whats the point of being summoned at lvl 30 against people in full havel set and I fast roll ar level 300?

        • Anonymous

          16 Aug 2021 16:37  

          this is the covenant with some of the best items for new game+, but also the worst one to farm online in my opinion. this is why you level up luck and get item find.

          • Anonymous

            19 Jun 2021 10:39  

            At SL25 +2 i was getting nonstop invasions on PC. Only problem is that a bunch of those ended up being timed out.

            • Anonymous

              02 Jun 2021 04:01  

              With 465 luck I got all 30 in about 80 minutes which is a huge achievement for me but bone and ear is harder to drop it just takes longer.

              • 19 May 2021 19:36  

                This was probably never talked about but, is there some kind of hard summon trigger if you're Exactly on or above 20?

                'Cause me and a friend are trying to see if we can invade each other specifically to farm Wolf grass at around 13 no upgrade level.
                But seemingly the game does not want to cooperate even with dried finger up.

                • 28 Apr 2021 15:43  

                  Just finished getting my swordgrasses from invasions at SL40 +3. Took like 5ish days of playing for like 2-3 hours a day.

                  So, wasn't super fast, but not terribly slow either. Farming is probably faster at this SL, but way less interesting. Went a hell of a lot better than getting Proofs for the Darkmoons. I'd guess that it would be much faster around SL 30 +2.

                  Also, for whatever reason, I literally never got summoned into the poison swamp. I was always summoned into the clearwater area before the ladder. Seemed like a lot of hosts had beaten the Abyss Watchers already and were going for the Crystal Sage (probably due to my being SL40). So when you get in you may want to make a mad dash to the Crystal Sage fog, since that's where 80% of the hosts were headed, and a large chunk of them tried to sprint past the enemies into the fog as soon as I spawned in. On the plus side, you probably won't need many purple mosses.

                  • Anonymous

                    23 Apr 2021 00:04  

                    TIL that invaders weren't kidding when they said gank squads are a serious problem in this game. I figured they were exaggerating. They definitely aren't.

                    I am only in this covenant to pick up the trophy. In 2/3rds of my invasions so far, the host has cleared the entire area, and summoned 3 friendlies and 1 purple or red. Literally all of them just spam R1 every time an invader comes in. There's no finesse or epic trolling about it. It's like a weird obsession these people have.

                    Anyway, I recommend blocking (like blocking them on console, not using a shield) them if you're just trying to get the trophy. No point in playing with these people, period.

                    I don't really like invaders, and I don't like invading, either. But these dedicated gank squads are way more cancerous than twinks ever could be. I don't know what their goal is, but if I get gank squads too much I just start ganking every host I come across, even if they look desperate to survive. I need the swordgrasses. So what they're doing is probably counterproductive. The more of my time they waste, the less likely I am to let a host go. And I WILL be getting those swordgrasses from someone. I don't farm this stuff.

                    • Anonymous

                      22 Mar 2021 01:57  

                      People in this covenant are irritating. I’ve been hanged up on so many times from all kinds of invaders. When I’m yanked to defend the forest and I’m getting overwhelmed by my opponent, half the time the other watchdog doesn’t help or take over.

                      • Anonymous

                        02 Mar 2021 12:13  

                        Best spot to farm Wolf's Blood Swordgrass (and pale tongues, both of which you'll need if you want the All Rings and All Spells achievements)? Outside Farron Keep perimeter bonfire. But *how* to run the loop? One way which speeds up the loop, kills more Ghru, and makes things easier: after exiting FKP bonfire, stay right. Youll find a sleeping Elder Ghru - kill it: a one or two hit weapon is actually faster than a backstab, but to each their own. Proceed forward on the right until the Poison Ghru pops out. Kill him too - the others shouldn't spot you. Go to the top of the little hill the Poison Ghru was in front of and take out the Shield Ghru. Over in the corner, between the wall of the Abyss Watcher's arena and the rocks, is another Poison Ghru. Kill him too. Now, if aiming just for Sword Grass, go to the entrance of the Abyss Watcher's arena and take out the two sleeping shield/spear Ghru - they should wake up one-at-a-time if you start with the one closest to you. If you leave them alive, there's actually a fairly decent chance they kill the Darkwraiths and survive. Speaking of darkwraiths - by the time you finish off the shield Ghru, they should be mopping up the crowd of Ghru you bypassed earlier. If you want to avoid a fight, simply go back the way you came and (while you're doing that) the Darkwraiths should keep wandering, leaving the dead Ghru (and their $w33t L00t) for you to pick over.

                        • Anonymous

                          21 Feb 2021 17:10  

                          Can anyone please help me with 20 bloodgrass? I've been farming for 6 hours with coins, avarice, and rings, and only have 10... PSN WolfWoodring.

                          • Anonymous

                            10 Feb 2021 00:32  

                            That ring aged poorly as a rank 2 reward after the nerf it got. But then again, I never agreed with creating a higher tier of an item that's essentially a one-per character deal. It quickly devalues the item once you go to the next NG cycle. And even if you don't, you now got access to the highest tier via DLC. Plus it's just odd that only one ring out of the four of Gwyn's Knights has higher tiers.

                            • Anonymous

                              04 Jan 2021 01:55  

                              This covenant can be pretty fun at the level 30 range. High level Dark Souls PvP is fairly regulated - everyone has similar health, about the same stamina, and then a soft cap in one or two different attack-centric stats. Low level PvP is much different, with 'vigor' builds that soft-cap on health while using only simple starting weapons, and nobody uses nearly as many Weapon Arts (let alone the ones that decimate health bars). Most gank squads with a couple phantoms, the summons have only triple-digit health, if they even pass the 800 mark.

                              It's a completely different environment where rookies and vets mix together using much more basic equipment, and where fundamentals like zoning and positioning are used to overcome ganks rather than getting a good weapon arts combo. Just beware the twinks -- it's definitely possible for someone to come in with only a +3 weapon, but a +5 Estus Flask for some intense chugging.

                              • Anonymous

                                03 Jan 2021 22:44  

                                I let a normal invader kill me like I usually do (since I usually get invaded as soon as I join an area, and PvP ain't my specialty) and as I died I got a notification popup that a Watchdog was invading me. Not sure what triggered the late invasion from him.

                                • Anonymous

                                  10 Oct 2020 03:10  

                                  Is there a way to directly invade as a Watchdog? Waiting is such a pain, even in the recommended level range.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    04 Oct 2020 05:09  

                                    Confirming for myself on PC; started getting invasion as late as SL37 with +2 weapons. Forgot about the summon range and leveled up to 45, then the frequency of invasions dropped drastically to about 1 every 15-25 minutes. I've gotten 21 swordgrass total; 19 from invasions, about 7 of which earned after getting to 45; the other 2 were super lucky drops from the goats in the space of 5-10mins. Not impossible, but super slow.

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