Watchdogs of Farron is a Covenant in Dark Souls 3.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 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 - see article.


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




Covenant: Watchdogs of Farron

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    • Anonymous

      21 Oct 2019 01:20  

      i have a problem ive given over 30 swordgrass and still not gotten the second covent teir reawrds any iea why?

      • Anonymous

        07 Oct 2019 17:31  

        was having fun invading a couple dudes who were camping in the woods to fight, me and another invader nearly bested them and a farron guy comes along and hits us in the back, smort

        • Anonymous

          22 Jul 2019 02:46  

          I made a watchdog invader recently purely for the fun of it and after achieving 30 sword grass I removed the covenant badge while standing in the crucifixion woods water and instantly faced two watchdog invaders. Crystal Sage has already been defeated but the Abyss Watchers aren’t. Either the wiki is wrong or the rules in game were tweaked long ago in a patch but the sage does NOT control whether farron watchdogs can invade you or not, either boss alive allows it to happen and equipping the badge yourself disables it.

          • Anonymous

            07 Jul 2019 03:45  

            Yea the watchdog experience is getting ganked or a dark spirit fights you instead of host or the host is just super twinked or host runs to the crystal sage

            • Anonymous

              01 Jul 2019 09:00  

              watchdogs are by and large idiots just invaded and killed ten of them before they stopped coming and i coud actually fight the host WATCHDOGS your job is to KILL the HOST

              • Anonymous

                06 Jun 2019 01:49  

                Hey you, yes, you guy who just installed the game two hours ago and only grabbed this covenant because it's edgy. YOUR JOB IS TO ATTACK THE HOST AND NOT OTHER INVADERS! Why is friendly fire even a thing among invaders (aside from mad spirits, ofc)?

                • Anonymous

                  30 May 2019 06:51  

                  So, uh, why is it that the times I invade as red and a Wtchdog comes they come for me? Why don't we like, gank on the host instead for easy covenant items?

                  • Anonymous

                    30 May 2019 05:37  

                    Okey say it with me: ITS NOT 1VS1. Its so hard to have invasion as watchdog and even so people doing***** when they got chance

                    • Anonymous

                      26 May 2019 08:20  

                      Yay gankers! They make this game so much fun! I love having to spend 20hra farming an item for a ridiculously nerfed ring so I can platinum this big mess of a game! :)

                      • Anonymous

                        04 May 2019 21:10  

                        What Intruders are watchdogs called to defend against? Are player-controlled dark spirits included? What action must the invaded take in order to summon a watchdog for help? And what conditions must be fulfilled by the invaded?

                        • Anonymous

                          27 Apr 2019 09:44  

                          So I'm at sl25 +3 but I have a bunch of souls and don't want to lose them in fights. What do you do with souls? Is there any items worth investing and selling back later? Or what?

                          • Anonymous

                            11 Mar 2019 00:01  

                            I for one really dislike the Rakuyo lore links spammed all over this whole website. Idgaf if some nut thinks Aldrich in the form of Saint Adeline used tarot cards on Griffith from Berserk, that's not why I'm here.

                            • Anonymous

                              17 Feb 2019 12:43  

                              I love how people complain about everything. I'm not fan of that particular covenant, because I prefer Fingers, but people must understand that covenants in this game are for online play. If you're bad at PvP, well... too bad! You don't deserve a reward. If you want to complain about farming, it's only your fault, you've choosen the wrong patch to get it. PvP is fair. You can counter everything if you have some knowledge. There're sometimes problems with lag, hackers and other stuff... so what? It's not like it happens everytime. Dark Souls is not the only game that suffers for these kind of problems. Just prepare yourself. Get a weapon for every occasion and be patient. It's easier to get all of these by PvP.

                              • Anonymous

                                18 Jan 2019 04:45  

                                Can somebody help me with this am to high level and in ng+5 have got every ring and thropys except for wolf ring please help I ll drop it back and gave million souls

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