Way of Blue

way of blue

Pale blue sheepskin parchment detailing the moon of an ancient accord. Equip to pledge oneself to the Way of Blue. Members of the Way of Blue are the beneficiaries of an ancient accord. When a dark spirit threatens them, a blue spirit will grant them assistance, and help root out the invader. Summoning takes place automatically while this is equipped."

Way of Blue is a Covenant in Dark Souls 3. The covenant can be gained by equipping the item Way of the Blue which is obtained from Emma. While a member of the covenant, Blue Sentinels and Blades of the Darkmoon will be summoned to help you defend against invaders.

 

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Effects of the Covenant

The Way of the Blue is a co-op covenant that summons Blue Sentinels and Blades of the Darkmoon when you are being invaded, in order to protect you. This covenant is mostly aimed towards players who have trouble beating invaders or just like to have some added security.

It usually takes a while for a Blue Sentinel or Blade of the Darkmoon to be summoned, so players who do not desire to engage in PvP with invaders may want to hide/escape from them until a Blade/Sentinel is summoned.

Inexplicably, Blades of the Darkmoon and Blue Sentinels will NOT be summoned to protect a player against an invading Aldrich Faithful defending Anor Londo or Watchdogs of Farron in the Farron Keep. They, however, WILL appear if a "regular" invader appears in your game, and killing any number of Aldrich Faithful/Watchdogs who have been summoned due to their covenant objective will not dismiss them.

Some players like to think of the summoned blue spirits as bodyguards rather than helpers (i.e. letting the blue fight the invader in your place rather than alongside you).  Due take heed to be summoned as a Blue Phantom, it is usually a long process of waiting between their summons it is wise to keep a Blue near you once summoned. Unlike invaders or sign summoned invaders, they do not have the luxury of infinite summoning whenever desired. 

 

Rank Requirements

There are no ranks for this covenant.

 

Achievements/Trophies

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Covenant: Way of Blue

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Trivia

  • Six player PvP matches can be quickly made in Irithyll of the Boreal Valley by equipping the Way of Blue Covenant in the area after the Pontiff Sulyvahn bonfire.
  • It usually takes a bit of time for a blue defender to be summoned. If you don't feel confident fighting against invaders, try hiding in a spot where you won't take damage, as invaders can see your health bar through the map if you take damage.
  • The same thing stated above occurs for invaders; if an invader takes damage, you will see their health bar through the map. You can use this to your advantage to go to/away from the invader.
  • More than one blue defender may be summoned per invasion, but not more than one per invader.
  • If you have a different covenant equipped while you're being invaded, you can equip the "Way of Blue" covenant and will be able to summon Blue Sentinels or Blades of the Darkmoon even as you're invaded. (Does not apply to Watchdogs of Farron/Aldrich Faithful invasions)

 




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    • Anonymous

      This covenant + dried finger + chameleon: new gravelording method. A proper punishment for ruining invasions.

      "but it doesn't have to be fair, this is dark souls, they're the one invading, bla bla bla" yeah well, you're eventually going to be forced to take their place and suffer as they did. Serves you right for setting up the bases for the utter disaster of a pvp system elden ring has.

      • Anonymous

        how long does it take for a darkmoon blade to get summoned to your help? I have noticed that after the first two blades die, it take ages for the next to arrive, if he ever arrives.

        • Anonymous

          "Inexplicably, Blades of the Darkmoon and Blue Sentinels will NOT be summoned to protect a player against an invading Aldrich Faithful defending Anor Londo or Watchdogs of Farron in the Farron Keep."
          --There's nothing inexplicable about that, as the player is considered the invader by simply being in those two areas without being a part of those covenants. This was true in Dark Souls in Darkroot Garden and Anor Londo (if you dishonored the vision of the God-mother, Gwynevere by attacking her and dspelling Gwyndolin's illusion).

          • Anonymous

            I love putting this on and watch the 1v1's in farron keep.

            If there is a phantom that is trying to gank, i kick him out

            • Anonymous

              The "HELP ME PLEASE OH GOD HE IS GONNA WRECK MY **** PLEASE HELP PLEASEEEEEEE ILL DIEEEE NOOOO" covenant.

              • Anonymous

                OMG I DID SIRRIS QUESTLINE BEFORE GOING TO DEACONS AND WAS PLAYING EMBERED OFFLINE AND SHE WAS SUMMONED AS A BLUE PHANTOM WHEN LONGFINGER KIRK INVADED! I HAD WAY OF BLUE ON! Idk if it works for other npc invaders but I'll have to check. I hadn't gotten her oath yet, but I'd done the Creighton fight.

                • Anonymous

                  All the crybaby invaders whining. Here's an idea play your game and leave other folks world's alone. Don't be mad when you invade and get ganked.

                  • Anonymous

                    Considering this covenant exists, why would i ever use a red orb? I can just equip spears of the church and invade in the form of a bossfight where your gank doesn't work.

                    All those excuses defending blues, saying reds are supposed to be at disadvantage, etc etc... Let's say we accept it and toss the red orb into the bin, and exclusively invade as a spear of the church while farming the other covenant items. What can blues do in that case? Absolutely nothing. What do i get against your gank? Every advantage, since i was summoned by your world's judicator, so i do belong in that church.

                    Again, why would anyone invade at this point? Because fun isn't exactly what i've found in it with all the invasions being so one-sided towards the hosts.

                    • Anonymous

                      As someone who usually starts with this covenant, before changing to Sunbro, here is my stance on things that I know someone here wont agree with.

                      I personally do not much care for PVP in these games. I played all 3 Souls games, and platinumed Bloodborne, so I have dealt with my fair share of invasions.
                      As someone who also enjoys playing with their friends, always talking over Discord, anytime I get invaded, or one of them, we are always friendly.
                      We wave, have a toast, etc.
                      Whoever the host is will stay back and sit, not to interfere in the fight, to make it fair.
                      Then, whoever the phantoms are will decide who will PVP. The other phantom will sit by the host and wait.
                      We consider it a fair duel as long as no one interupts a 1v1. Even better if Estus is drained before the fight.
                      If the phantom, or phantoms, die to the invader, then it goes to the host. At least, thats how we try to play.
                      I love these games, and I enjoy the stories and deep lore.
                      Back when I first played, I did not enjoy the constant invasions in Farron or Anor Londo, when all I wanted to do was retrieve my souls and rest at a bonfire. I didn't enjoy that I either had to play un-embered or offline to avoid this. And even with friends, as new players, it got annoying real quick.

                      I will never fault anyone for being in this covenant, especially a new players.

                      • Anonymous

                        If this covenant was never implemented, you know the same people who whine about invading being hard would be complaining just as much about constant darkmoon invasions

                        • Anonymous

                          Excuse me..but do you take yourself seriously..? How can a 1 vs 1, both starting at full health with no healing estus not be fair? Because you decided to gimp yourself with an exotic build or unusual weapon? Who did force you to do that? Me? Your opponent? If you consider a certain weapon to be stronger, then go for it..? Dark Souls always had a rock-paper-scissor system.
                          "Any other game mode is dead"...sure...it's dead since release. This dead game still has an active wiki (<<that by itself is impressive), lots of streamers and a fanatical fanbase.

                          • Anonymous

                            the only time this covenent pisses me off is when a gonker uses it. like bro you are the definition of scum, a noob need help but instead your selfish ass is pulling the blues into your world because why? gonkers are so much more toxic than any invader could hope to be

                            • Anonymous

                              "just play hollow arena if you want fair fights" yeah, obviously you haven't even been there. 1 vs 1 has absolutely nothing to do with fair fights and any other gamemode is dead. Stop using this excuse to cover your filth.

                              • Anonymous

                                I don't get all those tears... "wE inVADeRs Are aT a diSadVanTaGE..."... yes and it's intentional. I'm someone who likes to invade, who polices as a Blue, does arena and wears this item so other Blues get their concords.
                                It's the job of an invader to make it harder for the host, make him use up his estus and to slow him down. Invaders are technically bodyguards of the local boss, just like Blue/Golds/Silvers are bodyguards of the host. Killing the host is just a bonus. Sometimes winning is impossible and sometimes the host died to the pve before I even got close.
                                Play arena or arrange duels via reddit, from your friendlist or whatever, if you want fair fights.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Th reason n°1 for one-shot builds to exist in this game. I'm still baffled that, to this day, invaders doesn't have a clue about what to do whenever they see me running towards them on my own. Thank you for utterly ruining pvp in ds3.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I’m sorry but I’m new to this game and don’t want to be forced to play offline or do pvp. If you sweaty tryhards want to try to take my embers y’all gotta get past my blue dudes lmao

                                    • Anonymous

                                      There is a long list of things done wrong in dark souls 3 and this one is at the top.

                                      Dislike this if you re a toxic player.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        This covenant, along other perks for the hosts, is the main reason dark souls 3 s community is the worst and the most toxic.

                                        Buy dsr if you want to belong in a clean community.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          i've been trying to help sentinels and blades of the darkmoon get their covenant items, but everyone just seems so bad..? like they dont even try sometimes, or they just cant find me fighting the invaders for 15 minutes straight

                                          • Anonymous

                                            I just wear this now to help folks get their Darkmoon Blade. It was a pain in the ass trying to get summoned when I was going for that spell, so I just try to return the favor.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              If this covenant were removed from the game back then, online wouldn't be as dead as it is. But unfortunately, ds3 was too lenient with the kind of people who shouldn't be welcome in a souls game (whiners, mostly), and that killed it entirely.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Being a twink is practically a requirement just to get a chance of success in your invasions. All thanks to this covenant

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I don’t have any strong feelings about this covenant. However, I will say that due to the prevalence of twinked players in the starter zones, it is completely understandable (and I will actually encourage this tbh) for low level, non-twinked players/new players to use this.

                                                  I won’t fun police over twinking, I don’t rage message twinks when I fight them. Do what you want with your time. But I will say what you have likely heard many a time, dealing with twinks as a low level, non-twinked player is not fun. I’m playing DS1 currently, and all but 1 of the invaders I fought in the undead parish and undead burg were twinks. I eventually got fed up with it, to the point I just trolled 1 for ten minutes to vent my frustration. lol. Looking back I should have just reset my console and force quit the game. I know the low level zones In 3 are no better.

                                                  I don’t at all blame new people for dis-avowing PvP. When you fight nothing but twinks as a new player, all it will do is frustrate and annoy you. If you want to use this covenant to help combat that, go for it, don’t let the trash talk get to you.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Call me a casual all you bloody want, but I didn't get this game to be a sweaty ****ing tryhard.
                                                    All I want is some casual enjoyment. No need for some asswhipe to ruin my fun.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I'm just going to use dried finger, summon 2 reds, hide somewhere, equip this covenant and watch the gankers being ganked. My own gravelording method in ds3.

                                                      Fight poison with poison.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Anyone wanna help me get some proofs of concord. Ik u can farm them but whit 99 luck and all tha equipament i got 1 after 18 kills. You kust be aroun lvl 200.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          So, being in this covenant allows you to have blue phantoms all the time? I think invaders should be able to invade at the "safe zones" (shrine, bossfight, etc.) To balance things a little.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Been fighting as a Blade for the last few weeks. Had some good fights, but some other Blades turn on me. WTF?

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Anyone else hate when people equip this for fight club? I have to wait 30 minutes to get summoned and then I have to wait for the others to fight like wtf and usually I have to use black crystal separation because it's too long. We are here to kill the invader of from your world not fight invaders patiently. Well ****, I have to farm from the silver knight in the entrance to Anor Londo.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Aight, as a blue casul, i gotta say these ganking covenants (sentinels and darkmoon) suits me well. It's true i can't do sht on my own, but... who cares?

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  I see blue sentinels and fakemoons are either summoned to fightclubs or getting ganked by red phantoms summoned by troll hosts (your own medicine, ccksuckers). You know what? Serves you right.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Does anyone use way of the blue that needs it anymore? As a sentinel or blade of darkmoon I only get summoned to twink or gank rooms purposefully designed to lure in blues to their death. Way to ruin an already troublesome covenant ds3 community

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I hate fightclub to death. Why? Because you are getting forced to get summoned in there as blue, so you have to use blackcrystal to avoid that kindergarden. Wasted time ... meanwhile some one really needed help but instead to help this person you get summoned in a fightclub which i want to avoid all the time but i can't.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        a crappy off-brand of blue sentinals, which they are essentially the hillbilly equivalent of the darkmoons (not sh*tting on blue sentinels, just way of blue, because this covenant is seriously garbage)

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          how to make invaders mad: use this covenant, run away parkouring but NOT coming close to any cliff or hostile NPC, spam estus flask AND heal spell while the invader is occupied fighting the gankers, and spam your corvian greatknife attacks when the invader is deeply-stunned after a riposte or parry or some heavy strike, also DON'T forget to use tears of denial and rolling right after "reviving" and using any healing ability available, you also might want to use a simple-infused parrying shield and a simple-infused weapon on both hands to regain focus over time and being able to use more heal while the foolish invader is occupied fighting your way of blue gankers, and don't forget to use full havel set with life ring+3 and ring of steel protection+3 to take as few damage as possible, and DON'T YOU DARE forgeting to point down when the invader is dead, hahahahaha and then you can feel the PURE SALT irradiating from the invaders xd

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            I fell back into Ds2 recently as it went on steamsale, and realized something this covenant did way way better than in ds3: It rewards you for taking initiative and killing invaders yourself. You'll get some pretty decent rings as you kill invaders instead of letting a sentinel do it, and since you get the covenant right away in the hub area, that helps players build confidence to no longer need sentinel help. That was really smart and I wish that returned, but sadly doesn't, which might explain the players who are perfectly competent at the game, yet still rely on summons for PvP

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              For the most part, I don’t get salty about it. Invading is about ruining a player’s playthrough, so you get what you get when you invade. but at this late stage of the game’s life-cycle, invaders lost a huge advantage - which is that most people aren’t trying to get through the level anymore. Invading was meant to halt progress. Now, most invasions are into a 1000-hour host who dried fingered for a white soapstone and two blues. They’re just trapping people for a 4v1, which you’ll never win because you have no strategy to get them separated. They’ll just sit next to the bonfire because they don’t care at all about getting through the level. Blues summoned when a host is actually trying to progress is fine, but I do get pretty mad when they’re just spamming dried finger to trap an invader for a quick 4v1 homing crystal/chaos bed/FUGS/Ledo hammer. I feel like THAT should now be included in the definition of “gank.” So, I don’t think it’s working as it was intended (no pun...) to in the first place, but it’s not like you can do anything about it.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                I get the fact that people want to progress without being disturbed by invaders by using this covenant but can't you just summon instead?

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Thanks for every member of that covenant, you're helping out darkmoon members to farm proofs of concord kept

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    This is one of my favourite covenants in the game. It allows me to enjoy moments of co op in my world without summoning phantoms who I then owe the chance to clear the whole area and fight the bosses with me which I prefer to do solo and I love letting the invader and blues do their thing while I loot items and take on enemies without getting involved. I never gank the invaders in these situations but not out of honour, it’s just much more enjoyable to watch and when it’s all over I either get to continue alone if the blues win or I lose to the invader and restart without any frustration because it means they defeated the blues and me who has the HP and estus advantage which is respectable ... 10/10

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      I just started using this on my 6th playthrough and it's pretty nice. Basically creating spontaneous low level fight clubs.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        I can't be the only person who'll swap to this only because i don't want to deal with your invasion at the moment, and would rather let someone else farm their precious proofs/give you a forked tongue than chase you or be stalked through a level i want to loot. Only on large maps with no fog barriers though, like ringed city. That place is a maze if an invader decides to set an ambush in the middle of nowhere. I'm not going to look for you. That's what the fun police are for. If you want a fair fight, actually confront me chameleon boy

                                                                                        • I'm seeing a lot of points from both sides of the argument. But here's the thing... as someone who just started playing the game a month ago there are a lot and I would like to emphasize a lot of Invaders that are twinked out that start invading in the very first area after the tutorial wearing gear from the ringed City. If someone is in way of blue that means that they either do not want to be forced into PVP or that they are simply nowhere near ready. considering the fact that there are people twinking out there characters and going full blast on new players as if it was a life-or-death situation in real life I have absolutely no pity foreign invader that comes in and gets ganked. once someone feels like they have ample skill to deal with an invader they generally leave way of blue. So as much as I would love to side with the salty Invaders complaining about getting ganged up on, there is an arena for a reason. Use it. Or stop complaining.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            "frowned upon" lol I swear invaders are the biggest coward cry babies. I've NEVER encountered an invader who didn't cower behind mobs even when I'm by myself. TF outta here, go play arena if you want a fair fight.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              I don't understand this covenant. If you are summoning friends, you don't need this because your friends can help you. If you aren't summoning friends, why are you even embered? You should only be embering at a boss, not a bonfire. Unless you want to create a fight club, this covenant is useless.

                                                                                              • You all sure it’s not more than one blue spirit per invader? I’ve been getting summoned with other DMBs for single Red invaders, or do Watchdogs and Faithful count as red invaders as long as a single red invader is present

                                                                                                • I wish this had a rank up system just like the rest of the covenants. At 30 items handed in perhaps the holder gets a 4% damage boost and 1% absorption or something like that while convenant item is active, which would encourage a lot more people to use it and keep it on, thus fixing the lack of dark moon summons etc

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    I dont get the deal. How is it called ganking? Randommers are not really ganking. You wanna see ganks, put up red signs and you will see how its like to get ganked. Invaders shouldnt whine about 'ganking'. You're trying to enforce your pvp upon others, and you're paying for that XD

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      Attention Way of Blue wearers: if you are planning to disconnect when you're invaded, don't wear Way of Blue. When you've summoned blues into your world to protect you and then you pull the internet plug for a connection error, you are not hurting the invaders. Invaders don't care about earning another ember, shackle, or tongue. They have hundreds. A connection error to them is even sweeter because they angered you so much you had to physically remove yourself from the game. But that blue who showed up to try and help you? Getting summoned as a blue is rare, many of them are actively trying to earn ears and you've effectively shafted them out of it. In short, you've granted your enemy a victory, yourself a loss, and pissed off your allies in the meantime.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Here are some counter-arguments from butthurt tryhards: "This covenant is for pussies who can't get good" Ok, so they may be "pussy" a bit there, but it's part of the game. It's Dark Souls for damn sake. You KNEW what to expect from invading players, either an easy kill, or a police horde. "I can never get a fair honorable duel with a host" If you want a duel, put a damn red summon sign after Pontiff. Or, bow to your opponent to know you want a duel. "For filthy casuals" You know the reason that the person is playing Dark Souls is for fighting against challenges, right? They're on their path from casual->pro. Especially for new players, they're noobs! How can they possibly know how to counter invaders without failure?

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          I'm all up for the idea, as it allows for people to rank up in blades of dark Moon, with the added twist of forked pale young and well kept concords. BUT, will the participants PLEASE respect the rules of the duel, and not just drop attack two duelling knights. This is the reason why DS3 has some of the saltiest communities out there. just play fair and by all means, point down when they diserve it, but NEVER after the salty backstab in the middle of an honour duel.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            Now that time has passed this Covenant is now defunct since everyone has moved onto other covenants. Played through the game three times, got invaded over 2 dozen times and not a single Sentinel showed up, not even once.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              Another Post that will be Ignored: I'm surprised no one has talked about how lack luster the convenent is (and pretty much all the other ones) like in the previous Title. Another missed opportunity to make this Convenent actually worth while. Would have been interesting for rewards to be obtained by beating the invader(s) solo without having a blue enter or having a phantom present. Would also have been interesting to have 1 Blue / Invader (or hell even have them pair up based on the number of victories per player).

                                                                                                              • I will say this for everyone invaders are apart of the game there is nothing anyone can do about it but deal with it. now I play this game to enjoy the boss fights ad help people in them mainly and I don't mind people invading me but all I ask is just fight me don't use the mobs or hide fight me and go away and don't invade me back to back. ganking is not right on any side host or invader if your a host and have a sunbro when you get invaded let the sunbro fight then if he dies then you fight and move on but don't gank the invader cause he showed up gank him if he hides or uses mobs. invader for all the host out there we don't like loseing embers to you tip if you want a cov item and want it fast just drop the host a replacement ember to make up for the one he or she will lose it solves most of the problem any invader whos given me a free ember first makes me not mind losing the one I had

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  Never thought I'd need this past Farron but it came in handy when I was having trouble with Aldrich in a play through. I just kept getting invaded over and over on the run from the bonfire to the fog wall and I'd changed all my gear to handle Aldrich, so I finally slapped the WoB on and a Blue Bro helped me out. S/N how is it that every time I start a NG there's one boss that gives me trouble when it was a cakewalk before???

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    No shame in equipping this bad boy whenever at whatever level. Every time a Baby Blue pops up to help you, you're making someone's day, and getting them closer to ranking up in their covenant.

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      I think my blues have been worse than the invader 90% of the time. I appreciate the gesture, but wow. Then again, I'm worse than the invader 90% of the time, too.

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