Dark Souls Covenants are a unique system that tie into the game's multiplayer.
As you explore the game and chat to various characters, you'll be invited to join Covenants, which has various rules and functions for how you play competitively with other players.
These Covenants - Way of White, Forest Hunter, Chaos Servant, Warrior of Sunlight, Princess' Guard, Blade of the Darkmoon, Darkwraith and Path of the Dragon - all have different uses; some encourage PvP, while others can give you unexpected covenant items and rewards.
You will likely not be able to join a few of these covenants straight away, as some are gated behind the order in which you tackle areas.
Regarding covenant rankings, you will be able to level them up through giving them Covenant items, which you'll be able to rank up at the following levels - +1 for 10 items, +2 for 30 items, and +3 for 80 items.
On this page:
- How to join the The Way of White Covenant in Dark Souls
- How to join the Forest Hunter Covenant in Dark Souls
- How to join the Chaos Servant Covenant in Dark Souls
- How to join the Warrior of Sunlight Covenant in Dark Souls
- How to join the Princess' Guard Covenant in Dark Souls
- How to join the Blade of the Darkmoon Covenant in Dark Souls
- How to join the Darkwraith Covenant in Dark Souls
- How to join the Path of the Dragon Covenant in Dark Souls
How to join the The Way of White Covenant in Dark Souls
Location: Firelink Shrine
NPC: Petrus of Thorolund / Rhea of Thorolund
This is likely the first covenant you will encounter, as you will be able to join right off the bat just by talking to Petrus. The function of this covenant allows you to see the summon sign of players in other helpful PvE Covenants, like the Warriors of Sunlight.
You will get a connection priority and be able to quickly summon in other players. This covenant is flat and does not have a levelling system, what you see is what you get!
How to join the Forest Hunter Covenant in Dark Souls
Location: Darkroot Garden
You will be able to find the Forest Hunters in Darkroot Garden, just past the crest of Artorias and before Sif, guarded by numerous strong enemies along the way. The Forest Hunters allow you to guard Darkroot Garden, after giving you the Cat Covenant Ring.
This will allow you to invade players in Darkroot Garden, and is a great way to farm upgrade materials.
After killing intruders by invading using the Cat's Eye Ring, you will be able to attain covenant rewards:
Green Titanite Shard
Large Titanite Shard
Blue Titanite Chunk
White Titanite Chunk
You should be able to level up the covenant after killing a few invaders. However. This won't net you any rewards. If you were to join another Covenant, Alvina will disappear for the rest of the playthrough and you will be indicted into the Book of the Guilty.
How to join the Chaos Servant Covenant in Dark Souls
Location: Quelaag's Domain
NPC: The Fair Lady / Quelaag's Sister
You can find The Fair Lady behind a hidden wall after defeating Quelaag. She will be guarded by her servant Eingyi, but if you kill him, it shouldn't impact your ability to join the covenant by speaking to her.
You will not be able to understand her words without the Old Witch's Ring, however you should be able to join and level up the covenant regardless. The rewards for joining this covenant are particularly good.
+0: Great Chaos Fireball Pyromancy
+2: Chaos Storm Pyromancy + unlock door in Demon Ruins to Lost Izalith
After ranking up to level 80, The Fair Lady will perish.
How to join the Warrior of Sunlight Covenant in Dark Souls
Location: Undead Parish
In order to join the Warriors of Sunlight, you will need to get to the bonfire ahead of the Hellkite Drake. You can also encounter Solaire of Astora here after killing Taurus Demon. To join this covenant, you will need 25 Faith, with the requirement reduced by five each time you have helped another player defeat a boss.
If you meet the requirements, you will be able to pray at the Altar of Sunlight and you will be asked to join the covenant. You will be levelling up this covenant using Sunlight Medals, which you attain by helping other players defeat bosses. We've listed the covenant rewards below
+0: Lightning Spear Miracle
+1: Great Lightning Spear. You will also be able to offer up the Soul of Gwyn to get a Sunlight Spear.
How to join the Princess' Guard Covenant in Dark Souls
Location: Anor Londo
NPC: Gwynevere, Princess of Sunlight
This is a very easy covenant to join, and is joinable anytime after you get the Lordvessel. There are no covenant levels, and it functions similarly to The Way of White.
You will be able to use the Ring of the Sun Princess after joining, in addition to being able to join other players worlds easier in co-op. After joining, you will be able to use the miracles Soothing Sunlight and Bountiful Sunlight. You will be automatically kicked out of the Covenant if you kill Gwynevere and shatter the illusion of Anor Londo.
How to join the Blade of the Darkmoon Covenant in Dark Souls
You will be able to access this covenant by rotating the lift in Anor Londo counter-clockwise and going down, while also having the Darkmoon Seance Ring from the Catacombs equipped.
As you approach a statue of Gwyn, an illusory wall will disappear and you will be presented with a carpeted area, do not pass the boss fog as you will then have to fight Gwyndolin and be unable to join the Covenant.
This covenant is a PvP Covenant that will allow you to hunt down players listed in the Book of the Guilty with the Blue Eye Orb that you attain. After killing a guilty player, you will be able to attain a Souvenir of Reprisal, which you will use to upgrade this covenant.
+0: Blue Eye Orb, Darkmoon Blade Covenant Ring
+1: Darkmoon Blade Sorcery, Darkmoon Talisman
+2: Darkmoon Blade Sorcery Buff
+3: Darkmoon Blade Sorcery Buff
If you're looking for more help, our Dark Souls walkthrough and guide can help with all other areas of the game, including the dreadedTaurus Demon, Capra Demon, Ornstein and Smough bosses. Meanwhile, we have explainers on how to access DLC Artorias of the Abyss, the best gift and best class in Dark Souls, Dark Souls' best weapons, Dark Souls Covenants, Dark Souls Estus Flasks locations, Dark Souls Titanite Slab locations and NPC quests including Lautrec of Carim.
How to join the Darkwraith Covenant in Dark Souls
Location: The Abyss
NPC: Darkstalker Kaathe
In order to unlock this Covenant, you will have to kill the Four Kings first out of the four Lord Souls, and not place the Lordvessel on Firelink Altar. Only then, will Darkstalker Kaathe appear before the Bonfire and take you to Firelink Altar.
From here, you will be able to join the Darkwraiths, where you will be able to attain the Red Eye Orb and invade human players wholesale. The levelling up requirement is Humanity. Killing the host of a world nets you a humanity, as well as the R2 attack of the Dark Hand being able to suck humanity out of someone.
+0: Dark Hand
+1: Red Eye Orb
+2: Dark Sword, Dark Armour Set
How to join the Path of the Dragon Covenant in Dark Souls
Location: Ash Lake
NPC: Stone Dragon
This covenant is a little bit different in comparison to the others, as you will get access to items that turn you into an anthropomorphic Dragon. As you join the covenant, you will get access to the Dragon Eye, which allows your summon sign to appear in another player's world and invade them. In addition to this, you get the Dragon Head Stone, which allows you to transform your head into a Dragon Head and breathe fire.
After levelling up the covenant a few times, you also get the Dragon Torso Stone, which allows the rest of your body to turn into a Dragon. To upgrade this covenant, you win Dragon Scales from successful covenant invasions.
+0: Dragon Eye, Dragon Head Stone
+1 Dragon Head Stone Buff
+2: Dragon Torso Stone, Dragon Head Stone Buff
+3: Dragon Head Stone Buff, Dragon Torso Stone Buff