Covenants are factions within Dark Souls that players may align themselves with. Covenants can be joined by making an oath with an NPC, who is also often the covenant leader. Players are rewarded for following the rules of the covenant and punished if they break them.
Which covenant players choose to join can have an effect on their online experience. If a player breaks the rules of their covenant, they will become sinned.
The Nine Covenants
Check each covenant's page for more detailed information.
|Blade of the Darkmoon||PvP||Can Invade and punish players online who have Sinned|
|Chaos Servant||PvE||Can collect Humanity to unlock powerful Pyromancies and open a shortcut to Lost Izalith|
|Darkwraith||PvP||Can Invade other players to steal their Humanity|
|Forest Hunter||PvP||Can defend the borders of the Darkroot Garden from intruding online players|
|Gravelord Servant||PvP||Can infect other players with Gravelord Black Phantoms and lure them into your world for PvP battles|
|Path of the Dragon||PvP||Can challenge other players online to gain Dragon Scales and turn into a dragonoid|
|Princess's Guard||Co-op||Can gain access to unique defensive Miracles and have a higher chance to team up with other players for co-op play|
|Warrior of Sunlight||Co-op||Can gain access to unique offensive Miracles and have a higher chance to team up with other players for jolly co-operation!|
|Way of White||Co-op||Can have a higher chance to find other players online for co-op play|
- Covenant items can be given when acquiring a rank. They can only be owned once (e.g. Great Chaos Fireball, Great Lightning Spear, Dark Sword) on a character. Although in case of weapons (Dark Sword, Gravelord Sword, and Darkmoon Talisman), they can be obtained online from another player (for example through trading).
- To unlock a covenant-related trophy/achievement, select "Join Covenant" and wait for the box to appear that says "Join Covenant? (abandons former Covenant)." A few seconds later, the achievement will be unlocked automatically. Selecting "Yes" or "No" is not necessary.
- Leaving a covenant will reduce its respective offering count by half, and will drop your character's rank accordingly
- Current covenant levels can carryover to a New Game Plus (NG+)