Covenants are factions within Dark Souls that players may align themselves with. You join a covenant by making an oath with an NPC, who is also often the covenant leader. You are rewarded for following the rules of the covenant and punished if you break them.
Which covenant players choose to join has an effect on their online experience. If you break the rules of your covenant, you will become sinned.
The Nine Covenants
Check each covenant's page for more detailed information.
|Blade of the Darkmoon||PvP||Invade and punish players online who have Sinned|
|Chaos Servant||PvE||Collect Humanity to unlock powerful Pyromancies and open a shortcut to Lost Izalith|
|Darkwraith||PvP||Invade other players to steal their Humanity|
|Forest Hunter||PvP||Defend the borders of the Darkroot Garden from intruding online players|
|Gravelord Servant||PvP||Infect other players with Gravelord Black Phantoms and lure them into your world for PvP battles|
|Path of the Dragon||PvP||Challenge other players online to gain Dragon Scales and turn into a dragonoid|
|Princess's Guard||Co-op||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||Gain access to unique offensive Miracles and have a higher chance to team up with other players for co-op play|
|Way of White||Co-op||Have a higher chance to find other players online for co-op play|
- You can only have one copy of items given at covenant rank up (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), another player can gift theirs for you.
- You do not have to join a covenant to unlock its 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. It does not matter if you say "Yes" or "No".
- Leaving a covenant reduces its respective offering count by half.
- Covenant levels, at least for your current covenant, are carried over to a New Game Plus (NG+).