Brotherhood of Blood is a PvP covenant in Dark Souls 2. It is a dueling covenant that is focused around 3 dedicated arena venues.

Sanguinary Covenant Trophy.png
Covenant Leader : Titchy Gren
Location : Undead Purgatory

How to Join Brotherhood of Blood

The covenant leader, Titchy Gren, can be spoken to in a small area found after the Executioner's Chariot boss fight. The player must have a Token of Spite in their possession before speaking to the covenant leader in order to join.

 

Dueling:

Upon joining the covenant, players can queue for duels at the three statues near Gren. Again, a Token of Spite must be present in the inventory in order to duel. The token will not be expended; it need only be present.
When facing the statues, the three arenas are as follows:

  • Left statue: A relatively long bridge that connects one side to another. Falling off the bridge will result in death.
  • Middle statue: A labyrinthine arena with two levels. There are stairs in the four corners of the arena which lead to the second level.
  • Right statue: A large circular stage with wooden scaffolding in the center. There are steps that lead to the top of the structure.


Note: If no one is currently available at a chosen arena, the player will be paired with a duelist in either of the other two arenas.

 

Rank

To improve rank for this covenant the player must achieve victory in the dueling arenas or vanquish blue phantoms summoned by members of the Way of Blue  during an invasion.
Being defeated in a duel will result in the loss of one rank point. However, according to Namco Bandai customer support, it is not possible to lose rank by failing an invasion.

  • When invading, defeat the Blue Sentinel summoned as help,
    and the devotion to the covenant will go up +2. (Added with Patch 1.10)
  • You do NOT gain rank from successful invasions.
Rank Requirement Reward
0 1 Token of Spite Crest of Blood
1 50 rank points Curved Twinblade ; aesthetic red aura as a dark spirit
2 150 rank points Crescent Sickle ; aesthetic neon red glow as a dark spirit
3 500 rank points Great Chaos Fireball, Gren Set

 

Notes

  • Using the 'Talk' option with Titchy Gren, after reaching rank 3 in the covenant, will cause him to give you his scythe and armor set.
  • If both players have full health when the duel timer ends in the arena, the duel ends in a draw, and the message "STALEMATE" will appear.
  • It is recommended that player record their own victories and defeats in dueling arenas, because the game does not.
  • As of regulation 1.08, healing items and spell restoration items such as Amber Herb can no longer be used during a duel. Repair Powder can still be used in order to counter corrosive weapon, or for infinite casts of special attacks.
  • You still can heal by casting healing miracles such as Great Heal or the healing pyromancy Warmth, or by certain equipment like the Ring of Restoration, Loyce Shield, Crown of the Ivory King, but also upon each successful hit of Butcher's Knife.
  • While fighting in the arena, with a duel that ends in both players defeat. The victory will be given to the player who died last.
  • Unlike other pvp, covenant arenas do not pair players up according to soul memory. Players can be paired up with anyone in the same play through. [I fought the same guy two times in a row using two different characters (150SL and 200SL). So keep in mind that Soul Level doesn't mean much here.]

 

List of Usable Items in Arena

Useable Items Unusable Items
Repair Powder Estus Flask
Firebomb, Black Firebomb Amber Herb / Twilight Herb / Wilted Dusk Herb
Throwing Knives Monastery Charm / Dragon Charm
Witching / Hexing / Lightning / Corrosive / Holy Water Urn Divine Blessing
Poison Moss Lifegem



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    • Anonymous

      Arena is filled with ultrasweats and mega tryhards using the same staff, the same hexes, the same spears, the same everything and they're always around 200-220, your only hope of winning is getting a good combo and throwing them off a bridge because they ALWAYS. PICK. THE. BRIDGE.

      • If you are going into ng+ kill the covenant leader and get his set since it gives you more souls than the tseldora robes and cap and the npc will get revived anyway

        • Anonymous

          In 2024 this covenant is full of ultra tryhards (Not that surprising for a 10 year old game tbh) If you want to make the insane grind to get neon red aura you can't come in here with out max out weapons, armor, and rings, 105 agility, and 50 vigor. You will find many people spell buff or sacred oath imminently as the match begins. If you find a Japanese player, well theres always next match.

          My only tips is dont use an ultra greatsword unless it's Fume Knight's, backsteps give I-frames and a lot of weapons have nice backstep attacks, use a lightning infusion or Dark infusion with the opposite spell buff, use the stone ring if their wearing high poise armor, chloranthy +2 if they are wearing low poise armor.

          When in doubt, pull out the longsword, its a top tier PVP weapon.

          Good luck, you're gonna need it.

          Why didnt they just make invasions count!?!?!?!?!?!?

          • Anonymous

            I don't have a confirmation, but after thousands of duels, I suspect that whenever there is a simultaneous kill, the game gives victory to whoever has more health left before the kill, because my connection is pretty good.

            We need to have Zullie or someone like that look onto that.

            • Anonymous

              would be the go to pvp spot if it wasn't filled with the same 5 rank 3 warped sword tryhards with whatever element buff spell/ sacred oath

              • Anonymous

                Can anyone tell me how this happens:

                I get invaded by a player and as we are dueling at some point I need to roll away and even though I'm CLEARLY a half mile away from him (realistically about 3 or 4 character lengths away)he somehow starts the backstab animation and literally pulls my character all the way back to where he is to finish his backstab animation. Is this because of lag or what because it seems extremely unfair.

                To be fair, I'm not the best at PvP and I don't mind admitting that but when a situation arises as described above, I can't help but feel a little cheated.

                • Anonymous

                  Not sure why there’s so much hate on DS2 BoB arena. It’s the only time in a souls game where a win-ratio is acknowledged (the red glows).

                  In 2014, I remember you were able to get good matchups as long as you were around lvl 120 or 150 or something. I assume this changed as the matching system got desperate when the player-base dried up years later?

                  Think spotted whip and scraping spear were the cheeses I remember back then, which are a lot less annoying and frequent than the pvp-broken special weapon attacks of DS3 and AoWs in Elden.

                  The only valid annoyance I agree with was latency issues, but I dealt with the. By only doing arenas during times of the day where other players had good connections (late night eastern standard time). Oh, also you had to fight with lock on off to be competitive.

                  So am I understanding this right? The main reason people here are hating on the ds2 arena is matchmaking years after the game was released, or hackers on PC or some dumb **** like that? Somebody fill me in

                  • Anonymous

                    Arena was awesome at around SL 120. Getting the max rank in this covenant was sick cause you’d get an even brighter red fire glow, but the DS2 haters cried so Fromsoft figured nobody wanted any ranking system for pvp ever again. Now the souls series is just a bunch of broken AoWs and unique weapons skills with nothing really riding on any duel

                    • Anonymous

                      Just an FYI. You don't need to let your opponent buff. And if they do end up buffing its perfectly valid to run away until their buff runs out. You are under no obligation to be 2 shot by a buffed katana + sacred oath.

                      • Anonymous

                        I believe this covenant boost your invasion range for red eye orbs. I invaded someone 7 tier higher than me

                        • Anonymous

                          I love dark souls ii but this pact let me down a lot. The fact that I don't rank up for successful invasions is already frustrating, but it seems that the pairing is very pointless, I must have dueled about 20 times, SL 88, SM 800K, and I didn't find players of my level in any of those times. Either the guy had a cranked network, because of so much lag, or he was a guy that I didn't get 10% per hit, while a hit from him took 60% of my hp. Total disappointment, even though I'm new to the arena, in invasions or being invaded I usually do well. And walking into an arena and getting crushed is no fun. Even so, I still love dark souls 2, any recommendations for the convention? From SL since SM seems to make no difference. Otherwise I'm going to mallet this npc of the agreement and let it be chipped. :3

                          ps:It's sad to fall against players with less sense of the game than you, and do well because of this matchmaking system and the lag. The guys just spawn LA, and you, even dodging it, when it hits, the guy doesn't even get stunned, spams LA and the end of your career, bruh...

                          • Anonymous

                            Now that the pc servers are up again... Don't try this before your character is essentially finished. At SM 500k and level 95 I'm fighting lightroll havels with sunlight blade helix halberds. You aren't liable to encounter someone anywhere near where you are in the game unless you're basically done already, because they all either will be themselves, or they're twinks

                            • Anonymous

                              I killed Saulden and Targray.
                              I have no regrets.
                              Go ahead, Send your blue "sentinel" bodyguards.
                              I don't care.
                              I'm a blood bro now.

                              • Anonymous

                                Oh I do not gain from invasions? What a bulsit game just because of that stupid curved blade had to destroy 50 innocent lives! 50!!! Btw dear people whom I invaded Im so sorry :'(

                                • Anonymous

                                  tried it on my SL 35 twink. Got matched with a SL 235 havel. Still wrecked the fool thanks to the Forbidden Fun Spam :)

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Using blue acolyte I can see the opponent SL. I'm SL 110 but constantly got matched with SL 250+ near instantly. Wtf

                                    • Anonymous

                                      My first DS2 playthrough playing online. Scarcity of cracked red orbs meant that for pvp i had to wait till Undead Purgatory. I get in, join covenant and prepare to expeirence famous DS2 pvp batlles, which were supposed to be best in trilogy.
                                      Instead it was my first time experiencing PURE CANCER.
                                      I wasn't prepared for this. Cheaters, tryhards and otherwise poor sports galore. Breaking all equipment, crashing game, insta healing, instakills, and propably other subtle hacks, that are hard to pinpoint. Metamancers doing nothing but running attacks with katanas and curved swords (phantom range). Players that when hit with backstap from maxed weapon lose only 10% hp (I don't know, is it hack or like max level). Players attacking when greeting them. Literally, in my experience only 10% matches were with people who weren't like that.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        "Players can be paired up WITH ANYONE IN THE SAME PLAY THROUGH." This gives me a LOT of pause about burning an ascetic at Undead Purgatory. Does it mean if I go into NG+ at that bonfire that I can ONLY be matched with other players who also are in NG+1? If not, then what is meant by the "in the same play through" qualifier?

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Out of many complaints I have from this game, the PvP is atrocious! Swords with longer range than spears, hitbox issues, no I-frames when dodging etc. etc. On top of everything, you do not GAIN rank from successful invasions.. I'm just going to buy all the stuff and kill the little guy.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Sorry if this is a dumb question, but on the bridge map, if you jump off after defeating the other player does it still count as a win?

                                            • Anonymous

                                              why tf is everyone one shotting me and im doing pathetic dmg? My SM is 500k, lvl 90 vit is 30, armor is pretty good too. Im using mainly pyromancies with offhand uchi/washing pole

                                              • Anonymous

                                                So let’s say my freind who just started the game gets into this cov, I have 22million sm. Would he still be able to match with me?

                                                • Did some legit testing on dropping items in the arena and ya... Its kinda broken. At first it may seem that it drops it to the winner, but if you try this more than once it just all comes back. So you can abuse this by having the character that you want to ... ahem, MULE to just drop some worthless crap item over and over again until it comes back, then have the high level drop all the goodies and let the low level win. It works every time. This makes twinking in the lowest soul tiers stupidly overpowered, and with the use of alternate account save mules you can have all the red eye orbs you want with going insane losing over and over again in the arena or farming the torturers. Twinking just got easy. And REAL BULL ****

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    The Executioner’s Chariot is a foreshadowing of how often you’ll be running circles around the arena trying to escape the max level monsters that duel there.

                                                    • I did some legit testing on dropping items in the arena, and it is broken as hell. Step 1, get the agape ring. Step 2, get to the brotherhood of blood. Step 3, use the few red eyes in the early game to get an easy win in the forest of fallen giants. Step 4, get your high level friend to drop you items in the arena, the let you kill him. Easy. BUT. You will find that if you try to drop items again it won't work, this is because the game identifies mulers and tries to stop them. To manipulate this, try dropping easy to get items from the low level to the high level until they come back, then continue muling. In order to get infinite red eye orbs, just use an alternate account save backup mule to get all you need. Happy Twinking

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Why does the community have a 150 meta? In the other games it’s a great decision because you’re forced to match with those around your level so having a popular level equals max connectivity but this game allows you to pair with any level so if you decide on a fixed number you’ll always have players much higher than that taking advantage of it for easier wins ... there shouldn’t be any community decided level in this game especially in the BoB where even soul memory is irrelevant

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          This covenant is REALLY unbalanced. I got matched with a guy who had an everything build, and did negligible damage. Even with a backstab, it was only a FRACTION of their health.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            bullshit tbh that you don't gain rank from successful invasions... isn't that literally what the covenant is for?

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              wish there was a covenant like this in ds3.. the grind to 150+ wins was fun and having the extra red glow thing was a nice way to show off.. was pretty sweaty though with SM and havels.. but w.e.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                I need someone to spell it out for me, is the Brotherhood of Blood arena matchmaking based only on your soul level?

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Tell me if I'm wrong, but while playing SotFS on ps4, I've received one free weekend of online play per month, despite not paying for Playstation Plus. I guess if I want that Pyro trophy, I have to invade a crapton during those 2/3 days a month??

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    As of now, I can say the experience in this covenant's arenas has drastically improved, I remember it being total cancer in 2019, but I've recently encountered players who fight more fairly and overall chill dudes, just watch out for the ocassional hacker/tryhard (btw if you're somewhat of a new player I'd still recommend blue sentinels' arena)

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      If you are unable (or simply don’t want) to participate in the arena, you can kill Titchy and his armor and weapon will be sold by Melentia. As for the rank 1 and rank 2 rewards, I’m not sure but I’ve heard that Chancellor Wellager in Drangleic Castle can sell covenant rewards to you in either NG+ or NG+2.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        So if you reached rank 1 do you need to win another 150 matches? And will it be 151 if I lose a match even if I reached rank 1?

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          So 1 blue kill does not get you to Rank 2, so that was a troll. And I'm not doing arena so I guess I'll just invade for fun.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            The matchmaking is so beyond broken that you will typically face one of these 3 enemies.
                                                                            1. This opponent will have an internet connection from the dark ages. They are usually quite bad, but impossible to hit or dodge because you have no idea what is happening.
                                                                            2. Really good player who actually does similar damage to you because they are of similar SL and SM. These are my favorite to fight because it can be the most productive when trying to improve at the game.
                                                                            3. Massively over-leveled, heavy armor wearing, fast weapon wielding, parry shield using player who is actually quite good at the game, making these fights very difficult to win since you will do d*** for damage while they destroy your health with a couple hits.

                                                                            Matchmaking should be based on SM+SL and widen the pool if there aren't enough players.
                                                                            Bonfire ascetic your way to glory, you will find yourself winning nonstop in no time.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Hi mates, I've just played few duels today and got paired with some sick hacker named "Stalin double penetration" twice. First time he backstabed me even before I was teleported to arena and after that my game shut down to windows. Second time he killed me with some spell just before the duel gate open. It destroyed all my equipment and game shut down again. Just wondering if somebody met that guy too. He was pretty annoying.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                I love being matched with people 5 times my level and who can deal more damage to me with a straight sword than I can to them with an ultragreatsword. Sure, I'm not very good at pvp to say the least, but at least give us fair fights.

                                                                                • How do I join this covenant if I don’t have a initial token of spite from it? Like the opposite covenant I found a token of fidelity so i was able to join.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    garbage covenant full of overleveled scrubs and no matchmaking restrictions,meaning you will get matched against sl500s in your sl150 character

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      most unbalanced PvP covenant in all of Souls. don't even bother trying to search for a fair fight because all you'll find is somebody that is SL 250 and has a weapon that 2 shots you.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        For people who don't want to play the game 3 times for the plat- I want to help in duels, we let each other win; I'm at about 4 mil total souls rn. PS4 DARKNiTE195.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          For any newcomers who want to have a good PvP experience, please do yourselves a favor and DON'T fight in the arena. Trust me, there's absolutely no fun to be had here, just stick to the other PvP covenants and the Iron Keep bridge.

                                                                                          • TERRIBLE CONNECTION. ALWAYS GET FRONTSTABBED OR TELEPORT BACK TO GET A BACKSTAB, TERRIBLE MATCHMAKING, I WAS DEALING LITERALLY 60 DMG ON A HAVEL WHO 2SHOT ME WITH A LIGHTNING ULTRA GREATSWORD.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              By far the worst covenant, no pryo trophy for me... need an update to let players rank by invading normally, after all, the whole point of this covenant is to go out and search for kills... alot of spear and straight sword users as well, both are broken with hitboxes

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Making succesful invasions not count towards your rank was a stupid idea. I never run into blue helpers and I have no intention of going to several million soul memory just to advance this charlie foxtrot of a covenant

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  My first ever duel and I come up against the f**king Terminator, Duel starts and hes laughing at me repeatedly even when I start hitting him (I am using a greatsword +10 with Raw Infusion, outputting over 600 damage with each swing) takes me 10 hits to get his health to drop to about 60% and the guy is still just laughing, after another 10 hits he strikes me twice and Im dead..........git gud is different to git f**ked

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    When you're only a SL65+ on NG and you join in the arena with a person that's probably SL200+ with a Crypt Blacksword infused with Dark and his first hit does 90% of your health so you just accept death and let him finish the job

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      Damn, ever since the release of DS Remastered, I can't get anyone to show up in the arena, or even for coop.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        How ironic that all of the higher ranked people I come across lag around the arena and face stab constantly, oh how ironic indeed

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          Jesus if anyone has trouble with max lvl fags just block them till the point that they'll no longer have any1 to fight against

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            Is the arena still active? I only ever spent a day or two dedicated to pvp in this game and I really enjoyed it, dueling at the iron keep bridge about a year ago to get the dragon armor was one of my favourite times in souls and I feel like going back to this game to make a new build and pvp with it

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              Ds2 pvp Lance's appears and straghit sword hitboxes are broken I'll be on the lava bridge in iron keep and the other guy can hit me when he's looking away and when the weapon is 3times farther away than when it's an actual hit come on you need to at least fix hitboxes in pvp

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                For f@ck sake! Everyone in this*****ty arena runs away and cast some random healing bul*****after every 2 hits!! And this IF the ***** is not a fcking hacker with insane hp!

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  BrotherHood of Blood? More like Brotherhood of bullshit.

                                                                                                                  Im always paired with SL500 Metamancers with*****ty internet on my SL150 characters.Its almost impossible to get a 60% winrate.

                                                                                                                  I need something to work with here, not a goddamn Havel assface shooting hexes, dealing 1/6 of my health with a straightsword, and running and healing when I get close to winning.

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    Ok I can offically call Bull$&*t on Namco Bandai saying you can't lose a rank I have done JUST THAT! I have the curved twinblade in my inventory but my rank was reset to 0 even though I didn't restart the game! Who ever said you cannot lose rank was lying their ass off!

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