The Company of Champions in Dark Souls 2 is one of two covenants that are available as soon as you get to Majula. Being a member of this covenant substantially increases the game's difficulty level by making every enemy deal more damage (up to 50% in some cases, especially bosses), have more HP, and have approximately 20% damage resistance (tested on bosses under identical circumstances in SotFS), similar to playing in NG+ or using Bonfire Ascetics, while being in NG and without having to use ascetics at every bonfire. In addition, being in this covenant also disables cooperative play, removing the player's ability to summon anybody, including NPCs. Other players are still able to invade your world. This covenant also increases the range at which enemies will notice you. Covenant%20of%20the%20Fittests%20Trophy

 

Covenant leader: Victor's Stone
Where to join: Majula

How to join Company of Champions

In Majula, take the path along the coast to the right of the doorway leading to Heide's Tower of Flame to find the Victor's Stone monument. Pray to it and you will be asked to join the Company of Champions covenant.

Upon joining the covenant, players will also be given the Champion's Tablet. This item can be used to display a leaderboard showing the names of the players who have offered the most Awestones to the Victor's Stone.
While this covenant is strongly focused around PvE, it can be PvP focused as well, because defeating red phantom invaders in your world will drop Awestones, which you will need to acquire higher ranks.
WARNING: If you join this covenant you cannot be summoned or summon other players, NOT EVEN NPCs like Lucatiel etc... so their symbols will not appear. It should be mentioned, however, that you CAN summon red signs still, allowing for some amount of co-op if you have the item Seed of a Tree of Giants activated.

 

Rank


Covenant rank is increased by offering Awestones to the Victor's Stone in Majula. These stones are obtained by defeating invading red phantoms, both players and NPCs, and they are occasionally dropped by enemies as well. Note that it is NOT necessary to defeat player invaders to obtain the required amount of Awestones to reach rank 3 in this covenant. This can easily be done without PvP and without going to NG+ (Check out the Awestone page for information on how to farm them.)
If you focus on defeating invaders as a way of obtaining Awestones, and don't mind getting interrupted, you can use a Token of Spite and/or wear the Delicate String ring to increase your chances of being invaded.

Known Awestone-dropping enemies:

 

Rank Requirement Reward
0 (Initial) Champion's Tablet
1 Offer 10 Awestones Great Magic Weapon
2 Offer 25 Awestones First Dragon Ring
3 Offer 50 Awestones Vanquisher's Seal

 

 

Notes, Hints and Tips

  • Also known as "Hunters" or "Lures" by the online community, as they lure red phantoms to their world for quick Awestones.
  • Bell Keeper invaders (Grey phantoms) do not drop Awestones.
  • Red phantoms summoned by using their Red Soapstone sign do not drop Awestones.
  • Obtain Awestones by killing the red invader Bowman Guthry (appears on NG+) in Doors of Pharros at the first bonfire.
  • Rhoy the Explorer, in the Grave of Saints with Bonfire Intensity 2 or more, will also invade 12 total times (infinite times when you join this covenant). Farm him by going down and up the ladder outside of the second bonfire (his lack of reach can be advantageous) NOTE: Actually you burn the Ascetic by the FIRST bonfire, then teleport to the second bonfire and drop down the ladder & climb up to get Rhoy
  • Releasing Royal Sorcerer Navlaan will grant more opportunities to farm Awestones.
  • Joining this covenant will give all non-special enemies unlimited spawns for the duration you're in the covenant (special enemies such as the Aldia Warlock in Shrine of Amana or the necromancers in Huntsman's Copse will not respawn). Once you leave, all enemies will return to the spawning condition they had before you joined.
  • The enemies at Doors of Pharros have a chance of dropping awestone when you join the covenant.

 

 

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    • Anonymous

      Hey so quick question. Does enabling this covenant disable completing npc quests? Will I still get pate’s armor even if I can’t summon him?

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        • Anonymous

          I joined this covenant but didn’t know it made the game harder, now I abandoned it. Does that mean the game isn’t harder?

          • Anonymous

            This would be really fun in Dark Souls 1,3 or Bloodborne (games I feel would really benefit from an optional difficulty increase) but for this game? Not that it's necessarily more difficult than Bloodborne or DS3 but the game is nearly entirely composed of ganks in tight corridors with the player being the most physically crippled they've ever been. Namely in regards to iframes, roll distance, lingering animations and overall attack speed. This games becomes a chore with this covenant added, it does however make the majority of the bosses somewhat more interesting in that they will deal a lot more damage. That is a genuine boon for the game as 90% of bosses in this game are easier than O&S

            • Anonymous

              Oh, come on. I joined this covenant at the start and had no idea it would make it harder. Anyway, atleast I got gud.

              • Anonymous

                I've been in this covenant my entire playthrough without knowing it made it harder. Ive gone through so much unnecessary suffering ahhhhhhhhh

                • Anonymous

                  I have a feeling that it does affect the drop rates of the enemies after you've reached the point where they wouldn't spawn anymore. I've started farming and dropped random pieces until I've killed the enemies around 15 times. Then I have 1 hour and 30mins without drops. Then I've stopped. It doesn't seem like bad RNG.

                  Can someone confirm this? Correct me if I'm wrong.

                  • I love this covenant, makes the game really exciting to play. Joined by accident and I was holy ds2 is way harder than ds1. Well makes sense if you do 25% less damage and enemies do 50% more, you practically 1 or 2 shot material vs bosses and stamina management is a thing. Elana on ng+ and this covenant was a nightmare.
                    Your bastard sword on normal game does literally same damage as your black knight ultra greatsword on that covenant flat (without counter damage included)

                    • Anonymous

                      people: "damn i can't belive this is why i was dying alot"

                      litteral convenant stone monmument thing: "this convenant is only for the bravest and strongest"

                      me: Joins and leaves every convenant just so i have them marked down.

                      • So this is the covenant of infinite farming? Awesome, I honestly have thrown maybe 600 hours in this game and never knew that, and now I feel like a mad fool...

                        • Anonymous

                          Sorry if this is a stupid question. But does everything go back to normal if you abandon the covenant? New to DS2.... Just want to farm for a bit so I thought of joining this covenant...

                          • Anonymous

                            Ah, this is the reason I almost quit the game in my 1st playthough. I just randomly join covenants because I though changing them is easy like DS3. I keep wondering why the enemy hit really hard combine with my shitty knowlegde about ADP (I beat the main game with 3 ADP and still didn't know how I fking do it lol.). Then the DLCs hit me, that was when I know about this covenants and ADP. Almost make me quit the game because I keep getting one shot and couldn't dogde anything when fighting Sin.

                            • Anonymous

                              I'm already trying to finish the second time the game on the sl1 with this covenant, because the first time I forgot about her, and then the second time I caught her, and it's really complicated, but I'm almost done

                              • Anonymous

                                >be me
                                >playing dark souls 2 first time
                                >all the time thinking
                                >damn this game is waay harder than the first one
                                >getting two-shotted no matter how much I upgrade health and swap armor by almost anything
                                >lvl 80, still weak af
                                >start thinking I've done something wrong
                                >randomly come across someone mentioning this covenent making the game harder
                                >joined it the very first thing I did when I entered Majula
                                >**** me

                                • Anonymous

                                  Alright, I came up with my own method to farm awestones in SOTFS, and it's kinda reliable: go to the shaded ruins bonfire, equip at least the covetous golden serpent ring +1 (+ dragon parma and prisioner's hood in my case, but you might wanna equip the prisioner's tatters or use some coins too, it's up to you). Now, go for the forest warriors in the area (the transparent dudes), there's one just as you come out of the bonfire heading to the ruins, another one to your right (near two curse jars), two on the slope near that hole and when you come back to the bonfire be sure to jump into the roof (where a wooden chest is located) that's the last one.

                                  Feel free to use the aged feather, homeward bones or the homeward miracle to go back to the bonfire, these enemies might be a pain in the ass but make sure to stagger them as mush as possible and watch your back (I'm aware that there's another two around, but they are a bit out of this route)

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Started playing DS2 last week. Now I'm at 20h in the game and I learned that the covenant I joined at SL 5 until now made my game harder.
                                    I don't how to feel, maybe I got gud after all.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I’m just playing this game for the first time and I got halfway through without realizing what this covenant did. I made the game way harder for myself. No wonder everything killed me in one or two hits.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        above, it is said,
                                        "Once you leave, all enemies will return to the spawning condition they had before you joined."
                                        please confirm that those areas i already cleared (no enemies show up in several worlds anymore) will have zero enemies again once i leave the covenant.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          I was wondering why I couldn't see summon sign or why no one summoned me. Unfortunately I finished 2 playthrough. I guess dark souls 2 really encourage my messing around.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Dear lord.. I am new to Dark Souls 2, just recently bought it, and joined this covenant just because I could.. I wish I had known that it buffs enemies.. I was seriously wondering why everything 2 shots me and I played like this for 21 hours

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Route that worked for me was do a loop of the shaded ruins. 7 ghost guys there, dropped 1-2 almost everytime for me. Or if you're absolutely hardcore, go to the foggy woods!

                                              • Anonymous

                                                I know what the point of this covenant is. I just do not want to deal with the bullsh*t that comes with belonging to it. I will leave that to all you really hardcore mother f*ckers.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  For farming later in the game, I like to use the Shrine Entrance bonfire at the Dragon Shrine to farm awestones and dragon scales from the Dragon Knights. The Dark Knights can be taken out from afar using a pyromancy flame, then I kite the Dragon Knights down the staircase. I often die a bunch, but I find its a neat way to farm both scales and awestones at the same time. Plus, I can retrieve the souls without much difficulty because the Dragon Knights don't aggro right away.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I joined this covenant at the start of the game to farm some souls at the Heide's Tower of Flame, but the enemies stopped respawning regardless, anyone know why? Also, the elephant-looking knights in the area where Bowman Guthry appears in Doors of Pharros have infinite respawns wether you're in this covenant or not, but they drop awestones at a good rate if you are. I usually farm them for souls as a hexer from the Royal Rat Vanguard bonfire, and the dwarfs drop titanite chunks and some stones for infusion.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I joined the Company of Champions, cleared Shrine of Amana about a dozen times (a blast, especially when it's even harder, right?), then enemies stopped respawning, just like in other areas before joining. What gives? Some facts: I joined Champions once before reaching Amana and abandoned it. And before I joined again, I have cleared Amana maybe three-four times. Could that affect anything?

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        I think this causes the skeletons at Majula to stop spawning. I'm playing right now after burning a bonfire ascetic and seeing seven skeletons, then I went to go join the covenant to farm them for effigies and they're gone.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          There is a bit of irony in this covenant. After you have been getting your butt kicked and exhausted your enemy respawns (like I have been) you might feel inclined to join. That way they will respawn again and you can spend some time farming those souls. Doing that though is just a double edged sword making it harder for you to git gud. xD

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Pretty sure I despawned all the dragon acolytes in Aldia's keep, then after joining and leaving this covenant they still spawned (SOTFS.) Can anyone else confirm?

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              If this covenant makes it so enemies dont stop spawning when resting at a bonfire, does this mean you could get basically infinite souls/items, if you’re determined?

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                I have farmed several enemies out at different locations until they stopped spawning, while in a different covenant, and then after switching to the Champion’s covenant, i noticed they all respawned again. Does this always happen when joining Champions or is there some other reason for it?

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  wooowoowowowwowwoowow im pretty sure i played my first playthrough of this game with this covenant in 2014

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    So for my first playthrough I found this thing as soon as I entered Majula. No idea what it did. 3 hours later I find out I've been playing on Hard Mode. 10/10 would You Died again.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Fun fact, the grave wardens in the grave of saints by Agdayne drop awestones. Another fun fact, as long as you don't directly target them, you can kill them with poison/toxic mist without aggro-ing them or Agdayne. Ergo, easy awestone farming.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        I see a lot of people in this comment section joined this covenant by mistake, well me too, kinda, i actually intended to join it, ds2 is known for being the easiest one and when i saw it saying it would be a greater challenge i went for it, bu then i stopped playing for a few months and when i went back i didn't remember i was in this covenant, and i was thinking i was a noob for dying so much in the easiest game of the souls franchise, but then i saw something about the enemies stopping their respawns on the internet and was thinking why that never happened to me. After finding out it was this covenant i decided to keep on it, since i was used to the way ds1 was and really hated the idea of the enemies stopping their respawns, also i never really liked using summons (i only use them on ng+ to make things faster), so it didn't bother me, this covenant helped me make this game what i wanted it to be.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          It's amusing to see so many people go: "I joined it without knowing what it does and it made my game harder!" Because I did the opposite mistake: I thought it looked kinda suspicious and scary, and I didn't know it made the enemies keep respawning, so I spent my first two playthroughs worrying about running out of soul and item farming opportunities and used a bonfire ascetic at one point even though I didn't need to, which I ended up regretting. On the other hand I'm now surprised to find out it also makes the enemies harder because I never noticed that. I thought it was just the infinite respawns and no phantom summoning.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            I'm fucking idiot, I started the game recently (played DKS3 only prior to this one), as soon as I went to Majula I joined this covenant without even doing any research. I play the game and think to myself "Damn, this is so much harder than DKS3". Then I was watch YT video for secrets and saw a guy doing boss with npc summons, but I don't see any signs. Googling why I don't see summon signs someone pointed to this covenant. Reading this paged and I'm shocked from downsides of being member of it.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              So I know If I join enemy's will infinitely redrawn but will they still drop there's items even if they despawn also any tips for farming the shadow set

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                In SOTFS, Shaded Woods bonfire the first white ghost enemy sitting down also drops them, rare but it drops them. Lol found out farming lions warrior set to drop down the Majula well

                                                                                (trying to see how far I can get with Deprived SL1 SM39,990)

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  It mentions that the enemies in doors of pharros drop awestones. Is this farmable? And does the gold serpent ring increase the chances of them dropping?

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    I've gotten an awestone drop from one of the the Ruins Sentinals at the King's Gate bonfire in Drangelic Castle

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      So, stupid question probably, but if I join this covenant, do the difficulty amplifying effects persist even after abandoning the covenant?

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        You can also farm the ruin sentinels in the castle, easiest to go to the cave bondfire and lure 1 down after killing the enemy in the cave for a one on one fight or stay ranged in the entrance to the bonfire so he cant hit you

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Lmao i remembered i joined this covenant without knowing its purpose and tried to kill the big knight on heide tower like 3 hours. It was my first soulsborne game, though.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Lmao vet at ds3, went to play this and I was wondering why it was hard. Didnt die then got to no mans with it and it was hell. This was my first ds2 playthrough.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              the ogre by the first forest of giant bonfire drops awestones and souls of proud knights, also I've gotten 5 awestones within 30 mins of farming.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Reaching all 50 Awestones offline is rather easy. All you need is a chime, the requirements for "Force", Force itself and a Pharros' Lockstone (and at least 5 Bonfire Aesthetics if in older version).

                                                                                                Once you acquire all, head to the GRAVE ENTRANCE Bonfire and use the Lockstone to open the top bridge. Spawn Rhoy the Explorer by dropping down the ladder and climbing back up and running across the bridge. Afterwards, wait for Rhoy to show up and politely "Force" him off the bridge. Continue until you reach all desired Awestones.

                                                                                                (If in older version)
                                                                                                When Rhoy stops spawning (after 12 kills), reset the HARVAL'S RESTING PLACE Bonfire to respawn Rhoy.

                                                                                                Hope I helped, git gud!

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  ayy wtf, i'm a total noob and didn't know about this stuff, I joined the covenant at the start of the game without knowing what it does, and now I'm at No Man's Wharf. So the game will indeed get easier if I leave it, good to know

                                                                                                  • WARNING! Donating awestones while in offline mode will only apply towards the covenant rewards. They will not show up on the rankings tablet. Even after going back to online mode. I wasted around 150 stones before I found this bug . I'm on Xboxone SotFS version, and I don't know if this issue applies to other versions, but I would make sure to be in online mode to be safe.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      I was told that joining this covenant would give normal infinite spawns then ended up farming iron keep to extinction. It may extend the number of spawns but it does not make them unlimited. Sadly, I do not have a total count but I can tell you that enemies who have already gone extinct will still be gone and enemies that are still there will go away.

                                                                                                      • I've spent some time in this covenant to farm things such as petrified dragon bones and such, but it seems that drop rates are increased. Could someone confirm this? I got 3 drops of the black dragon greataxe, 2 black dragon shields, 2 sanctum priestess tiaras and this was within 20 kills. Also drakekeeper armor aplenty (10+ of each piece).

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          If I leave this covenant does it reduce enemy damage and all of that back down or is that just permanent?

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