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 of the Fittests Trophy.png


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.



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 stairs & 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

      26 May 2021 18:00  

      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

        24 Apr 2021 03:38  

        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

          09 Mar 2021 21:00  

          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

            27 Feb 2021 03:13  

            >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

              18 Feb 2021 15:26  

              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

                29 Jan 2021 15:10  

                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

                  10 Jan 2021 09:29  

                  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

                    04 Nov 2020 17:39  

                    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

                      08 Jul 2020 20:01  

                      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

                        25 Jun 2020 01:50  

                        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

                          18 Jun 2020 23:15  

                          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

                            24 May 2020 16:39  

                            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

                              01 May 2020 20:19  

                              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.

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