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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How to farm awestones

    • Anonymous

      20 Feb 2020 16:38  

      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

        20 Jan 2020 18:32  

        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

          04 Jan 2020 19:07  

          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

            26 Dec 2019 14:38  

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

            • Anonymous

              04 Nov 2019 10:14  

              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

                05 Aug 2019 01:37  

                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

                  11 Sep 2018 20:50  

                  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

                    29 Jul 2018 16:43  

                    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

                      21 Jul 2018 21:47  

                      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

                        13 Jun 2018 01:30  

                        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

                          30 Apr 2018 06:53  

                          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)

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