Path of the Dragon


Scales Rewards
0 Dragon Eye and Dragon Head Stone
10 Dragon Head Stone flame damage increases
Dragon Torso Stone roar increases in range and the attack buff becomes 27.5 %
30 Dragon Torso Stone
Dragon Head Stone flame damage increases
Dragon Torso Stone roar increases in range and the attack buff becomes 30%
80 Dragon Head Stone flame damage increases
Dragon Torso Stone roar increases in range and the attack buff becomes 35%

Path of the Dragon
is a Covenant in Dark Souls. This dragon covenant is obtained by swearing allegiance to the Everlasting Dragon. The objective of the dragon covenant is to invade people that hold Dragon Scales.


You must make your way to Ash Lake, a hidden and optional location. How to get there:

  1. Go into Blighttown and head out into the swamp. If you're facing out of Quelaag's Domain, go to your right - if you're coming from the beginning of the swamp (the Valley of Drakes entrance) - go to your left.
  2. Find the swamp bonfire, and leave it behind heading left towards the large tree, then up one of its roots that is acting as a "ramp. It seems like a dead end, but this is actually an Illusory Wall. Hit the alcove with your weapon and you should reach another dead end with a treasure chest. Go behind the chest and hit the wall again.
  3. You are now at The Great Hollow. As you proceed, you will run into Basilisks (Also known as Cursed Frogs, which can curse the player) and mushroom men. Make your way carefully to the bottom and find an exit out into the Ash Lake.
  4. An optional mini-boss Hydra enemy awaits you here, you can fight or run from but it drops two dragon scales which can be useful leveling up in the covenant.  If you choose to run past it watch out for the clams that will chase you down as well as the hydra as it will jump across to the other side of the lake to follow you.
  5. "Pray" to the Everlasting Dragon, and become a member.


Dragon Eye

The Dragon Eye can be used in hollow, as well as human form and only by a member of the dragon covenant. Unlike other invasion methods the Dragon Eye can only be used for 1vs1 duels. To be able to see other players signs, you must not have other phantoms in your world. The winner of the duel receive one Dragon Scale. The loser will not lose any Dragon Scales.


Dragon Head Stone

The Dragon Head Stone will turn your head into a dragon head. In order to use this successfully, no head armor must be equipped. If the Dragon Head Stone is used while you have the dragon head, you will be able to breathe fire (which can be reflected by Force, Wrath of God, and the Dragon Torso Stone Roar.) Holding down the button will extend the duration, but will also drain your stamina. The fire damage will increase with your covenant rank.


Dragon Torso Stone

The Dragon Torso Stone will turn your whole body in to a dragon. All your armor must be unequipped to be able to use the Dragon Torso Stone. When using the Dragon Stone you will roar like a dragon (which generates a force-wave around you, similar to the miracle Force) and stun your opponents. It also deflects projectiles, similar to the miracle Force, although it cannot hurt the caster if you deflect it back at the caster. Your attack power will increase for a few seconds after the roar (this affects only weapons and unarmed damage, not spells). The damage buff and stun range increases with your covenant rank. The damage will increase for every rank, 25% at rank 0, 27.5% at rank 1, 30% at rank 2 and 35% at rank 3. Dragon force when used with back turned to the enemy will knock back any Shield or Armor and give you a short time to attack before they can raise their shield or counter. While in dragon form, your unarmed attack power will greatly increase; this damage increase applies only to bare fists and will not affect the caestus, dragon bone fist, claws or any other fist weapons. The unarmed attack does not scale with any stat nor increase with covenant rank, and has an AR of 400. Because there is such little damage increases to melee attacks by being in the covenant or increasing in rank, and since you can use the stones anytime, its best to get the head/torso stone and leave for another covenant.

The Dragon Torso Stone and Head Stone can both be used after you leave the covenant.


Effects of covenant

  • This covenant allows players to challenge others online to earn Dragon Scales. Useful for leveling Dragon type weapons, and gaining the unique Dragon Head Stone and Dragon Torso Stone.
  • Upon using the Everlasting Dragon Eye, a special Summon Sign will be drawn in some online player's world, and players can interact with this summon sign to be invaded (similar to how Red Sign Soapstone works). The sign will not appear in a player's world if that player has any other phantoms in their world, including white phantoms, gold phantoms (a la Warriors of Sunlight), red phantoms, blue phantoms, or even other dragon invaders.
  • Upon using the Dragon Head Stone (without any head gear), the player's head will turn and take the form of a dragonoid's head. At this point, usage of the Dragon head Stone again will allow players to breathe out fire. The damage of the fire is dependent on the player's covenant level.
  • Upon using the Dragon Torso Stone (without any armor equipment), the player takes the form of a dragonoid. In addition to the previous fire attack as the previous point, the player will have:
    • Increased unarmed attack damage. (Not shown in stats)
    • A Force miracle-like attack which sends out a shock wave, sending enemies flying upon use. Attack is also boosted for approximately 5-6 seconds, and can deflect all projectiles.
    • The Dragon Torso provides no increases to defense. Your defense before and after dragonoid transformation will remain the same. Your defense does, however, increase the more humanity you accrue.
  • Using the Dragon Head Stone or Dragon Torso Stone provides a permanent change that cannot be reversed until death.

Note: You may cut off the tail of the Ancient Dragon to receive the Dragon Greatsword without causing it to become hostile, and you may still join the Path of the Dragon covenant.


Rank Requirements

Each Dragon Scale you offer to your covenant gives you a point to your next rank. You can obtain Dragon Scales in three ways:
1. Certain chests and items on the ground, such as the one in Blighttown next to the bonfire. 3 Scales can be found in Ash Lake this way.
2. Killing Drakes. They have about a 5% chance of dropping a dragons scale with base item discovery. The Drakes can be killed off easily with a bow and Red Tearstone Ring.
3. Killing Hydras. The Hydra that you encounter at ash lake before the Ancient Dragon will drop two dragon scales but the Hydra found inDarkroot Basin will only drop one. Both have a 100% drop rate, but do not respawn.
4. Killing Undead Dragons. One can be found in the Valley of Drakes, and another in the Painted World of Ariamis. Both will drop a scale 100% of the time, but they do not respawn.
5. Trade an Egg Vermifuge with Snuggly the Crow to get a dragon scale. This can only be done once per playthrough.
4. Using the Dragon Eye. This item will search for any nearby players with Dragon Scales. If you successfully defeat them, you will receive one Dragon Scale and some souls.

Rank Dragon Scales Rewards
0 0 Dragon Eye and Dragon Head Stone acquired
+1 10 Dragon Head Stone flame damage increases
Dragon Torso Stone roar increases in range and the attack buff becomes 27.5 %
+2 30 Dragon Torso Stone acquired
Dragon Head Stone flame damage increases
Dragon Torso Stone roar increases in range and the attack buff becomes 30%
+3 80 Dragon Head Stone flame damage increases
Dragon Torso Stone roar increases in range and the attack buff becomes 35%


Betrayal Penalties

If you join another covenant, you will lose the ability to use your dragon eye and offer dragon scales, but you will still be able to use BOTH the Dragon Head Stone and the Dragon Torso Stone.


Online Interaction

When you place your dragon scale-searching eye on the ground in any location, you do not invade the dragon scale holders world. Instead, "dragon remnants" appear in the same place where you dropped your eye, in the dragon scale holders world, where he/she is given the option of whether to summon you or not. Though this safeguards the fairness of PvP with the dragon Covenant, it is extremely detrimental for the actual Covenant member as it severely lowers the chances of actual MP play.



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    • Anonymous

      01 Apr 2021 09:21  

      if you leave this covenant after donating 80 scales, will the torso stone's power go to rank +2? just wondering in case I need to grind for 80 or 160 scales.

      • Anonymous

        08 Dec 2020 18:59  

        Would have been better if the host could be invaded once they step on the dragon sign. You step on the eye, it has found you! To be fair there would have to be adjustments made like reducing its size to fit on narrow walkways while still being avoidable etc

        • Anonymous

          12 Sep 2020 12:23  

          You know what I love about this covenant? The Four Knights of Gwyn (mostly Ornstien and Gough, but still) were renown for their dragon-slaying. I always get a kick out of killing Ornstien as this tiny little dragonoid knowing that lore-wise he’s supposedly killed dragons as large and ferocious as Kalameet or Seath. Gough might be blind but I also find it a little ironic when I talk to him as a dragonoid and he’s just like, “man I love killing dragons, let me tell you all about the emotions killing dragons makes me feel”. Conclusion: play a dragon covenant run at least once. The irony is worth it.

          • Anonymous

            04 Sep 2020 23:30  

            Question about wording. Why is pray in quotation marks for the Everlasting Dragon, exactly? This guy is, to some extent, the equivalent of a god. At the very least he’s on par with a deity. To join the Warriors of Sunlight, you pray to a broken statue / altar. This guy is a giant, ancient dragon. I don’t see why pray has to be in quotation marks. You’re praying to the dude and offering him scales. The whole point of the covenant lore-wise is to ‘ascend into dragons’. Show my creepy-face dragon bro some love. He’ll let you hack off his tail, give you a stone to breathe fire, and then respect your decision to leave. I wouldn’t just “pray” to that, I’d pray to that.

            • Anonymous

              20 Aug 2020 00:55  

              If I leave the covenant does my rank get halved or only the amount of scales I offered to get to the next rank.

              • Anonymous

                28 Jun 2020 19:55  

                Fun for when someone summons you and realizes they can't leave the duel until someone dies; unlike red sign soapstone.

                • Anonymous

                  19 May 2020 06:35  

                  Can hosts summon dragon spirits in DSR after they killed a boss? Does the Dragon Eye summoning item work with the password matchmaking system in DSR?

                  • Anonymous

                    13 May 2020 10:52  

                    It says if i abandon the covenant, i loose the ability to use the dragon eye, and offer dragon scales. But if i join again, am i able to use the eye and offer scales again?

                    • Anonymous

                      21 Apr 2020 08:22  

                      But was farming 80 scales worth it? Probably not, on a 600 damage weapon it adds around 30 damage going from a 30% buff to 35%. The roar radius is increased around a target shield or so across, may or may not come in handy(although this is the most useful thing in my opinion). Flame breath damage increases, but who really uses it? But if you are looking to max out everything, go for it.

                      • Anonymous

                        18 Jan 2019 11:01  

                        When abandoning or joining another covenant, does the torso increase remain the same for when you ranked it to 3? Let PSN "Klavair" know please

                        • Anonymous

                          21 Nov 2018 22:55  

                          Your rank does not cross over, I was rank 1 before new game plus, ether I missed something or it bugged. Already have dragon head stone. I just offered 20 scales and said my rank now says +1, but I already was +1 already and never changed covenants.

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