Strength is a stat in Dark Souls 3. It is an attribute for wielding heavy, powerful weapons, heavy armor and greatshields. Increases the damage you do with strength scaling weapons and fire resistance.

Strength Dark Souls 3Attribute required to wield powerful and heavy weapons. 

Also governs resistance to fire and improves attack strength. "



  • Strength's attack damage per point has a soft cap at 40, a sharper cap above 59, and a hard cap at 99.
  • Note that two handing a weapon allows use of the weapon at a strength multiplier of 1.5, allowing you to reach the soft cap at 27, the sharper cap at 40, and the hard cap at 66.
  • Also boosts fire resistance.
  • Per point strength increase of 1.1 fire defense, 0.73 physical defenses, 0.4 all other defenses, 0.2 all resistances (initial deprived)

Data and Player Notes

Strength Fire Def
25 100
30 105
35 117
40 129
45 139
50 148


Strength Required Weapon


Dark Hand, Demon's Scar, Pyromancy Flame, Storm Ruler


Preist's Chime, Cleric's Sacred Chime, Caitha's Chime, Saint-Tree Bellvine, Crystal Chime, Yorshka's Chime
4 Handmaid's Dagger, Talisman, Saint's Talisman, Sunlight Talisman, White Hair Talisman, Sunless Talisman, Canvas Talisman, Sacred Chime of Filianore
5 Parrying Dagger, Dagger, Caestus, Iron Round Shield, Ghru Rotshield, Hawkwood's Shield, Aquamarine Dagger
6 Bandit's Knife, Claw, Crow Talons, Whip, Notched Whip, Sorcerer's Staff, Court Socerer's Staff, Storyteller's Staff, Murky Hand Scythe, Murky Longstaff
7 Scholar's Candlestick, Mail Breaker, Scimitar, Painting Guardian's Curved Sword, Rapier, Short Bow, Darkmoon Bow, Witch Tree Branch, Sage's Crystall Staff, Mendicant's Staff, Buckler, Crimson Parma, Leather Sheild, Small Leather Shield
8 Shortsword, Harpe, Tailbone Shortsword, Broken Straight Sword, Cleric's Candlestick, Ricard's Rapier, Thrall Axe, Manikin Claws, Heretic's Staff, Archdeacon Great Staff, Elkhorn Round Shield, Target Shield, Plank Shield, Eastern Iron Shield, Round Shield, East-West Shield, Blue Wooden Shield, Pontiff Knight Shield, Porcine Shield, Large Leather Shield, Wooden Shield, Carthus Shield, White Birch Bow
9 Falchion, Shotel,  Hand Axe, Witch's Locks, Spotted Whip, Longbow, Black Bow of Pharis, Man-Grub's Staff, Follower Sabre, Crow Quills
10 Longsword, Broadsword, Astora Straight Sword, Brigand Twindaggers, Rotten Ghru Dagger, Lothric's Holy Sword, Anri's Straight Sword, Sellsword Twinblades, Warden Twinblades, Rotten Ghru Curved Sword, Crescent Moon Sword, Darkdrift, Estoc, Irithyll Rapier, Club, Rotten Ghru Spear, Golden Ritual Spear, Soldering Iron, Rose of Ariandel, Light Crossbow, Red and White Shield, Warrior's Round Shield, Cadecues Round Shield, Sacred Bloom Shield, Golden Falcon Shield, Spider Shield, Grass Crest Shield, Pierce Shield
11 Lothric Knight Sword, Barbed Straight Sword, Uchigatana, Bloodlust, Morning Star, Spear, Arstor's Spear, Silver Eagle Kite Shield, Frayed Blade
12 Corvian Greatknife, Sunlight Straight Sword, Irithyll Straight Sword, Gottard Twinswords, Morion Blade, Valorheart, Pontiff knight Curved Sword, Dancer's Enchanted Swords, Carthus Shotel, Battle Axe, Mace, Reinforced Club, Heysel Pick, Warpick, Winged Spear, Saint Bident, Compisite Bow, Knight's Crossbow, Izalith Staff, Follower Javelin, Friede's Great Scythe, Llewellyn Shield, Wargod Wooden Shield, Sunset Shield, Kite Shield, Spiked Shield, Sunlight Shield, Dragonhead Shield, Preacher's Right Arm,
13 Wolnir's Holy Sword, Onikiri and Ubadachi, Crystal Sage's Rapier, Blacksmith Hammer, Tailbone Spear, Four-Pronged Plow, Knight Shield
14 Brigand Axe, Drang Twinspears, Partizan, Lothric Knight Long Spear, Red Hilted Halberd, Crescent Axe, Great Scythe, Pontiff Knight Great Scythe, Hollowslayer Greatsword, Onyx Blade, Storm Curved Sword, Heavy Crossbow, Crest Shield, Dragon Crest Shield, Spirit Tree Crest Shield, Golden Wing Crest Shield, Lothric War banner
15 Flamberge, Carthus Curved Sword, Gargoyle Flame Spear, Lucerne, Millwood Battle Axe, Ringed Knight Spear
16 Dark Sword, Claymore, Bastard Sword, Moonlight Greatsword, Astora Greatsword, Chaos Blade, Man Serpent Hatchet, Dragonslayer Swordspear, Halberd, Great Corvian Scythe, Avelyn, Silver Knight Shield, Twin Dragon Greatshield, Ancient Dragon Greatshield, Repeating Crossbow
17 Greatsword of Judgement, Glaive, Stone Parma, Ringed Knight Straight Sword
18 Drakeblood Greatsword, Farron Greatsword, Washing Pole, Black Blade, Carthus Curved Sword, Dragonslayer's Axe, Drang Hammers, Great Wooden Hammer, Pickaxe, Yorhka's Spear, Pike, Immolation Tinder, Onislayer Greatbow, Arbalest, Sniper Crossbow, Shield of Want, Black Knight Shield, Lothric Knight Shield
19 Executioner's Greatsword, Zweihander, Old Wold Curved Sword, Dragonrider Bow, Crucifix of the Mad King, Gael's Greatsword
20 Black Knight Sword, Firelink Greatsword, Murakumo, Winged Knight Twinaxes, Eleonora, Demon's Fist, Dragonslayer Spear, Dragonslayer Greatbow
21 Spiked Mace, Greatlance
22 Twin Princes' Greatsword, Profaned Greatsword, Large Club, Gargoyle Flame Hammer, Harald Curved Greatsword
24 Wolf Knight's Greatsword, Lothric Knight Greatsword, Exile Greatsword, Butcher Knife, Great Machete, Earth Seeker
26 Cathedral Knight Greatsword, Lorian's Greatsword, Winged Knight Halberd, Splitleaf Greatsword
28 Greatsword, Demon's Greataxe, Great Club, Black Knight Glaive, Millwood Greatbow
30 Black Knight Greatsword, Vordt's Great Hammer, Old King's Great Hammer, Gundyr's Halbard, Bonewheel Shield, Wolf Knight's Greatshield
32 Greataxe, Great Mace, Black Iron Greatshield, Cathedral Knight Greatshield
34 Curse Ward Greatshield
35 Dragonhead Greatshield
36 Black Knight Greataxe, Lothric Knight Greatshield
38 Yhorm's Great Machete, Dragonslayer Greatshield, Stone Greatshield
40 Dragonslayer Greataxe, Dragon Tooth, Quakestone Hammer, Yhorm's Greatshield, Greatshield of Glory, Havel's Greatshield, Ringed Knight Paired Greatswords
45 Smough's Great Hammer, Giant Door Shield
50 Fume Ultra Greatsword, Morne's Great Hammer, Moaning Shield
60 Ledo's Great Hammer

*Weapons not listed have 0 Strength Requirement

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    • Anonymous

      16 Jan 2018 13:39  

      50 strength worked fine with me using a millwood axe with heavy infusion that has only strength scaling... dont know if its worth going 60 or 66 for huge hammers though.. i prefered to level up attunement and some other stats to let me use some buffing spells

      • Anonymous

        24 Dec 2017 16:59  

        For anyone wondering : When two-handing a weapon, the Knight's ring buff does not count during the multiplication. So let's say if you have 10 strength, when two handing your strength will become 10*1.5= 15 and then the ring's bonus will be added on top : so you will deal damage equivalent to someone with 20 strength. (Not 15*1.5=22.5, as some may have hoped).

        • Anonymous

          25 Nov 2017 16:31  

          40 str is enough for any melee build. Going anyfurther should only be done to hold a higher str req weapon never go above 60! 60 to 66 are 6 pts you could put to vitality, faith, vigor and endurance.

          • Anonymous

            25 Nov 2017 16:26  

            Strength above 50 is a waste people who spend 16 levels to go from 50 to 66 in order to 2 hand a weapong as if they had 99 str which hardly gives weapons 30 AR more could add 16pt of vitality or vigor or endurance maybe get some faith pts anything is better than a 30AR increase.

            • Anonymous

              Weapon Scaling?04 May 2016 08:55  

              Do weapons still scale up to 40? Does infusion impact this? If so, in a pos. or neg. direction?

              • Anonymous

                2 Handing13 Apr 2016 23:57  

                Does 2 handing a weapon that has double the strength you use on the weapon. For example: weapon requires 30str, but you only have 15str. 2 handing would enable you to properly use the weapon. Does this rule still work/fallow?

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