Type Attribute
Effect " Attribute required to wield advanced weapons. Also improves attack strength, reduces spellcasting time and reduces damage taken when falling. "

Dexterity is a stat in Dark Souls 3. it is an attribute for wielding advanced weapons. Also reduces spellcasting time and damage from falling.


Dexterity Effects

  • Dexterity's attack damage per point has a gradual soft cap at 40, a hard cap above 80, and stops at 99.
  • Also reduces spellcasting time and damage from falling.
    • The casting speed cap is at 50 dexterity.
  • Defenses do not scale with Dexterity directly, but rather with overall Soul Level; defense gains are not affected by starting class.

Data and Player Notes


Dexterity Required Weapon
0 Dark Hand, Storm Ruler, Butcher Knife, Club, Crucifix of the Mad King, Demon's Greataxe, Dragon Tooth, Dragonslayer Greataxe, Earth Seeker, Follower Torch, Gargoyle Flame Hammer, Great Club, Great Mace, Great Wooden Hammer, Large Club, Ledo's Great Hammer, Morne's Great Hammer, Old King's Great Hammer, Quakestone Hammer, Reinforced Club, Scholar's Candlestick, Smough's Great Hammer, Torch, Vordt's Great Hammer, Giant Door Shield
7 Mace
8 Caestus, GreataxeThrall Axe, Battle Axe, Demon's Fist, Eleonora, Brigand Axe, Hand Axe, Broken Straight Sword, Handmaid's Dagger, Rotten Ghru Dagger, Light Crossbow, Heavy Crossbow, Knight's Crossbow, Arbalest
9 Pickaxe, Dagger, Morning Star
10 Shortsword, Broadsword, Longsword, Astora Straight Sword, Bastard Sword, Firelink Greatsword, Profaned Greatsword, Heysel Pick, Lorian's Greatsword, Yhorm's Great Machete, Fume Ultra Greatsword, Greatsword, Golden Ritual Spear, Millwood Battle Axe, Anri's Straight Sword, Harpe, Great Machete, Warpick, Spear
11 Zweihander, Four-Pronged PlowMoonlight Greatsword, Barbed Straight Sword, Glaive, Murky Hand Scythe
12 Estoc, Partizan, Halberd, Bandit's Knife, Winged Knight Twinaxes, Cleric's Candlestick, Onyx Blade, Sunlight Straight Sword, Valorheart, Soldering Iron, Rotten Ghru Spear, Rapier, Saint Bident, Crescent Axe, Mail Breaker, Composite Bow, Short Bow, Millwood Greatbow, Spiked Shield, Follower Javelin, Rose of Ariandel
13 Claymore, Executioner's Greatsword, Wolnir's Holy Sword, Lucerne, Man Serpent Hatchet, Rotten Ghru Curved Sword, Blacksmith Hammer, Scimitar, Falchion, Spiked Mace, Gael's Greatsword
14 Aquamarine Dagger, Longbow, Flamberge, Pike, Claw, Red Hilted Halberd, Chaos Blade, Irithyll Straight Sword, Shotel, Whip, Tailbone Short Sword, Parrying Dagger, Avelyn, Twin Princes' Greatsword, Great Scythe, Dragonslayer's Axe, Yorshka's Spear, Follower Sabre, Lothric War Banner
15 Dark Sword, Winged Spear, Tailbone Spear, Greatsword of Judgement, Gundyr's Halberd, Dragonrider Bow, Ringed Knight Paired Greatswords, Ringed Knight Straight Sword
16 Demon's Scar, Drakeblood Greatsword, Sellsword Twinblades, Uchigatana, Lothric Knight Greatsword, Greatlance, Exile Greatsword, Winged Knight Halberd, Crescent Moon Sword, Irithyll Rapier, Drang Hammers, Corvian Greatknife, Sniper Crossbow, Darkmoon Longbow, Friede's Great Scythe, Crow Quills, Splitleaf Greatsword
17 Morion Blade, Witch's Locks, Ringed Knight Spear

Great Corvian Scythe, Warden Twinblades, Carthus Curved Sword, Wolf Knight's Greatsword, Crystal Sage's Rapier, Immolation Tinder, Astora Greatsword, Gotthard Twinswords, Black Blade, Harald Curved Greatsword, Hollowslayer Greatsword, Black Knight Greataxe, Manikin Claws, Black Knight Sword, Black Knight Glaive, Murakumo, Pontiff Knight Curved Sword, Lothric's Holy Sword, Brigand Twindaggers, Lothric Knight Sword, Black Bow of Pharis, Gargoyle Flame Spear, Black Knight Greatsword

19 Painting Guardian's Curved Sword, Carthus Shotel, Notched Whip, Pontiff Knight Great Scythe, Arstor's Spear, Crow Talons
20 Dancer's Enchanted Swords, Washing Pole, Ricard's Rapier, Dragonslayer Spear, Farron Greatsword, Drang Twinspears, Lothric Knight Long Spear, Storm Curved Sword, Spotted Whip, Dragonslayer Greatbow, Repeating Crossbow, White Birch Bow
22 Dragonslayer Swordspear, Carthus Curved Greatsword
24 Bloodlust, Onislayer Greatbow
25 Onikiri and Ubadachi, Old Wolf Curved Sword
28 Darkdrift
40 Frayed Blade

*Weapons not listed have 0 Dex Requirement. 

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    • Anonymous

      17 Aug 2021 05:12  

      Casting speed should be tied 50% to catalyst upgrade level and other half to stat requirement. If you hit the base stats required for a spell, you get base cast time for that spell. If you hit, let's say, 7 additional points above the requirement, your bonus cast based on stat requirement is maxed out.

      • Anonymous

        24 May 2021 09:11  

        It's pure bullshit that they made dex be a requirement for fast spellcasting in this game. This basically says you either sacrifice a ring slot for a much later released DLC ring or you NEED to invest in DEX, which is otherwisely mostly useless for spellcasters.

        • Anonymous

          28 Feb 2021 21:34  

          So I recorded a 60 FPS video of myself using Great Chaos Fire Orb at different dexterity values and then I opened the video in photoshop to look at it frame by frame when the animation starts and ends. The animation starts when your pyromancy glove begins to glow and ends when the projectile forms.
          40: 65 frames
          43: 64 frames (Carthus Milkring)
          45: 64 frames (Hunter's Ring)
          48: 63 frames (Hunter's Ring & Carthus Milkring)
          40: 62 frames (Sage's Ring +2)
          43: 62 frames (Sage's Ring +2 & Carthus Milkring)
          45: 62 frames (Sage's Ring +2 & Hunter's Ring)
          48: 62 frames (Sage's Ring +2 & Carthus Milkring & Hunter's Ring)

          • Anonymous

            21 Dec 2020 16:46  

            Does it increase the throwing speed of projectiles? Makes sense to me if it did, but can’t find anything anywhere so I’m guessing not.

            • Anonymous

              13 Oct 2020 00:07  

              They say dex is for noobs, but playing the game without hyper-armour is hard as hell. Full strength build is as easy as it gets.

              • Anonymous

                04 Sep 2020 01:01  

                Only thing I hate about dex is that for some stupid reason, you need to invest in it for spell casting time.

                • Anonymous

                  02 Sep 2020 17:28  

                  the oppression of this build needs to stop, the strength supremacists have reigned for too long now! SUPPORT DEX RIGHTS! as well as the entire DIPFL community (dexterity, intelligence, pyromancy, faith, luck) BUILDS OTHER THAN STRENGTH ARE PEOPLE TOO

                  • Anonymous

                    17 Jun 2020 05:16  

                    I found that it's best to have at least 20 dex, as you will have access to almost all weapons with dex req, also imo dex is better then strength

                    • Anonymous

                      21 Nov 2019 08:20  

                      Does anyone know the difference between a DEX of 40 and a DEX of 50 when it comes to casting speed? Is it worth to go all 50 on it?

                      • Anonymous

                        18 Sep 2019 11:37  

                        When it says [1 point of Dexterity gives an increase of 0.4 to all defenses and 0.2 to all resistances(deprived)] Is that saying only if you start the deprived class or something?

                        • Anonymous

                          03 Sep 2019 22:08  

                          Does anyone know how much casting speed is increased per point of dexterity? Or is it more like casting speed is increased in intervals of 5 dexterity?

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