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 Dark Souls 3 Attribute required to wield advanced weapons.

Also improves attack strength, reduces spellcasting time and reduces damage taken when falling. "



  • Dexterity's attack damage per point has a gradual soft cap at 40, a hard cap above 59, and stops at 99.
  • Also reduces spellcasting time and damage from falling.
    • The casting speed cap is at 50 dexterity.
  • 1 point of Dexterity gives an increase of  0.4 to all defenses and 0.2 to all resistances (deprived)
  • Twinblades will be underlined for reference.

Data and Player Notes

  • Example


Dexterity Required Weapon
0 Dark Hand, Storm Ruler, Butcher Knife, Club, Crucifix of the Mad King, Demon's Greataxe, Dragon Tooth, Dragonslayer's 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 Hammer, Scholar's Candlestick, Smough's Great Hammer, Torch, Vordt's Great Hammer
7 Mace
8 Caestus, Greataxe,Thrall Axe, Battle Axe, Demon's Fist, Eleonora,Brigand Axe, Hand Axe, Broken Short 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 Striaght Sword, Bastard Sword, Firelink Greatsword, Profaned Greatsword, Haysel Pick, Lorian's Greatsword, Yhorm's Great Machete, Fume Ultra Greatsword, Greatsword, Golden Ritual Spear, Milkwood Battle Axe, Anri's Straight Sword, Harpe, Great Machete, Warpick, Spear
11 Zweihander, Four-Pronged Plow,  Moonlight Greatsword, Barbed 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 Sheild, 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 Prince's 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, Dragonslater 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 Obadachi, Old Wolf Curved Sword
28 Darkdrift
40 Frayed Blade

*Weapons not listed have 0 Dex Requirement. 

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    • Anonymous

      11 Dec 2018 13:41  

      It says there's a hardcap after 59, but with Sharp Crow's Quills +10, it's still gaining respectable AR after 70.

      • Anonymous

        07 Dec 2018 04:03  

        For those asking, dex affects the casting speed of any spell that requires attuning. This means all pyromancies, miracles, and sorceries, including buffs like Lightning Blade and Magic Shield. 50 dex is the casting hard cap, but the impact of dex on casting speed is subtle. The difference between 10 dex and the 50 dex hard cap is somewhere around a 20 - 25% reduction in casting time. Testing a cast of Great Heal for example, my casting time was 2.8 seconds at 10 dex, 2.3 seconds at 40 dex, and 2.2 seconds at 50 dex.

        • Anonymous

          22 Nov 2018 02:05  

          For example: If I use a two-handed Katana in a Dex build, the Dex is multiplied X1.5 the same as the STR ????

          • Anonymous

            26 May 2018 15:54  

            To anyone who is using a strength build, i recommend getting 18 dex, as it gives you a much larger selection of weapons to pick from.
            Unless your build is focusing on a single weapon or two. Then it doesn't matter.

            • Anonymous

              23 Apr 2018 03:14  

              Wanted to ask, since the soft cap for dex is 40. With rings like carthus milkring and hunter's ring gives you 40 dex at 32 actual dex. Should I level up my dex to be 40 or should I invest the other 8 points into another stat?

              • Anonymous

                20 Jan 2018 22:55  

                some tips for high dex builds? what should be your dex for late game and pvp in the arena? is the difference from 40 to 50 or 60 better than investing some levels in int or faith for some other aggresive spells??

                • Anonymous

                  25 Nov 2017 16:35  

                  40 dex is great for all dex builds going to 50 is needless 10 pts are better invested in vigor, intelligence, endurance, attunement or vitality

                  • Anonymous

                    29 May 2017 07:18  

                    Spell cast speed is correct at 50 dex.

                    How I tested: note* tested up to 48 dex but skipped 49 dex

                    45 dex spam GHSA, you will hear the spell cast sound on every cast

                    50 dex: spam GHSA, the spell cast sound is absent every 2nd cast

                    GHSA= great heavy soul arrow

                    • Anonymous

                      25 May 2017 05:56  

                      It just occurred to me that the icon for dexterity is a left hand which is ironic because the word dexterity comes from the latin word dexter which translates to right.

                      • Anonymous

                        03 Mar 2017 02:24  

                        I'm new to DS figuring it out as I go,but this may sound ignorant but is the only way to increase roll speed and reaction time based on endurance and weight or does Dex play a part with that as well?

                        • Anonymous

                          10 Jan 2017 01:35  

                          For the guys nagging that it is weird that strength weapons reach requitements of 50 str while dex reach 28 you can 2H the 50 str well below 28 str while you cannot 2H a weapon to gain dex so that's completely normal

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