Type Attribute
Effect "Attribute required to cast sorceries and pyromancies. Increases spell potency. (Pyromancy is affected by both faith and intelligence.) Magic defense is also calculated from this attribute."

Intelligence is a stat in Dark Souls 3. This attribute is required to cast sorceries and pyromancies and also boosts Magic Defense.


Intelligence Effects

  • For weapons that scale with Intelligence, there is a soft cap at 40, a sharper cap at 60, and a hard cap at 99.
  • Spell damage from Intelligence has a soft cap at 40, a sharper cap at 60, and a hard cap at 99.
  • Sorceries effectiveness is governed by Intelligence.
  • Pyromancy spell effectiveness is governed by both Intelligence and Faith.
  • Dark Miracles spell effectiveness is governed by both Intelligence and Faith.
  • For each point of Intelligence you recieve 1.1 Magic Defense, 0.4 in all other defenses, and 0.2 in all resistances. 
  • A character requires 50 Intelligence to cast every Sorcery in the game.

Intelligence Data

Intelligence Spell Buff Bonus Magic Def
15 +0 86
16 +0  
20 +5 91
21 +7  
22 +9  
23 +11  
25   92
30   107
35   119
40   131
45   141
50   150

Weapons with an Intelligence requirement:


Attunement  ♦  Bleed  ♦  Curse  ♦  Dark Defense  ♦  Dexterity  ♦  Endurance  ♦  Equipment Load  ♦  Faith  ♦  Fire Defense  ♦  FP  ♦  Frostbite  ♦  Item Discovery  ♦  Lightning Defense  ♦  Luck  ♦  Magic Defense  ♦  Physical Defense  ♦  Poise  ♦  Poison  ♦  Strength  ♦  Vigor  ♦  Vitality


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    • Anonymous

      I think increasing this stat should also increase your lock-on range. Kinda stupid that you have plenty of ranged attacks but still have to be less than 5 meters from your target.

      • Anonymous

        1 pt of magic resist up until 30 then 2 pts of magic resist between 30 and 60 then 1.25 pt of magic resist between 60 and 85 then 1 pt after that.

        • Anonymous

          i find it rather irritating that leveling endurance to 99 gets you very little stamina to show for it after level 40. Went to reallocate my skills and thought id quickly see what stats you get at 99 skill levels, although they were all pretty disappointing, endurance seemed to be the worst of any skill getting it to 99. After a certain point, it was several levels before i saw even one point of stamina added... bit under-kill if you ask me, especially seeing as FP can go to incredible numbers compared to stamina

          • Anonymous

            Intelligence is useful for buffing your attack power with magic weapon,great magic weapon,or crystal weapon to where the scaling can reach 500 or lower.

            • Anonymous

              Increasing the intelligence stat barely seems to increase damage on spells or weapons like immolation tinder or mlgs

              • Anonymous

                From what I've noticed playing around with the fextra life build calculator, the intelligence caps are dependent on the type of damage you want to deal. for magic damage (sorceries) the soft cap is 60, but for fire damage (pyromancies) the soft cap is going to be 30 intelligence. Likewise, for dark damage the soft faith cap is 30, but for lightning damage, the soft faith cap is 60. This theory has no backing of in-game testing and simply what I've noticed playing around with values on the fextra life calculator.

                • Anonymous

                  60 is the hard cap and you receive minimal returns after this, with the "court sorcerer's staff" you get 238 magic buff.

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