Type Attribute
Effect Attribute required to wield powerful and heavy weapons. Also governs resistance to fire and improves attack strength. "

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


Strength Effects

  • Strength's attack damage per point has a soft cap at 40, 60, and a hard cap at 99.
  • While two-handing, your strength is multiplied by 1.5, allowing you to reach the soft cap at 27, the hard cap at 66.
    • Due to Diminishing returns, it is common for some strength builds to stop at 60 Str.
  • 1 point of Strength gives an increase of 1.1 fire defense, 0.73 physical defenses, 0.4 all other defenses, 0.2 all resistances.
    • Two-handing does not improve your defenses. However, it will decrease stamina drain when blocking.
    • It appears decrease stamina consumption by a percentage, rather than simply increasing stability. Details unknown.

Strength Data and Player Notes

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


Strength Required


Strength Required (two-handed)


Dark Hand, Demon's Scar, Pyromancy Flame, Storm Ruler 0


Preist's Chime, Cleric's Sacred Chime, Caitha's Chime, Saint-Tree Bellvine, Crystal Chime, Yorshka's Chime 0
4 Handmaid's Dagger, Talisman, Saint's Talisman, Sunlight Talisman, White Hair Talisman, Sunless Talisman, Canvas Talisman, Sacred Chime of Filianore 0
5 Parrying Dagger, Dagger, Caestus, Iron Round Shield, Ghru Rotshield, Hawkwood's Shield, Aquamarine Dagger 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
9 Falchion, Shotel,  Hand Axe, Witch's Locks, Spotted Whip, Longbow, Black Bow of Pharis, Man-Grub's Staff, Follower Sabre, Crow Quills 0
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 7
11 Lothric Knight Sword, Barbed Straight Sword, Uchigatana, Bloodlust, Morning Star, Spear, Arstor's Spear, Silver Eagle Kite Shield, Frayed Blade 8
12 Corvian Greatknife, Sunlight Straight Sword, Irithyll Straight Sword, Gotthard 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, Composite 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, 8
13 Wolnir's Holy Sword, Onikiri and Ubadachi, Crystal Sage's Rapier, Blacksmith Hammer, Tailbone Spear, Four-Pronged Plow, Knight Shield 9
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 10
15 Flamberge, Carthus Curved Sword, Gargoyle Flame Spear, Lucerne, Millwood Battle Axe, Ringed Knight Spear 10
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 11
17 Greatsword of Judgement, Glaive, Stone Parma, Ringed Knight Straight Sword 12
18 Drakeblood Greatsword, Farron Greatsword, Washing Pole, Black Blade, Carthus Curved Greatsword, 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 12

Executioner's Greatsword, Zweihander, Old Wolf 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 14
21 Spiked Mace, Greatlance 14
22 Twin Princes' Greatsword, Profaned Greatsword, Large Club, Gargoyle Flame Hammer, Harald Curved Greatsword 15
24 Wolf Knight's Greatsword, Lothric Knight Greatsword, Exile Greatsword, Butcher Knife, Great Machete, Earth Seeker 16
26 Cathedral Knight Greatsword, Lorian's Greatsword, Winged Knight Halberd, Splitleaf Greatsword 18
28 Greatsword, Demon's Greataxe, Great Club, Black Knight Glaive, Millwood Greatbow 19
30 Black Knight Greatsword, Vordt's Great Hammer, Old King's Great Hammer, Gundyr's Halbard, Bonewheel Shield, Wolf Knight's Greatshield 20
32 Greataxe, Great Mace, Black Iron Greatshield, Cathedral Knight Greatshield 22
34 Curse Ward Greatshield 23
35 Dragonhead Greatshield 24
36 Black Knight Greataxe, Lothric Knight Greatshield 24
38 Yhorm's Great Machete, Dragonslayer Greatshield, Stone Greatshield 26
40 Dragonslayer Greataxe, Dragon Tooth, Quakestone Hammer, Yhorm's Greatshield, Greatshield of Glory, Havel's Greatshield, Ringed Knight Paired Greatswords 27
45 Smough's Great Hammer, Giant Door Shield 30
50 Fume Ultra Greatsword, Morne's Great Hammer, Moaning Shield 34
60 Ledo's Great Hammer 40


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


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    • Anonymous

      There's an unnoticed bug with fist weapons (particularly the demon fist) that two handing doesn't apply the ×1.5 bonus to strength. This is on a sl6 deprived with 15 strength. Not sure if that's intentional or what.

      • Anonymous

        People in the comment section acting like their "Dex Build" isn't 40/40 refined carthus, washing pole, gargoyle you sad minmaxer idiot i hope you get hit in the head by Ledo rocks

        • Anonymous

          EZ mode stat, It's so funny that people think they're good at the game when there play on baby mode...enjoy trivializing 99% of bosses in the game with the amount of stagger, damage, and hyper armor strength weapons have. Pick up a dagger and get to work.

          • Anonymous

            The best thing about strength in my opinion is that after you have beaten vordt and acquired his soul then you only need to punch the Tree boss and after that you change the soul to his great hammer and holy molly i love building strength and hammering on bosses with Vordt's Great Hammer! Its just sooo much fun to have a really strong weapon early on in the game.

            • Anonymous

              “dEx Is FoR sCrUbS”

              Says the guys with 10 miles of phantom range and infinite hyper armor lmao. Y’all cry about r1 spamming with straight swords and the PKCS but it’s 10 times more annoying with your unparriable Ledo’s and dragonslayer greataxe.

              Thank God for the Astora Greatsword. It let’s me delete your brain dead weapons with my equally brain dead weapon. From using a dex build I have 2 brain cells instead the 1 you guys have lol.


              • Anonymous

                Once you hit the soft cap for strength, do weapons that scale with strength also get diminishing damage returns with each level?

                • Anonymous

                  Went for a strength build recently. It almost felt like cheating with how badly I was wrecking every enemy and nearly every enemy and boss in the game. Not that I'm complaining as my strength build was my 3rd playthrough which made it a very cathartic one :)

                  • Anonymous

                    Maybe I missed this, but whenever I kick shields on a strength build vs a dex build, the strength build seems to do more stamina damage. Can anyone confirm if strength is better for shield breaking?

                    • Anonymous

                      Why even have a strength requirement so low that youll never be under it unless you have a modded stat character? How am i supposed to ever get to the point where a 3 strength limit would ever factor into my game whatsoever?

                      • Anonymous

                        i want to do a strength build will a small weapon like the mace, that is fast enough to be used with pontiffs right eye. any suggestions besides drang hammers?

                        • Anonymous

                          Don't trust in Scaling letters! Yhorm's Machete has the best scaling between 27 to 66 2-handed (590 to 707 AR). It gives you a total of +20% AR for 39 extra points investment. It's not much per point, however it will passively increase your physical resistance, which is a nice addition (you will take around 10% less damage). 66 STR is definetly worth for PvE purposes.

                          • Anonymous

                            Hey I’m curious about how some weapons I can use two handed but not in one had because my strength is too low, but that doesn’t work with some other weapons where my strength is too low.

                            • Anonymous

                              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

                                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

                                  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

                                    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

                                      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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