Dexterity is a Stat in Dark Souls



Dexterity controls the player's Attack Power for weapons that scale with Dexterity and increases casting speed for most spells.

  • Some weapons require a minimum dexterity level to be wielded properly.
  • If you do not meet the minimum dexterity required, you will stagger after every hit on an opponent.
  • The speed of spell casting increases with dexterity, max speed at 45 dex.
    • Casting speed is only affected by Dexterity in the range of 35-45. Anything below 35 and there will be no change in casting speed.
    • Dexterity only affects casting speed of attack spells. Buffs and utility spells such as weapon buffs and Tranquil walk of Peace are not affected.
      • Pyromancy: Increases attack pyromancy between 20-27%
      • Sorcery and Miracles are increased by roughly 8-10%*
  • Dexterity is especially useful for Daggers, Katanas, Thrusting/Piercing Swords, Curved Swords, Spears, Whips and Bows

*Even though the Miracle Wrath of the Gods is an attack spell the casting speed for this spell is not increased.
*More information about Weapon Scaling click here.


List of weapons and their Scaling

Also see weapon scaling.

    • Anonymous

      09 Sep 2018 04:36  

      I could swear that dex influences attack speed. I was having trouble with my Guts build using a Greatsword, continually getting staggered because of the slow swing. And after I upgraded the sword(to +4) and threw a level on dex(making it 18), I was able to hit enemies before their attack animations finished. I can't find any solid evidence for this besides knowing that upgrades don't effect attack speed. I need to start recording my runs so I can confirm this type of thing.

      • Anonymous

        02 Jul 2018 04:28  

        most of the weapons on this list are on the wrong scale. They are exchanged with the force scale. I suggest checking before upgrading the weapon.

        • Anonymous

          30 May 2018 04:30  

          Uchigatana is missing from this list - standard DEX scaling is "B", can be improved to "A" on high upgrade levels...

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