Resistance

Exact Values

Resistance Poison Resistance
10 30
50 114
99 150

Resistance is a Stat in Dark Souls

 

Resistance

Resistance primarily increases physical defense, fire defense, and poison resist.

  • Putting points in Resistance does not increase additional Magic or Lightning resistances beyond the standard increases granted for any level increase.
  • The consensus among Dark Souls players is that it is a waste of souls to level up this stat, as doing so doesn't provide enough benefits. If the player wants to mitigate damage, better alternatives would be to invest in Vitality (to increase Hit Points), or Endurance (to wear heavier, more protective armor while keeping dodge speed). Poison and Fire Defense can be more practically increased by wearing armor that is high in those values.
  • The root cause of Resistance's underwhelming utility is that defenses are also affected by your total level, not just Resistance, and the diminishing returns from both will stack, causing Resistance's effectiveness at higher levels to become negligible. While Poison resistance does not suffer from this double diminishing return effect, it is still more practical to equip gear with higher poison resists, as you will see the effects immediately.
  • Resistance is not factored into Soul Level for starting classes. Furthermore, starting with high resistance will not be detrimental towards creating an optimized build. This is the reason why the max level (99 points in all stats) for a class like the Wanderer with 12 resistance is 709, whereas the max level for the Sorcerer with 8 resistance is 713.

 

 

Stats
Attunement  ♦  Attunement Slots  ♦  Bleed Resist  ♦  Curse Resist  ♦  Dexterity  ♦  Endurance  ♦  Equip Load  ♦  Faith  ♦  Fire Defense  ♦  Health  ♦  Humanity  ♦  Intelligence  ♦  Item Discovery  ♦  Level  ♦  Lightning Defense  ♦  Magic Defense  ♦  Physical Defense  ♦  Poise  ♦  Poison Resist  ♦  Stamina  ♦  Strength  ♦  Vitality

 




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    • Anonymous

      I think it's stupid you have to level this to max just to get a chance at the harder bosses such as pinwheel

      • Anonymous

        Hmm, If this would increase EVERY resistance stat and poise for every level...hmm, nahhh, Vitalität would still be better. But If this wouldnt increase the amount of souls you need to level up, or If this had a second "Soul Counter", then this would be actually viable. Imagine a naked dude with the poise of havels. Or Imagine a Havels with double poise. Either way, they shouldve done more with this stat.

        • Anonymous

          The Gamma Caster Builds, The Beta Dex Builds, The Alpha Strength Build and The S I G M A Resistance Builds

          • Anonymous

            I don't think resistance necessarily softcaps like the other stats do. Your defenses themselves cap. If you're level 1 and you put a point into resistance it will give you 3 defense but if you have 99 in every other stat, it will give you 0.

            • Anonymous

              A decent choice for Dragon Torso Stone and naked builds after all your other stats are optimized. Resistance also has uses for speedruns to Blightown first thing out of Firelink.

              It's terrible for everyone else, so don't bother otherwise. For every point spent in Resistance you could be spending in Endurance so you can wear better armor to boost all your stats even higher.

              • Anonymous

                It somehow seems to me that Miyazaki only introduced this skill to troll inexperienced players and trick them into wasting points.

                • Anonymous

                  so If i want to wear light amor or the one I will not change (fashion souls/challenge) and my vigor is 40 or 50 do I benifit from upgrading resistance?

                  • Anonymous

                    Dont lvl up resistence early on. But if you hit the softcap for vigor and endurance/vitality, this will help more than exceeding vigor softcap

                    • Anonymous

                      The fact that Resistance doesn't count toward starting Soul Level implies that even the devs knew it was a useless ****ing stat.

                      • Anonymous

                        the wiki is just flat out wrong on this one, resistance is the only thing that makes the poison in blight town tolerable, while i was helping with the boss there people kept giving me moss but i dumped enough to resistance until at least this run's end so i can just ignore it mostly.

                        • Anonymous

                          Guys, when talking about this stat, do also recognize that Phys defense and Mag defense comes from literally every stat you level up...

                          • Anonymous

                            Solution: Dupe a lot of Boss Souls through glitch and get decent stats, even Resistance if Poison concerns you.

                            • Anonymous

                              I'm not sure I understand the logic with this stat, "Decreases damage from all forms of Physical attacks and Magical attacks. Not recommended to take this." Really? You don't recommend protecting myself? It seems useless in PvP, what about against bosses as a sorcerer? I get that Vitality is generally better, but then why is this stat in the game? Whatever, I'll just stick with the common builds, I guess. Thanks Obama.

                              • Anonymous

                                Seems like an okay stat to me... sure it could have more uses, but for someone like me who likes to fight naked, it is quite useful. I don't have to worry about poison and toxic as much, I get a static decrease to my damage received, and I also get extra defense points against fire and physical attacks. I always sink some levels into it when I got free points left over, because even minor effects can save ones life at times. Maybe that was what the developers had in mind all along? something for free points, but won't be missed by everyone, except those also with keen interest in more subtle defenses.

                                • Anonymous

                                  With resistance at 40 and havel's you can stand in front of the Artorias not doing anything with 20 points into health and get attacked 10 to 15 times till you die. With Havel's you won't get thrown off balance or staggered either so he won't interrupt your Estus drink swing a bunch of times then drink and repeat that simple. Grab a weapon like either a crystal weapon, gravelord sword, or fury sword that are all very strong and require though most minimum requirements, then have pyromancy on the side since it also requires no stats

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I know resistance is considered weak, but it must effect some odd stat that no one thought about in detail. I have to assume it must effect how much bonus damage one takes from a critical attack(or maybe counter attacks?). I assume that since Wanderer feels good at that with it's high dexterity, and dexterity weapons focus on those.... and rpg's like to sometimes have these classes specializing in crits as also being resistant to them as well. It could also be that the less armor you wear, the more (hidden) effect resistance has on your base defenses? I only think that might be the case since Pyromancers and Wanderers are shown as tough, but did seem to be intended to go with lighter armors.... and knights start with just one point less then the other classes, and start in heavier armor. Or this stat was just intended to be a dump stat unless you for some reason had to spend a level up somewhere, or maybe the effect on defense is higher then it seems. I mean... a few points of defense seems like very little, but I think if the enemy's damage was blocked by enough of the defense stat it could be possibly weakened to as little as 10% of the attacks damage if the defense is that good(I am just going by what I've seen with bare fists pitiful damage in the late game).... possibly works after ones shield defense is taken into account. thoughts on any of these theories?

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Does anyone have video/exact test conditions on the static debuff on damage?

                                      It's still not worth getting over Vitality for most people but it'd still be nice to be able to verify/follow up on such a subtle and ill-documented effect,

                                      • Anonymous

                                        I am new to this game though i ve played dark souls 3 and i am wondering what is the point of this stat? every other stat that i put levels into seems to increase the defences as well so why invest on resistance?

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