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Strength is a Stat in Dark Souls.


Strength Information

Strength is required for the majority of the weapons to wield. It is a weapon damage modifier and controls the player's Attack Power that increase your damage output for weapons that has strength scaling. More strength points is required for larger and heavier weapons to wield. Strength does NOT affect your weapon swing speed.

  • Most weapons require a minimum strength level to be wielded properly.
  • Two-handing the weapon will give a 50% strength bonus, affecting both the weapon requirements and damage modifier.
    • If you do not meet the minimum strength required, the weapon damage is decreased and the moveset is altered to a single slow swing.
    • Strength is the only stat that affects the moveset, but not meeting the Dexterity, Intelligence or Faith requirements of the weapon will make it rebound upon contact, and also decrease the damage.
  • Strength is especially useful for Ultra Greatswords, Axes and Great Axes, Hammers and Great Hammers.


List of weapons and their Scaling

Also see weapon scaling.



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    • Anonymous

      The manus catalyst is not mentioned here.. its scaled with strength and can be used as a stike type weapon too right?

      • Anonymous

        The multiplier to stength you get from holding a weapon two handed is NOT multiplied by a factor of 1.5. It is between 1.2 - 1.4 times your stength stat. You can test this by choosing weapons with strength thresholds and do multiplication on a calculator (one is built into windows OS) and if you multiply by 1.5 it will throw your minimum requirement off (sometimes a little bit if low strength or quite a bit 10+ strength points). Just putting this up for those that are curious. P.S. The game tends to round requirements to the hundredths decimal point (0.00 becomes 00.0) so factor that into your calculations when determining the minimum strength you'll need to swing a weapon two handed.

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