What Does Dexterity Do in Elden Ring? Explained

Figure out what this stat means for your build.

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Dexterity is an important stat to keep an eye on while playing Elden Ring. It affects your character in a variety of ways while dictating what weapons you can wield, and this guide will help explain what Dexterity can do in Elden Ring.

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What Does Dexterity Mean in Elden Ring?

Dexterity is one of the main stats for Elden Ring characters, and the number determines if the player can use Dexterity-based weapons and how much damage the weapon can do. Each weapon requires a certain number of attributes for the player to have, including Arcane, Dexterity, Faith, Intelligence, and Strength.

Elden Ring weapons only require some attributes before they can be equipped. For example, the Rivers of Blood katana needs 20 Arcane, 18 Dexterity, and 12 Strength to equip and use properly. Dexterity can also reduce fall damage and increase cast speed for Incantations and Sorceries.

Dexterity can be increased by leveling up at any Site of Grace and having the correct number of Runes. The Rune requirement for Dexterity increases with each consecutive level. Players can also wear specific items that increase Dexterity, including Millicent’s Prosthesis, Okina Mask, Prosthesis-Wearer Heirloom, and Radagon’s Soreseal.

What Weapons Need Dexterity in Elden Ring?

Most Elden Ring weapons need Dexterity to wield them, but some have it as their main attribute over others. Increasing your Dexterity also increases weapon damage for those that require it, though Attribute Scaling determines how effective the damage can become.

Attribute Scaling is on an A-E grade, so players should lean towards weapons that have Dexterity higher on the scale. Some of the best weapons that require Dexterity include:

For more help with Elden Ring, please check out our tier list for the best Katanas to use in the game.

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