What does Dexterity do in Elden Ring?

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Elden Ring is certainly a complex game if you’re new to souls-like titles, with many stats to take into consideration. Dexterity in Elden Ring is one of these stats and when you’re wanting to spend your hard-earned Runes on another level, you need to know what Dexterity does. There are also many a weapon that need a certain Dexterity level before being able to be used effectively, so again, it’s worthwhile knowing what type of effect Dexterity has.

This guide will take you through what Dexterity does in Elden Ring so you’re aware of what it can do for you before deciding on whether you need to up its level.

What does Dexterity do in Elden Ring?

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Like stats such as Strength, Dexterity potentially increases the damage output of your weapons and shields. This is linked directly to the Dexterity requirement and Dexterity scaling in your equipment so be sure to check that before increasing your Dexterity levels.

Alongside weapons and armor, Dexterity helps with spells too. With an increased Dexterity level, your spellcasting time will be reduced, allowing you to get your spells out there more efficiently.

Something you might not have even considered when increasing your Dexterity is its impact to fall damage. That’s right, if you increase your Dexterity level, your fall damage will be reduced which is definitely helpful in those platforming areas. Additionally, your Dexterity level lowers the chance of falling off your horse when being attacked, a nice little bonus when charging through a cluster of enemies.

What is the Elden Ring Dexterity soft cap?

As with all of the other stats in Elden Ring, Dexterity has a soft cap. After this soft cap, increasing your Dexterity level will have less of an effectiveness as before.

The Dexterity soft cap in Elden Ring is 50. This means that you’ll likely be able to take advantage of Dexterity benefits well into the game as levelling to 50 will be a pretty arduous task.

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Josh Chambers
Josh Chambers
Josh has been gaming for as long as he can remember. After his parents bought him a SNES way back when, he has only developed more and more gaming knowledge has time's gone on.