Stats (short for Statistics) is an umbrella term for all quantifiable data related to a Dark Souls III character.

See also: Wikipedia: Statistic (role-playing games)


Primary Attributes

Primary attributes directly control most of the other character related stats. They can be increased by talking to the Fire Keeper in the Firelink Shrine and spending souls to level up. A character's level is the sum of its primary attributes minus 89 (e.g. a level one character, starting with the Deprived class, has a combined total of 90 points distributed over all primary attributes).

List of Primary Attributes

Attribute Icon Description
Vigor Vigor Icon Controls HP and Frost resistance.
Attunement Attunement Icon Controls FP and Attunement Slots
Endurance Endurance Icon Controls Stamina, Lightning defense, and Bleed resistance.
Vitality Vitality Icon Controls Equip Load, Physical defenses, and Poison resistance.
Strength Strength Icon Controls weapon damage and Fire defense.
Determines which weapons can be equipped.
Dexterity Dexterity Icon Controls weapon damage, cast speed, and falling damage.
Determines which weapons can be equipped.
Intelligence Intelligence Icon Controls spell damage and Magic defense.
Determines which weapons and spells can be equipped.
Faith Faith Icon Controls spell damage and Dark defense.
Determines which weapons and spells can be equipped.
Luck Luck Icon Controls Item Discovery and Bleed, Poison, and Curse resistances.

Item Modifiers

Item Primary Attribute Modification
Carthus Milkring +3 Dexterity
Prisoner's Chain +5 Vigor, Endurance and Vitality
Knight's Ring +5 Strength
Hunter's Ring +5 Dexterity
Scholar Ring +5 Intelligence
Priestess Ring +5 Faith

Secondary/Derived Attributes

Attribute Icon Description
Level Level Icon Value indicating the general strength of one's combined attributes.
Use souls to level up.
HP HP Icon One's mettle, or will to live.
Character dies when this reaches zero.
Use the Estus Flask, or rest at a bonfire to replenish.
FP FP Icon Required to use spells and Skills.
Use the Ashen Estus Flask, or rest at a bonfire to replenish.
Stamina Stamina Icon Required for various actions.
Depletes when actions are taken, but recovers automatically.
Equip Load Equip Load Icon Total weight of equipped weapons and armor.
Movement slows as load increases.
Exceed the rightmost number and movement slows dramatically.
Poise Poise Icon The ability to withstand attacks without breaking form.
Item Discovery Item Discovery Icon Governs likelihood of finding items on the corpses of defeated enemies.
Attunement Slots Attunement Slots Icon Number of attunement slots for spells.
Spells take the form of sorceries, pyromancies, and miracles.

Special Attributes

Attribute Icon In-Game Description
Hollowing Hollowing Icon The degree to which this character is cursed.
The character will turn hollow if the curse grows too severe.

Diminishing Returns

Stat Soft Cap
Vigor 27, 40
Attunement 35
Endurance 40
Vitality 99
Strength 40
Dexterity 40
Intelligence 60
Faith 60
Luck 40

Stat-Affecting Items

Item Name Stat Effect
Havel's Ring +15/16.5/18% Equipment Load for the base, +1 and +2 variants.
Ring of Favor +3/4/5% HP, +8/9/10% Stamina, +5/6/7% Equip Load for the base, +1 and +2 variants.
Life Ring +5.5/6.5/7.5/8.5% HP for the base, +1, +2, and +3 variants.


  • As of Patch 1.03, Defenses are determined by the character Level and the stated Attribute value, so a higher level character with a given Attribute value will have greater Defense than a lower level character with the same Attribute value. Similarly, Resistances are primarily determined by the character Level and secondarily by the stated Attributes but only when those Attributes are above 30. So, for example, Luck only increases Curse Resistance when Luck is greater than 30.

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