Strength

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Strength is the stat determining one's ability to effectively use equipment with a Strength requirement or bonus. Of the starting classes, the Bandit has the highest Strength (14) and the Sorcerer and Thief have the lowest (9).

Major diminishing returns for damage begin at 20 Strength, and the diminishing returns increase sharply at 40 Strength for Standard, Raw, and Crystal equipment and at 50 for Magic, Divine, Enchanted, and Occult equipment.

Equipment Requirements

All weapons (except the Dark Hand), shields, and spell tools have a Strength requirement, but because every class starts with at least 9 Strength roughly half of all Strength requirements are irrelevant. Lacking the Strength required to wield a weapon or shield (indicated with a red X on the D-pad menu) means the character will be unable to wield the equipment effectively: weapons will be much slower and weaker while shields will cause the wielder to stagger upon being hit and fail to block damage. The following table shows all weapons with a strength requirement greater than 9 ordered by strength requirement.

Strength Equipments with Strength Requirement1
10 Astora's Straight Sword, Balder Side Sword, Barbed Straight Sword, Broad Sword, Club, Estoc, Light Crossbow, Longsword
Bloodshield, Caduceus Kite Shield, Crest Shield, Crystal Ring Shield, Dragon Crest Shield, Grass Crest Shield, Knight Shield, Sanctus, Spider Shield, Spiked Shield, Tower Kite Shield
Tin Banishment Catalyst
11 Composite Bow, Morning Star, Quelaag's Furysword, Spear, Warpick
Pierce Shield, Hollow Soldier Shield
12 Battle Axe, Demon's Spear, Mace, Moonlight Butterfly Horn, Reinforced Club, Sunlight Straight Sword
Balder Shield, Gargoyle's Shield, Sunlight Shield
Demon's Catalyst
13 Partizan, Winged Spear
14 Blacksmith Hammer, Gargoyle Tail Axe, Great Scythe, Hammer of Vamos, Heavy Crossbow, Iaito, Pickaxe, Scythe, Uchigatana
Crystal Shield, Iron Round Shield, Silver Knight Shield
Manus Catalyst
15 Four-pronged Plow, Guardian Tail, Lucerne
16 Avelyn, Bastard Sword, Blacksmith Giant Hammer, Channeler's Trident, Chaos Blade, Claymore, Crystal Straight Sword, Dark Sword, Drake Sword, Flamberge, Gargoyle's Halberd, Halberd, Lifehunt Scythe, Moonlight Greatsword, Silver Knight Spear, Silver Knight Straight Sword, Titanite Catch Pole
Black Knight Shield, Eagle Shield
18 Crescent Axe
20 Black Knight Sword, Crystal Greatsword, Dragon Bone Fist, Dragonslayer Greatbow, Great Lord Greatsword, Obsidian Greatsword, Sniper Crossbow, Washing Pole
22 Abyss Greatsword
24 Butcher Knife, Dragonslayer Spear, Gravelord Sword, Greatsword of Artorias, Greatsword of Artorias (Cursed), Man-serpent Greatsword, Pike, Server, Zweihander
26 Large Club
27 Gough's Greatbow
28 Great Club, Greatsword, Murakumo
30 Bonewheel Shield, Tower Shield
31 Cleansing Greatshield
32 Black Knight Greatsword, Black Knight Halberd, Greataxe
34 Black Iron Greatshield, Greatshield of Artorias
36 Black Knight Greataxe, Giant's Halberd, Golem Axe
Giant's Shield
38 Stone Greatshield
40 Demon Great Machete, Dragon Tooth, Stone Greatsword
46 Demon's Great Hammer, Demon's Greataxe
48 Stone Greataxe
50 Dragon Greatsword, Dragon King Greataxe, Grant
Havel's Greatshield
58 Smough's Hammer

Stat Scaling

The following tables show all weapons with a Strength bonus (prior to any upgrading) ordered by Strength requirement. Two-handing equipment increases one's Strength value by 50% (rounded down), with the new requirement being shown in parentheses next to the regular requirement in the tables. The exception to this is all greatbows and fist weapons which either are not affected by or cannot be two-handed, respectively.

A Bonus

Req. (2H) Equipment Type
46 (31) Demon's Greataxe Greataxe
26 (18) Large Club Great Hammer
20 Dragon Bone Fist Fist
10 (7) Club Hammer

B Bonus

Req. (2H) Equipment Type
50 (34) Grant Great Hammer
48 (32) Stone Greataxe Greataxe
46 (31) Demon's Great Hammer Great Hammer
40 (27) Demon Great Machete Ultra Greatsword
36 (24) Black Knight Greataxe Greataxe
32 (24) Black Knight Greatsword Ultra Greatsword
28 (19) Great Club Great Hammer
27 Gough's Greatbow Greatbow
24 (16) Butcher Knife Axe
24 (16) Man-serpent Greatsword Greatsword
14 (10) Manus Catalyst Catalyst
14 (10) Pickaxe Hammer
12 (8) Mace Hammer

C Bonus

Req. (2H) Equipment Type
40 (27) Stone Greatsword Greatsword
36 (24) Golem Axe Axe
32 (22) Greataxe Greataxe
28 (19) Greatsword Ultra Greatsword
24 (16) Dragonslayer Spear Spear
24 (16) Greatsword of Artorias Greatsword
24 (16) Greatsword of Artorias (Cursed) Greatsword
24 (16) Zweihander Ultra Greatsword
22 (15) Abyss Greatsword Greatsword
20 (14) Black Knight Sword Greatsword
20 (14) Crystal Greatsword Greatsword
20 Dragonslayer Greatbow Greatbow
16 (11) Bastard Sword Greatsword
16 (11) Claymore Greatsword
16 (11) Crystal Straight Sword Straight Sword
16 (11) Dark Sword Straight Sword
14 (10) Blacksmith Hammer Hammer
14 (10) Hammer of Vamos Hammer
12 (8) Battle Axe Axe
12 (8) Demon's Spear Spear
12 (8) Reinforced Club Hammer
12 (8) Sunlight Straight Sword Straight Sword
11 (8) Composite Bow Bow
11 (8) Morning Star Hammer
11 (8) Warpick Hammer
10 (7) Astora's Straight Sword Straight Sword
10 (7) Broadsword Straight Sword
10 (7) Longsword Straight Sword
8 (6) Hand Axe Axe
8 (6) Shortsword Straight Sword
5 Caestus Fist

D Bonus

Req. (2H) Equipment Type
58 (39) Smough's Hammer Great Hammer
40 (27) Dragon Tooth Great Hammer
36 (24) Giant's Halberd Halberd
32 (24) Black Knight Halberd Halberd
24 (16) Pike Spear
20 (14) Great Lord Greatsword Greatsword
20 (14) Washing Pole Katana
18 (12) Crescent Axe Axe
16 (11) Blacksmith Giant Hammer Hammer
16 (11) Flamberge Greatsword
16 (11) Gargoyle's Halberd Halberd
16 (11) Halberd Halberd
16 (11) Titanite Catch Pole Halberd
15 (10) Four-pronged Plow Spear
15 (10) Lucerne Halberd
14 (10) Gargoyle Tail Axe Axe
13 (9) Partizan Spear
12 (8) Demon's Catalyst Catalyst
11 (8) Spear Spear
10 (7) Barbed Straight Sword Straight Sword
10 (7) Estoc Thrusting Sword
9 (6) Long Bow Bow
8 (6) Broken Straight Sword Straight Sword
7 (5) Rapier Thrusting Sword
7 (5) Short Bow Bow
5 (4) Mail Breaker Thrusting Sword

E Bonus

Req. (2H) Equipment Type
28 (19) Murakumo Curved Greatsword
24 (16) Gravelord Sword Curved Greatsword
24 (16) Server Curved Greatsword
16 (11) Channeler's Trident Spear
16 (11) Lifehunt Scythe Halberd
16 (11) Silver Knight Straight Sword Straight Sword
16 (11) Silver Knight Spear Spear
14 (10) Great Scythe Halberd
14 (10) Scythe Halberd
13 (9) Winged Spear Spear
11 (8) Quelaag's Furysword Curved Sword
10 (7) Balder Side Sword Straight Sword
10 (7) Tin Banishment Catalyst Catalyst
9 (6) Black Bow of Pharis Bow
9 (6) Falchion Curved Sword
9 (6) Gold Tracer Curved Sword
9 (6) Shotel Curved Sword
8 (6) Ricard's Rapier Thrusting Sword
8 (6) Velka's Rapier Thrusting Sword
7 (5) Darkmoon Bow Bow
7 (5) Jagged Ghost Blade Curved Sword
7 (5) Painting Guardian Sword Curved Sword
7 (5) Scimitar Curved Sword
7 (5) Tin Crystallization Catalyst Catalyst
6 (4) Bandit's Knife Dagger
6 (4) Beatrice's Catalyst Catalyst
6 Claw Fist
6 (4) Dark Silver Tracer Dagger
6 (4) Izalith Catalyst Catalyst
6 (4) Logan's Catalyst Catalyst
6 (4) Oolacile Catalyst Catalyst
6 (4) Sorcerer's Catalyst Catalyst
6 (4) Straight Sword Hilt Straight Sword
5 (4) Dagger Dagger
5 (4) Ghost Blade Dagger
5 (4) Parrying Dagger Dagger
4 (3) Tin Darkmoon Catalyst Catalyst
3 (2) Oolacile Ivory Catalyst Catalyst
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