Regardless of the build you’re running in Elden Ring, The Lands Between will put even the noblest souls-like veterans to the test. This is said to be true whether you have powerful magical abilities or a massive sword. Some players, on the other hand, prefer to meet these two game styles in the middle by putting their focus into dexterity. Though it’s a little unclear what this attribute exactly affects, it doe’s have a lot of applications to your build and its overall stats. So, read on tarnished one, because we explain exactly what it doe’s below.
What Does Dexterity Do in Elden Ring?
Dexterity is one of the two main melee attributes in Elden Ring, and it affects how quick your attacks are. Furthermore, it will allow you to concentrate on wielding dexterity-based weapons, which are typically fast and slashing-based. Strength is the other primary melee stat, and it allows you to use larger, slower, heavy-hitting armaments. That being said, strength-based weapons have a more straightforward move set. Dexterity-based weapons, on the other hand, are more advanced and allow for a wider range of attacks.
For example, if you were to main a Katana in Elden Ring, you’ll need to focus on increasing your dexterity. Whereas if you were to use a Heavy Greatsword, you’ll need to focus on leveling your strength attribute. With that said, some weapons require you to level both attributes before you can use them effectively.
Most dexterity-focused players have nimble, lightweight builds that can quickly engage in a fight, land a combo of hits, and speedily disengage. However, that is only what dexterity affects in combat. The attribute can also help the quickness of your spell casting, the types of ashes of war on weapons, fall damage, and the quickness of your dodge move. Overall dexterity affects not only the dexterity-based weapons you can use but also your player’s attack speed and overall movement.
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