|Effects||Attribute required to wield heavy armaments.
Also boosts attacks power of strength-scaling armaments and affects your Physical Defense.
Strength is one of the Stats in Elden Ring. Stats refer to various properties that govern your character's strengths and weaknesses, as well as how they are affected by interactions in and out of combat. Strength primarily affects a player's ability to wield Strength-based Armaments, as well as the damage dealt by such weapons. It is one of the 8 Main Attributes that players can spend Runes on to level up, increasing the Stat's effectiveness and influencing their relative secondary stats. Stats such as Strength are an important aspect of character progression in Elden Ring.
Elden Ring Strength Stat General Information
- Strength (STR) is a Main Attribute that primarily allows the wielding of Strength-based Armaments (Weapons). It also acts as the primary modifier that influences the damage dealt by such weapons.
- Weapons in Elden Ring have a minimum Stat requirement that needs to be met before the weapon can be wielded. Most weapons require investment in either the Strength or Dexterity stats, or a combination of both. For example, Ordovis' Greatsword requires 14 STR and 8 DEX to equip. Some weapons may also require points in Intelligence, Faith or Arcane in order to wield. This is especially true for spell-based weapons such as Glintstone Staves and Sacred Seals.
- Weapons are also given a Scaling Grade denoting the degree to which they scale with an attribute. Each point allocated to the Strength stat increases the damage dealt by weapons with Strength scaling. A weapon with a Strength scaling grade of S will benefit the most from the Strength Attribute, followed by grades A, B, C, D, and E.
- Note that attributes will incur diminishing returns at higher levels, significantly reducing their benefits after a certain point with regards to weapon scaling. This is often referred to as the 'Soft Cap'. A 'Hard Cap' also exists in which additional points in an attribute returns little to no benefit.
- When scaling the attack power of a melee armament, like all stats, Strength soft caps differ depending on the weapon and the damage type being scaled. Scaling on physical damage is often 18/60/80 by default, 20/60/80 on heavy affinities and some unique weapons, and 16/60/80 on quality affinities. Strength has a hard cap of 150 when scaling physical damage. Note that in the rare case that magic, fire, lightning, or holy scales on strength, the soft caps are always 20/50/80 with a hard cap at 99, even when two-handing.
- When scaling the incantation scaling of the Clawmark Seal or the Frenzied Flame Seal, Strength soft caps are 15/30/45.
- Wielding an Armament with two hands will multiply your Strength with that armament by 1.5. If an armament scales with Strength, it will deal more damage when used two-handed. In addition, strength requirements can be met by two-handing. To wield an armament with both hands, press Triangle + L1/R1.
- Strength is the only attribute that can increase beyond 99, up to 150. This is not shown to the player. Wielding an armament with two hands while at 99 strength will grant 148 strength, but 150 strength is possible with the help of strength-boosting equipment. Without two-handing, up to 126 strength can be achieved with strength-boosting equipment.
- The following armaments are not given a strength bonus when two-handed due to being dual-wielded instead:
- Note that despite the fact that Starscourge Greatsword is dual-wielded rather than two-handed, the weapon still receives the two-handed strength bonus for non-paired attacks and can be properly wielded below strength requirement when two-handing despite the game showing otherwise. Paired attacks do not receive the two-handed strength bonus.
How to Increase Strength in Elden Ring?
Strength is one of the Main Attributes that players can spend Runes on in order to level up.
- The ability to level up is unlocked after meeting Melina at the Gatefront Site of Grace.
- Leveling up can be done at any Site of Grace once unlocked.
- The amount of Runes required to raise an Attribute increases with each character Level.
- Runes are obtained primarily by defeating Enemies and Bosses. Certain consumables such as the Fringefolk's Rune can also be used to gain a fixed number of runes.
Strength can be increased by using various Strength-boosting Equipment and Effects:
- Omensmirk Mask: Increases Strength by 2 while equipped.
- Imp Head (Fanged): Increases Strength by 2 while equipped.
- Haima Glintstone Crown: Increases Strength by 2 while equipped.
- Starscourge Heirloom Talisman: Increases Strength by 5 while equipped.
- Radagon's Scarseal/Soreseal Talisman: Increases Strength by 3/5 (respectively) while equipped.
- Godrick's Great Rune: Increases Strength by 5 while active; the effect lasts until death.
- Strength-knot Crystal Tear: Increases Strength by 10 while active; the effect lasts for 3 minutes.
- Oath of Vengeance (Grafted Blade Greatsword weapon Skill): Increases Strength by 5 while active; the effect lasts for 30 seconds.
Level Progression for Strength in Elden Ring
- Improving Strength grants a small boost to Physical Defense, reducing damage taken from sources of Physical Damage, including enemy attacks and special abilities. Boosting Strength beyond 99 does not increase Physical Defense.
- +0.33 Physical Defense per level from 1 to 30 Strength
- +0.5 Physical Defense per level from 31 to 40 Strength
- +0.75 Physical Defense per level from 41 to 60 Strength
- +0.25 Physical Defense per level from 61 to 99 Strength
Elden Ring Strength Builds
Elden Ring Strength Notes & Tips
- Notes & Tips go here.