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Dexterity (or DEX) is one of a character's three main attributes, along with strength and intelligence. It is important if you want to have high evasion.

Dexterity affects the following:

Dexterity is a generally useful defensive stat, though strength is often more impactful for heavy armour characters, and intelligence for dedicated spellcasters.

If your dexterity is ever reduced to 0 or lower, you will suffer stat zero.


  • In 0.29, both blades and ranged weapons gained DEX scaling.
  • Prior to 0.28, Dexterity increased the chance of doing auxiliary attacks, and Dex was not the sole stat to increase SH with shields.
  • Prior to 0.18, each weapon type had a strength weight that determined how much dexterity contributed to damage and accuracy. Now dexterity increases accuracy equally for all weapons, and does not affect damage.
  • Prior to 0.17, Dexterity affected the chance of doors creaking.