In-Game Description

Attribute required to wield heavy, powerful weapons. Also boosts attack.


  • Many pieces of equipment have a Strength level requirement. Two-handing a weapon or shield halves the Strength level required to use it.
  • Increases Physical ATK: Strength, which modifies damage on weapons with Strength scaling.
    • See this spreadsheet for how ATK bonuses are converted to damage for each weapon's scaling.
  • One of 4 stats that increase Physical DEF.
  • Slightly raises HP.

Strength Requirements

Equipments listed here are only the ones that needs more than 3 points of Strength, because the lowest Strength you can get is 3 (by choosing Sorcerer as a starting class). Remember that this list is only the Strength requirement for one-handing an equipment, so you can also two-hand it to wield with lower Strength.

Bows and Greatbows are always used in two hands, and so they have been listed with half the Strength requirement.


Strength Equipment with Strength Requirement
4 Parrying Dagger, Shadow Dagger, Bell Keeper Bow
5 Mytha's Bent Blade, Mail Breaker, Rapier, Spider's Silk, Bow of Want, Hunter's Blackbow, Long Bow
6 Manikin Knife, Manikin Sabre, Handmaid's Ladle, Whip, Work Hook, Blue Dagger, Ivory Straight Sword
7 Foot Soldier Sword, Puzzling Stone Sword, Shortsword, Scimitar, Chaos Rapier, Old Whip, Composite Bow, Short Bow
8 Ricard's Rapier, Sea Bow
9 Broken Thief Sword, Falchion, Monastery Scimitar, Hand Axe, Silverblack Spear, Spear, Spotted Whip, Claws, Manikin Claws
10 Black Flamestone Dagger, Longsword, Shotel, Spider Fang, Uchigatana, Black Scorpion Stinger, Spitfire Spear, Bloodied Whip
Caestus, Alonne Greatbow, Dragonrider Bow, Ashen Warrior Sword
11 Royal Dirk, Broadsword, Heide Knight Sword, Manslayer, Espada Ropera, Channeler's Trident, Pate's Spear, Winged Spear, Pilgrim's Spontoon, Retainer's Short Sword
12 Melu Scimitar, Chaos Blade, Darkdrift, Estoc, Club, Mace, Heide Spear, Partizan, Pike, Crescent Sickle, Great Scythe, Notched Whip, Umbral Dagger
13 Blue Flame, Yellow Quartz Longsword, Infantry Axe, Light Crossbow, Sanctum Crossbow, Possessed Armor Greatbow, Ice Rapier
14 Varangian Sword, Blacksteel Katana, Homunculus Mace, Scythe of Nahr Alma, Scythe of Want, Twinblade
15 Sun Sword, Key to the Embedded, Warped Sword, Battle Axe, Bound Hand Axe, Blacksmith's Hammer, Mace of the Insolent, Morning Star, Silverblack Sickle, Dragonslayer Greatbow, Fume Sword, Bone Fist
16 Drakekeeper's Sword, Flamberge, Mirrah Greatsword, Old Mirrah Greatsword, Reinforced Club, Dragonslayer Spear, Stone Soldier Spear, Helix Halberd, Old Knight Halberd, Roaring Halberd, Curved Twinblade, Malformed Claws
17 Black Knight Halberd
18 Moonlight Greatsword, Watcher Greatsword, Red Rust Scimitar, Berserker Blade, Washing Pole, Bandit Axe, Dragonslayer's Crescent Axe, Aldia Hammer, Blue Knight's Halberd, Dragonrider's Halberd, Lucerne, Great Machete, Heide Lance, Eleum Loyce
19 Stone Twinblade, Shield Crossbow
20 Black Dragon Sword, Bastard Sword, Claymore, Defender Greatsword, Royal Greatsword, Ruler's Sword, Thorned Greatsword, Drakewing Ultra Greatsword, Murakumo, Barbed Club, Black Dragon Warpick, Craftsman's Hammer, Archdrake Mace, Halberd, Old Knight Pike, Santier's Spear, Scythe, Syan's Halberd, Wrathful Axe, Full Moon Sickle, Heide Greatlance, Dragonrider Twinblade, Heavy Crossbow, Possessed Armor Sword, Sorcerer's Twinblade
22 Pickaxe, Grand Lance, Bewitched Alonne Sword, Gargoyle Bident
23 Red Rust Sword, Twin-headed Greatbow
24 Lost Sinner's Sword, Old Knight Ultra Greatsword, Zweihander
25 Black Dragon Greatsword, Butcher's Knife, Old Knight Greatsword, Crescent Axe, Avelyn, Sanctum Repeating Crossbow, Majestic Greatsword, Charred Loyce Greatsword, Loyce Greatsword
26 Arced Sword, Large Club, Mastodon Halberd, Red Iron Twinblade
28 Black Knight Greatsword, Bluemoon Greatsword, Greatsword, Gyrm Axe, Bandit Greataxe, Great Club, Bone Scythe, Curved Nil Greatsword
30 Mastodon Greatsword, Black Knight Ultra Greatsword, Pursuer's Ultra Greatsword, Curved Dragon Greatsword, Lion Greataxe, Old Knight Hammer, Yorgh's Spear, Chariot Lance, Ivory King Ultra Greatsword
32 Greataxe
35 Black Dragon Greataxe, Malformed Shell, Malformed Skull, Sanctum Mace, Rampart Golem Lance
38 Drakekeeper's Ultra Greatsword
40 Crypt Blacksword, Smelter Sword, Black Knight Greataxe, Drakekeeper's Greataxe, Drakekeeper's Warpick, Gyrm Great Hammer, Sacred Chime Hammer, Fume Ultra Greatsword
45 Giant Stone Axe
50 King's Ultra Greatsword, Gyrm Greataxe, Demon's Great Hammer, Dragon Tooth, Drakekeeper's Great Hammer, Iron King Hammer
60 Giant Warrior Club
70 Smelter Hammer


Strength Equipment with Strength Requirement
5 Small Leather Shield
6 Crimson Parma, Foot Soldier Shield, Blue Wooden Shield, Moon Butterfly Shield, Sanctum Shield
7 Benhart's Parma, Buckler, Cleric's Parma, Golden Falcon Shield, Sunlight Parma, Transgressor's Leather Shield, Bell Keeper Shield, Large Leather Shield, Wooden Shield
8 Cleric's Small Shield, Magic Shield, Target Shield, Watcher's Shield, Black Flamestone Parma, Bone Shield, Hollow Soldier Shield, Homunculus Wooden Shield, Lion Clan Shield
9 Llewellyn Shield, Manikin Shield, Phoenix Parma, Varangian Shield, Porcine Shield
10 Iron Parma, Chaos Shield, Grand Spirit Tree Shield, Shield of the Insolent, Silver Eagle Kite Shield, Spirit Tree Shield, Watchdragon Parma
11 Bound Wooden Shield
12 Cursed Bone Shield, Blossom Kite Shield, Golden Wing Shield, Mirrah Shield, Royal Kite Shield, Yellow Quartz Shield, Loyce Shield, Charred Loyce Shield
14 Archdrake Shield, Slumbering Dragon Shield
15 Black Dragon Shield, Defender's Shield
16 Drangleic Shield, King's Shield, Silverblack Shield
17 Drakekeeper's Shield, Red Rust Shield
18 Stone Parma
19 Rampart Golem Shield
20 Twin Dragon Greatshield, Vessel Shield
24 Old Knight's Shield, Old Knight Greatshield
25 Pate's Shield
29 Rebel's Greatshield
30 Mastodon Greatshield, Tower Shield
31 Wicked Eye Greatshield
32 Gyrm Greatshield
33 Orma's Greatshield, Reeve's Greatshield
35 Dragonrider Greatshield, Greatshield of Glory, King's Mirror
37 Drakekeeper's Greatshield
38 Pursuer's Greatshield
45 Havel's Greatshield


Strength Equipment with Strength Requirement
12 Engraved Gauntlets
14 Gyrm Warrior Greathelm, Gyrm Warrior Set, Ironclad Set, Old Ironclad Set, Rusted Mastodon Set, King's Set
16 Looking Glass Set, Mastodon Set, Smelter Demon Set
20 Havel's Set

Equipment which increase Strength

Item Increase Other Effects
Strength Ring 5 None
Crown of the Sunken King 1 END +1, DEX +1
INT +1, FTH +1
VIG -1, VIT -1
Vessel Shield 4 VIG +1, END +1
ADP +1, INT +1
FTH +1, DEX +4
Old Growth Balm 5 Lasts 45 seconds
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