In this Elden Ring guide, we’ll help you understand the eight stats (or attributes) — Vigor, Mind, Endurance, Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, Faith, and Arcane — that define your character.
Your character in Elden Ring has eight stats that define what kind of fighter (and person, really) they are.
Elden Ring character attributes
|Vigor||Attribute governing HP. Also affects fire resistance and immunity.||Vigor is your health (HP) stat.|
|Mind||Attribute that determines FP. Also affects focus.||Mind is your Force Points (FP) stat. You’ll use FP to cast Sorceries and Incantations (spells), summon Spirit Ashes, and use Ashes of War (and Weapon Arts).|
|Endurance||Attribute governing stamina. Also affects robustness. This attribute also determines how heavy your equipment can be.||Endurance is your stamina and Equipment Load stat. It controls how much you can swing your weapon, roll, and how heavy your equipment can be.|
|Strength||Attribute required to wield heavy armaments. Also boosts attack power of your strength-scaling armaments and affects your physical defense.||Strength is your punching and Strength-based weapon (like Greatswords and Warhammers) stat. It also affects your physical defense.|
|Dexterity||Attribute required to wield advanced armaments. Also boosts attack power of dexterity-scaling armaments, reduces casting time of spells, softens fall damage, and makes it harder to be knocked off your horse.||Dexterity is the stat for other weapons like Daggers, Katanas, and Longbows. It also influences casting time for spells and reduces fall damage.|
|Intelligence||Attribute required to perform glintstone sorceries. Also boosts magic power of intelligence-scaling sorceries and improves magic resistance.||Intelligence is the stat for casting Sorceries and for increasing your magic resistance.|
|Faith||Attribute required to perform sacred incantations. Also boosts power of faith-scaling incantations.||Faith is the stat for the other kind of magic, Incantations.|
|Arcane||Attribute governing discovery. Also affects holy defense, vitality, and certain sorceries and incantations.||Arcane is a hybrid magic stat that also influences item drop rates (Discovery). Think of it like luck.|
Four stats — Vigor, Mind, Endurance, and, to a lesser extent, Arcane — are useful for any class. Having more health means you’ll die (slightly) less often and a higher equipment load means (generally) better gear.
When it comes to dealing damage — and playing into your character’s class strengths — the other four stats are what’s important. Strength is for heavy weapons, Dexterity is for light weapons, Intelligence is for wizard magic, and Faith is for miracle magic.