All Soft (& Hard) Stat Caps in Elden Ring, Explained (2024)

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Knowing the hard and soft caps for each stat in Elden Ring is a must if you plan on reaching the Erdtree in one piece, as while the soft caps will dictate at which points, a stat will begin to generate diminishing results, the hard one marks how far they can be upgraded. But although the upgradable hard cap for all stats in the game is set at 99, when are each of their soft caps triggered? Here’s a quick overview of each stat in Elden Ring, as well as all of their soft caps.

  • Table of Contents:
    • What are the Soft Caps for Vigor and Mind?
    • What are the Soft Caps for Endurance?
    • What are the Soft Caps for Strength and Dexterity?
    • What are the Soft Caps for Intelligence?
    • What are the Soft Caps for Faith and Arcane?

What are the Soft Caps for Vigor and Mind in Elden Ring?

The stat that dictates your overall HP and offers occasional boosts in Fire, Poison, and Scarlet Rot resistance, Vigor will soft cap at both 40 and 60. Meanwhile, Mind will mainly dictate how many Focus Points (the game’s version of Mana) you will have at your disposal and will soft cap at 50 and 60. When in battle, you will be able to use Focus to perform unique weapon skills as well as make use of various spells.

With Vigor and Mind, nothing rings truer than saying the more the merrier, so we recommended that those using either purely Physical or Physical/Arcane or Faith builds aim for at least 50 Vigor and 25+ Mind. If you are building a caster, aiming for 35+ Mind and 40 Vigor will allow you to maximize your damage while also staying fairly sturdy in the face of danger.

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What are the Soft Caps for Endurance in Elden Ring?

If Vigor and Mind determine your overall HP and FP values, Endurance is the main stat when the subject is Stamina, Robustness, and Equip Load. True to that, the stat has two soft caps, as Stamina will soft cap at 15, 30, and 60, while Equip Load will do so at 25 and 60.

To get the best out of the stats, our main recommendation will be to raise it to at least 50 for Physical builds and to at least 30+ when using Spell-based ones. If you plan on making use of colossal weapons and heavy armor, equipping the Great-Jar’s Arsenal Talisman will allow you to massively increase your Equip Load at no drawback.

What are the Soft Caps for Strength and Dexterity in Elden Ring?

The two main stats for those looking to make use of either fully or partly physical builds, upgrading your Strength —which will soft cap at 20, 50, and 80— will increase your attack power, your physical defense, and your damage when wielding scaling weapons.

Dexterity will also soft cap at 20, 50, and 80. Upgrading the stat will mainly increase your attack power, your proficiency with unusual weapons like the Moonveil and Hand of Malenia katanas, and your casting time. When making use of either pure or mixed Strength and Dexterity builds, we recommend that you always try to get the stats to 50+.

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What are the Soft Caps for Intelligence in Elden Ring?

The most important stat for Sorcerers in Elden Ring, your Intelligence stat dictates the quality of the Incantations you will be able to master, as well as their power. Increasing the stat also rewards you with boosts to your overall resistance to magic.

Intelligence will soft cap at 20, 50, and 80, although the values may vary slightly based on your weapon of choice. We recommended that you raise Intelligence to at least 50 for the late-game stages. Upgrading the stat will also allow you to use one of the best-enchanted weapons in Elden Ring —AKA the Dark Moon Greatsword— to the fullest.

What are the Soft Caps for Faith and Arcane?

A stat that dictates both the quality of the Faith-related Incantations you will be able to master, as well as their overall power, Faith soft caps at 20, 50, and 80. It’s recommended that you always invest a little bit on Faith no matter your build, as leveling it to even low thresholds allows you to get access to incantations like Lord’s Heal, Great Heal, and Bestial Vitality.

Seen as the complete opposite of Faith, Arcane will soft cap at around 20, 50-60, and 80. Upgrading the stat will offer increases to both Discovery and to your resistance against Blight and Holy. Like most stat, the values may change based on your weapon of choice.

Although investing in it demands more commitment than Faith, Arcane builds are still considered the game’s best thanks to the use of bleed weapons like the Rivers Of Blood katana. If you’re looking to test that out, don’t forget to check out The Best Arcane Build in Elden Ring.

This guide was made based on our experience with the game as well as taking into account the Soft Cap Sheet revealed by user getcheddarttv on the Elden Ring Subreddit. You can play Elden Ring on PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

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