Diablo 4 Stats Explained: What Do Strength, Intelligence, Willpower, and Dexterity Do?

What does each stat in Diablo 4 mean?

by Noah Nelson
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Diablo 4 has a lot of stats, conditions, and status ailments that can feel confusing and overwhelming. In this guide, I’ll detail what each stat means in Diablo 4 and why they are important.

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Diablo 4: Strength, Intelligence, Willpower, and Dexterity Explained

There are four main stats in Diablo 4 that every character, regardless of class, has. These four stats are Strength, Intelligence, Willpower, and Dexterity and they affect each class differently.

Note: The main stats are different than the many status ailments and conditions, of which we have a detailed guide to help you understand.

The four stats affect every class the same as well as offer additional bonuses per class. Here are the standard stat meanings for Dexterity, Intelligence, Willpower, and Strength in Diablo 4.

What Does Strength Do in Diablo 4?

  • Strength: +1 increase to Armor per stat point.

While Strength is a necessary stat to make every class harder to take down in Diablo 4, the classes that need to focus on Strength the most are Barbarians and Rogues since they have extra stat boosts from Strength.

What Does Dexterity Do in Diablo 4?

  • Dexterity: +0.025% increase to Dodge Chance per stat point.

Dexterity increases every class’ ability to Dodge enemy attacks. However, every class uses Dexterity to increase their Critical Strike Chance except Rogues who use it to increase their Skill Damage.

What Does Intelligence Do in Diablo 4?

  • Intelligence: +0.05% increase to All Resistance per stat point.

Intelligence allows every class to increase their Resistance to everything. Sorcerers and Necromancers additionally use it to increase their Skill Damage, Druids use it for Resource Regeneration, and Rogues use it for Critical Strike Chance. BArbarians, unsurprisingly, don’t have any extra benefits for Intelligence.

What Does Willpower Do in Diablo 4?

  • Willpower: +0.1% increase to Healing Received and +0.25% Overpower Damage per stat point.

Willpower increases Overpower Damage as well as Healing Received. Barbarians, Sorcerers, and Necromancers use Willpower for Resource Regeneration and Druids use Willpower for Skill Damage. Rogues don’t care about Willpower besides gaining what the basic stat provides.

How Does Strength, Intelligence, Willpower, and Dexterity Affect Each Diablo 4 Class?

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With Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, and Willpower providing a basic boost in the ways defined above, these four stats each apply a specific bonus based on your class. Here is what the class-specific stat bonuses do in Diablo 4:

Strength+0.1% Skill Damage+0.1% Resource Generation
Willpower+0.1% Resource Generation+0.1% Resource Generation+0.1% Resource Generation+0.1% Skill Damage
Intelligencex0.02% Critical Strike Chance+0.1% Skill Damage+0.1% Skill Damage+0.1% Resource Generation
Dexterity+0.02% Critical Strike Chance+0.1% Skill Damagex0.02% Critical Strike Chancex0.02% Critical Strike Chancex0.02% Critical Strike Chance

To clarify, any Skill Damage is damage dealt with your abilities and skills. Any Resource Generation is how your class generates the equivalent of mana (the blue/green/purple pool right of the red health pool you use to perform abilities and skills). The higher your Critical Strike Chance, the better chance you have at dealing Critical Strike damage.

And that is how stats work in Diablo 4. Hopefully, this guide cleared up any confusion you had. Feel free to use it to create the best class you can, like the best Rogue that focuses on Intelligence for a higher Critical Strike Chance or the best Druid that focuses on Willpower for a higher Skill Damage.

- This article was updated on July 6th, 2023

About The Author

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From his early days of blog-style music, movie, and game reviews to working as the Esports Writer at Coastline Community College, Noah Nelson now works fulltime as a Staff Writer for Attack of the Fanboy and PC Invasion. He has been helping gamers everywhere with Destiny 2 god rolls, Warzone 2 DMZ missions, and collectibles in any indie game for over a year and a half. His Bachelor's Degree in English Rhetoric and Composition with a minor in Journalism from CSULB has shaped him to be a strong writer and editor. His fondest gaming memory is playing Sly Cooper 2 after begging his mom (for hours) to play it before his birthday and he still cries myself to sleep remembering the time he accidentally saved over his 99% completion save file in Kingdom Hearts 2.