Dexterity or Dex is defined as "skill or adroitness in using the hands or body". This trait has been adapted as a Shadowbane stat responsible for many traits dealing with finesse, cunning, or nimbleness.
Role in Defense
Dexterity plays the biggest part amongst all stats for defense.
Defense can be calculated using the following formula <ref>Confirmed Game Formulas</ref>:
Defense = ((Dexterity*2) + (Total Armor Defense*(Armor Skill * .03)) + (Shield Armor * ( * .03)) + ((Primary Weapon Skill + Secondary Weapon Skill)/2)) * (1. Stance Modification)
The weight of one's armor can hinder dexterity. For this reason, it is common to see dexterity-based characters using Light Armor, due to its low weight. However, Elven heavy and medium armor offers reduced weight and thus reduced penalty, though still not as little as light armor.
Role in Offense
The following weapons use the dexterity value to determine their maximum damage:
- Throwing Daggers
- Unarmed weapons.
- Nature's Wrath, a Druid-only one-handed sword.
- Braialla's Blade, a Ranger-only one-handed sword.
- Long Blades, the cardinal weapon of Blade Masters.
- Tlanarion Swords, the cardinal weapons of Blade Weavers.