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Last Updated: January 3rd 2024

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In Diablo 4 your character has many stats -- some of them help you survive, while others help you kill enemies faster. There's also a number of utility stats that can increase your movement speed, reduce resource costs, reduce cooldowns of your skills and more. In this article we dive into specifics of many different stats, what they do, and how to obtain them.

Core Stats

There are four Core Stats in the game: Strength, Intelligence, Willpower, and Dexterity. You get different starting stats based on your class:

  • Barbarian: 10 Strength, 8 Dexterity, 7 Intelligence and Willpower
  • Druid: 10 Willpower, 8 Intelligence, 7 Strength and Dexterity
  • Rogue: 10 Dexterity, 8 Willpower, 7 Strength and Intelligence
  • Sorcerer and Necromancer: 10 Intelligence, 8 Willpower, 7 Strength and Dexterity

Every time you level up you gain +1 to every Core Stat. In addition, you can get individual Core Stat rolls on your Armor pieces and +All Stats rolls on Jewelry. Finally, you can get +2 to one of the Core Stats from certain Altars of Lilith.

Core Stats always give the following bonuses:

  • Strength: +1 Armor per point
  • Intelligence: +0.025% All Resistance per point
  • Willpower: +0.1% Healing Received and +0.25% Overpower Damage per point
  • Dexterity: +0.01% Dodge Chance per point

There are also three more bonuses you get from Core stats, but which bonus comes from which stat changes depending on your class:

  • Barbarian
    • +0.1% Skill Damage per point of Strength
    • +0.03% Resource Generation per point of Willpower
    • +0.02% Critical Strike Chance per point of Dexterity
  • Druid
    • +0.1% Skill Damage per point of Willpower
    • +0.03% Resource Generation per point of Intelligence
    • +0.02% Critical Strike Chance per point of Dexterity
  • Rogue
    • +0.1% Skill Damage per point of Dexterity
    • +0.03% Resource Generation per point of Strength
    • +0.02% Critical Strike Chance per point of Intelligence
  • Sorcerer and Necromancer
    • +0.1% Skill Damage per point of Intelligence
    • +0.03% Resource Generation per point of Willpower
    • +0.02% Critical Strike Chance per point of Dexterity

Offensive Stats

Offensive stats mostly come from your Weapons, Gloves, and Jewelry. They include but are not limited to:

  • Weapon Damage
  • Attack Speed
  • Critical Strike Chance
  • Critical Strike Damage
  • Damage to Close Enemies, Damage to Distant Enemies, Damage to Healthy Enemies, etc.
  • Fire/Cold/Physical/etc. Damage, Core Skill/Basic Skill/Pyromancy Skill/etc. Damage
  • Vulnerable Damage
  • Overpower Damage

All these stats serve to increase the damage you deal with your skills. Check out our Damage for Beginners post to learn more about them.

Defensive Stats

Defensive Stats come from your armor pieces and help you stay alive. These include but are not limited to:

  • Max Life
  • Armor
  • Damage Reduction
  • Resistances
  • Dodge Chance
  • Healing Received, Barrier Potency, and Bonus Fortify
  • Close and Distant Damage Reduction

To learn more about these stats and how they work, refer to our Defense for Beginners page.

Utility Stats

Utility stats don't directly contribute to your damage or your defenses. However, they can greatly contribute to a build's power indirectly. These include but are not limited to:

Lucky Hit Chance

In Diablo 4 there are a bunch of random on-hit effects you can trigger with any attack, which are called Lucky Hits. Lucky Hits come from many different sources: skills, passives, items, and Legendary Aspects. One example is a stat that can be found on weapons that reads:

Lucky Hit: Up to +X% Chance to Execute Injured Non-Elites

In addition to the chance that is mentioned in the effect itself, every skill has a base Lucky Hit Chance, which is something we usually call proc coefficient in other games. This base Lucky Hit chance is multiplied by the chance listed in the Lucky Hit effect.

Important: To view base Lucky Hit Chance on Skills you need to turn on Advanced Tooltips in Settings.

Finally, we have a +% Lucky Hit Chance stat that can roll on Rings, Gloves, and Wands (Sorcerer only). All these rolls are added together and they act as another multiplier to your Lucky Hit Chance.


Lucky Hit Procs

There are 4 different stats that add a new Lucky Hit Effect to your character. Gloves and Off-Hand items can roll a Chance to Slow, Chance to Heal, or Chance to Regain Primary Resource. Weapons can roll a Chance to Execute Injured non-Elites. For Slow and Execute, this chance is variable and stacks additively from different sources. For Heal and Resource Regain, the chance is fixed at 5% and instead you stack the amount of Health or Resource regained on each proc.

Cooldown Reduction

This stat reduces cooldowns of your active skills, as well as Charge Cooldowns of skills with charges. You can get Cooldown Reduction on your Helmet, Amulet, and Focus/Totem/Shield. Cooldown Reduction from different sources stacks multiplicatively.

Barbarians can get a class-specific version of this stat: "Shout Skill Cooldown Reduction". It works in the same way but only applies to skills with a Shout tag. It can roll on Amulets and Chest Pieces.

Resource Cost Reduction

This stat can roll on Amulets, Boots, and Off-Hand items. The exact wording on the stat changes depending on your class into "Mana Cost Reduction" or "Fury Cost Reduction", meaning that you cannot reuse the same item on a different class. As the name suggests, it reduces the cost of your skills. Resource Cost Reduction stacks multiplicatively.

+Skill Ranks

Nearly every item can give you extra ranks in a certain Skill or even in an entire skill category such as Conjuration Skills (Sorcerer Only) or Agility Skills (Rogue Only). These ranks work the same way as the ones you put in your Skill Tree, usually increasing the skill's damage by 10% of its rank 1 value or decreasing its Cooldown.

Maximum Resource

This stat gives a flat bonus to your Maximum Resource. It can roll on Rings and Helmets, and similar to Resource Cost Reduction, it comes in five different variations depending on your class.

Resource Generation

This stat increases the amount of Resource you get from any source, including passive regeneration, your Basic Skills and different passive or Legendary Aspects. It can roll on Rings and Off-Hand items, and unlike Maximum Resource and Resource Cost Reduction, this stat is the same for every class. Resource Generation stacks additively with itself and multiplicatively with Resource Generation granted by one of your Core Stats.

Movement Speed

On your Boots and Amulet you can get a +% Movement Speed affix. As expected, it makes you run faster. Your total Movement Speed can not exceed 200%.

Implicit Stats on Pants and Boots

On high level legendary Pants and Boots you can find some special stats that are listed separately from all the others. You can get one of three effects on each item:

  • Boots have stats related to Evade (Evade is a special "skill" accessible to every character. It lets you quickly dash in a chosen direction and has a static 5 second cooldown)
    • +1 Max Evade Charge
    • Evade Briefly Grants +50% Movement Speed
    • Attacks Reduce Evade's Cooldown by 1 Second
  • Pants have stats that buff your Healing Vial
    • Your Potion Also Grants 30% Maximum Life as Barrier
    • Your Potion Also Restores 30% Resource
    • Your Potion Also Grants 30% Movement Speed

Shrine Buff Duration

Another stat found on the Boots. It makes the effects of various Shrines found in the world last longer.

Crowd Control Duration Bonus

This stat can roll on Amulet, Helmet and Off-Hand items. It increases the duration of all Crowd Control effects that you can apply to enemies. These effects include Slow, Chill, Daze, Stun, Freeze, Immobilize, Taunt, and Knock Down.

Control Impaired Duration Reduction

This stat is found on the Chest and it reduces the duration of Crowd Control effects that enemies apply to you.


Thorns is a special "offensive" stat that lets you deal damage to enemies when they hit you. Damage dealt is increased by a portion of your primary Core Stat. Thorns can roll on Chests, Pants, Amulets, and Shields, and you can also boost your Thorns with certain skills and passives.


In Diablo 4 there are a lot of stats you can get from items, passives and even skills. These stats improve your character in different ways and stacking the right amount of right stats can be pivotal for your success in the game.


Written by Northwar, Binashole
Reviewed by wudijo, Echohack, snail

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