Agility (AGI)

Agility (AGI) is a derived stat in Dark Souls II. Agility increases the speed that a character performs certain actions, though the full extent of these changes are not yet known.
It increases how long the character is invincible during a roll and decreases how long it takes to use consumables.

Increasing Agility

To calculate Agility up to 110, use the following formula:

  • When ATT + (3 * ADP) is less than or equal to 120: ((ATT + (3 * ADP)) / 4) + 80.

To calculate Agility over 110, use this formula instead:

  • When ATT + (3 * ADP) is greater than 120: (((ATT + (3 * ADP)) - 120) / 28) + 110.

(ATT=Attunement, ADP=Adaptability)

Effects of Agility

Agility increases how long the character is invincible during a roll and decreases how long it takes to use consumables.

iFrames during rolling (begins on the first frame of the roll animation):

Agility iFrames Seconds
85 5 0.1667
86 8 0.2667
88 9 0.3
92 10 0.3333
96 11 0.3667
99 12 0.4
105 13 0.4333
111 14 0.4667
114 15 0.5
116 16 0.5333

iFrames during backstep (begins on the fifth frame of the backstep animation):

Agility iFrames Seconds
85 3 0.1
87 5 0.1667
91 6 0.2
100 7 0.2333
108 8 0.2667
113 9 0.3

iFrame is short for “invincibility frame,” which is 1/30 of a second. This duration comes from the console versions of the game running at 30 frames per second. Running at a higher framerate doesn't change the total invincibility duration, but the duration itself is measured in these exact increments.

These values have been updated after more thorough testing. The source for the original values can be found here. The source for the updated values can be found here.

For reference, the iFrames of Dark Souls 1 are 9 for slow rolls, 11 for medium, 13 for fast, and 15 with the Dark Wood Grain Ring.

Effects on Item Use

Higher agility allows characters to use consumable items (like life gems and the estus flask) with greater speed, meaning the player is exposed for less time while using such items. At 90 Agility and lower, an Estus Flask takes 68 frames (2.267 seconds) to use. At 95 Agility, it takes 63 frames (2.1 seconds), and at 100 Agility and higher, it takes 58 frames (1.933 seconds). The total decrease is 1/3 of a second, which may seem small, but will often make the difference between death and narrow survival.

Frame-Rate Data For Rolling

Agility increases iFrames drastically, as shown in these videos.

    • Anonymous

      06 Nov 2019 02:04  

      Question: How does this work in SOTFS?, As it is 60 fps, the "Running at a higher framerate doesn't change the total invincibility duration" has to be an incorrect statement otherwise the iframes would be only be 50% effective than the vanilla version. They would have had to make it 2/60 to have the same effect.

      • Anonymous

        01 Sep 2019 17:42  

        dont forget froms random gank algorith designed to add an additionlal disadvantage to the player by coding in a control randomizer so every nth trigger or button action does something other than what its supposed to.....for example instead of cast spell when you hit right bumper it strikes. or instead of roll dodge it steps backwards. or instead of drink estus it doesnt do anything all of which haas happened consistently in my game and no its not a wonky controller ita the games coding.

        • Anonymous

          23 Jul 2019 00:52  

          Blows my mind that there are people out there who actually think this number-crunching***** is better than the three clearly defined roll tiers that the first game had.

          • Anonymous

            02 Jun 2019 22:00  

            So I read these comments and here’s what I noticed agility is preferred by those who in previous games had issues with dodging and to those people I recommend knuckling up with a shield. Here’s my argument ADP and agility breaks the game by 1. Being better than the same amount of vitality 2. Having a trash in game description that I had to visit this wiki page to read 3.Having a large amount of iframes lowers the skill requirements for dodging 4.Because of numerous hit box glitches in DS2 it can be hard to tell high agility from lag or ghost hit boxes 5.Damages the PVP by having high agility builds being hard to hit with magic spears, lightning, or melee. (Stop calling other people names because they like/ hate agility and you don’t. Finally saying git gud isn’t an argument.)

            • Anonymous

              16 Mar 2019 08:00  

              In ds3 you have 12 i-frames when rolling, 11 i-frames if you fat roll, how many i-frames you gain if you fast roll? 13? 14? maybe 15? NO, you have only 12 i-frames. ADP is a good and balanced stat, stop being a crybaby and accept it

              • Anonymous

                10 Mar 2019 22:58  

                I played through dark souls 2 as my first souls game and kept adaptability at base, I feel like a massive idiot wondering why my rolls seemed useless

                • Anonymous

                  03 Mar 2019 23:30  

                  Wait, dodging has invincibility frames? And here I was just like... actually dodging out of the way with it. Like under any tall enemy's horizontal attacks that inevitably leave a space for a whole adult to roll under.

                  • Anonymous

                    01 Mar 2019 04:18  

                    Easily the best leveling system, unlike iframe souls 1 and 3 where you can dodge anything 2 seconds early or late (exaggeration for those who get salty) at the start, you have to earn that capacity, better balancing for more varied builds, I dare ds1 and 3 fan club do a 83 agility run in light armour (great fun especially when you switch to high agility and never fail dodge from intense training, its why I dodge so great of the other 2) as for a comment of hit box, they must have a pirated edition cause I never seem to get this issue, had it on ds1 but not 2 or 3 (except throwing knives)

                    • Anonymous

                      28 Jan 2019 17:00  

                      Hands down the best implementation of iFrames and rolling in any Souls game. Prevents players from having maximum invincibility frames with zero investment, so the balance between faster rolling and heavier armor is more fair, while still tipped in favor of rolling. People *****ing about it are just angry they can't spam roll to win like in DS3, or become circus perform- err, "ninjas" like in DS1. The effect on item consumption is negligible and once again tipped in favor of faster builds, which also makes sense considered one would take longer to drink an Estus in a full suit of armor. All this works great in conjunction with poise and armor, it's counterpart, which, big surprise, actually works in this game!

                      • Anonymous

                        24 Nov 2018 23:50  

                        I don't see the sweat behind this stat... I've gotten by on 86 Agility just by relying on timing my blocks and careful spacing to avoid damage, and I've got my magic resistance pretty high, and I don't even need a Greatshield or Heavy Armor to endure most things. Sure, it is HELL at first, but it's just like learning a different playstyle.

                        • Anonymous

                          17 Nov 2018 02:57  

                          Does carry weight have an effect on iframes in DS2? I know it increases roll distance, but tbh with how I play it isn't really necessary for me to roll further (when I play melee).

                          • Anonymous

                            12 Sep 2018 07:52  

                            they say dark souls 2 is the easiest of the 3 games. and there you have it, learn to do something properly that should be done by the game itself, but no, we have to add a stat that would affect your i-frames and you would as a begginer, had to perfectly time your rolls to not suck like a total loser.

                            • Anonymous

                              12 Sep 2018 07:48  

                              wait what is there invincibility frames on rolls in dark souls 2? because i don't *****ing have any even if i dodge perfectly

                              • Anonymous

                                19 Jul 2018 11:07  

                                My advice to anyone struggling with starting iframes: get out before the swing comes. After you land a hit or two, make some distance before the enemy's attack comes in. I know this isn't always doable, but playing cautious at the start, then going more agressive later on, is a totally viable (and recommended) strat. Not every encounter has to be balls to the wall combat, with trying to dodge through hits. If you go for a heavier build, then you can probably block it and tank the damage, rather than take the full force for a failed roll. What I personally did, was learn to parry. I wouldn't recommend the parry strat to a new player though, as it can be hard to get a grasp on.

                                TL;DR Just back off whenever you can, or block the hit.

                                • Anonymous

                                  31 Jan 2018 03:16  

                                  I love this stat. The best part about it is that a toon with a high equip burden can CHOOSE to invest stats to gain i-frames on rolls and backsteps. In DaS1, there was no choice. You either have high equip/ low i-frames, or low equip/ high i-frames. This stat is one of the premiere stats in being able to truly tinker with a build and make it fit your exact playstyle. I personally never use a shield, and prefer dodging. But I am not putting away my UGS, no way, which needs some extra poise and armor to play well. Well, instead of suffering DaS1's roll, backstep and i-frame penalties, I now am able to play my guy, my way. In fact, I love that I could essentially Perma-equip my toon with even better i-frames than the DWGR, IF I WANT. This flexibility in build design is one of the reasons why I think Tanimura is the A-team when it came to designing a great game.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    30 Jan 2018 03:34  

                                    I hate this stat, compared to the first game your character moves like a retarded fat kid; it just really annoys me that they made it effect how fast you use items so glad the fixed this in ds3

                                    • Anonymous

                                      02 Dec 2017 23:58  

                                      Running around with between 100-120 agility trivializes most of the game. Str/adp is pretty hilarious "I'll just roll around and smak you with big fat sword.. NEUUUURRRRRRRRRR"

                                      • Anonymous

                                        13 Aug 2017 21:29  

                                        Horrible; makes combat a matter of waiting for whiffs. Can't get ballsy with enemies and have to treat everyone like a boss now.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          16 Jun 2017 19:49  

                                          IMO: it was a good design choice, it makes you pick between VIT and ADP, the arguments against it make no sense to be but it might be how they word it as "making the player character stronger/more powerful"

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