from what ive read in stratics about dci, it says: Defense Chance Increase: Increases your chance to dodge blows. If before DCI is applied you have 50% chance to dodge, with 20% DCI you will have 60% chance to dodge. http://uo.stratics.com/php-bin/show_content.php?content=30743 ive also read uoguide and it says: enhances your ability to defend yourself from melee or ranged attacks. It does not effect your chance to evade magical attacks. DCI works in addition to your chance to parry, or block an attack by using the Parrying skill. http://www.uoguide.com/Defence_Chance_Increase as you can see, uoguide talks about enhancing 'defense' and chance to parry/block. but stratics only talks about dodge so, the question is: does dci enhances dodge and chance to block? im quite confused about that another question: is high dci really a need for bushido dexxer character? once bushido works with chance to parry, and dodge is checked before parrying, isnt it better to always try to parry 1st instead of dodge?