Dragon Quest 8 Statistics Strength vs. Attack, Resilience vs. Defence
I've looked all around the web and couldn't find an explanation of this simple thing, so I will explain it here.
In Dragon Quest VIII, your character statistics include the following items:
Sex, Strength, Agility, Resilience, Wisdom, Attack, Defence, Exp
Sex is self-explanatory, although it may have an impact on how some of the charisma-based skills of Angelo and Jessica work against opponents. Your base attributes are Strength, Agility, Resilience, and Wisdom. Exp keeps track of the experience points you've earned in battles. These go up as you increase in level. Attack and Defence (Defense) are calculated, as follows.
Attack = Strength + WeaponAttackBonus + WeaponSkillBonus + Misc
If you don't have a Weapon, your fists are considered to be your weapon, and your skill bonus in Fisticuffs (if any) will be your WeaponSkillBonus.
Defence = Resilience + ArmorDefenceBonus + ShieldDefenceBonus + HelmetDefenceBonus + Misc
It is the final Attack and Defence values that actually go into the battle equations which can be found elsewhere on the web.