The FromSoftware open world offers 10 different classes for character creation. Here is a guide to help you select the best class for you, based on your desires and needs, and how you plan to play them.
Choosing a class in Elden Ring is a bit like choosing how you want to experience the game. But it’s not a rigid thing, it’s just a base. Any class can adopt any type of gameplay effectively with enough levels and finding the right equipment. The problem is that it may take a lot of hours to rectify the situation, so it is better to choose well from the start. So there is no better class per se, just the one that will help you get off to a good start. The most important thing is to choose a class and a way of playing that you want.
Classes for beginners
If Elden Ring is your first FromSoftware game, a great adventure awaits you in more ways than one. It takes a little time to become familiar with the studio’s rather particular approach to many gameplay elements. Purists tend to advise to play a melee class in these games, since they are usually designated for the latter, this offers an experience both intense and balanced. This means that you will rarely meet a boss made trivial by the fact of playing in melee, but you will also not meet unfathomable bosses in this way.
The Vagabond : It is the most robust of all, it is well equipped, with good weapons. It can immediately be played with the very comfortable sword and shield combo for beginners as well as for experts. It can also be played with the Hallebarde, to gain stretching and attacking power. Subsequently, it can be used for almost any type of build of the game, making it a solid and universal base. Just remember to remove weapons that you do not use in order to avoid being afflicted by overload of equipment.
An alternative is the Samurai : Rather robust and equipped with a katana, it is formidable in melee. However, it prefers rolls and dodges more than the default shield, which is a good thing if you want to prepare for bosses and PvP. It has an excellent bow from the start, which opens up a lot of gameplay possibilities if you prefer to make use of this type of weapon. The bow makes it possible to shoot down some enemies of a group before engaging in combat, or to face a boss taking much less risks. It’s also classy to be in samurai amure.
A radically different approach is to play Mage. This is generally considered the easy mode in Dark Souls, and Elden Ring is no exception, especially with the addition of summons and the horse. By selecting the Astrologer or the Prisoner, you will be very fragile at first, but after a few levels to increase your life, you should generally not encounter too many difficulties, at least compared to other classes.
Finally, the Confessor is an excellent choice too, since he offers a character with high attributes, a good equipment with a shield and above all: an emergency care spell. It is a fantastic complement to the healing potions that are very limited at the outset.
The class to play Guts from Berserk or a equivalent
The famous manga Berserk has heavily inspired Miyazaki and the studio, as seen in the Souls, and Elden Ring is the heir. It’s incredibly fun to walk around with a giant two-handed sword (or equivalent) and then turn normal enemies into pancakes, and slice bosses. As a bonus, you can even hold a giant weapon in each hand to trigger new types of attacks. If you want pure gameplay in this area, you have two choices that stand out. The first is once again the Vagabond, which is quite balanced and with good armor from the start. The other option considered inferior is the Hero, who promotes brute force, and Esotericism (for craftsmanship), and who neglects Dexterity, which prevents him from using quite a few weapons.
Classes to play a Spellcaster
As mentioned above, playing a Mage is often easier in Souls, but it would be reductive to limit the gaming experience to that. It’s a radically different way of playing, with its own charm. Depending on the spells used, there can be a great diversity in the ways of playing. Some are used in melee for example. However, it should be noted that spell casters are generally less good in PvP. The most appropriate class for this type of gameplay is the Astrologer. You can also choose a character a little better balanced and able to fight in melee also like the Prisoner, which can give you a more varied gaming experience, or a little easier in some cases.
Alternatively, you can choose to bet on Incantations. This includes pyromancy techniques and even draconian abilities in Elden Ring, so this field promises to be incredibly rich, and that it is not limited to the miracles of previous games. It remains to determine exactly what awaits us at the high level, but it is certainly not limited to playing caretaker or support.
To play an agile character, who fights in finesse or at a distance
It’s not just titanic weapons and spells in life. Fighting with a rapier, two cemeteries, two daggers, or even two whips or a bow is just as viable, with or without spells in addition. Here, there are people, since it must also be said that many classes have a good score of dexterity, or that they can easily raise it. This mainly includes. the Wanderer, the Prisoner, the Warrior and the Samurai. The Confessor can also enter this list.
There is also the Bandit, which can be an interesting choice for an exotic build based on jets of explosive pots, daggers and others. Or, it can also take the path of draconian spells for example. There are plenty of options, and the game’s builds are expected to be as many as rich, so don’t feel constrained by your class.
Class for those who love challenges and freedom
Whether if you are a veteran or an absolute beginner, it’s legitimate to search for these two elements in a FromSoftware game. Unfortunately, there is no option to assign attribute points on a completely blank character, but a class comes close, the Indigent. Level 1, with 10 in each attribute, and with an unfortunate club in one piece of equipment, it can be said that the beginning of your adventures promises to be difficult. Its attributes and reduced level make it possible to quickly adopt any type of build, even if getting your hands on the equipment required for it is another matter. This can be quite frustrating if you are looking for a weapon or particular spells, so you should think carefully before choosing this class.
To help friends or other co-op players
In order to finish this guide, let’s also mention the fact that it is possible to play in multiplayer, even if it is not something permanent or very practical, since, as in the Dark Souls, it is limited to a zone and a boss each time, and the mount is disabled. Using a multiplayer password, however, it is easy to play with your friends. Fighting effectively while being summoned is already a good thing and all classes can do it, but if you want to go even further and help other players survive, the Prophet with his group care spell is then your best choice.
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