Explanation of the classes of Elden Ring: which to choose?

It’s been a few days since its release and Elden Ring is already smashing the records set by previous FromSoftware titles. The cool action-adventure RPG asks you to choose a class at the start and new players are often confused. So we will explain the Elden Ring classes here.

The class you choose in Elden Ring plays a crucial role in your progression, especially in the early stages. You should opt for a class that you find suitable for your skills and playstyle.

Each class comes with a different set of states, starting gear, and other items. This is why players think for long periods about which class to choose, and why.

What are the classes in Elden Ring?

Elden Ring features classes which are the starting archetypes available to the player. The class you choose will determine your starting stats and gear. You can also improve and upgrade them later. The game follows the same concept for classes that was available in the Dark Souls series.

Thus, you need to know the classes in order to choose the right one as it will strongly influence your character growth. There are a total of 10 classes in Elden Ring that you can choose from.

Each class in Elden Ring has a different set of stats, starting gear, and gear. You must first seek to understand what these statistics mean to better know the prices.

What are the Elden Ring character stats for classes?

It is important to understand each stat and its impact on your character in Elden Ring. Here are the eight states that determine a character’s health, damage resistance, weapons, armor, and other crucial factors:

  1. Vigor: It determines how many hit points your character has and also provides some resistance to fire damage.
  2. Spirit: This is a critical skill that increases your focus points for spell-based builds.
  3. Endurance: It determines how much stamina you have and what equipment you can carry.
  4. Strength: It determines your physical defense and the weapons you are able to carry, and also affects the damage dealt by certain weapons.
  5. Dexterity: This affects the effectiveness of some weapons and reduces the time the character takes to cast spells, the amount of fall damage, and also makes it harder for your enemies to knock you off the horse.
  6. Intelligence: It is important for casting spells and essential for using Glinstone’s magic. It also increases your damage with sorcery magic and improves magic damage resistance.
  7. Faith: It is essential for incantation spells, and improves the effectiveness and damage of denominational weapons.
  8. Esoteric: It is essential for certain spells and certain builds will require improving this skill. It also improves the discovery of your items, allowing you to easily find resources.

All Elden Ring classes with their levels and stats

Elden Ring has 10 classes, and each class excels at a different skill. You need to pick the right one to get the best efficiency based on your playstyle. Here’s a quick breakdown of all the classes with their levels and stats:

To classify Level Vigor Spirit Endurance Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Esoteric Total
hero 7 14 9 12 16 9 7 8 11 86
Bandit 5 ten 11 ten 9 13 9 8 14 84
Astrologer 6 9 15 9 8 12 16 7 9 85
warrior 8 11 12 11 ten 16 ten 8 9 87
Prisoner 9 11 12 11 11 14 14 6 9 88
Confessor ten ten 13 ten 12 12 9 14 9 89
Wretched 1 ten ten ten ten ten ten ten ten 80
Vagabond 9 15 ten 11 14 13 9 9 7 88
Prophet 7 ten 14 8 11 ten 7 16 ten 86
Samurai 9 12 11 13 12 15 9 8 8 88

Now let’s take a quick look at all the Elden Ring classes and what they will offer your character.

hero

The hero is the perfect choice for the early game because it offers the highest starting strength. He is also capable of carrying massive weapons and dealing heavy damage with ease. It starts with a battle axe, leather shield, and light armor, which makes it quite tanky.

This class also has good stamina and stamina. So choosing it would mean that you will start the journey with full strength and all areas covered.

Bandit

The Bandit comes with the highest starting arcana. It is suitable for players who prefer to parry attacks or backstab enemies. It starts with a knife, a shield and a short bow. This way, you won’t deal massive damage with regular attacks.

However, the set makes Bandit good up close and from a distance as well. The shield makes it easier to parry attacks while the short bow allows you to quickly inflict damage from a distance.

Astrologer

Astrologer offers the highest starting intelligence and spirit as it is the traditional mage class. It starts with an Astrologer’s Staff, a Short Sword and a Small Shield, a Glimmerstone Pebble, a Glimmerstone Bow, and a Light Heater.

It is only suitable for skillful players as it only has a few melee options as backups as well. Astrologer can easily cast multiple spells but lacks health and stamina compared to other options.

warrior

The Warrior is for players who want to deal big damage with smaller weapons as he has the highest dexterity and good weapon skills. This nimble melee class comes with two scimitars, a small leather shield, and medium armor.

However, the Warrior cannot use heavier weapons like the Hero class. It is also not suitable for magic-based builds and does not have a ranged weapon.

Prisoner

The Prisoner is a unique class that offers high starting dexterity and intelligence. He uses a combination of melee and mage classes. This class starts with a Thrust, Shine Staff, Rift Shield, Magic Shine Blade, and light armor. You can do quick spell casting and melee attacks.

However, this class deals less damage than other classes. He also has less health and armor.

Confessor

Confessor is good for beginners interested in the mage class. This is another class that mixes two styles, has high starting faith, and overall balanced stats. You will need to improve several stats with this class.

It starts with a Finger Seal, Broadsword, Blue Crest Healer Shield, Urgent Heal, Assassin’s Approach, and Light Armor. You should also remember that the Confessor lacks health and stamina.

Wretched

Wretch is only suitable for experienced players who need an extra challenge. Streamers often choose this class while playing nuzlockes. If you are a beginner, we do not recommend choosing it because it makes the game more difficult in the beginning.

This class begins without armor and with a club. Thus, you will be vulnerable to almost anything. However, you will get full building freedoms as all stats start at 10.

Vagabond

The Vagabond is the perfect class to start the game as it offers the highest stamina and HP. It comes with a longsword, halberd and heating shield. That means he’s good at dealing high impact damage and shielding himself from all sorts of attacks.

If you have no idea how classes work in Elden Ring, you should blindly choose that class and start playing. However, this class does not excel in magic, nor does it have a ranged weapon in the beginning.

Prophet

The Prophet is one of the few mage class options available in the game. It comes with the highest starting faith and has more balanced stats than the Astrologer. It focuses more on casting spells but less on dealing damage.

This class starts with Finger Seal, a spear, Heal, Catch Flame, and light armor. It is also low on health and stamina comparatively. However, you can make up for them by finding more spells while exploring the lands.

Samurai

Samurai is a unique and powerful class that offers the highest starting stamina, very good strength, and the second highest dexterity. It starts with an Uchigatana, longbow, round red-thorn shield, and medium armor.

It is good for close encounters as well as long range weapons. However, parrying attacks is a bit complex using this class. You also cannot excel in magic in the early game if you have chosen the Samurai.

Elden Ring Classes Starting Gear and Armor

Each class in Elden Ring has different starting gear and armor. Take a look here:

To classify Weapons and Items Armor
Astrologer
Bandit
Confessor
hero
Prisoner
Prophet
Samurai
Vagabond
warrior
Wretched

What is the best class in Elden Ring?

By now you would have already realized that there is no better class in Elden Ring. Each class has its unique strength and flaws. They have different weapons, abilities, and uses. It’s up to you what style of play you have.

If you need a versatile player to ease the game in the beginning, you can go for Vagabond. However, if you want to make the game harder, you can choose Wretch. The ultimate decision will be yours.

Now you know all about Elden Ring courses. Now you can compare and choose the right one for your trip. Let us know which one did you choose and why, using the comment box.

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