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Do classes matter in Elden Ring? Only to a certain extent


If you’re new to Elden Ring, you’re probably wondering what class you should select for your character. Well, you should not spend too much time pondering upon this question because you can respec later in the game.

There is a total of 10 classes in Elden Ring: Hero, Bandit, Astrologer, Warrior, Prisoner, Confessor, Wretch, Vagabond, Prophet, and Samurai. Each class comes with specific attributes.

Do classes matter in Elden Ring?

Starting classes matter only at the beginning of the game when you can’t respec. You’ll need to rely on the starting equipment and stats for a while. But after a few hours of play, starting classes don’t really matter. You can respec your main attributes and stats to your liking, changing your character’s specialization.

The starting class simply decides what gear you start with and your initial stats. It does not box you in a certain playstyle or archetype. For example, you can start as a Bandit and end up as a Mage by leveling up your Magic stats.

Classes do matter when you stop leveling up

Classes do matter late in the game, but only if you decide to stop leveling up beyond a certain point and you’re strict about your level. By the time you decide to focus on different stats or builds, you’ll have points allocated to the wrong trees.

The starting class matter only if you want to minimize or maximize your build as you cannot re-allocate the points you had at the beginning of the game.

For example, let’s say you’re focusing on a Strength build and then decide to switch to a Dexterity build. By the time you reach the level you want to cap at, you’ll have plenty of points allocated to the trees you didn’t want. So, instead of assigning them to Dexterity, these points are wasted.

However, that’s not a major issue for newcomers. You can always create a new character and level up beyond the level the community agreed upon.

What is the best starting class in Elden Ring?

The best starting class in Elden Ring depends on the head-start you want to have. Starting classes give you a boost to the category you want to go for. But you can beat the game with pretty much any build.

If you’ve never played this type of game before, then the Vagabond or Samurai classes are the best options for you. They’re the best all-around classes in Elden Ring. If you’re focusing on a Magic build, select the Astrologer or Prophet class. If you’re focusing on a Hybrid class, go for the Prisoner or Confessor.

Here’s a breakdown of the Elden Ring starting classes depending on your playstyle:

  • Hero: Melee/Brawler/Big Weapons/High Physical Defense
  • Warrior: Melee/Brawler/Sharp Weapons/Mobility
  • Samurai: Melee/Brawler/Sharp Weapons/Mobility/ All-Around
  • Vagabond: Melee/All-Around
  • Bandit: Rogue/Bow/Stealth
  • Astrologer: Magic/Sorcery
  • Prophet: Magic/Incantations
  • Confessor: Hybrid (Incantations + Melee)
  • Prisoner: Hybrid (Sorcery + Melee)

And now you know.

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