What Elden Ring class should you play

What Elden Ring class should you play?

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What Elden Ring Attributes mean and how classes work?

Each class is pre-leveled and equipped with a variety of weapons, with an emphasis on specific character traits known as Attributes. In Elden Ring, each Attribute has a specific impact on your character and gameplay. When you defeat enemies, you’ll receive Runes, which you can use to level up your character and improve their Attributes, allowing you to fine-tune your build and play to their advantages.

Due to an uncapped levelling system, you can begin investing points in various Attributes whenever you want to diversify your character’s skills. For instance, you might decide to switch from a melee weapon-focused build to one that focuses on sorcery, in which case you’ll need to start investing points in increasing your intelligence attribute. Be aware that you should only think about this later in the game, after you’ve significantly levelled up a few other stats.

The Elden Ring Attributes are listed below along with the effects they have:

  • Vigor: Increases the Health Points of your character (HP, the red bar).
  • Increases your character’s Focus Points through the mind (FP, the blue bar).
  • Endurance: Increases your character’s maximum Equip Load and Stamina (the green bar), enabling them to carry heavier objects or more at once.
  • Strength: The prerequisite for using heavy, Strength-based weapons as well as the damage modifier.
  • Dexterity: For lighter, Dexterity-based melee weapons and some ranged weapons, Dexterity serves as both the primary damage modifier and a usage requirement. It also serves as the secondary damage modifier and prerequisite for the majority of other weapons and slightly quickens the casting speed of sorcery and incantation spells.
  • Intelligence: The damage multiplier and prerequisite for Sorceries as well as some Incantations is intelligence.
  • Faith: The damage modifier and usage requirement for some Sorceries, including Incantations.
  • Arcane: The usage prerequisite and damage modifier for a few Sorceries and Incantations. Increases your rate of finding things outside as well.

Depending on your style of play, there is no one best Elden Ring class. Do you want to be, say, a damage dealer with a strength focus? Alternately, concentrate on using spells and incantations to use range and defeat opponents. The good news is that you can be almost anything no matter what starting class you select. You are not bound to the “classes” you can start out with, which may have stat points and gear distributed to favour particular play styles (for example, more strength, more magic, or specific weapons and armour). You can use your experience points (XP) in any attribute as you play to change the starting classes you started with.

Along with these easily customizable classes, the Larval Tears and Elden Ring respec systems allow you to completely customise your Elden Ring character. You can redistribute all of your skill points once you’ve unlocked the ability to try out new builds or improve the one you already have.

As we briefly mentioned earlier, choosing an Elden Ring starting class can also earn you specific armour and weapons. Giving you the option of some gear that can see you through a good portion of the game can actually be more crucial than the initial points. Many of these items are available later from shops or by chance, but choosing them as class gear will give you access to some incredibly helpful tools right away in Elden Ring.

All of the Elden Ring classes are listed here.

  • Elden Ring Vagabond
  • Elden Ring Warrior
  • Elden Ring Hero
  • Elden Ring Bandit
  • Elden Ring Astrologer
  • Elden Ring Prophet
  • Elden Ring Samurai
  • Elden Ring Prisoner
  • Elden Ring Confessor
  • Elden Ring Wretch

Elden Ring Vagabond

What Elden Ring class should you play?
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  • Beginner Friendly
  • Highest starting Vigor/HP
  • Good all-rounder for melee builds

The Vagabond is a very beginner-friendly, fundamental Elden Ring class that can be Strength or Dexterity specialised to create powerful and comparatively easy melee builds. You’ll begin with a standard Longsword, Halberd, and Heater Shield, but for relatively quick attacks and effective blocking, we recommend sticking with the Longsword and shield. The shield is an excellent defensive tool, but you can also practise parrying on the early-on low-level soldiers by using it.

Vagabond players will be able to withstand more blows right away thanks to having the highest starting Vigor (health) of any Elden Ring class. They’ll also get a nice set of armour for respectable defence. However, some of this armour will need to be removed in order to reduce your weight below the threshold of 70 percent equipment load, below which you will roll at a slow or “fat” speed. You’ll be able to fully armour up for maximum protection while still rolling at a medium speed if you devote a significant portion of your levels to increasing your endurance and increasing that equipment load.

Elden Ring Vagabond Pros: High strength and health; Intuitive starting gear

Elden Ring Vagabond  Cons:No ranged weapons; No magic

Elden Ring Warrior

Elden Ring Warrior
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  • Agile melee class
  • Highest starting Dexterity
  • Good for weapon skills

Since the Warrior is Elden Ring’s dexterity-focused melee class, you should stick to ranged weapons like bows or lighter melee weapons that require some dexterity. You can use the Warrior more defensively than the Vagabond or more offensively with dual scimitars since you start with two scimitars and a shield.

With those Dexterity damage scaling Scimitars, a base Dexterity of 16 will position you well for early melee damage, allowing you to concentrate your first few levels on increasing Endurance for more dodge rolls and attacks with your Stamina. Additionally, you won’t need to use your shield, and you’ll develop the habit of effectively dodging and parrying rather than merely blocking and taking hits.

Elden Ring Warrior Pros: Dual-wielding is fun; Good stats for curved swords and bows

Elden Ring Warrior  Cons: Less health than most melee classes; No ranged weapons

Elden Ring Hero

Elden Ring Hero
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  • Highest starting Strength
  • Heavy melee class
  • Tanky with high Vigor and Endurance

By selecting the Hero, you’ll be concentrating on brute force with this Elden Ring class. In contrast to the Warrior class, Hero players will use heavier weapons and slow, high-damage attacks. You’ll start off doing this with 16 Strength points and a large axe, but adding even more Strength points will help you early on meet the requirements of some seriously heavy Strength-based weapons.

Elden Ring Heroes have good Vigor and Endurance at first, which results in more HP and stamina, making them at least somewhat tanky and agile. In the early levels, you can increase these Attributes more to make the Hero more balanced, or you can concentrate solely on Strength to increase your damage as much as possible.

Elden Ring Hero Pros: High strength and health; Good starting weapons

Elden Ring Hero Cons: No aptitude for ranged weapons or magic; Armor doesn’t mitigate much damage

Elden Ring Bandit

Elden Ring Bandit
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  • Highest starting Arcane
  • Good up close and at range
  • Stealth is essential

Elden Ring’s silent assassin is the Bandit class. Bandit players with a dagger and a small shield should stay away from groups of enemies and instead concentrate on critical hits with backstabs or sniping with the starting Short Bow.

With the exception of Arcane, the Bandit has fairly low stats across the board, giving this class a respectable item discovery rate for new gear, similar to the Luck in Dark Souls. If things do get loud, you’ll need to rely on your dodging and parrying skills. But as long as you can also find the appropriate equipment, the Bandit’s stats are typically low and balanced enough that switching to a different playstyle shouldn’t be too challenging.

Elden Ring Bandit Pros: Great at finding items; Competent melee and ranged fighter

Elden Ring Bandit Cons: Spellcasting requires huge investments; No standout combat skills

Elden Ring Astrologer

Elden Ring Astrologer
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  • Highest starting Intelligence and Mind
  • Powerful magic user
  • Fragile glass cannon class

One of the few options with 15 Mind and 16 Intelligence stats is the Elden Ring Astrologer class, which is one of the few ones designed from the beginning for magic. Astrologers will be able to use a wide variety of potent Sorcery spells on both single and multiple targets, making them a particularly destructive class for ranged magic.

It might be a good idea to spend your first runes on boosting Vigor and Endurance to boost HP and Stamina to make the Astrologer less flimsy and more agile since all of its other stats are quite low. Then you can concentrate on raising your Intelligence even more so that you can meet the higher Attribute requirements for better spells, which will also make your older spells stronger.

Elden Ring Astrologer Pros: Powerful spellcasting; Robust starting magic

Elden Ring Astrologer Cons: Low health and stamina; Weak melee equipment

Elden Ring Prophet

Elden Ring Prophet
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  • Highest starting Faith
  • More balanced stats compared to Astrologer
  • Incantations focus less on dealing damage

The Elden Ring Prophet class represents the other side of magic, focusing on casting Incantations and relying instead on Faith, which are typically more benevolent than destructive. This will enable you to play the part of a holy warrior, supporting yourself and any allies with healing Incantations and, if you can find the right Incantations, smiting your enemies with Fire and Holy damage. Focusing your runes on the Mind Attribute will increase your available FP and, as a result, the number of Incantations you can cast, as long as you have easy access to healing spells.

Elden Ring Prophet Pros: Can play offensively or defensively; Versatile starting spells

Elden Ring Prophet Cons: Not that durable; Weak starting shield

Elden Ring Samurai

Elden Ring Samurai
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  • Highest starting Endurance
  • Very good Strength and Dexterity
  • Versatile melee and ranged build

In Elden Ring, the Samurai class is essentially a cross between the bandit and vagabond. The Samurai is a melee-focused class with excellent Dexterity that also has good Strength, the highest base Endurance of any class, and great Endurance. Ranged sniping is an alternative. To deliver precise strikes and attack combos, players should concentrate on perfecting their two-handed weapon stance, parrying, and dodges. The Samurai’s starting Long Bow gives them more versatility, enabling them to excel at both close and farther ranges.

Elden Ring Samurai Pros: Great physical stats; Useful starting equipment

Elden Ring Samurai Cons: No spellcasting; Mediocre starting shield

Elden Ring Prisoner

Elden Ring Prisoner
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  • High starting Dexterity and Intelligence
  • Rapid spellcasting and melee attacks
  • Heavily relies on Dexterity

The Prisoner Elden Ring class, which sits between the Warrior and Astrologer, combines strong melee attacks based on dexterity with sorceries based on intelligence to deal a variety of damage. Prisoners have the potential to deal a lot of damage very quickly due to the high Dexterity’s additional benefit of speeding up spell casting.

This class’s lower Vigor and Endurance let it down, so when it comes time to level up, increasing HP and Stamina should be the main goals. However, investing a lot of points in Dexterity will enhance your ability to use melee and magic, so that should be your top priority.

Elden Ring Prisoner Pros: Versatile playstyle; Well-rounded stats

Elden Ring Prisoner  Cons: Weak starting armor; Doesn’t excel at anything

Elden Ring Confessor

Elden Ring Confessor
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  • High starting Faith but balanced Attributes across the board
  • Good for beginners interested in magic
  • Doesn’t excel in anything particular

The Elden Ring Confessor class, like the Prisoner, combines the balanced melee prowess of the Vagabond with the faith-centered Incantations of the Prophet. We advise pooling your Runes into either Strength or Dexterity initially to give you more of a competitive edge in close quarters because Confessor players have a lot of flexibility in the weapons they can specialise in due to the base Strength and Dexterity stats of 12. Incorporate levels in Faith, Vigor, and Endurance to maintain the speed of your Incantations and the health of your Confessor, and you should have a reasonably well-balanced character capable of both magical and physical attacks.

Elden Ring Confessor Pros: Highly durable; Good starting gear and spells

Elden Ring Confessor Cons: Low item discovery; Not much health

Elden Ring Wretch

Elden Ring Wretch
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  • Total build crafting freedom
  • Extremely vulnerable when starting
  • Do not choose this unless you are very experienced

The Elden Ring class that is the most fundamental and undeveloped. Wretches start with 10s in nearly all of their attributes and very little equipment. This enables players to fully develop their characters, but it requires them to start over and find their own weapons and armour. Wretched players will begin the game with nothing but a meagre club and no other items, not even clothing. Only veterans of previous FromSoftware games are advised to take this class, and even then, only after becoming thoroughly accustomed to it during your first playthrough of Elden Ring.

Elden Ring Wretch Pros: Tremendous customization potential; Extra early-game challenge

Elden Ring Wretch Cons: Too punishing for newcomers; No “best” route for leveling up

Elden Ring starting class recommendations

I should at least try to offer some suggestions since we’re trying to assist first-timers in selecting an Elden Ring class. Samurai has a lot going for it as well, especially since you can use a bow to draw out enemies one at a time. Vagabond seems to be the most obvious choice for melee fighters.

Confessor is adaptable enough, in my opinion, to withstand any challenges the early game may present. Prisoner is also, in my opinion, a little more resilient than some of the “pure” spellcasting options.

Wretch is the only class I wouldn’t advise beginners to take, and the game’s director agreed. Frankly, Elden Ring has enough systems to learn without forcing you to spend your first batch of arduously saved Runes on pricey gear. Being unsure of which stats will be useful and which will be useless is also intimidating, especially given that you can’t respec your character until much later in the game.

As soon as you start, be sure to read our Elden Ring survival advice and our Margit the Fell Omen walkthrough if you’re having trouble with the first boss. To defeat Starscourge Radahn in Elden Ring, see our guide as well.


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Vagabond: Arguably the best Elden Ring class for beginners is the vagabond. Melee builds are typically simple to learn and don’t require extensive in-game system knowledge, which makes them ideal for players unfamiliar with FromSoftware gameplay. The Vagabond is forgiving due to its high Vigor, and players are free to experiment with various melee weapons thanks to its strong Strength and Dexterity.

Hero: The Hero class in Elden Ring is a starting point for melee-focused builds, much like the Vagabond. This class is all about dealing a tonne of damage with each blow, Strength being its best starting Attribute. Choose the Hero for a melee-only experience if you’re not interested in experimenting with magic or more complicated Dexterity-scaling weapons.

Confessor: The Confessor is a good Elden Ring class to start with if you’re unsure whether to commit to magic or weapon-based combat. It enables players to explore the depths of Incantations without completely sacrificing their early-game melee build for a balanced one.


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Prophet or Astrologer: Depending on which type of magic most appeals to you, you should start with either the Prophet or Astrologer Elden Ring classes in previous FromSoftware games.

Samurai: The Elden Ring Samurai class is unquestionably one of the best for seasoned players if dexterity, agility, and parrying are your strengths. Its starting Katana and Long Bow make it a flexible class that will get you through a variety of early-game encounters.

Wretch: As was already mentioned, this Elden Ring class is best suited for experienced Soulsborne players who want complete control over their build. Even the best players should still think about giving this a second try, but the Wretch has undeniable potential because you start with a completely clean slate.

Does it matter what class you pick in Elden Ring?

No, The good news is that you can modify your stats however you like and equip whatever gear you want as the game progresses, regardless of the class you select. The introductory courses are merely starting points. The advantages and disadvantages of each starting class are listed below to help Elden Ring get off to a good start.

What is the best magic class in Elden Ring?

Warrior, Another class in the Elden Ring that emphasises melee combat is the Warrior, who is also much more nimble and aggressive than the Vagabond. Its strongest quality is dexterity, which enables it to deal significant damage with light and medium weapons. Due to this class’s average strength rating, heavy weapons like battle axes aren’t really suited for them.

With the warrior’s initial two scimitar swords, you can dual-wield. As a result, you will be able to deal extremely high damage, but you will have to rely on rolling and dodging to stay safe during combat. Additionally, you begin with a Riveted Wood Shield, but because of its guard against physical damage of 47%, you will probably still sustain damage from a successful block.

I’m hesitant to advise new players to take the Warrior class because, in order to succeed in combat, you should ideally be proficient at rolling and dodging. However, those who don’t enjoy hiding behind a shield will find great happiness here.

Is prisoner a good class Elden Ring?

One of the many classes you will encounter when starting an Elden Ring build is the Prisoner class. This particular class is renowned for its exceptional magic and melee skills as well as its Dexterity, Intelligence, and Mind attributes. Selecting the best build for a class can be challenging if you are new to Elden Ring. We have the perfect guide if you’re one of the people who find it difficult to develop the right character. Here, we’ll walk you through everything you have to do to construct the Spellblade in the game.

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