Best Elden Ring Classes: Which Starting Class Should You Choose?

Choose your build.

by Diego Perez


From Software’s open-world adventure Elden Ring is finally here, and many players are wondering which of the starting classes is the best to choose before beginning the game. Just like Dark Souls and Bloodborne, Elden Ring allows players to choose a class with predetermined stats and starting equipment at the beginning of the game. This will affect your playstyle and gear, so it’s a pretty important choice. Here’s everything you need to know about the starting classes in Elden Ring.

All Elden Ring Classes Explained

There are a total of 10 classes in Elden Ring, each with a unique set of starting gear and stats. While choosing a certain class won’t outright lock you into a specific playstyle, some classes are better suited for some playstyles because of their starting stat selection and weapons. Here are all 10 classes in Elden Ring along with their starting gear and best stats.

Class Starting Gear Main Stats
Hero One-Handed Axe, Shield Strength, Endurance, Vigor
Bandit Dagger, Bow, Arrows Dexterity, Arcane
Vagabond Shortsword, Shield Strength, Dexterity
Astrologer Staff, Sorceries, Shortsword Intelligence, Mind
Warrior Dual Scimitars Dexterity
Prisoner Estoc, Staff, Sorceries Dexterity, Intelligence
Confessor Broadsword, Shield, Finger Seal, Incantations Faith, Strenght, Dexterity
Prophet Spear, Finger Seal, Incantations Faith, Strength
Samurai Katana, Longbow Dexterity, Vigor, Endurance
Wretch Club None


Does Class Matter in Elden Ring?

Your chosen class matters as much as it does in other From Software games. It will affect your character’s starting stats and equipment, so you should choose one that lines up with your preferred playstyle and ideal build. Someone planning a full Strength build should probably avoid classes focused on magic, for example.

Of course, you aren’t locked into a certain playstyle if you choose a certain class. You can always add skill points wherever you want when you level up, letting you pick up new weapons and abilities even if they’re not traditionally for your chosen class.

Elden Ring is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

- This article was updated on February 24th, 2022

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