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Elden Ring classes list and all their differences

Elden Ring Gameplay Overview
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Elden Ring is incoming, bringing a new FromSoftware game for players to explore. Like past games that the studio developed, Elden Ring allows players to choose a starting class. This doesn't keep you from going in a different direction with your build later on but is instead meant to provide you with different starting stats, equipment, and magic. Here's all the Elden Ring classes and their differences we know about so far.

Elden Ring classes

Elden Ring Classes (Image credit: Bandai Namco)

Elden Ring Classes (Image credit: Bandai Namco)

Classes from the network test, most of which didn't make it into the final game.

Elden Ring is an ambitious game, with numerous ways to build your character. Choosing a class is still important however, as it determines what you're sent out into this world with, determining just how your starting time goes with what could end up as one of the best Xbox RPGs available.

If, for example, you choose to go with the Bloody Wolf class, then you'll have a strong starting sword and high strength, at the cost of having no ranged capabilities. Meanwhile, the Prophet class only has a club weapon, but also comes with Heal, one of the many of pieces of magic in Elden Ring.

It's important to note that originally, we were basing this information off the classes found in the Elden Ring network test and other information released prior to the game's launch. As such, things changed in the final release of the game, with some different classes that players can choose from. For example, the Bloody Wolf class is gone, with no replacement for the start of the game.

Astrologer

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A scholar who reads fate in the stars. Heir to the school of glintstone sorcery.

  • Level: 6
  • Stats: Vigor 9, Mind 15, Endurance 9, Strength 8, Dexterity 12, Intelligence 16, Faith 7, Arcane 9
  • Starting gear: Astrologer's Staff, Short Sword, Small Shield
  • Starting spells: Glintstone Pebble, Glintstone Arc
  • Starting armor: Light

Bandit

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A dangerous bandit who strikes for weak points. Excels at ranged combat with bows.

  • Level: 5
  • Stats: Vigor 10, Mind 11, Endurance 10, Strength 9, Dexterity 13, Intelligence 9, Faith 8, Arcane 14
  • Starting gear: Knife, Shortbow, Buckler
  • Starting spells: N/A
  • Starting armor: Light

Confessor

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A church confessor adept at covert operations. Reliant on sword technique and incantation.

  • Level: 10
  • Stats: Vigor 10, Mind 13, Endurance 10, Strength 12, Dexterity 12, Intelligence 9, Faith 14, Arcane 9
  • Starting gear: Broadsword, Kite Shield, Finger Seal
  • Starting spells: Urgent Heal, Assassin's Approach
  • Starting armor: Light

Hero

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A stalwart hero, at home with a battleaxe, descended from a badlands chieftain.

  • Level: 7
  • Stats: Vigor 14, Mind 9, Endurance 12, Strength 16, Dexterity 9, Intelligence 7, Faith 8, Arcane 11
  • Starting gear: Battle Axe, Leather Shield
  • Starting spells: N/A
  • Starting armor: Light

Prophet

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A seer ostracized for inauspicious prophecies. Well-versed in healing incantations.

  • Level: 7
  • Stats: Vigor 10, Mind 14, Endurance 8, Strength 11, Dexterity 10, Intelligence 7, Faith 16, Arcane 10
  • Starting gear: Finger Seal, Spear
  • Starting spells: Heal, Oh, Flame!
  • Starting armor: Light

Prisoner

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A prisoner bound in an iron mask. Having lived among the elite prior to sentencing, they're studied in glintstone sorcery.

  • Level: 9
  • Stats: Vigor 11, Mind 12, Endurance 11, Strength 11, Dexterity 14, Intelligence 14, Faith 6, Arcane 9
  • Starting gear: Estoc, Catalyst Staff, Iron Roundshield
  • Starting spells: Magic Glintblade
  • Starting armor: Light

Samurai

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A capable fighter from the remote land of reeds. Handy with katana and longbows.

  • Level: 9
  • Stats: Vigor 12, Mind 11, Endurance 13, Strength 12, Dexterity 15, Intelligence 9, Faith 8, Arcane 8
  • Starting gear: Uchigatana, Long Bow, Red Thorn Roundshield
  • Starting spells: N/A
  • Starting armor: Medium

Vagabond

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A knight exiled from their homeland to wander. A solid, armor-clad origin.

  • Level: 9
  • Stats: Vigor 15, Mind 10, Endurance 11, Strength 14, Dexterity 13, Intelligence 9, Faith 9, Arcane 7
  • Starting gear: Longsword, Halberd, Heater Shield
  • Starting spells: N/A
  • Starting armor: Heavy

Warrior

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A twinblade-wielding warrior from a nomadic tribe. An origin of exceptional technique.

  • Level: 8
  • Stats: Vigor 11, Mind 12, Endurance 11, Strength 10, Dexterity 16, Intelligence 10, Faith 8, Arcane 9
  • Starting gear: Two Scimitars, Small Leather Shield
  • Starting spells: N/A
  • Starting armor: Medium

Wretch

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A poor sod, naked as the day they were born. A club is all they have.

  • Level: 1
  • Stats: Vigor 10, Mind 10, Endurance 10, Strength 10, Dexterity 10, Intelligence 10, Faith 10, Arcane 10
  • Starting gear: Club
  • Starting spells: N/A
  • Starting armor: N/A

More to come

With the number of items and magic abilities in Elden Ring, we'll be putting together guides on the builds players might want to try out once the game is fully available. The main thing to remember is that these classes are a starting point — you can flesh out your character through leveling up however you want! This is just meant to prepare you, so you have a good idea of what you're getting into when you set out into FromSoftware's latest adventure.

Elden Ring is currently scheduled to launch on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, PS5, and PS4 on Feb. 25, 2022.

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

9 Comments
  • Will this game be playable as single player or is co-op required?
  • It is single player.
  • Not only is this article incorrect on the final classes but this comment is too-
    There's gonna be multiplayer and you can summon a friend just like in the other soulsborne games.
  • I didn't say there wasn't, but the original comment asked if there was single player and the game is single player.
  • And by that I mean that you load the game and you are alone, there are items that allow you to play in coop or pvp but it isn't a menu option. When you start a game, and if you don't use specific items it is a solo game.
  • I replied while half asleep so i lowkey read that wrong. My bad lol. But yeah unless you turn it off however people can still invade.
  • Fair call, all good. I have read that apparently people can only invade if you have a "phantom" assisting you but don't know how accurate that is until the game drops.
  • It feels like there is no way this can live up to all the extended hype around it.
  • Everyone is saying that, but to me it's plain to see it will. It follows closely a proven formula. The combat is already there. They only added an open world layer, which is simple too. And the details to flesh it out. Again, this is still a very niche game, but for fans it will be really good, while also having potential to draw casuals.