Everything You Need to Know About Elden Ring’s Different Classes

Elden Ring is literally right around the corner, coming out February 25, 2022. (Holy shit!) There’s a lot of hype around this game, and it’s easily one of the most anticipated games of 2022. If you’re as excited as I am, you’re counting the days. With the game almost here, I’ve been getting serious about preparing for my first-ever FromSoftware game. Part of that is figuring out what class to pick. I’ve done a lot of research and gathered all the deets here for easy reference for anyone else trying to figure out what class would be best for their play style. If you aren’t sure where to start, I’ve got ya covered. 

First off, what are classes?

Elden Ring’s classes are starting archetypes you chose at the beginning of the game. Each class has different statistics that influence gameplay style to some degree. For instance, some classes are high in Strength, and others are high in Faith or Vigor. The mix of statistics can be the difference between being an expert in incantations or weaponry. Right now, Elden Ring has ten different classes to choose from.

Each class has different stats, which govern gameplay. Here’s what each statistic affects:

Vigor: Affects health, can help you live longer and gives fire and poison resistance. 

Endurance: Affects stamina and can help you move more before you become exhausted, perform more defenses, and handle damage. Plus, you can wear heavier armor.

Mind: Affects focus and can help with various focus-related resistances, which lets you ward off Sleep or other conditions.

Strength: Affects damage, boosts attack power, enables you to deal more damage, and is necessary to use heavier armaments.

Intelligence: Affects your ability to use the glintstone sorceries, increases your magic damage and resistance to others’ magic.

Dexterity: Affects your speed and movements, minimizes the time it takes to cast spells and helps with fall damage, among other things.

Arcane: Affects your ability to find items and gives you a certain amount of death resistance. 

Faith: Affects your ability to perform sacred incantations and improves various support and healing abilities.

You can choose your character’s gender for each of the classes and customize to a degree. Each class is different, and has a different balance of stats, so I’m breaking them down quickly since we’ve reached the countdown week. There’s no time to spare!

SAMURAI

“A capable fighter from the distant Land of Reeds. Handy with katana and longbows.”

The Samurai has high Mind, Vigor, Dexterity, and Endurance statistics. They start with an Uchigatana, longbow, arrows, and a round shield. If you aren’t familiar with the Uchigatana, the Dark Souls Wiki mentions it’s a weapon forged in an Eastern land and is recognizable for its expert slashing. It’s a good class for those comfortable using ranged weaponry.

CONFESSOR

“A church spy adept at covert operations. Equally adept with a sword as they are with their incantations.”

The Confessor is a Faith class designed for using incantations in gameplay. If you are used to playing with a magic-based style or want to give it a try, consider this option. This class enables you to use healing spells, fire, and additional restorative effects. You can expect to start out with a broadsword, a kite shield, and Finger Seal.

WRETCH

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

This class starts without damaging weapons, minimal stats, and no clothes. This would be your choice if you want the highest challenge level possible. Newbies, like myself, should probably NOT play this class...unless we want to die nonstop. However, if you are experienced with Soulslike titles, you can start with this character. Use the club as your starting weapon, and mold your gameplay experience the way you prefer.

ASTROLOGER

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

This class is high in Mind and Intelligence. It’s adept in the many sorceries Elden Ring offers and is designed for using weapon arts. As a more specialized class, it’s ideal for those who want to play primarily with magic. However, with its fair Dexterity, you can use both daggers and swords or sorceries, so definitely consider this option if you want some flexibility. Starting gear includes an Astrologer’s staff, short sword, and a small shield.

BANDIT

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

Long-range players unite! Instead of using incantations and sorceries, this class has decent stats in Endurance, Vigor, Mind, Dexterity, and Arcane. It’s ideal for those focused on weapons and equipment who want to wield long-range weapons like bows and is also good for discovering items. Expect to begin the game with a short bow, buckler, knife, and arrows. 

PRISONER

“A prisoner bound in an iron mask. Studied in glintstone sorcery, having lived among the elite prior to sentencing.”

This class has fairly high stats but has very little Faith or Arcane. If you’re looking for a challenge, but not as much of a challenge as the Wretch, consider this class. You’ll start off with an Estoc (a sword with a straight blade designed to pierce), catalyst staff, and an iron roundshield. If you aren’t sure if you want to start with weapons or sorceries, this is a good class to pick because it’s versatile due to the fair Mind and Intelligence stats. 

HERO

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

This is a good pick if you want to focus on Strength. You start equipped with a leather shield and battle axe, and as a fan of medieval weaponry, I’ve always thought a battle axe sounded cool. Not as cool as a warhammer (Baratheon style, of course), but probably equally as effective. This class has high Strength, Vigor, and Endurance so you’ll start out strong, pun intended. I think this class can summon the Dragonfire incantation (you can summon a dragon’s head and breathe fire all over your enemies). While other classes can equip this incantation later on, I kinda want to start off with it. You can bet every last cent that if I pick this one, I’ll be shouting “Dracarys!” at the screen every time I use that Incantation. I am unashamed. 

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PROPHET

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

If you favor long-distance gameplay, the Prophet might be ideal for you. With a focus on Faith, this class can make incantations. It’s more of a specialized class, so if you know what you’re doing and want to use a bunch of incantations, this would be a good choice. You start out with a lot of gear, including a spear, rickety shield, Prophet blindfold, Prophet robe, Prophet trousers, Finger Seal, heal, and a badass Beast Claw Incantation.

VAGABOND

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

With one of the best starting stats of all the classes, the Vagabond focuses on weaponry. It has high Vigor, Strength, and Dexterity. It’s also one of the tank options. The high Vigor stats can sustain a few additional hits from the start. Hit the ground running with a longsword, heater shield, and halberd. 

WARRIOR

“A nomad warrior who fights wielding two blades at once. An origin of exceptional technique.”

This is a pretty well-rounded class with good Dexterity, Vigor, and Mind. If you want a flexible, weapon-based play style or if it’s your first time playing a FromSoftware game, this might be your best bet. Starting equipment includes two scimitars, swordsman gauntlets and greaves, a blue cloth vest and cowl, and a buckler. It’s one of the classes I’m considering. 

The Elden Ring Wiki provides this super helpful class comparison table to help players compare the stats of each starting class before they suit up: 

Personally, I’m thinking about either the Hero (for the Dragonfire), Warrior, or Vagabond. If you’re like me–aka a total noob–it’s good to narrow down what classes you want beforehand. That way, you’ll be prepared to make the final call when the game loads up and you’ve seen the characters come to life. Elden Ring’s classes can be improved and upgraded as you progress through the game. Plus, players can choose a Keepsake during character creation, giving you more customization options early on. 

Let me know which class you’re choosing in the comments! And don’t forget to mention why. You know, asking for a friend….

Monthly Gaming Update: February 2022

February will have some of the biggest games of 2022 and one of the most anticipated games of the last few years, Bassmaster Fishing 2022. No, not really, it's Elden Ring. Kicking 2022 into high gear will also be a new PlayStation exclusive and a very, very long-awaited sequel that many consider one of the best zombie games out there. Let the many, many hours of gameplay begin!

February’s Highlights

Dying Light 2 Stay Human - Feb 4th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC)

Dying Light 2 is the long-awaited sequel to 2015s Dying Light. Set 20 years after the events of the first game, you are a wanderer named Aiden, trying to find his young sister in what is being called a new Dark Age. Humanity survives on the brink, and your choices will change the fate of The City and the people in it. Featuring advanced parkour movement and creative weapons allows for visceral and clever combat. What has me excited is that the entire game can be played in co-op with up to three friends, and you can see how the city changes based on their decisions. 

Rosario Dawson also stars as Lawan, one of the main NPC characters you interact with, who you can also influence with your choices. According to the devs via Twitter, they have noted that the main campaign takes 20 hours to complete, 80 to finish all the side quests, and 500 hours to get 100% of the game. WOW! Let's go bash some skulls.

Sifu - Feb 8th (PS5, PC)

Sifu is the game that will let you live out that fantasy of beating up thugs in a hallway you’ve had ever since watching Daredevil do it on Netflix. There is an excellent parody of that scene on the Joel Mchale show too, but I digress. Developed by Slowclap games, known for their martial arts-inspired Soulslike, Absolver. A third-person action game focusing on intense hand-to-hand combat, Sifu has you assume the role of a young student of Pak-Mei Kung Fu. Your family has been killed by assassins, and it is up to you to seek great vengeance. Use of the environment, throwable objects, and makeshift weapons assist you in your conquest through a gang-ridden city. If you fail, you pay the price in time, which is the unique feature of Sifu I look forward to seeing. Every time you die, your character ages but is also allowed to unlock abilities and skills. This applies a simple rogue-like element that will enable you to carry over certain knowledge when you eventually die of old age and start again.

Horizon Forbidden West - Feb 18th (PS4, PS5)

Dinosaurs? Check. Robots? Check. Robot Dinosaurs? Drops the clipboard and yells excitedly. Horizon Zero Dawn had probably one of the coolest ideas to ever come out of video games. It has also received much fan love and praise. Now, Horizon Forbidden West, the much-anticipated PS5 and now PS4 sequel is finally here. Forbidden West will see the return of Aloy as she takes on a new evil that threatens us all, but I believe Aloy can save the world (Que Avatar theme Song).

Horizon Forbidden West will boast an all-star cast with the return of Ashley Burch as Aloy and Lance Reddick. Joining is Carrie-Anne Moss and Angela Basset to round out the lineup. It seems that a lot of the greatest concerns for the first game have been addressed as well. I think we all remember the conversations in Zero Dawn where we couldn't tell if we were looking at people or the robot dinosaurs that we were hunting. I am excited to see how they have improved an already good game and fight more crazy robot dinosaurs!

Eldin Ring - Feb 25th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

“Return to your world, Tarnished.” What does that mean? Who knows, it's a Miyazaki game. Elden Ring is the extremely, highly, incredibly anticipated game from FromSoftware and Director Hidetaka Miyazaki and famed author George R.R. Martin. Sounds like a nightmare match in purgatory as both of these men create worlds of immense suffering and death, and I am excited. I love Game of Thrones, and I love FromSoftware’s Souls games. To explain these games is like explaining to my 4-year-old why she can't have ice cream for breakfast. Impossible. Like the story in a Souls game, information for Elden Ring was scarce until very recently, which led to much speculation and considerable hype. For those unfamiliar, Souls games and Elden Ring are generally very challenging games that make you “Get Good.” Still, they do it in very clever ways that make you learn from your mistakes and overcome the hurdles presented. The level of challenge is very different from a hard setting on most games, which just makes it so you die quicker. Our very own Liz Phoenix wrote about her excitement for Elden Ring, even though she has never played a Souls game before. I cannot wait.

February 2022’s Release Schedule

Life is Strange Remastered Collection - Feb 1st (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC, Switch, Stadia)

Webbed - Feb 1st (Xbox, Switch)

The Sacred Ampoule - Feb 2nd (Xbox, Switch)

Dreamscaper - Feb 3rd (Xbox)

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment - Feb 3rd (Switch)

Dying Light 2 Stay Human - Feb 4th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC)

Maglam Lord - Feb 4th (PS4, Switch)

Death end re - Fe 8th (PS4, Switch)

OlliOlli World - Feb 8th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC)

Rumbleverse - Feb 8th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Sifu - Feb 8th (PS4, PS5, PC)

Youtubers Life 2 - Feb 8th (PS4, Xbox, Switch, PC)

KungfFu Kickball - Feb 9th (Xbox)

Besiege - Feb 10th (Xbox)

Crossfire X - Feb 10th (Xbox)

Edge of Eternity - Feb 10th (PS4, PS5, Xbox) 

Kingdom Hearts III + Re Mind Cloud Version - Feb 10th (Switch)

KINGDOM HEARTS - HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX - Cloud Version - Feb 10th (Switch)

KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Cloud Version - Feb 10th (Switch)

KINGDOM HEARTS INTEGRUM MASTERPIECE for Cloud - Feb 10th (Switch)

Egglia Rebirth - Feb 10th (Switch)

Ocean’s Heart - Feb 10th (Switch)

Powerslave Exhumed - Feb 10 (PS4, Xbox, Switch, PC)

Rise of the Third Power - Feb 10th (Xbox, Switch)

Grand Theft Auto: Trilogy - The Definitive Edition - Feb 11th (Switch)

Bassmaster Fishing 2022 - Feb 15th (PS5, Xbox)

Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires - Feb 15th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC)

The King of Fighters XV - Feb 17th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Total War: Warhammer III - Feb 17th (PC)

Horizon Forbidden West - Feb 18th (PS4, PS5)

Monster Crown - Feb 21st (PS4, Xbox)

Assetto Corsa Competizione - Feb 22nd (PS5, Xbox)

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen - Feb 22nd (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

MONARK - Feb 22th (PS4, PS5, Switch)

Truck Driver - Feb 22nd (PS5, Xbox)

Martha is Dead - Feb 23rd (PS4, PS5)

Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream - Feb 25th (PS4, Switch)

Eldin Ring - Feb 25th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Grid Legends - Feb 25th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Far: Changing Tides - Feb 28th (PS4, PS5)

Miss last month's update? Check out January’s 2022’s releases right here!

What will you be playing this month?

What's All the Hype and What Can We Expect in Elden Ring?

Allow me to introduce you to this new fantasy action RPG and the buzz about why everyone's either super excited about it or dreading the day it spreads its presence across the earth. Elden Ring is expected to deliver both unique and challenging gameplay. Some gamers think gaming should be a relaxing experience, while others think you should chop up baddies with as much blood and guts as possible. Based on Elden Ring’s setting and recent trailers, I'm guessing it's closer to the latter option, so I'm looking forward to some epic battles wrapped in a dark fantasy story. 

"Rise, Tarnished, and be guided by grace to brandish the power of the Elden Ring and become an Elden Lord in the Lands Between."

Set to release February 25, Elden Ring is a collaboration between FromSoftware's Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R. R. Martin. For those who aren't familiar, FromSoftware is the developer behind Dark Souls, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and Bloodborne. These games are notoriously difficult. In fact, I'm not even sure "difficult" is the right word. I've heard from a veteran gamer that Dark Souls doesn't just kill you… it makes you wish you were dead. George R. R. Martin is the mind behind A Song of Ice and Fire, its TV adaptation Game of Thrones, and the upcoming House of the Dragon. Martin collaborated with Miyazaki to create the game's fictional world. If that didn't catch your interest right off the bat, there's more. 

Elden Ring is a multilayered epic drama boasting a vast, exciting world. Huge dungeons, towering castles, and sweeping vistas are all represented in the gameplay. There are many situations gamers can find themselves in. When my friend and I were watching early gaming footage, a dragon literally spotted the player roaming through the open world and swooped down to land nearby. It wasn't a small dragon, either… If you want to take a look, check out the clip in this demo review video that gets you more up close and personal with the beastie:

Players will be able to create their own character and customize its appearance. Plus, they can freely combine their armor, magic, and the various weapons they equip to facilitate their play style as they journey through the world and encounter enemies. Imagine starting the game as a bold warrior then transforming into a master of magic. I hope to use a combination of the two, and then adjust accordingly based on what's most effective for each enemy. 

For all the completionists out there, it’s reportedly impossible to 100% complete the game on a single play-through due to the branching options near the end. However, there is something called “new game plus.” This is a feature in many games that allows players to beat the game more than once using a single character. When you complete the first playthrough and start a new one, Elden Ring will let you carry over key items such as gear and spells you’ve gathered. Except for items tied to progression, of course. Using this, you could play multiple times to tackle those alternative plots. 

"The Lands Between"

As we can expect from the minds of Miyazaki and Martin, this will be an epic drama. The story is born from a myth and told in fragments. We don't know too much about the narrative so far, but more will likely be revealed as the release date looms closer. At this time, we do know that character's thoughts somehow interweave in what is known as the Lands Between. You'll be able to connect with other players and travel together, and Elden Ring boasts an asynchronous online element that enables gamers to sense the presence of others. Reportedly, you can use things like blood stains, phantoms, and messages to leave information behind for other players within a specific group. There isn’t a lot of information on that right now, but I speculate this allows gamers within that group to leave clues or a digital “XYZ was here.” That'll likely come in handy for the more formidable puzzles and foes! On top of the open world, they've also included a world map, the ability to jump and fight from horseback, and new counter moves

This game is rated M for blood and gore, language, suggestive themes, and violence. If it wasn't obvious, the content is not appropriate for all ages and is pretty likely NSFW. So, maybe don't play it on your desktop computer when you get tired of staring at emails all day. Your coworkers might look at you a little funny. Unless you work from home… In which case, by all means, do you.

I plan to cover Elden Ring more as the launch progresses, and I hope to play it as soon as possible. I've never tried a FromSoftware game, and I hear they're a feat within themselves (to put it lightly). I’m excited to see discussions online about who loves it, who rage quits, and who blazes through it in mere days. I gotta play for solidarity since Martin is collaborating on the project. Every time I die, I'll quietly whisper, "Valar morghulis."

Who am I kidding, I'm probably going to end up screaming it at the screen after my 1,789,473rd death.

Have you played a FromSoftware game? Are you looking forward to Elden Ring or dreading the challenge ahead?