Dark Souls III is a game that when you go to play, it is never the same the second time you play through it. Even if you choose the same class every time. You should always change up how you play anyway because that is the fun of the game, learning something new. One of the most important decisions at the beginning of the game is in the create a character section.
Depending on how you want to play, you should choose a class that you actually want to play. The class you choose will determine how you are going to play the game. There are a total of 10 different classes to choose from and here is what each of them has in store for you when you choose them.
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“An obscure knight of poor renown who collapsed roaming the land. Sturdy, owing to high vitality and stout armor.“
The Knight is the most picked class for starters because of how easy it is to use. It is also the most recommended of the classes because of the high defense and the 100% physical defense shield it gives you from the start. Because of the heavier armor, this class has the highest amount of starting Vitality because of all the gear you will have on. Also, Attunement, Faith, and Intelligence are increased as well so if you want to get into some sort of spells in the future, the class does allow you to do so. With this class, you start with a Long Sword, Knight Shield, and the Knight Armor set.
“A mercenary and veteran of the battlefield. High dexterity allows masterful wielding of dual scimitars.”
The Mercenary is a great class to choose if you want a Dexterity build because of the high amount of Dexterity the class spawns with from the start. Because of the high Dexterity, you are able to wield the Sellsword Twinblades, which can easily be used throughout the entire game because of its scaling. You can either use one of the swords, or you can dual-wield them to do some really damaging combos on enemies. The class also comes with extra Attunement and Intelligence allowing for spell use in the future. This class comes with the Sellsword Twinblades, Wooden Shield, and the Sellsword Armor set.
“Descendant of northern warriors famed for their brawn. Utilizes high strength to wield a heavy battleaxe.”
The Warrior has the lowest amount of Attunement, Intelligence, and Faith, but makes up for it with more Strength. This class has the highest amount of Strength than any other class and is the best choice if you want to go for a full melee build. This is another great starting class because of its easiness of use and how much damage it does at the beginning of the game. Make sure you are upgrading your defense and damage. The more you put into the Strength category, the more damage you will do so make sure you farm those souls. This class comes with a Battle Axe, Round Shield, and the Northern Armor set.
“A former herald who journeyed to finish a quest undertaken. Wields a sturdy spear and employs a gentle restorative miracle.”
The Herald is another good starting class to choose because of its long reach and defense from the beginning. It is perfect for the people who want to use melee weapons and get to use Miracles at the same time. Because of its higher magic levels, it is easier to switch from different builds mid-game because you already have the Attributes for it. You also get a Spear to which makes it easier to hit enemies from longer distances without you taking damage. This class comes with a Spear, Kite Shield, a Talisman, the Heal Aid Miracle, and the Herald Armor set.
“A common thief and pitiful deserter. Wields a dagger intended for backstabs alongside a military-issue bow.”
The Thief is a harder class to use because of the lower defense that it starts with. The upside to the class is that it has the highest amount of Luck than any other class which means you can find rarer items faster than other classes. It is also the only class that starts with a bow. It is a pretty challenging class to master, but if you use this class, props to you if you make it through the entire game for your first playthrough. This class comes with the Bandit’s Knife, Iron Round Shield, Short Bow, Thief’s Mask, and the Deserter Armor set.
“An assassin who stalks their prey from the shadows. Favors sorceries in addition to thrusting swords.”
The Assassin is a great starter class if you want a balance between Sorceries and melee weapons. It starts with a great balance between Dexterity and Intelligence, making it the best class to choose for the best possible mix of builds. It is similar to the ninja of Dark Souls because of how fast you can put out attacks, perfect for taking out enemies one by one. It is very good if you want to get into using Thrusting Swords as well as Sorceries. It also starts with a spell that negates fall damage when it is currently in use. This class comes with the Estoc, Target Shield, Sorcerer’s Staff, Spook, and the Assassin Armor set.
“A loner who left formal academia to pursue further research. Commands soul sorceries using high intelligence.”
The Sorcerer is the best class to choose if you want to get into all sorts of Sorceries. With its high Attunement and Intelligence, it is easily the best class to use if you want to get into Sorceries and magic builds. It also has some Luck and Dexterity for extra protection if you run out of FP. The more FP that you have, the easier time you will have using magic so make sure you are constantly putting points into your Attunement slot. This class comes with the Mail Breaker, Sorcerer’s Staff, Leather Shield, Young Dragon Ring, Soul Arrow, Heavy Soul Arrow, and the Sorcerer Armor set.
“A pyromancer from a remote region who manipulates flame. Also an adept close combat warrior who wields a hand axe.”
The Pyromancer is a great class for anyone who wants to get into any type of magic build because of its high Intelligence and Faith that you start with from the beginning. You can also refine weapons with Chaos to make your Pyromancy even better in the long run, but you have to remember that the defense is affected by how much elemental damage that you have. It is a pretty hard class to use at the beginning for a starter player but is perfect for the veteran Dark Souls player. This class comes with a Hand Axe, Caduceus Round Shield, Pyromancy Flame, Great Swamp Ring, Fire Ball, and the Pyromancer Armor set.
“A traveling cleric who collapsed from exhaustion. Channels high faith to cast many and varied miracles.”
The Cleric has the highest amount of Faith than any other class and also has a very good amount of Strength for some good melee damage. This class is perfect for Miracle builds and is very important because of all the attributes that you can start with. It one of the only two classes in the game that allows you to start with a Healing item other than Estus Flasks in the beginning. This class comes with a Mace, Cleric’s Sacred Chime, Blue Wooden Shield, Heal, Force, and the Cleric Armor set.
“Naked and of unknown origin. Either an unimaginable fool in life, or was stripped of possessions upon burial.”
Deprived is the hardest class to use in the entire game because it basically throws you into the game with nothing. If you start the game with this class, then good luck because you will die if you don’t know what you are doing. The class was made for the people who want a challenge or if they want to create a specific build as they play. If you put 10 Attributes into each section, then you will have a balance of every single build in the game. You are weak at first, but once you start upgrading the class, you will destroy everything in your path. This class starts with a Club, Plank Shield, and a Loincloth.
In conclusion, the class you choose does not matter that much unless you want to go for a specific build. There is a way to change your build later on if you want to, but that is not until much later in your playthrough so make sure you choose the right class for you. Whether you choose an easy class or a harder class to use, if you are just starting out, you will have a lot of trouble in the game. It is not an easy game to master so be ready to learn from your mistakes and be patient. Good luck and have fun!