Elden Ring can be a little overwhelming at first, especially when the game gives you the option to choose your class. This can be confusing for a lot of people, especially those who are playing a FromSoft game for the first time. It is an important choice because you will be using that character for your entire playthrough of the game.
Yes, choosing a specific class does matter when it comes to builds later on. You can respec all your attributes later on, but you won’t be able to for a while, so you would be stuck with whatever you chose in the beginning. If you don’t like the class you chose, then maybe consider trying out the classes first by making new characters.
Try to see if you like the class when you first start so you don’t get too far into the game. In these games, you need to be very careful where you level your attributes because it can actually ruin your playthrough if you put levels into the wrong spots.
Does your starting Class really matter?
Yes, as we said before it does matter. It’s not the worst thing in the world though because you can respec pretty cheaply later on. The only downside is that depending on the class you chose, respecing will not drop all the levels down. Your starting stats will be where it is dropped down to.
Let’s say you chose Astrologer, and you want to switch up your build to a Strength build. When you Respec, your Intelligence stat will still be 16 and you will need to put fewer attributes into Strength. You won’t get the most out of the build because your starting stats weren’t built for that build.
It is a little confusing, but you need to make sure you choose the class you want to play the whole time or pick a class with all-around good stats so you can turn it into whatever you want later on. Just be mindful of the stats of each of the classes before you choose them.
Which class should you choose?
There are 10 total classes in the game and they all have different builds and starting stats. If you want a class that is all-around a good choice, you will probably want to go with Samurai.
If you want a class that has very good magic stats, then you will want to go with either Astrologer or Prophet. It is all up to how you want to play the game
Here are all 10 classes you can choose from in Elden Ring:
- Hero – A stalwart Hero, at home with a battleaxe, descended from a badlands chieftain
- Bandit – A dangerous bandit who strikes for weak points. Excels at ranged combat with bows
- Astrologer – A scholar who reads fate in the stars. Heir to the school of glintstone sorcery
- Warrior – A twinblade wielding warrior from a nomadic tribe. An origin of exceptional technique
- Prisoner – A prisoner bound in an iron mask. Studied in glintstone sorcery, having lived among the elite prior to sentencing
- Confessor – A church spy adept at covert operations. Equally adept with a sword as they are with incantations
- Wretch – A poor purposeless sod naked as they day they were born. A nice club is all they have
- Vagabond – A knight exiled from their homeland to wander. A solid, armor-clad origin
- Prophet – A seer ostracized for inauspicious prophecies. Well versed in healing incantations
- Samurai – A capable fighter from the distant land of reeds. Handy with Katana and Longbows