Choosing my starting class in Elden Ring was tougher than I’d like to admit. I mean, if you’re anything like me, you know the struggle is real. Your class pretty much defines your whole playstyle, and making that decision is no walk in the park. No need to stress I have delved deep into the secrets of the Confessor class and I’m about to spill all the details in this guide.
The Confessor is a hybrid melee and Faith/Incantation class in Elden Ring. If you are looking to employ the vast array of incantations in this game and still hold your own with a weapon of your liking then this class is made for you. The class also has great defensive gear.
Is Confessor good for beginners?
|Shield||Blue Crest Heater Shield|
The Confessor is a hybrid class that comes with plenty of points in Faith while also having solid Strength and Dexterity stats which makes it a good choice if you’re looking to use spells while also having some freedom in weapon choices. It comes equipped with a Broadsword and a Finger Seal for casting incantations.
If you’re hoping to start your Elden Ring experience with a character that can cast incantations without sacrificing melee capabilities you may enjoy the Confessor. The low starting Vigor means that you won’t be able to take as many hits in the beginning.
The Broadsword is a good starting weapon with its fast combos and even the weapon skill it comes with is good enough. The Blue Crest Heater Shield is great at blocking 100% of incoming damage. The Confessor armor set has decent defensive stats for a starting gear.
The incantations this class comes with are quite mediocre. The Urgent Heal spell quickly gives you HP without needing to rely on Crimson Flask but that FP is best used in other avenues. The Assassin’s Approach silences the Confessor’s footsteps meaning they can easily sneak up behind an enemy and perform a baskstab. Needless to say, it is pretty useless since you can do that while crouching too.
The Confessor is a good starting point for beginners. The starting shield has good defense capabilities and the healing spell does come in handy when you run out of HP flasks. It is however a hybrid class so you have to play to its strengths and employ incantations to boost your prowess otherwise this class is useless.
What are the best Builds for Confessor?
Since the Confessor is a hybrid class right off the gate, this class is a perfect starting point for a Faith hybrid build. We have one below:
Best Hybrid Build for Confessor
Blessed Dew Talisman
Shard of Alexnader
|Weapons||Blasphemous Blade +10|
|Shield||Icon Shield +9 or +10|
Flame, Grant Me Strength
|Mix of Wonderous Physick||Opaline Hardtear|
|Armor||Any heavy armor set under the 70% equip load for med rolling.|
How to play with the build:
This is a vampire build that replenishes the lost health of the player with each hit of the weapon. Taking center stage in this build is the Blasphemous Blade with its Taker’s Flame weapon skill. This skill heals the user with every hit and once you kill an enemy you get additional HP. Side note, The Godrick’s Great Rune works really well with this build.
With every hit with the skill you’ll receive 10% + 150 HP of your health pool and with the enemy dead, you’ll get 4% + 40 HP. The skill sends out a straight line of lava pillars bursting from the ground potentially hitting the enemy, especially larger bosses, multiple times at a time.
To boost the effectiveness of this build, we went with the following gear selection:
- Taker’s Cameo: This talisman restores 3% + 30 HP upon defeating enemies.
- Blessed Dew Talisman: This talisman automatically starts restoring 2 HP every second.
- Erdtree’s Favor: This talisman raises a bunch of things like maximum HP, stamina, and equip load. This will come in handy in not only granting more HP and stamina for combat but also wielding the gear necessary for this build.
- Shard of Alexander: Since we’ll be spamming the weapon skill often, there is no better talisman for this purpose than this one as it boosts the damage of weapon skills.
- Icon Shield: This great shield’s passive ability restores 3 HP per second. You don’t have to actively use this shield. Equip it to your left hand and two-hand the Blasphemous Blade so that you can still enjoy the shield’s effects while it rests at your back.
- The incantations you can weave into this build include:
- Blessing’s Boon: This spell restores a whopping 8 HP per second.
- The Golden Vow and Flame, Grant Me Strength are your standard FAI build incantations. They both will increase damage output, all the while negating incoming damage.
- For the Mix of Wonderous Physick, you use these tears:
- Opaline Hardtear: This increases damage negation of all kinds for 3 mins.
- Opaline Bubbletear: This tear will make you downright invincible for a short period, where you can unleash everything you got at the boss/enemy. It will also be a godsend if the boss has a one-shot type of move. You can withstand the brunt of it and continue healing.
With all the items in this build working together and the weapon dealing damage and claiming souls, you will potentially never run out of HP. Even in instances when you are unable to hit enemies consistently, you’ll still be regenerating HP with the many passive effects items stacked up.
The build is all about trading blows with enemies and using running and gunning tactics to quickly dispatch any enemy that stands in your way. Any health lost while you are going crazy will return to you once you annihilate a group of enemies.
If you are like me and always running out of HP flasks then I can’t stress the importance of this build enough. It is also the perfect build to memorize boss patterns and not quickly die. With an almost infinite potential to heal yourself, you can out-survive any boss, even if you are not good at combat.
Does your class actually matter in Elden Ring?
The class you choose is like the architect of your playstyle, at least in the beginning. Each class brings its own set of strengths, weaknesses, and tactical maneuvers. It’s like a game of chess where your initial move determines your entire strategy going forward.
Sure, some classes are specialized, like the Confessor is all about casting incantations while cutting enemies with a sword. But here’s the plot twist, once you hit the late game, classes become more like suggestions than rules. You can throw those leveling-up points wherever you fancy as you progress.
Having a class with pre-assigned stats can be a solid foundation for a killer build. But don’t stress too much because the late game is flexible. Want to dabble in sorcery? The Confessor might not be your go-to, that’s where the Astrologer, with its high Intelligence, steals the spotlight. Yet, with a sprinkle of investment in INT, even the Confessor can transform into a hybrid FAI/INT powerhouse.
Can you change your class in Elden Ring?
Once you kick off your adventure, you’re stuck with the class you chose. No take-backsies. It’s like choosing your character in a game of poker; once the cards are dealt, you’re committed.
But fear not, there’s a glimmer of hope. After you’ve triumphed over Rennala, the Queen of the Full Moon, a respec feature unlocks. Hold your excitement, though, because it’s not a total do-over. The points you personally invested can be retrieved, but those default class points? They’re not budging. The class stats you started with are permanent.
If you’re dreaming of switching classes, you’ll have to wave goodbye to your current journey and start a fresh new game. Not even in New Game+ can you change your class. It’s a one-way street, my friend. Choose wisely, or be prepared for the long road ahead.
Confessor Tips and Tricks
Some tips you can employ when starting off with the Confessor class in Elden Ring:
- Dump a few points in Vigor if you want to increase the survivability of this class.
- Until you find more spells, treat this class as a melee-only class. You can even use this time to experiment with Ashes of War. You won’t be using FP for spells at this point might as well use it with better weapon skills.
- Pumping up the Faith stat will allow you to use a ton of incantations of all kinds. The game has a wide variety of incantations and having a class that can utilize these is a huge benefit.
- Grab offensive incantations especially ranged spells as soon as possible. This will open up more ways to approach combat.
- If you are a heavy spell caster then allocate more FP flasks otherwise 1 or 2 are enough to get you through most engagements. Having more HP flasks will ensure you stay alive.
- Use the Urgent Heal spell if you want to save HP flasks for harder combat scenarios.
- Throw away the Assassin’s Approach spell as it is quite unproductive. You can easily stealth while crouching. The slot is best utilized for equipping better more potent spells.
- The guard counter is a good strategy in combat. You can stay safe behind the shield and as soon as you are attacked, the counter-attack will deal a good amount of damage and come out swiftly.
Even though the Confessor is a hybrid class in Elden Ring, it is not that difficult to play with. It mainly acts like a melee class that can augment itself with spells like a Paladin. The potential of this class is amazing, though, with the eventual unlocking of some of the most powerful incantations in the game.