There are a bunch of classes to choose from in Elden Ring, and it can be hard to finally determine which one you want to play. New players will notice one specific one that looks very interesting, and that is the Wretch class. This class has been in other FromSoft games such as Deprived, and it is one of the hardest classes to use. Is it the worst class in the game?
Wretch is the worst class in the game because it has the worst starting stats than all other classes, you only start with a Club, you don’t meet the minimum requirements for most weapons, and it is extremely difficult for early game. There are plenty of other reasons, but these are by far the most important. If you do use Wretch then good luck.
Most people say that you should start with Wretch in your first playthrough, but that is up to personal opinion. If you have played any of the Dark Souls games, it might be more enjoyable to start as Wretch. If it is your first FromSoft game, then it is probably not a good idea to start with this class. You will feel underpowered and not have a great time.
Why is Wretch the worst class?
There isn’t really a “bad” class in Elden Ring, but if we had to choose the worst one in the game, then Wretch is definitely the one. It is by far the least prepared for anything in the game and we will go over every reason for it in this list of reasons. It is definitely a challenging class to choose so if you do choose Wretch, then try to make the best of everything you find.
Here are the reasons why Wretch is the worst class in Elden Ring:
It has the worst starting stats than all the other classes
As Wretch, you start with only 10 Attribute points in each stat section, but this is not the worst thing in the world. The bad part about this is that you basically start with nothing. The only pro with this class is that you actually have pretty balanced Attributes that lets you create pretty much any build you want. The big downside to this is that you need to go and find everything else.
If you want a Bleed weapon, you need to find one and level yourself up to be able to use it. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but it is very difficult to get started. It is extremely satisfying to actually have fun with this class because you know you are playing the hardest class in the game. Before you choose, make sure you understand exactly what you are getting yourself into.
You only start with a Club
When you choose Wretch, the only weapon you get is a wooden club. This is not a terrible weapon, but it is fun to defeat things with. It actually staggers enemies fairly quickly, so it’s not like it is useless. You are going to want to find a new weapon as soon as possible because it won’t do too much when you reach the first few bosses.
Basically, it is a weapon that you use to help defend against the most basic enemies. When we started our Wretch playthrough, we found a Morning Star and used that until we got an even better weapon. The Club is just a way for you to find something better once you get into the game world. If you use the Club later on, then you know how to use the weapon very well.
You won’t meet the minimum requirments for most weapons
Going back to only having 10 Attribute points in each section, that means most weapons you find you won’t be able to use right away. This is because the minimum requirements are much higher than your starting stats. You can use these weapons, but you won’t get as much damage out of them as you could be getting.
Keep using your Club until you get enough points to meet the minimum requirements for the weapon you want to use. You should also try and find some armor because you are going to take some serious damage if you stay naked. Make sure you don’t find a set with a lot of weight because you will start fat-rolling because of your low stats.
It is very difficult for early game
Early game is by far the most important part of your playthrough because that determines whether or not you are going to complete the game. If you have a difficult time when you start, you are more likely to quit because you might think the game is too difficult. If you choose Wretch for the early game, then you might be very annoyed at everything.
Elden Ring is not an easy game at all, but by choosing Wretch, you make it even harder. If you do choose Wretch, just make sure you know exactly what you are getting into. Always be prepared for anything when getting into these types of games or else you will have a very hard time.
Should you choose Wretch for your first playthrough?
That is honestly up to you. There are a lot of people that say it is the best choice for a person’s first playthrough, but it is up to the specific player. When we started, we chose Hero, and this class starts with basic armor, an Axe, and a Shield. We then started another playthrough with a Wretch and we enjoyed it a lot.
It is a very difficult playthrough in the beginning as Wretch, and if you know what you are doing, it can be less difficult on you. We would recommend new players to these games start with a regular class, but Veteran players can start with Wretch on their first playthrough. It is definitely different from Dark Souls so it is your decision how you want to start.