Choosing the best class to start in Elden Ring

When you start a new game of Elden Ring, you are immediately faced with a decision: which class to choose? There are about ten different classes and each class starts with statisticsAll of them are viable, but some are better than others. They are all viable, but some are better than others.

The importance of choosing the right class

If you're new to From Software games, this choice is particularly important. Elden Ring is a difficult game, with a lot to learn and a lot of subtleties to discover in its combat system. It is therefore best to start with a class adapted to new players and, if possible, powerful enough to give you time to digest all the information you need to understand the game.

On the other hand, you should know that your starting class only matters in the first few hours of the game. All the basic objects and equipment of these classes can be found more or less easily in the Land Between. Your statistics are fully customisable and your Mage can become a Warrior during your game. There is even a character that allows you to reset your statisticsIf you want to start on a completely different build.

The best classes in Elden Ring

The Samurai, for aggressive players

The Samurai in Elden Ring

The Samurai is probably the best choice for beginners. It has very balanced statsThese are suitable for both hand-to-hand and ranged combat.

Sound Uchigatana is a formidable weapon, very easy to handle, with a reasonable range and an extremely powerful bonus: bleeding. If you chain enough attacks on a target, you can inflict Bleed, a large burst of damage that removes a percentage of HP, regardless of the opponent's HP or armour. The Samurai also has aa bow to eliminate enemies at a distanceor lure them one by one to facilitate the fighting.

Since he starts the game without a shield, playing the Samurai forces you to quickly learn an essential game mechanic: the timing of the rolls. While rolling, you are immune to damage. Rolling in rhythm with enemy combos is essential to progress in Elden Ring.

The Astrologer, for the magi

The Astrologers in Elden Ring

The Astrologer is a kind of equivalent to the samurai, for those who prefer magic to physical attacks. He has two very powerful spells, the first allowing him to kill an opponent at a distance, the second being able to eliminate a group of enemies with a few incantations.

This class is a little more complicated to handle, however, as it requires an understanding of how spells work. You will need to manage your magic points (the PCs) and be very careful with your casting times. You are indeed vulnerable when casting your spells and the Astrlogue has very few HP compared to other classes.

The Astrologer starts the game with a short swordThis is ideal for finishing off opponents and saving CP. It also means that the character has enough Dexterity to become a hybrid fighter with technical and magical weapons.

The Vagabond, for cautious players

The Vagabonds in Elden Ring

The Vagabond is a purely physical class who starts with a lot of HP, stamina, strength and dexterity. She can therefore tank enemy damage much more easily.

This class starts with a long sword relatively powerful, if a little heavy. It also has a shield that takes 100% of damage (This is not the case with all shields, some only reduce the damage taken). This makes the Vagabond the ideal class for players who prefer to take damage and wait for the right moment to attack, rather than having to rely on the timing of rolls.

The other classes

Let's be clear, there are no bad choices in the various starting classes, but the three mentioned above are the most suitable for new players. A hybrid class like the Prisoner, equipped with a sword and magics, is very effective in the hands of an experienced player. The Confessor is also a good hybrid between the Wanderer and a healer, but does not excel in either area.

The most important thing is to play the class that appeals to you the most!