Elden Ring: Which starting class is best for you?

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  • Level 9
  • Vigor: 11
  • Mind: 12
  • Endurance: 11
  • Strength: 11
  • Dexterity: 14
  • Intelligence: 14
  • Faith: 6
  • Arcane: 9

The high starting Dexterity and Intelligence makes the Prisoner a pretty cool rogue sorcerer type class. It provides great flexibility in your approach to combat. Some situations may call for spellcasting, while others require a bit of stealth. Equipped with a sword, staff and shield, the Prisoner is ready for anything and can be upgraded as you see fit.


  • Level 10
  • Vigor: 10
  • Mind: 13
  • Endurance: 10
  • Strength: 12
  • Dexterity: 12
  • Intelligence: 9
  • Faith: 14
  • Arcane: 9

The Confessor is a well-rounded character base and a class comparable to a battlemage. They’ve got enough Strength and Dexterity to wield a melee weapon and shield, along with enough Mind and Faith to cast healing and utility spells. This is kind of the best of both worlds type class  if you’re not sure if you want to commit to pure melee or pure spellcasting.


  • Level 1
  • Vigor: 10
  • Mind: 10
  • Endurance: 10
  • Strength: 10
  • Dexterity: 10
  • Intelligence: 10
  • Faith: 10
  • Arcane: 10

If you like a challenge, the Wretch is for you. If you’re a Dark Souls expert, the Wretch is for you. Beginning the game at level 1 and all tens in stats, the Wretch is a blank canvas for which you can truly specialize your character the way you want. If you’re familiar with Souls games, you probably already know what type of build you prefer, so this is perfect for you. But beginning the game with just a basic club and no armor makes things difficult early on.

In Summary

The great thing about Elden Ring is there’s no right or wrong way to play the game.  Combat is varied enough that you can take different approaches towards conquering The Lands Between. The choice you make will only impact you in the short term as there’s plenty of opportunity to customize your character to your playstyle later on, especially if you find a weapon that you particularly like.