Elden Ring Classes Explained

Elden Ring has 10 starting classes to choose from which will determine your starting weapons, armor, attributes, skills and spells. Keep in mind that this is just a baseline for your character and it won’t necessarily lock you into one path or another.

by Hack The Minotaur
Updated Feb 20, 2022

Which Class Is Best?

The starting class that’s best for you will depend on your preferences. Do you prefer heavy armor and a big shield? Start with the Vagabond. Do you prefer casting magic spells from range? Pick the Astrologer. Want to use a powerful Katana and Flaming Arrows at the start of the game? Go with Samurai. Each class has its own benefits and drawbacks. For more information click on a class name below or review our complete Class Guide Video for Elden Ring.

How Many Classes Are Available In Elden Ring?

There are 10 Starting Classes available in Elden Ring, including:

Elden Ring Class Stats

The starting stats for each class in Elden Ring are listed below.


A scholar who reads fate in the stars. Heir to the school of glintstone sorcery.

9 Vigor 12 Dexterity
15 Mind 16 Intelligence
9 Endurance 7 Faith
8 Strength 9 Arcane


A dangerous bandit who strikes for weak points. Excels at ranged combat with bows.

10 Vigor 13 Dexterity
11 Mind 9 Intelligence
10 Endurance 8 Faith
9 Strength 14 Arcane


A church spy adept at covert operations. Equally adept with a sword as they are with their incantations.

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


A stalwart hero, at home with a battleaxe, descended from a badlands chieftain.

14 Vigor 9 Dexterity
9 Mind 7 Intelligence
12 Endurance 8 Faith
16 Strength 11 Arcane


A prisoner bound in an iron mask. Studied in glintstone sorcery, having lived among the elite prior to sentencing.

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


A seer ostracized for inauspicious prophecies. Well-versed in healing incantations.

10 Vigor 10 Dexterity
14 Mind 7 Intelligence
8 Endurance 16 Faith
11 Strength 10 Arcane


A capable fighter from the distant Land of Reeds. Handy with katana and longbows.

12 Vigor 15 Dexterity
11 Mind 9 Intelligence
13 Endurance 8 Faith
12 Strength 8 Arcane


A knight exiled from their homeland to wander. A solid, armor-clad origin.

15 Vigor 13 Dexterity
10 Mind 9 Intelligence
11 Endurance 9 Faith
14 Strength 7 Arcane


A nomad warrior who fights wielding two blades at once. An origin of exceptional technique.

11 Vigor 16 Dexterity
12 Mind 10 Intelligence
11 Endurance 8 Faith
10 Strength 9 Arcane


A poor, purposeless sod, naked as the day they were born. A nice club is all they have.

10 Vigor 10 Dexterity
10 Mind 10 Intelligence
10 Endurance 10 Faith
10 Strength 10 Arcane

Elden Ring Class Stats Comparison

Each starting class in Elden Ring besides the Wretch has at least one high value stat which will make that class better suited to a specific type of build.

The table below comparisons all stats for each starting class.

    Astrologer 9 15 9 8 12 16 7 9
    Bandit 10 11 10 9 13 9 8 14
    Confessor 10 13 10 12 12 9 14 9
    Hero 14 9 12 16 9 7 8 11
    Prisoner 11 12 11 11 14 14 6 9
    Prophet 10 14 8 11 10 7 16 10
    Samurai 12 11 13 12 15 9 8 8
    Vagabond 15 10 11 14 13 9 9 7
    Warrior 11 12 11 10 16 10 8 9
    Wretch 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

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