There are 8 different Starting Classes in Dark Souls II. While the classes determine the base stats for redistribution, there are no differences in abilities between classes, and they are only a template from which you can build your character. Most weapons and armor from other classes can be obtained relatively early in the game.
The Warrior is a starting class in Dark Souls 2.
High strength, dexterity.
Skilled with weapons.
Weapons: Broken Straight Sword, Iron Parma
Armor: Hard Leather Set
Items: Lifegem (x10)
Notes: A well-balanced class, their decent armor and shield make them a solid choice for complete beginners. Their high attack stats mean that they can wield most of the Black Armor items right away and most early game weapons. One should swap out their broken sword for a more powerful weapon when they can find one, since it's rather weak and pointless to upgrade, alternately you can infuse it with Old Mundane Stone or Poison Stone to put its low stamina consumption as your advantage. The Morning Star can be obtained extremely early in Majula for those without the pre-order weapons. Their Intelligence and Faith are low, but balanced, though they require 5 more Attunement (and 10 Int. for Magic Weapon or 12 Faith for Heal) to use a spell.
Discussion of the different classes and which is ideal for different build types:
NightHawk - Dark Souls II Classes, Builds and Gifts Guide -