Starting Classes in Dark Souls II is a major part of the character creation at the start of the game. 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 Class system in Dark Souls II is more like a starting point than a predetermined path. You could start as a Bandit then eventually turn it into a powerful Cleric, or start from a Swordsman who loves dual-wielded swords and then turn it into a defensive class with a great shield. It boils down to how you want to upgrade or progress your character throughout Dark Souls II. Below are a list of all Starting Equipment, build tips, stats information and comparison tables for all Dark Souls II Starting Classes.Click here to view Classes list.

Best Starting Class in Dark Souls 2

Deprived

  • The Deprived Class is by far one of the most difficult classes to start with but can be the most rewarding and powerful one in the long run. This class gives you the most control over your character and a slight advantage once you catch up with the starting points or levels of the other classes. You start with 6 points in every stat, allowing you to progress your character in any build that you desire since it's well-balanced at the start. 

Best Starting Gift for your Class in Dark Souls 2

Bonfire Ascetic

  • Our best Recommendation for a starter gift would be the Bonfire Ascetic. This gift allows your character to acquire new and powerful items much earlier than intended for you to receive. This gives your chosen class a big boost in power at the early stages of the game making runs less difficult than they should be.

 

All Starting Classes Guide for Dark Souls 2

Bandit  ♦  Cleric  ♦  Deprived  ♦  Explorer  ♦  Knight  ♦  Sorcerer  ♦  Swordsman  ♦  Warrior

 

Warrior

warrior
00 level 12 icon strength 15
icon vigor 7 icon dexterity 11
icon endurance 6 icon adaptability 5
icon vitality 6 icon intelligence 5
icon attunement 5 icon faith 22 5

Knight

knight
00 level 13 icon strength 11
icon vigor 12 icon dexterity 8
icon endurance 6 icon adaptability 9
icon vitality 7 icon intelligence 3
icon attunement 4 icon faith 22 6

Swordsman

swordsman
00 level 12 icon strength 9
icon vigor 4 icon dexterity 16
icon endurance 8 icon adaptability 6
icon vitality 4 icon intelligence 7
icon attunement 6 icon faith 22 5

Bandit

bandit
00 level 11 icon strength 9
icon vigor 9 icon dexterity 14
icon endurance 7 icon adaptability 3
icon vitality 11 icon intelligence 1
icon attunement 2 icon faith 22 8

Cleric

cleric
00 level 14 icon strength 11
icon vigor 10 icon dexterity 5
icon endurance 3 icon adaptability 4
icon vitality 8 icon intelligence 4
icon attunement 10 icon faith 22 12

Sorcerer

sorcerer
00 level 11 icon strength 3
icon vigor 5 icon dexterity 7
icon endurance 6 icon adaptability 8
icon vitality 5 icon intelligence 14
icon attunement 12 icon faith 22 4

Explorer

explorer
00 level 10 icon strength 6
icon vigor 7 icon dexterity 6
icon endurance 6 icon adaptability 12
icon vitality 9 icon intelligence 5
icon attunement 7 icon faith 22 5

Deprived

deprived
00 level 1 icon strength 6
icon vigor 6 icon dexterity 6
icon endurance 6 icon adaptability 6
icon vitality 6 icon intelligence 6
icon attunement 6 icon faith 22 6

 

Starting Equipment of Classes in Dark Souls 2

 

Class Stats Comparison Table in Dark Souls 2

  00 level icon vigor icon endurance icon vitality icon attunement icon strength icon dexterity icon adaptability icon intelligence icon faith 22
Warrior  12  7  6  6  5  15  11  5  5  5
Knight  13  12  6  7  4  11  8  9  3  6
Swordsman  12  4  8  4  6  9  16  6  7  5
Bandit  11  9  7  11  2  9  14  3  1  8
Cleric  14  10  3  8  10  11  5  4  4  12
Sorcerer  11  5  6  5  12  3  7  8  14  4
Explorer  10  7  6  9  7  6  6  12  5  5
Deprived  1  6  6  6  6  6  6  6  6  6

 

Stats Identifier in Dark Souls 2

Vigor Raises HP and Petrify Resistance.
Endurance Raises HP, stamina, physically defense, and poise.
Vitality Raises HP, equipment load, physical defense, and petrify resistance.
Adaptability Raises all resistances, agility, poise, and poison bonus damage.
Strength Raises HP, attack damage, and quard.
Dexterity Raises HP, attack damage, poison/bleed bonus, and physical defense.
Intelligence Raises HP, magic/fire/dark bonus damage and increases casting speed. Raises magic/fire/dark defense.
Faith Raises HP, fire/lightning/dark/bleed bonus damage and increases casting speed. Raises fire/lightning/dark/petrify defense.
Attunement Increases attunement slots. Raises HP, casting speed, and agility.

 

Starting Class Details and Tips for Builds in Dark Souls 2

Warrior

  • This class is built for players who prefer massive damage and slow-paced character builds. The Warrior class gives players what they need at the start to progress further in their strength builds. This uses heavy dual-wielded weapons but gives off high damage. Another advantage of this class is its path for you to equip strong defensive armor, which can make your character tank as well.

Knight

  • This class is quite similar to the Warrior class as it almost resembles the playstyle. What makes the Knight class different is it's not only limited to high damage but can be progressed by players to any build that they desire.

Swordsman

  • The Swordsman Class is almost the opposite compared to the Warrior and Knight Class. This Class has low damage but is on par with High damage classes due to its speed and mobility. The primary stat that the Swordsman will utilize is its dexterity, making it extremely fast but low on damage. Players who have experience with Souls games usually use this class.

Bandit

  • Bandit class is somehow similar to the Swordsman when it comes to Dexterity. The Major difference between the Bandit is, instead of using melee weapons as its main use for dexterity, it uses ranged weapons like the bow. This class can be easily overshadowed by the Swordsman class if players decide to build it toward melee weapons. Use this class if you prefer to pick off enemies from a distance.

Cleric

  • The Cleric is probably one of the unique classes that you can choose in Dark Souls II. It has enough Magic/Faith stats to be used from a distance, and it also has enough strength stats to wield a number of the strongest weapons in the game. So, if you want a class that can be used for healing spells while being able to brawl with enemies in close combat, then this class is for you.

Sorcerer

  • The Sorcerer utilizes attunement and intelligence stats to perform powerful spells from long range. This class excels in long-ranged battles like the Bandit but is weak when it comes to close range. You'll need to progress your speed if you want to make use of your arsenal of powerful spells from a distance.

Explorer

  • This class is known as the worst class in Dark Souls II. Despite the claims, this doesn't mean it's not usable. Experienced players may want to use this class for its high Adaptability stat, which can make early boss fights less hard.

Deprived

  • This class can be considered one of the hardest classes to start with but can be the most rewarding in the long run. It distributes an equal amount of 6 stat points to all areas, allowing players to mold their characters to any build that they desire.

 

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Discussion of the different classes and which is ideal for other build types, See Builds

 

 




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    • Anonymous

      If you're going for melee build pick knight class.

      If you're a caster pick sorcerer.

      If you're confused pick the explorer.

      If you're savage pick deprived.

      Thank you.

      • Anonymous

        Explorer starts with balanced stats + high Adp, free lockstone and consumables, a fast crit weapon, and a stylish beret with item discovery. Truly the thinking man's class

        • Anonymous

          Level Adjustment (actual points spent vs Deprived)
          Warrior: -1 (SL 12 vs 10 points spent)
          Knight: 0 (SL 13 vs 12 spent)
          Swordsman: 0 (SL 12 vs 11 spent)
          Bandit: 0 (SL 11 vs 10 spent)
          Cleric: 0 (SL14 vs 13 spent)
          Sorcerer: 0 (SL 11 vs 10 spent)
          Explorer: 0 (SL11 vs 10 spent)
          Deprived: baseline
          Warrior is statistically the worst class you can pick.

          • Anonymous

            I’d suggest warrior, it may have a shitty weapon but it has great stats, also if you start with the petrified something and get lucky or go grab the morning star you should have a good weapon for early to mid game

            • Anonymous

              Bandit best class for no bonfire + no death run, deprived for everything else.
              Leveling ADP is for bad players.

              • Anonymous

                I love how DS makes such **** classes to choose from. How bout hand me the 54 points and let me decide. Been a gamer since I was 4 and am now 39 years old so I think I can figure it out.

                • Anonymous

                  I just think its wierd that bandits have the second highest faith and yet have the lowest attunement. they have the power for miracles but not the slots. same with the explorer, has 3rd highest attunement but lower than average int and faith

                  • Anonymous

                    Really? No Pyromancer? I mean, c’mon! They have a dirty rotten Cleric for Gwyn’s sake! Shame on you, greedy guts!

                    • Anonymous

                      After listening to suggestions on how to deal with NPC's you have no interest in, I come to find out the default hidden class in Dark Souls is "Asshole". I love gaming.

                      • Anonymous

                        I'm on PS4 on SoTFS and I was wondering if anyone could help me boost a new character to SL 194. My PSN is NathanHawaii

                        • Anonymous

                          1. Pick sorcerer2. Go backtrack and find the track with big footprints3. Kill the big fat guy with your magic arrow4. Equip stunlock ring5. Progress through tutorial6. Find out Snorlax had friends7. Kill them8. Go back to the old ladies9. Get ladle10. Hit things with the ladle until it breaks11. ?????12. Profit

                          • Anonymous

                            I actually went with this one on my very first contact with the game and i'm now SL130+. It was a pain at the very start due to the lack of strong hits but once you get the stats up to par (drangleic armor set for example) it's getting easier. The learning curve teaches you how to be humble when playing though, definately recommend it for a first contact class, I had a blast with it and I'm only half way through the game (2 out of 4 special boss souls (the sinner and the old iron king)) but it's easier to adapt to any situation with this class (eventhough you need a lot and i mean a LOT of souls at start). Awesome experience all the way!

                            • Anonymous

                              This is my first run through of dark souls 2 and I have taken my time with it. And the more videos and walkthroughs of the game, people are using magic and I don't know how to use/select the magic for my quick select. I only have right and left handed weapon and the item.

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