Classes in Dark Souls determine the starting Stats and Equipment of the player. There are 10 Classes in Dark Souls that the player can begin the game with. They are listed below:

Classes do not determine what weapons, items, armor, or spells your character is able to use, they only determine what your character starts the game with. As you progress through the game and raise your levels, your character can potentially take up any role regardless of class.

In addition to choosing a class, players can choose a gift to begin the game with. All gifts can be found in the game later on, but taking one here can let the player enjoy a benefit they wouldn't normally have until much later. A first time player should be careful about choosing gifts that will let them enter end-game areas from the start of the game such as the Master Key, since they could potentially end up stranded in a very difficult area without the knowledge or equipment to get back out. Note that the Master Key is infinitely reusable, and the Thief starting class begins the game with one already. Taking a second Master Key as a Thief is a waste of a gift.

The cost of raising a level increases as your character's level increases. The amount of souls each level costs is the same for all classes, though classes begin at different levels. For example, a character that starts at level 1 may find leveling up to be extremely affordable, but the character who starts at level 10 didn't have to pay anything to get to that point. When the level 1 character reaches level 10, going from 10 to level 11 will cost exactly the same amount of souls as it would for the character who started at level 10. Because of this, starting at a lower level actually ends up costing more overall, however the player will be able to put their stats exactly where they want them instead of starting with a more pre-determined kit. The starting level of a character ignores the Resistance stat, so characters with high resistance start at lower levels than they would normally have otherwise.

 

Classes

 

Warrior

level 4

vitality 11

attunement 8

endurance 12

strength 13

dexterity 13

resistance 11

intelligence 9

 9 humanity 0

Knight

level 5

vitality 14

attunement 10

endurance 10

strength 11

dexterity 11

resistance 10

intelligence 9

 11 humanity 0

Wanderer

level 3

vitality 10

attunement 11

endurance 10

strength 10

dexterity 14

resistance 12

intelligence 11

 8 humanity 0

Thief

level 5

vitality 9

attunement 11

endurance 9

strength 9

dexterity 15

resistance 10

intelligence 12

 11 humanity 0

Bandit

level 4

vitality 12

attunement 8

endurance 14

strength 14

dexterity 9

resistance 11

intelligence 8

 10 humanity 0

 

Hunter

level 4

vitality 11

attunement 9

endurance 11

strength 12

dexterity 14

resistance 11

intelligence 9

 9 humanity 0

Sorcerer

level 3

vitality 8

attunement 15

endurance 8

strength 9

dexterity 11

resistance 8

intelligence 15

 8 humanity 0

Pyromancer

level 1

vitality 10

attunement 12

endurance 11

strength 12

dexterity 9

resistance 12

intelligence 10

8 humanity 0

Cleric

level 2

vitality 11

attunement 11

endurance 9

strength 12

dexterity 8

resistance 11

intelligence 8

 14 humanity 0

Deprived

level 6

vitality 11

attunement 11

endurance 11

strength 11

dexterity 11

resistance 11

intelligence 11

11 humanity 0

 

Class Comparison Table

  level
LV
vitality
VIT
attunement
ATT
endurance
END
strength
STR
dexterity
DEX
resistance
RES
intelligence
INT

FTH
humanity
HUM
Warrior 4 11 8 12 13 13 11 9 9 0
Knight 5 14 10 10 11 11 10 9 11 0
Wanderer 3 10 11 10 10 14 12 11 8 0
Thief 5 9 11 9 9 15 10 12 11 0
Bandit 4 12 8 14 14 9 11 8 10 0
Hunter 4 11 9 11 12 14 11 9 9 0
Sorcerer 3 8 15 8 9 11 8 15 8 0
Pyromancer 1 10 12 11 12 9 12 10 8 0
Cleric 2 11 11 9 12 8 11 8 14 0
Deprived 6 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 0


 

level Level vitality Vitality
attunement Attunement endurance Endurance
strength Strength dexterity Dexterity
resistance Resistance intelligence Intelligence
 Faith humanity Humanity

 

Origins / Faces

Commoner
Delta Farmer
Astora Noble
Dragon Scholar
Thorolund Cleric
Male Commoner Male Delta Farmer Male Astora Noble Male Dragon Scholar Male Thorolund Cleric
Female Commoner Female Delta Farmer Female Astora Noble Female Dragon Scholar Female Thorolund Cleric
Jubilant Catarina
Dubious Carim
Classic Zena
Eerie Great Swamp
Far East Traveller
Male Jubilant Catarina Male Dubious Carim Male Classic Zena Male Eerie Great Swamp Male Far East Traveler
Female Jubilant Catarina Female Dubious Carim Female Classic Zena Female Eerie Great Swamp Female Far East Traveler



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    • 13 Oct 2020 06:57  

      The classes aren't too bad, though I truly would go for knight, warrior, or wanderer. Wanderer was always my first choice, especially when I first tried out DS, seeing as how normally dodging and moving with speed were always my top strategies. Excited to try them all though and leave my beginner status behind.

      • 13 Oct 2020 06:48  

        Back on this game after my ragequit about 8 mths back when I first bought this for my 360 and I'm glad I found help instead of trying to stonewall this game. Now I found my rythm and am gonna see if I can make my own Holy Knight. Love DS now!

        • Anonymous

          12 Oct 2020 19:44  

          In my experience with this game, one of the most useful classes to use is Pyromancer, I am a veteran player, and nothing can get better than a Pyro, Knight works just as well but the Knight and Pyromancer are the top 2 choices for me

          • Anonymous

            19 Aug 2020 11:07  

            What is better as starting class warrior or cleric ? Played DS3 as knight with later DEX build and enjoyed it a lot, not much into spells, but not sure what to pick in DS 1, any suggestions?

            • Anonymous

              16 Feb 2020 07:55  

              Pick bandit and master key get 16 str, 17 or 16 endurance, and dex to 10. Add fire zweihander, ring of favor, grass crest sheild, havels ring, and if you're luck get mask of the father and you can be a lvl 10 or 11 giant dad who can medium roll. VTJ

              • Anonymous

                10 Jul 2019 11:10  

                Classes in this game are just a joke. What's the point to even make a distinction if you can go around with a sorcerer wielding an ultragreatsword and a giant armor set, or a warrior casting spell with wearing a skirt. Ok multiclasses could be cool but here there's no limit at all, no point to make 9 classes, is just stupid.

                • Anonymous

                  07 May 2019 22:19  

                  Wanderer and Hunter can 2H the Great Scythe at starting stats... this means they can beat the whole game because best weapon moveset... presto

                  • Anonymous

                    01 Jul 2018 15:25  

                    For each starting class, add all starting points except resistance and subtract the starting lv, and the result should be the same (71).

                    • Anonymous

                      28 Jun 2018 12:39  

                      I did a little bit comparison between all starting classes
                      Why don't they have the same SL when all stats are the same?
                      While all stats are at 16
                      Pyro and Wanderer are SL 45
                      Warrior, Bandit, Hunter, Cleric and Deprived are SL 46
                      Knight, Thief are SL 47
                      And Sorcerer is SL 49
                      Um... Why did they make them like that?

                      • Anonymous

                        14 Jun 2018 19:45  

                        When you find their armour in the world, you can think it as they died there and see how far they get throughout the game.

                        • Anonymous

                          25 May 2018 12:03  

                          how about a pyro with 50 Vitality, 40 Endurance, 40 Strength, 40 Dexterity build at level 129. Good stats and 2 Slots for pyro.

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