The Elden Ring Closed Network Test will let players explore Limgrave, a small part of the game’s expansive open world known as the Lands Between.
Elden Ring has drawn a lot of comparisons to the Dark Souls series since its announcement, and although there are some similarities, the game also offers a lot of new systems (stealth, anyone?) and themes like crafting and horseback riding. As you proceed through the Closed Network Test, making decisions that will impact how you manage yourself, there’s a lot to appreciate and a lot to learn.
The greatest Elden Ring classes can drastically affect your early-game experience and help you kick-start your dream character build, although they’re more of a starter kit than anything else, similar to the Dark Souls classes. Your Elden Ring class influences your initial equipment and stats, although it does not prevent you from using certain play styles or equipment. You can always level up your Intelligence or Faith to add magic to your build if you start as a melee-based class and later fall in love with magic.
Of course, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is which class to employ. Elden Ring will have ten beginning classes accessible when the full game launches in February, but the Closed Network Test only has five. It should be noted that regardless of which class you choose, you will not be bound into a specific playstyle. You’ll be able to adjust your character’s stats and weapons as you play, depending on the adversaries you face and the location you’re in.
Choosing the best starting class in Elden Ring is the first big decision you’ll have to make, and it’ll have a big impact on the rest of your adventure.
Let’s take a deeper look at the Elden Ring Closed Network Test’s five classes.
The Elden Ring network test classes are the following:
- Warrior: Excels in stats like Vigor, Endurance and Dexterity
- Enchanted Knight: Excels in stats like Mind, Strength and Intelligence
- Prophet: Excels in stats like Mind, Strength and Faith
- Champion: Excels in stats like Vigor, Endurance and Faith
- Bloody Wolf: Excels in stats like Vigor, Endurance and Strength
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The Bloody Wolf
“The Wolf is cunning, steadfast and deadly. These warriors have no fear and face down death with unmatched vigor and pride.”
The Bloody Wolf is one of the best duelists out there, with the strongest melee stats of all the Elden Ring classes, a bastard sword with good range, and a solid set of armor. Because of its melee concentration, this class will likely appeal to long-time Dark Souls fans, as high Strength allows you to employ heavier armor, weapons, and shields. You might be lacking in ranged options, but there’s nothing that a few weapon skills can’t rectify.
Starting Items: Bastard Sword, Iron Roundshield
With the major stats of Vigor, Endurance, and Strength – the latter of which starts with 16 points – you’ll have no issue using a sword and a shield at the same time, or merely a sword with both hands. And, because you’ve already put some effort into Endurance, you won’t be the slowest warrior on the battlefield if you need to avoid an attack or flee from danger.
The Enchanted Knight
“These Knights have embraced the power of Glintstone, facing enemies in melee combat while simultaneously casting spells. They often seek out and destroy those who use magic for nefarious purposes.”
The Elden Ring Enchanted Knights are equipped with a formidable shield, detailed silver armor, a faithful winged spear, and two devastating sorceries: the Glintstone Pebble projectile and the Carian Piercer lance strike. Aspiring mages and spell swordsmen will find this class to be an ideal starting class due to its strong strength and intellect.
Starting Items: Winged Spear, Carian Glintstone Shield, Carian Sorcerer Staff, Carian Piercer (Sorcery Spell), Glintstone Pebble (Sorcery Spell)
The Enchanted Knight also has a 100 percent physical damage reduction shield and well-rounded armor, as well as the key stats of Strength and Intelligence. This is the class for you if you want to receive the best of both worlds right now.
“Holy warriors equipped with the ability to use Incantations to face foes, or to protect allies. Faith is the weapon of the Prophet, and they wield it with prejudice.”
The Elden Ring Prophet may not appear like much, with shabby armor and a plain wooden club, but it comes with two very potent incantations and a catalyst to cast them. The Heal incantation allows you to convert FP into HP, and the Beast Claw incantation is very effective against large groups of opponents. This class has a lot of FP as well as a lot of Faith.
Starting Items: Club, Clawmark Seal, Rickety Shield, Heal (Incantation), Beast Claw (Incantation)
They don’t specialize in heavy armour; instead, they provide a more lightweight experience that can hold their own against any enemy within range. Furthermore, some spells use healing auras and giant ethereal heads that scream at opponents. If you grow bored or want to see what else the game has to offer, we recommend making a Prophet and messing around with it for a while.
“Equipped with a Sacred Seal and an Axe, the Champion can burn foes from a distance or take them head on in melee combat. They are ferocious fighters, who do not fear death.”
Elden Ring Champion is similar to Elden Ring’s barbarian. It begins with a fighting axe, a weak shield, and a catalyst for casting Dragonfire pyromancy. The Champion gives up FP in exchange for increased Strength and Vigor, giving it a tankier, melee-friendly Faith starter than the Prophet.
Starting Items: Battle Axe, Finger Seal, Red Thorn Roundshield, Dragonfire (Incantation)
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“The Warrior is a Dexterity based character that uses agile and acrobatic attacks to deal with enemies at close range. Equipped with a Buckler and Medium Armor, the warrior’s default skills allow for projectile-style sword storm attacks.”
The Elden Ring Warrior is equipped with two scimitars that can be used in tandem for devastating combination attacks. You also have a parrying buckler and some decent light armor. The Warrior is one of the more mobile and adaptable classes, with excellent dexterity and endurance and a preference for combat and weapon skills over magic.
Starting Items: 2 Scimitars and a Buckler