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Given that Dark and Darker is in early access, you can expect the balance of the game's classes to still be in flux. Nonetheless, there are some classes that have just risen above the rest. This tier list will rank all eight of the Dark and Darker classes, taking into consideration factors like versatility, difficulty, trios and solo queue viability, and skill ceiling.
Note - Dark and Darker Patch 2 was released on November 22 and all eight classes have had their base attributes rebalanced to include two new attributes (Vigor & Dexterity). We'll update this build guide shortly to relfect any changes.
Tier List Overview
Here's how to interpret each tier:
- S - Near perfection. The best classes in the game.
- A - Excellent. Great in almost any scenario.
- B - Good with only minor flaws that can be mitigated.
- C - Has significant flaws but is decent overall.
- D - Poor. Has a low level of utility.
- F - Never worth playing as.
S Tier Classes
When starting out playing Dark and Darker, choosing the Fighter seems the obvious choice. It's a superb all-rounder with an expansive range of equipment at its disposal. They can equip shields for extra protection and can wield melee and ranged weapons allowing them to be positioned anywhere in a fight. While not a magic user, the Fighter has some terrific perks and skills like 'Second Wind', which restores 50% of their HP over 12 seconds.
The Cleric is a magic user with an exceedingly versatile play style. The Cleric is a must-have in any party. They are strong combatants capable of dealing out powerful attacks with spells or blunt weapons. However, their healing and support magic is the real focus. They may struggle a little in solo queue, but their build can be adapted to be more viable playing alone.
A Tier Classes
Wizards can be tough for beginners, as misplacement of your spells can result in friendly fire or even buffing the enemy. Spell-casting and meditating can also be a slow process that leaves you vulnerable. Despite this, they are powerful magic fighters that can produce a variety of targeted and AoE spells.
The Ranger is top-notch when it comes to ranged attacks but struggles when it comes to close-quarters combat. Drop-off when shooting arrows is a real challenge to contend with when you first start but once you're used to it, you can deal some devastating headshots to your enemies. Access to laying traps is also a big plus.
B Tier Classes
The Rogue is a swift attacker and offers some great upsides in their ability to pick locks and detect traps. However, this silent assassin can be seriously problematic when their stealth fails. They are the squishiest class in the game; far too vulnerable to handle direct conflict.
On the total other end of the spectrum, there's the Barbarian. This sturdy warrior can deal out massive amounts of damage but its attack and movement speed massively suffer as a result.
If you're looking for a class that's fun to play, the Bard is the pretty S tier. When it comes to everything else though, this class is a solid B. Their spells produce a wide variety of really useful effects but having to change between instruments can be stilting. Stealth is not an option either, as players can hear you — and your lute — coming from miles away.
C Tier Classes
Largely by virtue of its incomplete spell list, the Warlock has earned its place as the only C tier class in Dark and Darker. Having your spell cost draw from your HP is also a risky sacrifice which often isn't worth it for less than experienced players. There are undoubtedly
D Tier and F Tier Classes
Thankfully, the class roster in Dark and Darker is really strong overall. As it stands, there are no classes that fit into a D tier or F tier (for now).