Path of Exile Classes utilize three background attributes. Strength, Dexterity, and Intelligence are all tied to the seven core classes. Path of Exile also offers specialization through several subclasses you can explore.
If you haven’t given Path of Exile a go, now is a perfect time for it! Path of Exile is a free-to-play RPG with heavy inspiration from dungeon-crawlers like Diablo II. What makes Path of Exile great, other than the price tag, is that pretty much every area in it is randomly generated. Its replayability is nearly unrivaled in the genre. It also blends the openness of an MMO, with its social areas, with instanced combat areas to help isolate you from everyone other than your party.
In addition to all this, Path of Exile also has a fantastically varied class system. I found it to be better than Diablo 3 for the non-committed purely due to its range of choice. Below, I’ll list the base classes available in Path of Exile with a little bit about why you might want to choose them! This’ll include their subclasses, weapon specializations, and starting stats.
Path of Exile Classes
Every Core Character Classes
The Marauder Class
The Marauder Class is Path of Exile’s tough guy. The class is fully reliant on Strength and is often built with pure power in mind. They specialize in Maces with attacks that deal high physical damage. On top of this, there are special Strength Armour Pieces which can grant a Marauder damage reduction.
The Marauder Class can be explored into three subclasses; The Juggernaut, The Berserker, and The Chieftain.
The Ranger Class
The Ranger Class is sort of what you expect from a Ranger Class. Inspired fully from Dexterity, The Ranger Class uses Bows and Rapiers with speed and precision. Dexterity armour pieces also add to the character’s evasion chance.
The Ranger Class can be explored into three subclasses; The Deadeye, The Raider, and The Pathfinder.
The Witch Class
The Witch Class is, again, a predictable yet exciting base class. Inspired by the Intelligence statistic, The Witch Class specializes in using Wands and Sceptres to strike critically. The Witch Class can also utilize Intelligence armour pieces which grant you an energy shield.
The Witch Class can be explored into three subclasses; The Necromancer, The Elementalist, and The Occultist.
The Duellist Class
The Duellist Class is your more traditional fighter character class. They specialize in using Swords and Axes with a focus on both Strength and Dexterity. This means anyone using The Duelist Class can hope to deal a solid amount of damage coupled with good attack speed and evasion chance.
The Duelist Class can be explored into three subclasses; The Slayer, The Gladiator, and The Champion.
The Templar Class
The Templar Class is the perfect balance of both physical and elemental damage. They utilize the bonuses from both Strength and Intelligence, meaning they can attack as a spellcaster while also packing a punch in melee combat. They specialize in Staves and Sceptres in combat.
The Templar Class can be explored into three subclasses; The Inquisitor, The Hierophant, and The Guardian.
The Shadow Class
The Shadow Class is a class that anyone used to playing as a Rogue will favour. They specialise in Daggers and Claws, with the benefits from both Dexterity and Intelligence. They can utilize both melee and magic to land critical strikes, while also having access to a number of traps and mines.
The Shadow Class can be explored into three subclasses; The Assassin, The Saboteur, and The Trickster.
The Scion Class
The Scion Class is by far the most flexible character class in Path of Exile. They offer a balanced playstyle and can utilize most weapon types. This class is probably the best for players that cannot decide on what role they want to fulfill.
The Scion Class can be explored into just one subclass; The Ascendant.
Has this helped you figure out which class you want to pick in Path of Exile? If not, be sure to look into the subclasses!