Diablo 4 has five different classes; Barbarian, Necromancer, Druid, Rogue, and Sorcerer. While the game does allow you to create ten characters across these five classes, you will be spending a lot of time perfecting your class, so you should know which one you are going to play and lock it in. In this Diablo 4 guide, we go over which class you should pick and play.
Which Class Should You Pick In Diablo 4
The following is a breakdown of all the classes in Diablo 4, including their strengths and weaknesses.
Barbarian (Classic Tank)
The Barbarian class in Diablo 4 is the closest to what you would call a tank since it can take and deal a lot of damage. It has a lot of melee attacks, and there is a lot of potential for bleed builds, which allow you to deal damage and apply the bleed effect, and you can then run away and deal damage over time.
The Barbarian also has cool skills such as Whirlwind, which allows it to attack while moving. The class also has war cry abilities used to buff yourself and allies as well as debuff enemies. The class can even taunt enemies to agro them and keep your friends out of harm’s way.
Furthermore, it has skills such as charge and leap, which allows it to get into battle and melee range quicker than other classes in the game. The Barbarian class has two special mechanics, the arsenal system and weapon expertise, which work very well with one another. This is also the only class that has four weapon slots.
The arsenal system allows you to assign specific weapons to specific skills so that you do not have to change your weapons manually. You can also have the game automatically pick the weapon for you. Since the class has the most item slots, it can stack more legendary properties as compared to other classes in the game.
The weapon expertise system allows you to gain experience with a type of weapon when you use it. The max level is 10. Each level gives you a buff for that weapon type.
The Barbarian’s resource is called Fury, which increases when you are in combat or take damage. It actually decreases when you are outside of combat. Managing Fury can be a bit challenging at the start of the game.
- 4 weapon slots
- Arsenal system
- Weapon Expertise
- Can stack more legendary properties
- Limited ranged attacks
Necromancer (Master of the Dead)
The Necromancer is a very popular class to play in Diablo 4 and is the master of the dead and uses dark magic. Necromancers can cast bone spells like throwing bone spears or trapping enemies in a bone cage. The class can also use blood and shadow magic, allowing it to deal damage from a distance.
The Necromancer can turn enemies that have been killed into an army of the dead that will fight alongside them in battle. The corpses can also act as bombs and explode to deal damage to enemies around them. The Book of the Dead is a special class mechanic which allows you to customize your dead army. It is worth mentioning that you cannot directly control the dead army. You can heal or buff your army.
The resource of the Necromancer is called Essence, which regenerates over time, and you can generate it with basic attacks. This is the only class in the game that has a second resource that needs to be managed, corpses. Some skills consume corpses rather than essence, which is why you will need to manage both of these resources.
The class does have the lowest mobility in the game, so you cannot rely on speed. The class is strong in the early and endgame since it has good single-target damage and crowd control.
- Good single-target damage and crowd control
- Strong early game and end game
- Bone, blood, and skeleton magic
- Ranged attacks
- Lowest mobility
- Has two resources to manage
Druid (Shapeshifter/Caster Hybrid)
The Druid is the master of nature. This class has some flexibility, as you can be a shapeshifter, a caster, or a hybrid. As a shapeshifter, you can turn into a mobile wolf or a tanky bear. As a caster, you can summon earthly elements such as lightning or boulders. You can also summon wolves or ravens to help you in combat.
The Druid’s resource is called Spirit, and it does not increase or decrease passively. You will need to use your abilities to increase your Spirit. As your progress through the game and build your character, you will need to find ways of managing Spirit.
Since Druids lack mobility and do not have consistent Spirit regeneration, they are a bit slow in the early phases of the game, but they do get very powerful and can dominate in the endgame.
- Can be tanky and agile
- Turn into a wolf for bear
- Summon wolves and ravens
- Use nature’s elements
- Slow mobility early on
- Inconsistent Spirit regeneration
Rogue (Archer Class)
This is the archer or agile melee class. It is ideal for players that want to be highly mobile. This class enables melee, ranged, or a hybrid playstyle. Rogues can zip across the battlefield unlike any other class in the game and can also dash into and out of combat very quickly.The Rogue has trap and ninja skills such as poison traps and smoke bombs. Ragues can imbue their weapons with cold, poison, or shadow damage, allowing you to apply status effects on enemies. The rogue can pick one of three specializations:
- Combo Points: Basic skills generate up to 3 combo points, and core skills consume combo points for additional effects.
- Inner Sight: Attack marked enemies to fill up the Inner Sight meter. Once full, you get unlimited class resources for 4 seconds.
- Preparation: Every 100 class resource you spend reduces your ultimate cooldown by 4 seconds. Using your ultimate resets the cooldown of your other skills.
The Rogue’s class resource is called energy, which regenerates over time, and basic skills do not regenerate energy by default.All things considered, the Rogue is a great class overall with high mobility, and it can deal a lot of damage. You will need a lot of skill to deal damage, and the class does not have a lot of health.Pros:
- Very high mobility
- Can deal ranged and melee damage
- Dash in and out of combat
- Cool abilities and skills
- Deals a lot of damage
- Glass cannon class with low health
Sorcerer (Classic Mage Class)
The Sorcerer class in Diablo 4 is a classic elemental mage that relies solely on spell casting. The Sorcerer casts cold, fire, and lightning spells for offense, defense, and even traversal.
The unique mechanic of the Sorcerer class is the enchantment system which gives you two enchantment slots, and your skill does something special when in an enchantment slot. Skills in the enchantment slot are passive and will either give you a buff or will trigger under specific conditions.
The resource of the Sorcerer class is called Mana. This regenerates over time, but the basic attacks do not regenerate Mana by default. The class has six passive to choose from, two from each element.
Overall the Sorcerer has impressive mobility thanks to the teleport ability and has great crowd control abilities.
- Idea for spell-casting playstyles
- 6 passives
- Great AoE damage
- Not great for melee damage
- Low health
This is what you need to know about each class in Diablo 4. Which class you pick depends on your playstyle. If you want a tanky character, then we recommend the Barbarian. If you want to rely on spells, then you can go with the Sorcerer. If you are interested in learning more about the game, then you can check out our Diablo 4 guides hub.