If you have played previous FromSoftware games you would know that each game has included a hardcore class that starts the game with very little to their name and no perks and advantages to enjoy. In Elden Ring, this class is known as the “Wretch” and has been designed for players who enjoy a barebones experience without moulding into any specific form.
In Dark Souls, this class was called the “Deprived” and in Bloodborne, it was called the “Waste of Skin”. It seems that the Wretched will follow these hardcore classes and be the one to choose if you’re looking for a different game run.
Bandai Namco describes the Wretch in Elden Ring as “A poor, purposeless sod, naked as the day they were born. A nice club is all they have.” This description is very much on the same line as previous hardcore classes such as Deprived and Waste of Skin. Those classes were described as:
- Waste of Skin – You are nothing. Talentless. You shouldn’t have been born.
- Deprived – Unclothed enigma. Only armed with club and old plank shield.
The Wretch class also bears the same design with nothing but a waistcloth around them. They also have no items at the start of the game, unlike other classes. We don’t know how the stats distribution will look for the Wretch class but usually, these classes all have their stats at the same basic level giving players an even playing field to start with.
Along with the Wretch, FromSoftware also announced the Prophet class. This class is described as “A seer ostracized for inauspicious prophecies. Well-versed in healing incantations.” It doesn’t take rocket science to determine that this class is the healing one.
Elden Ring is set to launch this Friday, 25 February for PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS5 and PC. The game has sadly been delayed in SA at retail. You can find out more about the delay here and check out the global launch times here.