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Diablo 4 Character Classes, Ranked

Diablo 4 character classes

Are you a Barb, or a Sorc? Or maybe a Rogue is more your pace? How about a Druid, or a Necromancer? With five solid character classes to choose from in Diablo 4, how are you supposed to know which one is ranked best? Well, that’s down to your preferences really. The best character class for you depends on whether you prefer fighting ranged or up-close and personal. It depends on whether you prefer to deal damage with magic or simply hit things with big weapons.

However you prefer to play, there’s a class for you. And while we acknowledge that everyone will likely have their own favourites, we’ve ranked all five Diablo 4 character classes here, from best to worst. We’ve also included our reasons why we’ve ranked them as we have, and highlighted some reasons why you might want to choose a specific character class.

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1. Druid

Diablo 4 character classes - Druid
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+ Lots of viable, powerful build options
– Not the best looking class when it comes to cosmetics

We weren’t too hot on the Druid in Diablo 2, the entry in which the class made its debut. In Diablo 4, however, it’s quickly proven itself to be our favourite. The reason? The number of viable and enjoyable build options it presents.

You can be a wolf that speedily slashes its prey while spreading poison, a huge bear that decimates all enemies on screen with its pounding attacks, or become one with the elements, using your magic to thwart your foes while remaining relatively human. You simply have so many options when it comes to playing as a Druid, and they’re all so much fun.

2. Rogue

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+ Fast attacks and capable of lots of damage
– Not very tanky

Like to play a character that’s quick on their feet, allowing them to run rings around their enemies? In which case, the Rogue is the best character class in Diablo 4 for you. Able to equip a ranged weapon as well as two single-handed weapons, the Rogue has multiple builds options that let you choose whether to engage enemies up close or at distance.

Don’t let their small frame fool you, either: they’re more than capable of dishing out lots of damage as well as you put together an effective selection of skills.

3. Barbarian

Diablo 4 character classes Barbarian
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+ Able to go toe-to-toe with the most ferocious of enemies
– No real ranged options

As you’d expect, the Barbarian is the go-to class for those who want to get into the thick of the action, going toe-to-toe with their enemies. Thanks to their innate 10% damage reduction bonus, the Barbarian is the tankiest class of the base roster, able to withstand a considerable onslaught.

The downside to the Barbarian is that they have few options when it comes to combating enemies at range. Also, if you enjoyed the powerful Whirlwind build in Diablo 3, you might be disappointed with the equivalent here, which just isn’t as much fun. Thanks to being able equip four weapons at once however, including two powerful two-handed weapons, they are truly a force to be reckoned with.

4. Necromancer

Diablo 4 Necromancer
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+ The coolest-looking class by far
– Minions just don’t cut the mustard at end game

The Necromancer was once considered the best character class in Diablo 4, but thanks to numerous updates that have left them by the wayside they’re now pretty underwhelming. It’s mainly down to the fact that what makes the Necromancer unique – its summons – just aren’t all that useful when it comes to the endgame.

It means if you want to do any real damage, you have to abandon them to focus on builds that focus on Bone Spear or Shadow Over Time damage. They’re perhaps the coolest-looking of all the classes, though, with some brilliant cosmetics available. And all it could take is a good update to see them rise again.

5. Sorcerer

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+ Has some snazzy magic skills
– Feels weak for most of the game

Playing as a Sorcerer or Sorceress used to be considered easy mode in Diablo 2 and Diablo 3. That’s not quite the case in Diablo 4. Basically, their skills just don’t feel all that powerful, making them quite an underwhelming class to play as.

Even more perplexing, their best basic skill essentially makes them a melee character, which is plain weird. Don’t get us wrong, if you put the time and effort in, you can build a Sorcerer (or Sorceresss) that’s extremely powerful, but on the whole we think it’s the class that the least fun to play, and that’s a real shame.