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Diablo 4: All Classes, Ranked

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The biggest decision you have to make in Diablo 4 is which class to play. Because there are five distinct classes with very different playstyles, it can be hard to find the right one that suits you. But that's why we've compiled a list of the best Diablo 4 classes to help you. Although all are viable options, some classes perform better than others in certain aspects. And that's exactly what we'll be discussing: each class's strengths and weaknesses, so you can get a general idea of how they play.

For a quick recap, the five classes in Diablo 4 are Druid, Barbarian, Rogue, Necromancer, and Sorcerer. And the class you choose will have a direct impact on your Diablo 4 experience. Not in a bad way, but in terms of gameplay. For example, some classes like the Barbarian are designed to be brute tanks, while others, like Sorcerers, are designed to be magic-wielding mages. Although both classes are excellent choices, they have differences that set them apart. Consequently why we're making this list. So, without further ado, here are the best classes in Diablo 4, ranked.

5. Druid

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With their shape-shifting abilities that can turn them into a Werebear and Werewolf, Druids can be a lot of fun to play. What's more, you can build them around their earth and storm magic abilities, allowing them to inflict torments of lightning, wind, and rain on enemies. You can have a mix of both or specialize in one, but either way, you'll have to follow a strict build that relies heavily on specific gear and abilities for the class to be effective. That's the Druid's downfall, and why we have it in the last spot on our list.

Despite being a spell-caster, Druid magic isn't as powerful as Sorcerer magic at the start of the game. At the same time, when they transform into a bear or wolf, their melee attacks aren't as strong as a Rogue. As a result, they can be somewhat squishy and hard to manage in the early game. Having said that, with the right build, they can be extremely powerful in the end game. But, that requires you to follow strict build rules. Because of that, we don't think they're one of the best classes in the game and feel you're better off going in another direction.

4. Barbarian

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If you like being a brute heavy tank that can take a heavy hit and dish it back even harder, then Barbarian is for you. Although they can be somewhat slow in terms of leveling, they are much more friendlier to learn than the Druid class. You'll be right in the thick of the action playing as a Barbarian, making them a great beginner class because they don't entirely rely on magical prowess. However, that doesn't mean they don't have it in their arsenal to some extent.

A huge factor with Barbarians is their fury, which allows you to use powerful abilities like Whirlwind and Upheavel on offense. Or Rallying Cry and Undying Rage for defense. These open up their mele playstyle a bit more, and allow for more ways to use you're weapon. What's more, they get passive buffs from certain weapons, so it pays off to use different weapons with this class. Nonetheless, this is the best class for a simple playstyle of soaking damage, and dishing it back.

3. Rogue

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Typically, Rogues have the highest damage output out of all the classes. The synergy of their Twisting Blades and Shadow Imbuement build is already showcasing just how powerful and broken this class can be. Furthermore, they have the fastest mobility of any class, which allows them to quickly jump into the fight to melee, and then jump out of the fight and take it at range. They are extremely versatile, but that's a double edge sword.

Because of their versatility which offers so many different abilities and thus playstyles, Rogues can be difficult to master as you level them up. Furthermore, due to their high damage and quick mobility, they aren't particularly good at taking damage, making them something of a glass cannon. As a result, you'll have to learn to be shifty with the Rogue. Nonetheless, we consider it one of the best classes in the game and place it in the middle of the pack for rewarding players who put in the effort to learn the class's uphill learning curve.

2. Necromancer

Necromancer has been the talk of the town in Diablo 4. Many people consider them to be one of the best classes in the game, owing to their ability to summon the dead to fight alongside you. And they are not wrong: this is the best class for solo play because you aren't really fighting by yourself. You'll have an army of dead skeletons and other demonic creatures by your side. This makes it a great class for newcomers. It's also can be built in a variety of ways, all of which are equally effective. For all those reasons and more, Necromancer is a great pick, but to us, not the very best one.

1. Sorcerer

The way we see it, Sorcerer is the best of all the classes in Diablo 4. Evidently, that's just because magic builds tend to be broken, take Elden Ring for example. In all reality, most players don't pick Sorcerer because they want cold hard steel to fight with, or because they think a magic-main class will be difficult to learn. However, it's quite the contrary. Although you still have to take time to learn them, Sorcerers are relatively easy to get the hang of.

As a powerful DPS class, with tons of splash, AOE, and crowd control damage, Sorcerers can hit hard from the back line without getting their cloaks dirty. Even if the fight makes its way to you, Sorcerers have a plethora of abilities such as Teleport to get them out of trouble and to safety. They don't require complex builds, but rather, just for you to focus on levelling a few abilities. Although this can make them a little more tedious to play than other classes, it also makes them the best class to play overall.

So, what's your take? Do you agree with our top five? Which classes in Diablo 4 do you think are the best? Let us know in the comments below or over on our socials here!

Riley Fonger is a freelance writer, music lover, and gamer since adolescence. He loves anything video game-related and grew up with a passion for story games such as Bioshock and The Last of Us.