Wretch is a starting Class in Elden Ring. The Wretch is the “deprived” of the game. It starts at level 1 with 10 on all stats and just a club for weapons. It is the weakest starting Class in Elden Ring, and should be selected by those who want an added challenge in the earlier parts of the game. The Classes only determine the starting Stats and Equipment of the player, but as the game progresses, players can freely change their build to their preferred playstyle.

 

As poor, purposeless and naked as the day they were born. A nice club is all they have.

 

Wretch Starting Equipment for Elden Ring

This class starts with the following equipment:

 

Starting items for Wretch  in Elden Ring

This class starts with the following items:

 

Wretch Builds in Elden Ring 

Wretch builds coming soon!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Elden Ring Wretch Notes & Tips

  • Due to it's lack of starting equipment, this Class is best recommended for experienced Souls players, or for players that are looking for more challenge
  • Since start of the game does not have any non-optional boss, starting with this class is easier than in previous games.
  • You can get your first armor set by farming Godrick soldiers near Groveside cave entrance.
  • Notes, Tips, and Trivia go here

 

 

Elden Ring Classes
Astrologer  ♦  Bandit  ♦  Confessor  ♦  Hero  ♦  Prisoner  ♦  Prophet  ♦  Samurai  ♦  Vagabond  ♦  Warrior



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    • Anonymous

      Nothing wrong with this Class, TBH. It's not difficult starting out. For 600 Runes you can buy a shield from the first merchant, and start guard countering enemies. You will spend more time exploring for equipment, but that's part of the appeal of this class. Every piece if armor, and weapon you pick up? You honestly consider using it, because all you got is a club.

      • Anonymous

        Played and beat the game with the other 9 classes, saved wretch for last. I like the blank slate and am clueless what to do with it!

        • Anonymous

          I always play souls games with the deprived equivalent class currently at level 40 in every stat because I got lost more than the socks you lose in the laundry. I can do a little in everything and most “non viable” weapon load outs are the best ones for me. The Carian knight sword for example with its 3 stat distribution is great. I like the idea of starting with a stick and dream.

          • Anonymous

            Me, completely clueless about the game, starting as an ugly as hell naked guy: "Well, I'm not into it, let's try, die and never start the game again"

            Me, after a few dozen of hours in the game:
            *Psychotic sounds of wooden club violence*

            • My first playthrough of Elden Ring is going to be this class. I've played DS1 a TON but this is my first more modern FromSoft game since trying DS2 when it came out. Wish me luck

              • Anonymous

                honestly I prefer using the wretch. it really isnt all that hard to get some earlier armor and a weapon. and using a wretch is just such a good blank template and rebirthing with it is honestly so nice

                • Anonymous

                  Wish I picked a melee class like hero or samurai. Every build needs melee stats (maybe not PVP only builds..) but not every build needs int/fth

                  • Anonymous

                    Pick this if you don't know where you're going yet and minmax'ing for PvP is not on your mind yet, as you simply want to play through the story at first. You start with a club and struggle your way through limgrave until you find or buy your first set of armor and new weapons. You character will grow as your knowledge of the game grows.
                    The option to reskill (around midgame) allows this class to go into all builds easily.

                    40 Vigor, min. 18 Endurance, and another main stat at 40 while having the min. requierements for everything you want to use, is a good goal for midgame-lategame. Good luck, my fellow wretch connoisseur!

                    • I've always picked this class and it's equivalent in every souls game and then regret it later when I wanna pvp because it's bad at min maxing the stats lol. Especially in this game where building a new character is a bit longer than previous games.

                      • Anonymous

                        This class is best for competitionist!

                        Many of you have several characters, each specializing into something. But you really don’t need to do that with this game! Instead, chose this class and level up everything evenly with increments of 10 starting with arcane. Level it up to 20. Pick another stat, repeat.

                        This game is about the gear, not so much about your level! You can quite literally be every class with one class. Sure, it will take you 10 times longer, but it’s better then playing 10 separate characters.

                        Arcane will allow you to get gear, and let you suit up specialized gear that’s required Arcane. You will be able to suit up every single type of gear the game offers.

                        Once all stats hit level 20, and you farmed all types of beginner level gear, you can chose what character you want to play that day, or that hour.

                        This also opened up more strategic game play. You can morph your char into whatever on the fly.

                        Also, even though you may only have 20 points into everything, and yet your a level 90, (seems like your gimped on paper) your not gimped at all. Because each level also builds up your defenses, especially Arcane. Arcane also helps with vitality, and more. It all scales.

                        For instances. You might be a level 90 with 20 strength, but your defenses are off the charts because your a level 90. Tanky as hell.

                        Another thing to consider, you don’t have a skill level cap under 99. So why not slowly build your God character?

                        • Anonymous

                          Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
                          That saved a wretch like me
                          I once was lost, but now am found
                          Was blind but now I see

                          • Anonymous

                            Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
                            That saved a wretch like me
                            I once was lost, but now am found
                            Was blind but now I see

                            • Anonymous

                              Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
                              That saved a wretch like me
                              I once was lost, but now am found
                              Was blind but now I see

                              • Anonymous

                                wretch. seems overpowered and unpowered all in the same note. if done right can out level just about ever class of there main stat. the only 3 classes that even come close to having a stat that matches or over takes are the Prophet (which matches at level to level) or the Astrologer which beats it by one. the bandit has arcane that can match at level. combine that with items... Having experience will help if playing as a wretch. it is more newbie friendly than previous souls games though I still recommended getting experience from the other classes to learn what playstyle you want. :)

                                • Anonymous

                                  Best class for respeccing when you're still trying to figure out what you want to do, as is typical for the "Naked guy" class in FS games. Of course, you don't get to minmax like picking prisoner (lowest faith) or prophet (lowest int), but that's the price of not specializing from the start.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    This is my first from software game and i started with wretch, i pretty much farmed in the camp near the beggining of the game and the soldiers there ended up dropping their entire set of armor and sword, plus the shield i bought and i got to lvl 10, i'm feeling pretty good about it, game got a LOT easier once i got the sword, so the practice with wretch gave me a good beat down to get ready for the rest of the game.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      No bonus level and no equipment (to sell or use) just means you miss out on free runes the other class gets. Probably not much, but a lot early game

                                      • Anonymous

                                        the best start in the game. this is the only real way to mold your character. You start with all equal stats so nothing leans toward anything

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Wretch is probably one of the best classes to start off as. Find yourself a shield early on, even just buy it from the first shopkeeper you meet, and you can easily take out most mobs by guard countering with your club. Being level 1 means it costs much less to spec into any weapon you would pick up in the early game, with a 10 baseline being great for most equipment anyways. In my first playthrough I used the club until I beat Margit and never struggled too much.

                                          If you want to totally cheese the early game its pretty easy, though I suppose this could be done with any other character too. Take the stone sword key as your keepsake and go grab the dragon communion in the fringe folk heros grave. From there go get Torrent the spectral steed and grab the Reduvia from Bloody Finger Nerijus. If you then head over to Elder Dragon Greytoll you can hit his tail with a bleed weapon until he dies. Gets you 5 dragon hearts you can use to get some really busted dragon incantations. Insta kills most enemies and groups.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            after getting torrent and bell. everyone should head straight to caria manor and get hoarfrost stomp. farming easy mode regardless of class. long run up there but saves ridiculous amount of time. when not farming i have bloodhound's step addiction

                                            • Anonymous

                                              As poor, purposeless and naked as (they) day they were born. A nice club is all they have.
                                              ^ (they) -> the
                                              someone please edit this, thank you

                                              • Anonymous

                                                There is literally no downside to wretch. You can easily defeat most enemies with an non-upgraded club and you gain a few extra points in stats due to starting at lvl 1 with a baseline of 10. I find it impossible to pick any other class as you're cucking yourself out of 2-3 stat points for what? Decent gear that is easily replaceable within an hour of farming the knights where you find the whetstone. Wow.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  why do we have to sacrifice everything only to be able to setup our starting stat points, so outdated, give us stat retribution in character creation already ,
                                                  play this so i am not stuck with low faith or int, some gear needs that,

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Probably the best class to chose!
                                                    You get a badass club and are free to distribute yoir stats however you want
                                                    I just hate it from a roleplay perspective

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I took a wretch and if you explore a bit (which is kind of the point of the game) you don't come out badly. In fact, being able to build freely is good. 4 hours in and I was lvl 11 already and found/bought good equip that I used until lvl 24 or so.
                                                      I'm not even a DS player and did just fine.
                                                      Highly recommended if you like a little challenge.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Had to go in naked with the toothpick, although good gear is pretty difficult to come by in the early game, so the first 10 to 20 lvls as a wretch are a pain in the ass. It does catch up to the other classes pretty quickly though.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          "A poor purposeless osd naked as they day they were born. A nice club is all they have"

                                                          I think its supposed to say sod, not osd.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            What's the best starting gift for the wretch?

                                                            Imo it's probably the Golden Seed but I'm not too far in.

                                                            In DS3 the firebombs were arguably the best just to speed up the first part. Opinions of best starting gift for a wretch?

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              People say playing this class as a newbie is not recommended, but I am recommending everyone right now to play as this class the first time. I do not care if you have 0 hours in souls games or 10k. This class will give you the best possible experience on your first playthrough. While all other builds are basically set for the next 5 - 15 hours of gameplay, the wretch actively requires you to go from 0 to gigachad. As a wretch, you won't miss out on the majority of weapons, since you don't already have something better from your starting class. If you play as the vagabond, and you get dropped a shortsword, you will obviously not care at all and go about your way, as a wretch player, you go "LETS F*CKING GOOOOO!" and try it out, until you find something better. Same thing with all the armor, why in the hell would you equip any other armor that is worse than the one you spawned with? And as a samurai starter, why would you ever wear any other armor? As a wretch, you don't really have the option to just stay with your current equipment... because you don't have any, aside from your chad nice stick. This way you can get the most out of your first playthrough, since you give everything you find a try. If you play as the samurai or vagabond your second time around doesn't matter, because after finishing the game as the wretch first time, you already experienced most of what there is, and you won't be missing out on a bunch of weapons because your starting gear was just better.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Honestly the best class for you to play in the first campaign ( of course I don't recommend it for beginners in "Souls" games )

                                                                Because simple you don't know anything about the game with this class, what you find ahead you will use, this is a very unique experience, which loses part of its effect if you already know what to expect

                                                                Also, as you start at Lv 1 this will allow you to get initial lvs very quickly so you can distribute what you need

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  This will be my exploring, story, jack of all trades character. After when you get a feel for the game, magic and weapons and so on. Then, i will go more specific build with my second character.

                                                                  Do you agree?

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    I think this is the best class for an open world. Start with nothing and explore the world, becoming more and more powerful. I think this is the best first playthrough class, but samurai looks awesome

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I really want to play with Wretch, but min-maxing seems so bad with this class. Why don't FromSoftware give you a stat advantage in exchange for starting as a poor bastard.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        I'm thinking of going wretch, splitting points between faith and intelligence, and becoming the ultimate magic user. That way I don't have to choose between sorcery and miracles.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          This class has a malus in the total point stats.
                                                                          In the previous game the total points stats was the same also for deprived... idk if it is a mistake or is intended

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            This looks like it's going to be the same as DS3 Deprived: All stats pretty high from the start, and Level 1, so the first 10 or so levels are going to be cheap as hell. Literally the best class in the game, even if you have another build in mind.

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