Some games are hard to get into, while others can seem dauntingly intimidating. Finding the best starting classes in a game is often tough, so we’ve put together this list of the 10 most popular gaming genres and made some suggestions for each.

The “salt and sacrifice classes” is a type of game that requires players to select the best starting class for their team. This can be done by selecting either a Sacrifice or Salt player. The Sacrifice player will give up the first kill in order to help out his teammates, while the Salt player will try to get kills as often as possible.

Salt and Sacrifice has eight beginning classes, and depending on your experience with the genre, some are better than others. New players who are new with Souls-like games should lean toward particular classes, while experienced players should go toward others. 

We’ll go through both sorts of players’ beginning classes, what you receive when you pick them, and who does what.

Salt & Sacrifice’s Best Beginning Classes

There are stronger beginning classes for particular builds than others, like with most Souls-likes, but you’re free to choose any of them. Starting as a Sage or Fighter will make certain bouts more difficult and others simpler, but with enough time and effort, either of them can suffice for a first game. The options below are best for certain skill levels or make the game more accessible overall.

For new players, the best starting class is: Paladin


For those looking for a simple first game, the Paladin beginning class is perhaps the best option. There are three major causes for this:

  • To begin, the Paladin is given a Vanguard-class weapon, which includes a sword and shield. Their shield protects them from 95% of physical attacks and possesses high elemental resistance. Whether in the air or on the ground, the sword boasts one of the quickest attack speeds and one of the finest combo strings in the game.
  • Second, thick armor, Vitality, Endurance, and Strength are all readily available to you. The greater your Vitality, the better your health. The thicker the armor you can wear, the more Endurance you have. There are a couple neighboring nodes on the Tree of Skill that increase your overall Stamina with the Will stat. While the Paladin’s basic Vanguard weapon isn’t the strongest in the game by any means, it does scale nicely with Strength, so your damage output won’t be lacking until the third zone at the earliest.
  • Third, the Vanguard weapon of the Paladin has a Runic Art that increases damage by 20% for around 10 seconds. The animation is short, yet there are two casts at full Rage.

You won’t roll far or quickly unless you substantially invest in Endurance if you wear the entire Paladin armor set or anything else in the Heavy Armor category, but there’s plenty of it near to the Paladin’s beginning skill node.

You’ll only need to be level 30 or so if you don’t branch into any of the skills on the other side of the grid to have more than enough damage and survivability to take on any of the challenges Salt and Sacrifice can throw at you if you don’t branch into any of the skills on the other side of the grid.

For experienced players or a second playthrough, the best starting class is: Cleric


Because it begins towards the bottom of the skill grid, the Cleric may not have as many benefits as the Paladin. The distinction is in the amount of access the Cleric has to portions of the grid that the Paladin must pay at least five points to access.

As a Cleric, you’ll get Forbidden Glyphs, a Mace with a healing Runic Arc, and the option to spec into practically any build in the game for very little money. This is due to the Cleric’s beginning node being in the grid’s center.

Almost every other class begins on the starting circle’s outer ring. The Cleric is on one of the inner nodes, allowing three routes to be opened: Staves, Rods, and Conviction weapons; Twindaggers and Dexterity weapons; and heavy armor, big hammers, and Strength weapons.

Because most of the Vitality and Endurance nodes are immediately opposite the Cleric’s starting position, the Cleric will have some difficulty accessing them. If you start as a Cleric on a second playing, you won’t require as much health. However, around roughly level 20, you’ll want to invest in Vitality. If you wait much longer, you’ll be one or two shots by every adversary you come across.

In Salt and Sacrifice, they are the two greatest beginning classes, but any player with enough grit and patience may succeed. For more information on the game, check out our review, which covers both the positive and negative aspects, as well as our guide to Runic Arts. While you’re here, be sure to check out our Salt and Sacrifice guidelines center.

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