If you’re just starting out on your Dark and Darker adventure, but aren’t sure which class to play with, then this article is for you! We’ve put together a Dark and Darker tier list of all the classes in the game that’ll help get you started in no time.
Dark and Darker is a new dungeon crawler RPG game that is bound to be released in the fall of 2023. Still, there are ways to gain early access and enjoy the game right now, such as requesting it from the official Steam page. Whenever the developers of the game (IRONMACE) need to test more features of the game they will give access to players to join and play the game.
But even though Dark and Darker isn’t officially released yet, there are numerous players who got access to the game that provided us with a bunch of good content already. We can also find out which classes are the best in Dark and Darker, and so we have prepared a tier list for that (below).
It’s important to note that pretty much every class is viable in Dark and Darker. However, some are much better than others, especially for solo play. If you’re looking for a recommendation on which class to play as, then we’d suggest checking out our Dark and Darker classes tier list below.
This guide will give you all the information you need to know about each class and how they play in-game. From the very best class (ranked S-tier) to the weakest (D-tier). Let’s get started:
Dark and Darker Classes Tier List
Dark and Darker – Tier S Classes
The rogue has some excellent combination of skills and perks that makes them one of the best classes in Dark and Darker, especially for solo play in the current game meta.
Some of their best perks such as ‘Ambush’ and ‘Backstab’ pair nicely with their ‘Hide’ and ‘Weakpoint Attack’ skills, allowing players to do devastating damage to unexpected targets in a very short time.
When in doubt you can also use the ‘Stealth’ skill to get away from danger or travel through dangerous parts of a dungeon, but keep in mind that any action (such as attacking) will take you out of your stealth.
So if you like being sneaky and taking your enemies by surprise then without a doubt the playstyle of the Rogue class is the best one in Dark and Darker for you.
There are numerous combo builds that you can do with every class in Dark and Darker and the Rogue is no exception to that, so pick the perks that interest you the most, and go from there.
Oh and remember, playing a Rogue (in any game) is all about being quiet and deceptive, so don’t just rush in head first, instead you should aim for playing strategically and smart in order to… avoid death.
Ah, the wizard. Every respectable dungeon crawler RPG should have a wizard class and well, we are delighted to find out that Dark and Darker also features an old bearded man with a funny hat wielding a wooden stick that makes things melt.
So if you prefer the more relaxed and chill ranged playstyle, then perhaps give old Wizard a try, as this Dark and Darker class is surely going to live up to the expectation.
You have a bunch of awesome perks such as ‘Sage’, ‘Quick Chant’ and ‘Reactive Shield’, that you can combine with the best skills (in our opinion for this Dark and Darker meta) such as ‘Intense Focus’, ‘Meditation’ and ‘Spell Memory 2’. For the skills, obviously ‘Fireball’ is your first choice, followed by ‘Magic Missile’ and some utility and mobility ones such as ‘Invisibility’, ‘Haste’, and ‘Slow’.
In conclusion, the wizard is great at dishing out huge amounts of damage, from a safe distance… but that’s the keyword here ‘distance’. Don’t get caught up too close to your enemies, or you might face sudden death, as wizards aren’t really the tankiest class of the game (yes, even with all the shields).
Dark and Darker – Tier A Classes
Want to smash things and go toe-to-toe with any foe in the game head first and basically act like a mini-hulk throughout the entire game? Well, my friend if that seems like your type of playstyle is suited for the Barbarian class.
The Barbarian is your go-to melee class in Dark and Darker. You have a nice array of perks, skills, and spells, but who cares about them anyway? You want to rip your enemies to pieces and you can use pretty much any type of perks/skills combos to achieve that goal.
But if we were to choose, we’d argue that in the current meta, the ‘Savage’, ‘Axe Specialization’, ‘Iron Will’, and maybe ‘Carnage’, are the best ones you should choose, combined with skills such as ‘Reckless Attack’ and ‘Rage’.
Do you like to “pew-pew” your enemies instead of shooting orbs of fire at them? Well, give the ranger class a try. As with most archers in other RPGs, the ranger in Dark and Darker is best suited for players that enjoy shooting arrows from a distance, while laying traps and dodging hits.
Even though the ‘Trap Expert’ perk is not really recommended, if you want to lay traps, then go for it.
But perhaps you should probably stick to the basics, and go for some of the better ranger perks such as ‘Nimble Hands’, ‘Kinesthesia’, ‘Ranged Weapons Expert’, and/or ‘Spear Proficiency’. For the skills, definitely go with: ‘Quick Fire’, followed by ‘Quick Shot’ and ‘True Shot’.
Healz. What more can I say? Ok fine, if you really want some extra details about why we have ranked the Cleric class so high in our Dark and Darker tier list, then here it is: If you want to go melee, be somewhat tanky but also have the ability to heal yourself and others, then choosing the Cleric class is a smart option.
This makes it a much safer option than other melee classes such as Rogue, Barbarian, and Fighter. But then again you also don’t really excel at anything, as it’s an excellent all-around class, and doesn’t have the greatest DPS.
Still, with perks such as ‘Advanced Healer’, ‘Perseverance’, and ‘Kindness’, you will at least have a much better way of healing yourself from the devastating wounds that some of the Dark and Darker enemies and bosses can inflict upon you. As for skills, definitely go with ‘Smite’ and ‘Judgement’, followed by the ‘Holy Light’, ‘Bless’, ‘Lesser Heal‘, and ‘Protection’ skills.
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Dark and Darker – Tier B Classes
Want to dual-wield your way to glory and hack every enemy that stands in your path? Well, the Fighter class is for you. Even though they sit kinda low on our Dark and Darker classes tier list, they are still able to clear a ton of content with relative ease…
Sure you might struggle a bit doing it solo, but hey, that shouldn’t stop you from having some fun.
Obviously, the go-to perk you should go for when choosing to play as a Fighter is the ‘Dual Wield’ one, followed by ‘Combo Attack’, and some defensive ones such as ‘Projectile Resistance’ and ‘Defense Expert’. As for skills, well, ‘Second Wind’ and ‘Adrenaline Rush’, followed by ‘Victory Strike’, and for utility and mobility ‘Sprint’ and ‘Taunt’.
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Dark and Darker – Tier C Classes
At the moment we don’t think that any particular class in the game fits the C rank, as pretty much all of them are kinda balanced in this current Dark and Darker meta and all of them can achieve good results.
Dark and Darker – Tier D Classes
The bad part is that the following are the worst classes in the game. The good part is that as it stands, there aren’t really any classes that deserve this spot, so hurray. Your favorite character is safe from embarrassment… for now.
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As you can see, there are many classes in Dark and Darker that offer a variety of ways to have fun with the game.
Personally, I like the wizard, but then again who doesn’t like shooting balls of fire at enemies? Right?
Hopefully, our Dark and Darker tier list for classes gives you some ideas of what classes and builds to try next.
If you have any feedback, let us know below, and don’t forget to bookmark this DnD tier list as we’ll try to keep it updated as the game also receives new content and patches. You can also check out our Darkest Dungeon 2 tier list for rankings of the best heroes in the game.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dark and Darker is expected to be released in Q4 of 2023. You can currently play it only if you request access from the developers as they occasionally let new players join the game to test various things and create content.
Dark and Darker is a great RPG that reminds us of the old-school dungeon crawlers, but we didn’t really have tier lists back then so you don’t need to pay much attention to this one either. Still, if you prefer to play with the absolute best and all-rounded class, then for solo play the Rogue is the best (in our opinion).
At the moment Dark and Darker is only being developed for the PC platform. The developers IRONMACE will announce in the near future when or if they will decide to port the game to other platforms such as Playstation and Xbox.
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