When Elden Ring’s Prisoner Lessons was revealed last week, I thought to myself, running around in tattered pajamas with a giant cast iron pan welded to my head, this has to be the worst. But today FromSoftware introduced two more Elden Ring classes, and it turned out I was wrong.
The Prophet was “a prophet who was ostracized by an ominous prophecy,” the Twitter description said. “Mastering healing spells.” The prophets have actually been revealed, but with different ridiculously unrealistic accessories hanging around their necks.
Wretch, however, is a newcomer, and despite the prisoners’ apparent pain, they’re clearly Elden Ring’s true bottom line: “A poor, purposeless turf, as naked as the day they were born. A nice club is all they’ve got .have.”
WRETCH: A poor, purposeless turf, as naked as the day they were born. They only have one nice club. Prophet: A prophet who was ostracized by ominous prophecies. Proficient in healing spells. PRE-ORDER #ELDENRING: https://t.co/PTkxSAMqvh pic.twitter.com/7dfeY3IgAwFebruary 18, 2022
As we pointed out when we revealed Penitents and Samurai, careers in Souls games are more of a starting point than a layered path, and what you end up with is mostly how the character develops over the course of the game. But just like in real life, where you go is inevitably influenced by where you start, which doesn’t seem like an ideal starting point.
That’s not to say that being a Wretch is a hopelessly difficult endeavor. The dispossessed tiers in every Dark Souls game start with middling but the same stats across all categories, rather than the high and low levels of the more specialized tiers, and are effectively “jack of all trades” for players willing to put in the effort Types of. Stack them up. Assuming Elden Ring follows the same pattern (and there’s no reason to think it won’t), Wretch could play the same role: not great for min-maxers, but an interesting option for players who want some extra challenge .
The Elden Ring will finally arrive on February 25th. We all hope that the Elden Ring subreddit will stick around until then.