A Noob's Guide to Neverwinter's Open Beta

| 30 Apr 2013 19:30

6.Classes in Neverwinter

There are currently five available classes available in Neverwinter, with a sixth to be released shortly after the game is live (no current ETA).

The Guardian Fighter, or GF, is a heavily armored class equipped to take hits and engage the focus of the enemies. To those more familiar with the holy trinity of gaming, this class is the staple tank of Neverwinter. The Guardian Fighter uses a one-handed weapon and a heavy shield, and stands at the forefront of every battle. A brief informational video about the Guardian Fighter can be found on this Youtube page, which shows some of the cool and interesting moves the Guardian is equipped with, including an awesome ground slam ability that knocks enemies into the air.

The Trickster Rogue, or TR, is an agile, shadowy striker with a heavy focus on killing a single target at a time. The Trickster Rogue has lots of mobility, and benefits from striking his enemies from behind, or from stealth. The Trickster Rogue dual-wields one-handed weapons, though they have a wide array of ranged attacks as well. A video featuring the Trickster Rogue can be found on this Youtube page, which shows the play style of the Trickster Rogue, which involves blinking and dodging between opponents, sneaking gratifyingly brutal strikes in between rolling and jumping around the battlefield.

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The Control Mage, or CM, is a class that is perfectly summed up by its name. Specializing in frost and arcane magic, the Control Mage is all about staying two steps ahead of your enemies. With an incredibly awesome blinking ability (on a 3-4 second cooldown), the Control Mage is able to freeze, choke, and stun his opponents into submission. While most mage classes are very slow and cumbersome to make up for the awesome power they wield, the Control Mage is agile and ferocious, with acrobatic casting maneuvers, and an area of effect explosion ability from even the lowest levels. The preview of the Control Wizard can be found here, displaying the visceral feel that the Control Mage successfully conveys with every attack.

The Devoted Cleric, or DC, is a unique combination class that breaks away from the typical role of clerics, priests, etc. in both MMOs and D&D. The Devoted Cleric has access to a number of offensive spells with beneficial supporting effects, making them equal parts blaster caster and area control/healer. The Devoted Cleric is a genuine hybrid class, actively healing, damaging, and controlling the battlefield from the back lines, rather than just spamming heals. The Devoted Cleric wields a divine focus, and wears heavy armor, meaning they can even step into the fray if need be. Neverwinter has done a great job of breaking the Devoted Cleric away from the simple description of "healer", but the holy trinity is still alive and well. Players who don't like to wait for groups and don't mind not being #1 on the damage charts (which are currently included!), should absolutely check out the Devoted Cleric. The video for the Devoted Cleric can be found at this link, which shows the divine wrath of the Devoted Cleric at work.

The Great Weapon Fighter, or GWF, is a heavily armed and armored melee fighter who wades into combat, drinking in the rage of his foes. Wielding a two-headed weapon, the Great Weapon Fighter specializes in a flowing dance of slaughter. They swing the weapon in great arcs, causing area of effect damage to enemies all around them. The Great Weapon Fighter is also capable of taking a few hits, and is a more-than-able off-tank, especially at the lower levels of the game. The Great Weapon Fighter is all about getting and staying in combat, building up their damage as they continue to fight. Gaming veterans may also be excited to hear that Neverwinter has continued the long tradition of "Spin to Win", paying homage to Harod in World of Warcraft or Garen in League of Legends,as well as many others, with the Great Weapon Fighter's ability Spinning Strike, which is exactly what it sounds like. To check out Spinning Strike and a few of the Great Weapon Fighter's other abilities, check out the Great Weapon Fighter intro.

Neverwinter developers have promised many other classes to come, and have even put out a list of their eventual plans, which can be found at this link. The only confirmed classes are those above, as well as the Ranger, which has been confirmed by Cryptic community managers, and can be seen briefly at 1:14 in the Great Weapon Fighter demo video.

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