MMO Classes That I Love

Classes. Jobs. Professions. They’re in almost every MMORPG we play and are perhaps the single most important choice we make. They define who we are, what we do and how we do it. Everyone knows the classic Warriors, Rangers and Wizards but what about some of the more exotic or uncommon classes out there? Here’s a run down of some of my favourite MMO classes of all time (in no particular order).

Berserker

My Ogre Berserker, Crushinator

My Ogre Berserker, Crushinator

I adored my Everquest Berserker. There was just something so thrilling and exciting about playing a giant Ogre who crushed things with a two handed axe. Bersekers are probably my overall favourite class in any sort of RPG but surprisingly hard to find. They also tend to be the first class to get axed (ba-da-boom) from developer’s line-ups. Although I play a Berserker in EQ2 it’s not a patch on my original love, the Crushinator. The idea of a Berserker in plate armour just doesn’t sit right with me.

Beastlord

Oh how we love the Beastlord. You only need to check the ‘Expansions and Adventure Packs’ section of the EQ2 forums to see dozens of threads entitled ‘please bring back the Beastlord’. Unfortunately SOE have strongly resisted this request (I honestly don’t know why) and it’s a damn shame. Beastlords were unique and exotic and we’d never seen anything like them back in 2001. Monks with pets, what a combo.

Pikeman

I miss pre-NGE Star Wars: Galaxies. Anyone who reads my blog will be able to tell you that. One the reasons I miss it so much though is because of the Pikeman profession. There was just something so unique and exotic about them (perhaps because they were rubbish so very few people bothered to play them) and I loved it. To me, there was nothing more exhilarating then running into the middle of a huge group of Tuskens and performing my AoE sweep attack. Sure, I would get slaughtered the second they stood up but it was worth it every time.

Hero

DOAC Hero in Stag form

DOAC Hero in Stag form

Celtic warriors who could turn into freakin’ stags. Stags, man, stags. I rest my case.

Bureaucrat

I signed back up to Anarchy Online not so long ago just because I missed the Bureaucrat class so much (unfortunately the terrible camera and movement controls put me off – I couldn’t manage to get it set up for the way I use my mouse now). I have no idea why, but for some reason the idea of playing a fat, bald old guy in a suit really appeals to me… wow, I think I’ve just admitted to desire to become a middle age Salaryman. I need a life.

So tell me, what classes do you love?

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29 Comments

  1. spinks says:

    I loved my sorceress in DaoC. How overpowered was that class? Nukes, lifetaps, more crowd control than you could shake a stick at, runspeed, power regen buff, AND could charm any mob its level or below in the game as a permanent pet.

    I also think my warrior in WoW is the most fun melee I’ve ever played.

  2. spinks says:

    Oh, and amnesia (clear the threat list of a mob) and confuse (best crowd control spell ever — I used to solo crazy stuff with that spell).

  3. Gordon says:

    I agree, Blizzard did an excellent job making the Warrior fun. Titan’s Grip is the reason I started up in WoW :D

  4. Beej says:

    My personal favorite was my 5x 120 Mage on Ultima Online. I never had more fun than I did when I was PKing people with him and unattended off murder counts with my friends.

    Second to that was my Wookiee Jedi on SWG. The hologrind was fun, and I think I loved Pikeman or Teras Kasi more than any of the other professions pre-NGE. I also loved a Swordsman/Doctor when they were super-broken.

    I still love my Priest on WoW, but he is still only 72 with my Shaman and Death Knight at 80 ahead of him. I am raiding as I write this on my Shaman, and it’s just not as fun to spam Chain Heal as it was Heal rank 2 in BWL. I might try to level him up to 80 and PvP with him or something. Who knows? WoW can barely keep my attention these days. If patch 3.2 doesn’t really reinvigorate battlegrounds and the arena raids aren’t great, then I am done completely and will likely go back to SWG (just to screw around with Jedi) or some F2P game like Free Realms until SW:TOR comes out.

  5. Beej says:

    My personal favorite was my 5x 120 Mage on Ultima Online. I never had more fun than I did when I was PKing people with him and unattended off murder counts with my friends.

    Second to that was my Wookiee Jedi on SWG. The hologrind was fun, and I think I loved Pikeman or Teras Kasi more than any of the other professions pre-NGE. I also loved a Swordsman/Doctor when they were super-broken.

    I still love my Priest on WoW, but he is still only 72 with my Shaman and Death Knight at 80 ahead of him. I am raiding as I write this on my Shaman, and it’s just not as fun to spam Chain Heal as it was Heal rank 2 in BWL. I might try to level him up to 80 and PvP with him or something. Who knows? WoW can barely keep my attention these days. If patch 3.2 doesn’t really reinvigorate battlegrounds and the arena raids aren’t great, then I am done completely and will likely go back to SWG (just to screw around with Jedi) or some F2P game like Free Realms until SW:TOR comes out.

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  7. Sente says:

    Bureacrat is one of my favourites also, definitely my favourite from Anarchy Online. The combination of skills was very attractive and fun after getting past the name of the profession.

    Another favourite is the BeastMaster from Final Fantasy XI. Brilliant gameplay mechanic with the temporary charmed pets and spicing it up with the jar pets.

    In old SWG I was very fond of my Ranger/Creature Handler combination. Great fun with tracking skills and collecting new pets.

    The brigand from EQ2 is also one I had a lot of fun with, running around the enemies, whacking them etc. It did help that my character was a Ratonga, sort of helped with the idea of a sneaky b*st*rd.

    And of course the Dominator, probably the archetype I have played most of any choice available. Gameplay varies a bit depending on powerset choices, but the general combination of crowd control and (somewhat weak) damage dealer with temporary boosts of these skills (through domination) is great fun. The game is City of Villains, if anyone wonders.

  8. Ramon says:

    The Beastlord is alive and well (and rebalanced) in Shards of Dalaya, so have a go at that :)

  9. Beej says:

    I never played the Beastlord in EQ, but I still have nightmares of Paludal Caverns fighting Patog Phlarg Fiends (if that’s how either of those was spelled) and hearing “L15 BST LGF PST THX” shouted through the entire zone. My friends and I then decided that Beastlords had no concept of syntax or full-words; they only spoke in redundant, self-serving acronyms. ;)

  10. Rich Yeates says:

    “L15 BST LGF PST THX”, priceless & oh so true.

  11. Gordon says:

    Ah yes, I remember the endless swarms of Beastlords :) Funny how the BST was hugely powerful and very popular yet the BER was pretty weak and very unpopular. They never did manage to get that balanced out right :)

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  16. Skronipe says:

    Always the same class in every mmo: warrior, mage, archer, so boring, that’s why the Pikeman from Pristontale was my favorite class, it was like a mix between a ninja and a warrior, using a scyth, really cool.
    I also loved my segnale in 2moons which is a healer who looks like a dark eldar (Wh40k) and can use deadly aoe at highter lvl.

    btw, both of thoses game were monster bashing only and really boring but I would loved to see this class in other mmo.

  17. VGM.uk says:

    My favourite classes are the Wizard and the Rogue.

    When is a Rogue not a Rogue?
    Answer: When it’s in an MMO.

    I think Dungeons and Dragons Online is the best Rogue experience out there at the moment. In other MMOs I feel they are stripped of their character and seen only as DPS dealers.

    Wizards – I just wish the devs would put a bit of effort into changing the look of spells as you level, just changing the name and increase their strengths is a tad disappointing.

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