EQ2 character classes are organized in a symmetrical hierarchy. There are four major archetypes of classes: Fighter, Mage, Priest, and Scout. Each archetype contains four neutral classes (available to any race or city), one good class, and one evil class. The good and evil classes are restricted to good and evil home cities, respectively. Scouts and Priests each have 1 extra class added by expansions. For an overview of classes, see: Choosing Your Class
There are also many class groupings that have been defined by the community over the years and are commonly used when referencing groups of classes. A group may ask for a "Plate Fighter" or "Non-Chain Healer" for example. Note that terminology may vary between servers and change over time. A listing of community defined class groupings is listed in the section Class Groupings.
Classes Through the Years
The class system evolved over time since EQ2's release and this can cause confusion sometimes when talking about classes. At launch, all players began as Commoners and would choose either Good (Qeynos) or Evil (Freeport) during character creation. The player would not choose the initial archetype for their character until completing the tutorial and arriving on the beach of the Isle of Refuge. An intermediate "class" was chosen at level 10, and then finally their "subclass" at level 20. For example, the predator class of the scout archetype would consist of the subclasses assassin and ranger. This gradual choice system was removed in GU19 in favor of choosing a subclass directly at character creation.
Today there are few references to the original class system remaining. The term "class" today normally refers to what was originally the player's subclass (e.g., Assassin). Influence of the original hierarchy can be seen in areas such as the shared AA trees and in the choice of class following betrayal. Tradeskill classes, unlike adventurer classes, still follow the original gradual choice method with players starting as an artisan, selecting one of three intermediate tradeskill classes at level 10 and picking a final tradeskill class at level 20.
- Changing Class: By changing your citizenship, you can change your class to the nearest related class. For details, see: Betrayal Timeline
- Tradeskill Classes: Your character actually has two classes: an Adventure class and a Tradeskill (Crafter) class. Your Tradeskill class has its own experience bar, and earns its own levels. You can see these in your Persona window. Your Knowledge Book has a separate section for Tradeskill abilities. Initially, you are a generic Artisan. For an overview, see: Taking up a Tradeskill
Listed below are some commonly used class groupings.
|Berserker, Guardian, Paladin, Shadowknight|
|Channeler, Fury, Inquisitor, Templar, Warden|
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