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Diablo 4 Open Beta: Best Starting Class Picks

Diablo 4 Beta Dilemma: Unearth the Ultimate Class from Five Sinister Choices

The best starting class to choose in Diablo 4 is the Barbarian. Its focus on physical attacks and brute strength makes learning it easy, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the Diablo series.

However, if you’re more interested in playing as a balanced class, choose the Druid or Rogue. Both can cater to ranged and melee-focused playstyles.

Of course, before you decide which class you will pick, make sure you know what classes your friends are picking so you can play together in either couch or online co-op.

Don’t worry too much about picking the perfect class, as you can create up to ten different characters. So, in theory, you can test out each of the five classes twice throughout the Open Beta weekend.

Fortunately, the Druid and Necromancer classes are available during the Open Beta weekend. You’ll finally be able to test the Necromancer’s ability to raise an army of the dead!

Keep reading to learn about each of the five classes in the Diablo 4 Beta, so you can see which is best suited for you.


The Barbarian is a melee-focused class that can equip up to four different weapons, each with its own designated skills, thanks to its unique Arsenal System.

It is perfect for players who prefer getting up close and personal with enemies, taking on the brunt of the damage while using their array of deadly skills to wipe out their enemies.

You should check out the ultimate Barbarian build, which will see you easily slice through hordes of demons, allowing you to collect all the Legendary loot they drop.

The Barbarian’s skills include:

  • Frenzy
  • War Cry
  • Lunging Strike
  • Hammer of the Ancients
  • Whirlwind

The Barbarian’s Ultimate abilities are:

  • Call of the Ancients
    • Summons three Ancients to help them in battle.
  • Iron Maelstrom
    • It can be activated three times, each time attaching a chain to a different weapon and causing a deadly AOE attack.
  • Wrath of the Berserker
    • Turns them into a giant with increased damage and movement speed.

The Barbarian can equip weapons in the following four weapon slots:

  • Main Hand
  • Off Hand
  • Two-Handed Bludgeoning Weapon
  • Two-Handed Slashing Weapon
The Barbarian class in Diablo 4


The Rogue specializes in ranged and melee attacks, capable of combing the two to create deadly combos that can enhance their powerful abilities.

Despite the Rogue’s weaker defense, it acts as a strong and balanced class capable of simultaneously wiping out dozens of enemies with its impressive ultimate abilities.

The Rogue has three Talent Specializations, two of which players will be able to unlock during the Open Beta. You unlock them by completing Class Specialization Quests.

These Talent Specializations are:

  • Combo Points – Unlocks at level 15
    • This Talent Specialization allows you to build up Combo Points by using basic attacks. You can then spend these points to enhance Core skills and make them more powerful.
  • Inner Sight – Unlocks at level 20
    • This Talent Specialization allows you to mark a specific enemy. The more you attack that enemy, the more you build up your Innersight gauge, and once it’s full, you gain unlimited Energy for 4 seconds.

You should try and get the Rogue to level 20, not just to unlock the Inner Sight Talent Specialization but also to unlock one of the many exclusive Diablo 4 Beta rewards.

The Rogue class can also imbue their weapons with afflictions such as Shadow, Chill, and Poison. These afflictions will then deal additional damage, allowing you to turn the tide in your favor.

The Rogue’s Ultimate abilities are:

  • A deadly trap that deals AOE damage.
  • Waves of arrows that target a large area.
  • Create a Shadow Clone that mimics your actions.
The Rogue class in Diablo 4


The Sorcerer class utilizes ranged elemental attacks that can morph the battlefield, deal incredible AOE damage, and clear out crowds of enemies.

However, their defense is relatively low, making them susceptible to incoming attacks, and they’re not really capable of dealing effective melee damage. So, there’s a lot of risk in using this class, especially if you’re playing solo.

Of course, if you play the Diablo 4 Beta with friends in the co-op modes, then you’ll be able to play the Sorcerer class with ease!

The Sorcerer class can use the following types of magic:

  • Fire Magic
    • It can inflict the burning effect on enemies, which deals damage over time.
  • Cold Magic
    • It can chill enemies, which slows them down. It can also freeze enemies completely.
  • Lightning Magic
    • It can leave behind balls of energy that can be collected to replenish mana or used to damage enemies.

The Sorcerer has the unique Enchantment ability, which is unlocked after completing a Priority Quest.

This Enchantment ability allows the player to place skills in Enchantment slots. These skills can then no longer be used but instead grant the player a passive bonus.

For example, if you place the Fireball spell into an Enchantment slot, you won’t be able to cast it anymore, but any enemies you kill will explode, causing damage to nearby foes.

The Sorcerer’s Ultimate abilities are:

  • The Deep Freeze spell, which makes you temporarily invulnerable while freezing enemies around you.
  • The Inferno spell, which spreads fire around you that causes damage to enemies within it.
  • The Conduit spell, which is a more deadly version of teleport.
The Sorcerer class in Diablo 4


The Druid class is a mix between the Sorcerer and the Barbarian. It can shapeshift into werewolves and bears to deal deadly melee-focused abilities and cast Earth, Wind, and Lightning-based magic.

Additionally, the Druid class can summon animals and nature to help fight by their side, including wolves, ravens, and even vines.

The Druid class doesn’t have specific skills dedicated to shapeshifting. Instead, when you activate a werewolf or bear skill, you will automatically transform into them for a limited time.

You can create combos of your shapeshifting abilities, switching in and out of bear and werewolf form at rapid speeds, allowing you to cause incredible amounts of damage.

The Druid’s Ultimate abilities are:

  • Summon a massive storm to deal AOE damage.
  • Turn into a bear for a more extended period.
  • Make enemies vulnerable by turning them to stone.
The Druid class in Diablo 4


The Necromancer can summon the dead to help fight by their side and cast the Dark Arts to deal damage to enemies. While not as strong as the Druid or Barbarian, they’re also capable of deadly melee attacks.

The Necromancer can summon three different types of undead creatures:

  • Skeletal Warriors
  • Skeletal Mages
  • Golems

The Necromancer can customize their undead companions through its unique class mechanic, The Book of the Dead.

This allows them to alter the stats of the dead that they summon. For example, you could increase a Skeletal Warrior’s HP at the cost of its overall attack power.

The Necromancer class in Diablo 4

Now that you know which class you will pick, you should check out everything there is to know about the Diablo 4 Beta, including how many quests are included, the level cap, the areas you can explore, and so much more.

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