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Path of Exile 2 Mercenary Class
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What Are the Path of Exile 2 Classes? – Answered

One class to rule them all! Or maybe 12?

One of the key reasons why so many of us love the ARPG genre is due to the build diversity that stems from multiple unique classes and playstyles. It’s why I’m hooked on Path of Exile, Last Epoch, and Diablo IV, rotating between each one in turn, and why—like you—I can’t wait for Path of Exile 2. But for now, what are the Path of Exile 2 classes?

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Every Path of Exile 2 Class Confirmed

In all, Path of Exile 2 features 12 base classes, with the majority focusing on a single or dual-attribute combination to help increase build diversity from the get-go. The currently confirmed classes include:

ClassAttributeWeapon Types
WarriorStrengthMaces, Hammers
WitchIntelligenceMinions, Occult Spells
SorceressIntelligenceElemental Spells, Staves
DuelistStrength / DexteritySwords
MercenaryStrength / DexterityCrossbows, Grenades
ShadowIntelligence / DexterityDaggers, Traps
MonkIntelligence / DexterityUnarmed, Quarterstaves
TemplarStrength / IntelligenceFlails, Shields
DruidStrength / IntelligenceShapeshift Spells, Staves

Alongside the twelve base classes in the game, every class features three Ascendancy Classes, for a grand total of 36 Ascendancy Classes. Unfortunately, we don’t know every Ascendancy Class in Path of Exile 2, with the exception of the Elementalist for the Sorceress. As we grow closer to the next beta playtest, we’ll likely see more about the second set of classes!

Are Path of Exile 2 Classes Gender-Locked?

Like in the first Path of Exile, the classes in the sequel will remain gender-locked. As such, if you want to play as a Witch, you must play as a female character. For many, that’s not an issue. After all, it’s about the build, power, and playstyle, not about the pixelated gender on-screen. Others, unfortunately, will find fault with this system.

Do you know which class you’ll play first in Path of Exile 2? Me? I’m leaning towards a Mercenary or Witch!

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Brandon began writing in 2012, for websites such as OnlySP, before transitioning to digital marketing in 2016 to learn the ins and outs of SEO. In mid-2023, Brandon returned to write strategy guides for Prima Games, IGN, DualShockers, and more, with a focus on ARPGs, RPGs, and Survival games. His past coverage includes Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty, Starfield, Skull and Bones, and many more!