Diablo Immortal classes: which are best to play

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Don’t be fooled by the Diablo Immortal classes. Whilst they all might sound incredibly powerful in their own rights, there are many to wrap your head around. The range of options serves as one of the series’ main strengths, so having at least a cursory knowledge of what’s on offer is a must for any aspiring necromantic.

Despite being a mobile-first experience, Diablo Immortal continues the series’ time-honored tradition of . The main title and its PC beta feature six classes, and we imagine that the roster will grow as the game receives more and more support. You may be familiar with some of the classes already if you’re no stranger to the Diablo series, but other classes may be completely new to you. Some may even serve slight twists as fan-favorite builds completely change the game.

Here's every class you can play as in Diablo Immortal, as well as information on how to re-spec if you want to try a different one. Finally, you’ll find some recommendations on the best classes in Diablo Immortal depending on what you’re looking for.

Diablo Immortal classes

Diablo Immortal classes: Barbarian

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Diablo Immortal doesn't have a dedicated tank class, but the Barbarian is the closest you'll get. It can endure the most damage, but can certainly dish it out as well. If you like being the kind of player who pulls the attention of enemies to you in the protection of your team, this will be a seamless transition.

Barbarians primarily deal area-of-effect damage, which means that their single-target damage isn't that great. However, if you want to get in and among the melee, and give the demons of hell a bloody, hand-to-hand fight, this is the class for you.

Diablo Immortal classes: Crusader

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The Crusader is not entirely dissimilar to the Barbarian, as another melee-focused brawler who likes to get into the thick of it. The Crusader has more mobility though, thanks to their trusty steed, and has exceptionally strong area-of-effect attacks.

There are drawbacks to the character, though. It has potentially the worst single-target damage in the game, so makes a lackluster foe against bosses. It also relies almost entirely on its cooldown abilities. If you don't manage them right, you can end up doing nothing while you wait for them to reset. However, when a horde of demons comes running your way, this is the character you want by your side.

Diablo Immortal classes: Demon Hunter

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The Demon Hunter is the glass cannon of the Diablo Immortal class list. If you like to deal damage, this is the character for you, as they can dish out some of the most high-powered attacks in the entire game. If there are a lot of enemies on the field, you'll be seeing a whole lot of big numbers coming out of their heads.

That being said, there is a sharp trade-off. Demon Hunter can't take that much damage before keeling over, and can be caught out if it has no evasion abilities up. The Demon Hunter is like living on a blade's edge; one moment from glory, as well as death. If that dance sounds appealing to you, you'll get along with this class.

Diablo Immortal classes: Monk

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Monks are melee fighters, but they also offer a fair bit of utility. They can provide shields, as well as crowd control attacks that group enemies in tight bunches for your team to decimate. On top of that, they provide key buffs for their team, making them a strong option for any group.

The Monk is also a fast melee damage dealer that can pack as high a punch as any other strong fighter. It's one of the most mobile classes, and can certainly bring the pain. It's quite a technical role, so will take some practice, but it can bring huge pay-offs huge when mastered.

Diablo Immortal classes: Necromancer

Diablo Immortal Necromancer classes

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If you're like me and love edgy, brooding gothic vibes, the Necromancer is for you. It's a ranged class, though many of its moves will have you relatively close to enemies. This is the trade-off that, not unlike the Demon Hunter, you'll have to learn to balance. 

Of course, being a Necromancer, you have the ability to raise the dead. That will give you at least some protection from the swarms of enemies scurrying toward you. 

Most teams should be thrilled to have a Necromancer on their team, as they can provide very powerful buffs for everyone on the team. Keeping one close will undoubtedly make you stronger. 

Why not check out our Necromancer guide that goes over all of their skills?

Diablo Immortal classes: Wizard

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The Wizard is the best area-of-effect ranged character in the game. If you want to take out hordes of enemies from a safe distance, the Wizard is for you. Fire, frost, the arcane – it's all at your fingertips and ready to rain down on demons below. 

The class can deliver the highest burst damage in the game, and excels at performing combos. Managing several cooldowns can be tricky, and some harder shots will test your aim – which isn't always easy on a phone screen – meaning that this is one of the more technical classes out there. 

Diablo Immortal classes: can you change?

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Unfortunately, you won't be able to change class at launch, but it's a feature that's said to be coming "shortly thereafter in a patch". 

In a developer blog, Blizzard said it wanted players to explore various classes: "When you change your class, you’ll retain all your progress on Paragon levels. You’ll receive a new set of equipped items appropriate to your new class, and you can transfer all of your item progress and gems to them. None of your old equipped items or stash will be lost, and your progress on Horadric Vessels and the Helliquary will stick around too."

it did, however, add that players who stick to one class will generally be better off, saying: "Because the process of collecting Legendary affixes is time-consuming, we expect players who focus on a single class will have some advantages, like a broader selection of available character builds."

It's nice to know you won't be locked into just one class. Diablo has lots of fun archetypes and being able to try them out will be a great source of fun for players. 

Best Diablo Immortal classes

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The good news is, no one class is awful. Diablo Immortal has struck a fine line between each of the roles you can play, and no hero you pick is going to be awful. That said, and it's still early days, there are some very strong classes right now. If you still can't decide and just want to go with what is strong right now, here is how we would order the classes based on their current power level.

  • Crusader - Crusaders just have everything going for them. They are comparable to Barbarians, but their ability to ride a horse is exceptionally powerful giving them amazing maneuverability. They are currently the best class in the game. 
  • Barbarians - Powerful Barbarians are wildly survivable and offer great damage too. They are the tank of all the classes and are great if you love being the one to both start and finish the fight in the thick of it. 
  • Demon Hunter - Demon Hunters offer enormous DPS, making them possibly the best damage dealers in the game. If you can stay alive, you will tear apart enemies, however, that survivability is one of their key weaknesses.
  • Necromancer - Necromancer is one of the funnest classes int he game, with great ranged options. Your minions are really great, especially in solo play. However you can get caught out thanks to their poor movement abilities. 
  • Monk - Has massive potential, offering the most utility in the classes. However, it is quite a technical role that turns many off. If you master it, you'll be one of the best, but that's not easy.
  • Wizard - Can be good if you wield them right, but one of the trickiest to play. It's tough out there for Wizards, especially in solo play.

Patrick Dane
Gaming Guides Editor

Patrick Dane is TechRadar Gaming's Guides Editor. With nearly a decade in the games press, he's been a consistent voice in the industry. He's written for a plethora of major publications and travelled the world doing it. He also has a deep passion for games as a service and their potential to tell evolving stories. To wit, he has over 2000 hours in Destiny 2, over 1000 in Overwatch and is now deeply into Valorant.