Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous – Beginner’s Guide to The Best Classes

What are the best classes in Wotr, and why? If that’s a question you find yourself asking, then this guide is the one for you!

What Makes a Class ‘The Best’?

First off, I want to make it clear that this is my opinion. If you don’t agree with me, or your favourite youtuber doesn’t agree with me, great. Play the game the way you want.

Without further ado, here is what I think makes any class, normal and mythic, amazing or not:

Whether it gives you an animal companion, or in the case of lich, a skeleton companion.

If it gives you one, it’s part of ‘the best’. If it doesn’t, it isn’t.

Now, why is this? What makes these extra companions so amazing?

Simply put, it essentially doubles both your damage output and your survivability.

In the case of animal companions with multiple attacks, it will more than double your damage, at least in the early game.

While you are doing one (or two attacks, if you use TWF or cleave), your animal companion can be doing up to five attacks per round. This is an insane boost to damage output that other classes simply don’t have.

Just think of it this way – if you choose a cavalier with TWF and shield bash, you are doing two attacks per round while your horse does three. That’s five attacks per round at level one. How exactly is a class without an animal companion going to compete with that?

To top it all off, your animal companion essentially functions as a second health bar, except better. When you invest in crane style feats on your companions and use buffs such as mage’s armor, you’ll find that the pet is actually more than your MC.

TL;DR – A class with an animal companion is basically like having an extra party member. (Except if you’d actually had an extra party member, you’d be getting reduced xp. Animal companions don’t suck up xp, so they are probably even better than having another party member.)

So, Which Class Should You Pick?

There are two kinds of animal companion classes: those that get an animal companion at level 1, and those that get an animal companion at level 4 (or in the case of blood rider, level 5).

I’d recommend you start out with a class that gets an animal companion at level 1, then, if you want to play a different class that gets one later, use one of your three free respecs when you get to level 5 to change to that class. Your early game will be much smoother if you do it that way.

(Level five, because you need boon companion to bring your companion up to your level.)

Here’s a list of classes that gain an animal companion on level 1:

  • Barbarian (Mad Dog)
  • Cavalier
  • Druid
  • Hunter
  • Inquisitor (Sacred Huntsmaster)
  • Magus (Arcane Rider)
  • Monk (Sohei)
  • Oracle (Nature)
  • Shaman (Wildlands)
  • Sorcerer (Sylvan)

Here’s a list of classes that gain an animal companion at level 4:

  • Cleric (Animal Domain)
  • Inquisitor (Animal Domain)
  • Paladin
  • Ranger

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