Published on February 7, 2020
Updated on August 27, 2022

TERA Classes - Guide for New Players

TERA has never stopped getting bigger and better, always focusing on what it always did best – combat! With 13 different classes, there’s literally something for everyone, but it’s not easy to decide which class is actually best for your playstyle. The following guide aims to help your decision-making, by listing all the classes “in-game” style, so that you can browse at your leisure!

The newest TERA classes tend to be race and / or gender-locked, which is always uncool. What’s even worse, is that there are 2 (!) classes exclusive to Elins – the loli class.

I suggest checking out all TERA races as well, as this might prove more helpful to some people than jumping straight to classes!

Table of Contents


Races: All
Class Description: Quick attacks and high mobility make warriors essential to group play, but also very survivable while soloing.For tanking, warriors use their Defensive Stance, Cross Parry, and aggro-generating attacks and shouts. In a DPS role, warriors use Assault Stance, which increases Power and Endurance.

Complexity Tanking Offense Support

Evasion Tank or Sustained DPS, Melee, Light Armor


Races: All
Class Description: Lancers are heavily armored fighters focused on anchoring a battle. They generate maximum threat with shouts and special attacks, sacrificing movement and attack power for the best durability in the game.

Complexity Tanking Offense Support

Mitigation Tank, Melee, Heavy Armor


Races: All
Class Description: Agile fighters who use a devastating greatsword. High damage attacks combine with evasive maneuvers for a dynamic combat style. Slayer skills are quick, precise strikes that knock over and incapacitate even the largest foes, leaving them vulnerable for additional attacks.

Complexity Offense Support

Burst DPS, Melee, Light Armor


Races: All
Class Description: Berserkers are constantly in motion, and excel in multiple opponent situations, both as part of a group and solo. They use charge-up attacks to deal massive damage, and can also block incoming frontal attacks. At level 65, this blocking capability is expanded to full tank status.

Complexity Tanking Offense Support

Burst DPS, Melee, Heavy Armor


Races: All
Class Description: Sorcerers are spellcasters focused on annihilating enemies with high-damage “nuke” attacks. The mobile artillery of TERA, a sorcerer’s job is to kill things quickly. When grouped up, their skills decide which enemy dies first.

Complexity Offense Support

Burst DPS, Ranged, Robes


Races: All
Class Description: Archers are a highly mobile, ranged combatants. By channeling arcane energy into bows, archers create a wide range of damaging effects. Archer skills can poison, slow, stun and trap targets, giving them advantages in any encounter.

Complexity Offense Support

Sustained DPS, Ranged, Light Armor


Races: All
Class Description: Priests are spellcasters whose primary role is to restore health and vitality. However, they are not to be taken lightly – the same power that revives allies can be used to smite foes.

Complexity Healing Offense Support

Healer, Buffs, Ranged, Robes


Races: All
Class Description: Mystics are a strong healing class with skills to protect and support their party. Mystics also summon powerful thralls to assist and heal them in battle.

Complexity Healing Offense Support

Healer, Support, Ranged, Robes


Races: Elin
Class Description: Reapers are highly mobile, close and mid-range combatants. By transferring their dark energy into chained blades, reapers unleash area attacks and deadly combinations capable of massive damage.

Complexity Offense Support

Mid-Ranged DPS, Elin Only, Light Armor


Races: Castanic (Female), High Elf (Female), Elin
Class Description: Gunners are solidly-armored, ranged combatants. Effective from every part of the battlefield, gunnres use a variety of potent attacks to pound foes, including some fueled completely by Willpower. Gunner skills focus on dealing damage rather than creating effects, although plenty of the gunner’s attacks stagger or knock back enemies!

Complexity Offense Support

Burst DPS, Ranged, Heavy Armor


Races: Human, Popori, Elin
Class Description: Brawlers are fast, solidly-armored, hand-to-hand combatants. Built for close-in fighting, brawlers use a variety of powerful blows to pummel enemies, including many fueled completely by Rage. Brawler skills concentrate on dealing damage, but lots of brawler attacks knock enemies around the battlefield!

Complexity Tanking Offense Support

Mitigation Tank, Melee, Heavy Armor


Races: Elin
Class Description: Ninjas are quick, deadly combatants with the ability to evade enemy attacks. A ninja’s agility and mobility more than compensate for the lowered defense of cloth armor – and their damage output places them solidly on the front lines of any fight.

Complexity Offense Support

Sustained DPS, Elin Only, Robes


Races: Castanic (Female), Elin
Class Description: Using her intricately-carved runeglaive, the valkyrie brands runemarks onto enemies and explodes them for massive damage. She mixes slashes, leaping attacks and power slams to destroy her foes, maximizing the effectiveness of her crits while nimbly evading damage.

Complexity Offense Support

Burst DPS, Melee, Light Armor

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About TERA

Release Date
Jan 25, 2011
Bluehole Studio
Country of Origin
South Korea

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