BDO Tier List: Best And Worst Classes [Compared]

After experiencing all classes in Black Desert Online, this tier list contains complete ranking derived from my game knowledge!

Black Desert Online is an MMORPG known for its immersive open-world. Its dynamic action-based combat system sets it apart, requiring manual aiming, dodging, and combo execution. With 27 distinct classes, each character brings unique abilities and playstyles. Having a broad understanding of the overall classes and their stats will help players avoid underperformers. That is why I have curated the BDO tier list and ranked all classes along with their Awakening and Succession styles.  

Key Takeaways
  • There are 27 classes in Black Desert Online (BDO).
  • Classes in BDO have Awakening and Succession, which means there are two different ways to play the same class.
  • Overall, there are 67 class variations in Black Desert Online after Awakening and Succession variations. 
  • S-Tier: These classes excel in PVP/PVE with unmatched versatility and power.
  • A-Tier: Players will find these classes having strong performance and a lot of strategic openings.
  • B-Tier: Reliable and effective, and these classes may need extra effort to win against the odds.
  • C-Tier: Average performing classes that demand refined understanding for effectiveness.
  • D-Tier: Less favorable classes and newcomers to the game will face challenges in PVP/PVE.

BDO All Characters Compared

I have ranked all classes in BDO based on the Attack, Accuracy, Accuracy R, Melee Eva, and a few other important stats in the game here below:

Serial NoCharacterTierAttackAccuracyAccuracy RMelee EvaMelee ERMelee DRRange EvaRange ERRange DRMagic EvaMagic ERMagic DRHP(with classe passive) lvl 60 glab
1Awakening MusaS-Tier623832.00%33410.00%313270.00%303270.00%311,932
2BerserkerS-Tier51383N/A291037284037324037N/A
3StrikerS-Tier51383N/A311035304035339050N/A
4Awakening NinjaS-Tier643834.50%3462.50%283390.00%283390.00%281,842
5Awakening Dark KnightS-Tier6238312.00%3110.00%243040.00%243040.00%242,042
6HashashinS-Tier51383N/A346027339027339023N/A
7Awakening SorceressS-Tier473832.00%3314.00%303244.00%303244.00%301,858
8Succession SorceressS-Tier543832.00%3314.00%303244.00%303244.00%301,858
9Succession NinjaS-Tier693834.50%3467.50%283390.00%283390.00%281,842
10Succession BerserkerS-Tier523838.00%2910.00%382840.00%383240.00%383,332
11RangerA-Tier51383N/A321023314023314023N/A
12Succession KunoichiA-Tier693834.50%3462.50%283390.00%283390.00%281,842
13Awakening ValkyrieA-Tier523832.00%3110.00%413040.00%423040.00%422,352
14Awakening BerserkerA-Tier523839.00%2910.00%382840.00%383240.00%382 982
15GuardianA-Tier51383N/A291037284037284037N/A
16LahnA-Tier51383N/A331023324023324023N/A
17Dark KnightA-Tier51383N/A311023304023304023N/A
18Awakening LahnA-Tier523832.00%3310.00%243240.00%243240.00%242,045
19ValkyrieA-Tier51383N/A311032304032304032N/A
20Succession GuardianA-Tier523832.00%2910.00%382840.00%382840.00%382,882
21Succession WitchA-Tier763832.00%3112.00%263042.00%263042.00%261,833
22Awakening WizardA-Tier783832.00%3310.00%243240.00%243240.00%241,842
23Awakening KunoichiA-Tier643834.50%3462.50%283390.00%283390.00%281,842
24NinjaB-Tier51383N/A346027339027339027N/A
25Succession HashashinB-Tier5238317.00%3465.00%283395.00%283395.00%242,042
26SorceressB-Tier41383N/A331023324023324023N/A
27Awakening CorsairB-Tier623832.00%3344.00%303274.00%303274.00%301,932
28Succession WizardB-Tier823832.00%3312.00%263242.00%263242.00%261,842
29Awakening RangerB-Tier523832.00%3210.00%243140.00%243140.00%241,833
30Awakening WarriorB-Tier523832.00%3110.00%443040.00%453390.00%452,262
31Awakening MaehwaB-Tier643832.00%33410.00%313270.00%313270.00%311,932
32Succession ValkyrieB-Tier523832.00%3110.00%563040.00%573040.00%572,352
33ShaiB-Tier43383N/A331023324023324023N/A
34MusaB-Tier51383N/A334030327030327030N/A
35Awakening HashashinB-Tier5238312.00%3465.00%283395.00%283395.00%242,042
36WizardC-Tier57383N/A331023324023324023N/A
37Succession Dark KnightC-Tier7138312.00%3110.00%243040.00%243040.00%242,042
38CorsairC-Tier51383334030327030327030N/A
39Succession StrikerC-Tier523832.00%31110.00%4630410.00%4633910.00%612,530
40Succession MysticC-Tier573832.00%31110.00%4630410.00%4633910.00%612,330
41SageC-Tier51383N/A346027339027339023N/A
42KunoichiC-Tier51383N/A346027339027339027N/A
43MaehwaC-Tier51383N/A334030327030327030N/A
44Succession SageC-Tier7938312.00%3460.00%283390.00%283390.00%242,042
45Awakening SageC-Tier7238312.00%3460.00%283390.00%283390.00%242,042
46Awakening TamerC-Tier583838.00%3310.00%243240.00%243240.00%241,945
47MysticC-Tier51383N/A311035304035339050N/A
48Awakening WitchC-Tier723832.00%3110.00%243040.00%243040.00%241,833
49Awakening MysticC-Tier523832.00%31110.00%4630410.00%4633910.00%612,330
50Succession NovaC-Tier523832.00%2860.00%502790.00%502790.00%502 242
51Succession MusaC-Tier623832.00%33410.00%313270.00%303270.00%311,932
52Succession RangerC-Tier603832.00%3210.00%243140.00%243140.00%241,833
53Succession MaehwaC-Tier6438310.00%33410.00%313270.00%313270.00%311,932
54NovaD-Tier51383N/A286037279037279037N/A
55WitchD-Tier51383N/A311023304023304023N/A
56Awakening GuardianD-Tier523832.00%2910.00%382840.00%382840.00%382,732
57WarriorD-Tier51383N/A311035304035339035N/A
58Succession WarriorD-Tier523832.00%3110.00%593040.00%603390.00%602,262
59Awakening ShaiD-Tier443832.00%3310.00%243240.00%243240.00%24N/A
60Succession CorsairD-Tier673832.00%3344.00%303274.00%303274.00%302,182
61Succession LahnD-Tier583832.00%3315.00%243245.00%243245.00%242,045
62Awakening ArcherD-Tier623832.00%3210.00%243140.00%243140.00%24N/A
63TamerD-Tier57383N/A331023324023324023N/A
64Awakening NovaD-Tier523832.00%2860.00%502790.00%502790.00%502 242
65Succession TamerD-Tier633838.00%3310.00%243240.00%243240.00%242,195
66Awakening StrikerD-Tier523832.00%31110.00%4630410.00%4633910.00%612,430
67ArcherD-Tier51383N/A321023314023314023N/A

S-Tier

BDO S-Tier Classes List [Image by eXputer]
CharacterAttackAccuracyAccuracy RMelee EvaMelee ERMelee DRRange EvaRange ERRange DRMagic EvaMagic ERMagic DRHP(with classe passive) lvl 60 glab
Awakening Musa623832.00%33410.00%313270.00%303270.00%311,932
Berserker51383N/A291037284037324037N/A
Striker51383N/A311035304035339050N/A
Awakening Ninja643834.50%3462.50%283390.00%283390.00%281,842
Awakening Dark Knight6238312.00%3110.00%243040.00%243040.00%242,042
Hashashin51383N/A346027339027339023N/A
Awakening Sorceress473832.00%3314.00%303244.00%303244.00%301,858
Succession Sorceress543832.00%3314.00%303244.00%303244.00%301,858
Succession Ninja693834.50%3467.50%283390.00%283390.00%281,842
Succession Berserker523838.00%2910.00%382840.00%383240.00%383,332

The S-tier classes in BDO are the best, excelling in both Player versus Player (PVP) and Player versus Environment (PVE) scenarios.

From my experience, I can tell you that these classes, such as the Awakening Musa, Berserker, or Striker, have unparalleled versatility, powerful elemental attacks, and seamless combo execution. Their combat abilities are extremely useful in siege events and castle battles. I believe that these classes showcase superior damage output and survivability.

A-Tier

BDO A-Tier Classes List [Image by eXputer]
CharacterAttackAccuracyAccuracy RMelee EvaMelee ERMelee DRRange EvaRange ERRange DRMagic EvaMagic ERMagic DRHP(with classe passive) lvl 60 glab
Ranger51383N/A321023314023314023N/A
Succession Kunoichi693834.50%3462.50%283390.00%283390.00%281,842
Awakening Valkyrie523832.00%3110.00%413040.00%423040.00%422,352
Awakening Berserker523839.00%2910.00%382840.00%383240.00%382 982
Guardian51383N/A291037284037284037N/A
Lahn51383N/A331023324023324023N/A
Dark Knight51383N/A311023304023304023N/A
Awakening Lahn523832.00%3310.00%243240.00%243240.00%242,045
Valkyrie51383N/A311032304032304032N/A
Succession Guardian523832.00%2910.00%382840.00%382840.00%382,882
Succession Witch763832.00%3112.00%263042.00%263042.00%261,833
Awakening Wizard783832.00%3310.00%243240.00%243240.00%241,842
Awakening Kunoichi643834.50%3462.50%283390.00%283390.00%281,842

A-tier class list in BDO that I have listed above are strong contenders, offering impressive performance with slight trade-offs compared to the S-tier.

These classes, including the Ranger, Succession Kunoichi, and Awakening Valkyrie, excel in specific areas but may require a bit more strategic control and execution. A-tier classes still provide raw power in both PVP and PVE encounters, making them popular choices for players seeking balanced gameplay with a slightly different flavor.

B-Tier

BDO B-Tier Classes List [Image by eXputer]
CharacterAttackAccuracyAccuracy RMelee EvaMelee ERMelee DRRange EvaRange ERRange DRMagic EvaMagic ERMagic DRHP(with classe passive) lvl 60 glab
Ninja51383N/A346027339027339027N/A
Succession Hashashin5238317.00%3465.00%283395.00%283395.00%242,042
Sorceress41383N/A331023324023324023N/A
Awakening Corsair623832.00%3344.00%303274.00%303274.00%301,932
Succession Wizard823832.00%3312.00%263242.00%263242.00%261,842
Awakening Ranger523832.00%3210.00%243140.00%243140.00%241,833
Awakening Warrior523832.00%3110.00%443040.00%453390.00%452,262
Awakening Maehwa643832.00%33410.00%313270.00%313270.00%311,932
Succession Valkyrie523832.00%3110.00%563040.00%573040.00%572,352
Shai43383N/A331023324023324023N/A
Musa51383N/A334030327030327030N/A
Awakening Hashashin5238312.00%3465.00%283395.00%283395.00%242,042

B-tier classes represent solid choices in the game, offering reliable performance without reaching the pinnacle of the S and A tiers. Classes like the Maehwa, Valkyrie, and Kunoichi are considered dependable but may lack the same level of dominance in certain situations. While B-tier classes remain effective, players may need to invest more effort to achieve success, particularly in high-stakes PVP scenarios and challenging PVE encounters.

C-Tier

BDO C-Tier Classes List [Image by eXputer]
CharacterAttackAccuracyAccuracy RMelee EvaMelee ERMelee DRRange EvaRange ERRange DRMagic EvaMagic ERMagic DRHP(with classe passive) lvl 60 glab
Wizard57383N/A331023324023324023N/A
Succession Dark Knight7138312.00%3110.00%243040.00%243040.00%242,042
Corsair51383334030327030327030N/AN/A
Succession Striker523832.00%31110.00%4630410.00%4633910.00%612,530
Succession Mystic573832.00%31110.00%4630410.00%4633910.00%612,330
Sage51383N/A346027339027339023N/A
Kunoichi51383N/A346027339027339027N/A
Maehwa51383N/A334030327030327030N/A
Succession Sage7938312.00%3460.00%283390.00%283390.00%242,042
Awakening Sage7238312.00%3460.00%283390.00%283390.00%242,042
Awakening Tamer583838.00%3310.00%243240.00%243240.00%241,945
Mystic51383N/A311035304035339050N/A
Awakening Witch723832.00%3110.00%243040.00%243040.00%241,833
Awakening Mystic523832.00%31110.00%4630410.00%4633910.00%612,330
Succession Nova523832.00%2860.00%502790.00%502790.00%502 242
Succession Musa623832.00%33410.00%313270.00%303270.00%311,932
Succession Ranger603832.00%3210.00%243140.00%243140.00%241,833
Succession Maehwa6438310.00%33410.00%313270.00%313270.00%311,932

The C-tier BDO class list I have curated above represents average performance, requiring players to put in extra effort to shine in competitive situations. These classes, such as the Sage, Kunoichi, Wizard, Succession Dark Knight, and Maehwa, may lack the same level of versatility and power seen in higher tiers. While still usable, C-tier classes demand a much more refined understanding of the game’s mechanics and strategic ins and outs to compete effectively in both PVP and PVE.

D-Tier

BDO D-Tier Classes List [Image by eXputer]
CharacterAttackAccuracyAccuracy RMelee EvaMelee ERMelee DRRange EvaRange ERRange DRMagic EvaMagic ERMagic DRHP(with classe passive) lvl 60 glab
Nova51383N/A286037279037279037N/A
Witch51383N/A311023304023304023N/A
Awakening Guardian523832.00%2910.00%382840.00%382840.00%382,732
Warrior51383N/A311035304035339035N/A
Succession Warrior523832.00%3110.00%593040.00%603390.00%602,262
Awakening Shai443832.00%3310.00%243240.00%243240.00%24N/A
Succession Corsair673832.00%3344.00%303274.00%303274.00%302,182
Succession Lahn583832.00%3315.00%243245.00%243245.00%242,045
Awakening Archer623832.00%3210.00%243140.00%243140.00%24N/A
Tamer57383N/A331023324023324023N/A
Awakening Nova523832.00%2860.00%502790.00%502790.00%502 242
Succession Tamer633838.00%3310.00%243240.00%243240.00%242,195
Awakening Striker523832.00%31110.00%4630410.00%4633910.00%612,430
Archer51383N/A321023314023314023N/A

According to me, the BDO D-tier list is less favorable due to inherent weaknesses or underperforming aspects. Classes like the Nova, Awakening Guardian, Awakening Shai, Succession Lahn, and Tamer may face challenges in both PVP and PVE due to limited abilities or specific shortcomings. I highly suggest you steer clear of these classes in the game, especially if you are just getting the hang of the mechanics!

BDO Tier List Criteria

This tier list is based on the following factors:

  • Attack
  • Accuracy
  • Accuracy R
  • Melee Eva
  • Melee ER
  • Melee DR
  • Range Eva
  • Range ER
  • Range DR
  • Magic Eva
  • Magic ER
  • Magic DR
  • HP(with classe passive) lvl 60 glab

That is pretty much everything I had to entail about the BDO tier list. Now that you have got the hang of entire classes in Black Desert Online via this tier list, I highly suggest you consider reading The Finals: Gadgets Tier ListPixel Piece Fruit Tier ListMW3 Weapons Tier List, and Fortnite Chapter 5 Tier List.

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Irfan Ansari is a Senior Editor and Guides Writer on eXputer. He has seven years of Video Game Journalism experience and has been gaming for more than 22 years. Over his editorial career, he has gained experience at multiple sites, including TheGamer and VeryAli Gaming. Irfan has also earned a degree in Writing and Editing from the University of Michigan. Learn some more about Irfan's gaming journey on his Steam, PSN, and Xbox profiles.

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