When players create a character in Elder Tale, they must select a main class (メイン職業, mein shokugyou?) (also translated as "occupation"). Along with the player's chosen Race and Subclass, this decision will affect what kind of Skills they can obtain.
There are twelve main classes split into four groups: Warrior, Weapon-based, Healer, and Mage. These four types are similar to the Tank/Healer/Damage per second (DPS) roles commonly found in most MMORPGs. In Elder Tale, the DPS roles are split into two groups that differentiate between physical and magical damage.
Each of the four base class group contains three classes; the classes vary depending on server, however, as each server has its own set of localized classes. The classes introduced on this page are the ones available on the Yamato server, as it is the setting of the main story.
Landers do not follow the same class system that Adventurers do, instead having a "class" based on their occupation, and thus there are some "unique" ones that Adventurers cannot attain.
Each server has its own set of unique classes, although they are basically reskins of each other. Most servers have around two or three unique classes; for example, Japan's unique classes are Samurai and Kannagi. The alternate classes for overseas servers were selected through a poll conducted by series author Mamare Touno.