Deep Rock Galactic Best Class For Solo and Coop Tier List

Last Updated on March 10, 2024 by Samuel Franklin

In this DRG class tier list I detail the best classes in Deep Rock Galactic for solo and cooperative play, providing detailed explanations of each characters strengths and weaknesses to assist you in making an informed class choice decision. With four unique classes in Deep Rock Galactic with different weapons, utility and mobility it can be difficult for new players to pick an option for their playstyle preferences.

With this comprehensive class overview based on my hundreds of DRG gameplay hours players will find their ideal dwarf for the variety of missions and increasingly tough hazard levels. It includes a summary tier list of all characters and detailed information on each DRG class on where they excel. In solo play, the Scout tends to excel, followed by the Driller, Engineer, and Gunner, while in multiplayer, the Driller takes the lead, followed by the Engineer, Gunner, and Scout.

Table of Contents:
Defining The Best DRG Class
Best Classes Tier List
Scout Overview
Driller Overview
Engineer Overview
Gunner Overview

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Defining The Best DRG Class

It’s important to note that Ghost Ship Games has done a fantastic job at balancing the classes and with the right equipment upgrades, perks and Bosco build all classes can stand a chance at high hazard solo levels or be a significant contributor to group play. With this in mind what separates the best class from the other classes is how difficult that level of gameplay is to achieve and the number of mission types that class can conquer.

Is the class easy to use? Do they need very specific equipment setups or cave complexity to be viable? Are they flexible so they can contribute in multiple situations? What speed are they capable of beating levels? Do they excel in multiple mission types or a one trick? It’s questions like these that have been considered in developing this best class guide along with not only end game power but also ease of progression.

Given these situations the best solo class in Deep Rock Galactic needs:

  • Reliable damage output with a mixture of single target and area of effect damage to be suitable across various missions as combat is a staple element.
  • Manoeuvrability to allow you to explore and reach difficult locations which in combination with Bosco is important to the speed you can complete missions.
  • Flexibility for multiple situations given the diverse mission challenges that Deep Rock Galactic offers.

While the best coop class also needs these elements a weakness in one area above can be easily overcome with team mates. As noted in the introduction the solo tier list is Scout > Driller > Engineer > Gunner. For the coop tier list it is Driller > Engineer > Gunner > Scout.

For players that constantly swap between solo and coop play this leaves the Driller or Engineer as the most reliable options for your main class with all classes explores in detail below.

Best Classes Tier List

DRG Class Solo Ranking Multiplayer Ranking Playstyle Notes
deep-rock-galactic-scout-iconScout 1 4
  • High speed solo specialist with experience that can speedrun missions with movement rather than high damage.
  • Lower priority in public multiplayer gameplay as splitting your team can add risk.
deep-rock-galactic-driller-iconDriller 2 1
  • Strong damage output and crowd control¬† options.
  • Simple and effective power drills and throwables to clear terrain.
  • Requires a few upgrades before reaching their potential.
deep-rock-galactic-engineer-iconEngineer 3 2
  • Fantastic swarm control weapons that are simple to use effectively.
  • Supported by a damaging turret.
  • Platform gun needs some upgrades and practice to achieve potential.
deep-rock-galactic-gunner-iconGunner 4 3
  • High damage for single targets and swarms although comes at the cost of being slow moving.
  • Slower playstyle isn’t suited to a large number of mission types.
  • Incredible co-operative utility with shield generator.

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Deep Rock Galactic Classes – Scout

The best solo class in my experience due to the scouts ability to complete missions with high speed given the grappling hook and invaluable flare gun to light up large areas for solo play. With both of these equipped the scout has no problem exploring a full map by himself and commanding Bosco around to mine everything on his behalf. A focus on speed is vital to using the Scout in a solo environment as you’ll want to limit actual combat encounters as he is lacking in firepower compared to other dwarf classes.

In the cooperative scene I find the Scout to be the least needed as with larger player numbers the ability to scout ahead isn’t as useful as your party splits up and explores everything naturally. With all players throwing flares around constantly the longer lasting flare gun also losses some of its power. While his throwables do offer good crowd control to the team the limited ammo of this slot makes them difficult to use consistently and he isn’t unique in this regard. Given the lack of damage mentioned before this leaves the Scout offering nothing that can’t be covered by other classes with extra utility on top although he is still exceedingly fun to play when mastered.

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Deep Rock Galactic Classes – Driller

The driller is an attractive option and arguably the best class overall when factoring in solo and multiplayer gameplay given his strong contributions to coop games while retaining the ability to be a formidable solo dwarf. This comes from his deadly primary weapon option that bring significant damage, area of effect and crowd control depending on your selection and associated upgrades that can be tweaked for the mission at hand.

The driller damage output continues with satchel charges and reinforced power drills that also double as his mobility slot item to remove terrain. While on the surface these drills seem basic in comparison to other mobility tools with practice they are capable of easily moving both up and down caverns and create a permanent path in the process for any backtracking needs. The drawbacks to the Driller are limited but he is on the weaker side until you get some key equipment upgrades particularly for his secondary weapons to reach their potential.

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Deep Rock Galactic Classes – Engineer

Another strong overall class with their setup effective in both solo and cooperative DRG gameplay. The Engineer has several of the best wave clear weapons in the game such as the deadly grenade launcher that is simple but effective against enemies. To help with any enemies that survive the initial blast you have the ability to build a turret that can also watch your back as it alerts you to incoming threats.

With this equipment the Engineer is fantastic at holding a location which is a common theme in DRG missions where they excel. While he lacks a fantastic mobility tool initially due to it needing some key upgrades and significant practice at advanced levels of play the platform gun can block fall damage and allow you or your team to create permanent stairs to safely ascend or descend.

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Deep Rock Galactic Classes – Gunner

Despite his low rank on the Deep Rock Galactic best classes tier list here the Gunner is an absolutely brutal damage dealer with his mini gun and other primary weapons that can all shred enemies. A major draw back to this weapon though is the loss of movement speed and that it takes some time to acquire accuracy which given the fast paced gameplay of most missions is simply not as effective. A problem that is compounded by the weak secondary options that the gunner has that makes solo play slow and frustrating for most mission types that means they are hard to recommend.

The saving grace of the Gunner class though is his coop utility support tools with the shield generator being a fantastic coop tool in defensive mission types at higher hazard levels. The zipline is also a handy tool for moving up and down caverns and its ease of use for new players is a great asset.

Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms.

Since the Early Access days of Deep Rock Galactic Sam has been blasting his way through mining expeditions, relishing the co-operative chaos and forging dwarven camaraderie. Playing solo or with a crew Sam regularly wields the Engineer’s wrench, crafting intricate platform bridges and unleashing turret hellfire on the swarm. With hundreds of game hours and more than 500 dives into randomised caverns under his belt Sam is an experienced dwarf who continues to “Rock and Stone” in between his other video game adventures.

5 Comments

  1. Great overview! Just a heads up that the image of the Engineer comes right before the Driller segment, while the image of the Drill comes before the Engineer segment. It looks like they should be swapped.

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    • Thanks RepoRogue, glad you enjoyed the overview! The images have been correctly swapped around now.

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    • Driller is superior

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  2. great review but you guys got all wrong since you are only focusing on the primary weapons no overclocks no nothing.

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  3. The Scout not needed?
    I guess you have no clue how to play a scout.

    He is a medic you maintain a high vantage and shoot enemies that your team doest see coming.

    You see some one go down and you zip in criyo nade revive and zip out…

    The fact that you can hook through enemies is pretty big. You can provid so much time for your team to regroup

    If your team is fighting a big boy you kite him around. You can zip back and forth between the same space.

    You should be using most of your rounds hitting weak points on big hard to kill targets.

    If your playing a scout as master chef then yea not that great

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