For The King Best Classes Tier List – Best Team Combo Guide

Last Updated on December 29, 2023 by Samuel Franklin

Form a legendary fellowship with this For The King classes tier list that will help you assemble the perfect team combo. Many players struggle to assemble the best party for the difficult adventure ahead which can quickly cause frustration and derail your journey. With this guide shedding light on the strengths and weaknesses of each class and general team composition design you’ll be equipped to create unstoppable parties to conquer For The King. For new players I recommend a starting party of Hunter, Scholar and Blacksmith before branching out into different party dynamics based on this guide.

Given the difficult campaigns selecting the right classes and associated party mix is a vital step to ensuring you have the highest chance at victory particularly beyond the apprentice difficulty level. With a wealth of personal experience gained from beating all For The King campaigns at Master difficulty I have tested each class in a vast combination of parties to determine these tier ratings. This page is for the original For The King and does not factor in the changes or classes introduced in For The King 2 and should be read alongside my general strategy tips guide.

Table of Contents:
For The King Best Team Composition
For The King Best Class Factors
For The King Class Tier List
For The King Classes Detail

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For The King Best Team Composition

Team composition is equally important as using the best classes as For The King is a party dungeon adventure where each hero supports each other and by understanding these principles players can mix and match their favourite classes from the tier list below to design the best team for your playstyle and your current lore store unlocks.

A fundamental of any 3 hero party is having flexibility to pass the various stat checks (not applicable to Hildebrant’s Cellar game mode) that players encounter as consistent success here can be a significant boost to your adventure with extra loot, healing or reducing damage taken. While there are a total of 6 stats in For The King (Strength, Vitality, Intelligence, Awareness, Talent and Speed) I generally consider there to be 4 different archetypes of characters to consider; Strength, Intelligence, Awareness and Talent.

The For The King best team compositions I recommend based on my experience for the campaigns are:

  • Intelligence, Strength and Awareness
  • Intelligence, Strength and Talent

Always place your selected strength character in the middle of your team as they often have the best vitality stat. If your strength character has a low vitality stat then consider placing your awareness character in the middle position instead due to the high dodge chance they have inherently and gain from items throughout your adventure. This middle position needs as much durability as possible as there are a number of enemy area of effect attacks in For The King that will always hit the centre character but may not always hit the side characters depending on the primary target of the attack.

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For The King Best Class Factors

While there is some variation in For The King best classes based on the campaign and your playstyle there are some particular standout options that improve your odds of victory. These best classes have the following elements in common:

  • Starting Stats: One of your primary success factors in For The King is getting as close as possible to the 95 maximum stat value to ensure your attacks, skills and stat checks are successful. As a result characters with higher starting stats are generally favoured as you’ll have improved consistency in the early game and stronger later game.
  • Special Abilities: There are many special abilities that give you extra items, gold, damage or reduce the number of stat rolls required for an action that can result in a significant advantage.
  • Starting Equipment: While not as critical as stats or abilities starting equipment is important in higher difficulties for its immediate sell value to upgrade a weapon or helping you survive the brutal early game.

For The King Class Tier List

This For The King class tier list guide is listed in order of S, A, B and C tiers and includes how to unlock each class and their primary stats.

  • S Tier: Always have a place in the best For The King team these characters are the best of their respective main stat which is further supported by solid special abilities that help improve consistency and counter the RNG of For The King.
  • A Tier: Can easily lead you to victory in a campaign although might require slightly better equipment or planning to reach full effectiveness compared to an S tier character.
  • B Tier: B tier characters are rarely your first choice in a For The King campaign as they have clear downsides that prevent them from being a stronger class. That being said if you design your gameplay around these characters and understand their weaknesses then their unique style of play can rival the strength of higher tier classes although it requires significant effort and focus to reach that point and not recommended for beginner players.
  • C Tier: In the C tier you’ll find the classes that aren’t worth the effort for success with better options across the board when picking classes for the best party. If they work for your particular playstyle though or you are an advanced player you’ll probably still win but the luck required to achieve it will be significant.
Class Tier Rating Source Primary Stats
for-the-king-class-hunterHunter S Starter Awareness & Speed
for-the-king-class-scholarScholar S Starter Intelligence, Speed & Talent
for-the-king-class-blacksmithBlacksmith S Starter Vitality & Strength
for-the-king-class-minstrelMinstrel A Starter Talent & Intelligence
for-the-king-class-herbalistHerbalist A Lore Store Intelligence & Awareness
for-the-king-class-buskerBusker A Lore Store Talent & Strength
for-the-king-class-trapperTrapper A Lore Store Awareness & Speed
for-the-king-class-monkMonk B Lore Store (Find In Game) Strength & Intelligence
for-the-king-class-astronomerAstronomer B Lore Store (DLC) Intelligence & Vitality
for-the-king-class-gladiatorGladiator B Lore Store (DLC) Strength & Awareness
for-the-king-class-hoboHobo C  Lore Store (Find In Game) All Stats
for-the-king-class-woodcutterWoodcutter C Lore Store  Vitality & Strength
for-the-king-class-treasure-hunterTreasure Hunter C  Lore Store (Find In Game) Intelligence, Awareness & Talent

For The King Classes Detail

In this section I provide further detail to the tier ratings above based on my experience across hundreds of hours of For The King gameplay. This discussion includes the reasons for certain character strengths, how to optimise these classes and the situations where the weaker characters can still be an asset to your best class combo setup.

Hunter

The Hunter is the fastest character who will constantly attack first in fights giving you the opportunity to kill enemies before they can even attack your party (which makes them ideal for the solo Forgotten Cellar). The high speed stat and Energy Boost passive of the Hunter also allows you to move fast in the overworld towards your objective. Hunters are best when equipped with a bow weapon as their Called Shot special ability gives a 10% chance for maximum damage and a critical hit.

Scholar

An intelligence focused character that also has high speed that makes them deadly for similar reasons to the Hunter and combined with Refocus the Scholar can use focus often to remove risk from your adventure at critical moments. The high intelligence stat also gives the Scholar deadly combat power through magical tomes that often have enemy debuffs to keep your team safe while dealing damage.

Blacksmith

The best tank character in For The King due to their high strength, vitality and Steadfast ability that can completely negate an attack when it activates. The trade off for this durability is a terrible speed stat which means you’ll have limited opportunities to attack or taunt targets as the Blacksmith and they can fall behind your group in overworld movement which needs careful management.

Minstrel

The Minstrel is the best available option for a talent focused character and also comes with a reasonable speed stat with their specialty being encouragement of your party that provides better combat outcomes while also having Inspire to boost experience gained.

Herbalist

The Herbalist is an attractive class option for their innate Party Heal ability that can help beginners maintain party health during an adventure. While the Herbalist is strong their lack of speed and offensive power can actually hinder your success as you increase the difficultly level because an offensive focused team will take less damage overall.

Busker

A unique character that combines strength, vitality and talent stats together the Busker is often overlooked but can actually fill a number of roles as a flexible alternative and one I have used often as you can adjust their role as a game progresses to your party needs. Potential roles for the Busker include a strength based tank or being a useful talent ally equipped with lutes for additional gold generation. The special abilities of the Busker are also some of the strongest in For The King with Entertain offering a reliable source of gold at all difficultly levels with careful movement planning and Distract that it negatively impacts your enemies attacks.

Trapper

The Trapper is a reliable awareness stat character and fills a similar role to the Hunter although has better equipment flexibility as they can use many different weapons based on what you find and they are particularly adept in the Into The Deep campaign where their strong talent stat is useful for ship movement. The Elite Ambush skill of the Trapper also allows you to single out enemies for safe experience farming although their other special abilities are lacklustre.

Monk

The Monk is a versatile class across intelligence and strength which comes at the cost of specialisation. This class can also be difficult to reach their potential though as the Discipline skill requires significant planning and the extra effort is not necessarily worthwhile compared to other easier class options.

Astronomer

Introduced in the February 2021 DLC (Lost Civilisation Pack) the Astronomer is an intelligence class that has the most unique game ability known as Black Hole. While fun to use and completely viable given the team protection it provides it requires some luck as it can actually be a detriment if it triggers at the wrong time. The Astronomer is also strong in vitality but the lack of speed and weak other special ability of Support Range means there are simply better options for intelligence characters given it competes with the Herbalist and Scholar with a dual intelligence setup in For The King being less than ideal.

Gladiator

Another Lost Civilisation Pack character the Gladiator introduces the concept of dual wielding weapons and provides a unique stat mix of strength, awareness and speed. While this has made the Gladiator a popular pick and a fun character it leaves them in a strange place when considering their role in the team and often competes with other party members for equipment. Their Glory special ability gives a nice damage boost but is not consistent enough and triggers more when the Gladiator is alone or below 50% health which in are situations you don’t want to be in.

Hobo

The Hobo is the jack of all trades with 70 starting stats (75 on apprentice difficulty) that makes them highly flexible although basically impossible to reach the high 90 stats that are preferred for end game. The key problem for the Hobo is that he lacks any special abilities to assist you in a playthrough and there are better party members for flexible options that can be mixed and matched for full stat coverage anyway. The Hobo does perform slightly better in modes that require flexibility or where the majority of special abilities cannot trigger though like Hildebrant’s Cellar.

Woodcutter

A deadly fighter with the highest starting strength stat in For The King although the Woodcutter is let down by lower vitality than their direct strength competitor (Blacksmith) and a lack of useful special abilities. While Justice provides some extra area of effect damage to the team your other skill (Elite Door Bash) provides little opportunity for use in your adventures and feels wasted.

Treasure Hunter

With high intelligence, awareness and talent the Treasure Hunter is capable of using a diverse range of weapons and has unique special abilities that focus on treasure accumulation. While diversity can be a strength the design of stat checks and damage in For The King makes specialists generally preferred as only they can reach the 90+ stat values at the end of a campaign and leaves the Treasure Hunter in an awkward role.

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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.

Forged in the crucible of Master difficulty Sam has battled his way through to victory in every For The King campaign. With each playthrough being a unique journey of party compositions he has been tested against the relentless RNG for over a 100 hours. Despite the brutal difficulty Sam has fond memories of this strategic challenge where the thrill of outsmarting the game and crafting the perfect team against all odds continued to bring him back for more.

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