When creating a new character in Daggerfall, you can choose to play as one of eighteen predefined character classes. You may also choose to creating a custom class, which is detailed here. Each of the predefined classes offers a unique twist on how to approach the main quest given by the Emperor, and gameplay in general.
The Nightblade is fundamentally different in play than the Healer, yet either is capable of following the story through to its conclusion. When choosing which class to play, pay particular attention to the Governing Skills associated with each one; these will fundamentally define that character's options throughout the game. While it is possible to eventually master each skill in Daggerfall, the skills listed in the table below will start out much higher than that character's other skills. The majority of the time spent on the path to mastery will focus on these Governing Skills.
Each default class (except the Warrior) begins with several of the special advantages and/or disadvantages available during custom class creation. These may include weaknesses, resistances, weapon and armor restrictions, and maximum spell points. Hit Point gains per level are determined randomly each time you level-up (this value is modified by your Endurance attribute score); maximum hit point gains per level vary by class.
According to the game's readme, the Spellsword, Warrior, Battlemage, Knight, and Ranger are among classes that are easier to play, while the Healer, Nightblade, and Bard are for players looking for a challenge.
|Class||Description||Special Advantages and Disadvantages||Governing Skills|
|Primary Skills||Major Skills||Minor Skills|
|Acrobat||Acrobats practice the thieving arts, and use their remarkable physical skills to aid them. They are very quick, agile, and nimble.|
|Archer||Archers are warriors specially trained in the use of the bow.|
|Assassin||Assassins are much feared and respected, for they use the night for concealment, and their cunning to strike deadly blows. Even secure locks cannot stay the Assassin's blade.|
|Barbarian||Barbarians are warriors that hail from the harsh lands that fringe more civilized areas. They make excellent fighters, well-suited to survival under the worst conditions.|
|Bard||Bards are the most versatile class, learned in many different arts. They are familiar with weaponry, magic, and the thiefly talents.|
|Battlemage||Battlemages use their mastery of magic for combat purposes. They are naturally adept at casting offensive magic spells.|
|Burglar||Burglars are well versed in the arts of picking locks. They can sneak undetected into even the most secure of noble houses and escape detection.|
|Healer||Healers use their magic to treat injuries and cure illnesses. Their function is primarily defensive in nature.|
|Knight||Knights are trained as warriors. They hail from noble stock, and adhere to the code of chivalry.|
|Mage||Mages are those that devote their lives to the study and practice of the arcane magical arts. An experienced mage can be a deadly force to reckon with.|
|Monk||Monks are specially trained in mental disciplines. This intense mental awareness includes the ability to turn the body into a lethal machine.|
|Nightblade||Nightblades use their magic abilities as an aid to subterfuge. The Nightblade is often like a thief with the capability to use magic.|
|Ranger||Rangers are at home in the wilderness, and are excellent hunters. They are very skilled at survival and tracking.||
|Rogue||Rogues are trained in both the shadowy arts of the thief, and the combat arts of the warrior.|
|Sorcerer||Sorcerers are quite adept at the manipulation of magic, although they do not generate their own magical energy. Rather, they absorb the energy of spells cast at them, and use this energy to power their own spells.|
|Spellsword||Spellswords are warriors who are also highly skilled in the use of magic. This dual specialization makes the Spellsword a formidable opponent indeed.|
|Thief||Thieves are well known for their adeptness in using stealth, speed, and cunning to steal for a living.|
|Warrior||Warriors are those most heavily trained in the arts of combat and warfare. They are adept in the use of many weapons and are often heavily armored.||