'Ghost of Tsushima: Legends' Guide - Best Class Choice & Tips for Beginners

Ghost of Tsushima: Legends has officially released, bringing co-op multiplayer action to Sucker Punch's latest game. Want to know what the mode is all about and which class is best for you? This guide outlines a few tips to make those early-game choices easier to digest.

What is Ghost of Tsushima: Legends?

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'Ghost of Tsushima: Legends' features four classes. Below we reveal which one is best. 'Ghost of Tsushima' is available now on PS4. Sony Interactive Entertainment

If you just installed the latest update for Ghosts of Tsushima, you may be curious about the new Ghost of Tsushima: Legends option accessible from the main menu. Simply put, Legends is a co-op multiplayer suite based on the gameplay framework of the Ghost of Tsushima campaign. Players fight in duos or in teams of four to strike down powerful foes. There are three modes for players to enjoy.

  • Story Missions: These are a two-player narrative activity based on the tales of Gyozen the Storyteller. So far there appear to be about nine tales to complete at varied difficulty levels. Missions can be chosen directly or randomized though quickplay.
  • Survival Missions: Survival is a four-player horde mode in which squads fight 15 waves of increasingly difficult enemies on one of four possible maps. The further you get, the better the rewards.
  • Raid: Legends doesn't feature Raids at launch, but the upcoming four-player activity is described as a very difficult task with a three-act structure.

While you can certainly team up with bespoke groups of friends if you prefer, matchmaking is also available for those who'd like to experience Ghost of Tsushima: Legends on a more solo basis. It may help to see what each map or mission has to offer directly first, but the majority of your time will likely be spent grinding the quickplay option to keep accruing rewards. These rewards are ranked from Common to Legendary and are shared regardless of class.

There are also weekly challenges that offer great loot for completing tougher objectives. If you want to unlock certain character skins you might complete specific challenges as well.

What's the best class in Ghost of Tsushima: Legends?

When launching Legends for the first time you'll complete a short tutorial explaining the game's four main classes: Samurai, Hunter, Assassin and Ronin. Unlike the shared gear pool, each class has its own rank and skill tree that must be leveled up individually with Essence collected through gameplay.

The toughest part of just starting out in Legends is that each class must be unlocked separately in any order you choose. Classes are unlocked every seven Ranks, which means new options become available at Ranks eight, 16 and 24 respectively. Knowing this, it then becomes a matter of deciding which classes to unlock in what order. We'll outline our thoughts on that process below.

Samurai: If you're just starting out, there's no denying the Samurai is the best all-around class in the game. This is largely because it has abilities that both attack and heal right from the start. No other class has this advantage. Hachiman's Fury instantly kills three enemies, while Spirit Pull siphons health from those enemies. Compound that two-way appeal with the fact that Samurais play very similar to Jin, and you should be ready to succeed with this class with little issue. If you're a solo player, Samurai is the most self-serving option. In a group, these should be second into battle.

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The Samurai is an immediate two-way fighter. Sony Interactive Entertainment

Ronin: The Ronin seems like a solid pick as your second class unlock. Given the ability to attack with a Spirit Animal while reviving and healing, it has the opportunity to be an effective two-way fighter just like the Samurai. The difference, though, is that the Ronin's most effective techniques take some grinding to unlock. Soothing Breath heals very well, but you won't get it immediately. The bright side is, because you shouldn't be using Resolve to heal that often if your team is playing well, you get to make more consistent use of your abilities compared to other classes. Ronin could become better than the Samurai over time if you put in the effort to expand its tree.

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The Ronin is a strong support character. Sony Interactive Entertainment

Hunter: Our third and fourth class selections may swap if you're really focused on group play, but solo-minded folks might want to consider the Hunter next. It's essentially a sniper class with varied ranged attacks. The Eye of Uchitsune ability kills three enemies similar to the ultimate's of other classes. Aiming may be difficult for some players, though, which raises the skill ceiling of this class considerably. If you're good with arrows in the main game, you'll probably be effective with them in Legends as well.

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The Hunter is a sniper that requires skill. Sony Interactive Entertainment

Assassin: As popular as the Assassin class may be based on its sweet ninja aesthetic, they're not as versatile as they appear. These guys are the heaviest class of all, which means they're tailored for DPS. It also has a kill-three ultimate like the others. The Toxic Vanish ability allows you to teleport and confuse foes as well. When playing as a well-oiled team Assassins may be vital as a first line of defense. As a solo, however, the Samurai is probably a better choice overall.

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As an Assassin you strike hard and fast. Sony Interactive Entertainment

Ghost of Tsushima is available now on PS4.

Which class do you think is best in Ghost of Tsushima: Legends? Have you enjoyed multiplayer battles so far? Tell us in the comments section!

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