To survive on Terminus one must navigate an endless sea of risks and opportunities. Against this dark unknown the well-worn paths of physical, mental, magical and spiritual mastery endure like beacons of light. Known collectively as Classes, these paths of mastery guide the hopeful and the terrible from birth to the grave and beyond.
~ Official Description
A class is a common method of arbitrating the capabilities of different characters. A character class aggregates several abilities and aptitudes, and may also detail aspects of background and social standing, or impose behavior restrictions. Classes may be considered to represent archetypes, or specific careers.
Pantheon uses a quaternity system of roles, which means that there are 4 distinct roles which each of the 12 classes fall under. Each class has a primary role while also having abilities that help them fill secondary roles. For example, a monk is primarily a damage class, but has abilities which enable them to temporarily fulfill a tank role.
Damage - defined as either physical (monk, rogue, ranger) or magical (summoner and wizard)
Damage characters primarily focus on killing mobs.
Healer (cleric, druid and shaman)
Healers primarily focus on restoring HP to their party members.
Support (enchanter) Supports primarily focus on offering combat advantages to their parties through non-destructive and non-restorative means, such as buffing allies, debuffing foes and altering states to synergize with other members of the party.
Tank (dire lord, paladin, warrior)
Tanks primarily focus on maintaining the attention of hostile non-player characters and directing damage away from other party members.
Crowd Control Crowd control is a secondary role and a sub-role of support. Enchanters are the primary crowd control class, but many other classes have degrees of crowd control as well. There are essentially two forms of CC: loss of control and positional control. Loss of control refers to abilities that deny their target independent action, while positional control abilities forcibly move a target, lower their movement rates or prevent them from moving entirely.
Puller Puller is a secondary or sub-role that can be fulfilled by classes of any of the three primary roles. Monks are the most notable puller, but rogues are able to pull as well. Clerics and enchanters can help almost any class fulfill the role with their pacify spells.
Prior to the website update in 2020, roles on classes were listed differently and some roles disappeared from certain classes. For example, "Crowd Control" and "Off-Tank" were both removed from the enchanter and monk respectively, and "Utility" was removed from a number of classes, such as rogues.
These roles have not been removed. Enchanters still possess crowd control, monks are still able to fulfill the off-tank role and classes who used to list utility are still able to offer various non-combat advantages to their parties.