The Daily Grind: Do you roll multiple MMO characters of the same class?

I’m closing in on “done” — my own peculiar version of done, anyway — on my ninth character in Guild Wars 2. I’ve rolled one of each class and put off actually leveling and learning my least favorite classes to the very end. As I’ve been playing my unloved Thief and Revenant upward, I can’t help but think about characters and classes I prefer and wonder whether my time wouldn’t be better spent on them… or maybe even on another version of the same class with a different race.

I seldom do this in MMORPGs, but in Guild Wars 2, leveling is easy and options are many, so why not? I’m apparently not alone in considering this; here’s one thread from a few years ago where people are admitting to rolling dozens of characters — some for different regions, some for cultural armor, some for different builds and armor setups, some for roleplaying, and some just because they love the leveling process. Plus: Buying a new character slot is the most efficient way to expand an account’s storage.

Do you roll multiple MMO characters of the same class in the same game?

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Pedge Jameson

Only if I dual box for the XP to level a different class. I make another hunter like my main to follow as there pretty easy to just let them do their pet on defensive. :D

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quark1020

Depends on the game. Reasons for rolling multiple characters of the same class include:

Different factions with different stories
Inability or expense to respec
Role-play
Changing servers

These days its mostly for the first reason. Alliance or Horde for WoW, Republic or Sith in WoW, Guardians or Defiants in Rift

As for the second reason, thankfully, I haven’t found any new games that don’t let me respec. For me, it was mostly a problem I had with Ragnarok online, where it took a long time to level and the same class could do vastly different things depending on how you allocated the stats and what skills you picked; and let me not forget, you couldn’t respec. Nowadays, its possible to respec, but you would have to buy a $10 (as in real money) item, strip your character, and deposit all items you carry into your kafra bank. Seems you couldn’t change your character’s stats unless your carry weight was at 0.

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Sally Bowls

Ofc

Characters are for inventory slots and crafting. But sometimes, in spite of the best laid plans, you might have to attack something. So, once you have one of every class, why not make all the other transmutation masters be a pleasant class you enjoy playing more.

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Bruce Morrison

yes back in the day on City of Heroes I made multiple characters of the same Archetype (class) since each one had different power types.

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Grim🎃 Darhk

Gods no. Never understood the reason for doing that.

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kalamari_

I just wanted to have every class with every race and gender in GW2… so I have 101 chars by now. (90 to complete the goal though) and 78 of them are level 80 atm.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Usually only when I lost my main (aka sold it) and leveling a new one from the beginning. I sold my hunter in WoTLK, then leveled new one when Cata launched. Sold new hunter in the end of Cata and leveled new hunter in MoP.
I dont level same class on same realm unless one of them with specific purpose (like being a twink for lowlevel BGs. I have 29 priest and 39 priest on Anathema).

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vinicitur

The only time I have more than 1 of each class is when I come back from a long hiatus and want to gradually relearn my class. Otherwise I just delete the old one and start fresh.

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Karma_Mule

I’m an alt-aholic so my answer is yes, yes, and more yes.

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Tobasco da Gama

Pretty much never. If I’m rolling an alt, it’s because I want a new experience, and “same shit, different faction” isn’t new enough to justify the work for me.

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Apollymi

I do indeed. I had enough hunters in WoW to use up all my allotted character slots on a server. Scattered over numerous servers, of course.

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Arktouros

If it makes sense.

In ESO for example I do if I have a magicka and stamina based version of the character because the champion points would be radically different enough to want to avoid the 3000 respec fee constantly. So I have my Magicka NB PvE farmer and my Stamina NB PvP snipe ganker.

In GW2 it also made sense because I got tired of wanting to reroll my race for a particular character. I deleted multiple 80 characters to change race before I started just making alts instead. So now I have 4 Eles, 2 Revs, 2 Wars, 2 Mesmers, 2 Guardians, 2 Necros, 2 Engies, 2 Thieves, and 1 Ranger. This let me also have various specs as well as specific looks, such as the unhinged condition based charr warrior vs the power oriented, full armor clad soldier looking human warrior. Eventually to keep track I had to create a spreadsheet to track things like birthdays and story progress.

Most games, however, I do my best to keep to 1-2 characters and usually not the same type.

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miol

Only when there are different storylines bound to the same class, instead of race or faction.

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Alex Willis

I might have a problem.

1) LOTRO: 2 Guardians
2) EVE: 2 freighter pilots
3) GW2: 2 Warriors, 2 Engineers
4) ESO: 3 Nightblades, 2 Sorcerers
5) SWTOR: 2 Agents, 2 Troopers, 2 Sith Warriors

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Drainage

In SWTOR, the advanced class issue forces this upon us. Just gave me an excuse to go light/dark with each class story.

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Karma_Mule

Not a problem, entirely reasonable. (said the person who has even more in the games we have in common)

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styopa

Sure, in wow I have 6 druids.
Different servers, different groups of friends, we have 2 different accounts, so if I want to play with one son or the other (they each have toons on the separate accounts, so they can play together) I have to have toons on both. Different specs mean the playstyles can be different enough that I am entertained but I even occasionally check myself: six? Really?

And in before the pedants that say “technically, that’s against the TOS”… bite me. I’ve paid Blizz over $3000 over 10 years to play their game, as well as probably encouraged another $500+ in other people to play that probably never would have tried it.

They can contact me themselves if they have a problem with that.

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Pedge Jameson

I really find that account thing with family really dumb, to quote Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, “I always thought that was a dumb law…”

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Drainage

Bravo!

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Wanda Clamshuckr

Yes, all the time. Mostly, it’s esthetics, but it can also be for necessity, like with ESO if you want to do a magicka and stamina build with the same class.

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Aywren

Usually not. The idea behind alts for me is to experiment with new races/classes. It always felt like a waste to have more than one of the same class if there were other options.

The exception is for games like FFXIV, where I can play all jobs on one character. My alts do overlap sometimes (I have two level 60 Dragoons, and am working on a second level 60 Paladin). But part of that is because I couldn’t settle on a main character in that game for a few years, and now I’m going back to level all the jobs on the one I did choose to be my main.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

The same for me. It’s the curiousity about how a class plays and changes the game experience that makes me roll alts. As others have said, the only exception to this is ESO, where class choices create entirely different experiences and ESO does not have an easy way to change your skill point selections.

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Cyclone Jack

Generally, no, since most classes in MMOs don’t have the depth or build variety to warrant a second character. However, I did have multiple characters of the same class in CoH, because there were so many combinations and builds possible. For example, an Ice/Ice Blaster, a Ice/Energy Blaster, a Pistols/Devices Blaster, a Dark/Dark Blaster, etc. Each of these may have played the same on the surface (ranged DPS), they were quite different when you played them.

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Bryan Correll

It depends on whether or not two characters of the same class can be built in a way that makes them significantly different as far as gameplay. Or, if you have a game with factions, I’d level up a preferred class if I wanted to try playing for the other side.

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Bannex

I’ve tried for various reasons once or twice but they never go anywhere.

Idk if ESO really fits this question because classes are only 3 skill lines that really shouldn’t be restricted to the wonky “class” system that’s in place

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Doubleplusgood

What a silly question. Asking an altoholic this is like asking if water is wet. Of course! Its actually question number 1 in the 12 steps of Altoholics Anonymous!
1) Admit that we are powerless to not fill up every available character slot even if its multiples of the same class

If there are multiple factions to experience, then one of each class in both factions is needed! If the class has multiple roles to perform that I must make one of each role! This caused me a little bit of a problem in WoW when they introduced dual spec which caused many of my characters to be duplicates. Like I didnt need a shadow priest and a holy priest because I could have both in one. But thats ok, an altoholic can never have enough characters!

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Apollymi

Hahaha!! Couldn’t have said it better.

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deekay_plus

i used to follow a gamer girl type person on google plus who had over 30 undead preists in wow across two accounts.

i wish i was joking.

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Drainage

There was a video maker that had a warrior obsession. I really can’t remember how many. The habit was created before they allowed easy respecs

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theblackmage75

As mentioned down below, ESO’s mechanics offer a lot of variety within the same general class, just based on what weapons and attributes a player prioritizes. I’ve got a long way to go yet but my intent is to have two of every class: one stamina, one magika. Since CoX is being brought into the discussion, I also had multiples of the same archetypes there, too.

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Monsoon

In games like WoW and SWtOR I stick to a single character per class, apart from rolling on other servers to play with friends or whatever. Back in City of Heroes though I had several characters in each Archetype (except the Kheldian and Arachnos epic AT’s) since a Storm/Electric Defender played a lot differently than a Kinetics/Sonic Defender.

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Melissa McDonald

if I am introducing a friend to a game that I’ve played a long time I will roll a new character that will be essentially a clone of my main, but that will progress alongside them.

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Modrain

Yes, but only when I have no choice, what usually happens when I want to play a specific class on a different server. It’s more the result of a technical/design issue than something I do of my own will.

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Schmidt.Capela

I just have one character of each class, with a few exceptions:

– When a class becomes my favorite by far in a game with factions I will have one on each faction. One caveat here is that I’ve always preferred to play games without factions, as I’m uninterested in any of the potential advantages of dividing the player base into warring factions.

– In a game like TSW or the Final Fantasy MMOs, where one character can have all classes, I might have multiple characters that I end playing in a similar way. Can overlap with the factions issue; in TSW, for example, I have one character of each faction.

Apart from that, no, I don’t. If I get through all the content I’m willing to play and start thinking about somehow restarting, I will usually just go for a different game where the whole experience will be new, and thus usually much more enjoyable for me than just rehashing old content with the same old class. It’s one of the reasons Seasons drove me out of Diablo 3; as soon as I ran out of classes I became unwilling to ever go through a season again, and I’m not willing to keep playing Diablo 3 if I’m not going to be able to get the seasonal rewards.

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Katriana

I usually try to avoid it to make myself try different things, but I do make duplicates​on occasion. If there are limited number of classes in a game, or l want to try a different race or starting area and there aren’t any other classes available for it that I care to play.

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odin valhalla

Only in ESO because of how remarkably powerful the race passives are to end game results & the clear distinction between stamina and magicka. Its not an easy flip between the two because of the race passive and there really arent any race neutrals with the exception of imperial.

In the other MMO’s I put a lot of time into (lotro being the most, gw2 as well) no. With LOTRO specifically you used to be able to go to a bard and flip tree’s pretty easily. It became even easier with trait tree’s as you could have 2 specs for each class (more if you bought them). LOTRO did a good job of making race bonus’s a nice have but not a hinderance at end game. The gear they put in (I dont know now with essences) really buff classed skills, it was a good system.

So in that instance I could grind gear and essentially play the toon completely opposite based on gear. So you never needed to roll another toon of the same class.

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hugmonster

I do this when I return to an MMO after a long break and I notice that on my “main” character all the abilities, skills, etc. have been reset or significantly changed. So I roll a new character of the same class (another faction or race if possible) to unlock most abilities and learn to play them again. Then I apply these to the “main” character.

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Apollymi

I do this as well. But still manage to fall in love with one particular class and make multiples of that over and over.

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Danny Smith

Only in games with a faction split. Case in point back when i played WoW -before the warlords dark times began- i loved playing monk and shadow priest, so why not keep at it when seeing how the other half lives? tried stuff like warrior, which i still think is the lamest example of the idea in any mmo, paladin and so on but just new what playstyle i liked and the other half of the zones were locked behind a faction wall so why not right?

Plus forsaken or worgen Spriest, i cant choose which i prefer :p

-that said lately if i roll an alt on a new server in FFXIV to play with friends i always start arcanist and B line to Rogue then NIN.

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TheDonDude

Not usually, no. I’d just go play the original. The only exceptions would be maaaaybe having 1 per faction or if the class has specializations within it (i.e. a CoH Radiation Defender is practically a different class than a Forcefield Defender).

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camren_rooke

Yes, for City of Heroes, one type of defender could be vastly different than another.

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Bryan Correll

Yeah, archetypes aren’t really the same thing as classes.

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starbuck1771

Yes I do especially when the game has multiple versions of the same class aka specializations such as LotRO.

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MesaSage

Mainly this. I have two Hunters and two Runekeepers for this reason.

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Melissa McDonald

the Runekeeper is surprisingly fun. sorta like a decent-damage mage that can also heal.

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MesaSage

There’s something oddly satisfying about calling down fire and lightning with just your hands (and of course your rune). The runestone also works nicely as a pet.

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NeoWolf

I do indeed roll multiple characters of the same class on occasion. But then I am a self confessed Alt-o-holic. I will make a new character for many reasons new idea, new cosmetic, new mount, new class, new story, heck..even a new day lol.

So long as I have character slots free I will find a reason to use them.

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