Additionally, players have the veteran versions of the classes. These classes will have to be unlock in some manner, and in the case of Hero classes, it's expected that these will be able to be used only temporarily.
As can be seen in Steam achievement descriptions, there are broad archetype categories, which include classes with similar gameplay from different factions.
Primary classes are the classes that will be available to players from the start of the game. Each faction has five primary classes (Except Eldar, who have seven) and depending on how players build their loadout (accessories, weapons, items, etc) for that class there are a multitude of possible specializations. Eternal Crusade is also a massive tactical wargame so not every specialization will be equal when going toe to toe with each other, players should either bring friends to make up for their weaknesses or deploy their loadout in the circumstances that favor their specialty.Since players can change classes and loadouts whenever they deploy to the field, they're not permanently locked into their choice, though not to all the choices players make in their progression will be easy to reverse.
These classes are considerably more powerful than the primary classes, as they have 400 more loadout points than regular classes. Players may unlock them at rank 5 in the advancement tree.Elite classes can be spawned once each match.
|Space Marines||Chaos Space Marines||Eldar||Orks|
|Ranged||Sternguard Veteran||Veteran Traitor||Revered Dire Avenger
Revered Fire Dragon
|Support||Veteran Apothecary||Sorcerer||Revered Warlock||Painboy Dok|
|Heavy||Veteran Devastator||Veteran Havoc||Revered Dark Reaper||Loota Nob|
|Melee||Vanguard (Ground)||Veteran Traitor Assault||Revered Howling Banshee
Revered Striking Scorpion
|Jump||Vanguard (Jump)||Veteran Raptor||Revered Swooping Hawk||Stormboy Nob|
Powerful “hero” classes such as Space Marine Librarians or Chaplains will be available to be played in the game, but they will cost a lot of resources to unlock and just like it is with Elite classes, dying returns the player to his original class, so players will have to use them wisely. There will then be a one day cooldown before players get to play as a Hero again.
, there will be exclusive Heroes skins that can be unlocked through the founders pack, and potentially later on as microtransactions. These are mostly aesthetic, respecting the goal to have a game free of “pay to win” situations. But some special abilities could have alternative effects to add flavor and tactics on the battlefield. The Founders heroes are special characters, while launch heroes are broader HQ types. Thus, the Founders heroes have cool, unique abilities, but are much narrower in focus and have little to no loadout customization.