Best classes in The Finals, ranked – use these specializations to dominate matches

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Wondering what the best classes are in The Finals? This blistering fast-paced shooter offers three classes to pick from. Each of them promises their spin on the game’s mechanics with plenty of destructive potential.

Picking a class determines a lot in The Finals. From the best gadgets to weapons and gear, there’s a lot to keep track of. We’ve made the decision easier for you with our comprehensive breakdown of every class in the game.

An image of a player wielding a sniper rifle as the Light class in The Finals. Image captured by VideoGamer.
An image of a player wielding a sniper rifle as the Light class in The Finals. Image captured by VideoGamer.

Ranking the best classes in The Finals

Based on our time with the game, here’s how we’d rank the best classes in The Finals from worst to best:

  • Light class
  • Medium class
  • Heavy class

This might come as a surprise to players who prefer utilizing the game’s slick movement mechanics. But at the moment, other factors play a bigger role in these rankings. Future updates might tip the balance towards the other classes so keep a lookout for them. And with that, let’s see what each class is made of in The Finals.

The Light class in The Finals is nimble and deadly

While the Light class has the lowest health in the game, they make up for it with speed and hard-hitting weapons. They’re also the smallest characters in terms of hitboxes, making them the hardest to hit. Despite the low health, they pack weapons that are great at all ranges. From pistols, an SMG, a rifle, and a shotgun to a sword, you’re free to define your playstyle as you wish. As for gadgets, you’ve got grenades, a couple of sensors, and a stun gun among others. The Breach Charge is great if you want the occasional environmental destruction.

The Light class falls in third place on our list because of their low health. Even if their mobility is top-notch, you’ll need to catch Medium and Heavy enemies by surprise to take their high health pools down. Despite that, they’re a really fun class to play as in The Finals. Here’s the best Light build in The Finals.

In the specialization department, here’s what you can expect from the Light class:

  • Cloaking Device – Turn invisible while standing still. It’s perfect for ambushes and escapes, especially as a sniper.
  • Grappling Hook – Pretty much what it says on the tin. Aids movement and positioning.
  • Evasive Dash – Lets you move quickly in a direction to avoid damage or position yourself better.

And here’s a list of all the weapons that the Light class can use in The Finals:

  • Assassin’s Dagger
  • .30-06 Sniper
  • LH1
  • M11
  • Sawed-off Shotgun
  • Sword
  • V9S
The Medium class wields an assault rifle in a hallway in The Finals. Image captured by VideoGamer.
The Medium class wields an assault rifle in a hallway in The Finals. Image captured by VideoGamer.

The Medium class blends stopping power with some defenses

Starting with the Medium class should give you a good idea of how the game functions. While they may not be as sturdy as the Heavy class or as mobile as the Light class, they’ve got a lot of interesting gadgets and weapons. They’ve got the most versatile armory in the game. A revolver, shotgun, grenade launcher, and assault rifle round out a balanced mix of death-dealers. While a Riot Shield is an option, it’s not great in the damage department.

As for their role, their specializations let them switch between a defender and a healer. You can also work as a spotter if that’s your thing. In terms of gadgets, you get to pick from a zipline, jump pad, defibrillator, and mines. I’m a big fan of the jump pad since it opens up new avenues in the verticality department while making you harder to target. This versatility places the Medium class in second place. Here’s the best Medium build in The Finals for some solid loadouts.

Here are the specializations you can expect from the Medium class in The Finals:

  • Guardian Turret – Automatically targets enemies and fires at them. Note that it’s best used in narrow corridors to defend an objective or route.
  • Healing Beam – Heal teammates with this item. Pair it with the defibrillator to keep your squad from getting wiped.
  • Recon Senses – Make enemies visible through cover. Shooting through some types of cover makes for a satisfying, if cheap, path to victory.

And here’s a list of all the weapons that the Medium class can use in The Finals:

  • AKM
  • Pump-Action Grenade Launcher
  • R.357
  • Repeater
  • Riot Shield
The Heavy class can use an LMG in The Finals. Image captured by VideoGamer.
The Heavy class can use an LMG in The Finals. Image captured by VideoGamer.

The Heavy class can eat enemy bullets while spraying with an LMG

At first, I wasn’t a fan of the Heavy class. Its slow movement and lack of mobility made them a big walking target. But as I learned to position myself better and use their abilities, I quickly began to rack up kills. Thanks to their high health, Heavy builds can take a bullet or two before returning fire. Here’s the best Heavy build in The Finals.

The Charge ‘N’ Slam ability can be used to land safely from great heights

If you’re looking to run from enemies while on a skyscraper, dropping to the ground is feasible with the Charge ‘N’ Slam move in The Finals.

With weapons like an LMG, a grenade launcher, a flamethrower, a shotgun, and even a sledgehammer, there’s a lot to like. On the gadgets side of things, you get mines, C4, a dome shield, barricades, grenades, and an RPG. The RPG-7 is the most common pick but you can’t go wrong with the others either.

This odd blend of damage output and high health makes the Heavy class our top pick. While balance changes will bring the classes closer in terms of value, there’s an undisputed champion at the moment. The 1.4.0 patch was targeted at the Heavy class but they’re still the best around at explosives.

Heavy specializations lean either toward hardcore defenses or smash-and-grab offensive plays. Here are all three specializations for the Heavy class in The Finals:

  • Charge ‘N’ Slam – Charge forward and break through obstacles to carve new paths. It’s great for reaching objectives or finding safety in a pinch.
  • Goo Gun – Build temporary barriers with orbs of goo. While some grenades and barrels can achieve this, it’s nice to have an ability dedicated to generating cover.
  • Mesh Shield – A holographic shield that deflects incoming damage while letting your teammates shoot through it. It’s not unique to The Finals but it sure does flip the odds in your favor.

And here’s a list of all the weapons that the Heavy class can use in The Finals:

  • Flamethrower
  • M32 Grenade Launcher
  • M60
  • SA1216
  • Sledgehammer

That covers the best classes in The Finals. If you want to know what game engine is used in The Finals, we’ve got you covered. We’ve also got explainers for The Finals on GeForce Now and other streaming platforms. The game is out on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S, so give it a spin today with the best class.

Best classes in The Finals FAQ

How many classes are there in The Finals?

There are three classes to pick from.

Which class can heal in The Finals?

The Medium class can heal in The Finals thanks to their Healing Beam.

About the Author

Antony Terence

Antony Terence is a Guides Writer for VideoGamer. While he is particularly fond of city-builders, shooters, and strategy titles, he won’t turn down a good JRPG or a turn-based roguelike.

The Finals

  • Release Date: December 7, 2023
    • - 07 December 2023 (PC, Xbox Series S/X, PlayStation 5)
  • Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox Series X
  • Genre(s): Action, First-Person Shooter, Shooter