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In WAR, the term archetype refers to one of the four general types of careers available. War is divided into four archetypes. These archetypes each have attributes that give advantages over one another. In Warhammer Online the four archetypes are Tanks, Melee DPS, Ranged DPS, and Support/Healers. This is a chart of the various Careers and their archetypes.

Archetype Order of the Griffon Oathbearers Shining Guard Raven Host Bloody Sun Boyz House Uthorin
Tank Knight of the Blazing Sun Ironbreaker Swordmaster Chosen Black Orc Black Guard
Melee Witch Hunter Slayer White Lion Marauder Choppa Witch Elf
Support Warrior Priest Runepriest Archmage Zealot Shaman Disciple of Khaine
Ranged Bright Wizard Engineer Shadow Warrior Magus Squig Herder Sorceress

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Career grid

An officially released chart from EA Mythic(Click to enlarge).

Each army has exactly one playable career for each archetype (see table), and each archetype performs a specific main role, although different careers of the same archetype may play slightly differently. For instance the Sorceress is a Ranged DPS archetype career, however, her play mechanic (called "Dark Magic" - causing her to have a chance to hurt herself the more harmful magic she casts) is very different from the Shadow Warrior (also a Ranged DPS), who has a stance-based mechanic of gameplay.

Archetypes also have an advantage over another Archetype. This plays in very well when balancing the careers.

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