The three starting Descendants in The First Descendant.
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Which Descendant should you start with in The First Descendant and why?

I chose Viessa because I like making my life difficult, evidently.

When you load up The First Descendant for the first time, you'll be able to choose from three Descendants to play the first mission. Whoever you choose at that moment will be the character you control in the game until you unlock your next Descendant. Are you wondering which Descendant you should start with in The First Descendant? Find out here!

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Why you should choose Viessa as your first Descendant in The First Descendant

Viessa is an ice-themed debuffer, with powers that allow her to freeze her enemies and shoot blasts of ice at them from a distance. She's best for players who enjoy a hit-and-run style of play, such as those who play rogues in other games.

She's a very fast-paced character, one who can create her own ice paths just by running around with the skill active - this is the skill "Frost Road." While Viessa is a decent character for damage, players who choose her will definitely need a bit of backup for battlefield missions and big bosses.

This Descendant certainly requires the most time in terms of figuring out how to best utilize each of her skills. But, once you've tested them out and figured out which guns work best for you in The First Descendant, you'll really enjoy the style of play that comes with running Viessa. She's kind of a skirmisher, though she doesn't have quite the health strength to back it up.

Basically, choose Viessa if you prefer fast-paced play, enjoy playing defensively and being a bit sneaky, and have some experience with rogue-style characters. I consider her the most difficult of the three choices of Descendants that you get at the beginning of the game.

Why you should choose Lepic as your first Descendant in The First Descendant

Lepic is a DPS character, but perhaps not a traditional one. He's a projectile-user, and his DPS comes from the damage he can do when throwing his weapons, rather than him being a good shooter.

If you decide to go with Lepic, you're probably someone who enjoys sniping in other games and has a decent aim. If you don't have much experience with projectiles or aiming in shooter games, I wouldn't recommend Lepic as your starter Descendant.

His grenades deal Burst damage, which is fun because it causes more damage than you'd get from firing one of the guns in The First Descendant. He also has a cool Passive Skill which gives him a better chance at surviving damage that would otherwise kill him in combat.

So, if you're the risk-it-all kind of gamer, Lepic is perfect for you. Choose him if you don't really like shooter games that much or aren't great at using guns, and if you have experience with DPS characters.

Why you should choose Ajax as your first Descendant in The First Descendant

Ajax is more of a tank-type character. He's very defensive, has high HP, and recovers his shields in a decent amount of time.

Choosing Ajax will enable you to create barriers during combat, which can be extremely useful if you're someone who doesn't usually play third-person shooters or wants to use a more defensive style of play.

When Ajax uses his Orbit Barrier skill, he can reflect the damage that enemies are trying to inflict back on their forces. This is a much more passive style of play compared to being a DPS, but it's incredibly helpful for The First Descendant players who are playing with friends for the social aspect of gaming, or for those who just enjoy playing shield-wielding tanks who can make the opposition suffer their own ammo hits.

Go for Ajax if you're a team player, and you play tanks or support characters in other games, but also like to be able to do some damage yourself. He's not a sit-there-and-defend-others character, so you can still have fun playing him.

Which is the best Descendant to start The First Descendant with?

The Descendant page for Ajax in The First Descendant.
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Although I chose Viessa for my first playthrough, Ajax is actually the best choice for beginners. When he's using his Orbit Barrier, he gets a bit of a bonus buff if you decide to start shooting from that position.

You're more likely to survive first contact with the enemy when using Ajax's skills, and you can enjoy his built-in buff skill "Void Energy." Void Energy is a skill that charges over time, and makes Ajax's other skills better once it's done charging.

If you're playing solo, I recommend trying to find missions with other players around and choosing the public play options for dungeon-style missions. For group play, you'll really enjoy using Ajax and being a support tank for your team.

What Descendant to unlock first in The First Descendant

Enzo's passive skill list in The First Descendant.
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Without a doubt, Enzo. Enzo is the Quartermaster of the Descendants, and his skills are certainly some of the best in the game. Of course, lots of players like Bunny and they'll argue that she's the best/most fun to play, but Enzo is the only Descendant with the Passive Skill "Fire Supporter."

Fire Supporter boosts your ammunition for the weapons that you're using, and the weapons that your Allies or Squad are using. Running out of ammo in The First Descendant is a hot topic among players, and it's an incredibly frustrating part of the game.

With Enzo, you get the joy of boosting the amount of ammo you have for your weapons by at least 10%. He also has an Explosive Drone skill (the name is self-explanatory), and can summon a Supply Drone to any given location for you and your allies to use when you're running low on ammunition. What's not to love?

Want to read more Pro Game Guides for The First Descendant? Try our guide on How to quickly level up your Descendant in The First Descendant or How to fix Caliber not showing in The First Descendant.

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