I'm familiar with the 4e guide terminology for A and V classes: A classes have one primary stat and two secondaries you can choose between, with the choice determining the way the class plays; V classes have a choice of two primary stats to determine how the class plays, but the secondary stat remains the same.

But I've run across a few references to E classes (in various rescues of class handbooks and the comments associated with them, like this one or this one), the meaning of which I can't quite infer from context.

In 4e guide vocabulary, what is an "E class"?

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    \$\begingroup\$ I've added some references on request. I hope this doesn't lead to speculative answers by people who are unfamiliar with the context beyond the links I provide, as those answers are almost invariably quite poor in quality; this is why I usually do not provide context which expert answerers should already be familiar with. Please prove me wrong this time. \$\endgroup\$
    – BESW
    Apr 5 '18 at 2:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ @BESW I was going to see if I could find similar sources for the E class term itself, but these seem to be colloquial terms, so I doubt they will come up without deep forum searching \$\endgroup\$ Apr 5 '18 at 2:30

E is for Essentials

V classes and A classes both follow the standard AEDU (at-will/encounter/daily/utility) power format; the A & V portion describes their use of primary/secondary attributes within that framework. Essentials classes, on the other hand, largely abandon the AEDU format (with the exception of the pure casters) and instead get a variety of special abilities in place of powers.


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