There are eight classes in World War Z: Gunslinger, Hellraiser, Medic, Fixer, Slasher, Exterminator, Dronemaster, and Vanguard - each with unique perks and play styles. With several perks to pick there are countless possibilities for gameplay variabilities:
- Gunslinger – The Gunslinger is a ranged combat expert who uses automatic rifles and grenades to thin the swarm and receives bonuses for landing headshots.
- Hellraiser – Your trusty explosives experts, Hellraisers, use C4 grenade launchers and claymores to take out large numbers of zombies at a time.
- Slasher – Slashers have perks that increase melee damage and can equip tasers for electrifying results.
- Medic – Armed with a Stim Pistol, Medics heal and boost the team from a distance, with special bonuses for using SMGs.
- Fixer – A highly versatile squad member, the Fixer can boost the team’s firepower with explosive ammo boxes, hide players from zombies with masking grenades, and open hidden loot caches with breaching charges.
- Exterminator – Fire is the answer! Equipped with Molotov cocktails and increased fire damage, the Exterminator wants to watch the undead burn.
- Dronemaster - This highly versatile character comes with a personal drone that stuns zombies when they get too close for comfort. You can customize your drone in the perk tree to suit your play style and squad comp: increase its offensive capabilities to make it more lethal in an assault, or raise its defensive powers to support your team better.
- Vanguard - The Vanguard is armed with an electrified shield that can plow through the horde with devastating efficiency.
While playing the game, you will earn XP and Supplies (usually called Coins) that you can use to upgrade your Classes and Weapons. There are 13 tiers for each class; most have three perks to pick from a single tier. You can't have all perks active simultaneously, but you can save three builds as a Loadout. Additionally, you can buy prestige rank after fully upgrading your class.
After reaching the maximum class level, you can purchase Prestige Rank. It will reset class progress to level 1 and give additional Red Perk. Red Perks work simultaneously, so you don't have to worry about which one to pick. You can get four new perks with Prestige Ranks alongside Prestige Borders around their character picture in the menu. Prestige Rank 5 will get you the final Prestige Border; additional Ranks will only give you progress toward your Profile Level.
Don't forget that some unique weapon variants require upgrading a certain class to Prestige Rank 2. In-game, you can see all variants and requirements under the Weapon Customization menu.