Roles in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire are the overall style and set of priorities a character has in Combat. Below is a list of Roles in PoE 2 and what they mean.
Defenders excel at resisting attacks or being able to take a large amount of punishment in combat.
Strikers are unequaled in their ability to inflict large amounts of damage and crippling afflictions to single targets.
Support characters aid their allies with defensive bonuses, healing, or protective wards.
Classes that focus on crowd control can inflict heavy damage and negative effects on groups of enemies.