Valkyries are a line of rugged female warriors, whom specialize in heavy armored, close quarter sword and shielded combat. Some would liken them to shield maidens from mythology of the past, due to their intense training in defense and combat survival. Valkyrie is the female counterpart to the Warrior.
Valkyries are the "Holy Servants" of Elion, forsaking relationships and in honor to their god and his linking to fire and light having naturally red hair or dying it accordingly. They are trained at the College in Calpheon where the Valkyries origin lies.
If you're looking for a tank class, Valkyrie is one of the best in the trade. Make no mistake though they can certainly put out damage if played well, but the primary focus is damage mitigation. In solo pvp they are quite adept at holding their own when in skilled hands, and capable of taking down most other classes. One drawback however is they lack some of the maneuverability and speed of their Warrior counterpart. Where they shine is providing a few decent support buffs, excellent group fight survivability, and most importantly a huge amount of knock downs.
They belong to a very exclusive list of classes with the ability to block all incoming frontal damage (to a point), which makes them fairly forgiving in regards to getting into situations where incoming damage is plentiful, plus its forgiving with new player combat mistakes. The class also allows room for growth into expert level play, making Valkyries a solid choice for players looking for a fun & rugged close quarters class.