Vana'diel contains 5 playable races.
The 5 playable races are comprised of 16 character models for each race and applicable gender for a total of 128 Character Models. If that's not enough, each model can be also be assigned the size of small, medium, or large for a total of 384 unique looks. Furthermore, with 3 different nations, 22 different jobs and 99 different levels, the odds of meeting someone who is your virtual twin would be 1 in 2,509,056!
There's quite a bit of freedom to choose whatever race best suits your personal tastes. While, the base stats will vary for each race, most of the impact will be on what type of equipment you wear versus what job you decide to play. It is also common for players to play several jobs, so picking a race that's "perfect" for all of them isn't practical or necessary. There are some exceptions, though. If you want to be the strongest melee and plan to stack Strength gear you'd choose Elvaan. If you want the most intelligence and largest MP pool for your black mage, choose Tarutaru. Finally, if you want the most rounded stats because you plan on leveling several different types jobs, Hume is a good choice. Also note that your stats will remain static in terms of gender and model size; a large Elvaan isn't stronger than a medium or small one.
Most importantly however, pick the race that's right for you! Tarutaru can still make great melee damage dealers, and Galka can be fantastic mages, thanks to all the different equipment you can use to improve upon your strengths or weaknesses.
Racial Stat Differences
The below chart shows the stat differences at level 99. 0 represents the lowest value of all races, with all numbers being compared to that.
Race Distribution Statistics 2008
Last year we wrote: “Hume males still top the rankings this year; however, Tarutaru males are hot on their heels. If the popularity of the diminutive Windurstians continues to rise, we may see a new race in the number one position this time next year.”And, just as we had predicted, this year the Tarutaru males have overtaken the Hume males, successfully wresting away the number one position. The last time Tarutaru males actually sat in the lead was before the 2005 Vana'diel Census. We'll have to keep our eyes on both the Tarutaru males and Hume males to see what the future holds. Also on the Tarutaru front, Tarutaru females are gradually moving up the ranks and one can see that overall, the Windurstian natives are growing in popularity.
- ≪Racial Distribution≫