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Vana'diel contains 5 playable races.



The Elvaan are a race of proud warriors, characterized by their tall, slender bodies and pointed ears, both males and females of the race excel in swordsmanship.


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The Galka are a hulking race of powerful warriors. The sheer strength of their powerful physiques is second to none.



Humes are characterized by balanced abilities, moderate intelligence, and high level of skill in numerous areas.



The Mithra, a predominantly female race of hunters, are identified by their characteristic ears and their long tails.

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The Tarutaru are a race of skilled magic users who call Windurst their home. Masters of the magical arts, the Tarutaru have honed their abilities through dutiful study of the world around them.

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Race Selection

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, 18 different jobs and 75 different levels, the odds of meeting someone who is your virtual twin would be 1 in 1,555,200.

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.

Race Distribution Statistics 2007

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Analyzing the percentages for racial distribution, as well as the most popular sizes and genders for each race. 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. In an interesting comparison, Tarutaru females continue to come in at a humble sixth. The only change we see in the rankings this time around is the previously fourth-ranked Elvaan males giving way to Hume females, jumping up from fifth position. Gender continues to be fairly balanced, with gender distribution coming in at 54.2% for males, and 45.76 for females.

Race Distribution Statistics 2006

Tarutaru males have been snatched out of the number one spot once again by Hume males. Perhaps the Hume males' persistent popularity is due in part to the familiarity of their looks and gestures. The other races have remained the same in ranking, but Vana'diel is seeing a change in the gender of its population. The males of all races but Tarutaru have relatively increased since the last census, but females of all races are on the decline. Like last year, the general image of each race appears to influence character size selections, i.e. Tarutaru are more often of the smallest size, while Galka players usually choose the largest model. The only real change seen this year is in the size of most Elvaan males, which has shifted from large to medium.


Race Distribution Statistics 2005

Looking at the chart for racial distribution, we can see another example of how statistical trends have reversed. The formerly dominant Hume males have been overtaken by Tarutaru males, while Mithra have risen from fourth to third position. Does this show that more people prefer the cuter characters in the game?

Gender distribution remains at a steady ratio of 5:5.

Aside from Humes, the general image of each race appears to influence character size selections, i.e. Tarutaru are more often of the smallest size, while Galka players usually choose the largest model. Even last year's trend of medium-sized Elvaan males has now been replaced by a higher percentage of large-sized characters.

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