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Final Fantasy XIV – Which Race Should You Choose? (Updated)

HROTHGAR : The Lion-Like Race

The Hrothgar became a playable race with Final Fantasy XIV’s Shadowbringers expansion. The Hrothgar race originates from Ilsabard, but many migrated to Eorzea. The Hrothgar’s imposing countenance─mitigated not at all by their sharp claws and still sharper fangs—incited panic amongst Eorzeans upon their arrival. As they were also unable to communicate, initial interactions with the commonfolk often escalated into conflict. It was not until the Hrothgar gained mastery of the common tongue that fears were allayed, and in time they would be as neighbours, welcome in all corners of the realm.

The Hrothgar are a bulky lion-like race and due to their odd body shape, they have a limited wardrobe in-game. Right now you are only able to play as a male Hrothgar in FFXIV as it is said the females of the race are so few in number, it is rare that they are ever seen.

There are two clans in the Hrothgar race – The Helions Clan and The Lost Clan.

ClanStrengthDexterityVitalityIntelligenceMind
Helions+3-3+3-3+3
The Lost+3-3+3-3+3

Helions Clan

The Helions have warm-toned fur which sets them apart from The Lost clan. They are known to reside in southern Islabard and their lives revolve around the Queen’s needs. This clan was named by scholars who observed them.

Both clans have identical stats with high Strength, Vitality, and Mind but low Dexterity and Intelligence.

Suggested classes: Lancer, Pugilist, Marauder, Gladiator, Conjurer
Suggested jobs: Dragoon, Monk, Warrior, Paladin, Dark Knight, Gunbreaker, White Mage, Scholar, Astrologian

The Lost Clan

The Lost clan have monotone coats and are said to be far more carefree than the Helions. They favour a nomadic lifestyle and spend their time learning a variety of trades. They are fairer of fur than the Helions, but carry the same intimidating look. They are known for being skilled labourers, mercenaries, and peddlers.

Both clans have identical stats with high Strength, Vitality, and Mind but low Dexterity and Intelligence.

Suggested classes: Lancer, Pugilist, Marauder, Gladiator, Conjurer
Suggested jobs: Dragoon, Monk, Warrior, Paladin, Dark Knight, Gunbreaker, White Mage, Scholar, Astrologian

 

Viera : The Bunny-Human Race

The Viera like the Hrothgar was introduced as a playable race in Final Fantasy XIV’s Shadowbringers expansion. They have similar stature to the Hyur and Elezen but are set apart by their lithe figures and prominent rabbit-like ears. . Giving them some limited in-game hat options due to this.

Viera generally live closely with nature, and few venture out into the world beyond their woodland homes. When the Viera was released you could only choose to play as a female Viera. Male Viera do apparently exist, but their role is much less prominent in society, and they are rarely seen. According to Final Fantasy lore, only 20% of Viera are born male. Male Viera serve as “Wood-warders” and are protectors of the forest. They do not live with female Viera in their village and only come back every few years to get other male Viera to train to fight and to mate with female Viera. But as of Final Fantasy XIV’s Endwalker expansion, you’ll be able to play as a male Viera.

There are two clans in the Viera race – The Rava Clan and the Venna Clan.

ClanStrengthDexterityVitalityIntelligenceMind
Rava0+3-2+1+1
Venna-10-1+3+2

Rava Clan

The Rava clan live primarily in the Golmore Jungle, they have a yellowish-brown skin and hair tone. This helps them remain hidden from outsiders and blend into their surroundings.

Rava has high Dexterity and low Vitality.

Suggested classes: Archer, Rogue
Suggested jobs: Bard, Ninja, Machinist, Dancer

Veena Clan

The Veena clan have much fairer skin than their Rava counterparts. The snowy mountains are their home and they populate the forests in the area. Their fair skin blends in with their surroundings.

Veena has high Intelligence and low Strength.

Suggested classes: Thaumaturge, Arcanist, Conjurer.
Suggested jobs: Black Mage, Summoner, Red Mage, Blue Mage, White Mage, Scholar, Astrologian.

 

How To Change Your Race

You can change your appearance—including race—with the item, Phial of Fantasia. One of these potions is rewarded once you complete the level 50 main story quest, Ultima Weapon. But if you don’t want to wait that long, or if you have already used your freebie, you can buy additional Phials of Fantasia with real money through the Final Fantasy XIV Online Store.

Fantasias are potions to remake a character into a different race, clan, and/or gender. Once consumed, the player will have the option of recreating said character during login. Those on PC can also make character appearances through the official Final Fantasy XIV benchmarks and load them into the main game.

Fantasias are included in Collector’s Editions of expansions like Heavensward. These are mailed to players and can be collected by speaking to any Delivery Moogle within towns.

 

Now that you’ve picked your race why don’t you pick your job? Need some help? We have a guide for that our – Final Fantasy XIV What Job Should You Choose? guide.

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