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#1 Sep 25 2012 at 11:57 PM Rating: Decent
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Hey yall. So I just subbed to FFXI after just subbing to XIV THEN finding out servers are shutting down in a month so I feel no drive to play XIV at all with such little, useless time... Plus it will be fun to experience new world from the beginning in XIV when 2.0 hits. ANYWAY! I am completely new... level 1 haha. I am debating my race... I am thinking Elvaan, Galka, or tarutaru maybe. I am interested in the classes: White mage, bard, scholar, and corsair. From what I have seen tarutaru excells the most in all of these jobs over all others based on mana poop, charisma, and agility being so high. But I worry if taru don't look good in gear cuz they are so tiny lol. I do kinda like how Galka looks and Elvaan... but I don't want to be a gimped toon :( any thoughts on which I should pick. I just wanna be capable and look good :)
#2 Sep 26 2012 at 12:15 AM Rating: Excellent
The base stats (HP, MP, STR, etc) really don't play that significant a factor in how well a race performs in a job. Sure a Taru melee would put out less damage than a Galka will on paper while on the same job with the same gear and buffs, and sure an Elvaan is going to have a bit less HP than a Galka, the actual racial differences, especially in end game content, are very small. A good mage, regardless of their race, will have a hard time completely burning away all their MP with proper gear, and Taru melees can deal significant damage, beating out even Elvaan and Galka in the same general situation.

For the most part, your race nowadays determines how you look, not much more. Yes, some races will have a slight advantage in a certain job over others, but again, the differences are minor enough that you wouldn't be gimp for choosing a race and then choosing to level jobs that don't complement it well.
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#3 Sep 26 2012 at 1:50 AM Rating: Decent
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Hmm... ok cuz I kinda like Galka lol... Is there any place where you can see armor on all the races?
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Each race has its merits but in the end it's all about which one you enjoy looking at for hours on end. The game is much easier now and to be honest there aren't really any compelling reasons to choose one race over another. It's more down to what you feel represents you best and as I said, which race you enjoy looking at constantly as you play the game. Of course some races have better emotes than others but that's about it. Really it's up to your own personal preference but I wouldn't presume to tell you which is best. You'll have to make that decision yourself.
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Just make sure you don't pick Elvaan. Especially if you want to be a Dark Knight. The accuracy issues alone will be enough to make you want to quit!
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#6 Sep 26 2012 at 2:51 AM Rating: Decent
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Accuracy is probably the only thing that really sets two races apart, and even then only on 2-handers really. Differences in STR or Attack are super minor because they get stacked so high anyway, but accuracy is always relative and 7.5 Accuracy is 3.25% hit-rate if you aren't capped, period. dDEX is less of a factor but something to consider as well, being irrelevant of weapon type and whatnot while fSTR would be a paltry 1-2 base damage boost on top of 120+.

Stat differences were actually starting to diverge when 85 cap came out, Mithra had about 14 DEX over Elvaan (10.5 accuracy, a big deal and the gap was set to get wider) but then someone swung the Balance bat and we're back to just 10 DEX difference from Mithra to Elvaan (other races falling between) the same as it was at level 75. Booooooo~ring!

8 STR vs. 7.5 Accuracy though... that's the choice between two single pieces of equipment now, versus perhaps half your equipment at 75. I actually wish stats had stayed divergent since 75 such that race could actually have an impact on endgame gearing (but remain fairly irrelevant up to that point). Oh well.

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#7 Sep 26 2012 at 4:55 AM Rating: Excellent
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Play Tarutaru, and spend time fantasizing about playing a Galka. Or play a Galka and fantasize about being a Taru.

We call this 'MP/HP' envy.

Other stats dont matter, because you dont get to see them. Tarus see that big Galka HP in the pt menu, Galkas see the taru MP. We both get jealous, so we just make fun of Elvaans.
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#8 Sep 26 2012 at 5:45 AM Rating: Good
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The only real statistical extremes seem to be Galkan HP and Taru MP, and those extremes are most apparent to each other.

Beyond that... play what appeals to you. I ran with a Hume for for years just because I thought Hume's balanced stats would be a big deal for RDM, all the while preferring Elvaan, aesthetically.

I recently bit the bullet and re-rolled an Elvaan, and I don't regret it.
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#9 Sep 26 2012 at 6:41 AM Rating: Excellent
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Elvaans are great.

If you start off in Windurst you can go to Windurst Woods and visit the farm where the Mithra breed them in captivity.
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Aside from appearance, there is lore and racial tensions to consider.

1. Tarutaru breed like rabbits, are the most populous race (due to the breeding like rabbits - they are about a third of the in-game population), and are popular for football practice by the taller races. Expect to be frequently punted.
2. Humes are boring, and tend to be the villains in the game. Everyone regards them with a slight level of suspicion.
3. Elvaan are arrogant jerks, are called "dhamels" or "longnecks" by everyone (occasionally orangutans by Humes because of the long arms), and have trouble hitting the broad side of a barn sometimes.
4. The "male" only Galka were enslaved by the Humes for several centuries, and are still bitter about it. Also, they have no functional reproductive system (although Galka PCs swear they have "legacy equipment.") Great hulking HP, possibly no balls.
5. Mithra are female player-character only, and are either 1. men trapped in women's bodies or 2. desperately fighting over the one male NPC character we've ever seen.

Humes hate Galka. Galka hate humes. Some of them try to get along but...

Tarutaru tend to like Galka, and vice version.

Galka like to date Mithra, once they are confirmed female. So do Humes, for that matter.

Elvaan hate Tarutaru since they sort of invaded and destroyed their civilizations multiple times.

Everyone hates the Elvaan.


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#12 Sep 26 2012 at 9:27 AM Rating: Excellent
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My only regret with choosing Taru is that some of the detail on the armor is lost since the character model is so small. Other than that whatever floats your boat.
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My only regret with choosing Taru is that some of the detail on the armor is lost since the character model is so small. Other than that whatever floats your boat.


Do you also miss having knees?
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My only regret with choosing Taru is that some of the detail on the armor is lost since the character model is so small. Other than that whatever floats your boat.


Do you also miss having knees?


Tarutaru have knees. Can we please dispel this myth already??? Smiley: mad
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Smiley: lolSmiley: laughSmiley: lol

Oddly enough I'm fine with Taru animations in XI, but for some reason the Lallafel running in XIV bugs the **** out of me. They don't bounce when they run.
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Everyone hates the Elvaan.


Doggone it people like me!

As to the OP: The absolute most important thing when choosing a race is aesthetics. The stat differences are not going to affect what jobs you can or can't play. Just pick what you think looks the best and have fun.
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#17 Sep 26 2012 at 11:38 AM Rating: Good
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Hey yall. So I just subbed to FFXI after just subbing to XIV THEN finding out servers are shutting down in a month so I feel no drive to play XIV at all with such little, useless time... Plus it will be fun to experience new world from the beginning in XIV when 2.0 hits. ANYWAY! I am completely new... level 1 haha. I am debating my race... I am thinking Elvaan, Galka, or tarutaru maybe. I am interested in the classes: White mage, bard, scholar, and corsair. From what I have seen tarutaru excells the most in all of these jobs over all others based on mana poop, charisma, and agility being so high. But I worry if taru don't look good in gear cuz they are so tiny lol. I do kinda like how Galka looks and Elvaan... but I don't want to be a gimped toon :( any thoughts on which I should pick. I just wanna be capable and look good :)


Each race has its merits but in the end it's all about which one you enjoy looking at for hours on end. The game is much easier now and to be honest there aren't really any compelling reasons to choose one race over another. It's more down to what you feel represents you best and as I said, which race you enjoy looking at constantly as you play the game. Of course some races have better emotes than others but that's about it. Really it's up to your own personal preference but I wouldn't presume to tell you which is best. You'll have to make that decision yourself.


I see what you did there... :)

But I'd pick Elvaan.
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Hey yall. So I just subbed to FFXI after just subbing to XIV THEN finding out servers are shutting down in a month so I feel no drive to play XIV at all with such little, useless time... Plus it will be fun to experience new world from the beginning in XIV when 2.0 hits. ANYWAY! I am completely new... level 1 haha. I am debating my race... I am thinking Elvaan, Galka, or tarutaru maybe. I am interested in the classes: White mage, bard, scholar, and corsair. From what I have seen tarutaru excells the most in all of these jobs over all others based on mana poop, charisma, and agility being so high. But I worry if taru don't look good in gear cuz they are so tiny lol. I do kinda like how Galka looks and Elvaan... but I don't want to be a gimped toon :( any thoughts on which I should pick. I just wanna be capable and look good :)

Hi, I would like to chime in on this, I know a lot of people will not agree with me or think I am insane for even doing so. I have leveled 3 different races and yes some even with the same job. from what I experienced, race does matter. Most of all I will agree with some on here that it all depends on what you enjoy looking at all day but after that I have to disagree. I leveled ninja, dark knight with Elvaan, Mithra and now hume. Once they all capped I noticed something different about each one. For example when tanking those very hard mobs Elvaan could get hate and take hits all day if needed, mithra was VERY hard to keep hate and a few hits on her and she was dead, however her evasion was insane and very fun to watch. Hume to me seems to have the best time with ninja being middle of the road. Elvaan drk did insane damage and mithra well, something left to be desired, hume again was so so.

I guess what it boils down to is what job you want to play if you are tanking Id plan on in this order: Elvaan, Galka, Hume .. anything else is a free for all .. In the end tho if you dont enjoy the way it looks, you will never like it.
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With the right gear, race doesn't matter. Just pick the one that you think has the nicest ass. You'll be staring at it enough.
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All things being equal, choose galka for the HP boost.
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With the right gear, race doesn't matter. Just pick the one that you think has the nicest ass. You'll be staring at it enough.


this makes me wish i had made a female hume instead of a male hume. Every game I play that has you making a character, i always choose a from now on.
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With the right gear, race doesn't matter. Just pick the one that you think has the nicest ass. You'll be staring at it enough.


Another reason to play tarutaru, you only get to see the back of their heads. With proper hats on, you can hardly tell the differences between a male and female tarutaru. (Unless you are an expert, as a hint taru ladies have angrier eyebrows.)

Alsi, you can stare at any **** you want as a Taru.
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Mithra for dDex.
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My only regret with choosing Taru is that some of the detail on the armor is lost since the character model is so small. Other than that whatever floats your boat.


This. The flip side is you'll feel like you're running faster as a taru. I had always had taru characters before since I focussed on mage jobs but my most recent character I went with hume because I wanted to be able to see my cool armor.

I see how awesome my galka mule looks in event gear, though, and sort of wish I'd gone with galka. My hume character's dykey look sort of makes up for that though.
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I don't remember why i chose the race i chose 10 years ago, but if memory serves me and i hope it does.
You can play anything with anything, if you put in the effort to compensate for the short comings.
Other wise this link, can tell you what stats the races have depending on job and level.
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Whatever tail you like look at the most is the best.

As it has always been.

The difference in atributes is minor and doesn't matter. Only HP/MP matters, and very little.
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Tarutaru have knees. Can we please dispel this myth already??? Smiley: mad



Tarutaru don't have knees. They don't even have bones. I happen to know for a fact that they're supported by a system of fluid-filled bladders. Why else would they be so short?

This is also why roast tarutaru is considered a delicacy by galkas.
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Given the mentioned jobs of interest, I'd say taru is the winner. While you've got some people arguing race doesn't matter with the right gear, I disagree, as you're unlikely to be seeing a galka giving up INT/MATK for more MP even if it led to a higher number of possible nukes due to their diminished MP pool. STR may be the least significant of the pertinent race perks, but stuff like DEX and max MP can be big.

Socially, expect to be punted or inferred to as dinner if you do make the choice for taru.
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Be a Galka. We can eat raw meat. Rawr!
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Be a Galka. We can eat raw meat. Rawr!
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Be a Galka. We can eat raw meat. Rawr!
We all can.


I didn't know that item existed o.O but it still excludes WHM, MNK, BLM, RDM, BST, SMN, BLU, & SCH.

Edited, Sep 29th 2012 3:21am by TikkaofLakshmi
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TikkaofLakshmi wrote:
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I didn't know that item existed o.O but it still excludes WHM, MNK, BLM, RDM, BST, SMN, BLU, & SCH.
Can hop to another job that can use it, eat the food, then change back to a job that can't equip it. Not that this is worth doing, raw food effect lasting all of five minutes.

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...draining with sambas is kind of like you smack the thing and as you smack blood flies out... normally the blood would just you know fall and be red an what-not, but, with the samba your all whacked out and decide to drink the blood as it flys out. thus not adding MORE damage just taking more advantage of your damage. at least thats my take on it.
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