The Daily Grind: What’s the best animalistic MMO race?

Most every MMO character creation screen contains a spectrum of racial choices, usually ranging from the bland Humans to the predictable picks (Elves) to the more alien and savage. Along the latter part of this range tends to dwell anthropomorphized beasts, such as playable rats, cats, and even lizards.

If there’s an animal out there in the world that’s at least slightly cute or has graced a Trapper Keeper cover at some point, it’s probably been made into a playable character. Pandas, bears, wolves, frogs, guinea pigs, tigers, and even dragons are options if you’re looking to stand out from the crowd and channel your spirit animal in an online game.

What’s the best animalistic race in an MMORPG? For a bonus question, have you ever played one as your main character?

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bardamu1999
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bardamu1999

The Froglok. Followed by Argonians, and the Ratonga.

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Mewmew

Anything cat related is always my main character :D

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

My first EQ2 character was a Sarnak paladin. God that faction switch was a pain back then.

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Ben Stone

All the EQ2 races. Also Centaur from Crowfall is pretty awesome.

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Rex Fenris

Giving the comments a quick read, I see that the Khajiit are sadly underrepresented here! This race and their culture are fun and interesting and an essential part of the Elder Scrolls universe. It just wouldn’t be a TES game without everyone’s favorite cats.

Khajiit rabiba jhaka ike jer raba jah
Khajiit has wares if you have coin

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Karma_Mule

Frogloks in EQ2, with ratonga a close second.

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Viktor Budusov

+1 to Lotro’s wargs and spiders :)

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Schmidt.Capela

The monster/PvP races in LotRO. You can play as a warg (a large, evil wolf) or a giant spider.

Just about every other animalistic race I tried in MMOs feel like a human with a costume. A very elaborate and amusing costume sometimes, but even then the race still feel like the animal traits are only skin-deep.

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Vexia

This is a pringles situation for me. I gravitate toward cute and/or unusual playable races, and those circles often overlap with the animalistic ones. So I’ll try and narrow it down to three with my reasonings:

GW2’s Charr – ANet went out of their way to make them fierce and animalistic with no human-like breasts on the females and one of my all-time favorite features – the four-legged running animation.

B&S’s Lyn – They are my idea of “people with animal ears & tail” done right because there’s a decent variety of animal types (could always be more), ears are not dependent upon hair (hello, TERA), and they have unique feet and posture.

Allods Online’s Gibberlings – I would be happy if the trend of more rodent-like playable races continued. Just playing as a trio of Gibberling siblings, who have to work together to use weapons, and who throw back pints of ale as an AFK animation, brings me joy. So much character with these ones.

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James Mock

My Ratonga druid main in EQ2!!! Neufchatel Fromage.

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Rabidwargamer

Ratonga from EQ2!

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haishao

Lyn in Blade and Soul are the cutest pets.

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Brown Jenkin

Charr of GW2, hands down.

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kidwithknife

Iksar from Everquest. I don’t normally care for animal races, but the Iksar were cool as hell.

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Little Bugbear

Charr, Tauren, and Pandarien are well designed model with great lore to back the races up. Asura is also so cute and shark like. I’ve only ever mained a Tauren and a Charr though.

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Kayweg

’nuff said…and bonus answer, yes.

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Asterei Starcaller

Not necessarily the best, but my favourite? For appearances, I love blade and soul’s lyn race. I would prefer it if they could have boobs (to not look like kids 100% of the time) but they are just done right to me. They’re cute, but you can also make them look pretty cool. I love their playful animations, and comparing them to the elin which look similar in Tera, they arent all creepily sexualised.

Lore-wise, I quite like FFXIV’s au ra. I like their background, and I like the difference between the two subraces (au ra and xaela). As soon as heavensward launched I changed to au ra, recently had a stint as a miqo’te but felt so wrong about it I had to go back to au ra.

If I could, I would love a fox-humanoid race. Preferably more fox than just ‘human with ears and tail’ but not so much so that it has an actual fox face. All I can really think of though are Perfect World’s Untamed (which were pretty cool and able to shapeshift, but the game itself was dull), and DOMO’s shura…where the girls looked like fox girls but were actually meant to be dragons somehow

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Jon Sleeper

At any opportunity. I have a thing for cat-people. So, Kajiit, Caitians/Fersasen, Firran, etc,. I’m not sure that I’d count races like the Mi’qote, since they’re just of the Little Bit Beastly (ears and tails) variety. Otherwise, I’ve played Iskar, Argonians, Worgen, Charr, “nature” shapeshifter in DCUO, and I wish the deer race in Black Desert was playable.

And my poor main Kajiit in ESO is a werewolf.

Sensing a theme here? :)

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Bullet Teeth

Charr

/discussion

Edit: Forgot the Frogloks. +1 for the Frogloks.

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Jesse Wan

Asura race is the best race. They’re cute, snarky, smart, and nobody accuses them of being an anti-Semitic slur, like you would for gnomes, goblins, halflings, hobbits, the lemmings from Zootopia, etc, etc…

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Jesse Schulkers

Man. I loved the Ratonga from EQ2. Them and the frogloks. But the real unique strange thing were the gibberlings. I cant recall the MMO they were from but each player character consisted of 3 gibberlings that stuck close together and each had their own tasks for the class you chose. So if you were a warrior one uses a shield, another the weapon, and the last helps the weapon user reach targets.

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James Mock

Gibberlings were awesome!

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Vexia

Gibberlings are from Allods Online!

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Robert Mann

I’m still waiting on one that’s not just a human with a different skin overlay and maybe size and/or some ears/tail. Once we have one, that will be the best. Until then, they are still just odd looking human types.

I mean, the only exceptions to this rule seem to be the (cheap and cruddy) dragon forms of games like Istaria or LOTRO PvP. Give me some non-anthro options you slackers!

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thickenergy

How are you folks getting images into your posts? Nothing I’ve tried has worked so far.

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rafael12104

The best? Well, there are many to choose from, so I’ll defer and say my current fave. Yeah, I know, I’m a moderate.

The Lyn in BnS. I’m going against type here because usually when it comes to animal races I want big and fierce like the male Firran in AA. But in this case I’m going cute and cuddly.

Lyn are half human half small woodland creature. Generally, they are very cute and have the marks of rabbits, chipmunks, racoons etc. etc. complete with ears and a tail.

But, when it comes to just kicking the crap out of mobs or opponents, their guise doesn’t match their power. They kick ass, lift mobs over their heads as a cc so others can do damage or just slash them merciless with their blade. And I’m not even going to go into detail about what they can do with their pet cat. Lol.

So, I’ll take a Lyn please. And you better take care if you find me in an Arena. :)

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Utakata

/double like

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butterpanda888

Argonians, Chua, Pandaren, Worgen, Guinecean, Gibberlings, Priden, Frogloks, Iksar, Shapeshifter (Beast Boy copycat in DCUO), Dragons (Istaria).

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Bryan Turner

If it were not for the armor clipping I’d say Charr.

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Daniel Reasor

Alternate Headline (Proposed):

Gorn With The Wind: How One Star Trek Species Overcame A Crummy TV Episode And An Awful Chat Meme To Become The Greatest Race In MMOS

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Bryan Correll

Crummy? Arena is one of the TOS classics. Yes, the Gorn looks like crap by modern standards but the episode is great.

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luxundae

I’m actually really partial to WoW’s Tauren. I really like their original story line and history back in Vanilla (through Wrath, I guess, before we lost Cairne). Their stompy, hunched appearance. And the music in Mulgore and Thunder Bluff was really fantastic.

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starbuck1771

Noticed nobody said Vulmane, Raki, or Kurashasa from Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.

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Phubarrh

How about Vulmane, Raki or Kurashasa from Vanguard: Saga of Heroes? Actually, the feline Kurashasa were extra-special, being courted as allies by all the demonic creatures found in the game and existing in a symbiotic relationship with shoggoths!

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pid

I don’t like animalistic races, I prefer hoomans.
Only once I gave in and chose to play a Chua (WS).
TOTAL BLAST!

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zoward

I’m hoping that at some point more enterprising MMO’s give us animalistic races that aren’t humanoid – it’s like watching Star Trek and noticing that any alien race that lasts more than one show happens to be humanoid. Yeah, I know, it makes it hard to animate, make armor for, etc.

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Kelley

Firran ArcheAgenull

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Aywren

On one hand, Ratonga. On the other hand, Charr. :)

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Bannex

1 Froglok
2 Worgen
3 Charr
4 Argonian

My biggest problem with anthropomorphic races is that they need classes that compliment their beastial nature.

Worgen should’ve been a class.
Charr are above Argonian strictly because they run like beasts. Argonian would’ve been #1 if they were more than just scaley people with lizard heads.

Cat people suck

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starbuck1771

Actually in TESO you can become a werewolf aka a worgen. However I don’t think they count because they are Human and transform via Lycanthropy.

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Bannex

The TESO werewolves are exactly what I’m talking about. Worgen should’ve been like an extended version of them with some curse spells as well

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starbuck1771

The Firran in Archeage firran

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Vunak

I like the Charr in GW2 and I like the Mithra in FFXI, and a shout out for Frogloks in EQ2. Firran in AA were pretty awesome looking back in the Korean Alpha and Beta tests.

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theblackmage75

I’m surprised nobody mentioned Project Gorgon’s bovines! True, it’s not exactly the same as creating a Ratonga or rolling up a Khajit but I think these cursed cows still fit the criteria.

If not them then I’d have to go with Argonians. I look at mine daily and ask “Why do I like you?” but there’s lots of fun to be had playing as a giant, stealthy, dual-wielding lizard.

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Reht

EQ Vah Shir, no i haven’t.

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life_isnt_just_dank_memes

Charr. I really wish that Khajiit and Argonians were less “man body” with animal heads and tails slapped on. The Charr feel and move in a bestial fashion that Khajiit and Argonian simply can’t match because they were designed in a time when playable manbeast tech meant slapping an animal head on a man body. It’s too bad because they are awesome. They just aren’t as cool as Charr walking on two legs but sprinting on four.

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Bryan Turner

The sprinting on four annoys the shit out of me though.

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Koshelkin

Obviously: Wildstar’s Chuas.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Like many others I love Khajiit and Argonians (unless they have that Froggy voice). I assume that is because I have known them for so long – lots of history.
I was disappointed in the Chua from Wildstar. I thought they would be more fun, but I think that is moreso about the game itself

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Tulerezzer

EQ Iksar for me. And it’s not even close.

ESO Iksar (Argonian) are a sloppy second.

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agemyth 😩

Iksar
Sarnak
Argonian

I guess that means if I had a fursona it would be a scaley one.

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Warking

ESO’s Argonians, Bless’s Pantheros? The cat men, I also liked them in ArcheAge too and of course Charr.

Zulika Mi-Nam
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Zulika Mi-Nam

Raz should be the spokesman for Khajiit

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deekay_plus

original firran or current firran?

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Wanda Clamshuckr

When EQ2 hadn’t launched yet and I was planning my ideal character, it was a Ratonga Coercer. I wanted to like them, but instead drifted towards Gnomes and Dark Elves.

In Wildstar, I did a Chua Esper. Evil, psychopathic mentalist that could make your brain explode just by thinking about it. I ended up rolling a Mechari and sticking with it.

Same with ESO and Khajit. Such a cool race, but there is something with the running animation and their tail. It looks kinda silly to me.

I think I’m stuck with Gnomes, Elves and Humans. The animal-based races don’t work with me after I actually make one and stroll around a bit. I feel too much like I’m wearing a furry costume.

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Jake Boller

As someone who sorta has a werewolf fetish, I really love WoW’s Worgen. Too bad I don’t like modern WoW, and the only version I play nowadays is Vanilla on P-servers. I’ve wanted to be Worgen ever since I first saw them back in classic WoW. Wish they were playable in Vanilla :[

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deekay_plus

i remember seeing worgen in bg’s at cata launch and thinking they all look like they’re having a siezure in combat. lol. especially since so many of them were warriors as well.

wow wise i’m a big fan of sexy alien space goats from another planet :D

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Jake Boller

I have to admit, for being Goat women, they are surprisingly sexy!

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MesaSage

Not a big fan of playing animal races. I have a Beorning, but he’s only a part-time critter. I guess if I’m picking I’d go with Ratonga.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Allods gibberlings. When you choose this race you control not one but 3 funny creatures.

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boredlol

Their animations are hilarious too! For example, one holds the bow and another pulls bowstring. Couple of climb-on-top-of-each-other /emotes too, iirc.

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Sray

I am now considering trying out Allods simply because of those things.

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deekay_plus

i wanted to play this game prior to launch just to play around as this race because the idea of three little critters working together as a single avatar is just such a damn cool idea. but then they revealed the original monetization model and it suddenly killed any interest i had in playing at all ever. i guess they had a sub only option at one point but by that point it was only vaguely mind space hitting especially since i think there was a bunch of other more interesting newer games in the genre going on.

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styopa

Ratonga 4Eva.
/dropsmike

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