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

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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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.