Final Fantasy XIV clans revealed

The official Final Fantasy XIV website has been updated with new information about the game's clans, which are subsets of the races. The races, by the way, are a lot like FFXI's races, which is good if you liked those races, bad if you didn't, and meaningless if you're everyone else, which you probably are.

We've created a concise overview of the game's races and clans, mostly because they're easy targets for dumb jokes and cynicism. The full descriptions and image sets can be found on the official slow-fade-overload website.

The Elezen

The tall, slim, honorable, pointy-eared elves - ELEZEN, we mean Elezen -  are divided into the Wildwood and Duskwight clans. The wood elves - WILDWOOD ELEZEN, sorry - are a nomadic forest-dwelling group with keen eyesight and archery skills. The dark elves - DUSKWIGHT, dammit - live in caves and excel in hand-to-hand combat and thievery.

The Lalafell

These hobbit-like little bastards are the kind of cute you want to crush with the sole of your boot. Agile and clever, as all undersized protagonists must be, the Lalafell attract both indigenous fauna and Pedobear.

The Plainsfolk Lalafell dwell in thatched huts, while the Dunesfolk (pictured) live in fantasy-style mobile homes - structures erected on the backs of large animals. 

The Hyur

Hyur de derp! These are your generic human types, meaning that they love being well-groomed and reproducing. The Hyur's two clans are the larger, more-likely-to-punch-you-in-the-face Highlanders, and the well-educated (douchey) Midlanders (pictured... see?).

The Roegadyn

Every MMO needs a race of oversized brutes. The Roegadyn come in ocean-loving Sea Wolves form, and superstitious, volcano-dwelling Hellsguard form. Regardless of their clan, they're all big fans of Hugh Jackman's portrayal of Wolverine.

The Miqo’te

Cat people. SURPRISE. Okay, their ears aren't entirely cat-like, but they are hunters, and they come in sun-loving and nocturnal varieties. Meow.

For those who intend to buy the game, or will at least entertain the idea for the sake of discussion: which race/clan will you choose?

Apr 5, 2010


  • A7N7M - April 6, 2010 7:29 p.m.

    really,the ELEZAN is so creepy. i don't know,same race as 11. prolly not going to play this.
  • IHateMakingUserIDs - April 6, 2010 6:21 p.m.

    The hell is the point of giving each race a new name in 14 when they are the exact same thing as 11. One of hte most idiotic things in video gaming that i can recall. I wont be surprised if people call them their 11 names in 14. Square aren't seriously trying to pass these off as new are they? ReCAPTCHA "fokker This" My sentiments exactly.
  • kyleander - April 6, 2010 10:52 a.m.

    the roegadyn look pretty kick ass
  • Modroneman - April 6, 2010 10:45 a.m.

    Should I be bothered by the fact that the gray Roegadyn looks like Mikel Reparez! As much as I hate the idea of another Final Fantasy MMO, I have to admit, I'm slightly intrigued.
  • AlcoholicMonkey - April 6, 2010 6:39 a.m.

    Miqo’te for me
  • ranzatsu - April 6, 2010 4:38 a.m.

    "wood elves - WILDWOOD ELEZEN, sorry -" and "The dark elves - DUSKWIGHT, dammit -" LOLed at these. Can't even go for shorter names. You know, to prevent myself from creeping out, I'll stick with your normal, boring Hyur. The Lalafell look like some kind of overgrown Tarutaru. The Elezen look like giant albinos. I thought Elezen was Eleven at first.
  • coalchamber1321 - April 6, 2010 4:29 a.m.

    Elves were never SUPPOSED to be good at magic, they were always meant for bow and arrow arrangements. Mages are where it's at for me. I'll probably pick up FFXIV, and I'll probably pick Lalafell. And no, I'm not a creepy 60 year old pedophile. ;)
  • Styrophoamicus - April 6, 2010 4:28 a.m.

    From this day forth I'll never forget that the first time I read 'Lalafell' I thought it said 'Falafel'
  • Elementskater - April 6, 2010 4:27 a.m.

    ugh... I'm scared for this game... MMO's are fun and all, but should FF be transformed into one? isn't what made FF great the single player stories that they told AMAZINGLY? it seems to me that Square is turning into a money grubbing company over a company that released quality games. I'm not saying its not going to be fun, its just gonna derive itself too far for being an actual number sequel. They could have easily just made it a spin-off (like they haven't done that before anyway). Idk, that's just my opinion, and considering i never played XI i might be totally wrong.. someone let me know!! reCAPTCHA- gamecock approved bahaha
  • Styrophoamicus - April 6, 2010 4:27 a.m.

    From this day forth I'll never forget that the first time I read 'Lalafell', I thought it said 'Falafel'.
  • moonwalk_mafia - April 6, 2010 4:18 a.m.

    @Onyx: If 14 is anything like 11, you literally CANNOT solo after lvl 10. The monsters are too tough and you need a party of 6 to level, thats one thing that sucks about the game compared to others like WoW. In FF11 you can't do shit by yourself, you need a group for just about everything.
  • Wizrai - April 6, 2010 4:05 a.m.

    I'd go for Hyur or Miqo’te.
  • n00b - April 6, 2010 3:40 a.m.

    none of them is my answer
  • OnyxOblivion - April 6, 2010 2:49 a.m.

    @moonwalk_mafia Elves...that suck at magic... Mind = Blown Anywho, I'd be a Roegadyn. Because I'd solo more than anything, likely. And brutes are good for soloing.
  • CocainCuresAll - April 6, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    @Cyberninja THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!!!!!!!!
  • moonwalk_mafia - April 6, 2010 1:32 a.m.

    PS: Obviously i dont know for sure, but since they didn't even bother to change the races, im assuming they won't change the pros/cons either. Oh and the Roegdyns were called Galkans in 11
  • moonwalk_mafia - April 6, 2010 1:29 a.m.

    As a former FFXI player (ie. tool) i have to throw in the fact that when picking a race it's important to keep in mind what you want your main class to be, as each race excels in one area and sucks in another. For those interested, here's the breakdown: Elezan (Elvaan in 11)- high strength, good dexterity/agility, low magic Lalafell (Tarutaru)-high magic, low strength, decent in other stats Hyur (Humes)- average in everything Roegdyn- High strength, HP and defense, terrible at magic, decent in everything else Miquote (Mithra)- above average magic and agility, a bit below average in others
  • EricBratcher - April 6, 2010 1:20 a.m.

    I'm actually a bit puzzled by these, because they seem to be pretty much the same races as in FFXI, just renamed. Roegadyn = Galkans Miqo'te = Mithra etc... You're not going to convince anyone who's played FFXI that these are totally new races, and folks who didn't play FFXI won't care if these are new or not. So why rename? Anyone wanna guess?
  • Embolado - April 6, 2010 1:18 a.m.

    Looks like they ripped the cast straight from FFXI and The Last Remnant. ASSSSSSSSS!
  • mgkyo666 - April 6, 2010 12:59 a.m.

    I was expecting to see the Na'vi in here. I thought I did, but then I saw that they were elves....OOPS MY BAD ELEZEN!

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