Races in ArcheAge

By: Abyzz

Right now there are 4 playable races in ArcheAge: Nuians, Firrans, Elves and Harani, but developers said that they will add 2 more races later on. Thus there will be 6 races in total.

Playable races are divided into 2 factions: The Elves and The Nuians belong to Western Continent also called Nuia. The Firrans and The Harani belong to Eastern Continent also called Haranya. Western and Eastern continents are divided by a huge sea. These continents are in war and players from two factions are fighting between each other on the land and on the sea.

Races of Western Continent

The Nuians

Nuians are humanoid race of Western Continent. They are descendants of Nui – a powerful Goddess of the Hereafter and their culture revolves around this goddess.

Starting Location: Nuian players start their adventures in Baragi Village – beautiful village near the sea shore.

Racial Abilities

Nui's Blessing Nuian receives a 10% boost in combat for 10 minutes after returning from death.
Warrior Architects Decreases the amount of time required to construct buildings/houses.

The Elves

Elves are a race of Western Continent. They are looking like humans but they are usually more elegant and have very long ears. Though they look like humans they don’t like big stone cities. They prefer to live in forests far from other races and that’s why life of elves is rumored to be full of fantastic stories. Elven women are beautiful and men are handsome. Some of them like to travel searching for adventures. Others are more peaceful.

Starting location: Harp Camp. It is situated on the Hill of Music. Harp Camp was named in honor of a huge harp that was created by an ancient master. It was made long ago and now it does not look like a harp. But anyway every elf knows about the masterpiece and loves it.

Racial Abilities

Endurance Training Elves can stay under water 20 seconds longer than other races.
Lithe Flow Increases swimming speed by 5%

Races of Eastern Continent

The Firrans

Firrans is a race of nomads from Eastern Continent. They have unusual appearance and are looking like cats or tigers. Firrans like Elves like wild nature a lot. They spend a lot of time traveling and that’s why they are great hunters and warriors.

Starting Location: Every Firran starts his adventures in Wind Trace Village – a location on the Hawk Hunting Plateau.

Racial Abilities

Catlike Reflexes Firran takes 20% less damage from falling.
Strong Claws Firran can climb 30% faster


Harani is a race of human adventurers. They like to travel searching for adventures and glory. It is a practical race with a thirst for knowledge of technology. You can see at the picture that they look like humans.

Starting Location: Hatora Village. This location is situated on a well-known trade route called the Road of Dragon. This trade route crosses continent and a traveler can meet a lot of merchants there.

Racial Abilities

Portal Mastery Cooldown and cast time of the Recall ability is reduced by 30%.
Jungle Tamers Logging and gathering speed is increased by 10%

Upcoming Races


Dwarves is a race of brave humanoids. Their height is usually low but they are very muscular, have broad shoulders, strong arms and beards. This race can be met in cities, they like metals, gems and trading. Dwarves live in caves and small villages. Their main activity is mining. They are strong and fearless warriors. Right now it’s impossible to play as a dwarf but developers are going to add this race in future updates.


Warborn are race of demons and they look very scary. Their appearance can make their enemies run away. Right now it is impossible to choose this race. It will be added in future game updates.

What Race is the Best?

The question of choosing the best race for playing is asked by many ArcheAge fans. On our opinion each race is great and playable but if you wish to choose the best one try to compare their passives and appearance. Passive abilities will not give any great advantage but mat help you in the game.

Appearance is always very important because you will have to look at your character for a long time and if you don’t like how it looks you may lose all interest. If you like the appearance of your character it’s great and we advise you to choose a race according to appearance. Spend some time to customize your hero and your adventures will be much more pleasant.


Is it possible to change the race in ArcheAge?
No, it is not. Once you have created a hero you can not change the race. The only way to change it is to start a new game.