The world of Black Desert is populated by a large number of races, many of them intelligent. The term race is, as with many other similar settings, interchangeable with species.
There are 3 playable races in Black Desert. They are:
- Humans: Most common playable race. You can play a human on the following classes: Warrior, Wizard/Witch, Valkyrie, Sorceress, Kunoichi, Ninja, Maehwa, Musa, Mystic, Striker, Tamer and Lahn.
- Elves: Race only currently playable as a female and divided in two subraces. To play an elf, you must choose the Ranger or Dark Knight classes.
Among the non-playable races, one can find:
- Dwarves: They have an important presence on all human lands, usually as blacksmiths or laborers.
- Shais: Hailing from the village of Florin, on northern Calpheon, they, like Dwarves, are very present in the Black Desert world.
- Demibeasts: Deer-like folk. A generally peaceful race.