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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:

  • Elves: Race only playable as a female and divided in two subraces. To play an elf, you must choose the Ranger or Dark Knight classes.
  • Giants: Race only playable as a male. To play a giant, you must choose the Berserker class.

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.
  • Demihumans: General term for various, usually bipedal, races which inhabit the world. Some of them include nagas, fogans, imps, goblins and orcs, among others.