The Playable Races Of Dragon Quest X

One of the staples of MMORPGs is the ability to choose the race of your character in addition to his or her class. In this, Dragon Quest X is no different. There are six playable races in DQX. Some of these are completely new, others are found in thousands of different fantasy works. However, one of the best things about DQX is how it takes these well-known races and makes them different from what you would expect.

To see what I mean, click through the gallery above for a brief look at each playable race.

Dragon Quest X was released on August 2, 2012, for the Nintendo Wii in Japan. Stay tuned to Kotaku East for our import preview later this week.


The Weddie are a blue-skinned fish people (much like Zelda's Zora) and come from the Wena Islands. They are of average human height, have a large ribbed fin on their backs, and have smaller ribbed fins for ears. Their villages are often on the beach and are comprised of island huts. In their cities, they live in seashell-like buildings.


The Ogres of Dragon Quest X are giant red humanoids from the mountains and valleys of Ogreed. Bigger than your standard human, they are like a race composed entirely of people the size of Andre the Giant. Other than being red and huge, they are also distinguishable by the pointy protrusions on their shoulders and the horns on their heads.


The Elves in Dragon Quest X are almost nothing like the common image of Tolkien Elves (tall, beautiful, and human looking — just with pointy ears). While they do have pointy ears, the DQX Elves are a purple-skinned fairy people. They are somewhat shorter than most humans and have tiny wings on their backs. They come from the land of Eltona.


The Puklipo are a tiny little people, the smallest in the game. They are very cute and have light green or blue fur. They resemble tiny cat or rabbit people and come from the forests, plains, and caves of Puku Land.


Dwarves in Dragon Quest X are also far from their Tolkien counterparts. While still short, they are uniformly fat, green, and ugly. And though they are not quite as small as the Puklipo, they are still far shorter than humans or elves. Their home continent is known as "Dwachakka."


Humans are playable, but only in the single-player portions of the game. While the humans in single player live in a small village, other human NPCs can be found in the various cities around the world.


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      Uh, whenever there's a launch of a big, long-waited game there's a deluge of articles around it. You just take offense because you can't give a damn about this particular game. Learn that the world doesn't revolve around you and your own interests.

        I actually find this pretty interesting. You probably need to do some yoga or quit smoking or switch to decaf or some shit if something as small as that pisses you off that much.

      For someone who knows nothing about this game, this article is really informative... I'm actually kind of stumped how you find a way to complain, even though the author's done his job really well. Time for you to disconnect from the net and get some fresh air...

    I dont get why humans are only playable in the single player portions.

    The elves certainly aren't the Tolkien style which has been popularized. They do seem to resemble the more traditional/mythological representation of elves, which I think is pretty cool.

    I want to know if there are male/female variants of each race though.

    That's interesting. Humans only in Singleplayer. I guess that kinda makes sense. People love playing humans so this gives people a chance to play other races instead. or is it because heroes are always the humans? I dunno but I am looking forward to playing this game. I might try an Ogre first.

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