There have been countless questions regarding the races that are available in Star Wars the Old Republic. Gamers who haven’t purchase the game yet want to know what all the SWTOR playable races are while those who have the game want to know more about their background and abilities within the game itself. For this reason we have compiled a full list of the races you can play as along with a summary of what they’re about and what they can do.
NOTE: Racial abilities do NOTHING for you in the game. They are purely meant for animation, that is all.
Ability – Salute: Makes allies in the immediate vicinity of the player stand to attention. Not exactly the most useful skill but if you’re one who takes pride in feeling in command, this might suit you well.
The Chiss are a blue-skinned race that, for the most part, have kept to themselves for thousands of years. Until recently they’ve not really had much interaction with the Empire or the Republic. They did, however, through means of negotiations, become the Empire’s first real ally. Instead of going to war with the Sith the Chiss actually decided that it’d be more in their favor to agree to their takeover while still negotiating a few small details.
Ability – Inspire Loyalty: When used this ability instills loyalty in allies close to the player.
The Zabrak are strong in heart and will. They never back down no matter how bad the odds are stacked against them. They are trained very well in martial arts and have a unique resistance to pain making them formidable fighters. The Zabrak look somewhat similar to the human race with the exception that they have horns and unique tattoos. Iridonia is the Zabrak home world. Individuals within this race have sided both with the Republic and with the Empire.
Ability – Parlor Dance: An ability that allows the player to do a cultural dance.
The Twilek are an interesting race. In appearance they look similar to creatures from the movie Avatar but, depending on their allegiance, with either be blue-skinned or red-skinned. This race is exceptionally talented in physical agility. The Twilek are often sold as slaves due to the fact that they are considered to be one of the most beautiful races in the galaxy. Some Twilek, however, are also dancers, thieves and miners. Their home world, Ryloth, was discovered by the Republic to have vast amounts of the rare spice known as Ryll. The Twilek’s failed to use this to your advantage and, eventually, the criminal scum known as the Hutt seized control of the mines and forced the Twilek’s to work for them.
Ability – Punish: Gives the ability to punish allies for failing to complete a task.
The Sith species are a dark, red-skinned race that are completely infatuated with conquering anything and everything. They are very competitive and eager to achieve more power through the use of the Force. Thousands of years ago the Sith were forced into slavery by dark Jedi knights whom wished to gain their knowledge of the dark side of the Force for their own use. Eventually, the Sith and dark Jedi set aside their differences and, because of their similar natures, began to work together.
Ability – Shadowbox: The ability to prepare for battle with fake strikes and counter-moves.
The Rattataki race has endured war and battle for ages and, because of this, are naturally very strong and capable warriors. On their home planet of Rattatak the race’s favorite past-time is to watch a brutal fight to the death in combat pits. This race had to live underground on their planet for centuries due to large, dangerous monsters that lived on the surface. At one point in time many of the Rattataki were recruited by a dark Sith Lord hellbent on overthrowing the Sith hierarchy. He led the Rattataki into battle, they fought vigorously and well but still failed in the end. After this the Sith overlords eliminated any remaining members of the race that swore allegiance to the Sith Lord that attempted the overthrow.
Ability – Focusing Ritual: This ability allows the Mirialan character to focus a ritual to rest and revitalize their spirit.
The Mirialan are similar to humans in appearance with the exception of a different skin tone. They are very fast and agile, capable of swift, quick attacks that are hard to counter. This species is very religious and does not know much about using the Force. They are, however, full of loyalty and character that make them ideal candidates for becoming Jedi knights.
Ability – Sense Force Alignment: Are able to sense their targets’ alignment in the ways of the Force.
This species in SWTOR is unique in that they are born without eyes. They hail from Alpheridies which has just one source of natural light – a single dwarf star that only provides infrared light. The Miraluka are, however, able to see in vivid detail through the powers of the Force. They typically wear some sort of visor over their eyes. Due to their deep understanding of the Force this race, naturally, came into contact and alliance with the Jedi. While the planet of Alpheridies remains its own independent government many of the Miraluka race stand with the Republic.
Ability – Able to rally allies within the direct vicinity.
The Human race is one focused on politics and arrogance, in most cases anyway. It is unknown where Humans actually came from. And their race is one that is widely confusing to other races due to the fact that Humans vary in character, allegiances, culture and such. The Human race is, however, most known for creating the Galactic Republic.
Ability – Scan Target: The ability to scan any target with their cybernetic eye.
The Cyborg race is nothing more than a human that has had limbs or organs replaced with mechanical or electronic devices.