Top Five Races That Should be Playable in SWTOR

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One of the most fascinating aspects of Star Wars is the sheer amount of alien races to be found within the confines of a galaxy far, far away. As someone who saw the original movie in the theater when it was initially released, I can honestly say that people were literally blown away by the vast array of alien races shown on screen. The cantina scene was considered the most memorable movie scene of all time and still ranks extremely high over thirty years later. Fortunately for us gamers, the plethora of alien races also exists in SWTOR. Players have a choice ranging from the normal human to Chiss to Twi'lek. However, there is room for more player choices, and takes a look at the top five alien races that should be available to players.

I love character customization options in MMOs, and the more there are, the happier I am. While player character races are initially limited by faction and class, you can unlock any currently available race through the Legacy system by hitting level 50 with that race. BioWare has also announced that the Cathar will soon make an appearance as a playable race in SWTOR. This is all good, but I'm greedy for more choices for races.

This list of the top five races is my own personal choice, and some of the choices were made for tongue-in-cheek reasons. I also lean a great deal on the original movies as that I absolutely love the original trilogy (don't get me stated on the prequels!) and have seen them more times than I care to admit. So, without further ado, let's look at the top five alien races that should be playable in SWTOR.


Our first choice of playable races is a no-brainer. Wookiees have been with Star Wars since the beginning and were even the focal point of the eye-gouging and atrocious Star Wars Holiday Special. As an alien race, wookiees are bad-ass to the extreme with their ferocious strength and mighty roars and growls. Just the thought of playing a melee DPS as a wookiee makes me want to start tearing the limbs off of droids. Just think about it; the coolest character to be able to hang with Han Solo was Chewbacca.

Wookiees would make awesome Smugglers and Bounty Hunters. However, they would have to be armed with a mighty bowcaster and not some pansy blaster pistol. After you would unlock the race by hitting level 50, just imagine running around with a Jedi wookiee. Priceless.

Racial Ability: Tearing off droid limbs when losing holochess


The second alien race on our list for SWTOR is ewoks. The reason why I chose this race of furry aggravation is to simply annoy other players. I absolutely hate the ewoks, watching in horror as they dragged down my enjoyment of Return of the Jedi. Watching their stone-age weapons handily defeat futuristic armor and vehicles made me hate them all the more. Yes, I laughed out loud in the theater when the AT-ST killed a few of those mangy creatures.

Despite my hate, ewoks are an established race in Star Wars and I'm not too proud to admit that I even watched their dopey tv movies (Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor). The thought of playing an ewok trooper fills me with unholy glee for some reason. I want to run throughout the galaxy as an ewok and brandishing the hugest weapons found in the game. Plus, I also want to stand around on the fleet station doing the yub-nub dance for hours, collecting death threats from other players.

Racial ability: Yub nub dance of aggravation


Alien race number three is the Ithorians. The reason why I picked them for SWTOR is purely cosmetic; I think that they're one of the coolest looking races in Star Wars and were first seen in the Mos Eisley cantina on Tatooine. Most people know them better as "Hammerheads" due to their head shape. It is to my everlasting regret that I was never able to get a Hammerhead action figure when I was a kid.

Ithorians would definitely have to start out as a Republic playable race as the Sith Empire disdains non-humans. Still, it would be fun to unlock this race and play a Sith Inquisitor ithorian. Fun fact: ithorians can speak in stereo due to them having two mouths and four throats. I'm not holding out hopes for this race due to the huge amount of work needed to alter gear to appear correctly on them.

Racial ability: Migraine-inducing evil-eye glare


The fourth alien race on our list might seem strange, but I do think playing as a hutt would be doable. They are perfect for Smugglers or Bounty Hunters. Besides, who wouldn't want to slime around with their magnificent bulk ordering minions to do their dirty work for them? If you were playing as a hutt, just imagine how pimped out your personal starship would be. You would definitely have your own personal throne room where your companions/slaves would be forced to entertain you.

I have a love/hate relationship to the hutt race. On one hand, I think they're terrific as slimy villains with their gluttonous appetites and disdain for others. However, growing up as a fat kid, I hate them as that their introduction to the Star Wars universe opened up a whole new avenue of mocking from other kids. (I'm sure every fat kid raised in the 1970s and '80s would love to punch Lucas in the nads for Jabba the Hutt!) All in all, it would amuse me a great deal to work my way up as a Jedi Consular as a hutt.

Racial ability: Evil laugh and nasty tongue slobber

Mon Calamari

Our final entry on our list of alien races that should be playable in SWTOR is the mon calamari. I chose them for several reasons. One, I thought they were an interesting race when they appeared in Return of the Jedi with Admiral Ackbar and made quite an impression on me. Another reason is that their starship design is very unique and I would love to see their style of ships added to SWTOR. The last reason is that I would insanely love to run around yelling, "It's a trap!" wherever I go. Yes, I know I have a problem.

Mon calamari would start out as a playable race for the Republic faction, but could be useful to the Sith Empire when the race is unlocked for every class. While mon calamari are normally peaceful explorers, who's to say that there aren't bad seeds among them who would be willing to work with the Sith? Like all fish, it's hard to tell when they go bad. (I can hear your groans at my bad pun even as I type this.)

Racial ability: Yelling, "It's a trap!"

There you have it, my top five alien races that should be playable in SWTOR. While some choices are made for humorous reasons, others were made because they're too damn cool as an alien race not to used by players. One day, other players will fear my ewok Bounty Hunter or wig out at the sight of my hutt Trooper. Do you have any particular alien race in mind that I didn't list? Let me know in the comments below.


What about droids? They'd make an awesome player race (and there could be some pretty interesting companion romances available ;)) Racial Ability: Making everyone do "The Robot" dance move while saying "I've outdone myself!!"

Gungans. Although perhaps not for PvP - they'd be camped to oblivion.

Nautolans! Seeing as they are already in the game, I shouldnt see why not.

Totally agree

heh i would love to play a jawa, everytime i see them in swtor i always imagine a trooper stockstricke in the groin. combined with the jawa "UUTIIINI"!

1. Keldor (Plo-Koon's Race) 2. Jawas-bc we need a badasss diminutive race that can kick butt. 3. The Kaleesh (General Grievous' Original Species) 4. Wookies -Of course!!! 5. a toss up between Nautolans and Mon Cals ~HK-47: "Love is making a shot to the knees of a target 120 kilometers away using an Aratech sniper rifle with a tri-light scope."

I always liked the ewoks and it p***ed me off that the yub nub dance got taken out of the special editions and replaced with a cheesy - touchy feely sequence. :p

I know you said some of these were tongue-in-cheek. But practically speaking, the trick is SWTOR's committment to voiceover. What would (for example) a Wookie or Ewok sound like? Well, and as mentioned in the article, either modifying gear appearance to fit some of these species, or convincing me that a Hutt can wear something in a Leg slot. Oh, and I had a Hammerhead action figure when I was a kid. Owned! ;-)
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I'm so jealous! Overall, everyone has made some great suggestions, and I'm not holding much hope for any cool races to be playable due to the voice-acting and modifying gear appearance.

I would have liked the option of playing Cathar, Togruta, and Nautolan. Definitely not Ewok or Gungan.

Hutts would make it horrible there to big and will cause a lot more lag than before on overpopulated servers.

How would a hutt species work they could only wear a helm and a shirt, pants and boots would be useless. And also I think that a jawa and droid would be awesome character species and if they did introduce new species other then a cathar they should add trandoshans like in star wars galaxies. Go Trandoshans!!!

Definitely droids, wookies, trandoshans and whatever species Yoda is. Nautilans and Mon Calamari as well, that would be great. I can't see Hutts happening because of the issues with making them comparable to other species. And voicing a wookie would be easy, just get the actor to yell into the microphone. I do love the dedication to the voice overs, it's great.

This is what I think: 1. Hutts wouldn't work as they are to big and (as Anonymous said) they wouldn't be able to have any armor. Also, think how SLOW they would be! 2. I don't think Ewoks would work as they are too small and I doubt the Republic would make special equipment for them. As for the Sith Empire, they would say "you ****ing Ewoks are so weak! Get the **** outta our Empire!", or something along those lines. Plus, would they have even discovered Ewoks by then? If Ewoks are primitive in RotJ then I doubt they would be part of a galactic society in the SWTOR era. 3. As much as I love them, I don't think Wookiees would work. Wookiees refuse to wear anything so they couldn't have any armor. Also, how would communicating go? I doubt most people in the galaxky would understand growls and grumbles. 4. How would Ithorian helmets work? If Bioware and EA can get around that then I agree to Ithorians. 5. I agree to Mon Calamari. They are the only one in that list that would work. 6. Here are some more species that I believe should be playable: -Rodian -Cathar -Droid -Talz -Nemoidian -Nautolan -Trandoshan -Deveronian -Kel Dor -Aqualish -Arcona -Anzati -Bothan -Duros -Evocii -Gungan -Iktotchi -Kaleesh -Togruta -Nikto -Noghri, I could go on for a lot longer but I'm gonna leave it there in case you were getting bored ;).

Selonians, sulustians, selkath, chevin, duros, wookies, droids, ortolians, talz, the possibilities are endless. A new canine species.

What about yoda! His species should be in the top 5.

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I would like to see an elvish race...

Star Wars: Galaxies MMO (RIP) had Wookiees, Mon Calamari and Ithorians as playable races, and they made it work :)

Ithorian's racial power should be "ithorian scream" it blows the force shout out of the water.

Talz..........need I say more?

Top Species to Play As? Kel Dor, Trandoshan, Talz, Nautolan, Droid, Ithorian, Selkath, Kaleesh, Nikto, Devaronian, Rodian and Wookie. Need I say more?

Haha, you grew up fat! You don't want to play as a Hutt, you are one!

I totally agree Mon Cals would be so boss! Though the helmet problem would be hard to work around. Still Mon Cals love the idea! And Wookies and Trandoshans too!

Selonians, chevin, selkath, wookies, droids, ithorians, sulustians, Mon calamarians

First off according to Star Wars canon Ewoks were not discovered until Return of the Jedi, Hutts are large in size compared to most other species. Myself I would like to see Togruta, Ithorian, Bothan, Rodian, and Kel Dor.those are my 5 picks.

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