After a long enough wait that some thought it would never happen, Cube World has released. In its current version, the game has eight character races, which can both be used as the race of the player character and encountered in the wild as NPCs.
The current playable and NPC races in Cube World are
Playable Races in Cube World
While there are eight playable races in Cube World, there are no gameplay differences between them. The game’s developer has said that different races may get unique attributes in the future, but as of now, they only offer cosmetic changes.
In addition to choosing a race for their character, players can customize their appearance, with the options changing depending on the character’s race. Humans have the most customization options, with several faces, hairstyles, and hair colors for players to pick out. The more monstrous race options, like Lizardmen and Frogmen, have fewer options. Even after character creation, there are some ways to customize your character further. A Barber NPC can change your hairstyle, though there is nothing it can do to affect aspects like Frogmen that have no hair. The developer has also said that more customization options will come in the future.
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NPC Races in Cube World
Players can encounter each of the playable races in Cube World as NPCs out in the world. NPCs can be friendly characters who want to help you fight, or they are aggressive ones who can attack you. Defeating hostile NPCs will often grant you valuable items.
NPCs of different races can have some differences between them, particularly in the biomes where they live. For instance, Elves won’t appear in dungeons, but that’s the most likely place to find Undead. Human NPCs can appear as bandits in the wild, but you’ll also frequently encounter friendly Humans in Cube World’s cities. Goblins and Orcs often show up in the woods. Goblins are the smallest of the races, so they go hunting in packs, while Orcs are more able to use their large size to be formidable opponents all on their own.