Tall, slenderlike race that predominantly covers all of the Kingdom of San d'Oria. They have very high Strength and Mind attributes, but low MP and very low Intelligence. Their Agility and Dexterity are minimal at best as well. Making excellent Paladins and other damage-dealers, but lesser quality Black Mages and Summoners. That doesn't stop them from trying their best to make up for it, though.
They are roleplayed as silent, chivalraec people who will die to save a friend at a moment's notice. However, most Elvaan NPC's in San d'Oria are very racist towards anyone not from their hometown.
"Why are like half the Elvaan in the game Black Mages? They only need two stats: INT and MP, and they don't have either of those."
The catlike race that lives alongside the Tarutaru in the Federation of Windurst. Very agile and dexterous. They make excellent Thieves and anything else that involves a lot of hits and accuracy. They are very all-round, much like Humes, but they have higher Dexterity and Agility, with slightly lower overall stats, especially Charisma. They also play any job well.
Most Mithra are guys, as it is an all-female race. Not only that, but their stats are great, and they look sexy too. They are slightly shorter than Humans, with long tails and ears. Often roleplayed as pranksters or lovers (hopefully just the ladies).
"Damn, that Mithra never misses a hit. How does she do it?"
"Does it matter? We deal more damage per hit anyway."
The enormous race that used to live in the Quicksand Caves, but got booted out of there by the Antica and now live in the Republic of Bastok. They have a lot of HP, and their Vitality is unmatched. They also have great Strength, but not matched to that of the Elvaan. They make great Monks, Warriors, and Paladins, but their lack of every other stat makes it hard to play as any other job. However, you do see a lot of Galka White Mages, Summoners, Black Mages, and anything else just to show off how good they are.
They are often roleplayed as one end of the spectrum to the other. Either very strong and masculine, or very cuddly like a bear. They aren't technically male, since they can only reproduce by reincarnation, but as a result of their physique and facial hair, they are regarded as the all-male race of Vana'diel.
Poor Galkas... they always need Astral Rings to play as a Mage job. And yet, 90% of them ARE Mages.