Racial sympathy refers to each playable race's relations with the minor races of Tyria. These relations directly determine the available choices during the personal story; the minor race the player chooses to assist will determine the course of the level 50 arc of the story. There are five minor races that can be supported.
Once a choice is made the character's race does not affect the story's details: the storyline for the grawl is the same for an asura and a norn player. The story will then continue with the aided NPC showing up to help whenever needed.
Choices by character race
The available choices are as follows:
|Minor race||NPC||Starting mission||Asura||Charr||Human||Norn||Sylvari|
- Characters of any playable race can unlock minor races normally not available to them by playing with friends of other races. If these friends have chosen the desired unavailable minor race, players can accept credit for their mission progress, effectively unlocking their friend's chosen minor race, no matter the restrictions above.
- Characters visiting home instances that don't belong to their race will only see their racial allies if those allies are a possible choice for the race of the home instance (for example, Quaggan allies will not be seen in the Black Citadel or Hoelbrak)