At first level a Ranger selects a type of creature from the favored enemy list. Favored Enemy grants +2 to damage rolls against the chosen creature type. At 5th level and every 5 levels thereafter (10th, 15th, and 20th) the Ranger selects an additional creature type from the favored enemy list and his damage bonus against all favored enemy types increases by 2.
For example, a Ranger selects Goblinoid as his favored enemy at first level and gets the +2 bonuses listed above. At fifth level, the Ranger is able to select Giant and will get a +4 damage bonus to both Goblinoid and Giant enemies. At tenth level he gets to select yet another class of enemy and the damage bonus on all of them increases to +6.
- Deep Gnome: Goblinoid or Reptilian
- Gnome: Gnoll or Reptilian
- DWS: Animal, Dragon, Dwarf, Elf, Giant, Gnoll, Goblinoid, Halfling, Human, Magical Beast, Monstrous Humanoid, Orc, Plant, Reptilian, or Vermin
- Harper: Aberration / Construct / Dragon / Evil Outsider / Giant / Monstrous Humanoid / Undead
- Primal Avatar: Aberrations / Constructs / Undead
- Deepwood Stalker enhancements include effects that increase your defenses and damage versus your favored enemies
Specific exceptions or examples are listed in parenthesis after the race. Click each race (or type) to go to its page, where you can find detailed descriptions and a list of all monsters of that race (or type).
- Ghosts, some of the first monsters to appear in the D&D setting, do not make an appearance in DDO.
- Humanoid bane covers many of the above types.
- Incorporeal creatures fit multiple types above (e.g. Evil Outsider, Undead). Only Greater Incorporeal Bane exists in game, on the Phase Hammer and on crafted weapons. Note that Incorporeal Bane does not imply Ghost touch.
- Ooze bane does not make a weapon immune to breakage or splitting.
- Note that several races are listed under multiple types. This is unavoidable, as certain factors cause monsters of the same race to fall under different types. For example, most blue dragons are Dragon type, but Auraxyllon and Eternity are undead, and so fall under the Undead type. The same goes for undead beholders, humans, and rats.
- Note on choosing a bane weapon: The general rule of thumb is to choose the bane type that corresponds to that particular monster's type, not race. In the example above, Auraxyllon is affected by undead bane, but not by dragon bane, even though it is a blue dragon. Likewise, Death Knights are affected by undead bane, but not human bane. The exception to this rule is that monsters of any of the various outsider types can also be affected by lawful outsider bane or chaotic outsider bane if those monsters are lawful or chaotic, respectively.
For more information on Dungeons & Dragons monsters, you can visit the D20 SRD: Monster page.