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Guide to Free to Play

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[edit] Overview

Yes, you can play this game for free! Paid for content consists of extra classes, races and quests, as well as various cosmetic items and bonuses to make the game easier. Starting your own Guild requires a small number of Turbine Points, but joining one is free.

The proportion of quests that are free is smaller at the higher levels. However, content is paid for using Turbine Points and free to play (F2P) accounts can earn free Turbine Points through game play. In theory the amount of free Turbine Points is unlimited, although in practise it's enough to purchase one, or possibly two, higher level Adventure Packs which can be used to make up for the lower proportion of free quests at higher levels. This is fine if you mostly play solo, but if you want to play with a group on raids, make sure you find out what Adventure Pack is best to purchase to gain access to the raid. Otherwise get a pack that has quests with a Heroic and Epic version if you want to level characters beyond level 20. If you're in a guild, ask them what adventure pack would be best.

Note that you can also play "almost free" with a single purchase of Turbine Points (currently a minimum of $7.99 in the USA) which makes your account upgrade to a Premium Account even if you never spend anything on the game again. See Account comparisons.

[edit] Budget for a Free Adventure Pack

See Turbine Points.

You earn free TPs by winning favor. You earn favor by completing quests. Each character receives 25 TPs for every 100 favor they earn. In addition you receive more TPs the first time any single character on a server achieves a certain level of favor. The fastest way to get a few hundred TPs is to get a character on each server (currently there are eight servers) to run The Grotto and the first three quests. Each of those quests is worth 2 favor, and when your character has 5 favor you are given 50 TPs. You can do this on each server (it takes fifteen to thirty minutes per server) for a total of about 400 TPs. But you'll need more. If you play for three or four hours your character can get 100 favor (at about level 4 and about 30-40 quests completed). This is worth an additional 75 TPs. That's a total of 1000 TPs across all eight servers. In addition your main character(s) will pick up a few more free TPs as they level beyond level 4, (especially if you put each main character on a different server) but at a MUCH slower rate. At the moment there are regular sales on Adventure Packs of 20% or sometimes 25% off, so if you can figure out which pack you want, you can budget for it. Finally you can create new characters on a server where you already have had a character beyond about level 4, but this will only earn you the 25 TPs when that character has achieved 100 favor. You are limited to 2 characters per server with F2P accounts but you can delete a character you used only to earn TP points and create another.

[edit] Example - Vale of Twilight

  • The Vale of Twilight adventure pack is a popular choice as it gives access to Green Steel items.
  • It currently costs 850 TPs at the DDO store
  • Assuming a 20% off sale (which might happen perhaps every 2-3 months ???), the cost is 680 TPs.
  • Your main character might have earned 500 favor, for 275 TPs, just with regular play, to around 12-15th level.
  • 405 more points are needed.
  • You can achieve that with low level characters on the other seven servers.
  • six characters each running just the first 3 quests = 6x 50 = 300 TPs.
  • one character running to 100 favor = 125 TPs.

[edit] Example - Vale of Twilight and Ruins of Gianthold

  • The Ruins of Gianthold adventure pack contains quests with Heroic and Epic levels so it's a good choice.
  • They currently cost 850 + 950 TPs at the DDO store
  • Assuming a 25% off sale (which might happen at Christmas ???), the cost is 637 + 712 = 1349 TPs.
  • You run two main characters, on different servers, with 500 favor, for 550 TPs
  • 799 more points are needed.
  • You can achieve that with low level characters on the other six servers.
  • six characters each running to 100 favor = 6x 125 = 750 TPs.
  • To get the remaining 49 points you will need run 2 more characters through to 100 favor.
  • They are only worth 25 TPs each instead of 125, because you'll have to do it on a server where you already had a more advanced character.

[edit] Tips on Scoring TP Points with Minor Characters

You have to run The Grotto quest on each server once. Run it with a character that you do NOT intend to earn TPs with. The second character on a server can opt to skip the Korthos Island quests and go to Stormreach. That doesn't matter if you only need to get the first 50 TPs, which requires completing only 3 quests, but if you need to get 125 TPs, you'll need to run about 30-40 quests and you won't want to have to run all over Korthos Island and complete the very long Misery's Peak quest to earn the right to go to Stormreach with it's plentiful number of short low level quests.

You may want to experiment with different classes, but if you just want to do it as fast as possible try a character that has access to Expeditious Retreat which will make you faster running between quests as well as in them. All humans can get it using a dragonmark feat. You'll be able to get 100 favor around level 4, so even spell casters should have a lot of Strength, because you'll mostly be hitting things even with spell casters.

[edit] Example - Cleric of the Sovereign Host

[edit] Quest List


All Favor amounts are listed for completing the quest on Elite difficulty. A F2P account will normally have to run the quest on Normal, then Hard, then Elite difficulty to get all favor. One third of the total favor is awarded after each. Base XP is the experience for completing the quest on Normal difficulty without any bonuses or optionals. Quests that only have a Solo difficulty are marked with (S). This table is sortable by Quest Name, Base XP, Quest Level, Total Favor, Patron, Acquired At and Bestowed By.

Quest Name Base XP Quest Level Total Favor Patron Acquired At Bestowed By
The Grotto (S) 304 1 0 None. Shipwreck Shore Jeets
The Storehouse's Secret 260 1 6 The Coin Lords Korthos Village Linus Weir
Stopping the Sahuagin 540 1 9 The Coin Lords Korthos Island Gunnar Bauerson
Sacrifices 540 1 9 The Free Agents Korthos Village Viggie Storr
Redemption 540 1 9 The Coin Lords Korthos Village Ursa Jernsvard
Necromancer's Doom 320 1 6 House Jorasco Korthos Village Handsome Wilm
Heyton's Rest 313 1 6 The Coin Lords Korthos Village Kaja Bauerdatter
The Collaborator 699 1 12 The Coin Lords Wavecrest Tavern Sigmund Bauerson
The Cannith Crystal 220 1 6 House Deneith Korthos Village Baldar the Bold
Walk the Butcher's Path 1148 2 12 The Free Agents Stormreach Harbor Mistress Ahura
The Sunken Sewer 496 2 9 The Coin Lords Stormreach Marketplace Aurla Courson
Stop Hazadill's Shipment 364 2 6 The Free Agents Stormreach Harbor Baudry Cartamon
Stealthy Repossession 972 2 9 The Free Agents Stormreach Harbor Lesto Half-Price
The Smuggler's Warehouse 694 2 9 The Free Agents Stormreach Harbor Fitzpat the Fence
Retrieve the Stolen Goods 628 2 9 The Free Agents Stormreach Harbor Baudry Cartamon
Recovering the Lost Tome 862 2 9 The Coin Lords Stormreach Harbor Dalsamira Courdry
Protect Baudry's Interests 408 2 6 The Free Agents Stormreach Harbor Baudry Cartamon
Missing in Action 510 2 9 The Coin Lords Stormreach Marketplace Ulcana Braddock
Misery's Peak 1420 2 12 The Free Agents Korthos Island Amalgam
The Miller's Debt (S) 273 2 2 The Coin Lords Stormreach Harbor Berrigan Enge
The Kobolds' New Ringleader 1244 2 12 The Coin Lords Stormreach Harbor Guard Jung
Information is Key 980 2 12 House Phiarlan The Leaky Dinghy Shir Clowenks d'Phiarlan
Garrison's Missing Pack 759 2 12 The Coin Lords Stormreach Harbor Garrison Felmar
Durk's Got A Secret 906 2 12 The Free Agents Stormreach Harbor Durk the Deranged
Haverdasher 364 2 6 House Kundarak Stormreach Harbor Kalimnal d'Kundarak
Bringing the Light 298 2 6 The Silver Flame Stormreach Harbor Brother Malden
Arachnophobia (S) 173 2 2 The Coin Lords Stormreach Harbor Berne Jorn
Where There's Smoke... 932 3 9 The Free Agents The Cerulean Hills Nash Braza
The Swiped Signet 1348 3 12 The Free Agents Stormreach Marketplace Grinwhite
Redfang the Unruled 748 3 9 The Free Agents Stormreach Marketplace Basil Tallbarrow
The Kobold's Den: Clan Gnashtooth 1060 3 12 The Coin Lords The Waterworks Guard Tember
The Kobold's Den: Rescuing Arlos 1348 3 12 The Coin Lords The Waterworks Guard Tember
Kobold Assault 1324 3 9 The Coin Lords Stormreach Harbor Guard Crichton
Home Sweet Sewer (S) 182 3 2 The Coin Lords Stormreach Harbor Scrag
The Captives 868 3 9 The Free Agents Stormreach Harbor Pearl Drumling
An Explosive Situation (S) 220 3 2 The Coin Lords Stormreach Harbor Philver Sharpwood
Venn's Trail: Venn's Fate 888 4 9 The Coin Lords The Waterworks Guard Tember
Venn's Trail: Clan Tunnelworm 1798 4 12 The Coin Lords The Waterworks Guard Tember
Rest for the Restless 1036 4 9 House Phiarlan Bogwater Tavern Lady Nepenthe
Proof is in the Poison 2596 4 15 The Coin Lords Stormreach Marketplace Ruat Acalay
Irestone Inlet 1504 4 12 The Coin Lords Stormreach Harbor Niles Cage
Freshen the Air 1001 4 9 The Free Agents Stormreach Marketplace Harven Gralak
The Depths of Despair 654 4 9 House Deneith Hammersmith's Inn Neville Stormhammer
The Depths of Darkness 802 4 9 House Deneith Hammersmith's Inn Giggs Elorreathi
The Lair of Summoning 996 5 9 House Kundarak Ever Full Flagon Lorridan Silvermantle
The Depths of Doom 772 5 9 House Deneith Hammersmith's Inn Keane d'Deneith
The Depths of Discord 856 5 9 House Deneith Hammersmith's Inn Scholes of Vedykar
The Chamber of Insanity 884 5 9 House Kundarak Ever Full Flagon Kranig Stoneshield
Archer Point Defense 772 5 9 The Coin Lords Stormreach Marketplace Jasper Cruikshank
Ruined Halls 1360 6 12 House Kundarak Ever Full Flagon Edvag Goodgold
Redwillow's Ruins 2080 6 15 House Jorasco House Jorasco Jandul d'Jorasco
Purge the Heretics 650 6 12 House Phiarlan Bogwater Tavern Inquisitor Gnomon
Mirra's Sleepless Nights 760 6 12 House Jorasco Drowning Sorrows Tavern Mirra Parthilcar
Gladewatch Outpost Defense 1630 6 12 House Deneith Stormreach Marketplace Loghan d'Deneith
The Forgotten Caverns 1090 6 12 House Kundarak Ever Full Flagon Thurd Steelhand
Dead Predators 650 6 12 House Jorasco Open Palm Inn Acolyte Hestair
Caged Trolls 820 6 12 House Phiarlan Bogwater Tavern Aratrix d'Phiarlan
The Bounty Hunter 1300 6 15 House Deneith Anvilfire Inn Kirstana of Fairhaven
Taming the Flames 1764 7 15 House Kundarak Ever Full Flagon Master Thorpe
The Tear of Dhakaan 3940 7 21 House Kundarak House Phiarlan Karnat Thaar
The Pit 7780 7 27 House Deneith House Deneith Vargus d'Deneith
Gwylan's Stand 3940 7 18 House Phiarlan House Phiarlan Coralay d'Phiarlan
The Graverobber 2020 7 15 House Jorasco House Jorasco Thaddeus d'Jorasco
The Xorian Cipher 4520 8 21 House Jorasco House Jorasco Gatekeeper Chulkash
Stromvauld's Mine 2752 8 15 House Kundarak Anvilfire Inn Laird Stromvauld
Stormcleave Outpost 4724 8 18 House Deneith Anvilfire Inn Alciana d'Deneith
The Path to Madness 689 8 9 House Jorasco House Jorasco Gatekeeper Chulkash
Haunted Library 2956 8 15 House Jorasco Drowning Sorrows Tavern Menos Xuekaine
Faithful Departed 2038 8 12 House Phiarlan Golden Wing Inn Avanti Moonwillow
Caverns of Korromar 2140 8 15 House Kundarak House Kundarak Ulfgar d'Kundarak
The Church and the Cult 1779 9 15 The Silver Flame House Phiarlan Inquisitor Lightbringer
Hiding in Plain Sight* 2760 10 15 The Free Agents The Wayward Lobster Inquisitor Ingram
Tempest's Spine (Raid) 6484 10 18 House Jorasco House Jorasco Talf Halfspear
Sykros' Jewel 3140 10 15 House Kundarak Ataraxia's Haven Sykros
Reclamation 2380 10 15 House Kundarak Ataraxia's Haven Leros Levithas
The Spawn of Whisperdoom 3879 11 18 House Phiarlan House Phiarlan Eriephaus d'Phiarlan
Made to Order 3220 11 18 House Kundarak House Kundarak Hazra d'Kundarak
The Enemy Within 5300 11 24 House Jorasco House Jorasco Anabele d'Jorasco
Dreams of Insanity 4180 11 18 House Jorasco House Jorasco Gatekeeper Trakash
Invaders! 4299 12 21 The Coin Lords Stormreach Harbor Guard Branson
A Relic of a Sovereign Past 5699 12 21 House Deneith Temple of the Sovereign Host Sir Kinze MacDunnam
Diplomatic Impunity 3669 12 18 The Coin Lords Lordsmarch Plaza Naleen Lassite
Frame Work 3879 12 15 The Coin Lords Lordsmarch Plaza Gavin Northus
Eyes of Stone 4636 12 18 The Coin Lords Lordsmarch Plaza Tollis Kalmor
Mired in Kobolds 2476 13 15 The Free Agents The Twelve Smiley Smythe
Acid Wit 4132 15 18 The Twelve The Twelve Magus Littleton
Delirium 3844 15 15 The Free Agents The Twelve Merla Bauerdatter
Disciples of Shar 3927 15 18 Purple Dragon Knights Eveningstar Abella Toth
Escape Plan 3191 15 15 Purple Dragon Knights Eveningstar Barthold Moncrief
The Lords of Dust 5100 16, 21 21 The Silver Flame Stormreach Harbor Dectaran
Servants of the Overlord 6766 16, 21 21 The Silver Flame Stormreach Harbor Felnis
The Spinner of Shadows 6150 16, 21 21 The Silver Flame Stormreach Harbor Orex
Beyond the Rift 6866 16, 21 21 The Silver Flame Stormreach Harbor Tavnar Kronnak
The Mask of Deception 4206 16, 30 18 The Harpers Eveningstar Hamish Graymoor
In the Demon's Den 4132 18 18 The Silver Flame The Inspired Quarter Uriel
Cannith Challenges #### 4-25 126 House Cannith House Cannith Walk-up
Eveningstar Challenges #### 15-30 36 Purple Dragon Knights Eveningstar Walk-up
A Study in Sable 22629 26 27 Purple Dragon Knights Eveningstar Winne Harker
Brothers of the Forge 17859 28 27 House Cannith House Cannith Talbron Tewn
Total 235,009+ XP 124 Quests 1403 Favor

[edit] Notes

*Hiding in Plain Sight can currently be accessed by Free-to-Play players, in spite of being the prerequisite quest for The Twilight Forge adventure pack.

Total Favor per Patron House Cannith House Deneith House Jorasco House Kundarak House Phiarlan Purple Dragon Knights The Coin Lords The Free Agents The Harpers The Silver Flame The Twelve
153 135 165 162 93 96 263 177 18 123 18

Favor for Agents of Argonnessen and The Yugoloth can only be gained through purchasing Adventure Packs.

Since update 12, House Cannith favor can be earned in Challenges with free "daily menu" tokens.

[edit] Can this game actually be played without spending a dime?

RoBi3.0's Free to Play Guide. Everything you need to know to get the most out of this game. Credit goes to everyone who contributed in this thread on the official forums.

Yes, you can play this game for free! However, it is very time consuming to do so and most people will pay for content instead of grinding the favor system for Turbine Points (TP) to pay for content.

Some quick math to confirm:

Currently there are 89 free to play quests in game (Including The Grotto which gives 0 Favor) and the U12 House Cannith Challenges. These quests provide 1263 favor. That is enough favor to unlock Server favor up to the 5th tier which will give you 250 TP. Do this on every server and you get a total of 1750 TP. Free quests will also give enough favor to earn you 250 TP through per-character favor rewards. A F2P player gets 2 character slots on each server, so if you do this on every server you will get 3500 TP. Combine that with the 1750 we totaled earlier and you get 5250 TP, from grinding 100% free content. You can then use those TP to purchase Adventure Packs which you can then grind to earn more points.

Then of course there is the option of rerolling which can provide more TP and will only be limited by your willingness to keep rerolling.

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