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Yes, you can play this game for free! Monthly-pay content (VIP accounts) consists of extra classes, races and quests beyond the free ones, as well as various cosmetic items and other bonuses to make the game easier, and pay-per-item (Premium accounts) can unlock some nice perks for just a little real cash, but, yes, you can play 100% free without any problem all the way to end-game. In fact (and not to brag, but...) DDO is recognized by some as a high standard for free MMO games.

The proportion of quests that are free is smaller at higher levels. However, content can be paid for using DDO Points and free to play (F2P) accounts automatically earn free DDO Points through standard game play. In theory the amount of free DDO Points is unlimited, although in practice it's enough to purchase only a limited number of higher level Adventure Packs - but enough to get you to end-game. 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 (which are free for anyone to join, but cost non-VIP accounts DDO Points to create), ask them what adventure pack(s) would be best.

Note that you can also play "almost free" with any purchase in the DDO Store (currently a minimum of about $7.99 in the USA, but less during Sales), which makes your account upgrade to a Premium Account even if you never spend anything on the game again.

Budget for a free Adventure Pack[edit]

See Earning DDO Points.

You earn free DP by winning favor. You earn favor by completing quests. Each character receives 25 DP for every 100 favor they earn. In addition you receive more DP the first time any single character on a server achieves a certain level of favor. The fastest way to get a few hundred DP 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 DP. You can do this on each server (it takes fifteen to thirty minutes per server) for a total of about 400 DP. But you'll need more. If you play for three or four hours your character can get 100 favor (at about level 3-4 with about 10-40 quests completed, depending on difficulty). This is worth an additional 75 DP per character, for 125 DP for each character that reaches 100 Favor on a new server. That's a total of 1000 DP across all eight servers for maybe a half-dozen hours of play!

You can use this time to test out different classes and playstyles, and/or see which server you want to call "home".

In addition, any main character on an individual server will pick up (some) more free DP as they level beyond level 4 and reach 200, 300, 400 favor (etc.) for your account on that particular server. (This is multiplied if you put each main character on a different server.) At the moment there are regular sales on Adventure Packs of 20% or sometimes 25% off (and rarely more!), 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 DP when that character has achieved 100 favor. You are limited to three characters per server with F2P accounts but you can delete a character you used only to earn DP points and create another.

Example #1: Vale of Twilight[edit]

  • The Vale of Twilight adventure pack is a popular choice for higher level characters (in mid-late teen levels) as it gives access to Green Steel items.
  • It currently costs 850 DP at the DDO store
  • Assuming a 20% off sale (which might happen perhaps every 2–3 months ???), the cost is...
680 DP required
  • Your main character might have earned 500 favor, for 275 DP, just with regular play.
405 more points are needed.
  • You can achieve that with low level characters on the other seven servers.
  • 6 characters each running just the first 3 quests = 6 x 50
= +300 DP
  • 7th character running on the last server (of the 8 available) to 100 favor
= +125 DP
= 425 DP, + 500 (from other character(s)) = 925 DP Total, quest pack earned, and can be purchased via the DDO Store link in-game.

Example #2: Vale of Twilight + Ruins of Gianthold[edit]

  • The Ruins of Gianthold adventure pack contains quests with Heroic Levels ~13-15 (plus Epic level quests) so it's an extremely popular choice.
  • They currently cost 850 + 950 = total 1800 DP at the DDO store
  • Assuming a 25% off sale, the cost is 637 + 712 =... : 1349 DP required
  • You run two main characters, each on different ("new") servers, with 500 favor each, for 550 DP.
799 more points are needed.
  • To achieve that, you start with low level characters on the other 6 servers. 6 characters each running to 100 favor = 6 x 125...
= +750 DP
  • To get the remaining 49 points you will to need run 2 more characters through to 100 favor, for +25 DP each. (They are only worth 25 DP each instead of 125, because they do not get a "first time" bonus of 100 on a new server.)
= +50 DP, + 750 + 550 = 1350 DP Total, both quest packs earned, and can be purchased via the DDO Store link in-game.

Tips on scoring DDO Points with minor characters[edit]

You have to run The Grotto quest on each server once. Run it with a character that you do NOT intend to earn DP 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 DP, which requires completing only 3 quests, but if you need to get 125 DP, 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 its 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.

Free to Play (F2P) players will have to run every quest three times in order to reach the final maximum Favor for that quest. That means running it on Normal, Hard, and Elite. If the quest takes you 30 minutes to complete once, then you must spend no less than one-and-a-half hours grinding your way through the same thing repeatedly, which can get old fast. Quests that have a Casual/Solo listing generally have only one mode and do not unlock Normal, Hard, or Elite modes.

You can only by-pass this requirement for earning favor if you can get into a group, whose leader has either already run the quest (completing Hard mode), has already run (and completed) Elite mode on that quest (but is willing to run it yet again), or is either a VIP or Premium pay-to-play player. That group leader can then select the Elite setting, by-passing all the earlier quest requirements. Group members can then follow after the Elite setting has been selected (unlocking Elite mode for that quest on the quest entry window - Permanently unlocking that mode for that quest, if the Elite quest is then completed).

Example DP Runner:[edit]

Barbarian 1/Wizard 1/Fighter 2

A DP Runner is built to get through those early quests as quickly as possible, and then be erased, forgotten, or (at best) designated as a mule for other, long-term build characters. This build would start to fail around Level 6, but for Level 1-2 quests on Elite, and/or Level 3 on Normal, it's pure gold.
  • Level 1: Human Barbarian (For Martial Weapons (Great Axe), but also for Barb's +10% run speed to make things that much faster.)
  • Attributes:
Str 18
Dex 10
Con 14
Int 12
Wis/Cha 8

Choose to take a Great Axe at the start, then the best 2-handed martial weapon (Great Axe, Great Sword, Falchion or Maul) that you find.

  • Level 2: Wizard (For some combat support (pet dog), a 2nd Cleave, and Invisibility - the "easy" button. A character who completes the 4 Korthos Village quests on Elite should easily make Level 2 before continuing to Korthos Island quests.)

Be sure to go into the tavern and slot your spells, and then buy ~50 pinches of sand from the vendor in the square before you go out the gate to the Island quests. Right-click the spell in its hotbar slot to make sure Summon Monster is benefiting from Augment Summoning. You don't care about Arcane Spell Failure, none of these are "combat" spells - you'll cast all these at the start of a quest, before you even start. For you, these spells last 5 minutes, plenty - if you're questing slowly, just remember to recast.

  • Level 3: Fighter (You should hit Level 3 by the time you're done with Korthos Island Elite and head for The Harbor quests. (Don't bother with Misery's Peak, too long for the Favor).)
  • Feats: Lvl 3: Cleave; Fighter: 2-Handed Fighting
  • Skills: 1 point each Balance, Search, Spot.
  • Enhancements: FB Die Harder III (it's just more Hit Points); and ignore the 4th AP - I'd be surprised if you get it before you gain 100 Favor, unless you don't find an opener and have to run every quest 3 times (N/H/E).
  • Level 4: Fighter (If you need a 4th level!)
  • Feats: Ftr 2: Weapon Focus: Slash (or Bludgeon if you have a maul you love. It's a tiny bump to Melee Power.)
  • Skills: max Jump, the rest wherever
  • Enhancements: wherever - you should be a lowbie killing machine already, take whatever looks good. Rav: Cracking Shot for boss-beating, FB: Power Rage for more Str while Raging, Human Healing Amp for a little more potion love, whatever.

Variation - Go with 11 Int, 11 Cha and 8 Dex, and choose Bard as your 3rd class. Make sure to take 4 levels of Perform, choose Cure Light Wound for your spell, and Enhancement: Warchanter Core: Skaldic Rage - much longer lasting, and you can still cast CLW!

Quest list[edit]

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.

Level Total Favor Base XP Patron Acquired At Bestower
A Relic of a Sovereign Past 12 21 5,699 House Deneith Temple of the Sovereign Host Sir Kinze MacDunnam
A Study in Sable 26 27 22,629 Purple Dragon Knights Eveningstar Winne Harker
Acid Wit 15 18 4,132 The Twelve The Twelve Magus Littleton
An Explosive Situation 3 6 220 The Coin Lords The Harbor Philver Sharpwood
Arachnophobia 2 6 173 The Coin Lords The Harbor Berne Jorn
Archer Point Defense 5 9 772 The Coin Lords The Marketplace Jasper Cruikshank
Beyond the Rift 16 / 21 21 6,866 The Silver Flame The Spinner's Prison Tavnar Kronnak
Bringing the Light 2 6 298 The Silver Flame The Harbor Brother Malden
Brothers of the Forge 28 27 17,859 House Cannith House Cannith Talbron Tewn
Caged Trolls 6 12 820 House Phiarlan Bogwater Tavern Aratrix d'Phiarlan
Caverns of Korromar 8 15 2,140 House Kundarak House Kundarak Ulfgar d'Kundarak
DeGenev Brothers 1 0 unlisted none The Marketplace Moneybox
Dead Predators 6 12 650 House Jorasco Open Palm Inn Acolyte Hestair
Delirium 15 15 3,844 The Free Agents The Twelve Merla Bauerdatter
Diplomatic Impunity 12 18 3,669 The Coin Lords Lordsmarch Plaza Naleen Lassite
Disciples of Shar 15 18 3,927 Purple Dragon Knights Eveningstar Abella Toth
Dreams of Insanity 11 18 4,180 House Jorasco House Jorasco Gatekeeper Trakash
Durk's Got A Secret 2 12 906 The Free Agents The Harbor Durk the Deranged
Escape Plan 15 15 3,191 Purple Dragon Knights Eveningstar Barthold Moncrief
Eyes of Stone 12 18 4,636 The Coin Lords Lordsmarch Plaza Tollis Kalmor
Frame Work 12 15 3,879 The Coin Lords Lordsmarch Plaza Gavin Northus
Freshen the Air 4 9 1,001 The Free Agents The Marketplace Harven Gralak
Garrison's Missing Pack 2 12 759 The Coin Lords The Harbor Garrison Felmar
Gladewatch Outpost Defense 6 12 1,630 House Deneith The Marketplace Loghan d'Deneith
Good Intentions 17 / 31 21 6,253 The Free Agents The Harbor Orben Romblemore
Gwylan's Stand 7 18 3,940 House Phiarlan House Phiarlan Coralay d'Phiarlan
Hall of the Mark 1 0 unlisted none The Marketplace Lockania
Haunted Library 8 15 2,956 House Jorasco Drowning Sorrows Tavern Menos Xuekaine
Haverdasher 2 6 364 House Kundarak The Harbor Kalimnal d'Kundarak
Heyton's Rest 1 6 313 The Coin Lords Korthos Village Kaja Bauerdatter
Hiding in Plain Sight 10 15 2,760 The Free Agents The Wayward Lobster Inquisitive Ingaram
Home Sweet Sewer 3 6 182 The Coin Lords The Harbor Scrag
In the Demon's Den 18 18 4,312 The Silver Flame The Inspired Quarter Uriel
Information is Key 2 12 980 House Phiarlan The Leaky Dinghy Shir Clowenks d'Phiarlan
Invaders! 12 21 4,299 The Coin Lords The Harbor Guard Branson
Irestone Inlet 4 12 1,504 The Coin Lords The Harbor Niles Cage
Kobold Assault 3 9 1,324 The Coin Lords The Harbor Guard Crichton
Legendary Hound of Xoriat 32 36 35,340 The Twelve The Marketplace [[]]
Legendary Tempest's Spine 32 33 43,285 House Jorasco House Jorasco Dagobard Kell
Made to Order 11 18 3,220 House Kundarak House Kundarak Hazra d'Kundarak
Memoirs of an Illusory Larcener 13 / 31 18 3,945 The Free Agents The Harbor Callumnie
Mired in Kobolds 13 15 2,476 The Free Agents The Twelve Smiley Smythe
Mirra's Sleepless Nights 6 12 760 House Jorasco Drowning Sorrows Tavern Mirra Parthilcar
Misery's Peak 2 12 1,420 The Free Agents Korthos Island Amalgam
Missing in Action 2 9 510 The Coin Lords The Marketplace Ulcana Braddock
Necromancer's Doom 1 6 320 House Jorasco Korthos Island Handsome Wilm
Proof is in the Poison 4 15 2,596 The Coin Lords The Marketplace Ruat Acalay
Protect Baudry's Interests 2 6 408 The Free Agents The Harbor Baudry Cartamon
Purge the Heretics 6 12 650 House Phiarlan Bogwater Tavern Inquisitor Gnomon
Reclamation 10 15 3,140 House Kundarak Ataraxia's Haven Leros Levithas
Recovering the Lost Tome 2 9 862 The Coin Lords The Harbor Dalsamira Courdry
Redemption (quest) 1 9 540 The Coin Lords Korthos Island Ursa Jernsvard
Redfang the Unruled 3 9 748 The Free Agents The Marketplace Basil Tallbarrow
Redwillow's Ruins 6 15 2,080 House Jorasco House Jorasco Jandul d'Jorasco
Refugee Toll 1 0 500 none The Harbor Harbor Guard
Rest for the Restless 4 9 1,036 House Phiarlan Bogwater Tavern Lady Nepenthe
Retrieve the Stolen Goods 2 9 628 The Free Agents The Harbor Baudry Cartamon
Ruined Halls 6 12 1,360 House Kundarak Ever Full Flagon Edvag Goodgold
Sacrifices 1 9 540 The Free Agents Korthos Island Viggie Storr
Search and Rescue 15 / 31 18 5,860 The Harpers Eveningstar Popkin 'The Shiv' Shortshanks
Servants of the Overlord 16 / 21 21 6,766 The Silver Flame The Harbor Felnis
Stealthy Repossession 2 9 972 The Free Agents The Harbor Lesto Half-Price
Stop Hazadill's Shipment 2 6 364 The Free Agents The Harbor Baudry Cartamon
Stopping the Sahuagin 1 9 540 The Coin Lords Korthos Island Gunnar Bauerson
Stormcleave Outpost 8 18 3,636 House Deneith Anvilfire Inn Alciana d'Deneith
Stromvauld's Mine 8 15 2,752 House Kundarak Anvilfire Inn Laird Stromvauld
Sykros' Jewel 10 15 3,140 House Kundarak Ataraxia's Haven Sykros
Taming the Flames 7 15 1,764 House Kundarak Ever Full Flagon Master Thorpe
Tempest's Spine 10 18 6,484 House Jorasco House Jorasco Chamberlain Cyrese Embree
The Bounty Hunter 6 15 1,300 House Deneith Anvilfire Inn Kirstana of Fairhaven
The Cannith Crystal 1 6 220 House Deneith Korthos Village Baldar the Bold
The Captives 3 9 868 The Free Agents The Harbor Pearl Drumling
The Chamber of Insanity 5 9 884 House Kundarak Ever Full Flagon Kranig Stoneshield
The Church and the Cult 9 15 1,779 The Silver Flame House Phiarlan Inquisitor Lightbringer
The Collaborator 1 12 699 The Coin Lords Wavecrest Tavern Sigmund Bauerson
The Depths of Darkness 4 9 802 House Deneith Hammersmith's Inn Giggs Elorreathi
The Depths of Despair 4 9 645 House Deneith Hammersmith's Inn Neville Stormhammer
The Depths of Discord 5 9 856 House Deneith Hammersmith's Inn Scholes of Vedykar
The Depths of Doom 5 9 772 House Deneith Hammersmith's Inn Keane d'Deneith
The Enemy Within 11 24 5,300 House Jorasco House Jorasco Anabele d'Jorasco
The Faithful Departed 8 12 2,038 House Phiarlan Golden Wing Inn Avanti Moonwillow
The Forgotten Caverns 6 12 1,090 House Kundarak Ever Full Flagon Thurd Steelhand
The Graverobber 7 15 2,020 House Jorasco House Jorasco Thaddeus d'Jorasco
The Grotto 1 0 304 none Shipwreck Shore Jeets Shimis
The Kobold's Den: Clan Gnashtooth 3 12 1,060 The Coin Lords The Harbor Guard Tember
The Kobold's Den: Rescuing Arlos 3 12 1,348 The Coin Lords The Harbor Guard Tember
The Kobolds' New Ringleader 2 12 1,244 The Coin Lords The Harbor Guard Jung
The Lair of Summoning 5 9 996 House Kundarak Ever Full Flagon Lorridan Silvermantle
The Lords of Dust 16 / 21 21 5,100 The Silver Flame The Harbor Dectaran
The Mask of Deception 16 / 30 18 4,206 The Harpers Eveningstar Hamish Graymoor
The Miller's Debt 2 6 273 The Coin Lords The Harbor Berrigan Enge
The Path to Madness 8 9 689 House Jorasco House Jorasco Gatekeeper Chulkash
The Pit 7 27 7,780 House Deneith House Deneith Vargus d'Deneith
The Smuggler's Warehouse 2 9 694 The Free Agents The Harbor Fitzpat the Fence
The Spawn of Whisperdoom 11 18 3,700 House Phiarlan House Phiarlan Eriephaus d'Phiarlan
The Spinner of Shadows 16 / 21 21 6,150 The Silver Flame The Harbor Orrex
The Storehouse's Secret 1 6 260 The Coin Lords Korthos Village Linus Weir
The Sunken Sewer 2 9 496 The Coin Lords The Marketplace Aurla Courson
The Swiped Signet 3 12 1,348 The Free Agents Phoenix Tavern Grinwhite
The Tear of Dhakaan 7 21 3,940 House Kundarak House Phiarlan Karnat Thaar
The Voyage 1 0 50,000 none Character creation Bellwether Bill
The Xorian Cipher 8 21 4,520 House Jorasco House Jorasco Gatekeeper Chulkash
Tower of Frost 14 / 28 15 3,062 The Free Agents The Marketplace Crawben Bix
Venn's Trail: Clan Tunnelworm 4 12 1,798 The Coin Lords The Harbor Guard Tember
Venn's Trail: Venn's Fate 4 9 888 The Coin Lords The Harbor Guard Tember
Vintage Old Sully's Grog 1 0 0 none Korthos Island Merla Bauerdatter
Walk the Butcher's Path 2 12 1,148 The Free Agents The Harbor Mistress Ahura
Where There's Smoke... 3 9 932 The Free Agents The Cerulean Hills Nash Braza
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
153 135 198 162 93 96 263 216 36 123 18

Favor for Agents of Argonnessen, The Gatekeepers 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. The NPC that provides free Daily Challenge Tokens can be found in the middle of the House Cannith Enclave or Eveningstar. The free Challenge Tokens can be earned once a day by talking to the NPC and they are stackable.

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

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 DDO Points (DP) 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 DP. Do this on every server and you get a total of 1750 DP. Free quests will also give enough favor to earn you 250 DP through per-character favor rewards. A F2P player gets 3 character slots on each server, so if you do this on every server you will get 5250 DP. Combine that with the 1750 we totaled earlier and you get 7000 DP, from grinding 100% free content. You can then use those DP 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 DP and will only be limited by your willingness to keep rerolling.

See also[edit]