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A Race is a type of humanoid creature that a player can choose for their Player Characters. Although in D&D there are many "monster races", in DDO the term "race" generally refers only to Player Character options.

Each Race has certain innate modifiers that make them different. These modifiers can include higher or lower abilities, skills, feats, and special modifiers. This page gives a brief overview of each race's capabilities, but you should look at each race's page for full information.

As of Update 35 there are a total of 15 possible races in the game: 11 basic races plus 4 "iconic" races, based on the Eberron and Forgotten Realms campaign settings from Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 and 4th editions. Free to Play players can freely choose from the basic races of Human, Dwarf, Elf or Halfling, but must purchase any or all of Dragonborn, Gnome, Half-Elf, Half-Orc, Warforged, and all Iconic races that they care to play. The Drow race can either be purchased or (recommended!) easily unlocked on a server for free by achieving 400 favor with any single character.

Racial Ability Modifiers

Most Races have innate changes to their abilities (with Human as the "unmodified" norm) - Orcs are stronger but less charismatic, Elves are more dextrous but have less constitution, and so on. These changes are applied after building a character, so are "free" modifiers - you don't pay more to get more, it's just "more" (or "less", as the case may be).

Besides these innate racial modifiers, each race has access to its own Racial Enhancement Tree. Within these, characters of different races have the option to spend Action Points to gain additional ability increases. These are optional and separate from the innate modifiers mentioned previously.

When creating a character in Dungeons & Dragons Online, it's important to consider how a given race would aid your desired build. Any race in DDO can be any class, and they all can multiclass as well. However, some races are better suited for certain classes, while some may be somewhat less ideal for certain others. For instance, if you want a "strong" character, a half-orc (+2 Str) might be a better choice than a Halfling (-2 Str). However, there are more differences than just "ability modifiers" to consider when choosing a race - it is recommended to view each individual race's page before deciding on the race and the class(es) you wish to play.

Note that in DDO there are no differences at all between female and male characters, except cosmetic (i.e. their appearance).


Summary of the races and their allowed starting ability ranges and maximum potential enhancement modifiers:

Race Type1    STR    DEX    CON    INT    WIS    CHA Racial Ability Modifiers Racial Enhancement
Ability Modifiers
Bladeforged I 8-18 6-16 10-20 8-18 6-16 8-18 Con +2
Dex -2, Wis -2
+2 Con
Deep Gnome (Svirfneblin) I 6-16 8-18 8-18 10-20 10-20 6-16 Int +2, Wis +2
Str -2, Cha -2
+2 (total) Wis +/or Int
Dragonborn P 10-20 6-16 8-18 8-18 8-18 10-20 Str +2, Cha +2
Dex -2
+2 (total) Str +/or Cha
Drow Elf F 2 8-18 10-20 6-16 10-20 8-18 10-20 Dex +2, Int +2, Cha +2
Con -2
+2 (total) Dex +/or
Int +/or Cha
Dwarf F 8-18 8-18 10-20 8-18 8-18 6-16 Con +2
Cha -2
+2 Con
Elf F 8-18 10-20 6-16 8-18 8-18 8-18 Dex +2
Con -2
+2 Dex
Gnome P 6-16 8-18 8-18 10-20 8-18 8-18 Int +2
Str -2
+2 Int
Halfling F 6-16 10-20 8-18 8-18 8-18 8-18 Dex +2
Str -2
+2 Dex
Half-Elf P 8-18 8-18 8-18 8-18 8-18 8-18 (none) As Elf or Human (your choice), but not both
Half-Orc P 10-20 8-18 8-18 6-16 8-18 6-16 Str +2
Int -2, Cha -2
+2 Str
Human F 8-18 8-18 8-18 8-18 8-18 8-18 (none) your choice of +1 any stat, & +1 to a different stat
Morninglord (Sun Elf) I 8-18 8-18 6-16 10-20 8-18 8-18 Int +2
Con -2
+2 Int
Purple Dragon Knight I 8-18 8-18 8-18 8-18 8-18 8-18 (none) your choice of +1 any stat, & +1 to a different stat
Shadar-kai I 8-18 10-20 8-18 8-18 8-18 6-16 Dex +2
Cha -2
+2 (total) Dex +/or
Int +/or Cha
Warforged P 8-18 8-18 10-20 8-18 6-16 6-16 Con +2
Wis -2, Cha -2
+2 Con
Notes:
  • 1) F = "Free to Play"; P = Premium, I = Iconic Race)
  • 2) Drow are not available to starting accounts, however they are available "for free" once any character on that server earns 400 favor. Drow and all other non-Free-to-play races can be bought in-game via the DDO Store. (See Drow and Favor for more information.)

Race Overviews

Bladeforged

Main article: Bladeforged
Stats
+2 Constitution
Benefits
Immune to Poison, Sleep Effects, Negative Levels, Paralysis, Hold Person/Monster, Flesh to Stone, Disease, Nausea, Fatigue & Exhaustion. Sorcerers and Wizards (including Hirelings that can Repair Warforged) can use Repair spells to heal Warforged. Do not breathe underwater and have an inherent stacking 25% fortification. Has the effects of the Diehard feat by default. Swapping docents is instantaneous and they do not have to wait for the timer that other races get when changing armor.
Flaws
Cure and Heal spells from Divine Casters have a -50% penalty when cast upon Warforged. Rust monsters will do more damage against a Warforged, have a chance to stun them with every attack, and will seek them out in battle. Warforged are vulnerable to the Deconstruct spell that is carried by artificers.
Favored Classes
Mandatory 1st level of Paladin. Good melees and arcane casters.
Deity
Lord of Blades
Inherent racial feats
Uses a special kind of armor only, called Docents. The armor bonus and onus depends of the body feat you choose.
Free to Play
No. This race must be purchased from the DDO Store to be able to create one at the character creation screen. Once purchased it unlocks the race on all servers.

Deep Gnome (Svirfneblin)

Main article: Deep Gnome
Stats
Benefits
Flaws
Favored Classes
Mandatory 1st level of Wizard.
Free to Play
No. This race must be purchased from the DDO Store to be able to create one at the character creation screen. Once purchased it unlocks the race on all servers.

Dragonborn

Main article: Dragonborn

Dragonborn can have the unique ability to channel elements into a Breath Weapon attack.

Stats
+2 Strength, +2 Charisma, -2 Dexterity
Benefits
Optional breath weapon via racial enhancements
Flaws
Lower Dexterity makes Armor Class, Reflex save, and some skills slightly lower. May have difficulty meeting dex-based Feat requirements.
Favored Classes
With +2 to Charisma, dragonborn make good bards, favored souls, sorcerers and warlocks, and strength-based melee combatants.
Deity
(tbd)
Free to Play
No. This race must be purchased from the DDO Store to be able to create one at the character creation screen. Once purchased it unlocks the race on all servers.

Drow Elf

Main article: Drow

The Drow of Eberron are not like the Drow of Faerun (aka Forgotten Realms), they are more akin to the normal Elves of Eberron but have different starting ability scores. They cannot be created as a 32-point build because of the extra ability scores they receive at character creation.

Stats
+2 Dexterity, +2 Intelligence, +2 Charisma, -2 Constitution.
Benefits
+2 to saves against Enchantment spells, inherent Spell Resistance, +2 to Listen, Search, and Spot skills, and bonus racial weapon proficiencies (rapier, shortsword, and shuriken).
Flaws
Lower Constitution, averaging fewer hit points than most other races, and having a score of less than 12-14 will make characters more fragile than average.
Favored Classes
They make great Sorcerers, Wizards, Artificers, or Rogues with their extra stat points, they also excel at being a Bard, Ranger, or even a Paladin.
Deity
Vulkoor, Sovereign Host, Silver Flame.
Inherent Racial Feats
Shuriken Expertise
Free to Play
Drow are not available to any starting accounts, neither VIP nor Free to Play, however they are available "for free" once any character on that server earns 400 favor. As with any Premium race, Drow can be bought in-game via the DDO Store.

Dwarf

Main article: Dwarf
Stats
+2 Constitution, -2 Charisma.
Benefits
Racial Toughness enhancements, Spell Point enhancements, bonuses to saves against spells and poisons, bonuses when fighting giant or goblinoid type creatures, bonuses to Search and Balance.
Flaws
Penalty to Charisma makes them less attractive to Charisma-based classes, like Sorcerers.
Favored Classes
Dwarves make great Fighters and Barbarians because of their extra Constitution, they can also do well as a Cleric. As well as a Monk since they do not use Charisma.
Deity
Sovereign Host, Silver Flame.
Free to Play
Yes! This race is free to all players.

Elf

Main article: Elf
Stats
+2 Dexterity, -2 Constitution.
Benefits
Immune to Sleep, +2 to saves against Enchantment spells, +2 to Listen, Search and Spot skills, racial weapon proficiencies (longsword, rapier, longbow, and shortbow). Elven Wizards also gain access to the Elven Arcanum enhancement line for more spell points, and Elven Clerics can take the enhancement Undying Call by being a Follower of the Undying Court, gaining the ability to raise dead party members at level 6. Elves also have their own Arcane Archer prestige class, independent from the Ranger class.
Flaws
Lower Constitution, averaging fewer hit points than most other races, and having a score of less than 12-14 may exclude you from some parties due to your inability to meet hit point requirements.
Favored Classes
They make great Rangers with their extra dexterity. They also excel at being Clerics, Rogues, and Wizards.
Deity
Sovereign Host, Silver Flame, Undying Court.
Free to Play
Yes! This race is free to all players.

Gnome

Main article: Gnome

Dragonborn have the unique ability to channel elements into a Breath Weapon attack.

Stats
Benefits
Flaws
Favored Classes
Deity
Free to Play
No. This race must be purchased from the DDO Store to be able to create one at the character creation screen. Once purchased it unlocks the race on all servers.

Halfling

Main article: Halfling

One of the smallest of all the playable races, dexterous and agile. Able to sneak about and hide in corners if they so choose.

Stats
+2 Dexterity, -2 Strength.
Benefits
+1 size bonus to Armor Class, +1 bonus to attack rolls with thrown weapons, +2 to Jump, Listen and Move Silently skills, and +4 to Hide. Halfling also get +1 to all saves and +2 bonus to saves against Fear. They also gain limited healing abilities with the Mark of Healing Dragonmark feats. In addition, Halflings gain the Cunning and Guile enhancement lines, which greatly increase their attack bonus when flanking and their Sneak Attack damage, respectively.
Flaws
Halflings only have 75% carrying capacity when compared to other races, and their racial penalty to Strength can be a slight detriment to their damage dealing ability.
Favored Classes
Halflings have great synergy with the Rogue class due to their bonuses to Hide and Move Silently as well as their +1 to all saves/attack rolls, and several specialized enhancements lines. They can also excel at the Monk class.
Free to Play
Yes! This race is free to all players.

Half-Elf

Main article: Half-Elf

A combination of Human and Elven parents, Half-Elves are typically shunned by the Elven community. They mainly live in Human cities.

Stats
No changes.
Benefits
Half-Elves receive a free Dilettante feat, which they may select to provide some of the abilities of a class. They also have access to both Human and Elven enhancements.
Flaws
None.
Favored Classes
Half-Elfs, due to their Dilettante Feats, make a good racial choice for any class, just like Humans. Like Elfs they can become Arcane Archers via race, which allows for interesting class combinations.
Deity
Sovereign Host, Silver Flame, Undying Court.
Free to Play
No. This race must be purchased from the DDO Store to be able to create one at the Character Creation screen. Once purchased it unlocks the race on all servers.

Half-Orc

Main article: Half-Orc

The product of Human and Orc parents, savage and brutish in their nature. They boast extra Strength over the other races, but are not as intelligent or charismatic.

Stats
+2 Strength, -2 Intelligence, -2 Charisma.
Benefits
Higher Strength provides bonuses to attack and damage melee rolls. Also enhancements favor the use of two handed weapons.
Flaws
Penalty to Intelligence and Charisma result in less effective to some classes like Sorcerer, and Wizard.
Favored Classes
Half-Orcs make good all-round melee characters with bonuses to strength and very high damage, they are particularly good at two handed fighting Barbarians, Fighters.
Deity
Sovereign Host, Silver flame.
Free to Play
No. This race must be purchased from the DDO Store to be able to create one at the character creation screen. Once purchased it unlocks the race on all servers.

Human

Main article: Human

A well-rounded race that can excel at any class, with no outstanding benefits and virtually no flaws they are an excellent choice for any player new to the Dungeons & Dragons gaming system and the world of Eberron.

Stats
No changes.
Benefits
One extra Feat at 1st Level. Also, Humans get 4 additional Skill Points at creation and 1 additional skill point per level. Humans get race-specific enhancement lines such as Human Adaptability and Human Greater Adaptability, and Human Versatility.
Flaws
None.
Favored Classes
Being the only race that can unlock the full potential of the Chimera's Fang, Humans make particularly good Fighters or Paladins. They make great Clerics due to the ability to take an extra point in Wisdom with Human Adaptability or Human Greater Adaptability, but a Human can do well as any class in the game.
Deity
Sovereign Host, Silver Flame.
Free to Play
Yes! This race is free for all players

Morninglord (Sun Elf)

Main article: Morninglord
Stats
Benefits
Flaws
Favored Classes
Mandatory 1st level of Cleric.
Deity
Amaunator
Free to Play
No. This race must be purchased from the DDO Store to be able to create one at the character creation screen. Once purchased it unlocks the race on all servers.

Purple Dragon Knight

Main article: Purple Dragon Knight
Stats
Benefits
Flaws
Favored Classes
Mandatory 1st level of figther
Deity
Amaunator.
Free to Play
This race must be purchased from the DDO Store to be able to create one at the character creation screen. Once purchased it unlocks the race on all servers.

Shadar-kai

Main article: Shadar-kai
Stats
Benefits
Flaws
Favored Classes
Mandatory 1st level of rogue.
Deity
Amaunator
Free to Play
No. This race must be purchased from the DDO Store to be able to create one at the character creation screen. Once purchased it unlocks the race on all servers.

Warforged

Main article: Warforged

These are known as living constructs and are unique to the world of Eberron, the Warforged that a player plays are sentient beings and are regarded as a race on equal footing with the same rights as any other race. Warforged do not wear the body armor that other races are able to wear, instead they have inherent armor and use Docents to give them extra abilities.

Stats
+2 Constitution, -2 Wisdom, -2 Charisma.
Benefits
Immune to Poison, Sleep Effects, Negative Levels, Paralysis, Hold Person/Monster, Flesh to Stone, Disease, Nausea, Fatigue & Exhaustion. Sorcerers and Wizards (including Hirelings that can Repair Warforged) can use Repair spells to heal Warforged. Do not breathe underwater and have an inherent stacking 25% fortification. Has the effects of the Diehard feat by default. Swapping docents is instantaneous and they do not have to wait for the timer that other races get when changing armor.
Flaws
Cure and Heal spells from Divine Casters have a -50% penalty when cast upon Warforged. Rust monsters will do more damage against a Warforged, have a chance to stun them with every attack, and will seek them out in battle. Warforged are vulnerable to the Deconstruct spell that is carried by artificers.
Favored Classes
With their bonus constitution they make good Fighters and Barbarians. They also make excellent Sorcerers, Artificers, and Wizards because of the arcane caster's ability to use Repair spells which are effective on Warforged. While a somewhat niche choice, Warforged Favored Souls can attain multiple types of DR, since their level 20 DR works with their DR from enhancements and the various Warforged DR feats.
Deity
Sovereign Host, Lord of Blades, Silver Flame.
Inherent racial feats
Uses a special kind of armor only, called Docents. The armor bonus and onus depends of the body feat you choose.
Free to Play
No. This race must be purchased from the DDO Store to be able to create one at the character creation screen. Once purchased it unlocks the race on all servers.