After listening to the common questions many new players have, we’ve assembled them here with explanations.
What are Dragonshards?
For the most part, you may never need them.
- Siberys: Used to exchange feats with a mindflayer called Fred in House J. [more]
- Khyber: Used to bind items to you and as spell components for Trap the Soul. [more]
- The others are collectibles for redemption to collectors.
What are Thieves Tools?
Used for the Disable Device and Open Lock skills. You’ll need at least 1 full rank in Disable Device or Open Lock to utilize these tools. There is no minimum level for use, so if you can manage to get +5 tools, grab them.
What are Healing Kits?
When another player is incapped, you can use this item (activate the heal skill) to bring him to 1HP.
What are Repair Kits?
See healing kit, but for toasters.
What are Difficulty Checks?
The target number that a player or monster must meet or exceed to see if they successfully achieve a task. (Example: Tamrah needs to pick a lock at DC25. She rolls a 14, then adds 7 for her Open Lock skill, then another 5 for her tools. 14+7+5=26. Tamrah succeeds.)
What are Armor Check Penalties?
The penalty to movement-based skills you receive if you are using certain armors or shields. The movement-based skills are Balance, Hide, Jump, Move Silently, Swim, and Tumble. Note that Swim, due to the nature of the skill, takes double the penalty. Also, if you are not proficient with a piece of armor or shield, you will take the armor check penalty on your attack roll as well as on your movement-based skills. [Taken from The DDO Compendium]
What bonuses stack? (Does 2 +2 STR ring stack with a +3?)
A +2 STR ring and a +3 STR belt does not make you +5 stronger. Only the +3 ring takes effect. You take the highest stat bonus of the type and add it to everything else present. Most enhancements are Enhancement bonuses. A +3 enhancement and a +2 luck bonus will stack for a total +5.
The only named bonus that stacks is Dodge: +2 and +2 does not make a +4, but a +1 and a +2 and a +3 do stack to +6. You can find up to +5 Dodge bonus items.
How do tomes work?
Tomes, much like bonuses, take the highest one used. If you use a +1 and a +2, you will only get the effect of the +2 and the +1 will essentially be wasted.
What is the difference between Holy and Pure Good? (Lawful ones and Chaotic ones too)
See Aligned Weapons on the Loot Item Properties page.
What is fortification and why is it on a lot of armor?
See Fortification on the Loot Item Properties page.
How does one gear up to get high AC?
You’ll want armor with a high AC & high Max DEX. Find the following also: Protection Items, Dodge, DEX
What are (insert collectible here) for?
You give 1-3 of the items to the person named on it (mouseover in your inventory) and they’ll give you an item in return. You can use or sell the item. [more]
How do I get more inventory or bank slots?
You’ll need additional Coin Lords and House K favor. Exact amounts can be found on the Favor page. You can also purchase extra bank space on a per-character basis for 995 TP. This is not a great buy, so consider this heavily unless you use hundred dollar bills to wipe your tooshie.
Why in tarnation do people have the name 420 all over the place?
Urban Dictionary says the term 420 originated at San Rafael High School, in 1971, among a group of about a dozen marijuana-smoking wiseacres who called themselves the Waldos, who are now pushing 50. The term was shorthand for the time of day the group would meet, at the campus statue of Louis Pasteur, to smoke pot. Intent on developing their own discreet language, they made 420 code for a time to get high, and its use spread among members of an entire generation.
Some guilds in DDO enjoy communicating their drug addiction to others and display it in-game.
What are good items to have for (insert class) and where can I find them?
Class guides are coming soon.
Is there a way to change feats, and how do you do it?
Yes. Fred in House J will take care of this for you, but it’s not cheap. More info coming soon.
How do you get favor and where can you see how much you have?
See the Favor Guide for more info.
Why do other players tell me that my build is gimped or ineffective?
Since this game has been live more than 4 years ago, many players have learned to tweak every last bit of performance from their own characters. In these instances, they are comparing their perception of your performance against their knowledge of their own characters. Don’t get discouraged though, you can fix your character up and still preserve all the effort you put in to leveling it!
What do I do at level ___?
Hit P, click the right most tab and sort by level. Look at the stuff under your level by 1-2 levels and do everything you skipped. Once done, Look at the stuff at your level and do that stuff. Keep doing them on different difficulties to take advantage of the XP bonuses and advance you quickly.
Where do I get a Striding and Feather Fall Boots At?
They don’t exist. We all want them.
Thanks to Gobar for suggesting several questions.