This question has bought up some interesting discussion around (un)holy damage. So far, we appear to have established the following:

  • There does not appear to be any link between (un)holy damage and (un)holy weapons.
  • There does not seem to be any rules for (un)holy damage. However, I couldn't find any rules for good/evil damage either.
  • It may be an error, where every instance of holy damage should be good damage and unholy damage should be evil damage.
  • At minimum, both damage types are known to appear several times in the Book of Exalted Deeds and the Book of Vile Darkness, but they also both appear once in the DMG2's (Un)Holy Strike and the errata for the first Monster Manual.

In the interest of furthering the debate on whether or not this damage type is an error, I'd like to ask: what sources mention (un)holy damage and/or its DR? In particular, I'm interested in seeing if there are more cases outside of the BoED/BoVD, as they would be evidence against these damage types being erroneous and a potential place to look for rules about these damage types. I'd also like to see if they (or better yet, rules for them) appear anywhere in 3e.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I see absolutely no reason why this should be a separate question—the question of what damage DR/unholy reduces and what sort of damage is unholy are two sides of the same coin. We aren’t going to get any different answers here than we will there. And since this isn’t a case of “it may be an error” but rather “it’s almost-certainly an error, which should surprise no one since it’s in a poorly-written, error-prone book,” it’s not clear to me what more you want to know. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Feb 18 at 13:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan My primary curiosity is to see if the damage type appears elsewhere. The other question is about the mechanics of the damage type. \$\endgroup\$ – J. Mini Feb 18 at 13:40
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    \$\begingroup\$ Then you should ask that, because that isn’t what I get from this question at all. “What sources mention ‘holy’ or ‘unholy’ damage?” would be a fair enough question, but right now that exists as a subquestion in a three-part question that seems to re-hash much of the previous question. (Also, are you sure about Book of Vile Darkness? None of the answers to the linked question mention it.) \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Feb 18 at 13:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ List questions can be but are not automatically a problem. This would be fine; it’s going to be a short list. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Feb 18 at 14:35
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    \$\begingroup\$ A 'list question' (the off-topic kind) is not what most users apparently think it is. A question that can be answered by means of a single shortish discrete list is not a 'list question' in the bad sense. A very open question (like 'What is an RPG that includes wizards?') that can be answered by a long (potentially boundless) list of answers, all of which are as equally valid and correct as each other, with any effort at collating them all together doomed to be out of date almost immediately, is a bad list question \$\endgroup\$ – Tiggerous Feb 18 at 15:37

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