All right, so the goal is to provide you with a one stop shop of everything you’ll need or might ever want. On this page you are going to find default character sheets as well as custom-made character sheets. When I played, this is something I spent a lot of time on figuring out. I can’t tell you how many times I ended up searching for “DND character sheet for 5E,” and then searched for are probably hours on end for one that spoke to me.
The Importance of The Character Sheet
Let’s face it, you’re potentially going to be referencing this sheet innumerable times and keeping it on hand for many hours in the near future. For that reason, it should be easy to navigate, it should be easy on the eyes and it should be easy to find what it is you’re looking for. Of course different strokes work for different folks so I’ve tried to provide many options here. Occasionally, I’ll also throw in my opinion about why I like certain sheets.
The 5E DnD character sheet is one of the most important things you’re going to have on you and/or bring with you to the table. Hopefully you’re gonna have some sweet dice to yeet, as well as the Funyuns and Mountain Dew. Too many times I’ve had a player show up to the table from a previous session and forget to bring their character sheet. This is one reason why I prefer to keep digital copies or just keep the sheet with me between sessions, depending on the scenario.
I’m going to include below the link to the Wizards of the Coast website where they provide the basic character sheets for free. However, several of the areas are truncated and a couple others are too large – meaning that you’ll probably never fill them up. Therefore, it’s often better to search for some alternatives, and I’ll provide my recommendations below. Furthermore, if digital is more your style, there are so many options available on the iOS and Android stores that I won’t begin to discuss them here. Just head over to those stores and check out which ones you like.
Another popular option is D&D Beyond. This is an amazing sight and I’ve used it for years. It’s many benefits include having a place to store all of your character sheets in one location as well as having a fantastic character builder that saves you a lot of time by not having to peruse through multiple books while building a character. Unfortunately, it’s not free and it can actually get quite expensive depending on how much you want to purchase on there. Owning the hard copy of books such as the Players Handbook and the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide will not save you from having to digitally purchased them again on D&D Beyond in order to have access to the material to build a character. I could go on about D&D Beyond because I think it’s a fantastic resource, but that’s not the purpose of this post, and therefore beyond the scope.
If at all possible, I recommend that you try to sell your players on all using the same iteration of the Character Sheet. This isn’t a critical point, but it could save you a few headaches if you’re going to be reviewing the sheets and looking over them in order to prepare specific party-based encounters. It’s slightly more important for new players to use sheet that the other players and/or DM is familiar with that way they can quickly guide the player to the location on the sheet with the pertinent information they will no doubt need to find on multiple occasions.
As I mentioned above, keeping copies (I recommend digital in order to save the trees and not upset any aggressive druids that may be lurking). It definitely puts a damper on things when a player arrives all hyped up on caffeine, ready play, and has been looking forward to the next 5 hours only to realize that Donut the gnome sorcerer has been left at home on the dresser. Not only that, but I often go over my character’s inventory, stats, capabilities, and backstories when preparing sessions, encounters, and story arcs in order to make sure I’m addressing their capabilities (and sometimes exploiting their weaknesses). Having a character sheet on hand between sessions makes this possible.
Directly from Wizards of the Coast (WoTC)
So first and foremost are the basic character sheets provided in the back of the Player’s Handbook for Dungeons and Dragons. There are 2 pages, and sometimes 3 are required if you are going to have access to spells. Even if you don’t immediately have access to spells, you may find the Spellcasting Sheet useful once you start acquiring magic items with spell-like abilities. I often like to provide my players with items of that sort. Here is a link to the official site.
Alternate versions from WoTC
I prefer the alternate version to the original because it has incorporated the skills next their appropriate ability modifiers in addition to saving throws. Furthermore, the “features and traits” space has been shortened to allow more room for equipment. The only thing I don’t like about this once is that there is no longer a designated space to write coins, but I still prefer having the extra lines for equipment.
There’s really nothing much different about this sheet compared to the original other than the fact that it has “Adventurer’s League” on the top left of the first page and a spot for you to indicate which faction you’re aligned to. If you don’t know what Adventurer’s League is, then don’t worry about it – you don’t need this one.
Third Party Resources
Core Character Sheet
If you want to branch out and try more options, goodness gracious great fireballs there’s a lot. If you want to check out THESE character sheets by Emmet Byrne over on DMsguild.com, they are amazing and free. There are 70+ sheets that focus on providing everything required for each individual class. It has printable as well as form-fillable options. Core class features are already filled in for you as well as some other conveniences. For example, here’s a snippet from page one of the Druid character sheet on the right.
Animal Companions and Familiars
I can’t understate how useful it will be for Beast Master Rangers with animal companions as well as Wizards, Warlocks, and other people that take the Find Familiar Spell – to have this sheet filled out and available for reference. I see no need to provide options because this gets the job done.
The original spell casting sheet from WoTC leaves a lot to be desired for me. It assumes you have all the books handy from where you draw your spells such as the book of Elemental Evil, the Player’s Handbook, the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide, and Xanathar’s Guide to Everything. I recommend having spell cards made up on note cards, or purchasing some nice fancy ones. Not having to look up the spell’s particulars will save so much time and frustration that you’ll quickly become the hero of your party that everyone wants but nobody deserves. You can use the sheet below, or a digital tracker on your phone or something (again from your app store). My personal favorite is https://www.dnd-spells.com/spells . You can sort and filter spells in a myriad of ways as well as print out your own spell cards or make a generic spell book if you sign up with them (for free).
If you really want to look fancy, you can get some laminated cards made on thick card-stock on Amazon or your local hobby shop. They look pretty neat, and will last quite a while. I had a player give me theirs and I’ve been using the same set for about 4 years now.
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Signing off with finger guns! *pew pew*