Tools for 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons

by Mike Shea on 20 March 2017

5e D&D DM Tools

A curated list of tools for running fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons games. Bookmark this list to keep it on hand.

5e Campaign Worksheet: A single-page worksheet with rules summaries, random names, and a focus on your characters and their backgrounds.

Kobold Fight Club: The most popular D&D 5e encounter building tool. Useful for random encounters and as a general monster index.

Name Generator: One of a thousand name generators. Useful for bars and inns as well as people.

Ancient Monuments: Random ancient monuments including interesting random environmental effects.

Relics: Single-use Magic Items: Single-use magic items based on interesting combinations of physical objects.

Random Traps: A trap generator that mixes magical and physical effects with two connected traps.

Monsters by Challenge Rating: The official list of Monster Manual monsters by challenge rating.

Random Spell Tables. A set of charts for determining a random spell. You can also just roll up treasure and hope for a spell. 5e Tools: A fantastic selection of 5e tools including an encounter size calculator; spell, monster, and magic item indexes; a great random treasure tool; and even a magic item shop generator.

Guide to Narrative Combat with one-page guidelines PDF: Guidelines for running non-gridded combat either in full narrative "theater of the mind" or with an abstract map.

Encounter Building Guidelines with one-page guidelines PDF: Sly Flourish's guide to simple encounter building. The UA Encounter Building Tables are likewise useful.

Character Sheets and Pregenerated Characters: A large set of official blank character sheets as well as pregenerated characters for many classes from levels 1 to 10. Includes the excellent starter set character sheets.

Tables of the Dungeon Master's Guide: An index of the tables in the DMG, including the most valuable tables.

Roll 20: Play Dungeons & Dragons online! Includes official WOTC published adventures such as Storm King's Thunder and Lost Mines of Phandelver.

Note, we'll keep updating this as we become more aware of great and useful 5e D&D tools. Let us know!

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