If it works for you, there’s no wrong way to keep a D&D character sheet. But there are a ton of right ways and a couple of very pretty ways, too.
Your D&D character sheet should tell you everything you need to know about your Dungeons and Dragons character. From the most basic information, to the specifics of their attacks, motivations, and backstory, the character sheet is your home base for everything your-character. They’ve changed slightly over the years with the game, but the mosts basics have always been the same since day one. How to turn those stats into playable actions and attacks has evolved since first edition, but the core has been the same forever.
The Basic D&D Character Sheet
Besides your character’s basic information, there are a lot of important details and blank spot to fill in on your D&D character sheet. Your skills are seated next to your stats, which is convenient because each skill is based on one of your six stats so the math and referencing is easy. Besides that you can list your Proficiencies and Languages, Equipment, Traits, and have a handy box to list your attacks and weapons as well as how to calculate their likeliness to hit and damage inflicted. Many sheets include a space to take campaign notes. You can write a short biography of your character, and even draw them a portrait, but these are all optional. The most important aspect of a good D&D Character sheet is that it’s organized, neat, and easy to reference quickly during gameplay.
Alternative D&D Character Sheets
There are lots of options out there for D&D character sheets. You can use the standards that come in the back of the Player’s Guide or with the starter sets, you can download an app, you can use a blank sheet of lined paper and hope you remember how to keep everything straight… Or, you can go with something specialized or pretty. If you’re looking for something a little more interesting and unique, check out some of the sheets below. As always, links to shops are in the item titles.
Not an artist? Neither am I. Still want a beautiful picture of your character to hold up whenever somebody asks what they look like? Of course you do! We all do! You’re paying more for the artwork than the sheet here, but honestly, I think it’s totally worth it to use either as your actual D&D character sheet during game play, or to frame and hang up as a piece of art.
If you want a D&D character sheet that looks cool without all of the very customized bells and whistles of a personal illustration this downloadable PDF set is the way to go. The sheets are cool as heck with beautiful color schemes and adventuring decoration around the borders with shield shaped fillable bubbles. The four full pages they include space for everything you could possibly need. Plus, it’s a PDF so you can print out as many sheets as you have characters.
Maybe you are more artistically inclined; you like drawing your own character but don’t want to design an entire character sheet with a cool aesthetic and high readability. The Bubble Lazer D&D character sheet just might be the one for you. The organization and layout remind me of well done bullet journals and the space in the middle is left blank specifically for your custom character art. This sheet come with a matching spell sheet.
Don’t need custom art on your sheets but do love that kawaii life? I’m glad to say that if you want to combine D&D and all things cutesy, there are multiple sheet options out there for you and Naytendo is just one of them. These D&D character sheets combine the neat, classic look of the standard sheets with a pastel color scheme that will make you look extra prepared and extra cute at the table. Look at that beholder and tell me you don’t love her at least a little bit.
This pick probably feels a little out of left field compared to how over the top beautiful the first few are, but these D&D character sheets by DM’s Guild are the ones I use in my games and I don’t think I’ll switch it up any time soon. They’re the closest to the standard sheets and customized with all of that class information that I don’t want to copy out of the book or continuously reference throughout a typical game session. Tailored to each class, these sheets are extraordinarily useful and intuitive.
What do your D&D character sheets look like? Pretty and fun? Too the point and utilitarian? Just a bunch of random notes on a notebook paper and a shrug emoji? It’s okay, we’ve all been there, don’t ask me about what my GURPS sheets used to look like in college. Maybe this will inspire you to switch up your character sheet game or even just treat yourself to some custom character art.