Our Favourite Dungeons & Dragons Printables!

There are a lot of different printable items you can get for D&D.  Most of these are free or very cheap, and using a printer, some paper and a pair of scissors you can enhance your game greatly or make your life easier as a DM by printing these out and using them.

There are quite a few different resources here, and you don’t need to use them all, just pick out the ones that work best for you.  My favourite printables are the printable heroes, the monster cards, the item cards, initiative trackers, and our printable token set, which I use pretty much every time we play.

1. Printable Heroes

I really can’t say enough good things about printable heroes.  Miniatures are expensive, but these let you print out stand up miniatures to use at your game.  The artwork is fantastic, and it makes your game much more immersive than not having miniatures.

And it’s so cheap – you can get the miniatures for free if you don’t mind having the same miniature for all your monsters.  Or for the low cost of about $3 a month, you get access to all the monsters in all sorts of different reskins.

It’s insane value, and if you print out a bunch and laminate them (or use the poor-mans laminate of sticky tape) you can have miniatures that make your game look awesome for years to come.

2. Monster Cards

The Monster Cards by Matthew Perkins are great.  They cover all the monsters in the SRD (what Wizards of the Coast make open content so that anyone can use and play D&D) and are form fillable so you can add in any that are not in the SRD or your own homebrewed monsters.  You can print them out 4 to a page, and then stick them onto index cards and/or laminate them.

When you run a game it’s much easier to pull out the cards for the monsters you want and have them behind your DM screen, rather than flipping through the monster manual.

There are official monster cards, but I prefer these as the price is right (they are “pay what you want”), they are well laid out (better than the official ones I think) and you can print only the ones you need to prepare for the campaign you are running.

3. Spell Cards

There are official D&D spell cards that are great and cover all the spells in D&D, but they’re also quite expensive, especially if you have a few spell casters in your group.

I quite like having spell cards to hand out to players as they find spell scrolls, and also it’s useful for my players to have spell cards that they put tokens on in order to track which spells they have prepared so they can easily reference them.

These spell cards are a much cheaper alternative to the official ones being “pay what you want” and cover all the spells in the SRD (which is all that you’ll need when you get started), and you can fill them out for additional spells that you need.

It’s a bit annoying that they’re organised by level, as I’d like to print them out by character type, but a bit of additional paper and ink required is something I can easily workaround for the price.

Dnd-spell.com is another site that lets you pick and choose your own spells to make a page of spell cards to print, the spell cards don’t look as nice, but you can create custom spellbooks with the spell cards for each of your characters.

4. Item Cards

Being able to hand your players loot as they find it is a really nice way to add a tactile feel to your game.  I find this is especially effective when playing with kids, as they really love getting loot.

These magical item cards provide all sorts of armour, weapons, potions and cool magical loot.  There’s also an additional matching pack that’s very cheap and provides a convenient way to print out the items you are likely to need multiples of.  Having these all printed out also lets me pick some loot for my party if they go looting something I wasn’t expecting, and have a card ready so I look like I’m super prepared.

This D&D magic item card generator is also pretty useful, it’s very basic and lets you put in your own information to create a printable sheet of item cards, and best of all it’s free.

5. Initiative Trackers

I really like these initiative trackers by Reddit user u/vikinghug as they go over the DM screen and allow me to have all the stats of a player summarised at the back of my screen, which is really useful when playing with inexperienced players or children.  However they do take quite a long time to fill out for all your players, and you do need to keep them updated as your players level up.

If you want something with a bit less information these initiative trackers are pretty good, and also come in a bundle with all the SRD monsters if you prefer a briefer format than the monster cards listed above.

6. Maps

Having maps for your D&D sessions can make them a lot easier to prep, and can add quite a thematic feel if you use them as handouts.

Dysons Logos provides hundreds of hand-drawn style maps for free, so you are bound to find something that you like to inspire your D&D game.  As we outline in our best battle map maker article, if you want your own custom maps you can also make your own printable maps pretty easily using something like Dungeon Scrawl.

If you want some really fantastic looking maps for a specific D&D campaign you are running, say for Lost Mines of Phandelver or Curse of Strahd, Mike Schley has some fantastic paid map bundles specifically made for most of the official campaigns.

7. NPC Cards

I tend to like keeping NPCs in the player’s imaginations, but one of my players is autistic and can often times struggle to visualise NPCs.  I have found these NPC cards to be very helpful with that, as when I’m playing an NPC I can put one of these cards over the DM screen, and it helps the player to know what the NPC is like.  Kids also seem to like having things to look at or touch in a game, so this adds to that immersion.

These cards are actually also quite useful to have as a DM, as I can write notes on the back of the card about the NPC and their stats, which helps me keep track of the NPCs in the game.

8. Spell Range Templates

I don’t use these, I tend to just estimate what the spell ranges are on the battle map.  But for those who like to be meticulous about things (which a lot of DMs and players do), these spell range templates are useful to know the range of a spell to see if a spell has hit or missed a creature.

9. Condition Markers

The 3D printed condition markers have been made famous by Critical Role, and are quite a popular add-on that really help track conditions on a character by placing them on the character or monsters miniature.  But not everyone has a 3D printer, and ordering pre-printed ones can be expensive.

These condition markers are a simple solution in which you print out rings in various colours on paper and wrap them around your characters, they are not as durable, but they do the job.

10. Rules Cheat Sheet

There are a lot of different rules cheat sheets around that have useful information on them.  My favourite is this one, which has 5 pages of summarised rules and tables suitable for the DM, plus an additional page that’s a useful handout for players as it outlines the rules for combat. 

11. Our Printable Token Set

While printable heroes are a great alternative to miniatures, they can be a lot of work to prepare.  You need to figure out what characters, NPCs and monsters you’ll have in your campaign, find an appropriate mini, print it out, and cut and stick it together.

If you want an easy solution that requires much less preparation, a generic set of D&D tokens is the way to go.  Once you’ve printed them, you can carry them around with you and use the tokens for character tokens, NPCs, monsters, and bosses in all of your games without having to do any further preparation.

Conclusion

You can add a lot to your game very cheaply with Dungeons and Dragons printables.  A bit of time spent with a printer (or go to a library if you don’t have one) and some paper and scissors can give you some great gear for your game and is much cheaper than buying the official Wizards of the Coast products.

These are my personal favourites, and ones I use in a lot of my D&D games.  But I’m always on the lookout for more great resources, so please let me know if you know of any other great printables we are missing that should be added to this list.

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