D&D 5E by Roll20

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The Basics

If you're a new D&D player playing on Roll20, this is the tutorial for you. We go over everything about our D&D 5e Character Sheet from rolling ability checks to casting spells and much more.


Adding the Character Sheet to a Game

An official or community contributed character sheet can be added to any game when you first create it. On the Game Creation screen, underneath the large blue “I’m Ready, Create Game!” button is the “Optional: Choose a Character Sheet” section. Located here is a drop-down menu that lists all the character sheets built either by Roll20 officially or created by the community. These sheets are sorted under their respective RPG Systems in alphanumerical order. Once selected, a preview of the character sheet will load upon the creation page for you to review as well as showcase relevant information about the sheet, such as the sheet’s creator and its key features.

The Roll20 5th Edition OGL Sheet can be found under either: Sheets by Roll20 → 5th Edition ( OGL by Roll20) OR Dungeons and Dragons → 5th Edition ( OGL by Roll20)

If you want to add a character sheet to an existing campaign, you can find this drop-down menu once again by accessing the Game Settings Page from the Game Details Page.

If you have added custom attributes to your character journals prior to adding a character sheet to a campaign, you may want to delete them first. Adding a character sheet to a campaign will create its own set of custom attributes on all of your character journals, but it will reuse any attributes encountered if they share the same name. This can cause calculation issues on the sheet.

If you were using either the 5th Edition Community Contributed or 5th Edition Shaped Sheets and wish to transfer over to the 5th Edition Roll20 version, there is a method to smoothly transition between the two with a single click in the Roll20 Sheet's Transition Options.

Where to Find the Sheet

Once a character sheet has been added to a game, and once inside it, a new tab will be available on a character journal between the Bio & Info and Attributes & Abilities tab labeled “Character Sheet”. Much like the Attributes & Abilities tab, only players who have been granted Edit permissions for the journal entry will be able to access the Character Sheet tab.

Sheet Features

The 5th Edition sheet has all of the functionality of a pen and paper character sheet and much more. Certain aspects of the sheet have been streamlined or automated to remove bookkeeping and speed up gameplay. The key features are auto-calculations, macro buttons, and roll templates. The sheet defaults to using the rules as printed in the 5th Edition SRD, however, it's dynamic enough to allow you and your group to use whatever custom house rules you require.

Auto Calculations

Many parts of the sheet use auto calculations to fill in derived attributes with the expectation that you're using the rules as printed in the 5th Edition SRD. Many of these calculated traits can be modified from the settings menu and those set by Sheet Workers can be edited directly. Below are some examples of Sheet Worker and Auto Calculation functionality:

  • Class - Changing the character's class from the header will automatically update the character's saving throw proficiencies, their hit die type, spellcasting ability, and spell save DC.
  • Level - Changing the character's level will also update their proficiency bonus, number of spells per day, and more.
  • Attributes - Changing one of the character's attributes will also update the related modifier, skills that are based on that attribute, and derived stats such as initiative or passive perception.

Roll Buttons and Roll Templates

Most of the stats in the game can be rolled by hovering over their name, the stat will turn red, and then left-click the mouse. This is true for Attributes, Saves, Skills, Hit Dice, Death Saves, Tool Proficiencies, Attacks & Spellcasting, Spell Cards, and NPC Actions. Any of these roll buttons can be dragged directly from the sheet to your Macro Quick Bar, enabled from the Settings Tab of the Sidebar of the VTT.

Player characters have both a simple and attack roll template that is output to the Chat Tab in the journal on the right-hand side of the screen. The simple template is used for everything except for attacks. The attack template is shaped to show up in three pieces; the attack at the top, information in the middle, and damage at the bottom. Depending on your sheet settings, the damage will not roll automatically unless you click on the name of the attack from the roll template in the chat tab. This was designed to simulate the tabletop experience of rolling to attack and then rolling damage if necessary. You can change this behavior in the sheet Settings (gear icon at the top right of the page), tab under "Auto Damage Roll".

Rolling for Advantage and Disadvantage

With the Roll20 5th Edition OGL Sheet, the default sheet settings have Advantage set to always rolled for convenience purposes. It is commonly agreed upon that a gaming group uses the left roll result when advantage is not being used for a check. When advantage or disadvantage is in play, simply choose the higher or lower result among the two per usual. You can change this behavior in the sheet Settings (gear icon at the top right of the page), tab under "Roll Queries". You have the choice of "Always Roll Advantage" (the default setting),  "Advantage Toggle", "Query Advantage", or "Never Roll Advantage".

Advantage Toggle

The Advantage Toggle will add three buttons to the top of your character sheet: "Advantage", "Normal", and "Disadvantage". You can click on any of these to roll for Advantage (the highest roll result will highlight in black), Disadvantage (the lowest roll result will highlight in black), or a single d20.

Query Advantage

The Query Advantage setting will prompt a dialog box to appear whenever you roll from your sheet. It will ask you to select what sort of roll want to do (Normal, Advantage, Disadvantage). After choosing the type you want, the roll will occur in chat.

Never Roll Advantage

When rolling from your sheet, only a single d20 will be rolled.

(Any label that highlights in red when the mouse hovers over it is rollable.)

Resizable Text Fields

There are many free-text fields on the sheet that give you a place to keep information that doesn't necessarily follow a specific format. All of the fields on the Bio Tab are free-text fields as well as the Description fields present for attacks, spells, equipment, features & traits, and NPC actions. If your text overflows past the bottom of a text field, you can resize it to view the content in its entirety by clicking and dragging the bottom right corner icon shown in the adjoining image.

At present, these fields can only contain raw text. There are no formatting options (bold, italic, etc.) available.

(Making a text field larger is just a matter of click and dragging.)

The Padlock Button and Organizing Elements

There is a padlock icon set at the bottom of several different fields of the Roll20 5th Edition OGL Sheet. It is used where a player is meant to add entries such as individual attacks, actions, pieces of equipment, features & traits, tool proficiencies & custom skills, other proficiencies & languages, and spells. This icon behaves as a toggle button.

When set in the locked position (default), a player can add new entries into the field. When the button is toggled to unlocked, a player can no longer add new entries, but they will be able to delete any of the existing ones. The red trash bin icon overlaid on the right-hand side of the entry will delete it. NOTE: This cannot be undone! On the left side of every entry while the padlock is unlocked is a re-sort icon symbolized by three parallel lines. By clicking and dragging on this icon, you can rearrange the order of the entries in the field.

(The Padlock Toggle)

Utilizing the 5th Edition SRD Compendium

Upon adding the Roll20 5th Edition OGL Character Sheet to a campaign, the 5th Edition SRD Compendium is automatically enabled for use as its own tab in the Sidebar of the application. It's located between the Journal and Jukebox tabs and is accessible for both GM and Player alike.

The Compendium allows for rapid searching of all rules, classes, monsters, spells, items, and more that are included in the 5th Edition SRD. This minimizes time spent for the gaming group to leaf through a book in the middle of a session for a rule clarification. Even better, both the GM and the Player can utilize dragging and dropping* from the Compendium tab directly to your character sheets. This makes statting NPCs and PCs far faster than inputting everything manually.

The 5th Edition SRD is similar but NOT identical to the Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Rule Book. Some skills, classes, creatures, items, and other elements found within the Dungeons and Dragons rule book are strictly the intellectual property of Wizards of the Coast and not accessible through their Open-Game License(OGL).

The Compendium Tab

(Compendium menu)

Statting PCs

Dragging from the Compendium works for the Equipment and Spell fields of the PC Sheet. This will not only carry over the name of the item or spell, but the relevant attack and damage rolls and any rules or flavor text that comes with it. Adding Compendium items in this fashion also automatically adds the equipment item (if it's a weapon) or spell to the Attacks & Spellcasting field to roll directly from. Items that modify a character's Attributes, Saves, AC, To Hit, Damage, Spell Attacks, and Spell DC will be automatically calculated on the sheet when dragged in. For example, if a Belt of Giant Strength is dragged to a sheet, the strength Attribute Score will become highlighted in blue and its attribute score will be increased. An asterisk is appended to the right of the score to also signify that it has been modified by an item. When you mouse over this number, the strength Attribute Score will revert back to what its unmodified total so you can refer back to it. Dropping a Compendium items that is an ammunition type (arrows, crossbow bolts, blowgun darts, etc) will automatically fill out a resource field for that item and link it to its entry in the Equipment section.

To insert a Compendium item into the character sheet, run a search for the Item or Spell you want to add in the Compendium tab. Once found, click and drag on the Compendium item's name so that it creates a little named tile that follows along with your mouse. Drag this over to the character sheet, it doesn't matter where. A text box that reads, "ACCEPTING DROP FROM COMPENDIUM" will appear on your sheet if this is done correctly. Let go of the tile and the entry will be auto-completed with all the data pertaining to the Compendium entry in the correct location on the sheet. You can see this in action below under Equipment.

Statting NPCs

You can fill out an entire NPC sheet in a single drag and drop. Run a search for the NPC you want to create from the Compendium tab. Once found, click and drag on the NPC name so that it creates a little named tile that follows along with your mouse. Drag this to anywhere over the Tabletop area of the screen. Let go of the tile and a new character journal will be created named after the NPC from the Compendium entry. Its sheet will be changed over to the NPC sheet and filled with the entire NPC entry from the Compendium including their Actions, Reactions, and Legendary Actions if applicable. If you're using one of the Compendium expansions bought from the Roll20 Marketplace like the Monster Manual or Volo's Guide to Monsters, token art will also be pulled from the Compendium entry, placed on the table, and linked to your NPC's journal.

You can also drag an NPC entry from the Compendium to an existing journal entry if you have the sheet open. If the sheet is in PC sheet mode, it will automatically change it over to the NPC sheet, and add its entry elements to it.

One thing to note about dragging a stat block over from the Compendium is that it uses an additive behavior. It will not replace anything that you have already entered manually.

The PC Sheet

The Roll20 5th Edition OGL Sheet contains both the PC Sheet and the NPC Sheet. At default, a new character journal is set to the PC sheet, but you can switch between the two by toggling it from the General Options Settings. The PC Sheet is split up into four pages and can be selected from the buttons just underneath the header at the top of the sheet. They are listed from left to right order: The Core Page, The Bio Page, The Spells Page, and The Settings Page.

Creating and Leveling up a character with Charactermancer

Players and GMs using the Roll20 DND 5e Sheet can use the Charactermancer to create and level up characters. Information on how to use the Charactermancer for character creation and leveling can be found here.

The Core Page

The Core Page is selected by default and has most of the information you'll want to use on a regular basis to play your character. This should look very similar to the content you would normally find on the first sheet of the physical 5th Edition OGL player character sheet. The screenshot at the top of this wiki page displays the entirety of the Core Page.

(1) Core Header

The header block at the top of the sheet changes based on the page you have selected. On the Core page, you can select a class by its dropdown menu. The available options from the dropdown are: Barbarian, Bard, Cleric, Druid, Fighter, Monk, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue, Sorcerer, Warlock, and Wizard. You can create a custom class from the Settings Page.

Once a class has been selected you can update the class's level by changing the number next to the class. The sheet will also automatically mark the abilities that class has proficiency in as well as automatically select the dice that will be used when Hit Dice are rolled. You can change the Hit Dice setting manually from the options menu. If your character multi-classes, then the secondary class and its level will appear beside the primary class. This Class and Level field can hold up to four classes if desired.

The fields for Background, Race, Alignment, and Experience Points allow you to fill in whatever text you wish to put in them. The Character Name persists over all pages of the sheet and is tied to the name you give to the journal entry. Changing it on the sheet itself will also change the name on the character journal and vice versa once it is closed.

5E OGL Sheet Core Header.png

(2) Attributes

Along the left side of the sheet are listed the 6 primary attributes: Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma. These attributes are used by almost every other calculation on the sheet, as they are the core definition of a character. Each attribute block has the core attribute score, which can be changed by modifying the number in the oval at the bottom of each block, and, inside the square, the attribute modifier which is auto-calculated based on the score below it. All racial ability score increases must be manually added to the core attribute score using the settings "gear" symbol at the top of the page (where the Core, Bio, and Spells buttons are located.) The attribute modifier uses the following calculation to set the value:


The attribute can be referenced by its name, such as @{dexterity} while the attributes modifier can be referenced by adding the mod suffix, @{dexterity_mod}.

5E OGL Sheet Attribute Block.jpg

(3) Inspiration

You can track whether or not you have Inspiration by clicking the circle next to the Inspiration block at the top left of the Core page. This will toggle a dragon spiral icon on and off for indication purposes.

5E OGL Sheet Inspiration.png

(4) Proficiency Bonus

Your character's proficiency bonus is listed near the top left of the page. You cannot modify this value manually, instead, it is automatically set based on your character's overall level. Your character's Level can be set by changing the number next to your Class name in the Header at the top when on the Core page.

5E OGL Sheet Proficiency.png

(5) Saving Throws

Next to the core Attributes on the left side of the page is a list of the same attributes to be used in making saving throws. To mark an attribute that your character has proficiency in for saving throws, check the box next to the appropriate attributes. When you select a class in the header section of the Core page it will automatically check the correct boxes for that class's proficiencies.

You can add an additional field to Saving Throws to serve as a Global Save Modifier. An example is if the character is under the influence of the Bless spell and can roll a 1d4 in addition to the result of their saving throws. This is enabled from the Settings Page under General Options. Once enabled a seventh checkbox and field will be added at the bottom of the Saving Throws block with a text field to enter the additional die roll. For this example, you could enter "1d4[BLESS]" in the global checkbox's text field that you can enable when the character is under the effects of the Bless spell. The word between the brackets becomes a label that can be seen when you mouse over the roll result in chat. While this Global Save Modifier is checked, every roll made from the Saving Throws block and performing a Death Save will add this modifier to the result.

5E OGL Sheet Saving Throws.png

(6) Skills

To the right of the Core Attributes is a list of all of the character's Skills. Each skill can be rolled by clicking on the skill name. If you have proficiency in a specific skill, then you would check the box next to the skill name, this will automatically add your proficiency bonus to that skill's checks. Each skill also lists the core attribute, that is used in the roll calculations, next to it in parenthesis.

You can set advanced skill options for the Settings page, such as skill expertise, flat bonuses from class archetypes or feats, as well as Jack of All Trades.

5E OGL Sheet Skills.png

(7) Armor Class, Initiative, & Speed

The Armor Class & Speed blocks at the top center of the page can be used to keep track of your Armor and Speed values. The Initiative block cannot be modified manually, but instead is auto-calculated based on your character's Dexterity. If you have any additional initiative modifiers you can add them on the Settings (gear icon) tab under Initiative Modifier in the Class Options block.

Armor Class can also be tracked automatically by using the Compendium compatible inventory, on by default.

You can configure a custom AC calculation using the Settings tab (gear icon) under the Attribute Tracking section. It's listed as "Armor Class Tracking" and is set to "Automatic" by default. If you select Custom, you can select up to two different attributes to apply to the character's armor class.

Using the Global AC Modifiers

If you check the "Show Global AC Modifier" field in the character sheet General Options settings, the sheet will display a repeating section to configure and apply different modifiers to AC. So, for example, if your character has a common bonus, such as from a spell or a conditional feat or fighting style, you can toggle that AC bonus from the character sheet directly.

Rolling for Initiative and the Turn Order Tracker

Clicking on the word INITIATIVE will roll that character's initiative score. If your players have tokens linked to their character sheets, they can roll their initiative and simultaneously add their character and its initiative score to the Turn Order Tracker automatically. What is required of the player is that their linked token must be currently selected on the Tabletop before they roll off their sheet.

If you would like to enable a tiebreaker component to Initiative, there is an option to enable this from the Settings Page under the "Attribute Options" block. What this does is that it will add your dexterity Attribute Score as a decimal value to your Initiative. So if you have a character with a dexterity attribute score of 14, your initiative modifier will change from a 2 to a 2.14.

5E OGL Sheet AC Init Speed.png

(8) Hit Points & Temporary Hit Points

The Current Hit Points and Temporary Hit Points blocks are used to keep track of your character's Hit Points (HP). Inside the Current Hit Points block, at the top, is a line that lists the character's maximum amount of HP.

When your character takes damage, if they have any, it should be subtracted from their Temporary Hit Points first, then any remaining damage would then come off of the character's Current Hit Points.

5E OGL Sheet HP.png

(9) Hit Dice

The Hit Dice block is used to keep track of and roll your character's hit dice. Inside the Hit Dice block, at the top, is a line to keep track of the total number of dice your character can have. In the main area of the block, you would keep track of the remaining hit dice. Clicking the "HIT DICE" label will roll the hit dice for your selected class automatically. If you wish to change the dice that is rolled you can do so in the Class Options section of the Settings Page (gear icon).

If your character is multi-classed, when rolling your hit dice (by clicking "HIT DICE", a pop-up will ask which of your character's current class's hit dice you want to roll. This input accepts only numerals an input to make automatic tracking of the API possible.

5E OGL Sheet Hit Dice2.png

(10) Death Saves

The Death Saves block is used to keep track of your character's death save rolls once they have been knocked out. You can click the "DEATH SAVES" label to make a death save roll. If you roll greater than 10 you would check one of the boxes next to "Successes" otherwise you would check a box next to "Failures". If your character has any modifiers to their death save rolls they can be added in the Class Options section of the Settings Page(gear icon).

5E OGL Sheet Death Saves.png

(11) Attacks & Spellcasting

The Attacks & Spellcasting block in the center of the Core page of this character sheet will be one of the most often used sections. To start, you can manually add any attack or spell to this section by hovering over the block and clicking the "Add" button(the + symbol). This will open a form that can be filled out with all of the information about the specific attack or spell you are adding.

This section will automatically add attacks, with all the stats, for spells that have an attack component when they are added to your spell sheet on the Spells Page. This happens both if you add the spell manually or if you drag and drop a spell from the Compendium. An attack is also automatically created if you drag and drop an item from the Compendium into your sheet.

An example of an attack form filled out for a physical attack using a +1 Poisoned Dagger

For example, let's say Erin the Bold has a +1 Poisoned Dagger that has the stats of a regular dagger, but also metes out an additional 1d6 of poison damage alongside the typical 1d4 points of piercing damage. The image displayed to the right is how the attack would be set up:

Since this is a dagger and daggers have the "Finesse" attribute I can choose either STR or DEX for my bonus attribute. Erin is quicker than she is strong, so we will pick DEX as the attribute to attack with, as well as checking the "proficient" checkbox since Erin is experienced with using these sorts of weapons. She doesn't have any other gear that might make her attacks better, so we will leave the generic bonus between the attribute and proficiency blank, or 0. Being a +1 Poisoned Dagger means that it is also magical, so it gets a 1 in the magic bonus slot just below. A dagger can also be used as a thrown weapon, so we've added the weapon's throwing range info to the "Range" field. Since a weapon does damage, we have checked the first "Damage" checkbox and filled in the required fields. This dagger does 1d4 piercing damage + Erin's DEX mod + 0 bonus damage (this would be used for bonus damage on top of the magical +1) and it doesn't have anything to change the critical damage so we just put the same damage into the "crit" box. Because this dagger can also cause poison damage, we also check the second "Damage" checkbox and fill in the info for the 2nd set of damage. The poison does a flat 1d6 poison with no extra bonuses, so we've selected "-" to say there is no attribute that adds to this damage. This damage also doesn't have anything to make the crit different so we set that to 1d6 as well. There are no extra saving throws or effects that are included with this attack, so we leave these additional sections blank.

These additional effect sections will be used more commonly with spells, like Fireball, where you would require a DEX save against your SPELL DC, which will be set according to your character's spellcasting level. For a fireball, the save effect would be "half damage" and the "Description" would be something like "Hits all creatures within 20 ft of the explosion point".

After you are done modifying all of the individual stats for an attack you can click the gear icon at the top right of that section and it will hide the stats for that attack. If ever you need to change these stats in the future you can hover over the entry and click the gear icon that shows up to unhide the stats section.

5E OGL Sheet Attacks And Spellcasting.png

Adding Global Attack and Damage Modifier

You can add two special entries to the Attacks & Spellcasting block to handle global Attacks and Damage modifications to rolls. An example is if the character is under the influence of the Bless spell and can roll a 1d4 in addition to the result of their attack roll. This is enabled from the Settings Page under General Options. Once enabled, a checkbox will be added at the bottom of the Attacks & Spellcasting block with a text field to enter the additional die roll. For this example, you could enter "1d4[BLESS]" in the global checkbox's text field that you can enable when the character is under the effects of the Bless spell. The word between the brackets becomes a label that can be seen when you mouse over the roll result in chat. While these Global Modifiers are checked, every roll made from the Attacks & Spellcasting block will add these modifiers to the result.

Rolling from the Attacks & Spellcasting Block

Rolling from the Attacks & Spellcasting Block is no different than rolling from any other portions of the character sheet. Hovering your mouse over an entry here will highlight its entire label (NAME, ATK, and DAMAGE/TYPE) in red and you'll be able to click on it to roll the attack or spell. You can also drag this entry into the Macro Bar to give yourself easy access to this attack. Because this is a repeating section, the macro name will be a bit messy, but you can right-click the button and rename the macro to whatever you like.

With any attack that checks for AC, you will see TWO rolls set side by side for the Armor Class check with the name of the attack listed underneath them with the Attack modifier bonus (ATK) appended to the Attack name in light grey. The Roll20 5th Edition OGL Character Sheet always rolls for Advantage by default, so you will always have two roll results for this check (most gaming groups use the left roll result if neither Advantage or Disadvantage is being factored in the check). If there is a specified range for the attack, this will be listed above the attack's name.

Underneath the AC Check and Attack Name is the Damage roll result for the attack. Underneath this roll result will be the Damage Type (ex. slashing, piercing, poison, fire, etc.) listed in light grey italicized font.

For spells that don't check for AC and instead require a Saving Throws to mitigate or negate the spell's effect, the SPELL DC is listed first. Underneath this, in italicized font, is the effect if a character succeeds the check listed. Underneath the effect is the required attribute saving throw that must be rolled. If Damage is applied, this result is rolled and listed next with its Damage Type.

(An attack roll from a +1 Poisoned Dagger)

(12) Personality Traits, Ideals, Bonds, and Flaws

These text fields lock to prevent accidental edits. When a sheet is first created, these fields are unlocked and given a dashed yellow border to the top of the field to showcase that they're editable. To lock the field after entering text, click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of the field. This will remove the yellow border and the field will conform in height to display everything within it.

There presently isn't a means to format the raw text (italicize, bold, font alignment, etc) within these fields and any line breaks are stripped out. If you ever need to edit the content again while the field is locked, mouse over the desired field and the gear icon will reappear in the top right. Clicking on that will unlock the field once again for edits.


(13) Class & Other Resources

The Class & Other Resources blocks can be used to keep track of either an item quantity you have in your equipment (like arrows in a quiver), or skills that don't fit into the other sections on the sheet, like a Sorcerer's Sorcery Points, a Cleric's Channel Divinity at higher levels, or the number of rounds a Barbarian has been Raging so far in a combat encounter. There are three fields: Class Resource Max, Class Resource, and the Class Resource Name. The Class Resource Max field is a text box which allows you to quantify exactly what you're tracking (ex. "Total: 10 Rounds"). The Class Resource field is a numeral that you dial up or down or input directly. The Class Resource Name is a text box that allows you to label the resource when you click on the light grey "OTHER RESOURCE" label to overwrite it with your own ("OTHER RESOURCE" is placeholder text).

A resource block will be filled automatically if you checkmark an Equipment item as "USE AS A RESOURCE" and the Item Quantity field will be paired with the Class Resource field in the Resource block and vice versa (you'll need to click outside of the field or hit Enter for changes to refresh across the sheet). If the two resource blocks given by default are not enough then you can add additional blocks by hovering over the section and clicking the "Add" (+ symbol) button.

If you drag and drop an ammunition item type from the Compendium into your character sheet, the item is added to the Equipment block and is automatically listed and linked as an Other Resource.

To call the first set of class resources use:

  • Class Resource @{class_resource}
  • Other Resource @{other_resource}

To call the Repeating resources use:

  • Repeating Resource 1st left@{repeating_resource_$0_resource_left}
  • Repeating Resource 1st right@{repeating_resource_$0_resource_right}
  • Repeating Resource 2nd left@{repeating_resource_$1_resource_left}
  • Repeating Resource 2nd right@{repeating_resource_$1_resource_right}

5E OGL Sheet Resources.png

(14) Tool Proficiencies

The Tool Proficiencies block is for listing a character's Tool Proficiency skills. At the bottom of this block is an "Add" (+ symbol) button. Clicking this will add a new entry to this block where you can add all of the relative stats for a specific tool proficiency, say Woodcarver's Tools. You can set the level of proficiency to either Proficient, Expertise, or Jack of All Trades. The roll bonus for that tool will reflect the proficiency level selected. Next is an Attribute drop-down menu where you can select which character attribute to roll with for a proficiency check. One of the options you can choose is "QUERY ATTRIBUTE" which when you click on the Tool Proficiency to roll it, you will be prompted to choose which attribute you would like to use. The attribute used for the check will be up to the GM when it is time to make the roll check. If there are any additional bonus modifiers that come along with the tool in question, you can input it in the "MODS:" field.

Once you finished filling out the stats for this tool you can click the gear icon at the top right of the entry to hide the stat fields and leaving behind just the rollable button. You can roll by either clicking on this rollable button or dragging it to your Macro Bar.

You can also use this section to create custom skills or rolls for your campaign setting or home-brew ruleset. Check out the Advanced Use section for further details.

Global Skill Modifier

You can add a special entry to the Tool Proficiencies & Custom Skills block to handle global Attacks and Damage modifications to rolls. An example is if the character is under the influence of the Guidance spell and can roll a 1d4 in addition to the result of their skill check. This feature is enabled from the Settings Page under General Options. Once enabled, a checkbox will be added at the bottom of the Tool Proficiencies & Custom Skills block with a text field to enter the additional die roll. For this example, you could enter "1d4[Guidance]" in the global checkbox's text field that you can enable when the character is under the effects of the Guidance spell. The word between the brackets becomes a label that can be seen when you mouse over the roll result in chat. While this Global Modifier is checked, every roll made from the Tool Proficiencies & Custom Skills block and the Skills block will add this modifier to the result.

5E OGL Sheet Tool Proficiencies.png

(15) Other Proficiencies & Languages

This block can be set up to be Compendium Compatible (where you can add repeating sections for individual items) or as one resizable free-text field to enter whatever you wish in here. If you don't feel the Tool Proficiency block is needed (as in, you don't feel like your party will ever have to roll individual tool sets), you can store a character's Tool Proficiencies here instead. There presently isn't a means to format the raw text (italicize, bold, font alignment, etc). You can adjust this block's behavior by going to the Settings Page of the sheet and going to the General Options block to change whether this block uses the Simple or Compendium Compatible layout.

When the Other Proficiencies & Languages block is made Compendium Compatible, each repeating field lists a Type selection field and a Proficiency text field. Type has the following options available from its drop-down selection menu: Language, Weapon, Armor, Other. 

5E OGL Sheet Proficiencies.png

(16) Equipment

The Equipment block at the bottom of the page has 2 different versions: a Simple version that features a single plain text field where you can track all of your equipment in any format you wish and a Compendium Compatible version that allows you to drag and drop items from the Compendium to automatically populate repeated sections for each individual piece of equipment.

To swap between the two different Equipment block versions, first, go to the sheet's Settings Page (gear icon at the top right of the page) and then to the "General Options" section. Here, on the field labeled "Inventory", you can select between "Simple" or "Compendium Compatible" respectively. As the name implies, if you want to be able to copy items directly from the Compendium using drag and drop, you must use the Compendium Compatible version. Dragging item entries from the Compendium to the character sheet will add it fully filled in the Equipment section as well as other automated actions described below.

Automated Compendium Functionality

If you populate the Equipment block by dragging and dropping Compendium items, there are several automatic features that occur when the entries you drag in our equipment items. Auto-Equip: Every item dragged to the sheet is automatically equipped in the Equipment Section

  • Weapons:  A weapon dragged in from the Compendium will add an attack in the Attacks and Spellcasting section for that item.
  • Armor: Armor that is dragged in from the Compendium will add its bonus to the Armor Class (while equipped) section. If you drag multiple pieces of armor to the same sheet and at least two armor entries are equipped at once, a warning will pop up in red at the top of the Equipment Block that the Armor Class isn't being correctly calculated because of the bonus overlap. This warning will disappear when you unequip down to a single set of armor.
  • Magical/Wondrous Items: Items that modify Attributes, Saves, AC, To Hit, Damage, Spell Attacks, and Spell DC will add that bonus to those elements on the sheet. In most cases, the attribute that is being modified will highlight in blue and followed with an asterisk to showcase that the attribute is being modified by an item. Mousing over the modified number will display the base value of that attribute before the item's modification is applied. This stat modification only applies if the item is equipped in the Equipment section and it will remove its bonus if it is unequipped.
  • Ammunition: Items dragged in from the Compendium that are used for ammunition such as arrows, bolts, darts, and sling stones, will automatically populate and link to an Other Resource field.

Manually Adding Items

You can also add items manually by hovering over the block and clicking the "Add" button (+ symbol). Each equipment entry, by default, show fields for quantity, name, and weight of an item. If you hover over a row and click the small "information" icon (grey-filled circle with a lowercase i centered in it) that appears at the bottom right of the entry you can also set some additional features.

  • Equipped Checkbox: The checkbox changes the appearance of the Item Name so it's easier to tell what your character currently has equipped from a glance. When left unchecked, the Item Name's font turns grey. When checked, the Item Name becomes a solid black.
  • Use As A Resource Checkbox: When checked, this will enable one of the Class Resource blocks and list the item name and its quantity within it. The quantity is tied between the two so changing it in one will be reflected in the other field after clicking outside the field.
  • PROP: This is a text field where you would take note of weapon properties such as finesseversatile, or light.
  • MODS: This is a text field where you would take note if an item (likely magical) would modify your stats in some fashion such as a character's Attributes, Saves, Skills, AC, To Hit, Damage, Spell Attacks, and Spell DC. If a stat is modified here, its attribute value will become highlighted in blue and adjusted by the supplied modifier listed here. An asterisk is appended to the right of the value to also signify that it has been modified by an item. While your mouse is hovering over the attribute, it will revert back to its unmodified total so you can refer back to its pre-modified value.
    • The format for a stat modification is stat name:n where n is the stat bonus (ex. Strength:21)
  • Description Field: This is a simple text field to include a description of the particular item and of any special qualities or effects it might have on the player.

Some if not all of these fields will be filled in automatically when adding from the Compendium (where applicable).

Both versions of the equipment field have the sections for each of the coins you may find on your adventures: copper(CP), silver(SP), electrum(EP), gold(GP), and platinum(PP).


If you are following Encumbrance rules, the Compendium Compatible Equipment block will automatically calculate and track the weight of your character's backpack if you enter the weight values for any of the items in your Equipment list. When your character becomes encumbered, and depending on its severity, the words ENCUMBERED, HEAVILY ENCUMBERED, or IMMOBILE will display in red underneath the TOTAL WEIGHT value. You can also choose to follow Simple, Variant Encumbrance rules, or not follow Encumbrance rules at all by toggling it off on the Settings Page under "General Options".

(The Equipment block of the PC Sheet)

(17) Features & Traits

The Features and Traits block is a great place to store special notes about your character or of a certain piece of equipment or ability. This block can be set up to be Compendium Compatible (where you can add repeating sections for individual items) or as one resizable free-text field to enter whatever you wish in here. You can adjust this block's behavior by going to the Settings Page of the sheet and going to the General Options block to change whether this block uses the Simple or Compendium Compatible layout. 

When adding items to the Compendium Compatible version of this block, you have the fields to Name the feature, a Source select field where you can choose between (Racial, Class, Feat, Background, or Other) , a text field to describe the Source Type, and then a multiline textbox for the feature's Description. Clicking on the gear icon in the top right corner of the item will lock/unlock the item's editability. When locked down, a chat bubble icon appears when you mouse over the feature/trait. Clicking on this icon will share this feature on the Chat tab.

There presently isn't a means to format the raw text (italicize, bold, font alignment, etc) of the Simple version or in the Description section of either version of the Features & Traits block.

(The Compendium Compatible itemized version of the Features & Traits section) 

Bio Page

The Bio page, opened by selecting "BIO" from the 4 buttons near the top right of the sheet, is comprised of free-form text fields that can be used to keep track of less "structured" information about your character. You can use this page to describe your character's appearance, keep track of who their allies are and what organizations they've worked for, and on this page is a section to supplement the inventory list, on the front page, with the "Treasure" section, where you can keep track of all the loot you find along your travels.

(The Bio Page of the PC Sheet)

Bio Header

The header of the Bio page contains the basic rundown of a character's physical appearance.

  • Character Name: This is carried over from every single PC Page and matches the character journal's name
  • Age: The character's current age
  • Size: The size classification for the race type (Medium for most cases)
  • Height: The character's height
  • Weight: The character's weight
  • Eyes: The character's eye color
  • Skin: The character's skin color
  • Hair: The character's hair color/style

5E OGL Sheet Bio Header.png

Character Appearance

While the Bio Header describes the bare bone physical characteristics of a PC, this field is for fleshing out the visual peculiarities and/or cues of your character. Does your character have a piercing gaze? A stooped posture? Are they fancily dressed or are their clothes moth-eaten? In essence, this field is for everything and anything one would note about the character–from the equipment or garb they wear to how they comport themselves.

Allies & Organization

This text field is for listing important or campaign relevant NPCs that the character may have a connection with. It's also for keeping track of faction allegiance. In the case of Dungeons & Dragons' Forgotten Realms world, a PC could be a member of the Harpers or the Emerald Enclave, among other major factions who are all vying for power of the continent.

Character Backstory

This field is for listing your character's pre-campaign history, their relations, and the pertinent places they have been to in the past.

Additional Features & Traits

This text field is a continuation of the Features & Traits section of the Core Page. The section on the Core Page is a good place for commonly utilized features of a character or briefly jotting down an abbreviated list. This field on the Bio page gives you more real estate to fully write down everything you need in whole.


This text field is where you can list all the loot you've collected while searching bodies and delving through dungeons. Since much of these effects are transient and are likely to be used, given away, or sold to the highest bidder at the earliest opportunity, this may be a preferable place to keep this list of items rather than adding them to the itemized Compendium Compatible Equipment section (if you have that version enabled).

Spell Page

The Spell page, opened by selecting the "SPELLS" button from the four buttons near the top right of the sheet, is used to keep track of all of the powerful magic at your character's fingertips.

Spell Page Header

On the Spells page Header, you can set the ability modifier that will be used for casting spells. Selecting the Spellcasting Ability block will allow you to select an attribute from a dropdown, and this will be used in all relevant spell rolls. This attribute will be set automatically when you select a spellcasting class. The next two blocks, the Save DC and Attack Bonus will be set automatically based on the class that is selected on the Core page.

5E OGL Sheet Spells Header.png

Spellcasting Ability

The Spellcasting Ability modifier will automatically update, depending on the class you select on the Core page, to the correct ability modifier for your class. If for some reason, you need to change this value you can click on the modifier listed in this section and it will give you a drop-down list of all available ability modifiers.

Spell Save DC & Attack

The Spell Save DC and Spell Attack Bonus sections cannot be changed manually, but are just a visual output of modifiers that will be happening behind the scenes. The Spell Attack Bonus is the number that will be added to all spell attack rolls, automatically.

The Spell Save DC refers to the Save DC that enemies will have to beat when they are trying to dodge/resist your incoming spells. Say, Fred the Sorcerer casts Lightning bolt, and his Spell Save DC is 14. Any enemies hit by his attack will have to make a DEX save and try to beat 14. If they manage to beat the attack, then they are only grazed and take half of the damage. If they don't beat 14, then they take the full damage of the attack instead.

  • DEVs, please note the WARLOCK spell slot tables are not loaded automatically like the Sorcerer & Wizard templates. Thank you.

Spell Levels & Spells Per Day

The main section of the Spells page lists 10 sections, ranging from 0 to 9, representing the Cantrips (0) and spells level 1 - 9 where the level of the spell is listed in the triangle on the left of each section header. The number in the left square of the header represents the total number of Spell Slots, in other words, the maximum number of times a spell of this level can be cast in between long rests. This number will be set automatically depending on the level of your character, but can be modified by clicking the up or down arrow or just entering a number in the space provided. The number in the right-most box in the headers is the Slots Remaining value that can be used for you to keep track of the number of times you've cast a spell at this level.

Adding Spells

When you drag spells from the Compendium to the sheet, a new spell entry will be added to the Spell Page under the appropriate level header. This will copy over all corresponding information linked to the spell, as well as creating an attack entry in the "Attacks & Spellcasting Block" on the "Core" page if the spell can be used as an attack. The name of the spell will be listed to the left of the entry and to the right are icons for whether the spell is a Ritual (R), requires Concentration (C), and lists whether there is a Verbal (V), Somatic (S), or Material (M). There is also a circle at the far left of the entry that can be toggled to be filled in with red or left empty. This toggle represents spells that are Prepared for the day and are available for a player's convenience to help track this.

You can manually add spells by selecting the "+" under any of the Spell Level headings. This will present you with a blank template where you can enter all of the information about a spell. By default, the spell card only contains non-attack information about a spell. If the spell IS an attack you can change the "Output" selector from "Spellcard" to "Attack", this will show some additional input fields to fill out the attack information about the spell. Switching this input will also add an attack entry to the "Attacks & Spellcasting" section on the "Core" page so this spell attack can also be cast from the main page. All of these sections are linked, so changing information in one place will also change the corresponding information in the other location. To save your edits, click on the gear icon at the upper right of the entry to collapse the spell entry.

You can edit any spell at any time, by hovering your mouse over the entry to make a gear icon appear on the left. Clicking on the gear will roll out the spell once more to be edited.

5E OGL Sheet Spell Icons.png

Settings Page

The Settings page, accessed by selecting the gear icon from the 4 buttons near the top right of the sheet, is where you can make changes to some parts of your character sheet that aren't represented on the other pages.

Class Options

In the class options section is where you have access to some important parts of your character, that usually are managed in the background. They are placed here so that, if needed they can be modified as well.

Hit Dice: This section will be set automatically depending on the class chosen on the Core page, but can be changed here by selecting the value and choosing a new one from the drop-down menu. This option is used whenever the "Hit Dice" section is used on the Core page.

Carrying Capacity Modifier: This modifier allows you to increase the weight that a character can carry before they become encumbered.

Global Magic Attack Modifier: This modifier will affect all spell attacks rolled from the sheet.

Magic Caster Level: By default, a character's caster level is tethered to their class level. This option allows you to set the caster level manually, so you can have it differ from the character's class level. This will automatically change the Spell Slots Total for each spell level on the Spell page.

Spell Save DC Mod: The Spell Save DC is normally a field you can't edit from the Spell page and is set by the character's class and level. This modifier allows you to alter that value.

Spell Icons: This option will allow you to choose to turn off all the Spell Icons (R, C, V, S, & M), show them all, or only display only the ritual and concentration icons.

Halfling Luck: Use this check box if your character is a Halfling that happens to take advantage of the Halfling Luck race feat. Using this feat will automatically re-roll any 1s rolled for attacks and skills or ability checks/saves.

Arcane Fighter/Rogue: These check boxes can be used to keep track of when your fighter or rogue classed character actually has access to spells.

Multiclass Options

If you are taking advantage of the 5e multiclassing you can keep track of it in this section. Any levels to your character's additional classes must be changed here, and will then be reflected in the header portion of the sheet. Once you've added additional classes in this section, any time you roll Hit Dice from the Core page it will ask you which classes hit dice you wish to use.

Note: Be sure to not re-include your main class in this section, or your final level calculation will be incorrect.

Custom Class Options

If you are playing a class that is not part of the OGL SRD you can input the important class information in this section, and checking the "Use Custom Class" checkbox will replace the main class selection with your custom built class.

Spell Slot Modifiers

This section allows you to manually modify how many spell slots your character has available for each spell level from 1 to 9.

Attribute Options

Attribute Modifiers: With this section, you can manually adjust the individual Attribute Scores for Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma.

Initiative Modifier: Usually, your initiative modifier is just based off of your DEX modifier, but if you happen to find a magical item that enhances these rolls this is where you will put that bonus. This modifier will be used whenever the "Initiative" section is rolled on the Core page.

Initiative Style: This setting allows you to select whether Initiative will be rolled with Advantage, Disadvantage, or rolled normally with a single d20 (default).

Add DEX Tiebreaker to Initiative: If you would like to enable a tiebreaker component to Initiative, this checkbox will enable adding your dexterity Attribute Score as a decimal value to your Initiative roll. So if you have a character with a dexterity attribute score of 14, your initiative modifier will change from a 2 to a 2.14.'

Global Armor Class Modifier: This setting will modify your armor class and will be taken into account regardless of the equipment the character uses.

Armor Class Tracking: There are three options available: The Automatic version that defaults to the sheet where it adds 10 + your DEX modifier and then takes any armor equipped into account. A Custom version which expands out a formula upon selection where you can input your own formula for armor tracking, or you can turn Off Armor Tracking entirely. When turned off, you will need to manually adjust the Armor Class field on the Core page.

Save Options

Save Modifiers: With this section, you can manually adjust the individual Save modifiers for Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma.

Death Save Modifier: A normal death save is usually just a D20 against a dc of 10, but if you're lucky enough to have a bonus to death saves, this is where you will put your bonuses. This modifier will be represented any time a "Death Save" is rolled from the Core page.

Global Saving Throw Modifier: If you have an effect that would modify all saving throws, this option makes it easier to adjust your Save modifiers than having to go in and change each one individually. This modifier will be used every time any save is rolled from the sheet.

Skill Options

If your class offers the ability to achieve "Expertise" in a skill, or if you are using a Bard with the "Jack of All Trades" feat, this is where you will make these adjustments. There is also a section to add flat modifiers to any of your skills if your character has an archetype ability like Remarkable Athlete or a feat that adds a flat bonus to a skill. You can add expertise to any skill by clicking the value next to it and choosing "Expertise" from the drop-down menu. If your Bard has the Jack of All Trades feat, you can check the checkbox at the bottom of this section and it will automatically give half of your character's proficiency points to any skill check that doesn't have full proficiency.

Passive Perception Modifier: This option will add a bonus to a character's Passive Perception which is not something you can change directly from the Core page of the sheet.

General Options

The General Options section has some important options that deal more with how the sheet works, rather than actual character creation. Most importantly, the NPC checkbox at the top, which will change the sheet to be the NPC version which is shaped to more easily track an NPC's information.

Roll Queries - Always/Toggle/Query/Never Roll Advantage: This option will change how advantage is rolled for all attacks. It defaults to always roll advantage, which means that every time an attack is rolled it will roll twice and present the outcome of both rolls. This is useful for both advantage and disadvantage, otherwise, you can just choose either the left or the right to be the default roll. Toggle adds a set of buttons at the top of the sheet to manually switch your advantage options between rolls. If Query is chosen, every time a roll is made it will ask you whether or not it's advantage. If Never is chosen, then it will always roll just a single dice per attack roll.

Whisper Rolls to GM: Like above, you have the option to Never/Toggle/Query/Always whisper rolls to the GM. When this option is enabled, the attack roll will only be whispered to the GM and not made public.

Auto Damage Roll: By default, damage rolls will not be rolled automatically, but only when you click the attack in the chat window. This is useful because you can choose to only roll damage when an attack hits. Using this option you can make the character always roll damage with every attack.

Core Die Roll: You can change the core die (by default it is 1d20) to something else entirely here.

Proficiency Bonus: By default, the character's Proficiency Bonus is calculated by class level. This setting allows you choose to calculate this bonus via By Level (the default), via a Proficiency Die as described in the Dungeon Master's Guide, or a Custom calculation which rolls out a field to enter a roll formula for the bonus.

Global Save/Skill/Attack/Damage Modifier Field: This series of checkboxes will add new entries to the Saving Throws, Tools Proficiencies & Custom Skills, and Attacks & Spellcasting blocks respectively to add global modifiers (like if a character is under the effects of a Bless or Guidance spell). Each entry will have a Global label in grey at the bottom of its entry and a field to enter the modifier bonus. If you include a word in brackets with the bonus formula (ex. "1d4[Bless]"), the word enclosed in the brackets will appear when you mouse over a roll to see it's formula.

Add Character Name to Templates: This option allows you to turn this on or off. When it is on, the character's name is listed in the roll template when rolls are made from the sheet. If the character sheet in question is for an NPC, you will likely want to have this off so the rolls don't accidentally show your hand of what sort of monster your party is facing. This setting is off by default.

Auto Level Calculations: This option allows you to turn this on or off. When it is on, adjusting the character's class level will automatically update the character's proficiency bonus, Hit Dice, and spell Slot totals (if the class is a spellcaster).

Encumbrance: This option dictates how encumbrance is handled on the Equipment block of the Core page. This requires your Inventory to be set to "Compendium Compatible" to automatically calculate and track the weight of your character's backpack if you enter the weight values for any of the items in your Equipment list. When your character becomes encumbered, and depending on its severity, the words ENCUMBERED, HEAVILY ENCUMBERED, or IMMOBILE will display in red underneath the TOTAL WEIGHT value. This setting has three options: Simple Encumbrance Rules, Variant Encumbrance Rules, or not follow Encumbrance rules at all by toggling it off from this.

Inventory: This option allows you to either have your Equipment block be "Compendium Compatible" or "Simple". The Simple version of the Equipment block will give you a single text field to log your inventory. The Compendium Compatible version tracks weight, quantity, and attack options in an itemized list for every equipment item you add to the block.

Features & Traits: This option can set the Features & Traits block to be either a single text field or a repeated section that will be Compendium Compatible to list traits and features in an itemized list.

Proficiencies & Languages: This option can set the Proficiencies & Languages block to be either a single text field or a repeated section that will be Compendium Compatible to list traits and features in an itemized list.

Presently, the Compendium for the 5E OGL does not have anything that can be dragged into the Features & Traits and Proficiencies & Languages blocks yet, but these sheet features have been added to accept content from future Compendium expansions.

Ammo Tracking (API Required): When using the 5th Edition OGL Companion API Script in your game (Pro Subscriber feature), you can set attacks to weapons using ammunition to automatically subtract from their tally in their Resource block. So if your character is equipped with a bow, rolling its attack will automatically remove an arrow from its Resource block.

Transition Options

If your campaign previously used the Community Contributed or Shaped Legacy 5th Edition Character Sheets and you are swapping over to this one, we have an automated conversion tool that will clear or merge elements leftover from those two sheets. This procedure can only be done once and can not be undone. It is recommended that you make a copy of your campaign first before attempting a sheet transition.

There is also a checkbox that hides this feature entirely from the sheet. If you hide this by mistake, you can gain access to it again by creating a new character journal.

The NPC Sheet

One of the most useful parts of the Roll20 5E OGL Character Sheet is that it contains both a PC sheet AND an NPC sheet. An NPC doesn't normally require the depth a PC sheet needs, so the NPC sheet is a much more slimmed down character sheet that doesn't require multiple pages like its PC counterpart. You can access this version of the sheet by going to the Settings Page, by clicking the gear icon near the top right of the sheet, and then checking the NPC checkbox. This will switch the sheet to the NPC version. You can switch back at any time by unchecking the NPC option under General Options on the new page.

NPC Options

This is the area where all of the NPC's stats will be entered, it covers everything from the NPC's name, to how strong or quick or smart it is, to what languages it speaks. Most of the fields in this section are just text fields used to keep track of information about the NPC. All of the information entered in these fields will be visible in the stat block once the NPC options are hidden.

Any text that appears in light grey is placeholder text. It's there to offer you an example of what the content would be for any given field.

By default, no skill or ability checks will show up in the NPC's stat block. Once you've added a value to the corresponding skill or ability save, they will appear. If for some reason the NPC will have to make a check with a skill or ability it does not have any bonus in, you can enter a 0 as the modifier for that check and it will add it to the list in the stat block below.

The XP of an NPC auto-calculates based on its given challenge rating.

If the NPC is a spell caster, you can check the checkbox beside SPELLCASTING NPC and this will add a spell list section that utilizes the spell list and its functionality from the PC version of the sheet.

At default, you can add Traits and Actions in their respective places after the Challenge Rating and XP area of the Stat Block. For Reactions and Legendary Actions, you need to enable them from the NPC Options section. For Reactions, check off the HAS REACTIONS checkbox. This will add a new section to the Stat Block for you to add Reactions to. If an NPC is a monster with Legendary Actions then you must enter the number of actions that monster has access to each turn in the LEGENDARY ACTIONS: field. Once you add a number here, an additional section will appear in the stat block below, where you can add the specific legendary actions that the monster is able to do.

The NPC sheet supports Compendium drag & drop. If you want to add a new monster to your game just drag the monster from the Compendium tab of the Sidebar and drop it to anywhere on the Tabletop. This will automatically create a new journal entry named the same as the Compendium entry and will copy all of the information on that compendium page directly into the new sheet. If you have purchased any of the Compendium expansions that expands on the available NPCs like the Monster Manual or Volo's Guide to Monster, a token of that NPC will be added to the Tabletop that will have its stats automatically set and linked to the new journal entry.

If you already have a journal entry in your Journal Tab with the exact same name as the Compendium entry, the drag and drop will not work as this automation will stop to prevent overwriting existing content the user has already created. If dragging and dropping an NPC Compendium page does not create a journal entry, run a search for that NPC's name in your Journal to see if an entry already exists. If you do not want to delete the older entry, renaming it will allow the drag and drop to work as expected.

(The NPC Options Section)

General Options

Within the NPC Options section, directly below the Legendary Actions field, is the General Options that are featured on the PC Sheet: NPC checkbox, WHISPER ROLLS TO GM, and the AUTO DAMAGE ROLL options.

  • NPC checkbox

Unchecking the NPC checkbox from here will revert the sheet back to the PC Sheet.

Hiding NPC Options

Once all of the desired information has been entered, you can click the gear icon at the top right to hide this section. This leaves behind just the NPC's stat block where you can make all of your rolls from. You can re-open this section to edit the information at any time by clicking on the gear icon again. It's in the same location regardless if you're looking at NPC Options or the NPC stat block.

The NPC Stat Block

Following NPC Options is the NPC Stat Block that is built off of what you input in the NPC Options section. This area may look very similar to a stat block you may find in a monster bestiary or published adventure.

Any section of the stat block that has a corresponding roll will have clickable text. For example, if the NPC has to make a CON check, you can click the CON attribute to roll a CON check with all of the required modifiers automatically included. If you added a value to one of the skill modifier fields then that skill will show up in the NPC's "Saving Throws" list where you can click it to make a saving throw roll using that skill's modifier.

The first section of the Stat Block mirrors all the information you added in the NPC Options section. This content is meant exclusively for rolling and can not be edited directly. You will need to change them from the NPC Options section.

(An NPC stat block for a griffon)


Traits are pieces of information about an NPC that isn't covered by the NPC options section. These are entered directly onto the NPC's stat block. If you click the "+" button that appears right below the "Senses/Languages/Challenge Rating" section it will add a blank entry where you can add a single trait for that NPC. Each Trait Entry features a bold title field which is then followed by a larger text box for the description of the trait. You can add any number of Traits for any NPC.


NPC actions can be used for any number of things. Each entry initially offers an Action Name field as well as a large text field for the Action description. The checkbox for ATTACK, once checked, adds more structured data fields needed for an attack roll (Type, Range/Reach, To Hit bonus, Target, Damage Roll, and Damage Type). To add a new entry you will select the "+" button that appears below the Actions section. Once all of this is complete you can click the gear icon at the top of this entry to hide the input fields, leaving just the action text. You can show this information, or roll the attack, in the chatbox by clicking the text for the action. If you need to make further modifications to any action you can hover over the row you wish to edit, then click on the gear icon again. This will show all of the action information input fields again. You can add any number of Actions for any NPC.


Once enabled from the NPC Options section, a new heading labeled "Reactions" and its relevant section is added to the stat block that allows you to add Reactions. These entries operate just like Traits.


Once enabled from the NPC Options section, a new heading labeled "Spells" and its relevant section is added to the stat block that allows you to add Spells. These entries will operate identically to how Spells are added and handled on the PC Sheet with the one noted exception that there is only a single column of spell entries. You can drag spells from the Compendium to add spell entries just like you would with the PC's Spell sheet. Any and all spells added to the character sheet are shared between the NPC and the PC versions.

Legendary Actions

If a number value is added to the LEGENDARY ACTIONS field in the NPC Options section, the Legendary Actions heading and section is added at the very bottom of the stat block and lists some verbiage on how many actions are available to be used on a given turn. This number is dictated by what you entered in the NPC Options. These entries operate the same way as Traits.

Rolling for Initiative for NPCs

There are two ways to roll for Initiative on the NPC sheet. You can click on the NPC's Name to roll for Initiative or you can roll from the die icon labeled INIT that is listed to the right of the Armor Class and Hit Points section of the NPC sheet, towards the top. If you have the Turn Tracker tool open, having the NPC token selected while rolling Initiative will automatically add the NPC and its initiative roll to the tracker. Creatures on the GM layer that are added to the tracker in this fashion will have their entries hidden from the players.

You can also create a global Macro that will pop up as a Token Action button in the upper left-hand corner of the tabletop every time a token is selected. This will allow you to roll without looking at the NPC sheet at all. The macro formula should look just like this:


Advanced Use

Custom Skills and Stats

You can set up any number of custom skills or rolls from the Tool Proficiencies section just underneath the skill section on the Core tab. The Resources section is also useful for tracking custom stats to your campaign, game setting, or home-brew rules. There are also various options available from the Settings page to modify attributes, skills, saves, spells, and more.

Dynamic References to Repeating Sections

A useful way for GMs and Players to reference their abilities is by dynamically setting up a handful of macros that can be used on a token linked to a character, rather than having to roll directly from the sheet. To do this, you'll set up a global macro from the main settings tab, from the chat pane, in the upper right-hand corner of the application. The example we'll be using today is setting up the 1st NPC action: %{selected|repeating_npcaction_$0_npc_action}. Now, whenever you use this macro it will roll the first NPC action of whichever NPC token you have selected. You can set up a roll for each action by incrementing the 0 by 1 for each action you wish to add (I.E. $1, $2, $3). Here is a list of important repeating section rolls and their formulas:

  • NPC Actions%{selected|repeating_npcaction_$0_npc_action}
  • NPC Legendary Actions%{selected|repeating_npcaction-l_$0_npc_action}
  • NPC Spells%{selected|repeating_spell-npc_$0_spell}
  • Player Attack/Spell%{selected|repeating_attack_$0_attack}
  • Tool/Custom Skill%{selected|repeating_tool_$0_tool}
  • Spellbook Cantrip%{selected|repeating_spell-cantrip_$0_spell}
  • Spellbook Level 1%{selected|repeating_spell-1_$0_spell}
  • Spellbook Level 2%{selected|repeating_spell-2_$0_spell}
  • Spellbook Level 3%{selected|repeating_spell-3_$0_spell}
  • Spellbook Level 4%{selected|repeating_spell-4_$0_spell}
  • Spellbook Level 5%{selected|repeating_spell-5_$0_spell}
  • Spellbook Level 6%{selected|repeating_spell-6_$0_spell}
  • Spellbook Level 7%{selected|repeating_spell-7_$0_spell}
  • Spellbook Level 8%{selected|repeating_spell-8_$0_spell}
  • Spellbook Level 9%{selected|repeating_spell-9_$0_spell}

Directly Referencing Attributes

You can discover the name of most of the attributes in the sheet by hovering over them. After a couple of seconds, a title will pop up and tell you how to reference them. You can call attributes in a roll by adding a "@{name}" code. For example, you could roll a 1d20 and add your strength modifier by rolling/r 1d20+@{strength_mod}. Here is a list of some of the more important stats:

strength, strength_mod, strength_save_bonus
dexterity, dexterity_mod, dexterity_save_bonus
constitution, constitution_mod, constitution_save_bonus
intelligence, intelligence_mod, intelligence_save_bonus
wisdom, wisdom_mod, wisdom_save_bonus
charisma, charisma_mod, charisma_save_bonus
perception_bonus, passive_wisdom
hp, hp|max, hp_temp
hit_dice, hit_dice|max, hitdietype
spell_save_dc, spell_attack_bonus
lvl1_slots_total, lvl1_slots_expended
lvl2_slots_total, lvl2_slots_expended
lvl3_slots_total, lvl3_slots_expended
lvl4_slots_total, lvl4_slots_expended
lvl5_slots_total, lvl5_slots_expended
lvl6_slots_total, lvl6_slots_expended
lvl7_slots_total, lvl7_slots_expended
lvl8_slots_total, lvl8_slots_expended
lvl9_slots_total, lvl9_slots_expended

Note: anything with the Suffix of |max requires some form of Prefix, such as selected| making the call for such a thing look something along the lines of @{selected|hp|max}. The |max Suffix specifically calls the box on the right of the selected Attribute's Line, for example, you could fill in the Weight Total's 2nd Box with@{strength}*15 & whenever you call @{selected|weighttotal|max} it will tell you your 5e standard Maximum Carry Capacity for your current Strength Score.

Custom AC Items

You can add pieces to your inventory and manually give them AC or magic bonuses that will figure into their calculations automatically. Inside the item options is a section for "MODS:". Add Ac +1 to add an armor class bonus.

Roll Templates

The 5th Edition OGL Character Sheet also includes a series of Roll Templates that you can use to dress up your own custom macros. Roll Templates provide additional layout and styling options for the display of roll results.

For a full list of available roll templates, see the 5e OGL Roll Templates page.

Magic Missile Spell

The Roll20 Compendium entry for the Magic Missile spell uses the damage of 3d4+3 as its base. This damage output includes all three magic missiles generated at 1st level. This decision was made so that Magic Missile functions the same as all other spells, where you only have to roll the spell a single time to see the output of its damage, rather than three times (once for each missile). If you need to determine the order of damage per missile, you can hover over the damage output in the chat pane to see what each dice rolled and in what order. This is true for the damage output as well as Higher Casting damage.

If you would like the Magic Missile spell set up to roll only 1d4+1 per roll, you can set up a version of the Magic Missile spell that has a DAMAGE section of 1d4 + 1 and no HIGHER LVL CAST DMG or AT HIGHER LEVELS data.

Note: Whilst the above paragraphs are wonderful examples of performing the action which they describe, almost 2 years ago, Jeremy E. Crawford pointed out that Magic Missile falls under the "Roll once for all Damage" category in the PHB Page 196 Damage section, so, by R.A.W. it should technically be:

[[((1d4+1) *(2 +?{Cast at what level?}))]]

Although he also pointed out that R.A.I. is you decide which method to use.

By Proxy, this ruling should also be applied to Eldritch Blast. Would someone please let the Sheet Author know this, as well as ask the Sheet Author to include floor() & ceil() in the preview calculations of the Repeating Weapons List the same way they included round(), & Fix the Spellcasting Ability's "+" at the end of the Stat (eg: " @{charisma_mod}+ ")? --Blue64 )

Clarification regarding the above: Eldritch Blast actually makes up to four consecutive attack rolls, each one getting its own damage roll. Magic Missile acts the way it does because it does not use attack rolls, meaning it only rolls damage once (like spells with saving throws instead of attack rolls).(correction Eldritch Blast qualifies --Blue64 )

P. S. The Picture is outdated, there is no longer a "Prep" Checkbox, instead it is "Clicking" on the Red Dot / Empty Circle to the Left of the Spell Name at the bottom of the Image there to denote if the Spell is Prepared or not (they went "Intuitive").

To automatically use higher-level spell slots with Magic Missile, you have to write a 0 into the HIGHER LVL DAMAGE CAST section of the spell and select any roll. It will show the box for selecting higher-level spell slots when launching Magic Missile and since it multiplies the higher level damage cast by 0, the added roll doesn't show up in the chat, making it a 1 roll for all while using any level spell slot.

(The Magic Missile Spell)

Utilizing the 5th Edition OGL Companion API Script

In addition to the Roll20 5th Edition OGL Character Sheet, there is also the 5th Edition OGL Companion API Script. API Scripts allow for greater customization and functionality to how Roll20 operates beyond what it can do at default

Installing & creating API Scripts is a Roll20 Pro-only feature. In order to be able to access these advanced scripts, the GM of the campaign must be a PRO subscriber and enable it for their campaign.

How to Add the API Script to your Game

If you have a PRO account, you can install the API script by going to your game's Campaign Page and clicking on the Settings button, and then choosing API Scripts. This brings you to the API Scripts page for your current game. The Companion Script is part of the One-Click Community API Installation options. Under the Script Library tab, there is a drop-down menu that lists all the available community-created scripts. Scroll down till you find the System Toolbox category and select the "5th Edition OGL by Roll20 Companion" script. The version number, the script's author, and a brief description of what the script does will appear right below the drop-down menu once it is selected. Below that, click on the blue "Add Script" button to add the script to your game.

List of API commands for the 5th Edition OGL Companion API Script

  • !5ehelp - Gives a list of the script's API commands in the chat tab.
  • !5estatus - Lists the current status of the script's features in the chat tab.
  • !ammotracking on/off/quiet - Automatically expends linked resource when attack is made
  • !autonpctoken on/off - Automatically generates a NPC token on the GM's screen based on the default token when an NPC's health calculation is rolled
  • !deathsavetracking on/off/quiet - Automatically ticks off successes and failures when death saves are rolled, clearing on death, stabilization, or hp recovery
  • !longrest <character name> - This will add Hit Dice recover and if spelltracking is on, this command will reset all of the character's spell slots to unspent.
  • !npchp <character name> - Rolls NPC hit point totals using their formula and updates the token bar. If no character name is provided it will roll the selected tokens.
  • !spelltracking on/off/quiet - Automatically expends spell charges as cast, factoring in higher level casting, and spells marked as Rituals will not spend a spell slot.


  • on - Toggles the functionality on (default)
  • off - Disables the functionality
  • quiet - Maintains functionality while preventing results from being output to the chat.

Automatic Ammunition Tracking

Step by Step Tutorial

Automatic Ammunition Track is a feature that requires the above Companion API Script. Once installed, follow these instructions to enable automatic ammunition tracking in your game:

This example sets up a Longbow with a quiver of Arrows to track.

  1. On the Settings (Gear Icon) tab of a character sheet, under GENERAL OPTIONS, make sure that the INVENTORY option is set to "Compendium Compatible" and not "Simple".
  2. While still under GENERAL OPTIONS, set the AMMO TRACKING feature to ON.
  3. Create manually or drag a missile weapon (ex. Longbow) from the Compendium to your sheet.
  4. Create manually or drag a missile type (Arrows) from the compendium to your sheet
  5. Expand the missile type (Arrows) by clicking on the "I" information icon that appears when hovering the mouse over the item.
  6. Select the USE AS RESOURCE checkbox. (ammunition items dragged from the Compendium will have this option automatically checked off)
  7. On the CORE tab, expand the missile weapon (Long Bow) in the ATTACKS & SPELLCASTING section by clicking on the gear icon that appears when hovering over the attack.
  8. In the AMMUNITION section put the exact name of the ammunition resource (Arrows). If you want to spend more than one piece of ammunition per shot you want to add the number of pieces after the name of the ammunition resource and a comma. (ex. Arrows,2 )

Now, any time the missile weapon (Longbow) is rolled, a piece of ammunition will automatically be spent and the chat will make note. Additionally, after the first time, the missile weapon is used the AMMUNITION section will update with the ID of the resource repeating section, this is normal and expected.

Automatic Spell Slot Tracking

Automatic Spell Slot Tracking is a feature that requires the above Companion API Script. Once installed, follow these instructions to enable automatic spell slot tracking in your game:

  • In the chat input area of the Sidebar, type !5estatus and press Enter, to check if spelltracking is set to 'on'.
  • If not, type !spelltracking on and press Enter to activate this feature.
  • Alternatively, you may type !spelltracking quiet and press Enter to activate this feature, while preventing spelltracking messages from being displayed in the chat.

Once the Spell Slot Tracking has been activated, each time a spell is cast:

  1. The number of cast spells of the appropriate level is updated in the Spell tab of the character sheet (see Spell Levels & Spells Per Day).
  2. A message is output in the chat, displaying the spell level, the number of available spell slots and the number of used spell slots for this level.
  3. Spell slots decrement as spells are cast.
  4. Spells that are marked as a Ritual do not affect the tally of spell slots when cast.

At any time, you can manually adjust this count directly in the Spell Page of the character sheet.

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