D&D 5e Charactermancer

Do you want to easily create or level-up characters for your Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition game? With the D&D 5e Charactermancer, you can do just that! This article provides a basic rundown on the Charactermancer and its features. You can use the Charactermancer on a brand new character, or an already-existing character in your D&D 5e campaign.

Creating Character Sheets Fast with the Charactermancer

This tutorial is all about the Roll20 Charactermancer. We provide a Charactermancer walkthrough using D&D 5e and show you how to level up, create an NPC sheet, and edit a character sheet directly. 

How do I use the Charactermancer for a new character?

When you create or open a new character for the first time in your Journal, click the Character Sheet tab. You will automatically be directed to the Charactermancer. If you don't wish to use the Charactermancer at this time, you can click the X icon in the upper right corner of the window or the Cancel button.

How do I use the Charactermancer for an existing character?

From the Character Sheet tab, click the Gear icon to go to the character sheet settings. Scroll down to the Launch Charactermancer button and click it. The Charactermancer will launch. If you had already ran the Charactermancer before and saved the character, your previous Charactermancer information will still be in the Charactermancer. If you had not run it before, you'll start at the Welcome slide.

How do I disable the Charactermancer?

You can disable the Charactermancer for your game so that it doesn't automatically launch for new characters.

  • Go to the Game Settings page and click the drop-down for Default Sheet Settings.
  • Find the setting marked "Use Level 1 Charactermancer for New Characters" and select "No."
  • Scroll to the bottom of the Game Settings page and click "Save Changes".

You can exit out of the Charactermancer by clicking the Cancel button. Click "Discard and Exit" to dismiss the Charactermancer without saving any changes.

How do I navigate through the Charactermancer?

The Charactermancer is organized in "slides" which walk you through the character creation process. However, you can skip around the process using the buttons at the top of the window. Clicking any navigation button will save your progress.

The Back button takes you back to the last slide, according to the top bar. Note that this might not be the last slide you visited. 

The Next button takes you to the next slide in the top bar.

The Back to Top button scrolls to the top of the Charactermancer window. This is helpful if you are at the bottom of the window and want to quickly go to the top to navigate to another slide.

The Cancel button opens a dialog box to close the Charactermancer:

  • Discard and Exit: Discards all your Charactermancer choices and closes the Charactermancer window. When you relaunch Charactermancer, it will be as if you had never opened it.
  • Save and Exit: Saves your Charactermancer choices and closes the Charactermancer window. When you relaunch the Charactermancer, it will open on the slide you were last working on.
  • Continue Charactermancer: Closes the cancel dialog box and returns you to the Charactermancer.

If you close the Charactermancer window using the "X" in the top right corner of the window, the choices you had saved will still be there. However, if you close the Charactermancer window, any changes you made to the current slide will be lost.

The Apply Changes button only displays on the Review slide, and only if you have completed all required fields in all of the other Charactermancer slides. When you click it, all of your existing character sheet data will be overwritten with the data you put into the Charactermancer.

Are you a new D&D Player?

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.

What are each of the Charactermancer sections for?

Required Fields
Welcome Welcome to the Charactermancer. Some information on how to use it.  
Race Race and racial options for your character. Sub-race for your character. Race, Sub-race: If the race you select has a sub-race, such as High Elf for Elf, or Variant Human for Human, you must make a selection. Not all races have a sub-race option.
Class Class and class options for your character. Sub-race for your character. Class, Sub-class: If the class you select has a class option, such as Sorcerous Origin for Sorcerer, you must make a selection. Not all classes have a sub-class option at level 1.
Abilities Generate ability scores for your character. Ability Score Method: Select a method for generating your ability scores:
  • Standard Array: A standard set of ability scores you can assign to your stats.
  • Roll for Stats: Roll 4d6 and drop the lowest, then assign to your stats. Your roll will be sent to the chat window.
  • Point Buy: Spend 27 points using the point-buy method (higher level stats cost more).
  • Custom: Enter your stats individually. This is useful if your DM has a different dice roll method, or if you are transferring a character from a different character creation session.
  • Ability Scores: All of the individual scores are required.
Background Background and background options for your character. Background
Equipment Equipment selections based on class and background, or rolled starting gold. Equipment method: Class equipment or starting gold. If you choose to roll for starting gold, your roll will be sent to the chat window.
Spells Starting spells for your spellcasting character, based on spells known, or spell slots per day. If your Class has spellcasting, spells are required

If you change character class from one spellcaster to another, you will be prompted at the end to select spells again.

Feats Feat selection for your character. If your character has feats available, Feats are required.
Bio Physical description If already present, this information is loaded from the character sheet, and will overwrite the Bio tab on the character sheet. It is not required.
Review Displays the selections you've made for your character, and includes warning for any missing required information. All required sections must be filled out elsewhere in the Charactermancer before the Apply Changes button at the bottom of the Charactermancer window will be available.


When you are done, navigate to the Review slide, read over your choices, and click "Apply Changes."

Does the Charactermancer support Feats?

The Charactermancer D&D 5e has been recently updated to provide the ability to accept feats when leveling characters.

At this time only some feats are supported:

  • Durable
  • Elemental Adept
  • Elven Accuracy
  • Flames of Phlegethos
  • Friend of the Forest
  • Linguist
  • Magic Initiate
  • Martial Adept
  • Orcish Fury
  • Prodigy
  • Resilient
  • Ritual Caster
  • Skilled
  • Spell Sniper
  • Squat Nimbleness
  • Star and Shadow Casting
  • Tough
  • Weapon Master
  • Wood Elf Magic

What are the special buttons for the Charactermancer?

Start Slide: This is a button to never use Charactermancer for that character. If you click this option and you later want to use the Charactermancer, you can launch it from the character sheet settings (the "gear" icon).

Review Slide: The Apply Changes button only displays on the Review slide, and only if you have completed all required fields in all of the other Charactermancer slides. When you click it, all of your existing character sheet data will be deleted and the data from Charactermancer will overwrite it.

What are the Charactermancer limitations?

The Charactermancer (5e OGL) has some known limitations and issues. For both, please see the Charactermancer (5e OGL) Bug Report Thread in the forums, which has a Known Issues list and is where you are encouraged to report any bugs you find when using the Charactermancer.

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