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5E in most contexts refers to Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition. DnD5E and D&D5E are other two common acronyms for the game.

This is a general guide to playing DnD5E on Roll20 and the available character sheets that is suitable for it. See DnD for info on other editions of Dungeons & Dragons.


Character Sheets

These are the four available 5E sheet, starting from the most popular and use sheets. D&D 5E by Roll20 is by far the most used, but there are still a good number of user for the other sheets, especially the Shaped sheet. The Scrolls-sheet is likely a good option for those who want use a simple sheet.

D&D 5E by Roll20

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D&D 5E by Roll20 (previously known as the "5th Edition OGL" sheet), is the Official 5E character sheet, and is by far the most used character sheet on Roll20. It includes the Charactermancer. All game modules and adventures are designed to be compatible with this sheet. There is good user support for working with this sheet on the Roll20 forums and social media. Receives updates almost daily.

API Support (Pro subscription required): The official script offers spell tracking and limited resource tracking (ammo), as well as long rest automation. There are a lot of user-submitted scripts that specifically add functionality to this sheet.

In most cases when people don't mention which sheet (or game system) they use, one can mostly assume this is the one they are using.

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D&D 5E (Shaped)


D&D 5E (Shaped), (AKA. just the "Shaped sheet"), is the second most popular 5E character sheet on Roll20. It has lot of automation, and customization options. Good integration with the 5e Compendium, but lacks Charactermancer support. Supports 5e modules created by Roll20, but may become less compatible over time. Last updated In August 2019.

API Support (Pro subscription required): The robust companion script for this sheet offers a wealth of automation, including clickable statblock macros, spell management, monster import and much more. Spell and monster data is primarily limited to the SRD. There are a handful of user-submitted scripts that specifically augment this sheet.

D&D 5E (Community Contributed)


D&D 5E (Community Contributed) was created by John Myles and is one of the oldest character sheets on Roll20, and still has its users. Last updated in March 2018.

D&D 5E (Scrolls)


A 5E sheet created by Chris Hall. Is designed to be flexible, memorable, and easy to use. Last updated in December 2016.

Other 5E-based sheets

There are a good number of other sheet, for games or homebrew based on the (D&D 5E) rules framework.


  • D&D 5E (Darker Dungeons) - A flexible character sheet compatible with D&D 5e and Giffyglyph's Darker Dungeons-ruleset.
  • Star Wars 5e - a sheet made for playing the Star Wars 5E homebrew conversion of D&D5E
  • Mass Effect - a supposed 5E conversion of a Mass Effect game, but the sheet doesn't seem to work.
  • Unofficial Elder Scrolls Tabletop - Compatible for use with the UESTRPG conversion of DnD5E.


See 5E Macros for various macros and examples.

Macro Guide is great for creating your own macros.


There exists a good number of API that are suited for enhancing a 5E game, and 5E is the system that has most API made specifically for it, most intended to be used with the D&D 5E by Roll20 sheet.

Free Content


DnD5E Compendium contains free content from the SRD, such as a number of basic monsters, spells, items & character creation options & rules. If you want more content, you can buy the or .

See i Compendium for how it can be used.


There are a number of free adventures for 5E:

These are available in the sidebar when you create a new campaign.

In 2020, during Roll20's "Play at Home" promotion, LMoP and some other content was also free for a limited time.


5E is the game system with most game content on the marketplace, both with longer campaign modules, shorter adventures, settings books etc., by both and third party publishers.

There exists a couple of book bundles that can save you money, such as that gets you the , , and the

Some modules can be used for creating new games but also have a compendium that makes it easier to access content both in that game as well as be used in any other games you run. Older modules, such as don't have compendiums(these where created before Compendiums existed on Roll20, and haven't been retroactively reworked to have them).

is a module that consists of the "Hoard of the Dragon Queen" &

"Rise of Tiamat" Modules, along with a unified compendium, token set, and Original Battle Encounter Maps, exclusive to Roll20.

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