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D&D 5E – Character Sheet – Autofill (rev4)


Revised Auto-fill Character Sheet for Dungeons and Dragons 5e.

You can download this free character sheet here: 5-0-character-sheet-rrh-fillable-rev4d.pdf

[Download the newest version here. ]

I think that I have fixed the problem with vanishing test! If you have had problems with this character sheet, please download this revised version.

There is a post with box-by-box instructions on how to fill out the Character Sheet HERE.

I revised the weapons areas and the special features section on the second page.

The weapon boxes are no longer labeled “Melee Weapon” and “Ranged Weapon”. Any box can be used for ether.  You select to use a Strength or Dexterity ability bonus. For two weapon fighting, you can remove the ability bonus for damage. You can now add a separate bonus (or penalty) to attack or damage. The damage dice box is big enough to list two damage amounts (for versatile weapons).

I removed the notes section on the second page to allow more room for trait and feature descriptions.

91 responses to “D&D 5E – Character Sheet – Autofill (rev4)

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  2. Patrick Johnson February 14, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    In the “Background” section, there is an anomoly. There are a bunch of dots that take up various sections of the typing space. Am I missing something, or is there a way around this?

    • Ronny February 14, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      What PDF reader are you using? It sounds like the one you are using is highlighting the existing fields with dotted lines around them. See if there is an option to turn this feature off. Or you could download the latest Adobe Reader (it is free) and try it. If you are then still experiencing this problem, let me know and I will see what I can do.

      • Anonymous February 16, 2015 at 2:56 am

        I believe this happens (lots of dots) when you are missing a font. I get a “missing font” popup when opening the sheet (on OSX and Windows).
        Also, I can’t seem to enter some weapon information. “Damage dice”, “Reach or Range”, “Type” will not store any value (I type them in, they disappear)

      • Ronny February 16, 2015 at 9:33 am

        I can’t duplicate any of your problems. I am on Windows 8.1. I don’t have access to a computer with OSX. If anyone else is having any of these problems, or have any suggestions, please chime in here. Please, if you do fine a solution, let me know.

      • Anonymous February 20, 2015 at 12:45 pm

        I am having the same issue, pop-up stating a missing font: CooperBlackSTD. Form filled with dots and other odd artifacts. Very annoying. I just installed the latest version of Adobe Reader on Windows 7, same issue😦

      • Shane February 23, 2015 at 1:02 am

        Ronny, I’ve got the same issue with the CooperBlackSTD font missing and the dots. Plus the DMG dice will not enter. On my DM’s PC running Windows 7 Home Premium and the latest version of Adobe Reader. Wonder if we can Download the font some how? But that wouldn’t account for the information fields not filling.

      • Ronny February 23, 2015 at 9:10 am

        I just uploaded a new version of the file. I replaced some fonts and embedded the others. Please download this new file (file name “5-0-character-sheet-rrh-fillable-rev4a.pdf”) and let me know if it fixes any of your problems. I am serious about fixing this.

      • Shane February 23, 2015 at 12:43 pm

        The fonts are legible now however, fields such as weapon damage type and damage dice still refuse to show information I type into them. I’ll just pencil it in for now🙂 Appreciate the quick response on this!

      • Ronny February 24, 2015 at 8:28 am

        I am glad that helped a little. Perhaps it is a Windows 7 thing. You didn’t mentions the dots. Do you still them?
        If anyone else is following this, please let me know if you have any suggestions, or ideas.

      • Shane February 24, 2015 at 12:56 pm

        Those dots are gone and I can now read the actual field headings. So your fonts are working fine now. I’ll check this one out at home on my Windows 8.1 OS and see what results I get regarding the field entries.

      • Shane February 25, 2015 at 1:32 am

        Checked out on my 8.1 OS using the latest Adobe Reader. The Damage dice field still refuses to allow me to enter the info. Its not a large thing but thought I’d follow up to let you know!

      • Ronny February 25, 2015 at 7:49 am

        Thanks. I’ll look at it more closely as soon as I can get the time.

      • Ronny March 12, 2015 at 9:01 pm

        I just uploaded a revised version that should fix the problems you are having. Please download the new version at the top of the original post (the file name ends in rev4b) and let me know if it works now.

      • Shane March 14, 2015 at 10:00 pm

        Hey Ronny, Thanks so much for the hard work. No further problems found! Truly appreciate your dedication and hard work!

      • Ronny March 15, 2015 at 10:14 am

        Thank you for your help. I couldn’t have fixed it without your feedback.

    • Jacob Wheat August 24, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      I can’t seem to be able to create a double proficiency to any of the skills, Do you think that is something that could be done or is it not allowed on your character? I’m pretty new to d&d but my thought was if your class and backstory have common proficiencies that you should be able to double them up.

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  4. Anonymous February 19, 2015 at 4:37 am

    i’m starting playing DnD , so this website has helped me in different matters, and i was checking the autofill character sheet, and ”testing” it out with the stats of my players’ characters, i noticed that even if someone inserts the d20 roll on the dexterity, the resulted bonus only appears on the dexterity area. I thought the initiative bonus was equal to the dex ability bonus, so, shouldn’t it auto-fill at the same time?

    • Ronny February 19, 2015 at 7:48 am

      I am glad that there are things here that have been of use to you.
      As to your question, yes you are correct. Your character’s initiative bonus is normally equal to your Dex ability modifier. The form does not calculate your initiative bonus and fill that in for you. The reason is that in some cases your imitative bonus may be different from that. An example is if your character had the “alert” feat. That would give your character an additional +5 bonus to his initiative. This character sheet was never intended to calculate every possible bonus to every box. As a mater of fact, I was hesitant to have it calculate the skills modifiers because they could be overridden by a specific feat or trait, but I decided to make the player handle that with a note. For most skills when there is an exception it is normally for a specific use of the skill, and not for all cases.
      Thank you very much for your question. Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.

      • Anonymous February 19, 2015 at 8:13 am

        Thank you for the answer and explanation. Just learned a new thing for the game. Me and my players are just starting recently, so this autofill character sheet helps to not forget the little things and some calculations that we might would go back and forth in the manuals to search for it.

      • Ronny February 19, 2015 at 5:29 pm

        Glad to be of help.

  5. David February 19, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    So, no interest in a character sheet that does all the calculations? I’ve started one, and in about a week I’ll probably need feedback.

    • Ronny February 19, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Yes. Please send me a copy, or provide a link. I would indeed be interested. I would think that would involve drop-down lists for every race and class and background. That would be quite an undertaking! Will it also work for multi-class characters?

      • David February 19, 2015 at 8:29 pm

        It is proving time-consuming, but yes. Lots of decisions and sub-decisions! I’ll post a link asap tonight. Warning! It’s ugly and only 20% done.

  6. David February 19, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    NM, this is not working. Just email me: sydcomebak at gmail dot com. I’ll attach a copy.

  7. Casey February 24, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    I have the same problem as Shane. When i type into the weapon Reach, type, or damage dice it delete the content. These sheets are great and make it a lot easier to make characters. Thanks

    • Ronny February 25, 2015 at 7:57 am

      Could you tel me what operating system and what PDF reader you are using? I need more detailed information on the problem. It is hard to fix a problem that I am not having on my computer.
      I will be working more on this as soon as mu real job lets up some.

      • Casey February 25, 2015 at 9:02 pm

        Adobe Reader 11.0.10 and windows 8.1 pro

      • Ben March 3, 2015 at 3:25 pm

        I have the same problem as these guys, all the numbers in the Weapons-section disappear. To begin with I had the problem of all numbers disappearing, but that stopped happening when I downloaded Adobe Reader.
        I’m on an iMac with OSX Yosemite 10.10.2 and Adobe Reader 11.0.0

      • Ronny March 12, 2015 at 9:02 pm

        I just uploaded a revised version that should fix the problems you are having. Please download the new version at the top of the original post (the file name ends in rev4b) and let me know if it works now.

  8. Luke February 27, 2015 at 10:19 am

    So attempting to enter in ability scores and they are zeroing out. If I click on it, it shows what I entered but soon as I click out, it’s back to zero. This is also happening with my Level.

    • Ronny February 27, 2015 at 11:27 am

      That is an odd one. I just downloaded the file and it still works for me. Perhaps yours got corrupted when you downloaded it. Try deleting the pdf you have and download a fresh copy. Let me know if that works.

  9. eludwig1965 March 4, 2015 at 11:47 am

    I have the same problem as the others. When i type into the weapon Reach, type, or damage dice it delete the content.
    I am using windows 7 and have Adobe Reader ver 11.0.10.
    Right now I am using Rev 2 of your sheet and it works great.
    These sheets are great and make it a lot easier to make characters. Thanks

    • Ronny March 4, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Thank for the information. Knowing that rev 2 works helps a lot. Perhaps I can go back to rev 2 and and figure out what I did after that to mess it up.

      • eludwig1965 March 5, 2015 at 6:12 am

        I am using the sheet that you made all the pre-made 1st level characters with. I Believe that is Rev 2. Also if you need anyone to help with testing with I’d be happy to help you out.

      • Ronny March 5, 2015 at 8:16 am

        I may take you up on your offer. It will be a few weeks before I can get to it, but I could use someone to test any revision before I post it. As I have said before, it is hard to fix a problem that I can’t see on my machine. – That just reminded me, I have an older computer that I seldom turn on, but it has windows XP on it. Maybe I can test it on that. – but if I can’t break it, I will send you a copy to try out.
        Thanks a lot.

      • Ronny March 8, 2015 at 6:10 pm

        For now, could you be more specific as to which fields are giving you a problem and describe in more detail that the problem is. For example: Is it that in certain fields when you enter text you can see the text until you click on another field and then it disappears? If so, does the text seam to be there but not displaying? I mean, if you click on a field you previously entered text into, does the text re-appear, until you click back out of it? Or, Is the field empty and even if you re-enter the text it still goes away when you click out of it? Or, do the fields simply not allow text to be entered.
        Are the offending boxes all text boxes? Do all of the calculations function correctly? The more specific you can be the better my chance of fixing this.
        Thanks again for your help.

      • Eric March 8, 2015 at 7:34 pm

        The problem I am having is on the Weapon box area.

        The box that you type in the name of the weapon works fine.
        The Reach or Range box you can see what you type in but once you click on another field it disappears.
        The Type box you can see what you type in but once you click on another field it disappears.
        The Ability check boxes works and it will show “STR” or “DEX” bonus in the box and that number gets added in to the Atack Bonus right.
        If you check mark the little box for Ability the Damage Bonus shows up but you need to click on the Update Calulation button to get the right Damage Bonus.
        If you don’t check mark the little box for Ability the Damage Bonus you can see what you type in but once you click on another field it disappears.
        The Proficiency check box showes the check mark and shows the Proficiency bonus in the box under the check mark and that number gets added in to the Atack Bonus right.
        The Magic bonus box works right and that number gets added in to the Atack Bonus and Damage Bonus.
        The Misc bonus box works right and that number gets added in to the Atack Bonus.
        The Misc bonus box works right and that number gets added in to the Damage Bonus.
        The Damage Dice box you can see what you type in but once you click on another field it disappears.

      • Ronny March 9, 2015 at 9:07 am

        Thanks Eric, That helps.

      • Ronny March 12, 2015 at 9:03 pm

        I just uploaded a revised version that should fix the problems you are having. Please download the new version at the top of the original post (the file name ends in rev4b) and let me know if it works now.

      • Eric March 13, 2015 at 9:58 am

        I just tried out rev4b and it seems to be working well. The problem I had with the Weapon boxes is gone now. You can see all text inputs now.
        Thanks for the quick fix on this🙂

      • Eric March 13, 2015 at 11:01 am

        Update, found a problem. In the last Weapon box on page 1. The damage bonus does not show. All the other weapon box’s are working right.

      • Eric March 13, 2015 at 11:13 am

        Update: The notes on page 1 have a problem. the text and the lines you have do not line up right. The first line is ok, but everything after that is off.

      • Eric March 13, 2015 at 11:35 am

        Why can you only load a PDF file in for the CHARACTER SKETCH? can it be changed to other graphic types?

      • Ronny March 13, 2015 at 7:10 pm

        One-more-time. Try it now (rev4c).
        I fixed the last weapon box on page 1. And I fixed the text not lining up with the lines on the notes section on page 1.
        As for only being able to load PDF files for character sketches, this is a limitation of Adobe Acrobat. I would much rather allow inserting any graphic file format, or if I had to choose one, I would pick JPG. A quick Google search for “free jpg to pdf converter” will provide you with several good options though.
        Thank you very much for your help, and your patience.

    • Eric March 14, 2015 at 7:25 am

      I tried out rev4c and it works well. The other problems from rev4a & revb are all fixed up🙂 . and the PDF format for the character sketch is fine. I just thought I would ask to see if it could be changed to make it a little bit easier.

      one last thing in rev2 on page 2 under the Special Features section. You had a line “Equipment based on background” is it possible to put that back in rev4c?|
      Thanks again for all your hard work. Love this sheet🙂

      • Ronny March 14, 2015 at 11:28 am

        To quote Barbossa: “I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request.”
        Now that I have it all working, I am going to leave it alone for a while. My main idea for the race and background section was that, as a player, I was always trying to figure out where all of my numbers came from. After playing for a while, it seams like there was always one or two points of “to hit” or damage that I couldn’t account for.
        For the next version of the character sheet (no time soon) please make your argument as to why I should add “Equipment based on background”.
        Of course, in the mean time, you probably don’t need two lines for “Languages based on background” so – after the languages – you could enter “EQUIPMENT:” and type it in there.
        Thank you again for your feedback – I couldn’t have fixed it without your input.

  10. Anonymous March 5, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    First off I want to thank you. This is, by far, the best auto fill character sheet I’ve been able to find. I do have a question though. I filled out the sheet on my web browser and saved it. Once it was saved all the filled information was wiped. I tried to make another attempt by saving the file to my computer and filling out the saved file but it loses its autocalculation abilities. Am I doing something wrong? Is there a way around this or a way to fix it?

    • Ronny March 6, 2015 at 7:55 am

      It was never intended to be filled out in your web browser. That may be causing your problems. I believe that if you download the PDF file to your computer first, then copy it to another name and use Adobe Reader to fill it in and then save it you will avoid the problems you are having.
      Let me know if doing it this way solves your problem.

  11. Anonymous March 11, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    This is so great, thanks for the sheets.

    I do have a suggestion for a feature, though. Rogues can choose to be an expert in a particular skill (expertise) in which you’re already proficient. Being an expert in a proficient skill doubles the proficiency bonus on skill checks. At level 1, Rogues can choose 2 proficiency skills or 1 proficiency skill and theive’s tools, and again at level 6.

    E.g. My level 6 rogue with 18 dexterity (+4 modifier) is proficient in acrobatics, so the skill check has a +7 bonus. With expertise in acrobatics, that becomes +10. At level 9, say my dex is 20 (+5 modifier). Then the acrobatics skill modifier is +5+4+4, or 13. Do you think there’s a way you can incorporate this to your character sheet?

    Also, I have issues filling in the “Range” “Type” and “Damage dice” portions of the weapons using Windows 8.1 Adobe Reader version 11.0.10. With the weapon named, everything else is fine, just the information for those fields do not stay. (Looking above, I see someone else mentioned this above)

    Thanks again!

    • Ronny March 11, 2015 at 11:10 pm

      Thanks for the comment. This is a good suggestion, and I could see where it is needed for rogues. However, I think it would add a lot of complexity to the sheet that might be confusing to players of non-rogues. However, a class specific sheet, just for rogues, might be a good idea. Of course that opens a big can of worms. Each class will want their own sheet. And then what about muti-class characters? For now I guess you will have to handle it with notes.
      The sheet does work better for lower level characters. Perhaps some day I will get really energetic and try to do a more complex sheet that will handle all cases.
      As for the “vanishing text” fields. I am working on fixing that. If you know of any Adobe Acrobat experts I could use some help solving that one.

      • Anonymous March 12, 2015 at 4:50 pm

        Well, I noticed something else that maybe of interest to you for the vanishing text.

        If I make changes to the offensive fields in a different editor, in this case PDF-XChange, everything works fine, but the font is different (and too big – a defect of the editor, not your forms). When I save the changes and open it in Adobe Reader v11.0.10, all changes made in PDF-XChange remain with the uglier font. However, once I update calculations or click on a check box, the font reverts to Adobe Reader’s default and the text in the vanishing fields disappear again.

        Which version of Adobe Reader did you test it on? If you’d like, I can try to downgrade my Adobe Reader to see if it works with that version.

        I also found this: https://forums.adobe.com/message/4477271.

        Regarding rogue sheets, I completely understand. I was hoping it would be a somewhat simple fix, such as the proficiency check boxes having two types of check marks, where a second click would double the proficiency bonus, and a third click would uncheck it. That said, I have not made an interactive PDF before, so I do not know.

        Again, thank you so much for taking the time to make these sheets. They’re awesome.

      • Ronny March 12, 2015 at 6:24 pm

        Excellent! I don’t have time to work on it just now, but I think that you have discovered (possibly) the answer. It sounds like a problem displaying a particular font. It must be a font that some people have (those are the people for whom it works) and some don’t. What I can do is check what font it is using and change it to a common font.
        I will let you know. – By the way, I am using the most recent Adobe Reader. if I am right it would enplane why it works on my computer. I obviously have that font.

      • Ronny March 12, 2015 at 9:03 pm

        I just uploaded a revised version that should fix the problems you are having. Please download the new version at the top of the original post (the file name ends in rev4b) and let me know if it works now.

      • Anonymous March 16, 2015 at 7:09 pm

        Revision 4c works perfectly! Thanks! I’m glad to have helped!

  12. Anonymous March 21, 2015 at 10:44 am

    You should add a space on the top of the character page to add your character’s age. Surprised that’s missing as it could be important to how NPC’s interact with you.

  13. Tane May 6, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Is it atack bonus or attack bonus?

  14. Ronny May 6, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    My bad. Of course it should be “attack bonus”.
    Thanks for catching the spelling error. I will try to remember to fix that on the next update.
    For the record, I was the worst speller in every class I ever attended.

  15. Anonymous July 28, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Ronny thank you for your diligence in working on this for everyone…great tool

  16. Jacob Wheat August 24, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I can’t seem to be able to create a double proficiency to any of the skills, Do you think that is something that could be done or is it not allowed on your character? I’m pretty new to d&d but my thought was if your class and backstory have common proficiencies that you should be able to double them up. P.S. sorry I didn’t mean to write it as a reply to that conversation

    • Ronny August 24, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      In 5E your character ether is proficient in a skill or he isn’t. You can’t “double up” on a skill. Your proficiency bonus is added to your ability modifier. Your proficiency bonus increases as your character increases in level. Your ability modifier can increase if you add to that ability score as you increase in levels.

      • Jacob Wheat August 26, 2015 at 10:15 pm

        still, maybe you can add a feature where even though it calculates the modifiers and such, it should allow for user input in case they kind of want to go by some of their own rules. D&D is purposely an open ended RPG for that reason, so adding that would allow for the same ability to kind of bend and twist the rules to the player’s liking. By all means though I am not insulting you or your response, it is very much appreciated that you provided me with the info i requested. What I say is more of a suggestion than anything. Thankyou

      • Ronny August 27, 2015 at 8:59 am

        Hi Jacob.
        I appreciate your input. You are not the first to suggest that the form allow for more varied user input. I agree that one of the great things about the game is how easy it is for any group to play it in whatever way is the most fun for them. Unfortunately, I can’t make it automatically calculate the numbers and also allow you to change those numbers. Or, perhaps I could, but it would create more problems than it would solve.
        You can print a blank sheet and fill it in with a pencil however you want, Or you can download this one that you can fill out any way you want. It doesn’t make all those calculations:

      • seapher September 4, 2015 at 5:02 am

        Hello Rony, you have some skills with double proficiency bonus, for example, the Knowledge Domain Cleric (D&D Player’s Handbook Chapter 3, P. 59) and Rogue’s Expertise (D&D Player’s Handbook Chapter 3, P. 96), have doubled profiency bonus on 2 skills of their choice, so there’s no way to do that on your sheet;

      • Ronny September 4, 2015 at 8:11 am

        HI seapher.
        You are exactly right. I completely overlooked this. My apologies to Jacob. I guess that I need to add a box to allow double proficiency bonus. It looks like it is time for another update. It may take a week or more. I will also review all of the other suggestions and requests. If you see ant other areas for improvement, please let me know.
        Stay tuned.

      • Ronny September 12, 2015 at 9:13 am

        Seapher and Jacob, I fixed it!. Download the latest and tell me what you think.

  17. snow October 7, 2015 at 7:10 am

    5.0 rev4d have problem in 1st weapon box. is stuck to str

  18. K November 4, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Saving throws don’t take proficiency bonus when the boxes are clicked

    • Ronny November 4, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      I am sorry you are having problems with this, but I just downloaded a fresh copy and I can’t duplicate your error. I set the level to 4, which set the proficiency bonus to 2, and then entered some random ability scores. When I check the box, it adds 2 to the ability modifier and enters the correct number for the saving throw.
      Perhaps the error only occurs with the specific level and ability scores you are using. Please let me know what level and ability scores you are using that produce this error. Also, if anyone else is reading this that can duplicate this error please let me know.

  19. Anonymous November 5, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    I just stumbled across your site while doing some 5e googling. Really nice work! This will save me a ton of time on my next character.🙂

  20. Royce Herrera November 29, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Awesome work Ronny! My buddies and I are making the switch from 4e to 5e and your pdf was a godsend! Keep it up! Also, I’ve alerted the 2 gaming shops I play at to let them know about this great tool. Lots of thanks from Miami🙂

  21. Kevin December 10, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Love these forms! One minor bug, on the first weapon slot the ability STR/DEX check box will only show STR bonus and not switch to DEX.

  22. Michael Schellman March 5, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Maybe a dumb question. Doesn’t choice of race affect ability modifiers? I’ve noticed entering race does not affect abilities – nor can you edit the modifiers. Or does race affect the roll itself?

    • Ronny March 7, 2016 at 9:02 am

      There is no such thing as a dumb question.
      A lot of new players have trouble understanding the difference between ability scores and ability modifiers.
      Choice of race only indirectly affects ability modifiers. What it does is modify some of your ability SCORES which in turn may change those ability modifiers.
      This sheet does not make those ability score modifications for you. After rolling up your ability scores, you should modify them based on your race choice before you enter the scores onto the sheet, The sheet will calculate the modifiers based on the ability scores. Also, as you progress in level,depending on class, you may increase some of your ability scores.
      Again, the ability modifiers are always based on the ability scores and cannot be modified directly.
      I hope this answers your question. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any other “dumb” questions. I specialize in dumb answers.

      • Michael Schellman March 7, 2016 at 9:40 am

        Thanks. I had it the other way around. I thought it only affected the modifiers. Good to know. I’m sue I will have more “dumb questions”. I haven’t played since I played AD&D in high school – and I know I only had a weak grasp of the rules back then.

      • Ronny March 8, 2016 at 5:32 am

        I think you will like the new rules better. I know that I do. They are a little simpler and a lot more logical and consistent (no more thaco). Basically you always roll a d20 and bigger numbers are always better. Add any bonuses and compare the total to a target number.
        Have fun and let me know how it goes.

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