If you search through Google Play and/or the App Store, you’ll find an almost endless list of awesome D&D apps, specifically created to give spellcasters the best playing experience possible. With so many great apps to choose from, it’s hard to settle on only a select few. But, if we were pressed to narrow it down to a list of five favorites, we would choose the apps that are listed below!
These D&D apps are free, fun, and extremely helpful for players of every level of experience. So, whether you’re at the beginning or peak of your game, these apps can definitely come in handy and make the campaign go a lot smoother as well. That’s a little nudge, nudge (wink, wink) for all the Dungeon Masters out there.
Here are the five apps that we found to be the most useful during our campaigns!
1. D&D Beyond
This one is probably at the top of most D&D app lists, which shouldn’t come as a surprise considering how valuable it is for players who want quick access to their assets…wherever, whenever. With character sheets, stats, spells, HP management, books, player maps, and more, D&D Beyond puts everything you need right at your fingertips. By giving you so many resources, that can be used both online and offline, the developer has truly made this a user-friendly tool for all adventurers, especially DMs.
Overall, this is a top-rated app that makes D&D 5e much easier to learn and manage. We actually had a few beginners on our team during a company-wide campaign back in 2020, and D&D Beyond was one of the first apps that our DM suggested. Two years later, we’re still using it!
You can download D&D Beyond from both Google Play and the App Store today!
2. Fifth Edition Character Sheet
If you’re looking for a more character-focused app that makes creating your character(s) easier and quicker than ever, then the Fifth Edition Character Sheet app is definitely worth downloading. Like most of the apps on this list, the Fifth Edition Character Sheet is all about convenience. It helps users speed up the character creation process, while also allowing you to easily keep track of their stats. Once again, this is another great, useful tool for newer players who might not have all the races and classes dialed into their memory just yet. Although, if you use this app enough, you probably will in no time.
This app lets you manage your inventory/weapons, track hit points, and customize your personality and character description. It even includes a spell book that provides attack bonuses and more. And thanks to the handy transfer feature, you won’t have to worry about losing what you’ve created if/when you switch phones. For us, character creation doesn’t get any easier or more enjoyable than this!
The Fifth Edition Character Sheet app is available for both Apple and Android users.
3. 5e Bestiary
When it comes to searching for creatures and monster encounters, the 5e Bestiary app is one of the best. With a simple, straightforward interface and a library full of creatures to look through, this app is perfect for any players or DMs who may be tired of fumbling through books or notes during a live campaign. Most of the monsters listed in the SRD (System Reference Document) include lore as well.
All you have to do is use the smart search bar, and you will be able to find the creature(s) that you’re looking for quickly and easily. Once you have found what you’re searching for, you can mark it with the built-in bookmark feature. DMs may also find 5e Bestiary helpful for planning and leading new campaigns.
5e Bestiary can only be downloaded from the Google Play Store.
4. Game Master 5th Edition
Here’s another one for the DMs. Featuring a Combat Tracker, Encounter Builder, DM Screen, Campaign Manager/Creator, Dice Roller, and much more, the Game Master app is a DM’s dream. This app itself has a way of making the game run a lot easier, which is what every DM hopes for when leading a campaign. But, if you recently took up the Dungeon Master chair at your table, then Game Master is an absolute must-have…if you want to start things off on the right foot.
In addition to the awesome features listed above, this app also allows you to upload images, such as maps and landscapes, and customize almost anything you want, using that handy DM screen. Most users praise the app for its encounter and initiative tracker as well. All in all, everything you need to host a fun, hassle-free campaign can be found in the Game Master app. You should check it out!
Game Master 5th Edition can be found in the Google Play and App Store.
5. D&D Spellbook 5e
Considered one of the best spellbook apps in the game, D&D Spellbook 5e is a simple and very helpful tool for anyone looking to search, manage, and organize spells for multiple characters. Between the user-friendly interface and the many filters that can be used to narrow down your spell search, it’s no wonder why this app has become a favorite in the community.
Once you’ve created your character, you can immediately begin searching through the library of spells listed throughout the app, which come from the following sourcebooks: Player's Handbook, Xanathar's Guide to Everything, Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, and Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. You can tap each spell to read through all the details and info about it.
Spells can be easily sorted and filtered as well, using the many options that are available, such as Level Components, Sourcebook, School Casting, Time Duration Range, and Concentration Ritual. With all of that said, this is a really solid app that many of your fellow spellcasters find very useful. Just try it once, if you haven’t already, and see how it compares to the other Spellbook apps that you’ve used.
D&D Spellbook 5e can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store
Well, it looks like we’ve reached the end. Again, there are so many amazing D&D apps available, and while we can give you a list of a few of our favorites, it’s up to you to find the ones that fit your game and needs best. Like we said in the 8 Great MTG apps blog, we are not being paid to persuade. In other words, we don’t gain anything from promoting the apps that we’ve listed above.
Instead, all we’re doing is presenting you with some of the best options for getting the most out of your favorite RPG. Beyond that, we leave it up to you to decide whether they're worth downloading. If you’ve tried any of these apps or maybe have some suggestions of your own, be sure to let us know in the comments below.