5E Generators Guide -  Characters & NPCs

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A guide to the tools and generators for creating and fleshing out D&D Player-Characters and Non-Player Characters

PC Names and Creation

Often the hardest part is a name, and Fantasy Name Generators has names by DnD race. EN World's most popular generator is also a 5E Name Generator and I've created an updated version which races from other 5E books.

For a character in a hurry then fast character gives a full character sheet. You can specify race, class, level and more.

If you're not sure what character to make try the Random Character Generator which gives race, class, background, name, age , bonds and more. For a different take there is a DM's Guild supplement that gives you random tables for choosing your character with most official 5E supplements.

fast character for D&D 5E

And every character needs a choice of trinkets.

During play you might find yourself running a business, carousing. Or wandering what to spend 100 gp on.

For a Detailed NPC

A great place to start is an NPC tool at TotalPartyKill which gives stats, skills and personality traits. The NPC Generator has traits, a plot hook, physical features and religion. And lots of opportunity for customisation.

For a more stat block with a templated approach rpgTinker will let you customise by NPC type, race and attribute array. Templates include combat, spellcaster and non-combat options.

RPG Tinker NPC Builder

If you prefer a random table DriveThruRPG has a free pdf of d100 NPCs with appearance, backstory, plot hook and suggested stats.

Lastly, to give a group of PCs a helping hand create a hireling.

For Multiple NPCs

EN World's 2nd most popular generator, the D&D 5e NPC Generator uses tables from the Dungeon Master's Guide and has several options to filter by.

Donjon has an NPC generator with class, stats, armour and weapons. Another quick NPC description generator at EN World gives appearance, personality and a hook.

Lastly you might want a group of adventurers as rivals, allies, mentors or foes.

Recommendations Please!

I'll keep this guide updated so please suggest 5E D&D character generators in the comments or on twitter to @DuncanThom