Dungeons and Dragons is a fantastic game that has been enjoyed for many years.
One of the most popular aspects of Dungeons & Dragons is the use of miniatures to represent characters and monsters during combat. However, if you don’t want to buy expensive minis, or just prefer something different, then token sets are a great option! With a token set, you can simply print tokens on paper or card stock that can be cut out with scissors and then be ready to play. We provide a pdf file that contains 5 pages of tokens featuring various monsters such as orcs, goblins, ogres, and more! We also provide some other tokens for use in-game, such as items and location markers, as well as tokens for players to track their spell slots and health.
If you want to add some extra tokens that aren’t in the pdf, take a look at the section below where I explain how to make your own custom Dungeons & Dragons tokens!
What are Tokens
Tokens are small pieces of paper or card stock that help visually represent key parts of your Dungeons and Dragons game. They are useful for keeping track of monsters, items, spell slots, and player health points. This token set includes a pdf file with all these components which you can simply print and cut out for use at your table to get a game started quickly!
Why Use Tokens instead of Miniatures
There are numerous reasons why Dungeons & Dragons players may prefer tokens over miniatures. Some may be on a tight budget, others may lack the space required for keeping miniatures, and others may simply prefer an abstract representation over something more realistic in nature, as it allows for more fluid gameplay with less preparation.
Even if you do use miniatures, tokens are a great way to supplement your collection. Miniatures can be used for important aspects of the game, such as players or big bosses, while tokens can be used for more everyday aspects, such as monsters and minions which you may need a lot of. They’re also much more portable, so if you’re DMing away from home, you might want to leave your miniatures at home and add these to your portable DM kit instead.
How to Make Use of These Tokens
We believe that using tokens is an excellent way to get started with D&D. Purchase a flip mat for use as a battle map, get a dry-erase marker, download and print out some tokens, and you’ll have everything you need to start playing for a low cost. You can draw maps on your flip mat, and then use the player, NPC, and monster tokens on the map to track what’s going on during an encounter.
You can draw maps on your flip mat, and then use the player, NPC, and monster tokens on the map to track what’s going on during an encounter. If you’re tight on cash, you can even do without a flip mat; simply place the tokens on the table as representations of your characters and monsters, and use them to help you visualize what’s in your head.
If you don’t have a token that you need in the set, you can always improvise – take a bunch of zombie tokens and say these now represent ghouls, and you’re done; the encounter is ready to go.
We recommend printing the last page out once for each player at the table so they each have a set of the spell slots and hit point tokens. They can then use the spell slot tokens to represent how many spell slots they have (we recommend placing them on the spell the player has chosen to prepare) and the hit point tokens to represent how many hit points their character currently has.
Printable Dungeons and Dragons Token Set
For Beginner Dungeon Masters
We designed this token set for new Dungeon Masters, it includes everything you need to get started quickly.
We’ve put together a token set that includes:
- Player character tokens – 12 different tokens representing the various classes found in the Player’s Handbook, allowing you to have tokens to represent your party.
- NPC tokens – a collection of tokens that represent various NPCs that your players may encounter.
- Monsters and minions – a slew of different monsters to represent the various types found in Dungeons & Dragons.
- Boss tokens – a few tokens that represent boss monsters for your monster minions, as well as some larger well-known enemies that can serve as the big bad guy in your games.
- Common game items – Health potions, standard potions, treasure, points of interest, and inspiration tokens are all common game items found in any adventure.
- Character tracking – spell slot tokens and health tokens to assist novice players in tracking their characters more intuitively than writing on their character sheets.
The token set contains a large number of tokens, and we believe it contains everything a new DM needs to get started. The set includes over 150 tokens with the following items:
- 12 x Adventurer tokens – these represent the most common character classes found in the PHB: Barbarian, Bard, Cleric, Druid, Fighter, Monk, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue, Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard
- 2 x Familiar Tokens
- 8 x NPC Tokens
- 3 x Generic Boss Tokens
- 11 x Big Boss Tokens – Dragon, Elemental, Mimic, Beholder, Giant, Demon, Troll, Overlord, Lich, Vampire, and an Ogre
- 13 sets of monsters & minions – 7 x Goblins, 7 x Cultists, 7 x Zombies, 7 x Wolfs, 7 x Thugs, 7 x Orcs, 7 x Spiders, 7 x Rats, 7 x Kobolds, 7 x Skeletons, 3 x Oozes, 3 x Werewolves, 3 x Bears
- 8 x Potions – 6 x Health Potions, 2 x Generic Potions
- 3 x Treasure Tokens
- 3 x Point of Interest Tokens
- 4 x Inspiration Tokens
- 2 x Large Tokens (for placing smaller tokens on to represent large monsters)
- 22 x Spell Slot tokens – 4 x 1st level, 3 x 2nd level, 3 x 3rd level, 3 x 4th level, 3 x 5th level, 2 x 6th level, 2 x 7th level, 1 x 8th level, 1 x 9th level
- 13 x Hit Point Tokens – 9 x 1 hit point, 2 x 5 hit points, 2 x 10 hit points
How to Print and Make the Tokens
Making these tokens is a simple process. All you need is a printer, some paper, and a pair of scissors.
Download the Token Set PDF and print out the tokens. When printing them, make sure to set the scale to “Fit to Paper” so that the tokens print out at 100% and are 1″ in size, the correct size for using on a mat. We’ve left plenty of borders on the PDFs, so don’t worry about your printer cutting off the edges.
Cut out the tokens on the solid black lines when and you’re finished. If you get tired of cutting, you can buy a 1″ hole punch, which is relatively inexpensive and will speed up the process of cutting out this many tokens.
If you want to get fancy, you can do all kinds of things to make these tokens last longer. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Print them on cardstock and cover them with sticky tape (a cheap substitute for laminate).
- 1″ magnets can be used as bases to add weight, and adhesive epoxy stickers can be used to protect the tops.
- Place the token inside 1″ coin capsules.
Create your own D&D Tokens
This set is intended to be a quick start; simply print the set and you should have everything you need to get started.
However, if you want to put in the effort to create your own tokens with custom images, Roll Advantage’s Token Stamp tool allows you to take any image you find online and turn it into a token, so if you’re creative, you can start making tokens to your heart’s content!
Alternatives to our Tokens
There are several alternatives to these tokens.
Premade tokens that do the same thing can be purchased online, for example, these Tabletop Fantasy Tokens, which similar to our token set have many player and monster minion tokens included.
There are also 2d miniatures that can be obtained for free or at a significantly lower cost than standard miniatures. These are 2D miniatures that stand up like regular minis but can be laid flat for easy storage and transport, similar to tokens. Printable Heroes has many fantastic looking 2D paper minis that you can print for free, or Arcknight has a DM Starter Set that doesn’t require any DIY and is printed on plastic, making them look better and last longer. Pathfinder Pawn Bestiary Boxes are also a popular option, they’re 2D cardboard miniatures that are a good price but they don’t include any playable characters.
Meeples of Might & Menace is also a cool alternative I’ve seen recently, that allows for a box of generic meeples (if you haven’t seen meeples before they’re like wooden shaped blocks with stickers), that while not as portable can be chucked in a box and aren’t too much of a financial commitment.
Closing Thoughts – Start Playing!
So there you have it. Tokens, miniatures, or a combination of the two can be used to play Dungeons and Dragons. Which is the best option for you will depend on your preferences and what’s more important to you when it comes to getting started: cost, ease of use, or aesthetics.
We recommend printing out these tokens as a quick way to get started playing D&D, and then experimenting with miniatures later to find what feels most comfortable for you.
So get printing and gaming!