Download The New Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Core Rule Set For Free

Download The New Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Core Rule Set For Free

Whether you’re an avid player who’s been in the game for years, or curious to see what Dungeons & Dragons is all about, Wizards of the Coast is offering everything you need to start playing for free.

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At the Wizards of the Coast blog you can download the Player’s Basic Rules and the Dungeon Master’s Basic Rules in PDF and printer friendly format. In the Player’s Basic Rule Book, you get everything you need to play: including four classes — Cleric, Fighter, Rogue and Wizard — as well as four races — Dwarves, Elves, Halflings and Humans — and printable character sheets. The Player’s Basic Rules comes in at around 115 pages and the Dungeon Master’s Guide at around 61 pages, so there’s plenty of content to start you off.

This is all for the upcoming 5th edition, and is literally all you need to get some friends together and play — except maybe some dice. What you won’t get in these PDFs is the fantastic art that is normally in the printed books, any additional races and classes, or the new 5th edition pre-made campaign. Which is fine, because it’s more beneficial for you to run your own custom game anyway.

Before you go printing everything, keep in mind that they will continue to update both of the books through December. At that point the release of the three complete, printed core books will be released. So if you want to start playing sooner rather than later, or you’re just curious about what’s to come, download the books at the link below.

Basic Rules for Dungeons & Dragons [Wizards of the Coast via How-To Geek]


  • Hasn’t the SRD been free since 3rd edition? All that’s different is that they’ve packing it into a pdf now?

  • Played the new DnD 5th Edition for the first time on the weekend and the rules worked well and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. While many of us hadn’t played in years, there were a couple who had never played it before at all and despite this they picked it up quickly and enjoyed themselves.

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