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This document is a collection of most of the FAQs found within the specific feature's specific guidances, along with some overview documents. I would suggest using search Control + F (Ctrl+F) to search for specific content.

However; please be reminded that additional resources exist to give greater information;

5eTools Website FAQ

Below are the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) for the website.
Use Control + F (Ctrl+F) to search for specific content.

5etools != better20

It's not a question that is asked honestly. This is just something you should know.
BetteR20 is different than the website. They use the same data (more or less) but they are not the same. So if your question is about the Roll20 Script, this likely won't help you.

How do I Report a Typographical / Spelling / Formatting error?

There are none. (Kidding.)
Go to the discord server #typos channel (not the #issues channel) and post the location of the typo/mistake, the specifics about the typo and what is the accurate replacement of the content in question.

How do I Report a Bug?

First, you're going to have to confirm there is a bug/issue.
Please review basic Troubleshooting steps to confirm you've taken the troubleshooting steps and gathered the information needed to request support.

It's not working or working poorly. What do I do to fix that?

Review the Troubleshooting guide, gathering the requested information and documenting how to reproduce, or correctly document the error.

I get the message that the js files from couldn't be loaded. anyone else got that problem too?

That means the CDN is being blocked, likely by your provider. You may wish to check on that. If you are attempting to run the site-local, and offline you need to download the components locally.

<script type="text/javascript" src="[email protected]/dist/jquery.min.js,npm/[email protected]/dist/js/bootstrap.min.js,npm/[email protected]/droll.min.js,npm/[email protected]/dist/list.min.js,gh/weixsong/[email protected]/elasticlunr.min.js,gh/ajaxorg/[email protected]/src-min/ace.js"></script>
   window.jQuery || document.write('<script src="local_path_of_file"><\/script>');

I cannot see <content> on the <content> page

This most often occurs because the browser has problem / conflict with cache.

Click [expand] to see how to Flush Cache

FIRST Backup your site content

How to Backup your 5eTools site Content

Site State:

Under Utilities; Choose to Save State to File
(A site save state includes the configuration settings. It will be saved as 5eTools.json to your local drive.)

DM Screen

Under Dungeon Master choose the DM Screen option
Move the mouse to left top of the screen, to expose the Menu Menu
Choose either Save to File Save to file or Save to URL button and save the file.
If you save to file it will be saved as dm-screen.json to your local drive.
If you save to URL it will be copied to your clipboard (you'll want to paste it into a text/email/note for you to reference later.)

Homebrew Builder

Under Utilities choose the Homebrew Builder option
Move the mouse to left top of the screen, to expose the Menu Menu
Check Mode -> Spells
If there are names listed at the bottom (see below); Click the Download Spells as JSON button and save the file.
If the button is not there; or no files are listed you do not have a custom homebrew loaded, proceed to the next step

Under Utilities choose the Homebrew Builder option
Move the mouse to left top of the screen, to expose the Menu Menu
Check Mode -> Monsters
If there are names listed at the bottom (see below); Click the Download Creature as JSON
If the button is not there; or no files are listed you do not have a custom homebrew loaded, proceed to the next step

You have now backuped up your configuration Fully.

THEN Flush Locale Site store

For Chrome

In Chrome (desktop)

On your computer, open Chrome.
At the top right, click More.
Click More tools Clear browsing data.
At the top, choose a time range. (To delete everything, select All time.)
Next to "Cookies and other site data" and "Cached images and files," check the boxes.
Click Clear data.

In the Chrome app (mobile - not supported)

On your Android phone or tablet, open the Chrome app .
At the top right, tap More .
Tap History Clear browsing data.
At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time.
Next to "Cookies and site data" and "Cached images and files," select only the boxes next to those.
Tap Clear data.

WARNING: Deleting cookies & cache will remove site specific data (homebrew; settings etc)

How to Clear LocalStorage in Google's Chrome Browswer

1️⃣ Open the Chrome browser and navigate to SiteData


2️⃣ Search for (or

3️⃣ Select the site, and then click the delete Delete icon to empty Local Storage for the site.


1️⃣ Open the Chrome browser and navigate to the 5eTools website

2️⃣ Press the F12

3️⃣ Select the Application item on the console's top menu

4️⃣ Select the Local Storage ; the 5eTools domain item under its left menu.

Chrome Local Store

5️⃣ Select the Local Storage entries with your mouse and delete them, select and press DELETE key.

For Firefox

In Firefox (desktop)

Click the Site Info Site Info Infobutton.png button at the left of the address bar while on the site.
Click Clear Cookies and Site Data.

Select the site information (such as or 5e.Tools)

Then click Remove FirefoxRemove.png
WARNING: Deleting cookies & cache will remove site specific data (homebrew; settings etc)

Delete site storage for individual website

  • Click the menu button menu button and select Options
  • In the Cookies and Site Data section, click Manage Data…. You'll see a list of sites and how much information each site is storing on your computer.
  • Click the site you want to remove and click Remove Selected (or click Remove All to remove all stored cookies and site data).
  • Click Save Changes to finish.

(For more information about clearing cookies for individual (or all) websites, see Clear cookies and site data in Firefox.)

Can I Import this into <Game>

This depends; see 3rd Party for groups that work with, either importing into or export from.

How do I add my <adventure/feat/creature/spell/etc etc> to the site

That is a Homebrew question - see that section for more information

Do you have a version of this for <Game System>?

Where game system is something like (ie Pathfinder/Shadowrun/StarWars etc)?

That is a question addressed in 3rd Part

CR Scaling

Crazy Attacks!?!

The DMG's guidance for how a CR rating works, has some pretty broad/vague rules for defense and offensive abilities. When you put them into practice, they work - sorta - but as the CR scales upward the more obvious the problem is with the DMG's formula.
Work Around:
Try to not modify the CR of a creature by +/-4 steps in the CR. If you do, you might wind up with a creature with a single attack that deals 320+ damage and a AC of 24+. To make it more functional, you should manually review and adjust the creature by adding additional attacks or traits.

Encounter Builder

Why don't low CR Creatures effect the Threat Value of Encounters I build?

Per the DMG, When the Party's average level/threat potential is significantly higher, creatures of CRS under certain ratio to the player's average threat are not to be factored into the encounter.
YES, Kobold Fight Club does NOT do that. YES, that seems odd. IT IS HOWEVER; the actual rules of the DMG.

Renderer Demo

How does this thing work?

Honestly, for the most part - it works just by existing. Its mostly used for reference. Giving insight on how the JSON is formated, and what tags are possible in the site's existence. It allows you to plan on how to implement the content you wish to add, or modify it in the way you intend.
Review the rendered content and find the action/element you'd like to include within your own homebrew; in the left-hand panel, CTRL+F and search for a text string from that rendered element. Read the converted description, review the code in which its function is defined and used, then attempt to build your own using that section as a foundation to work from.

It just returns a blank screen?!

When you insert your JSON into the renderer code panel, the updated render just clears the text from the renderer/information panel.
What is happening:
Your code likely is rendering correctly; but data sets (for an eample "items": [) are not supported to render directly, instead you've just defined data versus asking it to render a portion of that data. You'll need to remove the leading declaration and its brackets [ ] to test to confirm that though.

It won't show my item/feat/trap/hazard/vehicle/book... custom JSON

See prior question's answer

What does "Invalid JSON! We recommend using JSONLint" mean?!

When I put the code in, it doesn't seem to change anything and instead by the Render Button, I see "Invalid JSON! We recommend using JSONLint.".
What that means:
Your JSON code fails at validation, which often means :
  • you have a missing character to open or close a entry. --> all { } & [ ] need to be paired
  • an extra or missing , --> the last line of an entry, if no additional data follows shouldn't have a comma, if more data will follow, it needs the comma.

Are there other sites/Mirrors for the Mainsite?


Here are some of the known public mirrors (in case the main site is not accessible)

Dice Roller

How do I roll for Criticals?
Pressing Shift while you click on a to hit will roll for critical damage .

Initiative Tracker

Can I run the Initiative tracker Locally (offline)

Simple Answer, NO.
Honest Answer, Yes. But, its more complicated than most can do.
It requires a "satellite" server to bounce the initial handshake off, and you could | run the server yourself.
You will need go into the site's js/utils-p2p.js to change.
class PeerVe extends Peer {
   constructor (role) {
over to
class PeerVe extends Peer {
    constructor (role) {
        super(CryptUtil.uid(), {host: "localhost", port: 9000, path: "/myapp"});
(Where the host/port/path are as specified in the README on that server's GitHub repository.
TL;DR - it requires (a) a LAN, (b) you running a PeerJS server on that LAN, and (c) tweaking some locally hosted version of 5etools code to point at your personal PeerJS server.