D&D Spell Cards will save you time, give a visual reference of spells and hels every caster prepare spells. Learn how to get Free Printable Spell Cards for D&D 5e!
I’m sure you’ve seen Gale Force 9’s Spellbook Cards before, right?
Maybe you’ve seen them on Amazon, or on my first post “10 Dungeons & Dragons Gifts Under $40 for Christmas”
Anyways, GF9 sells many packs with spellbook cards. They’re laminated, water resistant and very durable.
THEY. ARE. EXPENSIVE.
Yes, sir. That’s a big downside if you’re someone like me (a DM who likes to buy everything D&D-related to give more options to my players – lucky them!)
THERE’S A FREE OPTION!
Yep, you’re right. FREE Spellbook Cards (very similar to GF9’s) are available for free download and I’ll teach you how.
Before we start, I just want to let you know that I’m NOT the owner/creator of that website and all credit goes to the original owner. If you want to support his job, you can CLICK HERE to support on Patreon, so the website can keep running and new content is being added constantly!
Don’t forget to read the FULL ARTICLE to learn how to get exactly what you want (there are some filters you must apply before downloading).
These are the steps we will follow:
- Go to the website
- Select the Class
- Apply filters (if needed)
- Select Card Format
- Download PDF
Note: There’s also a way to make your own Spell Cards (or edit a Spell Card), I’ll explain how to do that also!
1. Go to the Website
Before you go to the website, make sure you have Google Chrome installed and you’re using it as a browser. This ONLY WORKS with Chrome.
Alright. Go to this website: Hard Codex
Once you’re in, you’ll see a screen that looks like this:
There are many Classes to choose from. Let’s go to step number 2.
2. Select the Class
Now you must select the Class you want. There’s:
- Wizard (Left side – Arcane picture)
- Sorcerer (Right side – Arcane picture)
- Monster Stats (for DMs)
The images are edited because of copyright. Fun fact: the images used are the ones from Gale Force 9’s official packs. For this example, I will pick Ranger.
3. Apply Filters
If you want ALL the available spells for the class you just selected, skip this step. If you want to apply filters, keep reading.
Now, on the left side, you’ll see a bar that lets you select some options (filters):
- Class (if you want to change the class)
- Level (Spell level, maybe you just want to download Cantrips?)
- Examine (to upload your own .csv file and print your customized Spell Cards)
- Hide XGE Spells (XGE = Xanathar’s Guide to Everything)
- Paper Size
- Custom background URL (upload your own background for the Spell Cards? Some stone texture maybe?… kinda useless)
- Change class color (self-explanatory)
Ok. Now apply all the filters you want and proceed to Step #4.
Note: If you want to select only a SOME SPELLS (so you don’t have to print ALL), just click the ones you want.
4. Select Card Format
Great job. Now you have to select the format you’re going to use before printing.
On the top right corner, you’ll see some options. One of them says “Card mode”. Click that to change the way the cards are presented in the paper:
- Spellbook mode: Some kind of spell written on a “book”. Personally, I don’t find it useful.
- Two-side cards mode: Cool if you want both sides so you can fold the card and paste it after printing (VERY similar to GF9’s)
- 4 Big cards: Bigger cards.
- Scrolls template: Empty cards
- Only XGE Spells: Shows only spells contained in Xanathar’s Guide to Everything
- Only SCAG Spells: Shows only spells contained in Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide
There’s also another option: “en”. That’s used to change the language of the card’s text.
Personally, I ‘ve only used English but let me know in the comments section if you try another language and the translation is accurate!
If you want to store your cards in a “spellbook” format, be sure to try this Spell Card Binder by Ultra Pro!
The Ultra Pro binder holds up to 360 standard sized cards (in Ultra Pro Sleeves, for maximum protection). It is durable, rigid and includes an elastic band to keep the binder securely closed.
5. Download PDF
THE final step, yo.
Well, besides the printing part.
Hit the Download button on the top right corner.
You’ll see 2 options:
- Download PDF (Out limit) Use Print as PDF in Chrome
- Download Spellbook CSV
The first one (PDF) is used to export your document to PDF and then print it. Just click that (while using Chrome) and a screen will appear. On the left side, where it says Destination, hit Change and select Save as PDF.
The second one (CSV) is used to download an Excel file that you can edit and reupload with the exact text you want.
Get some paper sheets and prepare yourself to print your cards and cut them (takes a lot of patience!), but the result is awesome and will save you a lot of time at the table!
However, if you want higher quality on your cards, you can print them on cardstock and have them laminated, or use card sleeves.
Personally, I use Ultra Pro Transparent Card Sleeves (same ones that are used for Magic: The Gathering cards).
You can also store your cards in the well-known and highly-used Page Protectors.
The Ultra Pro Page Protectors are a pack that comes with 25 pages that hold 9 cards each, so you get storage for 225 cards for ONLY $6.
This is a cheaper alternative but requires you to have a binder with rings to store them.
Well, congrats on making your own Spell Cards for free. Just make sure they are used for personal purposes only. The material shared here must not be commercialized.
Have fun and enjoy this cards, that will save you time and money.
If you want to get the official cards, however, you can buy the ones made by Gale Force 9. They are (obviously) super high quality and will last you a lot (waterproof and laminated).
I hope you find this useful, see you soon!