Hero Lab Enhancements for D&D 5th Edition SRD – Monsters, Community Pack, and more!

Hero Lab

A wealth of new resources is now available for D&D players. Over 100 monsters from the SRD and the tactical console await your command in the latest Hero Lab update for the D&D 5th Edition SRD. These invaluable additions let DMs quickly create NPCs and smoothly run virtually any encounter. But that’s not all! The user community just released a free “Community Pack” that includes almost everything from the Player’s Handbook and other supplements. All the mechanics for backgrounds, class options, feats, and more are immediately available – just drop them in!

Read on for further details on these new options!

Over 100 Monsters


Build monstrous NPCs

A monstrous menagerie is ready to deploy. The first wave of monsters from the official SRD can be dropped into encounters and instantly used to build fearsome NPCs. Over 100 monsters await your orders, ranging from sneaky goblins to iconic dragons. It’s all included with the D&D 5th Edition SRD game system support for Hero Lab.

Note: The remaining monsters from the SRD will arrive in early March, along with the highly-anticipated Encounter Builder and Monster Builder.

Tactical Console

Hero Lab doesn’t stop at character creation. Now that you’ve prepared your monsters, seamlessly manage encounters between PCs and enemies with the integrated Tactical Console. Review who has and hasn’t acted, initiative scores, readied actions, and more. Track damage and healing, and easily remove vanquished foes from the combat. It’s also a great quick-reference on the PCs outside of combat. Everything you need is at your fingertips in Hero Lab!

Community Packs


Seamlessly manage encounters between PCs and enemies

The D&D 5th Edition SRD is a subset of the entire set of rulebooks, so the Hero Lab data files can’t include everything players may want. The Hero Lab user community just changed all that! The just-released D&D 5E Community Pack lets you fill in the holes and go beyond the limits of the SRD. Thanks to the hard work of many volunteers, this free add-on includes all backgrounds, class options, feats, and much more from the Player’s Handbook and other official D&D sources! And users can drop it into Hero Lab with a few quick steps. To get it now, visit our community forums!

Note: The D&D 5th Edition SRD game system in Hero Lab is limited to the content published in the official SRD, and the SRD omits various options from the assorted rulebooks. Using the power and extensibility provided by the Hero Lab Editor, the user community has implemented the majority of the content that’s not in the SRD and made it available to all users. The caveat with the Community Pack is that portions of descriptive text are often paraphrased (and sometimes omitted) to ensure the data files are legally sound. All the mechanics are fully implemented, so everything behaves the way you expect for your character, and you can always refer to the rulebooks for the official language used.

A huge “Thank You!” to the volunteer community members that put this package together!

Find Out More!

You’ll also find a number of other changes and bug fixes in this update. A full list of the changes is included on our forums. To learn more about D&D 5th Edition SRD support in Hero Lab, or to pick it up for your games, head over to our website!

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