Unusual Dice (5e Variant Rule)

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Unusual Dice[edit]

Sometimes, certain homebrew items will require special dice. Some of them are simply unusually-numbered dice, while others give strange letters or symbols. Note: at the time of writing this, no homebrew content actually requires these; they are completely optional, and can be used for things like deciding a character's name or birthday.

Alphabetical Die (a20 or a26)[edit]

The alphabetical die is used to determine a letter of the alphabet. The a20 removes the six least common letters, while the a26 contains all the letters (though it is more complicated to use). For instance, an attack may require you to roll a vowel to succeed.


d20 Letter d20 Letter
1 A 11 M
2 B 12 N
3 C 13 O
4 D 14 P
5 E 15 R
6 F 16 S
7 G 17 T
8 H 18 U
9 I 19 W
10 L 20 Y


5d6 Letter 5d6 Letter
5 Q 18 T
6 J 19 O
7 V 20 N
8 P 21 H
9 G 22 D
10 W 23 C
11 U 24 M
12 L 25 F
13 R 26 Y
14 S 27 B
15 I 28 K
16 A 29 X
17 E 30 Z

Zodiac Die (z12)[edit]

The zodiac die is used to determine zodiac symbols, their elements, and their dates. For instance, an attack may require you to roll a water symbol or a player's birth sign to succeed.


d12 Symbol Symbol Name Element Date
1 Aries Fire Mar. 21 - Apr. 20
2 Taurus Earth Apr. 21 - May 21
3 Gemini Air May 22 - Jun. 21
4 Cancer Water Jun. 22 - Jul. 23
5 Leo Fire Jul. 24 - Aug. 23
6 Virgo Earth Aug. 24 - Sep. 23
7 Libra Air Sep. 24 - Oct. 23
8 Scorpio Air Oct. 24 - Nov. 22
9 Sagittarius Fire Nov. 23 - Dec. 21
10 Capricorn Earth Dec. 22 - Jan. 20
11 Aquarius Water Jan. 21 - Feb. 19
12 Pisces Water Feb. 20 - Mar. 20

Mathematical Die (m6)[edit]

The mathematical die uses the numbers and symbols most often seen in mathematics. For instance, an attack may require you to roll an imaginary number (i) to succeed.


d6 Symbol Value
1 1 1
2 0 0
3 i √-1
4 ϕ 1.61803
5 e 2.71828
6 π 3.14159

Additional Dice (d3, d5, d7, d9, d11, d16, d24, d30, d32, d36, d48, d60, d120, d144, d1000, d1000000)[edit]

These dice are simple numerical dice, designed to measure from one to the number shown. For instance, an attack may deal 3d9 fire damage or 2d24 radiant damage. It should be noted that many of these are actual dice that can be found in game stores or online.

d3, d5, d7, d9, d11[edit]

Roll a die with a number of sides just above the one you want to use (for example, using a d8 for a d7). If you roll the highest number on that die, reroll until you get a valid number.


1d16 is [(1d4-1)×4]+1d4.


1d24 is [(1d6-1)×4]+1d4.


1d30 is [(1d3-1)×10]+1d10.


1d32 is [(1d4-1)×8]+1d8.


1d36 is [(1d4-1)×9]+1d9.


1d48 is [(1d6-1)×8]+1d8.


1d60 is [(1d6-1)×10]+1d10.


1d120 is [(1d12-1)×10]+1d10.


1d144 is [(1d12-1)×12]+1d12.


1d1000 is [(1d10-1)×100]+1d100.


1d1000000 is [(1d10-1)×100000]+[(1d10-1)×10000]+[(1d10-1)×10000]+1d1000.

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