[RPG] How many weapons should I have and how many attacks should I list on the character sheet


Fairly new to D&D and my question relates to what should be listed on my character sheet for weapons in equipment and what attacks should be listed.

Given a Fighter's Equipment listing under Class Features in the free rules provided online, it would appear that I potentially have up to 5 weapons of my choosing:

  • (a) chain mail or (b) leather armor, longbow, and 20 arrows
  • (a) a martial weapon and a shield or (b) two martial weapons
  • (a) a light crossbow and 20 bolts or (b) two handaxes
  • (a) a dungeoneer’s pack or (b) an explorer’s pack

If I chose (b) for each option (disregard the last option), it is my perception that, for weapons, I could have a longbow (20 arrows), two martial weapons, and two handaxes (simple melee weapons). Thus, giving me a grand total of 5 weapons I can attack with.

Is this correct? And if so, should I list them all within my Attacks on my character sheet? Correct me, or direct me if I am wrong, but I have yet to come across any text that states limitations on weapons or attacks for any level.

Best Answer

5 weapons is correct if you always choose the option with the most weapons. Though this probably isn't the best use of your initial equipment loadout.

You could list them all on your character sheet, but it might be better to note your attack bonus (your strength mod plus your proficiency bonus plus any other bonuses), and your damage modifier (your strength plus any relevant bonuses), and then either write down or remember the die that you roll depending on which weapon you're using.

This is probably easier than writing the same expression down several times with a different die in each one.

There are only limits on what kind of attack you can take with a specific weapon if specified. One such limitation is for two weapon fighting which requires light weapons.