Gloomhaven is a fantastic game. It has everything in the game box that you need to play it and have an amazing time. If you love Gloomhaven and want to upgrade it, here are some of my favourite Gloomhaven accessories and upgrades.
1. Storage insert organizers
Let’s be honest, the worst thing about Gloomhaven is the setup and putting away time. It can put you off playing it at all. All those tokens, boards, cards… It’s not long before your Gloomhaven box is Muddled.
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A storage insert may not be the most glamorous Gloomhaven accessory, but by heck, will it improve your experience. No more dreading the setup and pack up time! Hooray!
I have the Gloomhaven storage insert by Meeple Realty and it works fine. But sometimes when I pop the lids off the trays, tokens can jump out.
If I was buying an insert today, I’d get the new Gloomhaven Broken Token organizer that’s available on Amazon. It comes with boxes for the cards with handy labels on them and it also has space for the Forgotten Circles Gloomhaven expansion.
If you don’t want to spend much on a storage insert, you could use something like fishing tackle or screw boxes for the Gloomhaven pieces. Plano boxes like the one above is on Amazon. It has adjustable dividers so you can adjust the storage spaces to the sizes you want.
2. Card sleeve protectors
Gloomhaven sessions are long because after you’ve completed one scenario, you want to do another one! For us, that means snacks and food are usually involved at some point. And as much as I love my friends, sometimes they get sticky fingers on the cards….
One solution is to get card protectors for your cards. These Gloomhaven card sleeves by Dephia are available on Amazon and they are awesome. There are more than enough to sleeve all the cards in Gloomhaven.
Another option is to serve non-greasy, non-mess snacks on game night, like the ideas I share in this article.
3. Player organizer / dashboard
I really enjoy the ritual of laying all my character cards out and establishing my little area of the gaming table. But what makes it even better is a Gloomhaven player organizer.
I have this compact player organizer from Etsy that works pretty well, it takes up less space on the table than laying out cards does.
If you’re into the laser cut boards, this Gloomhaven player organizer on Etsy is great. It will take up more room than the one I have but it does have spaces for your equipment cards, summon status effect tokens and even your secret scenario goal.
4. Health and experience tracker
The health and experience trackers in Gloomhaven are fine. But I do find myself sometimes knocking the markers.
If that’s driving you crazy too, you may want to take a look at these premium health and experience trackers by Litko on Amazon.
5. Monster standee stands
There are a couple of options for upgrading the stands which come with Gloomhaven. I am a big fan of these stands from Etsy.
They have space for dice to use as wound counters and holders for up to two status effects. Given that many status effects only last for one round, this should be enough.
The stands have a slightly larger space to slide the monster token into which leads to less splitting of the cardboard.
If you’d rather use dials than dice for tracking monster health, these dial stands on Etsy are a good choice. The stands are available in different colours. White and yellow are the most obvious choices, but they can also offer stands in other colours for summons, bosses etc.
You can even contact them or custom combinations so you get exactly the number of each colour that you want.
If you’re happy with the stands that come with Gloomhaven, but want something to elevate them just a little, check out these Broken Token clear flying token stands on Amazon for the flying monsters.
The clear flying token stands raise the monsters higher than the other monsters as a nice reminder that they are flyers and it makes them look like they are actually flying! You can get them with a yellow base for the elites too.
6. Metal coins
It makes sense that Gloomhaven has cardboard coin tokens, they are much cheaper to make than metal coins. But they don’t make a satisfying clink when you hold them!
Metal coins are a must-have Gloomhaven upgrade for us. For our Gloomhaven metal coins, we use the official Stonemaeir Games metal coins for Scythe. We use them across all our games whenever coins are involved. The coins are in denominations of 1,3,5,10 and 20 and are really high quality.
I like that each coin is distinctive and it comes with a lot of 1s which you’ll need in heavy loot scenarios! They are small enough to fit into a hex without looking out of place.
The Scythe metal coins are hugely popular as the Amazon reviews show.
If you’d prefer to have coins which fit more closely with the Gloomhaven fantasy theme, these Dragon’s Hoard metal coins on Amazon are beautiful and come in a drawstring pouch!
They don’t have denominations printed on them so you can assign whatever value you want to the coins and use them across different games. Check out Dragon’s Hoard metal coins on Amazon.
Another alternative would be these pirate coins. They are sent in a random lot of 30, so there’s no guarantee how many of each colour you will get. But they are cheaper than many other alternatives.
Check out the pirate coins on Amazon.
7. Monster miniatures
There are over 200 monster standees in Gloomhaven. Clearly, it would cost a lot to replace all of these with minis. And just imagine the painting time!
However, if you really want to get some minis to upgrade your game, then Bones miniatures by Reaper have a lot that would work really well for Gloomhaven monsters.
I really like this pair of cultists on Amazon that come complete with a summoning pit.
This set of three skeletons on Amazon would be great for the living bones too.
The flat tokens that come with Gloomhaven are great for getting an idea of the layout of room, but wouldn’t it be better if they were 3D? If the doors actually stood up and the columns and treasure chest looked more like chests?
The 3D Gloomhaven scenery set pictured above is on Amazon and it can bring that level of realism you don’t get with the flat tokens. It is perfectly designed to hold the tokens that come with Gloomhaven. So you can have 3D realism, without losing the look and feel of Gloomhaven provided by the artwork on the tokens.
If you play RPGs and want to have scenery that you can use for Gloomhaven and for your D&D sessions or other fantasy games then you might pieces that don’t need the Gloomhaven tokens to work.
The Terrain Crate sets are awesome for that. The Dungeon Essentials kit is available on Amazon and it’s a cost-effective start. It comes with doors, bookcases, treasure chests with removable lids barrels and other scenery items like armour racks and altars too.
9. Painted miniatures
You can take your Gloomhaven miniatures to the next level by painting them. Never painted miniatures before? Have no fear! There are several painting miniatures starter kits available.
This Army Painter painting set on Amazon is a great starter kit. It includes paints, a paintbrush and a guide to painting miniatures to get you started. Before you paint your Gloomhaven character minis, I’d suggest buying some cheap monster minis like the skeletons I mentioned earlier so you can practise first.
10. Removable sticker set
I know that Gloomhaven is a legacy game, and my group should be destroying cards as we go. But we just can’t bring ourselves to do it! What if we want to play again?! Or have 2 campaigns running simultaneously?
For the cards we just don’t tear them up, but what about the map? If you put a sticker on the map, then it’s not going to be easy to remove. That’s where the removable sticker pack comes in.
I wish I’d known that I could get the Gloomhaven removable sticker set on Amazon before I started playing Gloomhaven!
11. Map frame
The art in Gloomhaven is beautiful. The map is no exception. We decided to frame our map and mount it on the wall. This is the Gloomhaven map on our wall in our games room.
It’s a nice reminder to organize sessions and actually play! I think about Gloomhaven a lot between games.
My favourite thing about it being on the wall is that as we add the location stickers, it’s always evolving. Like living art.
It took a little while to find a frame that fit the map, so I recommend you measure twice and triple check your measurements before ordering a picture frame!
12. Solo scenarios
Each of the 17 classes in Gloomhaven has a solo scenario designed specifically for that class. The solo scenarios were given away for free by the Gloomhaven designer, Isaac Childres. You can download the pdfs for the Gloomhaven solo scenarios and the item cards on google drive.
However, if you want a quality printed copy of the scenario booklet and the cards, then you can buy a copy of the solo scenarios on Amazon.
13. Forgotten Circles Expansion
The first expansion for Gloomhaven is the Forgotten Circles Expansion is available on Amazon.
The Forgotten Circles expansion adds:
- 1 new character class, the Aesther Diviner
- 20 new scenarios that happen after the original campaign
- 7 new monster types including 3 new bosses
- 14 new items
You may want to pick up the removable stickers for the Forgotten Circles expansion on Amazon too.
14. Non-slip liner
If you have especially clumsy players in your group, you may want to get a non-slip mat. It’s the type of liner you find in drawers, under rugs and on car dashboards to stop things moving around.
It can be really effective to have one underneath the Gloomhaven boards. It’s frustrating when standees are nudged and you can’t remember which hex they were in!
Gorilla Grip is the big manufacturer of non-slip liners. Non-slip liners are available in all kinds of colours and sizes on Amazon.
15. Colour changing LED bulb
My last but not least Gloomhaven accessory is my colour changing LED bulb. It is in the pull-down light above the gaming table.
Before we start a game, I change the light to a different colour that matches the theme. If we’re entering a cultist environment, for example, I might change it to purple. If it’s in a sewer, then I might change it to green.
Colour-changing LED bulbs are pretty inexpensive and usually come with a remote control to change the colour easily. This colour-changing LED bulb on Amazon looks very similar to the one I have.
Conclusion – Gloomhaven accessories and upgrades
When you love Gloomhaven as much as I do, you can’t help but look at how you can upgrade it. It’s a game that gets to the table more frequently than any other and we spend all day playing it!
When you’re spending so much time playing one game, it’s definitely worth getting Gloomhaven accessories and upgrades!
I’ve created build guides for all the Gloomhaven starting characters. Check them out – ranged build guide for the Cragheart, tank build Brute guide, Tinkerer crowd control build guide, Mindthief damage and stun guide, Spellweaver AoE guide and Scoundrel Single Target Poison Guide.
More Gloomhaven articles
- Gloomhaven Classes – Starting Characters Overview and Rank
- Gloomhaven Unlockable Classes Revealed (No campaign spoilers)
- Brute Guide – Tank Build
- Cragheart Guide – Ranged Build
- Mindthief Guide – Damage and Stun Build
- Scoundrel Guide – Single Target Poison Build
- Spellweaver Guide – Area of Effect Build
- Tinkerer Guide – Crowd Control Build
- Locked Class – Sun Guide
- Locked Class – Triforce Guide