10 BEST Dwarf Fortress ASCII Tilesets

Tryout the different Tilesets to customize your World in Dwarf fortress!

There are tons of options available over the internet, drafted by fans and influencers, and you can pick out the best ASCII Tilesets for Dwarf Fortress according to your liking. A tileset is simply a PNG or BMP format file in Dwarf Fortress that contains numerous tiles grouped in a specific order to display the main visuals of the game. 


Key Highlights

  • Dwarf Fortress allows users to customize their world according to personal preference and draft their own tilesets. 
  • When it comes to selecting tilesets, you can go for any style and font according to your choice. 
  • You can customize your world of Dwarf Fortress by either creating your own tilesets or getting inspiration from other creators. 
  • Out of endless options available for ASCII Tilesets, go for the one that suits your the most, and you’ll enjoy the most. 

Best ASCII Tilesets

Dwarf Fortress features tiles in a 16×16 grid by default, but you can change its dimensions by altering the raw and init files. Here are some tilesets in different grid variations so you can select the best one in any orientation. 

Taffer’s 20×20 Set

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Taffer’s Tilesets

The Taffer’s Tileset is a customized 20×20 tileset that magnifies everything by making the squares look big. The visuals and text are considerably easier to read. Despite being in the ASCII format, the visuals look great in Arena mode while displaying the sans-serif and Cyrillic-inspired font styles. The trees also look more vibrant and colorful, giving the entire screen bright visuals. 

Fnord Set

Fnord Set follows a bold Roman text style by using combinations of square tiles. The Fnord is somehow inspired by the Ishmeria and Duerer set that follows the same format. This ASCII Tileset makes the text easier to read and understand, especially the small symbols that are often unreadable in the default font. Many Tilesets are inspired by the Fnord set due to its catchy font style and minimalist design pattern. 

Aniki 16×16 Square set

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Aniki Squareset

The Aniki Square set is inspired by the original IBM CGA Character set with some experimentation and variations. The characters are more detailed and clear. The Tileset also provides pretty good readability and is easier to play with. Aniki Square set follows the basic ASCII look where every tile shows multiple symbols. The set is most optimal in the full-screen mode. 

Guybrush Set

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Guybrush Set

The Guybrush Set is a 16×16 set that is a modified variant of Herrbdog’s tileset with some slight variations in color combinations and design scheme. The walls have more thickness with a greyish tone that enhances their details. It is undoubtedly one of the most commonly used set in Dwarf Fortress.

Most of the symbols are represented by white color to give a monochromatic look. The tileset also features graphical objects which are suitable for Fortress Mode.

Kelora 16×16 Diagonal Set

The Kelora tileset uses a diagonal pattern to give an overall symmetrical view. All the walls are arranged in a diagonal pattern using square tiles and are of equal width. The set might be a bit confusing to arrange, but it overall gives more room for objects and symbols to be placed inside the screen. Kelora is a 16×16 tileset and uses a 3D-type font size to make it look bigger and more clear.

Tahin’s Rounded Set

The tileset is specifically designed to eliminate the edgy look and make everything smooth and rounded. Tahin’s Rounded Set is also a 16×16 pattern with a lot of modifications in its font style. While drafting the set, special attention is given to providing a vibrant and smooth play area with decent readability. 

Oddball Tileset 

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Oddball Tileset Dwarf

If you’re looking for a funky set with colorful and unique patterns, then Oddball 16×16 is the one for you. The set uses a whimsical font style with unique visuals, giving it an overall silly look. Although the Oddball is not the most optimal tileset for the long run, if you’re trying to do some explorations just for fun, then it is going to entertain you for a while with its quirky graphic style. 

Lonesome Tileset

This tileset is inspired by the 20×20 variant of Aniki’s tileset. Lonesome uses a dual-tone and low-opacity design to match the contrast of the objects and enhance the readability of symbols. Lonesome is a colorful set where the tiles are more fancy and flamboyant. The walls are of equal width with a smooth texture. The multi-color texture makes everything easier to distinguish and recognize. 

Runeset 24×24

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Runeset

Now that we’ve discussed some conventional-sized tilesets let’s discuss some bigger ones too. Runeset, for example, is a unique 24×24 tileset in Dwarf Fortress that uses a distinctive style that is different from the most available sets.

Instead of going for a darker theme, Runeset uses light color tones to make up the visuals. In this case, the background is light, and the objects have darker colors. The set uses a sunburst-brown color pattern to give it a desert-like look, making it really unique. 

Bisasam Set

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Bisasam Tileset

Another set with considerably larger tiles size. Bisasam is a 20×20 set that is hand-tweaked to give it an overall aesthetic look. The details, such as symbols, trees, and walls, are very descriptive with enhanced color effects. The set also has several mods where the edges are smoother with more minor details. Overall, the set is a great choice if you prefer bigger tile sizes over small square tiles. 

How To Change Tilesets In Dwarf Fortress 

In Dwarf Fortress, you can change the tile sets to different styles or formats, such as ASCII Format. The game allows the user to customize the tilesets according to user preference and enjoy the game in a personalized way. 

As we know that the Dwarf Fortress features a Square tileset by default, which is a good option, but sometimes it gets really confusing to understand the pictorials or signs due to the small resolution size. So, we can alter that and try out some customized ASCII Tilesets that we can apply and enhance our gaming experience. 

If you’re planning to import a specific tileset to your game, you must be aware of the process to make it run properly. To change the Tilesets in Dwarf Fortress, do the steps mentioned below:

  1. Download your favorite tileset file to your system. The tilesets are basically present in image format, so if you can not find the download link, you can simply right-click on the image and click on the “Save as” option. 
  2. Once downloaded, make sure to check the format of the file and its compatibility with the version of Dwarf Fortress that you’ve installed. For the latest version, it should be either a 24-bit PNG file having a transparent background or a 24-bit BMP format file having a magenta-colored display. 
  3. Once you’ve done that, move your file into the art directory of Dwarf Fortress (DF/data/art).
  4. After placing the file configuration into the game’s directory, you can specify the tilesets to four available positions which are Windowed, Full-screen, Windowed Graphical, and Full-Screen graphical display.
  5. After selecting your desired display, make sure to save your file, and you will be all set to enjoy your new tileset in DF.

Wrapping up 

This concludes our guide on Dwarf Fortress bests ASCII Tilesets. In Dwarf Fortress, there is no limit when it comes to customizing and drafting your world. You can design your base according to your choice, or you can just pick out the best one from the tons of options available over the internet. 

If you’re new to the game, make sure to check out our Tips & Tricks guide to get fairly better at it. Also, you’ll need the World generation settings along with the best Starting Location to make the best starting hand, so make sure to check that out as well. 

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